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Hot News - August 2006   (Miri/Sarawak / Malaysia, Aug. 2, 2006)

 
Website statistics: In July we were able to welcome on our website 31'435 visitors who did 683'902 hits.
                                (June = 31'602 visitors - ??? countries* - 635'593 hits)
                                On July 14, 2006, we had with 30'314 hits the record day since 12/17/1998, the birthday of our website.
                      (*= the country counter, which stopped working March 23, 2006, has still not been repaired by the
                              ISP Goldnet - usually there were monthly between 100 and 118 different countries!)
                   
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According to our last "Hot News" of July 9th, it was planned that our LandCruiser will be back on the road by
the end of July. This was too much wishful thinking as we had to change now the deadline to August 26th!
Though the bodywork isn't finished yet, we had big problems finding the fitting pistons and piston rings. So the
local Toyota dealer informed us at the beginning of July that the required spare parts were simply not anymore
available and we would have therefore to search on the graymarket. Because we mistrust the
"non-OEM-products" (= not genuine Toyota), we started to email to all our visited Toyota distributors around
the world, asking whether, by chance, they might still have them on stock. Thus Toyota Gibraltar - which sells
4x4-vehicles for aid agencies worldwide (even the trusty HZJ78) -, notified us about the reply from 'Toyota
Parts Central Europe' that our so desperately needed parts are still on stock in Japan! Hence its arrival is now
promised for August 14th, when finally the cylinder block can get skimmed. As soon as we have more new
interesting pictures from the upcoming repairs, we shall add them to our "All-round rejuvenation" website.
 
 
Miri/Sarawak/Malaysia (Borneo): This engine run during 16'355 hours 381'805 miles before being overhauled
 
Our "housesitting-time" in the home of our friends in the Miri-Shell-Camp has started. Although Sarawak is
(still) regarded as pretty safe, many of the expats feel more comfortable if somebody they know is living in the
house during their holidays - also for watering the many orchids and plants. Our dentist's treatment is still in
progress, with more and more "bridges and crowns" being built in. Everything needs its time on the Island of
Borneo.
 
Because it's a fact that in this region everything is lingering "a bit", even after three months the car entry permits
for the Philippines and Indonesia are not in our hands yet. But there are good news now from the Philippines
that the papers are being processed. Also Indonesia shows some positive development. According to a recent
email from the Indonesian Ministry of Culture and Tourism, something is happening there too. It seems to be
really just a matter of time!
 

New Reports/Pictures

SOUTHEASTASIA:                                      mouse over picture shows comments
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Myanmar
(May 2006)
 
Myanmar: Waiting for customers in Kawthoung
Thailand
Temples, Pagodas, Shrines 

Thailand
People, Beaches, Nature

(Nov. 1993 - Jan. 1994)
(Nov. - Dec. 2005)
(Febr. - April 2006)
Thailand: Ho Phra I-Suan Temple in Nakhon Si Thammarat

Laos

(February 2006)

Laos: The ’Patuxai’, the Laotian replica of the French ’Arc de Triomphe’ in Paris

Vietnam

(January 2006)
Vietnam: Two women cultivating a rice field

Cambodia

(December 2005)

Cambodia: The main temple of Angkor Wat with its five towers viewed from the hill of the ’Phnom Bakheng’ - Temple

Malaysia

(Oct. - Nov. 2005)
Malaysia: The four minarets of the ’Sultan Salahuddin’ State Mosque in Shah Alam are visible already from far

Singapore

(September 2005)

Singapore: High-rise buildings pop up everywhere - here behind the Parliament House

Macao

(September 2005)

Macao: The ’St. Paul’ ruin is an inspiring sight also at night

Hong Kong

(September 2005)

 

Hong Kong:From ’Hong Kong Peak’ we get an excellent view of the ’skyscraper jungle’
+ our LandCruiser on a "Rejuvenation Cure"

in Miri/Sarawak - the East Malaysian province on Borneo

+ added from a earlier visit to the USA:

Las Vegas    (Millennium change)

+ added from our Arabian Peninsula round trip:

Pictures from Yemen (May-June 1996)

+ Flashbacks of our Worldrecordtour:

Pictures from "all the continents" (Oct. 84 - April 97)

+ Follow-ups about Toyota-Experiences:
Encounters resp. "Ups + Downs" with
Toyota Companies since 1982
On July 7th, 2005, we were able to celebrate after a journey through 150 countries the car's
600'000th Kilometer - very prosaic in front of the post office in Cayenne/French Guiana.
Are you interested into the LandCruiser History, prepared by Toyota Motor Sales USA?
(after some loading-time please klick "IN LEGEND" and afterwards "HAIR TO MAGELLAN
- and you will see that we already belong to it too!)

 

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