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Conquering Mount Kinabalu

 Having a week off from teaching fir Chinese New Year I decided to visit Sabah, Malaysia. Other backpackers had told me of great beaches, colorful coral and Mount Kinabalu. The highest mountain in South-East Asia with a 4,095m summit. Having climbed two similar mountains in Central America: Volcan Baru and ... read more

Peter Cudmore

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Heart of Darkness, Part 2

Our last night in Similajau. The Pyrrhic victory of sleeping in mosquito repellent. Thunder, lightening, and pouring rain. Sole occupants of a cavernous hostel. Creaky wooden floorboards. The bottom bunk. Transportation here is difficult. It seems impossible to get anywhere without a taxi, and equally impossible to get a taxi ... read more

Colin Machado

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Heart of Darkness

After a quick breakfast of fried rice, I sat down at the cluttered old desk in the park headquarters to record our departure in their trail log book. I noticed that it had been over a week since the last entry for any trail, let alone the one for which ... read more

Colin Machado

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March 25, 2008 (At sea)

0020 hours I should not wait to write until I’m exhausted... Today, I spent a fair bit of time reading the Bible, getting back into the groove after not doing that for some time. I’ve been thinking about a lot of things, but no ones interested in that side of ... read more

Danielle Taylor

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March 23, 2008 (Malaysia)

Hallelujah, grace like rain Falls down on me again. Hallelujah, all my stains Are washed away, they’re washed away. Church this morning, church tonight, service to a handicapped home in the middle. Stopped at the mall and bought a Bible. I NEED THIS. The funny thing is, half the songs ... read more

Danielle Taylor

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March 22, 2008 (Malaysia)

0126 hours When I’m off on multi-day trips like this one, I write in a spiral-bound notebook before getting back to the ship and typing it into Word before eventually putting it up on Xanga, and I’m afraid that the pages might be stuck together when I get back to ... read more

Danielle Taylor

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March 21, 2008 (Malaysia)

0122 hours There was a crew talent show the other night, and a bunch of guys got together and put on a hilarious and much appreciated though badly choreographed dance to “In the Navy,” and now I can’t get the tune out of my head, though the words now are ... read more

Danielle Taylor

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March 20, 2008 (Malaysia)

0027 hours I’m getting up in three hours for my Terengganu trip, but I need to get these pictures off my SD card and into the computer so I can have space for three days worth of snapshots, so I’m still awake. Four hours of sleep last night and three ... read more

Danielle Taylor

MalaysiaMalaysia

Lean On Me

Written 7-12-08 I was so sleep deprived while writing my last letter, and I forgot to thank a few people. I find that being constantly surrounded by the greatest friends anyone could ask for makes every day so much better, and I am thankful for the companionship, laughter and light ... read more

Rachel Holan

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Into the Jungle (3-11, Malaysia)

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Mark Ayling

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Castles in the Sky (Preface)

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Mark Ayling

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Religion

Religious sensory overload

Anna Schwaber

27 Jul 2009

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In Malaysia, the prominent religions are Buddhism and Islam. In villages and cities, several different calls to prayer sound out from the many mosques in each neighborhood. The sounds will blend into the incense-laced air from Buddhists burning incense sticks at their personal alters.

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Dating

Be mindful of local dating taboos

Anna Schwaber

20 Nov 2009

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Going on a date? You might want to leave that tank top in your suitcase. A bare-armed Western girl drinking in a bar with a guy is not a normal sight in this majority Muslim country, and may be considered offensive.

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Slang

Most misinterpreted Manglish phrases

Nagi Maganti

31 Jul 2009

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Some "Manglish" (Malaysian English) phrases are unintentionally offensive. Here's what they actually mean: (1) "Why you so boring?" -- When a person asks you this, what they really mean to ask is, "Why do you look so bored?" They are not actually telling you that they find you boring. (2)"You so terror!" -- No, they don't think you are a savage beast. This is actually a compliment, believe it or not! "Terror" in Manglish refers to anything considered amazingly good (in this case, you). (3)"Die lah!" -- This isn't a threat, nor a curse. When people say this, they mean to say that they are in a lot of trouble.

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