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Selamat Tinggal Malaysia

Love

Love

After a two hour flight from Sabah to Kuala Lumpur, we’re here at the airport waiting for our flight home to Calgary. We are a little bit concerned with the weight of our luggage. Ellen picked up a lot of pewter and wooden carvings (I don’t know what it is with her and fertility goddess!!!). Luis is trying to sneak in some local booze which is all packed in his checked luggage; he’s on his own for this leg! Since were waiting in the airport, we decided to play a little game called “what are you going miss the most about Malaysia”. Ellen’s number one was of course the food, Luis’s was by no surprise the booze and mine was the yoga on the beach (I will soooo miss that).

Malaysia is the Melting-pot of the orient and one of the fastest growing countries in Asia. We definitely won’t forget the hospitality of this wonderful country, the locals were great and everyone was more than willing to help us out in any way they could. This country has a promising future; we can’t wait to come back! Till next time Malaysia…

Selamat tinggal (Goodbye) and selamat jalan (Bon voyage)

A, E & L

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Ranger Bob

We are here on the island of Borneo in Sabah, known for especially appealing adventure and ecotourism. Some of its many splendors include coral islands, rainforests, mountains and unique wildlife, and we have had the opportunity to experience a few of them in our short time here.

Sipadan island

Sipadan island

First up was the island of PULAU SIPADAN one of the best diving sites in the world! We took a boat ride from the town of Semporna on the eastern tip of Sabah; it took about three hours to get to the site. We spent the day snorkeling in the sun, it was gorgeous! We saw some beautiful soft corals, tones of fish of every shape, size, and color and lot’s of turtles which were so cute. I think Ellen even saw a barracuda ick! After too much time in the water, we strolled the islands bird sanctuary not my favorite thing!

Orangutan

Orangutan

We also visited the SEPILOK ORANGUTAN REHABILITATION CENTRE. The center is for rehabilitating orangutans that have been rescued from captivity or forest clearing. The center works with them to reignite their basic survival instincts and ease them back into the forest. Apparently it’s illegal to keep orangutans as pets here in Malaysia. We were in time to watch one of the two daily feeding sessions (1030 and 1430). The rangers interact with the orangutans, they swing and frolic on platforms while eating. It’s quite the site to see. There are signs everywhere telling guest to keep away and not wear or hold anything bright or flashy for a example a camera. Well one poor guy didn’t quite heed those warnings and lost his camera. Ha ha. I really hope he got it back in one piece!

Turtle islands

Turtle islands

Our last adventure here on Sabah was TURTLE ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK, about 40km off the coast of north Sandakan, north of Semporna but still on the east coast. I made everyone go; it’s been on my “To Do” list since I was little. The park is comprised of three islands which have been designated as the Turtle Islands National Park. Two major species of turtles lay eggs on the beach year round. We stayed on island of Pulau Selingaan and we had the chance to go at night when the turtles lay their eggs. Bob our ranger lead us through the dark to watch. It was a pretty incredible sight.

Well that’s it from Sabah. Till next time!

A

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Sarawak


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Iban dancing girls

Iban dancing girls

We are now in Sarawak, Malaysia’s largest state located in East Malaysia on the island of Borneo….it is amazing…. I don’t ever want to leave… We are going to the SARAWAK CULTURAL VILLAGE so we can take in some more local cultural…. We just can’t get enough of it… cultural that is. It is a Historic Village located the Kuching area and is referred to as a “living museum.” The cultural village presents the traditional life of the major ethnic groups in Sarawak. We toured the houses on site, like the LONGHOUSES of the Bidayuh usually built along the banks of water ways and above the flood level. There were others but the most unique were the longhouses. We also observed the craftspeople practicing their traditional skills. There was the usual souvenir shops displaying wood crafts made by the locals, restaurant, and we even watched a show of ethnic dancing. I thought Luis was going to join in the dance but his outfit or dance style didn’t quite match the others….He will save the dancing for the night life.

Longhouses

Longhouses

After visiting the SARAWAK CULTURAL VILLAGE, we decided to head up the coast in one of the local EXPRESS BOATS that travel inland along the larger rivers in Borneo. It was cheaper to take the express boat from Kuching to Sibu instead of flying… plus we wanted to experience some of the local travel. During our journey on the boat, Andrea started to look a little grey around the gills….she popped a couple of gravel and she was out the rest of the 4 hour boat ride. While in Sibu, we visited Sarawak’s tallest building, WISMA SANYAN, and MALAYSIA’S LARGEST TOWN SQUARE. It was a great way to end our day before heading off to our next adventure.

