Archive for the ‘Malaysia’ Category

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The Best Way I Know to Learn a Foreign Language9/23/2013

As I sit with other volunteers, enjoying a fantastic traditional Malaysian dinner, I realize I cannot understand a single conversation taking place. I’ve been working in the Perhentian village now for 2 months. However, I still cannot have a simple conversation with any of the locals. Call it a case of American-itis (the in-ability to […]

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Goodbye Malaysia7/26/2013

The time has come where I am now saying goodbye to travels of Malaysia. I knew this day would eventually come and am prepared to come back home to the United States. I spent an entire post reflecting on my travel experience here. I am not going to do another recap of the most wonderful […]

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Sipadan and Friends7/25/2013

On July 10th I took my final trip to Semporna for a 4D/3N diving adventure with 3 of my awesome diving-crazy friends. (Well 2 of the 3 were diving crazy, the other one was afraid of fish, but became a born-again diving lover after the vacation. Yes I am talking about you Rina!) This was […]

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Counting down the Days7/19/2013

I’ve spent just over 13 months traveling abroad on this most excellent adventure. The time has come where I will be making my way back home to the United States. ETA: July 27th 2013 Lately, I’ve been enjoying my new job as a paid Divemaster here in Kota Kinabalu. I never thought during this trip […]

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Cavern Diving in Sipadan3/29/2013

I visited Semporna to dive the world famous Sipadan Island for the first 4 weeks ago. I was foaming at the mouth to get a second opportunity to dive in this oceanic paradise. I remember on my first excursion, we briefly went inside a location called the Turtle Tomb. (Named because of the bones of […]

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Diving the World’s Best Dive Site: Sipadan Island3/6/2013

Im sitting here in my hotel room in Semporna, Malaysia relaxing after a mesmerizing 2 days diving Sipadan Island and surrounding islands. I am supposed to be diving Sipadan again today, however a rebel group of Filipino nationals caused a national ruckus yesterday in the nearby village town of Lahad Datu, promoting the government to […]

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The Kinabatangan River Cruise in Sandakan3/4/2013

A couple of weeks ago I decided to take a trip out to Sandakan for a bit of adventure and exploration. I really didn’t have any booked plans. I read about some famous sites like the Orangutan Sanctuary and a river cruise online. A 5 hour bus trip later, I arrived in the small downtown […]

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Visiting Pulau Tiga “Survivor Island”3/4/2013

I visited Pulau Tiga last month for a 2D/1N dive trip. The experience is one I will not soon forget. Pulua Tiga is the sight of Season 1 of Survivor. The island also goes by the name of Survivor Island, presumably to attract more tourists. The beauty of this place is tremendous. Macau Monkeys inhabit […]

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Fixing Rafts, Diving, Fishing, and Climbing in Sabah12/22/2012

After finishing a 5 month stint in the main peninsula of Malaysia, I received a notification on CouchSurfing that one of the members needed help repairing rafts for the upcoming whitewater rafting season. I had about a week and a half to burn before a company trip to Penang and was holed up in a […]

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A Tourist Guide to Visiting the Perhentian Islands10/26/2012

I’ve been in Perhentian now for close to 5 months. During my time I’ve lived like a local and a tourist. I’ve seen many people come and go in the village, with each individual leaving their stamp on this volunteer project. In addition, I’ve also stayed in a resort, experiencing the good life as a […]

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