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Kapalai Resort: A long trip to a breathtaking bath

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Kapalai Resort is a breathtaking place in the midst of the Celebes Sea close to the northern part of Borneo. Since we knew it was built on a sand bar, we expected something like an island. Yet, erosion took the sand bar down and Kapalai became a water village. It is a perfect spot for divers since it is only 15 minutes away from Sipadan – one of the top 10 dive spots in the world.

Kapalai Resort is a breathtaking place in the midst of the Celebes Sea close to the northern part of Borneo. Since we knew it was built on a sand bar, we expected something like an island. Yet, erosion took the sand bar down and Kapalai became a water village. It is a perfect spot for divers since it is only 15 minutes away from Sipadan – one of the top 10 dive spots in the world.

Kapalai seems to be an unreal place as it is surrounded by nothing but turquoise water and an endless sky. No noise except for some boots bringing new people to the resort twice a day. Apart from diving and snorkeling there is really nothing to do but relaxing and enjoying the beauty of the place.

Besides being super lucky to get a dive permit for Sipadan during my stay (make sure you arrange this in advance!!) I absolutely loved my bath tub. As the picture shows, I could see the ocean around me, feel the breeze of the ocean while sitting in a hot bath. It was by far the best bathing experience ever.

So if you are still looking for a perfect honeymoon spot… that’s the one. And even without a honeymoon, it feels as if, I can tell :-).

Villege House

Village House: Traveller’s paradise in Borneo

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Village House in Kuching, Borneo, is the most beautiful place I ever stayed at. When I entered the front door and the beautiful garden opened up, I immediately felt home. Donald and Marina, the owners of the place as well as Laurence, the manager of the place, are the most wonderful and also hilarious people I met.

Thanks to Village House I met Sabrina, a Swiss lady, who traveled Borneo for a couple of months. We are befriended ever since we met there and traveled a lot together afterwards. Three years after we met, we travelled Borneo again and spend some wonderful days with friends at Village House.

If you ever plan to travel Borneo, which is one of the most beautiful places to see, I deeply recommend to spend some days at Village House. You will love the atmosphere, quietness and beautiful surrounding. Every room is set up with love and the chill out areas are the most relaxing places I spend time at.

If you want to get a sneak preview what it feels like to be there, check out Village House’s Webpage.

Dannum Valley

Danum Valley: Embraced by primary rain forest

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Every time I am in the jungle, I am excited like a kid. There are endless things to see and even more to hear. It is an overwhelming experience. The guides or people living in the jungle are respectful and devote to animals and nature, striding through the jungle like gracile animals.

In the beginning I always feel a bit clumsy until I balance myself walking through the forest. After a couple of days in the jungle and a good shower in a hotel room I am renewed, reenergized and empowered.

Jungle-experiences to me are meditation since, I can only focus on where I step, what I see and what I hear right in this instance as I neither want to slip nor step into an animal. Jungle to me is as if nature embraced me.

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Gekko – Kaleidoskop of emotions

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Whenever I look at this fellow, I see many different emotions at once. I see fear in his eyes, calmness, attentiveness, curiosity… His eyes are so stir and full of clarity. The longer I look at it, the more emotions I discover. Dominating yet, is the knowledge, that  patience will be his guarantee for survival in the end.

Pitcher plants, Borneo

The pitcher plant’s exotic leafs

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The only place I saw these plants was at Baku National Park in Borneo. Initially I thought the pitchers were the flowers, but when I was told they are  abnormal leafs, I liked this exotic plant even more. In the park there are many kinds of pitcher plants which each looked differently beautiful.

If you ever decide to travel Borneo, make sure you see Baku National Park and make sure you do one of the longer day tracks. It was really exhausting but it was also one of the most beautiful, nature-touching and adventurous tracks I did.

Snake, Borneo

Scary fellow

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I spotted this fellow twice in the wild – both times I froze because they sat there at only half a meter distance. I always thought they
were venomous, but after surfing the net it seems as if they are not. I guess they just look as if they were…. Looking at the python my
feelings were mixed – overwhelmed by the beauty of the green patterned skin yet frightened of the pythons unpredictable behaviour.

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Relaxation for all senses

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This picture was taken at a sandbank on the Kapalai Dive Resort in the Celebes Sea. The Resort is built on pols in the sea with only one sandbank, forming a bit of shore at lowtide. The Celebes Sea forms a lake surrounded by the Philippines in the north, Indonesia in the south-east and Borneo in the west.

It was there on my own in the heat of the day.  Around me nothing, but the ocean and an endless sky, coloured with clouds. No noise. No wind. No people. All my senses relaxed as there was no distraction from the beauty of this view.

Walking leaf, Borneo

Nature’s little wonders

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This little creature belongs to the family of the mantises. Generally, mantises protect themselves by camouflage and concealment. The one you can see on the picture looks like a dry leaf. If it had been sitting on a bush, I would not have been able to see it. But it sat next to me on a bench after a jungle track – I guess it wanted to say “hi, look at me”.

This little insect reminded me how amazing our world is and how many fascinating and surprising wonders we can discover every day.

Ginger flower, Borneo

Pink beauty of South East Asia

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When I saw this flower I was overwhelmed by it’s beauty. I could not believe it is a ginger flower.  Ginger to me were only brownish roots. I never imagined what the plant might look like. There are many names for this flower. My favourite for this Sunday’s beauty is Red Ginger Lily.

This flower became even more special to me after I found out, that the buds of the flower are used to make laksa, one of my two favourite Malay dishes.

Baku National Park Beach

Beach of Bako National Park

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Bako National Park is the oldest national park in Sarawak, eastern Malaysia, on the  island Borneo.  That night I had a very bad sleep in a rundown jungle bungalow and was happy to finally get up at 6:30 am to explore the area.

On my way to the shore I saw some Proboscis Monkeys  jumping from tree to tree. I went along the shore and found that beautiful spot with the view on the picture. All I heared were birds. It was as silent as the picture itself. I enjoyed the morning hour, with a wide view into this somehow dead yet vivid landscape.

This place was so peaceful. Simple and so purely beautiful.

Monkey jumping from tree to tree at Bako National Park