Very happy to announce my photo has been published on new NGO site and Facebook page for ‘Sarawak HEAR’

I’m happy to announce that a photo that I took of three very happy children at a longhouse in Sarawak, Borneo has been published on the web site and Facebook page of ‘Sarawak HEAR’.

Sarawak HEAR is a society founded by people who are personally and professionally involved in work aimed at helping individuals suffering from hearing loss.

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To see my photo in situ and to find out more about Sarawak HEAR please visit:

http://sarawak-hear.wix.com/hear

https://www.facebook.com/Sarawak-HEAR-229364754072961

Cheers, JV

Borneo – Bako National Park – Editing the days takings in my pants and other animals

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What?

I was in the jungle and it was very hot and sticky in there.

The accommodation at Bako wasn’t very salubrious as you can see.

Bako shower

Bako accommodation

I hope things have improved since I was last there. Sometimes you just have to slum it when you are on the road. To be fair the lodge we moved to the next night was a bit better.

There was an almighty storm the night these photo’s were taken and the electricity supply kept cutting out. I seem to remember Serena and I spent the evening playing Travel Scrabble by torch light.

The next day the weather cleared up a bit but we were plagued by Monkeys on our porch.

Monkey bra
Here’s a kinky Monkey sniffing Serena’s bra.

Snake Bako
We also had Sammy Snake slithering outside our lodge.

You also get very large and dangerous saltwater Crocodiles in the sea and mangroves surrounding Bako National Park. Unfortunately we didn’t see any but they are there.

Crocs

There was a slight squeaky bum moment when the boat that dropped us off at Bako moored about 50 feet from the shore meaning we had to wade in to the beach. I felt sure I was being watched by a big salty under the murky sea water so i didn’t hang around.

There’s also loads of Proboscis monkeys knocking around so there’s plenty of wildlife to see. We had one that hung around the back of our lodge for a while. We also had a family of Wild Boars that used to visit us on a regular basis.

Wild Boars

I can really recommend Bako National Park it’s well worth the visit.

Here’s a screen grab of some of the photographs I took in Borneo:

Borneo Screen Shot

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Borneo, Sabbah – Shooting inside an Iban Longhouse

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I had a great day visiting this Longhouse in Sabbah, Borneo.

One of the joys of travelling around the world is seeing how other people live on a day to day basis. In this particular Longhouse there were several generations of families all living together under one roof.

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The Iban people made me feel very welcome. I was offered some traditional food and some very strong alcohol which nearly stripped out the lining of my throat but I still drank it to be sociable.

While I was there a group of elders were teaching some children how to weave.

Weaving - Iban - Longhouse - Borneo

The children seemed to be very happy and carefree.

Kid - Iban Longhouse - Borneo

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Longhouse - Door - Borneo

Bag of skulls - Longhouse - Borneo

Yes, it’s a bag of real human skulls; and no headhunting is not a practice the Iban people do today but it is something their ancestors did over 100 years ago.

Here’s a screen grab of some of the photographs I took in Borneo:

Borneo Screen Shot

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Borneo – Gunung Mulu National Park – Shooting inside Deer Cave

JV-Mulu Park

This was an amazing place. You really felt like you had gone back to prehistoric times.

In the evening millions of bats fly out of this cave which was a sight to behold.

Here’s a screen grab of some of the photographs I took in Borneo:

Borneo Screen Shot

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