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Hot News November 2006   (Kuching/Sarawak / Malaysia, Nov. 10, 2006)

Website statistics: In October we were able to welcome on our website 30'118 visitors who did 681'407 hits.
                                           (September = 30'006 visitors ??? countries* 661'569 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!)
Since it became clear that the eventual car permits for the Philippines will need still more time, we shifted the focal
point to those required for Indonesia. Thus, we received from the Consulate of Indonesia in Kuching in Southern
Sarawak the final assent from Jakarta for the overland entry with our Toyota into Kalimantan, the Indonesian part
on the island of Borneo. This will enable us to explore this huge archipelago during the next three months with our
LandCruiser, particularly Sumatra, Java, Bali, the Nusa Tenggara and Sulawesi. The 155th country will be another
big challenge, as it is often compared with India too. While India consists "only" of one piece of land, there are
13'700 islands in Indonesia, of which more than half are uninhabited. Not only is the density of the population 
immense (there are about 240 millions), but also the size of the country, as a West-East crossing (from West 
Sumatra to East Nusa Tenggara only!) measures at least 4'000 to 5'000 miles (comparable to a crossing of the 
United States) – additionally we would like to do some detours!
But we are still on the Malaysian side of Borneo, and the South of Sarawak has much to offer and to see. Saying
this, we were able to admire a few days ago the world's biggest flower – called Rafflesia, which grows to three feet
in diameter and a weight of 24 pounds. Unfortunately it is blooming only 5 to 7 days; but we had the luck to
discover at the same time two of them – a little smaller though – at the Gunung Gading Nationalpark. The Bako
Nationalpark, where the funny looking Proboscis long nose monkeys live, is likewise interesting. Like at Sepilok
near Sandakan in the Malaysian province of Sabah in the North, there is, outside of Kuching at Semenggoh, an
Orang Utan rehabilitation centre that tries to save the few surviving apes, which manage to escape the yearly "slash
and burn forest cleanings". Recently, there was not only an article on BBC about this deplorable and vulnerable
specie threatened to be extinct soon – no, due to the heavy smoke in this region, the visibility is sometimes reduced
to not more than a few hundred yards, which affects the eyes and makes breathing difficult.
Sarawak/Malaysia (Borneo): State Mosque in Kuching
For all those interested in our car: Since the "general-overhaul", we drove now about 2'500 miles and experienced
no unpleasant surprises. Also the loss of power, caused by the flat cylinders (instead of the original dome-shaped
European version) was not as significant as apprehended. The engine oil consumption 'dropped' from before one
quart for 130 miles to 1'300 miles, i.e. about a ten-time decrease. The after-repairs, done again in the workshop in
Miri – actually only minor details, which got forgotten – have been resolved courteously for free. Even the leaking
windscreen is now water-tight, respectively rainproof. The only loss remains the heater – not an issue in the tropics
though, but it might become one sooner or later. As we wanted to check the fan and the temperature adjustment,
neither was working. The investigation into it showed that a connection disappeared – probably already while
scrapping the air-conditioner earlier in Kuala Lumpur. In any case, there is no more a heating possibility, which 
poses now and in the foreseeable future not at all a problem, but might become one, should we move again into 
cooler regions or higher altitude. Getting adapted or improvise might be the solution at that time.
Therefore, please check from time to time the progress of our Borneo trip on our pictured site!

New Reports/Pictures

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(Sept. 2006)
Brunei (Borneo): ’The 'Ali Saifuddien'-Mosque at sunset in Bandar Seri Begawan
(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 Indonesia Trip

Sumatra, Java, Bali, Nusa Tenggara – Dez. 2006 -.......

+ our Borneo Trip

Sarawak, Brunei, Sabah, Kalimantan – Sept.-Nov. 2006

+ 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 and taken over by
Toyota Motor United Kingdom? (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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