A day in Asia

Redefining "early"

Chinese people doing early morning excersises on Sunday in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Chinese people doing early morning excercises on Sunday in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

 

What do you usually do at 06.34 in the morning on Sunday?

Probably the same as I do - sleep, and hope to do the same at least for 3 or 4 hours more.

What do Chinese people do at the same time in Malaysia?  READ MORE »

Routine rears its ugly head

Lonely client of a gym in the evening, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Lonely client of a gym in the evening, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

 

Today, sitting in a bar on the street of Kota Kinabalu I had a very strong feeling.

It pierced me like a spear, reminding all the sorrow time while living a corporate life.  READ MORE »

The rise and fail of Kota Kinabalu

Seaside in city of Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Seaside in city of Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

 

"Couldn't have a dip in the sea in Semporna, as there was no beach, but we'll surely catch up with that in Kota Kinabalu", we thought arriving to Malaysia's 10th biggest city, capital of Sabah province.

Rats.

In Kota Kinabalu, tourism, as an industry, is in the first place. From the rear end.  READ MORE »

Any "porna" in Semporna?

Malay woman wearing a head wrap, walking away from a mosque, Semporna, Malaysia

Malay woman wearing a head wrap, walking away from a mosque, Semporna, Malaysia

 

A few common sights in Malaysia:  READ MORE »

Sea'll wait

Speedboat in the port of Semporna, Malaysia

Speedboat in the port of Semporna, Malaysia

 

Landing to Tawau in the eastern point of Malaysia's Sabah, and arriving to a town of Semporna, sea was THE thing occupying our minds. Spending landlocked months in Laos, Myanmar and Nepal, we started missing the refreshing sea breeze, badly.

Besides, Pulau Sipadan, the island, is considered one of the world's top five places for diving.  READ MORE »

Fake goods, real business

Jalan Sultan road at night, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Jalan Sultan road at night, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown is a rather good place to stay. 24 hour shops, 24 hour internet cafes, economic accommodation.  READ MORE »

Wildlife spotting for armchair travelers

Damselfly on a leaf of vegetation in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Damselfly on a leaf of vegetation in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

True explorers go to jungle and stay there for a month. In mud, rain, bitten by leeches and mosquitoes. Sometimes get a chance to spot some wildlife.  READ MORE »

Rollercoasting through the roof

Indoor roller coaster "Supersonic Odyssey" in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Indoor roller coaster "Supersonic Odyssey" in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

Call me old-fashioned, but I have always imagined roller coasters to be in outdoor amusement parks. Realized my mistake when saw an indoor one, in Berjaya Times Square.  READ MORE »

Which way is up?

Hornbill roaming around the bird park of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Hornbill roaming around the bird park of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

God must have been smoking weed when he conjured this creature.

It's obvious.  READ MORE »

Kuala Lumpur at night

Twin Petronas towers in night cityscape of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Twin Petronas towers in night cityscape of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

Even though modern and developed, Kuala Lumpur is a good city to come back to. It does not have this "big city that makes you so small and unimportant" syndrome, and is actually quite cozy.  READ MORE »

Looking at Everest from the window of aircraft

View at the Himalayas from Thai airways plane, Nepal. Do hope it's Everest.

View at the Himalaya from above

 

Noses into the glass.

Our last glimpse at Nepal's most famous - Himalaya - through the window of Thai airways aircraft.  READ MORE »

So what about Nepal?

Hindu lady in waiting, Kathmandu, Nepal

Hindu lady in waiting, Kathmandu, Nepal

 

We are leaving a place were people are fused by scores of beliefs and traditions from the past, yet confused by the unclear future.  READ MORE »

Ghosts of Durbar square

Evening in Durbar square, Kathmandu, Nepal

Evening in Durbar square, Kathmandu, Nepal

 

Durbar square, the heart of Kathmandu city, is colorful, vibrant and full of energy. If cars and motorcycles were forbidden, it'd be pleasant too.  READ MORE »

Is that a bus station, or just a roadside stop?

Bus station in Sauraha, Nepal

Bus station in Sauraha, Nepal

 

Bus stations in Nepal (also Laos, Myanmar and some other Asian countries) are mostly outside of the town center.  READ MORE »

The real wildlife of Sauraha / Chitwan National Park

Complete encyclopedia of wildlife and animals in Chitwan National Park, Nepal
Based on personal accounts and research by M and J during 2007 July 29th.

Coming to Chitwan area to study the mighty Rhinoceros, we were not able to find any during the never stopping rain showers. After the initial disappointment and even despair, were realized that there are still many exotic and exciting animal species roaming freely in the jungle of Chitwan and its surroundings. We present them here, classified retrospectively by order of discovery.

At first we met the Tout beast. They are aggressive creatures, mostly attacking on sight, their usual prey are unsuspecting tourist animals with belongings. Tout beasts have a well developed sense of vision. They hunt in a radius of 5-10 km from their hideouts. Touts are community-based and strongly dependable on it.

Touts meeting tourists in bus station of Sauraha, Nepal

Tout beasts attacking the tourist animals' bus

 

Later followed our inevitable meeting with a Tourist animal.  READ MORE »

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