Trip Start Aug 15, 2006
159Trip End May 27, 2008
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The following day I decided I'd head off to the monkey sanctuary and got the bus info from the hostel and went off to wait....and wait....and wait..... They'd given me the wrong time and by this point it was too late to go on the next bus as I'd miss the monkeys at feeding time. All I could do was wander around town in the rain and I moved to a different hostel the Borneo B and B (that's the old looking one on the main road not the copycat one hidden behind it). It was run by a really friendly family and even though my dorm wasn't great (I was the only one in there again) at least it was cheap
The following day I decided maybe I'd hike up a hill a few kms out of town as I hear it's quite challenging and a nice view, however it was looking ominous weather but I decided to risk it. Went to wait for the bus there and an old lady helped me find where to stand. She warned me not to take a minivan as they will overcharge me. So being a smug backpacker in the know I refused a minivan, especially when the driver told me the bus wasn't running anymore (sure it's not...!). However, after asking a few people (including bus staff) when my bus was coming and them telling me the bus didn't run any longer I decided to head to tourist info where I was informed that no, the bus doesn't run anymore and you have to go by minivan or an expensive bus run by the hotels in the city. So, day 3 and I still hadn't managed to do anything in Kutching, although I had visited the garish cat statue (Kutching means cat) and found some bizzare looking snacks from Chinese shops in the streets.
I was feeling a bit bored and lonely with noone around to chat to and I ended up checking out the museum and aqaurium then went to the cinema one day on my own for the first time ever to watch Will Smith in 'I am Ledgend'
On the 10th I found Jack and it turned out that he'd gone to the wrong hostel and wondered where I was and had waited for me - they have the same name. We headed off to get the bus to the Semmengoh Orangutan Centre and it didn't disappoint us. We saw huge Orangutans very close up and got some great footage so thanks to the backpackers that told me this place was worth going to as it really was. That night we met a couple of girls in a restaurant and organised to meet them in the morning along with some guys from Jack's hostel so we could all get the bus to Bako National Park together.
The following day wewe got the bus (finally!) but it was so rattly we couldn't hear ourselves think
On Saturday (12th) we got up early to see if I could spot any wildlife and managed to see a few Orangutans in the trees. We hiked around the small loop which was a nice leg stretch and ran into Martin, a guy I'd met the first night in Kinabalu national park. Saw another green pit viper right next to the path which was beautiful. I got quite annoyed by some stupid German guys that decided that since the macaque monkeys were a bit of a pest they'd shoot one with a catapault for a laugh......don't come to a wildlife park if you don't like wildlife you morons! They are only pests because idiots feed them. We all decided to pay for a guide and do a night hike which was nice but we only saw a few frogs - couldn't really compare to what I did over Christmas
Yesterday I got up to look for Orangutans again but it was raining so I saw nothing so we got the boat back and got onto the bus. This time it was crammed and we had to stand the entire time (Sunday so people off to the city to pray or shop in the big market I think). There's a huge sign saying no smoking in the bus but we had both the driver and the guy standing next to poor Jack puffing away! Back in Kutching we went off to the museum and the aquarium (again for me) for something to do. We walked around and had a sample of the multi flavoured, multi-coloured maderia cake that the Lonely Planet raves about. It tasted good so we bought a few big slabs and headed down to the waterfront for a cake feast. Typically the stuff we bought was awful, very greasy, stodgy and all tasted the same! Down on the waterfront there's a lot of local guys hanging out and we were amazed how many of them shouted comments at me, even though I was with a guy who could have been my boyfriend or husband for all they knew - I think Malaysian guys are as confident as the Argentinians! After sitting there for a couple of hours we also came to the conclusion that Malaysians love really old rock ballads and love songs as every day I hear Eric Clapton's Wonderful Tonight, Extreme's More Than Words and Bryan Adams tracks from the early 90s. It was actually nice to hear some old stuff that weas out when I was at high school! That night we hung out in Jack's hostel and watched Die Hard 4 even though I'd seen it in Cairns at the cinema. It's funny to see how they translate the subtitles here on copied DVDs - the words on the screen were ridiculous and nothing similar to what was being said!
Today myself and Jack decided we'd try and walk across the river to check out the Cat Museumj (when in Kuching....)
Tonight we found out that Scoops Gelato bar had 50% off everything after 6pm (something to do with it being a Monday) so we splashed out and had chocolate brownie with gelato (disappointing) and a waffle with gelato which was really nice. I said my goodbye to Jack and set off back to the hostel to get an early night as i want to try and get the public bus early tomorrow to the airport.