Misfits in Miri

Trip Start Oct 30, 2012
Trip End May 30, 2013

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Marina Bay

Flag of Malaysia  , Sarawak,
Sunday, January 27, 2013

We're at the end of our time in Sarawak and about 10 days away from having to be in Singapore. Now what do we do with the rest of our time? This is a debate that's been raging for awhile. Originally I was wanting to hike Mulu, but have since changed our minds. After reading a bit more about Sabah (the next part of Malaysian Borneo) it seems really touristy, you can only book package tours, and it's expensive to boot! We have such a short amount of time, but could really fly anywhere if we want. It's like we're back in Bangkok again...what do we do? Fly to Indonesia for a week? Fly to the Philippines?  Continue with Malaysia?

Touring the rivers and parks of Sarawak may have been nice, but they didn't give us internet, so all of our research and planning has been non-existant and it's coming to a head now.

So we keep flipping back and forth, wasting time, not deciding.

Luckily, we've been able to do some couchsurfing with a great guy who owns a sail boat. Not just any sail boat. The biggest in the harbour tri-maran sail boat! It looks like a spacecraft has touched down as there's no mast as it's undergoing some restoration. So Brian's been having a
great time talking with Phil and helping out with some of the expoxy work. But unfortunately there's no internet connection at the marina...

After a day or two of shouting at one another we finally figured things out. A full day in a nearby hotel lobby and some decisions were made, tickets booked, boarding passes printed and we were ready to go again. Thankfully, all the hardship was forgotten when we talked to Phil as he's a pretty happy guy who always has lots to talk about. We went out to celebrate with a 'moving dinner' where we went from restaurant to restaurant ordering the best thing on the menu and sharing together, and then moving onto the next. We were stuffed! Met up with another Couchsurfer who took us to the top of Canada Hill (aptly named as the Canadians helped chase the Japanese up that hill during the war) where we had some drinks and some conversation while overlooking the city of Miri at night and I finally got to eat some real Malaysian satay (not the chicken ass kind either!).

As Brian likes to say, we never get to really relax and enjoy a place as we're always trying to prepare for the next. Run around finding a place to stay, then a place to eat, but before we go to bed we need to figure out our transportation for the next day, oh, and maybe we should look into where to stay there so we don't have to wander the streets so much...well, it's worth a try anyways!

Well, we're flying tomorrow and hopefully we'll stay in one place for more than a day or two there...
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