Hanging with Cousins in Sepilok

Trip Start Apr 18, 2012
Trip End Jun 12, 2012

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Flag of Malaysia  , Sabah,
Thursday, May 10, 2012

We flew from Kuala Lumpur to Borneo, and spent one night in a cute hotel near the harbor of Sandakan. The place had a rooftop bar, which served burgers and was playing Canadian music. A certain localtarian happily gobbled down an "Australian burger" and swooned over Feist.

Yesterday, we took a local bus to a road-side drop off and were eventually picked up by our next accommodation--a place with little huts in the jungle. Yesterday and this morning, we went to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center to watch primates who are on their way to returning to the jungle eat bananas and watermelon. The rehab center is pretty awesome--the orangutans are slowly acclimated to jungle-living and most eventually join their friends in the wilderness. The more recent arrivals return to the feeding platforms where camera-happy tourists can watch them dine. Holy adorable.

I'm not sure why it's so fascinating to watch the orangutans. Maybe it's because they look so familiar--hairy, slouchy, slightly confused. Jewish?

Here is a video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIFDOadDuKY

And another one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Npd8gceoEMQ

In addition to watching orangutans, we've been watching tourists--with so few in Myanmar, we've found ourselves totally enamored with the folks we've met here. Last night, I had Estonian vodka with an Estonian, a Swedish punk star, a Parisian, and a Canadian.

My apologies for the number of photos of monkeys--I couldn't stop with the pics. I'm hoping Kaden and Monika will provide the voiceover for the videos. Will Monika's orangutan voice differ from Monika's Ira voice?
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Sandra on

Zach and I loved your adorable monkey pics on this one.

Mik Reklaw on

As I live with a family of hairy people, I'm particularly fond of the monkey pictures. They make me feel like hugging my hubby!

kaden on

ira wants a monkey sibling!

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