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This food is from a chain something like McDonalds. Only in Asia does rice becomes fast food.

On Friday I spent the day on a tropical island, Manukan Island. After a fifteen minute trip on a small, very old boat, full of character. After a quick snorkell, A and I went para-gliding. Most amazing thing, ever. A and I were attatched to a huge parachutte on the boat (although the guys were very careful to tell us not to touch certain clips because they would come undone :s). Was amazing to see the islands and city from such a height (and not feel sick). When the boat slowed down a little we dipped our feet in the water... very warm, not unlike a bath.

We hopped on a banana boat (a big inflatable yellow thing that you sit on with five other people that gets towed behind the speedboat and tries to tip you off). Was lots of fun trying to hang off, although one of other guys on it fell on top of me when we got tipped off.
Waiting for Parasailing
.. ouchie.

More snorkelling after lunch, there were lots of fish and the water was perfectly clear and the sand brilliant white. was v nice. Although we did put sunscreen on, A and I got very sunburnt on our backs, still paying for it today... I can barely move my right arm it hurts so much. Haven't been this badly burnt in years. Also, the straps from my bathers are awful. Very painful to wear anything :(

Today A, C, P and I headed to the Mt Kinabalu National Park. Was a very long drive, but very beautiful, and (apparently) cold. C said that locals come up to get away from the heat, but it was still 20oC otuside.. barely cold at all.

For dinner tonight we had a seafood feast!!! So fresh that C chose it when it was still alive and swimming, 30 mins later in was on the table. We had prawns, crab, a vegetable only grown in Sabah that I can't rememebr the name of, and three other kinds of shell fish.
More waiting
This sort of food is to be eaten with the fingers, so we got very messy but it was so yummy!! All the food here is good, and so, so cheap, about 4 times less than at home, without taking into consideration the changes of currency.

Have been doing a lot of shopping, malls here are so big! And there are so many; designer brands along with market stalls, A is being very patient with me :)

The fashion here is strange. A polo shirt and shorts are considered perfectly fashionable, and high end shops sell them. For girls, that is. T-shirt and shorts is pretty much okay for guys everywhere. A is having lots of trouble buying shoes... he's a size 12.5 or 13, most of the shoe shops only go up to size 10 at the biggest. I'm not having huge luck with buying shoes either, my feet are just slightly the wrong shape or something.

That's all for tonight, bed time now. Flying to Miri tomorrow night, be nice to get there.
Will put up photos soon, promise!!
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This food is from a chain somethin…
This food is from a chain somethi…
Waiting for Parasailing
Waiting for Parasailing
More waiting
More waiting
Just about to go up
Just about to go up
and we have lift off!
and we have lift off!
the view was pretty amazing
the view was pretty amazing
The boat slowed down so we could w…
The boat slowed down so we could …
More splashes
More splashes
Very high!!
Very high!!
Another dip
Another dip
Looking a little unsure after it w…
Looking a little unsure after it …
The two guys that took us out (the…
The two guys that took us out (th…
The water from the jetty of Manuka…
The water from the jetty of Manuk…
About to get on the banana boat
About to get on the banana boat
all on the boat
all on the boat
Starting to pick up speed
Starting to pick up speed
the idea was to tip us over
the idea was to tip us over
A looks like he was having fun
A looks like he was having fun
Posing for a photo
Posing for a photo
Another boat driver
Another boat driver
Alvin is about to leap off! just l…
Alvin is about to leap off! just …
After it was all over
After it was all over
Coconuts with straws!
Coconuts with straws!
The beach
The beach
Very much a tropical island
Very much a tropical island
Looking back from the boat
Looking back from the boat
Going back.
Going back.
It was pretty windy
It was pretty windy
The jetty of the island
The jetty of the island
Local fruit markets in the Mt Kina…
Local fruit markets in the Mt Kin…
dried foods
dried foods
fresh food
fresh food
Tiny, hot hot hot chilli
Tiny, hot hot hot chilli
More fruits
More fruits
Mangosteen
Mangosteen
Duku
Duku
SOme other fruit :)
SOme other fruit :)
a variety of a rambutan (maybe)
a variety of a rambutan (maybe)
Durian. the stinkiest fruit, ever.…
Durian. the stinkiest fruit, ever…
Rambutans
Rambutans
the inside of a mangosteen
the inside of a mangosteen
Waterfall in the national park
Waterfall in the national park
more waterfall
more waterfall
national park
national park
they built the walkway around this…
they built the walkway around thi…
Giant clam shells!
Giant clam shells!
We ate this same shellfish about 3…
We ate this same shellfish about …
Again, these were to be dinner in …
Again, these were to be dinner in…
this was the view from the seafood…
this was the view from the seafoo…
As fine photography
A's fine photography
Down the pier of the restaurant. W…
Down the pier of the restaurant. …