Little things make the difference

Quite regularly, we get asked how detailed we planned our trip before leaving. The answer is: Not very detailed at all. We chose the destinations and booked the flights – that’s about it. The rest we are organising en route, and even that quite rudimentary. We normally pick certain things that we would like to do or see in certain areas… all the rest spontaneously falls into place – and usually adds a big bonus to our journey, as seen on our detour to the North of Bali. Continue reading

That’s why we fell for Perancak

In Bali, originally, we planned to travel up North via the East coast. But following the eruption and continued danger from Mt Agung, we thought it to be wiser to take a more westerly route. Some pictures of traditional, lavishly decorated fishing boats made us book a place in rural Perancak. To be honest with you, when we arrived in the quiet fishing village, I didn’t expect to dedicate a whole blog post to our four nights in this area. But we had such a wonderful time here that we all agreed: Our time in Perancak deserves a blog entry on its own. Et voilà. Continue reading

The Bali Warm-Up

We came to Bali to see – respectively do – two things: We were hoping to see the lush green rice fields and to try YOGA. Both points we managed to tick off within the first week here. Moving on early in that case? Oh no. Our hunger for Bali was far from being satisfied. Our first few days on the Indonesian island only made it bigger. Continue reading

Kuala Lumpur and Borneo through our kids’ eyes

Due to multiple circumstances the girls have taken less pictures in Malaysia. Sometimes, the cameras were on strike (flat batteries or full memory cards). Sometimes, we were not willing to pay the camera fees for more than one camera. And sometimes, they simply didn’t feel like taking pictures. But the ones they took, turned out just great and give our trip to Malaysia a new perspective. Continue reading

“Tour de Borneo” – the final stage

The last stage of our tour through Borneo was to get back from the Kinabatangan River over the hills to Kota Kinabalu. As we didn’t want to risk another crazy eight hours ride, we split the journey in two. We stopped overnight in Kundasang, a mountain village very close to the Mt Kinabalu national park. The feeling up there was completely different to what we had experienced so far in Borneo: Enjoyable temperatures, views of a proper mountain peak and even some green meadows with Friesian cows grazing . Real signs of swissness! Continue reading

The wild side of Sabah

After a rather urban eleven days in Kota Kinabalu, it was high time to go and explore Sabah’s praised wildlife. Sightings of monkeys, snakes, sun bears, crocodiles, pygmy elephants, birds galore and of course a chance to meet the old man of the forest were all possible here. Which ones would we get to see? Continue reading

Our tropical Christmas in Kota Kinabalu

Whenever I imagined a tropical Christmas, I had this – oh so romantic – vision of celebrating on a white, sandy beach under palm trees with our toes dipped into the salty sea water. Reality though was somewhat different. The fact that we celebrated in Kota Kinabalu (KK) – in hot and humid conditions – was pretty much the only tropical element to our Christmas festivities. But tropical or not, our Christmas turned out to be lovely. Far from the norm, but lovely: Continue reading

The low-point at the tip of Borneo

I really struggle to write this blog post. And there is one simple reason for it: Ironically, I reached a real low-point at the tip of Borneo. To be honest with you, we probably all did. Continue reading

Clean and green Kuala Lumpur

Arriving at Kuala Lumpur (KL) airport, early Sunday morning of the 10th of December, we had no idea what to expect from this metropolis. Yes, of course, we had done our research and read about things to do and see, but I am talking more about the atmosphere of this cosmopolitan city. Chaotic or organised? Dirty or clean? Manic or quiet? Dull or exciting? Continue reading