Monkeying around “Cat” city


On arrival the playful long-tailed macaque monkeys were already at the beach of Bako National Park welcoming us!  Er, no…they were indeed having crabs for breakfast.

Shortly before leaving Singapore, we spontaneously booked a flight to Kuching, East Malaysia without much planning.

Kuching, the capital of Sarawak, also known as “Cat” city from direct translation, has indeed nothing to do with cats but is a good base to make day trips to the national parks in the region.

There are altogether five national parks (Bako, Gunung Gading, Kubah, Tanjung Datu and Talang Satang), three national reserves (Wind Cave, Sama Jaya, Semenggoh), and two wildlife sanctuaries (Samunsam, Pulau Tukong).

We picked the most visited one, Bako National Park, because we wanted to see the Proboscis …

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Not on a boat, but still on the open sea


Experiencing life at Kelong in Palau Sibu, Malaysia

After about half an hour on the speedboat from jetty Tanjong Leman, Johor, Malaysia, a primitive yet picturesque village appeared in the middle of the sea, before my eyes.  Time for snapping photos.

This type of sea village is called a “Kelong”.  Kelong, a Malay word, is an offshore platform built by the fishermen primarily for fishing.  They can be found mainly in Indonesia, Malaysia, and The Philippines.  Fishermen and their families live here.

For the past 10-15 years the area of Palau Sibu has been overfished and I can hardly see any fishermen for mass-fishing around.  Kelong families transformed their places into “sea resorts” attracting mainly anglers.

The price for renting equipment is very reasonable. …

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