The Friendly Dictator

Our journey along the north coast of Borneo takes us to an old stomping ground - Brunei was a British protectorate until 1984. These days it's a "dry" country (you can't buy booze anywhere)... Did we not teach them anything? We arrive on a Friday (their day of rest), the streets are eerily quiet. A… Continue reading The Friendly Dictator

Hanging with the Orangs

Swing for your Supper

It's not everyday you get to see an endangered species in its natural habitat. So the opportunity to visit an orangutan sanctuary was too good to miss. The Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre aims to return orphaned or injured orangutans back to the wild. Orangutans only exist on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra and are… Continue reading Hanging with the Orangs

The Wisdom of the “Fool”

The Fool on the Hill (2013)

  Visiting Big Buddha* reminded me of that old Beatles tune - The Fool on the Hill**. Not because he's a fool, but because people don't seem to be taking much notice of him. In a place where Buddhism is the most popular religion, I find it ironic that there's so much consumerism going on.… Continue reading The Wisdom of the “Fool”