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Mt Kinabalu

Tuesday, 8 Nov 2011 | Views [735]

You might notice a lack of photo’s, that’s because I spent the last two days shrouded in mist. So obviously the scenery was rubbish but the experience was interesting. I paid 850 Ringget ($260) for 2 days and 1 night. I was picked up at 7.30am Sunday ... Read more >

Kinabatangan River

Tuesday, 8 Nov 2011 | Views [844]

I have just been travelling with two lovely Dutch girls – Judith and Marjolein (I had to call her May) they were great fun to be around and not just for their keen sense of humour but also it was a chance to observe how two gorgeous 20 something girls ... Read more >

Photos: Orang-utans & Kinabatangan river

Tuesday, 8 Nov 2011 | Photo Gallery

Sepilok & Sawau
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Sipadan Diving

Tuesday, 1 Nov 2011 | Views [1137]

All of those diving magazines in all those years and now I have finally dived Sipadan, lots and lots to see but I expected better visibility – though now I am looking back on the photos it is pretty good. More sharks than I can count (black, white, grey ... Read more >

Photos: Diving Sipidan and Paradise

Tuesday, 1 Nov 2011 | Photo Gallery

Mabul Island Borneo
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Photos: Mabul Island

Tuesday, 1 Nov 2011 | Photo Gallery

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Monday, 17 Oct 2011 | Views [537]

This is my last week in China so it’s only fitting I spend it in China’s ultimate holiday destination – Hainan Island or sometimes called China’s Hawaii. I have been to Hawaii and I can only see vague similarities. I feel like I am getting a decent ... Read more >

Photos: Sanya

Monday, 17 Oct 2011 | Photo Gallery

Hainan Island
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Photos: Inner Mongolia

Thursday, 13 Oct 2011 | Photo Gallery

Around Hohhot
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Sunday, 9 Oct 2011 | Views [389]

Well to get to Tibet is a hassle, to be granted a permit you have to be in a tour group with a set itinerary. The flights and train tickets are bought up by touts then sold at inflated prices. As we wanted to travel in the October holiday week we ... Read more >

Photos: Tibet

Sunday, 9 Oct 2011 | Photo Gallery

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Monday, 3 Oct 2011 | Views [587]

Arranging this trip was a test of perseverance and patience but thanks to my dynamic friend Gayle it has actually happened and here we are.   By Chinese standards this week is going to be expensive but my guess is that to arrange it from Perth the ... Read more >

Photos: Lhasa

Monday, 3 Oct 2011 | Photo Gallery

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Boring to Busy

Thursday, 22 Sep 2011 | Views [473]

Tuesday started off with the usual English lesson, interrupted by a couple of phone calls after which Lucy managed to convey that she was going to a university and would I like to come along. It was a gloomy wet day so I was intending to stay home ... Read more >

Photos: Third tallest building

Thursday, 22 Sep 2011 | Photo Gallery

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Photos: West Lake - 1 Yuan banknote

Monday, 19 Sep 2011 | Photo Gallery

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Back in Shenzhen

Friday, 16 Sep 2011 | Views [373] | Comments [1]

Well, I thought I was in a routine, woke up bright and early had our English lesson around 7.30am. Lucy was working pretty hard so she needed a break after just over an hour but we never got back to the lesson because she announced that we were on ... Read more >

The Bund

Thursday, 15 Sep 2011 | Views [379] | Comments [1]

After a rushed lesson we once again were picked up and driven to the Beauty Hospital, this time I turned down breakfast and made my way to the train station to catch the subway to The Bund. I expected Shanghai to be a lot more crowded than what I ... Read more >


Thursday, 15 Sep 2011 | Views [781] | Comments [1]

Well my leap of faith looks like it paid off. Vivian arrange our flight to Shanghai then drove me to the Hong Kong border to meet Ms Look (or Luke) and then dropped us off at the airport for a quick noodle dinner before boarding our plane. By the ... Read more >

Photos: The Bund

Thursday, 15 Sep 2011 | Photo Gallery

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Photos: Shenzhen

Thursday, 15 Sep 2011 | Photo Gallery

Vivian's Apartment
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Photos: Dafen

Friday, 9 Sep 2011 | Photo Gallery

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Friday, 9 Sep 2011 | Views [412]

It took me 45 minutes by subway but I arrived in Dafen with my chinese note in hand asking to point me in the direction of Dafen village and I got there with minimum fuss. The village is full of quaint little shops loaded with paintings and art supplies.... Read more >

Window to the world

Thursday, 8 Sep 2011 | Views [753]

It’s my first day of exploring Shenzhen and according to my travel book there is not a lot to see, it’s really just a business city. Well that’s a challenge! Vivian dropped me off at the Window to the World, just a 10 minute drive.   I set out on foot ... Read more >

Photos: Window of the World

Thursday, 8 Sep 2011 | Photo Gallery

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