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Backpacking in Brunei: Top 10 Sights in Bandar Seri Begawan

There was something special for me when I went backpacking in Brunei in 2013. It was a milestone I had never thought possible. I cracked the 70 country mark when I got the ferry from Malaysia to Brunei, taking the Labuan to Serasa crossing before heading to Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital city of what Read more about Backpacking in Brunei: Top 10 Sights in Bandar Seri Begawan[…]

Climbing Mount Kinabalu in Borneo Day 2 Part 3: The Ascent to Low’s Peak (The top)

Next up on my report on climbing Mount Kinabalu in Borneo we’re on Day 2 Part 3 and this part covers the ascent to Low’s Peak, which is in fact the top. Having reached the 8kilometre mark by 5am and passed by the surreal terrain just above the South Peak, it was time for the final Read more about Climbing Mount Kinabalu in Borneo Day 2 Part 3: The Ascent to Low’s Peak (The top)[…]

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Climbing Mount Kinabalu in Borneo: Day 2 Part 2 – The Ascent to the South Peak

Continuing on my report on the mega two day hike up to the peak of Mount Kinabalu in Borneo, day 2 was an early start! Yes, you might have read in my day 2 part 1 post that we got up at 2am to start the upward ascent – details on what to carry are Read more about Climbing Mount Kinabalu in Borneo: Day 2 Part 2 – The Ascent to the South Peak[…]

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The Day My Girlfriend Got Stung By A Jellyfish in Malaysia, at Sapi Island, Borneo

Not so much a crazy story here today but a reminder to be careful and remember that hazards are everywhere we go, whether minor or major. Getting stung by a jellyfish is something that can happen easily. So my girlfriend Panny Yu and I were on an island hopping tour off the coast of Kota Read more about The Day My Girlfriend Got Stung By A Jellyfish in Malaysia, at Sapi Island, Borneo[…]

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Climbing Mount Kinabalu in Borneo: Day 2 Part 1 – Up at 2am for Breakfast and Starting the Hike

OK folks, so if you’ve followed my posts in sequence from climbing Mount Kinabalu in Borneo, you’ll know I completed day one and we headed to the Waras Hut in Kinabalu to sleep for a few hours. And it really was just a few hours! We got to sleep around 10.30 pm I reckon and Read more about Climbing Mount Kinabalu in Borneo: Day 2 Part 1 – Up at 2am for Breakfast and Starting the Hike[…]

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Climbing Mount Kinabalu in Borneo: Day 1 Part 6 – Our Base at Waras Hut

After hiking up the first 6 kilometres for the day and arriving at our base at Laban Rata, it was time to rest our weary heads for the night ready for the main event the next morning – the hike to the peak!! Before it got dark I took a few photos of the Waras Read more about Climbing Mount Kinabalu in Borneo: Day 1 Part 6 – Our Base at Waras Hut[…]

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Climbing Mount Kinabalu in Borneo: Day 1 Part 5 – Sunset and Dinner at Laban Rata

  After completing the first day of the hike, we arrived at our base of Laban Rata for the night. We had reached the 6 kilometre mark and would be spending the night in this mountain village. Basically Laban Rata is one massive hut and a few other smaller huts and it is situated just Read more about Climbing Mount Kinabalu in Borneo: Day 1 Part 5 – Sunset and Dinner at Laban Rata[…]

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Climbing Mount Kinabalu in Borneo: Day 1 Part 4 – Layang Shelter to Laban Rata

While the first part for the hike from Timpohon Gate to Layang Shelter was basically just a stroll in the park – walking through a forest, climbing upward slowly with views of trees, soil and rocks, the next bit got steeper and slightly more challenging. It was also misty and therefore the first part of Read more about Climbing Mount Kinabalu in Borneo: Day 1 Part 4 – Layang Shelter to Laban Rata[…]

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