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Brunei – To Visit or Not, Given the New Sharia Law

On April 3, 2019, the Sultan of Brunei imposed Islamic sharia law on all residents of the country, including the 30% of the population who are not Muslims. In a nutshell, this means that people will be whipped or stoned to death for gay sex, adultery, sodomy, and rape, and the crime of theft will require a hand and a foot to be cut off. This is an escalation of previous laws, which carried a sentence of 10 years in prison for anyone caught in the act of... The post Brunei – To Visit or Not, Give...
Tags: Travel, Culture, Brunei, Borneo, Cultural Travel, Asia Travel, Bandar Seri Begawan


PHOTO: The “Floating” Kota Kinabalu City Mosque in Sabah, Malaysia

Kota Kinabalu City Mosque was the highlight of my half-day tour of Kota Kinabalu (KK), capital of the Malaysian State of Sabah on the island of Borneo. The mirror image of the mosque reflected in its surrounding lagoon has earned it the nickname “floating mosque.” Knowing my tour would include a stop at an important Islamic religious site, I had dressed respectfully in long pants and short-sleeved T-shirt. Upon arrival, however, I found I had not dressed conservatively enough. Women are required...
Tags: Travel, Daily Photo, Photography, Culture, Malaysia, Mosque, Sabah, Borneo, Kota Kinabalu, Cultural Travel, Sabah Malaysia, Kota Kinabalu City Mosque, Malaysian State of Sabah, Kota Kinabalu KK


We drove an all-new $90,000 Range Rover Velar SUV to see if it has what it takes to challenge Mercedes and BMW. Here's the verdict.

The Range Rover Velar debuted during the 2018 model year as the latest addition to Land Rover's Range Rover family of luxury SUVs. The Range Rover Velar is available with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a supercharged V6, and a turbo diesel — our Velar R-Dynamic HSE test car came with a 3.0 liter, 380 horsepower supercharged V6. In the marketplace, the midsize Velar competes against established rivals like the BMW X5 and the Mercedes-Benz GLE.  The 2019 Range Rover Velar starts at $49,950...
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Brunei-owned hotel boycott

In what seems like a something from the Middle Ages, Brunei — a small nation on the island of Borneo — has introduced a new, strict penal code that makes gay sex and adultery punishable by stoning to death. According to the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner, the death penalty will apply for offenses such as rape, adultery, sodomy, extramarital sexual relations for Muslims, robbery, and insult or defamation of the Prophet Mohammad. Homosexuality in Brunei was alrea...
Tags: Travel, BBC News, Elton John, Brunei, George Clooney, Borneo, Ellen Degeneres, All, Boycott, Brunei-owned Hotels, Celebrity Boycott, Brunei Investment Agency, Middle Ages Brunei, United Nations Human Rights Office of the High, Mohammad Homosexuality


This is the world's tallest tree; and this is the arborist who climbed it

Scientists have identified what is likely the world's tallest tree, a 330.7-foot (100.8 meter) yellow meranti tree in the rainforest on the island of Borneo. They spotted the tree growing in the Malaysian state of Sabah during an aerial laser scan of the forest. The rainforest is protected yet Yellow meranti trees are are highly endangered because they're relentlessly chopped down in other parts of Borneo for construction use. To accurately measure the tree, arborist Unding Jami of the South Ea...
Tags: Post, Science, News, Trees, Nature, Conservation, Sabah, Borneo, Rainforests, Arborists, Unding Jami, South East Asia Rainforest Research Partnership, Mary Gagen Nat Geo


This is one of the world's tallest trees; and this is the arborist who climbed it

Scientists have identified what is likely one of the world's tallest trees, a 330.7-foot (100.8 meter) yellow meranti tree in the rainforest on the island of Borneo. They spotted the tree growing in the Malaysian state of Sabah during an aerial laser scan of the forest. The rainforest is protected yet Yellow meranti trees are are highly endangered because they're relentlessly chopped down in other parts of Borneo for construction use. To accurately measure the tree, arborist Unding Jami of the ...
Tags: Post, Science, News, Trees, Nature, Conservation, Sabah, Borneo, Rainforests, Arborists, Unding Jami, South East Asia Rainforest Research Partnership, Mary Gagen Nat Geo


PHOTO: Solo Orangutan at Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre Surveys His Domain

