Next few days of tour......

Trip Start Jul 10, 2010
Trip End Sep 17, 2010

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Flag of Malaysia  , Sabah,
Sunday, July 18, 2010

With aching legs after our hike, we then went to the Kinabatangan River, which is the longest in the area. I'm guessing 570km. I've a feeling I'm making that up completely though. We stayed just off it in a jungle lodge and for the two days did a couple of river cruises looking out for various things. Ended up spotting snakes, monkeys, birds, lizards, crocodiles and elephants. Yaaaaay. Honestly the elephants were right up on the water edge tucking into some food, were sooo lucky. They look like they're smiling. Cute. Apart from that we've been chilling. We did do some small walk through the jungle but he mentioned leeches and all these insects so I was more just freaking over that, rather than paying attention. It had been raining before yet one guy went in with sandals and no insect repellent. Needless to say he was attacked! I however had constant insect repellant at hand I was thinking yeah, so why am i here?! I wasn't the only one though so that made me feel better! Oh and the humidity incase you are wondering, yes it is crazy. You can spot the Brits easily, melting. and yes, I've already made the joke that my hair will soon be an afro like Monica in friends!

We then moved on to Sepilok, which is where there is the orangutan rehabilitation centre. After possibly the best, heaviest rain ever (It's excellent, so predictable in when it will rain) we headed over there to see feeding time. The afternoon wasn't as busy, I guess folk were put off by the rain but a couple came out. One in particular was clearly the performer, just swinging on ropes, posing and just generally showing off for pictures. We waited a while, long after the feeders left and some more came out. About 5 maybe. Just when we were thinking of leaving this orangutan is walking along the fence of our sort of viewing pen thing. Then he bowls in and takes  a seat on the floor. Totally unfazed by all the punters coming to take a picture. Was crazy. Apparently he's done that about 7 times, yeah  I don't think he'll be getting released back into the wild EVER. It's the naughty ones that interact with us humans. But yeah, they are so adorable and human like, with such expression in their face. So it's no surprise they share 96.4% DNA with us. I kept saying I wanted to cuddle an orangutan or even better, STEAL ONE. And to be honest on the way out was my best opportunity, as we were walking on the exit walkway I approach a normal visitor guy CUDDLING AN ORANGUTAN. And my god, the orangutan would not let go. I walked past them and honestly, it looked so content snuggling into him. Sooooo cute! By this pooint the ranger had caught up to sort it out and the orangutan gave a look as if to say aw crap, I'm in trouble. Ahhhhh I want one. I did get a couple good snaps. A guy in our group is big time into photography and so he got National Geographic standard photos. His camera has a lens about the length of your arm, puts my one to shame really.

Today we went to the  WW2 POW Memorial for the Brits and Australians that stayed there. Some of the site was formely part of the camp. In total there were 2500 POWs I'm sure and they were forced to work (build an airfield etc) by the japanese. It explained all about the death marches where they walked 267km (approx - memory poor with all this info). Only 6 people, australians, survived from this camp/time. They were escapees. Pretty horrible to read how they were treated/conditions. Even just the brief time we were there I was melting in the sun.
Oh and on the food count, I've been eating loads! Ha. What is it about buffets that makes you just completely pig out?! Some places have fried chicken and curries, noodles and rice.......for breakfast. But yeah our tour guide is getting us to try out all these random fruits which is cool. Oh and pineapple. A LOT OF PINEAPPLE.

Until next time! :)
(Photos in the next couple of days, I promise. Just need to get myself a reader, or steal one from fellow tour goer!)
Heather xxx
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