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My Costs October 2013 – Borneo & Bali

What did I do? October 2013 was an adventurous month. It started off in Kuching, where I spent more time then I had originally thought I would. I wanted to go to Mulu National Forest and needed to be in Miri (~1000km away) to get there and I decided I wanted to try and get there hitchhiking. It took 7 ...

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Kuching’s Orchid Park – A Photo Essay


Opposite the Waterfront, The Kuching Orchid Park is a beautiful place to spend some time while exploring Kuching. Completed in 2009 the park has a collection of around 75,000 orchids and holds annual orchid competitions. I spent a hot afternoon exploring the park while learning to use my new camera (practicing macro and using my F1..8) with the owner of ...

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Nosy Primates At Bako National Park


For anyone visiting Kuching in the Malaysian state of Sarawak on the island of Borneo, Bako National Park is a Must See, and I can’t stress that enough. If you’re in the area and you don’t want to see incredible animals, unique plants and diverse terrain… why’d you come to Borneo? How to get to Bako National Park Getting to ...

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How to Get to Kuala Lumpor’s Aiport from Hentian Putra Bus Station

Getting to KL Sentral Station (2)

Figuring out Kuala Lumpors transportation network can be quite a challenge. If you find yourself heading to KL’s Hentian Putra Bus Station to catch a plane or arrive via plane and want to catch a bus, you might find these directions useful. Note: KL has 2 airports and multiple bus stations. Make sure you know where you’re headed. Starting out from ...

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Kapas – A Relaxing Island in Terengganu, Malaysia


While Kapas may not be as popular of a destination as some of the other islands in the area (Perhentian, Redang) it has a different vibe that may just be right for you. Kapas doesn’t have the loud bars, clubs, partying or crowds. It’s great for relaxing. How to get to Kapas To get to Kapas, you can take a ...

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My Costs September 2013 – Terengganu to Sarawak, Malaysia

Spending Flow September 2013

What did I do? I started the month on Perherntian Kecil, finishing up my Open Water Diving Certification, then returning to Terengganu to finish up my two months of volunteering at a University there as a research assistant, and hanging out with the friends I had made before it was my time to move on. My last weekend in Terengganu ...

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PADI Open Water Cert with the Quiver Dive Team – Perhentian, Malaysia


While volunteering in Malaysia, on my birthday weekend, I ended up getting my PADI open water diving certification from Quiver Dive Team on Perhentian Kecil. I was somewhat hesitant about incurring such a large expense as a budget traveler (along with the idea of falling in love with such an expensive hobby) but decided to treat myself. Perhentian was the best ...

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Shack-Rafting on Tasik Kenyir – Malaysia – A Photo Essay


In the Malaysian State Terengganu there is a beautiful 100 square-mile man made lake. Former highlands, flooded via dam, became 340 lush jungle islands surrounded by brilliant blue water where you can fish, swim, hangout with friends, explore waterfalls, and watch the wildlife (we saw some monkeys). Though it is unfortunate of the ecological damage that has been done here, Malaysia ...

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My Costs August 2013 – Peninsular Malaysia

Daily Spending Flow August 2013

I spent all of August continuing my work as a volunteer research assistant in Terengganu, Malaysia. As part of my arrangement, I was living with the professor I was working with, and my room & board was covered. My expenses were pretty low. The first half of the month was still the Muslim holiday Ramadan and in Terengganu (the most ...

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