Monday, May 29, 2017

Where Borneo Begins...

I have set foot at that very spot -- which according to historians, geographers, surveyors, cartographers, forestry experts etc -- is Where Borneo Begins. This place is located at the remote and idyllic Tanjung Datu, accessible via Sematan in Lundu District. A landmark in the middle of nowhere. Apparently, according to experts, this is the westernmost tip of Sarawak.

Landmark - Where Borneo Begins...

Now to get here, one could either take a one-hour boatride from Sematan Long Jetty passing through the seasides of Kampung Telok Melano and Tanjung Datu National Park, to reach the shore of Tanjung Datu. Or in my case - we took an alternative route which included a 45min drive via the underway Pan Borneo Highway from Sematan town to Kampung Telok Melano, then another 20min boatride from the jetty of Kampung Telok Melano to Tanjung Datu shores.

 Boatride to Tanjung Datu via bautiful turquoise open sea...
It was a worktrip, hence the roadtrip. On a sidenote, the Pan Borneo Highway on this side of the highway is progressing rather well, in my opinion.

Pan Borneo Highway in progress...
And to reach that spot, one must hike for at least 15 - 20 mins up a jungle trail. There's no way you can get there without sweating it out a bit. :-) So be prepared to wear at least a comfortable pair of hiking shoes. The trail is not difficult at all, just imagine yourself going into the jungle looking for wild mushrooms or truffles or bamboo shoot. *saya anak kampung so ini macam a walk in the park sajalah =)*

Hiking!

You see... Given, this place has huge tourism potential. And yet, it saddens me that not much has been done to make the place more known to the world. While I might have my doubts about the geographical authenticity, it is only because of how we seem to be treating this national treasure and world landmark. The trees are overgrown and nearly hid the photo-worthy platform while the trails leading to it might as well be trails leading to God knows where. Perhaps they want to maintain its natural state... I however half disagree because there are no proper indications that this is what it is supposed to be "WHERE BORNEO BEGINS". I mean, there's nothing else to see beside that, so it might as well be amazing right?

A memory worth keeping...
We have a lot to learn from our neighbor who has the other Tip of Borneo. But let's leave that aside while I glory in the fact that I have reached Borneo end to end! Wohoo! More on The Tip of Borneo soon.

P/s: We actually wanted to reach the Lighthouse which is a further 15min hike from this spot, the whole point of the work-visit, but that's irrelevant to this post.=)

And with that I declare myself back from blog hiatus! Yay!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Hello ... been missing you Blog!

Nearly June 2017! Almost 6 months from the last entry. But I am making a comeback (said that before didn't I?) and Coffee Girl is back! Didn't realize I miss writing again until I log in to this almost-dusty space.

To sum it up, been pretty busy since February with work stuffs. I thought I could catch a breath in between, apparently not. But it's not necessarily a bad thing, in fact I sort of expected them and thus was mentally prepared.

Got to make a short one today since I'm borrowing a bit of time to stall over an assignment. So here's what I had been up to this week: A short work-related trip down the currently underway Pan Borneo Highway via Sematan to Telok Melano.
 With colleagues and peers at the Pan Borneo Highway...

And as for my little girl, she is now 2 years 5 months and has been diaper-free for the last 2 months! Wohoo! More on that later. Last week she had a high fever coupled with coughing and flu, all which made her rather clingy and cranky especially at nights. Whenever people asked me my secret to weight-loss (a bit only lah, all those post-baby fat), I would just answer 'lack of sleep' because I know my diet hasn't change all that much. Yup!

2yo Sasa having her breakfast...

It'll be June soon and a much-needed holiday is coming up! Will be back with more updates! Here's wishing all my Dayak friends and all those celebrating the upcoming festive! SELAMAT HARI GAWAI! HAPPY HOLIDAYS! 

And to all those looking forward to the upcoming Ramadhan month, SELAMAT BERPUASA!