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After a terrifying journey on a double decker bus in a storm, we arrived in the ghetto of Borneo - Sandakan. Sea View Hostel welcomed us with open arms, banana fritters and Sabah tea! We didn't realise at the time but the women who ran this hostel would soon become our surrogate Malaysian family. Our first couple of days in Sandakan coincided with the end of Ramadan (Hari Raya) which made it very difficult to do anything. However, it was ...
... were asked if we wanted to return the next day for the Miss Harvest competition and hoping that we might make it into the front row (for the free food and beer) we said yes!
Before we went to the festival that night we wandered over to the Sabah Museum, dodging several huge downpours on the way, and we spent a happy few hours wandering around looking at the exhibits. Our penultimate meal of the trip saw us indulging in a favourite from ...
... the snorkelling with all our shoulders and backs bright red, despite the suntan lotion. We went to seek shade from the sun and sat and ate our picnic lunch, as well as the passion fruit cake we bought to share. Afterwards, to stay out of the shade more, we went on a walk along the jungle trek though the island to spot some monitor lizards. Unfortunately we only saw a couple of small ones, nowhere near the size of the ones we'd previously seen on the other islands. It was ...
When we finished eating the boys and girls who worked in the restaurant came to ask if they could take a picture with Elena - must be the only blonde in the country - and with Ariana, then with John and me as well . We were very happy to be considered so "exotic."
... a clear blue sunny morning ensured we had fantastic views of Mount Kinabalu almost all the way. There is
one road winding up and round the foothills; the ears kept popping and there
were some hairy moments.
We had a ‘Cornwall’ moment whilst driving along these roads; in the middle of nowhere we all of a sudden came across Kinabalu Car Sales. ‘What a strange place to have a car sales
forecourt!’ (Adam you will know ...