Arrived in Kuching, capital of Malaysian southern Borneo on Monday. For a city with a population of 600,00 it is remarkably calm and is the most pleasant big city I have ever visited, there is a village like atmosphere to it, the people are warm, it has charm and they don't put on an act they just go about their business in a relaxed and friendly manner. It's focal point is the river which is always nice in any city, the riverside cafes and eateries where locals meet to relax has such a peaceful atmosphere.
I got picked up from the airport by some girls I had met in Pangkor, they arranged accommodation for me and dropped me at the door.
By another massive coincidence I got talking to somebody who works in the tourist office and she has offered me a homestay at her parents house for the weekend, they live in the Jungle! She lives here in the city and doesnt usually go back to her parents often but its holiday week so she is picking me up tomorrow after she has finished work letting me stay at her house on the night driving me to orangutang rehabilitation centre Friday morning and arranging for me to be dropped back to her house while she is working and giving me her keys, then when she has finished work drive to her nearest home town which is 5 hours away, stay at a hotel overnight then on saturday morning go to her parents house which is in the middle of a rainforest and has no electricity!
Normally this sort of stuff is arranged by tour operators and is manufactured but luckily I will be getting the real deal with no other tourists.
As I write this I am still thinking how lucky I am and how fortunate I seem to be bumping into and chatting with the nicest of people who seem to be going out of their way to help me.
Went to a crocodile farm today and am never too sure what to make of these places, is it cruel or not! Apparently this farm is for ones that have been rescued and rehabilitated, whatever the ethics of it they are scary things!
I haven't done much else whilst I have been here in Kuching, other than soaking up the atmosphere and ambling round the town, it is steeped in history and is the sort of place which is difficult to describe where doing nothing all day is easy with it's beautiful waterfront, old colonial buildings, friendly faces and somewhat spiritual vibe.
So I will be off the radar for a few days and if I don't get eaten or lost in the jungle I will let you know what happens next week, have a pleasant weekend folks and keep on smiling.
Don't regret what you haven't done, think about and plan what you can do.