Wild Borneo

Trip Start Dec 25, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, June 11, 2007

Wild Borneo.

WOW! what a ride! 9public buses, 4 long disrtance buses, 6 minivans, 3 taxis, 5 4x4's, 2 cars(paid), 2 cars (volunteered) 1 lrg. ferry, 3 lrg. jet longboats, 6 small river boats, 1 scooter and 2 twin otter flights is how i have made my way from Kuching in southern Sarawak, Borneo through Brunie and into Northern, Sabah Borneo to experience all the fantastic sights and sounds.

On this leg of my journey i have met the most inviting and open hearted people, 74 year old western travellers and families on the same great backpack journey. The Malaysian people are very kind and have the hearts the size of this magnificent island. I have visited many locals homes. Shared in thier festivities, drank to much rice wine, and shared meals amongst 4 generations.Played with there children and have been treated like a long lost family member.

I have visited remote areas only accecable by river, air, or 4x4 road. Hiked through the immense trees and insects of the highland and jungle. Feasted on fresh wild pinnaple, jungle fern and mouse deer. Explored vast caves that would impress Indian Jones. Swam in the s. China sea at remote beaches and in towering waterfalls deep in the jungle.

BUT! the highlight was to see and to live amongst the Orangutans, the man of the jungle they call them. They are like us in so many ways. There are only 3 place sin the world where these amazing animals still live. As i visited Uncle Tans jungle huts an Orangutan mother and her young camped out about 50meters above in a large tree. Watching this mother and its youngster and there nurturing nature will stick with me for life. Catching site of a wild leaopard cat. Seeing more amazing looking Hornbill birds and king fishers then i could imagine. Proboscis monkeys with ther funny noses, huge bellies and leaps of faith from one small branch to another. The list goes on and on and doesnt even cove rthe insects, amphibians and holding a scorpion in my hand for the first time.

WOW! I've been very fortunate for all the people i have met here in Borneo. Shaking hand with a 92 year old Iban tribesman warrior, who got up to introduse himself to me with a very firm handshake. Witnessing a traditional dance/kata of a tatooed Iban warrior. Feasting and dancing with the with the kalabit people of the highlands of Bario. Celabrating Gawai, harvest festival with Richard who had only known for 5 min before he drove me an hour to celebrate with his people, stay in his home, and eat and drink with all his extended family. &4 year old backpackers who i have shared dorms and great stories with. Who have told be that once i travel and see it all to go see it again and then again. I think they are on to something.

Gaya Guru Gerai Nyamai!
This statement means Long Life in the Iban tribal language and i wish everyone i have met and those of you at home long happy healthy lives.

Honourable mention goes out to Michelle from England who shared much of this journey because those of you that know me i'm not the easiest person to get along with at times.

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