Travelling through the mountains of Borneo, we made a stop at Gomantong Cave, known for its ancient Bird’s Nest harvesting. A delicacy in this part of the world is Bird’s Nest Soup. Inside the Cave Not only is this cave full of the priceless bird’s nests of the Swiftlet bird, it is also full of bird poop, bats and cockroaches! Not my favourite cave. David Tseu, our guide, took some gorgeous photos inside the cave and you’d never guess at first glance that there were even birds and bird’s nests inside it, let alone the other little creatures. … More… →
One of our stops on our way to a new jungle resort in Borneo was for Indian food. What a treat it was to watch this guy making each individual fresh roti, and with a bright smile that showed how much he really seemed to enjoy doing it. To watch it was true art. How to Make Roti Starting with a little ball of dough he starts stretching it and throwing it in the air until it is paper-thin and two feet across! Then he folds the thin dough many times into a square, oils … More… →
A Rare Experience We felt extremely privileged to see the Pygmy Elephants in Borneo. These Borneo Elephants are the cutest elephants you have ever seen! They look like they are straight out of a Disney movie. They have big baby-face heads, big floppy ears, chubby tummies, straight husks and long tails. Apparently, they are quite gentle unless extremely provoked. Playing in the Mud At first the Pygmy Elephants were walking into the forest, but they must have decided that we needed a little show, and slowly they started to turn around and come back. It … More… →
The Lake It was the most mesmerizing lake we had ever seen. Set in the Borneo rain forest like a jewel of peace among wild thorns. (Double-click on any photo to see it full size) Reflections so perfect and so still, you’d swear there were two lakes. Most astounding was the silence. In any forest you will hear the sounds of birds and animals and insects, yet at this enthralling place in the Borneo rainforest, there was not a sound. The unusual silence was hypnotic. Even the remote Northern Lakes of Canada were not this noiseless. … More… →
Sepilok Orangutan Nursery We were still giddy from seeing the wild Orangutans that morning. After returning to the gorgeous Sepilok Nature Resort, we had lunch and a short break before we headed to the Sepilok Orangutan Nursery and Rehabilitation Centre. The Orangutan Nursery and Rehabilitation Centre houses orphaned and stolen baby orangutans. Many of the little orangutans were originally pet orangutans that had been illegally kept as pets; some were orphaned babies whose Mothers had died or been killed. They were all babies or between 1-2 years old. Stolen and Orphaned Orangutan Babies The … More… →
Move over Africa – Borneo could offer as much as Africa, without the price! Check out our amazing adventures below while on Borneo Safari, and just see if you wouldn’t rather go to Borneo at half the cost of going to Africa. WILD ANIMALS OF BORNEO With one of the oldest rainforests in the world, and protecting the endangered Bornean Orangutan, the Bornean Elephant, the Proboscis Monkey, the Sumatran Rhinoceros, the Leaf Monkey, and the Bornean Clouded Leopard, Borneo is fast becoming an alternative to the African Safari. Afar named Borneo first in a list of unique safari … More… →
The Wilds of Borneo Wild. Untamed. Natural. Full of natural jungle and wild animals! Wild Boars, Macaques, Elephants and Orangutans. Private Tour of Borneo We highly recommend a private tour of Borneo. To drive to, and find, the wild animals and accommodation in the depths of the jungle on your own would be a very challenging experience, and it’s doubtful that you would have the inside of knowledge of a professional local guide. Just take a look at this fabulous Itinerary created by our private tour guide, David Tseu (We’ve added prices in … More… →
Skip Manila in the Philippines. It is a big, noisy, busy, dumpy, dirty city. Sorry to be so blunt, but that is the truth. Unless you like big, noisy, busy, dumpy cities, that is. Leaving El Nido Leaving the fantastic islands of El Nido, Philippines, was difficult, and as we flew over the Philippines towards Manilla, it was with a wistful goodbye. We will always remember these gorgeous plush lagoons and islands. When we were told that El Nido was voted the best island in the world, we were a bit doubtful. We thought the … More… →
Arrival El Nido Airport The Philippines were gorgeous. We can never forget the amazing colours of the ocean or the sweet people, but something else pops into our heads as soon as someone mentions El Nido, Philippines. The lovely welcome and the not-so-lovely departure from El Nido Airport. We’ve mentioned this in earlier posts (Getting To The Best Island In The World), but we also want to share our videos of arrival and departure with you so you can truly feel a connection to these experiences, and just so you know what to expect if you go to El … More… →
As one of the most beautiful places on earth, El Nido was a week of pure indulgence. Relaxing in a hammock, staring out across an aquamarine bay studded with gorgeous islands, tucking into a good novel, eating great food, and with barely anyone else there, what could be better than that? Really Fresh Chicken For Dinner Of course there were a few surprises. Like the day we were sitting in the restaurant of our resort, Garden Bay Beach Resort, wide shutters open to a soft breeze on a warm day, when we heard a fluttery noise nearby. Looking … More… →
