Don’t you love it when funny things happen, I found out yesterday Alan had a couple of buttons on the inside of the back of his jocks, he’d never noticed them before but with the heat he certainly did now. It took him a whole day to realize that he had his jocks inside out and back to front – taking the backpacker notion of finding different ways to wear your jocks to get more days just a little too far me thinks lol!
Anyhow back to KK!
After finding out there had been more gunfire and shellings along the east coast the decision was made that we will not head to Mabul Island for diving. It’s a bit sad but we have heard from some that we would be safe and others that had been evacuated and that many things at least on the mainland are closed. It did become a battle between being a spoilt 5 year old and wanting to go and a sensible grown up who would flip if her children decided they would still travel – so there you have it sensible (maybe perceived as boring) won out! As we proceeded to change out flight so that we could get to Sandakan from KK we found out that we were only 2 of 4 on a domestic flight, an average domestic plane, not a small 22 seater, this then made us think about that leg of our journey too! We decided that we may just look for an alternative to visit the orangutan’s – we found one, down in Kuching, Sarawak so decided that is where we will head, only to find out later on in the day that Sandakan has now been added to the “do not travel” list!
All of these decisions meant of course that we had to re-arrange diving and accommodation over the next few days and book another couple of flights, so KK Times Square and Downbelow Divers was our first destination. Of course we walked in the heat of the day, not realizing just how far it was, but we made it and secured our two day diving at TAR Marine Park for Monday and Tuesday – we got a taxi back!
Then where is the most appropriate place to do some light Internet surfing to find flights and accommodation – yep of course every country has one, the Irish Bar! Sitting with the ocean lapping on the rocks, refreshing drink in hand it was here we discovered what Kuching has to offer and decided that was where we would go, so we booked our flights and found a backpackers to stay at!
The next task for the day was to find somewhere to stay from Sunday to Wednesday – our current backpackers was saying “only partial room at the inn” to begin with so we just popped into a place on the way back to find yet another “no room at the Inn!” Anyhow it turns out there is room in our inn so we are staying put. We are at Travellers Light Backpackers and although basic, it’s clean, has great quirky outside showers and is in a great convenient location.
It was a quiet organizing sort of a day, we wandered at the night markets and stopped for amazing fresh juice along the way (yes juice!) before heading to bed. We are up once more, plans in place so time to just get on with it now, so today after a good nights sleep it’s off to the Sunday markets before heading out to see the Pobiscus monkey’s, a river boat cruise into the jungle, and a journey home this evening to hopefully spot some fireflies – which of course I will report back on!
Just a reflection on the conflict over on the east side, here in KK it is as though nothing is happening, I have read some articles saying that it is all being played down, with the “business as usual” stance. So far 60 people are reported dead and yesterday 79 were arrested as suspects being held with no trial because they can and the governments stance is no ceasefire, surrender unconditionally! One person said to us the government was too soft to begin with and that is why it has gotten out of hand. Who really knows, the thing is this is a battle over land that is rich in resources, it’s a battle that is leaving people dead and fleeing in fear, a battle that is hitting the economy of, from what I have heard, a peaceful country. A complex situation but one that still leaves me with the mindset that violence cannot and never will be the answer, but rather a violent response only leaves scars that remain forever, people wondering will it happen again, people having to return to their villages where blood has been spilt. I wonder when we as human beings will ever work out how we can all be people of peace respecting the humanity and dignity of one another?
On a lighter note I have attached a photo of our very high tech fire escape!