It had been a day of firsts for me at Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. I’d attended two live feedings in the jungle, where dozens of macaque monkeys and at least six orangutans had emerged from the jungle canopy to avail themselves of the fresh fruit. But the best experience of all occurred after the final feeding ended and everyone else had left the viewing platform. I rested on a wooden bench, listening to the raucous bird calls from every direction, trying to spot birds in the dense c...
Tags: Travel, Daily Photo, Photography, Culture, Malaysia, Sabah, Orangutan, Borneo, Cultural Travel, Sandakan


Cruising by Yacht to Indonesia’s Raja Ampat

The Prana is a Phinisi yacht that cruises with just 19 passengers to remote islands off the coast of Borneo, in Raja Ampat, where corals and wildlife abound
Tags: Cruises, Travel, Asia, Indonesia, prAna, Borneo, Raja Ampat, Cruising Indonesia, Phinisi


VIDEO: Wild Borneo

Not only is Borneo one of the few places in the world to see orangutans in the wild, it’s also fantastic for seeing endangered Sun Bears, proboscis monkeys, pygmy elephants, and monitor lizards, among other wild species. I saw them all and more in the Malaysian State of Sabah, on the island of Borneo, and managed to capture video of them all, despite having to shoot from a rocking boat some of the time. Learn more about the work of the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre Learn more about... ...
Tags: Travel, Videos, Culture, Wildlife, Malaysia, Sabah, Orangutan, Borneo, Cultural Travel, Asia Travel, Sun Bear, Proboscis Monkey, Malaysian State of Sabah, Pygmy Elephant, Wild Borneo, Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre Learn


New cryptic bird species discovered

Through persistent detective work and advances in genetic sequencing technology, Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science researchers have discovered a new species of bird on Borneo -- the Cream-eyed Bulbul, or Pycnonotus pseudosimplex. Their discovery was published recently in the scientific journal, the Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club.
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3 Simple Ways to Win at Solo Female Travel

When I was planning my first 6-month solo backpacking trip in 2013, many people told me how ‘brave’ and ‘inspiring’ I was for wanting to explore the world on my own. In reality, I was no different from any woman who dreams of solo travel – I had my set of fears and insecurities. I had sleepless nights spent wondering if things would go wrong, if I would feel miserable being alone, or if I would ‘make it’ around the world safely. But now, after being on the road for over six years, I only wish th...
Tags: Travel, Featured, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Laos, Borneo, Solo Female Travel, Sipadan, Anilao Philippines, Komodo Indonesia


Back to nature: Palm oil plantations are being turned back into protected rainforest

(Forschungsverbund Berlin) Scientists in collaboration with Borneo's forestry authorities want to turn palm oil plantations into rainforests. Lessons learned from this project can then be used as a blueprint for future reforestation projects. The pilot project will be led by the Rhino and Forest Fund (RFF). At the Heart-of-Borneo Conference, the RFF will receive an award from the Malaysian government of Sabah for its achievements to date.
Tags: Sabah, Borneo, Forschungsverbund Berlin


PHOTO: Leaves of the Borneo Giant Upright Elephant Ear

The island of Borneo, located just south of the tip of mainland Malaysia, is a natural wonderland. Most visitors come to dive or see the island’s unique wildlife, but the flora has a lot to offer too. During my stay at Sepiilok Nature Resort in the Malaysian State of Sabah, I spent one afternoon exploring the boardwalks that border the lake and marshes around the resort. One of my finds were enormous leaves of this Borneo Giant Elephant Ear that stood taller than me. They rippled in the... The p...
Tags: Travel, Daily Photo, Photography, Culture, Malaysia, Sabah, Borneo, Cultural Travel, Sandakan, Elephant Ear


The Proboscis Monkey of Borneo – Proof that Size Matters After All

“Take you to see proboscis monkey?” suggested the taxi drivers lined up at the entrance to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Frankly, I had no idea what they were talking about. My visit to the Malaysian State of Sabah on the island of Borneo had two goals: see the endangered orangutans and sun bears. I’d never heard of proboscis monkeys, so later that afternoon I turned to Father Google. The moment I saw a photo of these strange primates, I knew I had to see them in the... The post T...
Tags: Travel, Monkeys, Culture, Malaysia, Sabah, Borneo, Cultural Travel, Asia Travel, Kinabatangan River, Proboscis Monkey, Malaysian State of Sabah


PHOTO: Lucky Closeup of a Bornean Thick-Billed Spiderhunter

I traveled to the Malaysian State of Sabah on the island of Borneo mainly to see orangutans in the wild and to learn about the endangered Sun Bears. An unexpected bonus was the astonishing birdlife. I spotted Rhinoceros hornbills, with their weird red and gold banana-shaped headdresses, as well as black and white Oriental Pied Hornbills. Unfortunately, my telephoto lens was not good enough to capture decent photos of either species, as they were sitting in high treetops, surrounded by dense foli...
Tags: Travel, Daily Photo, Photography, Birds, Culture, Malaysia, Sabah, Borneo, Cultural Travel, Sandakan


