Guling Mulu National Park in Malaysia, commonly known as Mulu, is the jewel in the Malaysian national park system. It’s a tropical rainforest (receiving more than 15 feet of rain per year) with tall mountains, steep cliffs, dramatic, razor-sharp limestone pinnacles, a huge network of caves of all levels of difficulty, rivers to cruise, a [Read more ...]
We were looking forward to our trip to our first Malaysian national park…Bako. To get there, we flew into Kuching Malaysia, and were picked up by a guide who took us to a hotel to drop off our suitcases. Then, with just backpacks containing things we would need for one night, he drove us 45 [Read more ...]
Our Kuching Restaurant: TopSpot
While in Kuching, we found some interesting and delicious food atop a parking garage. This isn’t anything new to us as we ate at, and thoroughly enjoyed Miami Beach’s Juvia last year. In fact, Tom and two friends once lived in a New Orleans parking gargle for a few days, but [Read more ...]
We were spending almost 2 weeks in Malaysia on our trip. We started out in Sarawak which is one of the states of Malaysia and is the largest of the Malaysian states located on the island of Borneo–an island that the country shares with Indonesia and Brunei.
Although Serawac, along with Saba, voluntarily chose to [Read more ...]
Of course, food is a passion of ours in any city. we don’t leave any city without thinking of food. Food in Indonesia is so inexpensive that we often ordered many dished to taste things even if we couldn’t finish them.
Ledai Tiga Nyonya. We had a nice three-dish lunch here based on restaurant-highlighted dishes. [Read more ...]
Our main reason for going to Yogarkarta Indonesia was to see Borobudur and the surrounding temples. We started the day at 4 AM for the obligatory sunrise visit to Borobudur, the largest Buddhist temple complex in the world.
It was built in the 8th century from more than 50,000, hand-hewn one-cubic meter stones (without [Read more ...]
Yogykarta itself would not normally be on our itinerary. But since we had to go there to get to Borobudor, the most famous attraction on the island of Java, we stopped to see some of the sites. The two most interesting are:
Sultan’s Palace; and Water Castle.
Sultan’s Palace, which was built in 1756, has [Read more ...]
We have long read and seen photos of the huge, fierce Komodo Dragons, the largest lizards that are capable of devouring pigs, or should the opportunity arise, young children (fact or fiction? who knows?). We had our first glimpse of the famous lizards, and a huge range of of the indigenous reptiles and birds, at [Read more ...]
Ubud Food and Entertainment
Indonesian food is not as spicy as many of the other foods in Asia. Breakfast was part of our price of staying in some of the hotels that were booked through agents. On our private deck at \Komaneka Rasa Sayang Hotel, Tom had the Indonesian menu and Joyce had the western [Read more ...]
An Afternoon on Sanur Beach
Since we were going to be on Bali anyways, we thought we should at least explore the beaches, the clubs and to pay our respects at the site of the 2002 terrorist bombing at a hotel on Kuta Beach that claimed more than 200 lives.
Our time, however, was [Read more ...]