Finding a way out

I can be an adventurer and at the same time I can be a very cautious person. Would it have been just me, I would have never thought of taking a shared taxi to a random place, but together with a fellow traveler, I found myself driving into the jungle. At the street in Kota…

Weekly photo challenge: Between

I was walking around Kota Kinabalu, looking for things to do. I’d ended up spending a lot of time in KK after cancelling a trip in the eastern part of the Sabah province. I hadn’t planned on being here for a long time, and I was running out of affordable options. So I took my camera and started…

Weekly photo challenge: reflections, a self portrait

I was at the airport in Sandakan. I’d come to Sandakan full of hope and with a sense of adventure. When I arrived I heard about the uproar that had been going on in the areas of the province Sabah that I wanted to travel to. Instead of preparing for the adventure, I spent my first…

Learning to dive in Malaysia

My scuba adventure started on a sunny Thursday. The Dive DownBelow dive center had sent a van to pick me up from my hostel in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. In the Sutera harbor I transferred to a speed boat and was taken to Gaya Island, where the dive center was located. I started out with a…

Focus on culture: the Sabah museum

Maybe April isn’t the best time to be on Borneo. It is bloody hot in the city of Kota Kinabalu. It is so hot that every person I meet feels the urge to make a remark about it. It is the perfect day to go to a museum. Too bad I planned on walking to…

Picture perfect: Sandakan

The few sights in Sandakan are quite spread out. But a walk around the center gives you an idea of the town. It is more about letting the culture sink in. As a white girl you’ll notice that people are yelling at you at every corner. As if the stares aren’t enough! I can deal…

Trouble in paradise

On my first day in Sandakan I took a quick look around and then started planning my trip around Sabah. There was turtle Island, uncle Tan’s jungle stay and a PADI diving course in Semporna. I was so excited. I skyped with my parents to tell them my great plans. A couple of hours later…