Transit to Travel: Brunei, Malaysia and back

Hanging out with the local ladies of the jungle

Hanging out with the local ladies of the jungle

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Scenes from Temburong rainforest, Brunei

The Borneo jungle is unlike anything I have encountered. It grows and takes over anything in it past, street signs, parking lots and vacant houses. Anything left unattended for too long will become part of the jungle again. Ants, Mosquitos, gnats, and flies will seek you out regardless of location and feast like an open buffet. All night I hear the familiar buzzing sound around my tent.

The weather is so humid that it is impossible for anything to completely dry and so warm that I only feel cool at night or under the vent of an air conditioner. It was two days to the Temburong rainforest, and during my quick stay I met a few members of the Iban (head hunter tribe) and was invited to an engagement party. Rice wine, whisky, and chicken cooked in freshly cut bamboo. followed by sweet sugary breads. My desire for intoxicants quickly overwhelmed my body and after a few hours I forcefully pedaled a speedy 20 km to catch the last boat back to Bandar Seri Begawan, where I met my NGO friends today to dive.

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Today after diving with my NGO friends

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Crossing chest deep river to find a local jungle trail

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Knives of the Iban (headhunters) tribe in the Temburong rainforest.

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Assortment of refreshing beverages available at the local market. I tried the purple one which was taro mixed with coconut.

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Cooking chicken in bamboo is a local tradition, especially at the engagement party.

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Filling the bamboo with marinated chicken

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Battered and deep-fried bananas another local specialty

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Roadside fresh oysters

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Gaby rides first class on the speed boat back to Bandar Seri Begawan

We spent the day diving; planting and measuring coral off the coast. Many areas were  damaged by the recent El Nino where water temperatures reached a soaring 34 C.  I am now enjoying a BBQ birthday party western style with Tequila, Cerveza’s and hickory smoked Catfish. Tomorrow I will venture back into the jungle and plan to kayak the main river Sungai Temburong to its source and camp for a few days.

Sungai Temburong

Sungai Temburong

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