Express boat

Express boat

E

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Can I stay?


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For the last couple days we have been here on fantastic Langkawi Island. Our hotel has this incredible spa which offers complimentary yoga multiple times a day. So needless to say I jumped on that and dragged the others with me. To be fair I only took them to beginner yoga, I’m really regretting that now after all the complaining I heard. I should have woken them up at 6:00 am for Sunrise yoga, next time.

Yoga on the beach

Yoga on the beach

This morning we decided to treat ourselves to a little bit of luxury and venture into the spa. Opting for massages Ellen and I picked the traditional Urut Melayu massage wanting to experience a traditional local Urut Malay massage. It has been handed down from generation to generation as a thorough effective medium to firm pressure treatment. We even got to choose which herbal oils we wanted, it was sooooooo relaxing.

Spa bath

Spa bath

In true Luis style he came with us but picked a different type of treatment called a Sychronised massage. His response when we informed him we were going to the spa was “I want a massage too, why would I miss getting rubbed down by hot girl's?” And girl’s plural is key! The Sychornised massage is a dual massage performed by therapist's in harmony on one guest. Apparently “The combined healing powers of aromatherapy and touch create the ultimate massage experience and sensory indulgence”. They say this is something everyone should try at least once. You’d have to ask Luis about that.

Life on the island here is really about rest and relaxation. I don’t want to go. I LOVE IT!!!

A

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104 or 99?!


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View from Four Seasons Langkawi

View from Four Seasons Langkawi

It’s time to get pampered and relax. We are here at this little piece of lost paradise in Malaysia. It’s called the Langkawi Island, which is technically an archipelago. The amount of islands can vary from 104 to 99 islands, and that depends on the tide, pretty cool isn’t it?! However, we are staying at the main town of Kuah which is the islands administrative area. Langkawi is well known for its breathtaking resorts and some Hollywood credit as well. The movie Anna and the King with Jodie Foster was filmed there, but it is supposed to portrait Thailand. The Thai wouldn’t allow the filmmakers to shoot the film in Thailand, so they turned to their neighbor Malaysia.

Enough of the facts let me make you guys feel jealous to your bones! In this portion of our trip we are allowing ourselves to spend a bit more of money for some deserved comfort and luxury. We are staying at the Four Seasons Langkawi which is a 5 star resort in the north shore of the island. We didn’t want to fly there because we wanted to have more of a feel for the culture, so instead we decided to take the Ferry. That means us spending extra $20 RM which is around $7 CAD but at the same time we can benefit of the amazing views of the Andaman Sea and the Langkawi Islands of course.

Four seasons hotel room

Four seasons hotel room

Our resort is everything you would ever want in a resort, and to tease you al little bit more, I made sure to put this picture with the view of our bathroom door(don’t cry…) just so you guys can have an idea of how sad we probably are right now! From Kuah to our resort it only took us about 20 minutes, but we enjoyed the cab ride taking even more pictures! The girls couldn’t wait to hit the spa (what else is new) and I didn’t even unpack, just took off my shirt, my flip flops and ran straight to that bright blue ocean. I have to admit though that the bikinis here are far from what we have back home (Brazil) but after a couple of beers (only $1.50 RM less than 50cents CAD) it all started to look better and better! We decided for a resort experience because we didn’t want to keep moving around, just stay at the beach, be lazy, and get spoiled!

The whole resort is influenced by an exotic Moorish style, hot tubs in the rooms, 2 infinity pools that look like they are spilling onto the beach. All the dining venues face the beach and the cocktails are served in Turkish water pipes. There are so many features and details that it’s so hard to even describe them all! As you can tell, there is free wireless internet, and I just took a little bit of time here to update you guys of our adventures. Sadly (tears in my eyes…) I have to leave here because I have a massage scheduled in 5 minutes in one of the spa villas, I have no idea where the girls are, but I am pretty sure I might bump into them getting some sort of crazy spa treatment where fishes nibble at your dead skin while you are in a hot tub, go figure these girls! Well, I will catch you later, because I can’t be late!

See you!

L

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