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Trip: Malaysia & Indonesia 2009

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INDONESIA | Friday, 28 Aug 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Lombok to Bali - Mount Rinjani says "hi"

INDONESIA | Sunday, 28 Jun 2009 | Views [1647]

"One ringgit. One ringgit ok?" I hold up the note in front of my face so the man behind the counter can see. His eyes widen and his lips purse. His is the face of someone who has been offered an extremely good deal but doesn't want to ... Read more >

Mount Rinjani, Lombok - The day before

INDONESIA | Thursday, 25 Jun 2009 | Views [963]

I am sitting in a guesthouse in Senaru, on the island of Lombok, Indonesia. The room is spartan. The only furniture is the double bed which I'm sharing tonight with Madeleine. The floor is tiled. The roof is high. There are ventilation holes above the ... Read more >

Singapore: Early morning philosophical indulgences

SINGAPORE | Wednesday, 3 Jun 2009 | Views [695]

I'm feeling bizarrely homesick for a time when I wasn't so competent. I remember the first time I managed to book an international flight on my own, and orchestrated my escape from Christchurch to Melbourne, all under my own steam. I remember when ... Read more >

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Wet in Kuching: Less about a city, more about a boy.

MALAYSIA | Sunday, 24 May 2009 | Views [593]

I'm dripping on the floor, making puddles around my bare feet. There's a mother and a couple of children cooking on the landing. The boy stops to chat with them ever so quietly while I continue to drip. Then he ushers me up another short flight of wooden ... Read more >

Kota Kinabalu to Kuching: Stream of consciousness

MALAYSIA | Saturday, 23 May 2009 | Views [1043]

Most disconcerting flight from Kota Kinabalu to Kuching. Had looked up from newspaper during course of flight to see bizarre clouds out the window. Looked kind of like we were flying upside down. Had sudden irrational fear that we had crashed and died ... Read more >

Reasons for being wretched in Starbucks, Kota Kinabalu International Airport

MALAYSIA | Friday, 22 May 2009 | Views [2402]

Wretched, wretched. It's 9.30am, and I'm sitting in Kota Kinabalu International Airport, Terminal something. One or two. Not the budget terminal anyway. Having arrived in KK at the budget terminal and seen it in its midday-scorching-heat glory, I'm ... Read more >

Uncle Tan’s, orangutans, Kinabatangans

MALAYSIA | Monday, 18 May 2009 | Views [1123]

Jason Mraz should feel pretty proud of himself. Probably unbeknownst to him, his song “I’m Yours” is currently being sung, strummed, hummed and played obsessively by jungle village dwellers along the Kinabatangan river in the east of Sabah.... Read more >

Kota Kinabalu: Sleeping, snorkelling and relationship woes

MALAYSIA | Saturday, 16 May 2009 | Views [1219]

When my little brother first started "big kids' school" my mother used to walk him to school. When she tried to leave she would be assailed by a barrage of wails. Anguish aplenty. She felt terribly guilty about leaving him in such a state ... Read more >

Long-haul flight #1: Christchurch to Kota Kinabalu: Stream of consciousness

MALAYSIA | Tuesday, 12 May 2009 | Views [1231]

Flight Christchurch > Auckland: 8am - 9.15am Was told by travel agent to arrive two hours early. This time of day very busy, apparently. Am never listening to travel agent again. Check in counter not even open. Extremely tired due to 4.30am ... Read more >