The Rainforest World Music Festival

The kayaking wound on my knee was a lucky break. The brightly colored bandage got me out of numerous crowd-participation workshops, including one that scared me stiff: African dance. I limped to the back of the sweltering longhouse to take photos as the crowd surged...

Wild Kayaking Adventure in Sarawak, Borneo

I flipped my boat in some shallow rapids while wild kayaking in Sarawak, Borneo. I came up laughing but knew right away that something bad had just transpired. That same sickening twist in the pit of your stomach, the gut feeling of inevitability, when reality...

Alive. Again.

Well, it’s that magical time of every travel year when Greg has become over a month behind in his blog, sits down at the laptop to somehow describe a month of adventures and life on the road, drools all over the keyboard, then finally throws his hands up in...

Up a Wild River in Borneo

I turned up in the tiny village of Sukau in East Sabah, Borneo, not entirely sure what to expect. The village — which pretty much consists of one narrow road — was basically shut down for Ramadan. So far, the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan has had little...

Big Trouble in Little Brunei

Click. I didn’t think anything of the harmless photograph taken of the busy street corner. A green sign with Arabic beneath advertised “Jalan Sultan” — the street name. Behind the sign was a Dairy Queen — the first and only one that I...

Back to the Forest

The tiny red ant had the strength of a centipede as it buried its pincers into my foot. Nothing new, especially while trekking through a Southeast Asian rainforest. In a place with so much diverse life — much of it in the form of biting insects — I...