Blog on Borneo

It is always enlightening to read what other people write or say about Borneo and in this era of connected world, it is not too difficult to find content written and shared online by those who have visited the island.

A series of blog entries by a senior leader of a birding tour company based in Tucson, Arizona, USA is one of the more recent content available online on Borneo.

In these articles, Richard C. Hoyer, Senior Leader at WINGS Tour, talks about his visit to places like Danum Valley and Mount Kinabalu.

Horned beetle

Horned beetle

In one of the entries, he describes Lahad Datu as the “Hilux capital of the world,” observing that “every fourth vehicle in the city’s congested streets is a Hilux.” Double cab trucks are indeed a common place vehicle in Sabah.

He expresses dismay at what he describes as “utter destruction of unimaginable riches of biodiversity,” saying, “Upon approaching the city, all I could see for miles and miles was African Oil Palm plantations.”

Follow his journey at Birderandnaturalist blog, which contains four entries from the trip:

1. Borneo Blog: My First Acquaintances with Pittas, Gibbons, and Wren-Babblers.
2. Borneo Blog: Square Pegs and Round Holes.
3. Borneo Blog: Travel Day Travails from KK to Danum Valley.
4. Reflections on My Three Days At Mount Kinabalu.

Mount Kinabalu as seen from Kundasang town

Mount Kinabalu as seen from Kundasang town

Iceland vs. Borneo… A Musical Frolic On Road Less Travelled

A sense of perplexity lingers in the air as I write this, having just sampled the kind of music, or sound, or ambiance, coming from the album Iceland vs. Borneo by John Hirschmann, an electronic musician unknown to you and me, and perhaps, to the rest of mainstream music listeners.

For a sample of what strange arrangements encapsulated by the thought-provoking allusion of how Iceland and Borneo might mix, listen to the album by clicking on the track list on the embedded player below.

The music seems rustic, chaotic even, and if you are to dance to its extremes, you might end up with legs twisted.

These are music tracks plucked from the road less travelled, a pulsating narrative of free radical electronics bouncing in the dense jungle of Borneo or burrowing in the dead cold mountains of Iceland, like I know there are dead cold mountains there. Haha, I don’t even understand what I’m saying… duh!

I kinda like the mysterious sound of track Number Seven, Negalife 1, though.

“Jungle” Jack Hanna In Borneo To Film Wildlife

Animal expert Jack Hanna is currently in Borneo as part of his two-week tour of Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia where he will be shooting wildlife for his “Jack Hanna’s Into The Wild” television show.

The 62-year-old and crew members will film orang utans, sunbears, proboscis monkeys and pygmy elephants in their natural habitat in Sabah and will later head for Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia. You can follow Jungle Jack’s adventure on Twitter or Facebook.

Hanna, whose visit to Malaysia is at the invitation of Tourism Malaysia, told the media in Kota Kinabalu, the capital city of Sabah, that he had always wanted to visit Malaysia but was delayed due to his tight schedules.

US’ State Department of Trade Commissioner Resigns Over Borneo Holiday Controversy

astrid-glynn-borneoWho would have thought that Borneo would have a role in the resignation of United States Department of Trade Commissioner Astrid Glynn [picture, left]

As strange as it may seems, the Borneo vacation seems to have precipitated her resignation from the post that pays her USD160,000 a year.

Glynn flew to Borneo on a three-week vacation in March as officials were rushing to get out USD$1.1 billion in stimulus money for road and bridge projects. Her absence made contractors “frustrated and nervous”, reports said.

Glynn has tendered her resignation, effective May 8, saying, she wants to spend time with her family in suburb Boston.

Daily News quoted her as saying that, “This is something I have been thinking about for some time. We are at the point in the cycle when it is time for me to move on.”