Nosing Around In Bako

Bako National Park is one of the best places to see proboscis monkeys in the wild and is the main reason we went to Kuching in the first place (not b/c it was named Cat). The monkeys, which are endemic to Borneo, are known for their unusual protruding noses and look very much like something… Continue reading Nosing Around In Bako

Kuching: The Cat City

Yes we’re in a city called Cat. Kuching which is located in Sarawak, Malaysia Borneo means cat in Malay and was the starting point for our trip into Malaysia Borneo. Our friend Sally who flew in from the SF Bay Area met us in Kuching. She along with her husband Bay & son Colby (who… Continue reading Kuching: The Cat City

Sumatra: Gibbons & More Orangutans

Our plan for Gunung Leuser National Park in Sumatra was to do the overnight trek in Ketambe and continue north to the Rainforest Lodge in the village of Kedah to do day treks with Mr. Jaly. We hoped it would check a few more boxes off our wildlife list, such as black and brown gibbons… Continue reading Sumatra: Gibbons & More Orangutans

Sumatra: Chasing Wild Orangutans

What was I thinking?  Why did I think it was a good idea to do an overnight camping trip in the hot humid Sumatra jungle. These were the thoughts that ran through my water deprived brain as we kept looking for the rare Sumatran orangutan. We’d been hiking around continuously for 3 hours in the… Continue reading Sumatra: Chasing Wild Orangutans

Ramayana Epic as Retold in Ballet and Shadow Puppetry

The Ramayana epic is a classic love story of boy meets girl, girl gets kidnapped by evil demon king, boy goes on quest to rescue girl, boy makes girl set herself on fire to prove her love. Romeo and Juliet have nothing on these two. Throughout Southeast Asia we have seen the retelling of this… Continue reading Ramayana Epic as Retold in Ballet and Shadow Puppetry

Borobudur and Prambanan: Ancient Selfie Temples

No stay in Yogyakarta is complete without visiting a pair of ancient temples, both of which are UNESCO world heritage sites. Borobudur, a massive 8th century Buddhist temple, and Prambanan, a 10th century Hindu temple complex, can be visited in one day by car. We began our day at the more distant Borobodur. The entry… Continue reading Borobudur and Prambanan: Ancient Selfie Temples