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Hot News - September 2006   (Kuala Belait / Brunei, Sept. 4, 2006)

Website statistics: In August we were able to welcome on our website 27'879 visitors who did 699'031 hits.
                                           (July = 31'435 visitors - ??? countries* - 683'902 hits)
                                Record days since 12/17/1998, the birthday of our website: March 20, 1'474 visitors; August 29, 47'038 hits
                      (*= the country counter, which stopped working March 23, 2006, has still not been repaired by the
                              ISP Goldnet - frustrating! - usually there were monthly between 100 and 118 different countries!)
With a delay of one month, our LandCruiser is back "on the road". What we have seen until now, the work for its
"rejuvenation" has been done well, although some minor things popped already up, like the rubber of the windscreen
not being completely watertight during heavy rain, or the device missing to set up the awning - our only sun and rain
protection. We are sure that there will be more minor adjustments to do - hopefully not so much on the engine - but
these two things became evident very fast, as the rainy season is approaching rapidly: Downpours became now
nearly a daily routine.
The first time our car was given back to us to be checked was on Saturday, August 26th. We needed all of Sunday
to clean the inside and to set up a list with 24 questionable points, which had to be improved the following Monday.
Tuesday evening it was returned for the second time - now acceptable for us. Wednesday evening was the deadline
of our housesitting time in Miri, because the owners returned from their holidays. It was a very hectic period, as we
then had to reload the vehicle completely in one single day! But now we can relax in Brunei - the sultanate in Borneo
officially named Negara Brunei Darussalam - exactly in Kuala Belait, a little and quiet city in the South, busy with
the exploration of oil. Entering Brunei from Sarawak, it is already very obvious that there is still a lot more pristine
jungle to enjoy - not yet logged for its wood or for palm oil plantations like in Malaysia. The wealth of Brunei lies in
its oil wells -offshore and also on land. This Islamic state became our 154th country.


Kuala Belait/Brunei (Borneo): Finally finished with 'rejuvenation' - it's left only on the computer


Slowly,we are going to drive now towards the North of Borneo, constantly observing carefully every suspicious
noise, which could pop-up and originate from the car's overhaul. It will need some time to get back the confidence
and feeling that there are almost no limits for a Toyota LandCruiser. Next will be the city of Bandar Seri Begawan,
the capital of Brunei, afterwards through a first narrow part of Sarawak's Limbang division, followed by Brunei's
exclave district of Temburong, just to cross another small part of Limbang, before finally arriving in East-Malaysia's
second autonomous province of Sabah. It is interesting to know that actually at every border crossing during this
hurdlerace there will be an immigration and customs control - one sign more of the autonomies in the world's 3rd
biggest island. It is only a few years since there is Trans-Borneo connection by road - today even paved. There will
be follow-up photos on our website "Current pictures of our Borneo trip from Miri/Sarawak to Brunei and Sabah".

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(Island of Borneo)
(June - Aug. 2006)

Miri/Sarawak/East-Malaysia (Borneo): Traditional stilt houses reflecting in the water of the Miri River

(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 June-Aug. 2006

+ 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. 1984 - April 1997)

+ 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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