Thursday, September 15, 2016

Adventures in Sandakan, Borneo November 25 2015


We had a wonderful time in Sandakan, people and nature are amazing!

Sandakan is a city in the Malaysian state of Sabah, on the northeast coast of Borneo, Most people in Sandakan speak in the national language that is Malay which can be distinguished by the touch of Sabahan dialect. The Malay spoken here is different the one used in the western part of Malaysia. Sandakan's vocabulary is very much influenced by the Suluk words. Apart from that, Chinese people with Cantonese tongue are also to be found here.

Cute children came to us to say hello

The Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, One of only four orang-utan sanctuaries in the world, Sepilok is about 25km north of Sandakan. The centre was established in 1964; it now covers 40 sq km and has become one of Sabah’s top tourist attractions. Usually the Orang-utans are brought when they are either orphaned or injured

    Our first time we cut see a sun bear and so close to us.


                                                                                                                                                                                                         A delicious roti yummy!

    Malay Coffee

Sabah Borneo tea 

The Yacht Club 

     Walking in the streets of Sandakan

trying the local food 

    Yacht's club  swimming pool

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Tawau Borneo

On our way from Tarakan  (Indonesia) to Tawau (Malaysia) we passed by a ship that they were loading with coal, Borneo has plenty resources like oil, wood, coal, because the sea is very shallow on the coast, they load boats offshore as far as 10 15 miles, so there is a lot of traffic from tugs pulling barges with coal or wood.

Ship get loaded from both sides.

The Tawau yacht club jetty, very impressive, access from land very easy, when you come from the seaside, as we do with our dinghy, then you have to be a monkey to climb on the jetty.

The bay with a rain shower, big ships can anchor here and the cargo, wood or coal is loaded.

This big monitor lizards were living under the yacht club jetty.

Sometimes I even saw them around the boat, very shy, but I had to take all my courage together, to go in the water and clean the propeller after we left and I noticed that we were making no speed.

At the fish market, children posing with Glenda.

This is all kinds of different dried fish.

More dried fish.

Swimming pool from the yacht club.

After paying our temporary membership fee, we were allowed to use the swimming pool.

Our favourite restaurant, it was open on two sides, so mostly a nice breeze came through.

Less then 3 euro for 36 eggs.

One kilo onions about one euro.

Here in Tawau the air was much cleaner, then in Tarakan, only sometimes we had some haze from the fires in Indonesia.