Just last week, I was given the opportunity to travel & explore Sabah on a 3Day 2Night adventure trip; courtesy of well known Travel Specialist, Mayflower Holidays and tourism management pioneers Discovery Tours Sabah.Thanks so much!
I chose a good friend of mine, Jacquelyn as my guest for this trip 🙂
We camwhored along the way
Yup, 3 hours was a loooooong flight indeed
Compulsory camwhore photo
As I am very anal in getting a window seat whenever I fly, thank goodness I managed to get one! All for the love of photography yo! 🙂 I too, had requested a window seat for all my previous trips on a plane just for the sake of shooting
So now, Imma share my travelogue of the sights and sounds I’ve observed and experience in Sabah on my 1st day here!
Whilst on the long 2hour journey to the Sukau Village, my tour guide Gary Solacito shared that ‘Sukau’ was derived from the Chinese word ‘gau su’ which means ‘tall trees’.
He also put us to suspense by telling us to expect d unexpected during our lodge in the Sukau Village. When he said that, my eyes widened in fear. Could ‘unexpected’ possibly have a hidden meaning to it?
The 1st place he took us to was the Gomantong Cave aka Gua Gomantong. But before that, Gary brought us gurls to endure a long walk and jungle trekking in order to reach the cave.
We crossed bridges, stepped on puddles and climbed steps after steps
But never fear!
Adventure is our game
hing like this :
It’s bent at 90 degrees yo!
Pretty cool eh?
Ya can’t get more original than this
The ones I know of prior to this excurtion are only the chilled
bottled ones sold here in the departmental stores
Aight, it’s time to take a giant leap into the wonders of the pitch black cave! Darn. I think I forgot to lug my torchlight along. Let’s hope Gary brought his 🙂
MY UNFORTUNATE INCIDENT
My mouth was tightly shut when I shot this mind you
Otherwise, I would have to depend on the wooden barricade… which was colonized by :
If you’re wondering WHY there are so many roaches, it’s because the picture above illustrates it all. Don’t know what Guano is? Why, it’s faeces of a bat. Or for the lack of a better word – BAT SHIT.
Looks like sand right?
But it’s not. It’s SHIT.
m. In due time, your entire sanctuary will be infested not by furry friends but rather these :
Long way to go!
GIRLS MUST NOT FEAR ROACHES!
*looks at mom*
When we more or less had enough of roaming about the Gomantong Cave, Gary showed us the way out. Yes I managed to keep my head straight while walking upon the bed of roaches.
From where we stopped, Gary led the way and we walked into a very shady area with lotsa cabins on stilts! I reckon we were getting nearer and nearer to where we were going to reside for the weekend
I liked that this lodge was a very eco-friendly one and there was definitely no need for air conditioning! 🙂 By logic, what is the need for air-conditioning if one’s intention was to come out and embrace nature?
The scenic view from my cabin!
We were delighted to find insect repellants in the drawers too.
Now, that will come in handy!
After the hotelier put our luggages and other belongings down for us inside our room, we made our way to the lobby which double functions as a dining and rest area too!
Speaking of the lobby area, we hung out there very often with the friendly staff, like Cesar the Manager, M the Chef, Gary and our various Boat Captains and either watched TV or played cards with them before bedtime every night.
signaling that it was time for our day river cruise!
As safety precautions, our captain and Gary insisted that life jackets had to be worn at all times. Take a lesson everyone! 🙂
I agreed, despite the fact that the thick spongy life jacket
made me look at least 20pounds heavier 🙁
Shot whilst everyone was busy preparing
Though the weather was mercilessly scorching, we showed no signs of restlessness nor fatigue. But ooops, I think I forgot the sun block though. Blimey! 🙁
Suddenly, the captain of the boat stopped and pointed at a rather ordinary tree branch. I raised my eyebrows wondering what could be so outstanding of something so common. Until I looked closer.
Its eyes were somewhat comical, as though
perturbed by our sheer fascination towards it
Next up was the Wagler’s Pit Viper. It is extremely venomous so be cautious!
Kinabatangan Orangutan Conservation Project!
Come evening, we headed back to our lodge for their complimentary dinner. M cooked up some of his signature dishes for us! 🙂 Yeah don’t ask me why his name is just ‘M’. My guess is that his given name is prolly a mile long so he just shortened it to ‘M’.
was fab! The local food here is just scrumptious A change from city food 🙂
In the city, every night was a usual dark sky with specks of stars inconsistantly distributed but the skies here in Borneo was completely engulfed with shiny bright stars. I don’t have a photo of the sky but yeah, you totally have to come to Borneo and witness it yourself!
Our voyage along the Menanggol Creak was a very cooling one, due to the night breeze. I was amazed at the ability of the 2 young captains whose very trained eyes spotted various nocturnal animals from a mile away. We spotted a few civets, lotsa buffy fish owls and a regal 3 metre long reticulated python and more!
As the photo above, I only shot the Blue Eared Kingfisher because I couldn’t resist the temptation to whip out my camera to shoot. You know what they say about taking pictures in the jungle at NIGHT do you? 🙁 *superstitious jess alert*
For the spirit of the tiger in you!
We sure do need that if we wanna go hunting
in the jungle again tomorrow