Borneo

Well it’s happened again, I’ve wasted a perfectly good week without posting to the blog. But better late than never.

Hello, and greetings from Kota Kinabalu, the capital of the state of Sabah, on the Malaysian side of Borneo, the third largest island on Earth, behind Greenland & New Guinea I’ve actually been here for five days now, but haven’t gotten around to writing — what else is new?

From Kuala Lumpur, in Western Malaysia, I took the train to Singapore, which turned out to be surprisingly easy and cheap. KL, though it’s quite boring, has a fantastic public transit system, and getting the train to Singapore was a breeze.

I arrived in Singapore and met up with Barratt and Asuka, and stayed with them in, what I would call, their dream apartment. They’re on the top floor of a 37 story appartment building, built on a hill, so it’s already above everything else, plus they have access to deck overlooking downtown Singapore. The view is stunning (pictures coming).

While there, I had the opportunity to gorge myself on good food, went to the Singapore Zoo – hands down the most amazing zoo I’ve ever seen, and got to hit a couple of psytrance parties that Barratt was DJ-ing at. He totally rocked, by the way – finally, good dark psy in Asia!

While there, I also went up to the top of the Sands Hotel, which is a rediculous display of wealth, ah la Los Vegas style. Actually, it beats anything I’ve seen in Vegas…. The hotel consists of three towers, with a weird “boat” looking thing spanning the roof tops of all three. The design isn’t asthetically pleasing, and doesn’t make much sense to me, but what do I know?

The top of the “boat” – 57th floor – consists of a huge observation deck, complete with grass and palm trees, plus an “infinity pool” (open to hotel guests only) looking out over the skyscrapers of the city. Sorry, I haven’t had a chance to process pictures yet.

I decided to fly to Malaysian Borneo after Singapore, and attempt to climb Mt. Kinabalu – that is, until I saw the sticker price! Oy Vey, it’s about 300 USD for two days of hiking?! That’s rediculous, so I decided to put that money towards something more worthwhile – I signed up for an advanced open water SCUBA course, plus three dives on Sipadan Island, one of the top diving destinations in the world. 9 dives total – 3 of which are in a spot that even amazed Jaques Cousteau, for around 400 bucks. Expensive, yes, but a bargain in the big scheme of things, I think.

So I leave tomorrow morning on a long distance bus trip to the far Eastern end of Borneo, near the border of Indonesia. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that all works out well.