You are not a hero until you climb the Great Wall of China

“You are not a hero until you climb the Great Wall of China” is the ancient quote written at the bottom of the steps. And there are so many heroes!!!! Old ladies with tiny feet, young ladies in crazy heels, toddlers, dodderers and men with big bellies exposed like laughing Buddhas all climb the steep … More You are not a hero until you climb the Great Wall of China

A wreck alive

The sunken ship looms up ahead. A ghostly shape in the underwater gloom. The Japanese shipwreck from WWII remains here where it sunk 70 years ago. Swimming closer you can clearly see the curved stern of the boat and the remains of the rudder and propeller but the bow is crumpled. Whether through being bombed … More A wreck alive

“Turtle Time”

It looks exhausting! These poor female turtles hauling their 160kg bodies up the beach to a high spot, digging a 75cm hole, laying up to 150 eggs and then hauling themselves back to the sea before the sun rises. And they do this several times in a season. We are on Selingan Island in the … More “Turtle Time”

Respecting Mount Kinabalu

“If you disrespect the mountain, nature will disrespect you” warns our worried-looking guide, Felix. The earthquake on Mount Kinabalu that killed 19 people two-years ago, was attributed to the disrespectful actions of hikers two weeks before. Deeply superstitious, the local people blamed the tourists, who stripped naked for photos at the summit. for the subsequent … More Respecting Mount Kinabalu