Hello Borneo.

Eeek! I can’t believe I’ve been so useless and haven’t written a blog all week. Since starting my new job, my life has become a rigid routine of eat, catch bus, exercise brain to painful extent, catch bus, eat, stare at TV in comatose state for an hour, sleep. It’s not that I’m not used to the working world, I’m no stranger to long hours and aching feet, but I’ve never had a job with so much intensive learning involved before. It’s kind of floored me. And yet at the same time, it’s really rather excellent. I’ve met some seriously great people and this learning gig isn’t all that bad you know? Feeling the accomplishment of shoving one more thing into your brain and finding that it can, despite all odds, remain there is really quite satisfying. I can speak knowledgeably today about things I hadn’t even heard of two weeks ago….who knew I had it in me to sit at a desk? I surely didn’t. Speaking of my love for roaming the Earth and constantly fighting the urge to stay still, here is a little bit about the three awesome weeks I spent in Borneo last year.

Sadly, Borneo was the final chapter of mine and Jakes first travelling adventure. After 18 months we finally had to admit defeat and surrender to our empty bank account. We flew home on a shoe string – back tracking to Kuala Lumpur, hopping over to Manilla where we spent a very long and uncomfortable night in the stop over lounge, on a broken single bed (shared with some very hospitable cockroaches) behind a curtain, a 16 hour flight to London, a free bus into the city, an hour and a half walk to Kings Cross (in February, in our shorts and t shirts), a 6 hour mega bus to our home town, a taxi to our houses (which Jake’s Mum had to pay for at the other end) and at last, after a 50 hour journey, a very tearful surprise reunion on the doorstep of my childhood home.

But that’s not the point. this is about the three weeks proceeding the long journey home. Borneo was one of the top places to visit on our list, Sabah specifically, because our friend James has two properties there. So, long story short, he met us out there and we spent the time staying between his two apartments (one at the beach and one in the city).

There were some serious beach antics…including this ridiculous fight.

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James and I were punished with some pretty severe burns for having too much fun.

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The wonderful Lok Kawi Wildlife Park…I got to stroke a pygmy Elephant!!!

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This is Mt. Kinabalu national park. Yes it is the same place where those backpackers recently got arrested for getting naked. Somehow we managed to keep our clothes on.

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The boys were desperate to play football and we lucked out when we stumbled upon Leecas utd’s pitch. We got some very strange looks from the locals here.

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And here are a few random ones. Including one of my favourite photos of all time – LOOK AT THOSE MOUSTACHES!

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I promise to do a blog about something recent asap. Hope you enjoyed, ciao!

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