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Proboscis Monkeys in Borneo

Posted on 07 January 2013 by Flisha

I really need to buy new rechargeable batteries. Or better yet, a new camera that doesn’t need them!

This is the best Proboscis monkey photo I have from my Kota Kinabalu trip.

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The tour guide picked us up at about 1 in the afternoon for the tour. We traveled around 2 hours to reach the river where the monkeys live. We got to the destination about 4 in the afternoon and boarded a small boat and from there we quietly sailed by the river banks where the mangrove trees grew.

Proboscis monkeys are unique in that they are vegetarian. They only eat the mangrove leaves. Feed them meat or even a banana and they die. They have stomach chambers which break up the poison of the mangrove leaves and allow them to digest the edible stuff.

Here is how they really look like, up close. We couldn’t get up close since the river was full of crocodiles, so we had to stay in the boat.

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My travel tip: bring binoculars! Good thing our guide brought a pair of binoculars, and we got to borrow them to see the monkeys clearly. None of the guests brought any!

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Proboscis Tour

Posted on 29 December 2012 by Flisha

Today, Gim and I are going on a tour of Mt Kinabalu. We’ll be looking at fireflies and proboscis monkeys. (No marmots though.)

The proboscis monkey has a bit fat nose! Gim is pretty excited to see those! :)

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But me, I have never in my life seen fireflies. And to me they are like magical creatures that appear in fairy tales. So I am SOOO excited to see them!! :) I hope I can capture them in my camera so I can show you another time. :)

We are in Kota Kinabalu right now. Mt Kinabalu is one of the major sights here. However we are not going to do a trek up the mountain, we will just be at the base, or at Mt Kinabalu park.

We will also have a sunset cruise with dinner. Total package for the tour is 195 RM per person or about 2600 Php. Kinda steep but hey, we are on vacation. :)

So, very excited for later!! :)

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The Palace Hotel in Kota Kinabalu

Posted on 28 December 2012 by Flisha

Doesn’t this look like a place you could just relax and puff famous cigars on?

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Right now, I’m relaxing at a room in The Palace Hotel in Kota Kinabalu. It’s a tiny hotel located on a hill, but just near to the city and the shopping malls. Though if you spoke to the people around here, they would say this place is quite far from the city and inaccessible as you have to call a taxi to get to the major shopping malls. But the next shopping mall is a 5 minute walk from the hotel! I don’t need a taxi for ride that is maybe a minute and a half. Hahaha! Maybe because KK is really small, so people think this is far already. But in Metro Manila, a 5 minute walk is already very near!

Anyway, the location is pretty good. Our first room was in the basement, the “standard room”. Don’t book this room. It’s old and dirty and smells musty, and the wifi doesn’t reach the basement, plus no windows. The staff told me that the hotel doesn’t even book those rooms but Agoda pressured them so that the hotel could be “priced competitively”. Well I feel we were duped. We reluctantly upgraded to a “superior room” which is basically just the same but cleaner and has wifi, for an additional 175 RM.

Anyway I will tell you more in the next few days!

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