Uncooperative orangutans & other creepy crawlies .....
Mrs Mence made a 'No Show' for our second trip out from Kuching. She claimed a cold but we wondered if it was anything to do with the enormous plate (wait 'til you see the photo) of chicken she attempted to wade through the evening before. With great excitement Jess, Amy & myself set off for the Orangutan centre. We first got a talk about what to do if we came face to face with the 'boss' - these are orangutans that have been relased to semi-wild after completing the kindergarten, primary & high school parts of their rehabilitation programme. Then off we went to the feeding station for their 9am feed. We waited ..... in the rain ..... for more than an hour ..... BUT they did a Mrs Mence - NONE showed up! Never mind - we consoled ourselves that it is a good thing that they are fending for themselves & therfore have no need to come down to the station (but were p'd off to say the least when we heard that next days group got Big Dad himself & 4 babies!).
We followed this with a visit to a longhouse - the Borneo equivalent to a row of terraced houses. All neighbours live in VERY close proximity & I wondered how the Headman would have dealt with my rabble - we had enough complaints from the neighbours when we lived in a detached house!
Met up with Mrs Mence for a late lunch sheltering from TORRENTIAL rain (reminder to self - check seasons next time). Then a pottering day in Kuching & dinner at restauant Bla Bla Bla. Amy & I trying to plan our next stage - Phillipines, Thailand, more Malaysia ..... ?
Now after a 4hr+ bus journey & a short boat trip we are in an amazing longhouse style hotel (a Hilton darling). We're in the jungle. It's very hot ..... & very humid. As I write this there;s a funny flying insect strolling across the monitor, a tree frog on the desk observing me & numerous fruit bats flying around. Plus lots of squawking & squealing outside. We had a lazy afternoon by the lovely swiming pool & have just had a 'taste & tell' session with a load of mysterious fruits we bought at the market on our way here.
Hopefully no nightmares tonight of savage headhunters butchering us in our beds ....