Monthly Archives: April 2005

Meeting the folks

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I had already met some of July’s family the previous weekend, but this was a regular large group reunion for some of the cousins and extended family. So, quite a high stakes affair and a chance to meet July’s father. Yikes! All was smooth, however, […]

Birthday Boy

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I celebrated my birthday this week in quiet style. I was hoping to have a proper session next week when everyone is back from travels and mountains. It was strange celebrating the day miles away from home, and away from old friends and family. I […]

Kyle’s ‘home party’

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Kyle had a house warming party to show off his new apartment. It was easily the most impressive and well designed place I have seen in Taiwan so far, and certainly had a toilet with a fantastic panorama view over the mountains and Taipei. As […]

Singapore Sling (again)

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Well, I made it back to Singapore! 2 weeks of buses, boats and dodgy car rides and I am back in the 21st century. Malaysia impressed me, even when the bus system seemed to have been set up by Ken Dodd. And I finally found […]

Jonny Jalankaki

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I am now back in Kota Bahru after 6 days on the island of Pulau Kecil. I had a set of fabulous dives, met some great people and prepared myself for returning to Taiwan. Although it looks like a tourist catalogue, I did not actually […]

Island Paradiso

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I am having a rather wonderful few days on on Perintian Kesil in Malaysia. It is marvellous – a crescent of white sand, diving with turtles and sharks, and deep starry skies at night. I think I can handle this. The story of a British […]

Boat, Car, Bus & Train

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Leaving Tamara Nagara was hard – only because I wanted to spend more time there and do some longer jungle hikes. That is the problem with great places – you want to spend more time there! Morning sunrise in the jungleMessing about on the river […]

Junglist Massive

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I have just returned from three fabulous days in the Tamara Nagara National Park. Kuantan kept pulling me back – a view of the food stalls at night From Kuantan, I took a bus as far as Jerantut and transferred to the jetty and awaiting […]

Tasek Chini & Kuantan

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My travel up from Singapore was smooth, and I arrived shattered in Kuantan at 4:00am. My original plan had been to make it up to Maran – near to Tasek Chini – in the same day, but I had so little sleep on the bus […]

A Taiwanese Accent!

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Day three in Singapore was utterly laid back. I finally ploughed through the last 50 pages of Samuel Pepys and as such spent much of it in Cafes drinking in the atmosphere (and avoiding the rain). I did manage to get some more Indian food, […]