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Hot News - June 2006   (Miri/Sarawak / Malaysia, June 10th, 2006)

Website statistics: In May we were able to welcome on our website 35'066  visitors
                                from ??? different countries* who did 719'766 (= record) hits.
                                (April = 32'946 visitors - ??? countries* - 695'678 hits)
                      (*= the country counter, which stopped working March 23rd, could still not be repaired
                              by the ISP Goldnet - usually there were monthly between 100 and 118 countries!)
Although we heard several times suspicious noises coming from the rear axle, which was temporarily repaired
in Ranong in Southern Thailand, we reached on May 18th, without any problems the port city of Butterworth,
situated on the Malaysian peninsula just opposite of the island of Penang. One day later, we loaded our Land
Cruiser into a container with destination Bintulu, located in the East Malaysian part on the island of Borneo.
Then, we rode by bus to the Capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, from where we flew on May 23rd, with the
low cost carrier AirAsia to Miri, also located in Sarawak. Miri - like Bintulu - still preserves a little bit an
atmosphere of a frontier town, although the oil business as well as the logging and palm oil industry are
considerably influencing more and more its character. The shipping itself by Hubline - even if it was relatively
expensive regarding its short distance - was efficient and in time. It was interesting to see that the Malaysian
State of Sarawak has its own autonomy regarding customs and immigration procedures, i.e. that - although it
is just a domestic dislocation - the vehicle was being rechecked, the 'Carnet de Passages' of the car
re-stamped and our "3-months-Malaysia-mainland-entry-permit" reduced to one "Sarawak-month".
Currently, we are looking for a qualified body worker who is capable to "de-rust" our LandCruiser for a
reasonable price. Also the repeatedly mentioned engine overhaul cannot be postponed any longer, because
one of the piston rings "disappeared" on the road from Bintulu to Miri, hence the oil consumption will even rise
more. Our luck in this badluck is that in the East Malaysian States of Sarawak and obviously also in Sabah,
our type of LandCruiser from the 60'-serie is still common, even if it is mostly the diesel version. Thus the
problem of finding here our axle shaft was much easier than in the other Southeast Asian countries - the
ubiquitous Chinese shops still have (nearly) all parts on stock.


Malaysia: Delivery of the car in Bintulu/Sarawak

Like a month ago, we are still waiting for the car entry permits to arrive from Indonesia and the Philippines.
In the meantime also the Swiss Club of the Philippines kindly offered to help us to reach finally that
country. We only can hope that the obviously very slow working bureaucracy becomes a little bit more open
towards our applications, as otherwise their attitude towards tourism seems to be very positive.

New Reports/Pictures

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(May 2006)
Myanmar: Waiting for customers in Kawthoung
Temples, Pagodas, Shrines 

People, Beaches, Nature

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


(February 2006)

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


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


(December 2005)

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


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


(September 2005)

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


(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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