Protecting the Terminally Cute Sun Bears of Borneo

At high noon, I stood on the viewing platform at the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Center in Sabah, Borneo. In the intense humidity, rivers of sweat streamed down my face and neck. Within minutes, my T-shirt was soaking wet. I peered down into the enclosures below expecting these smallest of all the bear species to be sleeping or at best lethargic, but to my surprise they were active. Borneo is in the tropics, where it is always steamy. These bears are not bothered by the heat and humidity.... T...
Tags: Travel, Culture, Malaysia, Sabah, Borneo, Cultural Travel, Asia Travel, Sabah Borneo, Sandakan, Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Center, Sun Bear


PHOTO: Orangutan Best Buddies – So Like Humans

Humans have long been fascinated by all members of the ape family. Orangutans, second largest of the apes after gorillas, rank extremely high on our fascination meter. There’s no mystery about this. We look at orangutans and see ourselves. I felt the same way when I visited the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and watched the human like behavior of orangutans. This pair may have been mother and child, but to me their behavior screamed “best buddies.” Having successfully fended off the mac...
Tags: Travel, Daily Photo, Photography, Culture, Malaysia, Sabah, Apes, Borneo, Cultural Travel, Sandakan, Sepilok


KY eats – Melanian Sang Nyuk Mian, Kota Kinabalu

When it comes to hawker dishes in Sabah, the most famous of them all is none other than north Borneo’s very own version of pork noodle – Sang Nyuk Mian (生肉面), or raw pork noodle in Hakka, the most spoken Chinese dialect this part of Malaysia. Melanian Sang Nyuk Mian, Kota Kinabalu To be honest, the difference between this and the KL version isn’t particularly huge. While pork noodle usually comes with kuih teow, yellow noodle, meehun, or mee suah, sang nyuk mian usually has their own version of...
Tags: Travel, Malaysia, Sabah, Borneo, KK, Mian, Melanian, Lorong Lintas Square Lintas Plaza


3 Elements of Imagination in Writing "Finding Myself in Borneo" - by Neill McKee

Today I'm proud to be hosting Neill McKee on my blog! He's going to be sharing three elements of imagination in his writing of the book "Finding Myself in Borneo." Be sure to check out what the book is all about by visiting this post here.---- Post by Neill McKee ---1. Childhood imagination comes true: In the beginning of my travel memoir, I explain how, as a child, I imagined escaping from my chemically polluted home town in Ontario, Canada. I saw mysterious shapes on a distant hill beyond the...
Tags: Asia, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Africa, Religion, Islam, Sabah, Middle Earth, Borneo, Tolkien, Neill, J R R Tolkien, Mount Kinabalu, Ontario Canada, Rivendell, North Borneo


Swingin’ With the Endangered Orangutans of Borneo

“Say hello to the orange ones,” my friend said when he dropped me at the airport. He was referring to orangutans, known for their distinctive orange color and endangered status. For years I had dreamed of seeing them in their natural habitat and now, with a little luck, my dream would finally come true. I boarded the plane to Sabah, a Malaysian State on the island of Borneo, arguably the best place in the world to see orangutans in the wild. People have been fascinated for centuries by orangutan...
Tags: Travel, Culture, Malaysia, Sabah, Orangutan, Borneo, Cultural Travel, Asia Travel, Sandakan, Sepilok


The Saintly Life of Father Augustus Tolton

Augustus John Tolton, the second of three children, was born into slavery on April 1, 1854, in Brush Creek, Missouri. His baptismal record reads, in part, “A colored child. . . . Property of Stephen Eliot.” His mother, Martha Jane Chisley, was given as a wedding gift to the Eliot family, on whose plantation she met and married Augustus’s father, Peter Paul Tolton. When Augustus was seven years old, his father died in the Civil War, fighting for the belief that all men, including blacks, are equa...
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3 Amazing Music Festivals To Visit In Malaysia

Every year, over 25 million people visit Malaysia, drawn in by the beautiful scenery, the climate, the vibrant culture and the welcoming people. It is a country of great diversity, and that includes the music. When you’re visiting the country you can see so many great events, from traditional festivals, to mainstream pop and rock shows. The difficulty will be which ones to choose while you’re there. Rainforest World Music Festival The Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) takes place every yea...
Tags: Travel, Malaysia, Festivals, Brazil, Moldova, Borneo, Travel Blog, Kuala Lumpur You, Sarawak Grace Nono, Philippines Oyme, Dona Oneta, Kadazan Dusun, Bambaazon


