Lots of bed and bread - that's what 'Auntie' said!

Trip Start Sep 09, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Malaysia  , Sabah,
Friday, June 6, 2008

After the magical marine life of Mabul and Sipadan we headed back across to Semporna for the night and were delighted to find that the fair was in town. We headed off with dreams of candy floss, 'scream if you wanna go faster' rides and freak shows giving us bearded ladies and wrestling midgets... what we found made Manor Park look like Disneyland: a couple of very old and very tired rides, a few tombola's and not a single pikey in sight.

Next morning we took the early bus that smelt of Play Doh and headed up to Sandakan on the East Coast of Sabah. Once again Borneo treated us to some fantastic scenery - this really is a stunningly picturesque part of the world whether you're trekking, snorkeling, climbing or just sat in a bus. It's so green and clean you feel yourself mesmerized by the landscape and its fantastic ability to constantly change. As we approached Sandakan the natural beauty was blighted somewhat by the very tacky large plastic animal figures on the roundabouts - I imagine an enormous smiling crocodile in a baseball cap pointing you in the right direction does come in handy but surely a nice blue sign would suffice.

We only had a couple of days in Sandakan and, after finding that all accommodation on Turtle Island was booked out we made our way to Rose B&B upon the recommendation of the lovely lady at the Turtle Island booking office. When we arrived we were greeted with 'Auntie', a very exciteable Filipino lady with a fantastic witch's cackle laugh and the ability to talk even more than Charlie!! Upon hearing of Charlie's sore toes and my recovering ankle, she ordered us to rest up and let her look after us and, after a fantastic but very tiring few weeks we were in no mood to argue.

The following morning we awoke to find the table in the reception fully laid, and the second she heard we were awake Auntie sprang into action, preparing us fresh fruit, a cooked breakfast and laying on endless tea and toast. Charlie mentioned that she liked the peanut butter and chocolate spread... so she went out and bought us a jar (she got the wrong jar and bought us strawberry jam, but it was still lovely of her)!

After a day of being force-fed an entire loaf of bread we made our way down to the bus station to head back to KK one last time. There we met Jen and Dave, who had decided to take a trip down to the orang utan sanctuary. We'd given it a miss after seeing the orange ones in Sarawak and wild in Bukit Lawang but were soon made to regret our decision as Dave ran us through his up close and personal photographs of the very 'adult' show the male and female orang utans had put on for the visitors...
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