the climb

I know this one came in a bit late, 1 year to be exact. We just found the missing clips somewhere under mounds of rubbish. And as I was watching them one after another (and the fact that I am bored to the bone). I...

Hello Stranger (part 4) : Kota Kinabalu, Borneo

There's something romantic about places one never set foot before. It's enigmatic charm and the strangeness of everything about it is so stimulating. Like the local food for example, no matter how simple a nasi goreng was cooked, it is amazingly arousing like an aphrodesiac,...

flip pockets: kota kinabalu

After our Kota Kinabalu stint last April, we were asked the question "How much was the damage?" for God knows how many times. So we stole this idea of post trip accounting from Nina Fuentes of justwandering.org So here you go, once and for all ;-) PART...

slothful refuge

Back to Kota Kinabalu from our gargantuan climb, we head off straight to the hostel to freshen-up, feast on a hearty dinner then went straight to a spa for a well deserved full body massage. Upon lying down the massage table, we instantaneously went in to...

mt. kinabalu (leg 4): conquering pain

Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place.  ~Lance Armstrong  As I approached Panar Laban, my feet gave in and I fell a few steps before...

mt. kinabalu (leg 1): testing endurance

At 5am, We woke up to the smell of challenge. We carefully packed our day packs to bring only the essentials as the hike to Mt. Kinabalu dawned us. After downing our cups of coffee plus two sliced bread smothered with peanut butter and jelly, we...

Around Kota Kinabalu

Arguably the most popular place to stay within the backpacking community--Borneo Backpacker is strategically situated right smack in the middle of the city, everything is almost just a kembot away (oh well, Kota Kinabalu is just the size of Makati, so everything is really a...

on our way to kota kinabalu (via clark airport)

After two years of traveling, people would think that we have learned to cover our bases. After numerous "planned" spontaneous trips, we are proud of how detailed our researches are from getting to one destination to another, the place we are going to stay in,...