A Perplexing Visit to Brunei

Brunei Darussalam is a small, oil-rich country on Borneo that most people don’t ever visit or even hear about in their lifetime. Despite the fact that Brunei is not known for any major sights or nature, I decided to pay the small sultanate a visit while I was travelling through Borneo. Brunei has one of the highest standards of living in Asia and has a…

Sweet Times in Kota Kinabalu

Prior to going to Kota Kinabalu in Borneo, I had a few people tell me to get out of there as soon as I could. From what I had heard, Kota Kinabalu – or KK as the locals call it – has nothing to offer and is one of those places that you immediately want to escape from as soon as you set foot there.…

Chasing Orangutans in Borneo

Before I left for Asia, I listed a few goals that I wanted to achieve on the journey. One of them was seeing orangutans in Borneo, since Borneo is one of two places (the other one being Sumatra), where orangutans are native. When booking my flights to and from Borneo, I was very naive in thinking that I could explore the whole island, climb Mount…

Climbing Mt. Kinabalu: Summiting and Descending During an Earthquake

At 2 AM, climbing a mountain isn’t what I would normally be doing, but on the morning of March 20th, that was exactly what I was going to do. I had been tossing and turning all night, thinking that the wake-up call would come at any second, so when it finally did, the night felt like it had been going on for ages, although I…

Climbing Mt. Kinabalu: Ascending to the Resthouse at 3,272 m.

Everytime I embark on a journey, there are a few things that I really want to achieve. This time, climbing a mountain taller than 3000 m. was one of them. The mountain that I chose to conquer was Mount Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia. Mount Kinabalu rises 4.095 m. above sea level and is one of the tallest mountains in Southeast Asia and the tallest in…

Thoughts on Bali after One Week

Because of Bali’s popularity amongst holiday makers and backpackers, I have never really been interested in going there. Although I know that there is a reason for its popularity, I generally prefer to stay away from places that are overcrowded with tourists. However, since I knew that some of my friends would be on Bali during my last week in Indonesia, I chose to go…

Climbing Mount Batur – a 1717 m. Active Volcano

For my last week in Indonesia, I decided to explore Bali, one of the most popular island destinations in the world. It was a huge change from the remoteness on Pulau Belitung, where I had just come from, so on one of my last days in Bali, I decided to get away from the busy tourist cities and surround myself with nature by going hiking!…

Pulau Belitung: A True Unspoilt Paradise

Sometimes being an eclipse chaser takes you to the most remote and unknown places. For many chasers, the two eclipse destinations last year (Faroe Islands and Svalbard) were unknown to them or places that they never thought they would go to and this year, it was the same for me. The eclipse path this year went through much of Indonesia, covering some well-known places, but…

Total Solar Eclipse ’16: Indonesia

Yesterday, at exactly 7.21 AM, one of my biggest dreams came true. Ever since my first experience with a Total Solar Eclipse in Faroe Islands, where a huge cloud covered the sun at the totality stage, it has been my dream and my goal to see totality. Therefore, I decided that I would fly to Indonesia to watch it this year and start my journey…

A Major Culture Shock in Jakarta

When I booked my tickets to Jakarta, I didn’t really know what to expect. I had only heard bad things from other travellers, so my expectations weren’t high, but at the same time, I couldn’t stop wondering how a city of Jakarta’s size could be that bad. I mean, there’s a reason why 9,3 million people live there. Sure, those who are born into poverty…