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So here I am in Labuk Bay. Malaysia is split in two parts: referred to as either west and east Malaysia, or Malaysia and Borneo Malaysia. West Malaysia is divided into 11 states and Borneo Malaysia is divided into Sabah and Sawawak. Sabah is where I am. This is the northeastern area. I dove off some islands off the coast. We flew to Sandakan admiring the great views on the flight of the coast, the palm oil plantations, and the famous Mt. Kiabalu.

I went to this proboscis monkey sanctuary about an hour away from Sandakan. This place was a wildlife haven. The main attraction of course was these terribly ugly monkeys. I had seen them on Discovery Channel but they were even more ugly in person. This first photo is a closeup of a two-year-old that came right up to us. He seemed to have no fear, but didn’t like to be touched. He would later steal a pack of Oreos and scurry up the closest tree and eat them just out of our reach. When he came back down to the platform, his face was covered in crumbs. He would jump from a tree to the building roof, enter through the bathroom window, peek around the corner until the coast was clear, and try to steal more food. An otter standing guard would chase him away. more »

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So this is Brunei. Actually the official name is Negara Brunei Darussalam. It is one of the smallest countries in the world and is located along the northern tip of Borneo. It is 67% Muslim and here are a few of the mosques we visited. more »

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So I’m in Borneo and I had a chance to visit some long lost relatives from the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve. This first picture is my uncle, next is my aunt, then some 3rd and 4th cousins. Punda and I hiked some trails and went to a morning and afternoon feeding at the Sepilok Rehabilitation Center.
We stayed at the Sepilok Jungle Resort. This place also had a trail along the reserves borders. The owner of the lodge took us on a hike there. The grounds were wicked jungly with bamboo, flowers, ponds, turtles, lizards, birds and wildlife everywhere. I felt at home here. more »

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