Wildlife group: Malaysia seizes record 30-ton pangolin haul

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian authorities have seized a record 30 tons of pangolin and pangolin products in eastern Sabah state on Borneo, the biggest such bust in the country, a wildlife monitoring group said Tuesday.
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Wildlife group: Malaysia seizes record 30-ton pangolin haul

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian authorities have seized a record 30 tons of pangolin and pangolin products in eastern Sabah state on Borneo, the biggest such bust in the country, a wildlife monitoring group said Tuesday. The monitoring network Traffic said in a statement that Sabah police this month uncovered two major pangolin processing […]
Tags: News, Nation, Malaysia, Sabah, Borneo, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, Nation & World


Finding Myself in Borneo; Sojourns in Sabah - A Book Spotlight

Looking for a new book for 2019? In today's' book spotlight, I am featuring Finding Myself in Borneo; Sojourns in Sabahi by Neill McKee. Here is a bit about the book: Finding Myself in Borneo  is an honest and buoyant chronicle of a young Canadian man's adventures during 1968-70, while teaching secondary school as a CUSO volunteer in Sabah, Malaysia (North Borneo). Travel with  Neill   McKee  on his unique journey through vibrant Asian cultures as he learns the craft of teaching, the Malay l...
Tags: Amazon, Indonesia, Washington, Russia, Religion, Florida State University, Sabah, Baltimore, Borneo, Tolkien, J R R Tolkien, McKee, University of Calgary, Albuquerque New Mexico, North Borneo, Sabahi


The world's watersheds, mapped in gorgeous detail

Simple idea, stunning result: the world's watersheds in glorious coloursThe maps are the work of Hungarian cartographer Robert SzucsHis job: to travel and map the world, one good cause at a timeThese maps are both data-rich and absolutely gorgeous. You're looking at watershed maps, showing the flow of tributary streams into main rivers, and of those water courses into the sea (or final destinations inland). The streams are shown in the Strahler Stream Order Classification, which uses width to in...
Tags: Environment, Water, Bbc, Nature, Alaska, Innovation, Map, Rivers, Borneo, Caribbean, Natural Resources, Grasshopper, Eurasia, Louisiana State University, St Eustatius, Szucs


A complete guide to train travel in Southeast Asia

A complete guide to Southeast Asia train travel, featuring resources for buying tickets and reviews of rail travel in the region. An introduction to Southeast Asia Railways Travel by train is a great way to experience the landscapes of Southeast Asia, and to meet the people who live here. Personally I think train travel the best way to travel in the region, and I always choose it if it’s a suitable option. With low cost airlines having revolutionised travel in Southeast Asia, it’s become eas...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Europe, Bali, Indonesia, China, Southeast Asia, Singapore, India, Thailand, Train, United States, Philippines, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Brunei


Citizen scientists discover pinhead-sized beetle in Borneo

No more than 10 curious non-professionals with a passion for nature is all it takes to find a new species of minute beetle in the tropical leaf litter, shows a recent expedition to the Ulu Temburong forest in Borneo. Published in the open-access Biodiversity Data Journal, this is the latest discovery from Taxon Expeditions, an initiative that organizes regular scientific field trips to remote and biodiverse locations for teams of scientists and laypeople.
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3 Easy Malaysian Recipes Learned in Borneo

Easy Malaysian Recipes from Sabah, Borneo To the soundtrack of thunderous monsoon rain, I learned these easy Malaysian recipes at the Mango Garden Restaurant in Borneo. Light, healthy and bursting with the zest lemongrass and coconut, they translate pretty well to kitchens back home in the UK. Here’s what the cooking class was like and […] Originally from Inside the Travel Lab.
Tags: Travel, Food, UK, Borneo, South Asia, Sabah Borneo, Mango Garden Restaurant


Silabur Cave in Sarawak

Have you heard about the Jade Caves of Sarawak? Yes, a cave that looks like it is made from jade, which is called the Silabur Cave in Serian, Sarawak.  This beautiful cave has been around for a very long time, and mostly visited by researchers, but in 2016, the cave became more popular among the locals, mainly due to the beautiful jade texture of the cave walls.  Silabur Cave in Sarawak This beautiful cave is found in the district of Serian, which is about 90 minutes drive from the cit...
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