Dazzling Colours 5 of the most stunning islands in the world are off El Nido, on Palawan Island in the Philippines. Majestic and breath-taking views in every direction simply made this one of the most memorable tours (and we usually dislike tours) that we have ever taken. Simply jaw-dropping. We hope our photos demonstrate the true beauty of El Nido, Palawan Island, and the stunning islands surrounding it. Palawan Island was named the best island in the world by Travel + Leisure Magazine, 2016. We were skeptical, but now we have to agree. The jaw-dropping and changing … More… →
Cebu to El Nido We were on our way to El Nido, Palawan Island, Philippines, voted as holding the #1 spot for the “best island in the world” (Travel + Leisure Magazine), 2016. Arriving at Cebu Airport for our flight to El Nido, there were colourful shops with every kind of Filipino packaged foods and snacks. One shop even had the Filipino delicacy, Lechon, proudly displayed in an airport shop window. Lechon is a special dish where the entire pig is spit-roasted over coals, with the crisp, golden-brown skin served with liver sauce. We had to take a … More… →
Maybe I’m A Little Slow, But… Maybe I’m A Little Slow OK, maybe I’m a little slow, but I have been posting faithfully each week on my blog for over three years, and I still can’t figure out all this SEO (Search Engine Optimization) stuff. I have an education and have been complimented on my tenacity and ability to figure things out, but figuring out key words (but not using too many), and using dynamic titles and eye-catching photos (but not too few), and link-building (but not too many) is driving me crazy. What the heck are SERP’s anyway? Oh, and … More… →
Something Happens to People at Christmas It happens to people when they start thinking about the joy people will experience from the gifts they will give. They suddenly feel kinder, more generous, more caring. They want to spread a little happiness! It should happen all year round, but the thought that we should do a good deed or spread a little happiness every day might pop into our heads, but then it promptly leaves when our busy lives take over. If Kids Can Do It… Some of the things people in our local communities are doing to spread … More… →
The Women of Tonga The women in the Kingdom of Tonga are beautiful and large. Many are over six feet all and well over two hundred pounds. In fact, the bigger you are in Tonga, the more respect you have. That’s a hard concept for people in North America – a place where slim and skinny are preferred by both men and women – to grasp. Fat people have little prestige in North America, the exact opposite of the cultural norm in Tonga. Even in beauty contests in Tonga, slim women are not considered to possess … More… →
Tonga: Going to Ouleva Island We were flying from the Vava’u Group in Tonga to the Haap’ai Group, where we had arrangements to take a boat to an uninhabited island, Ouleva. At the airport, as we walked out to our small 8-seater plane, I noticed the pilot was actually leaning out over the nose cone of the plane cleaning the windshield! Tonga Pilot Tongan plane But I’m Not a Pilot A few minutes later, I was standing outside waiting my turn to go up the stairs into the plane, when the pilot came over, pulled me aside, and … More… →
Tonga is probably our favourite place in the world; a gorgeous chain of South Pacific islands with crystal clear turquoise water, white sand beaches, and sweet people. It’s the kind of place that is in your travel dreams. Tonga: Vava’u Group of Islands The second island we stayed on was in the Vava’u Group of islands, at Talihau Beach, at Lucky’s Beach Cabins. In Vava’u it was unusually hot, but we had a lovely fale (small house) at the end of a peninsula where there was the perfect cool breeze blowing off the point, and a gorgeous blue lagoon. Talihau’s … More… →
Yes! Lonely Planet has just named CANADA as the number one travel destination in 2017. Don’t you just love it?! Well, especially if you are a Canadian, that is. Canadian Pride They say Canadians don’t have an abundance of national pride. That just might be because we are also known as a modest and polite group of people. We don’t like to brag. But hey, if you feel like this is a day that deserves a little chest-busting, I think it would be A-OK. Photo credit Mat Kelman Canadians, let the good word be known: Canada is … More… →
Ever since taking an anthropology class at university, and reading about the Kingdom of Tonga, I had longed to go there. Kingdom of Tonga Anthropology of the Kingdom of Tonga Reading that the bigger you are in Tonga, the more prestige you have, shocked me. There was also something about cultural sexual norms hundreds of years ago that included encouraging teenagers to experiment with both sexes. Interesting. And many many years ago – cannibalism was the norm in Tonga. The people were family oriented, gentle and super friendly! Then there was the intrigue of pristine, crowd-less and peaceful Polynesian … More… →
There are a million things to learn when setting up a word press website. Let me say first that while setting up my website, it was so frustrating that I almost gave up. Even for a computer-literate, detail-oriented person, it can be one of the most challenging jobs you’ve ever set out to complete. Of course there are simpler instant website services, but WordPress offers literally thousands of plugins to adapt your site to whatever you want and need. Personally, I like having many options and choices to tailor my website to exactly what I need it to do. … More… →
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