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Summer Vacation 2008 - the return to Lahad Datu

semi-overcast 30 °C

This was our last day out on the river. We struggled out of bed again around 05:30 to take the morning boat ride. Not surprisingly, the boat left at 06:15, not 06:00. Everything here seemed to run a little bit behind schedule. That was fine, because we didn't really have anywhere to go or anything to do.

This ride was not very successful for seeing animals. We saw some

Storm's storks

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oriental pied hornbills
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kingfishers
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a Brahminy kite
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a water monitor
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and more proboscis monkeys.

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In the last picture we think he's yelling at some kids to get off his front lawn. “Hey you kids, get off my damn lawn!”

After the cruise we had enough time to eat breakfast and pack before we had to catch our bus. We all met at the dock around 08:30 to be shuttled over to where we were going to meet the truck to take us to meet the bus. We had a few transfers on this journey. Some people were headed far south to Semporna (about 4 hours away) and some people were headed north to Kota Kinabalu (about 6 hours away). We were the only people heading south to Lahad Datu (about 1 hr away).

They split us up and took the people heading far south ahead first to connect with the bus. Then they piled the rest of us into a van and the bags in a truck and took us to a café to wait for our respective buses. We arrived at the café around 10 and decided to make a contest of who would get picked up first. We won. Our bus arrived around 10:30. Our van driver waited with us to flag down the correct bus. It wouldn't have stopped where we were sitting if someone didn't flag it down.

Our bus ride actually took about 1.5 hours. There were two little kids sitting in the seats in front of us that I quickly befriended by crossing my eyes at them. I made faces at them while they ducked behind their seats until I got tired. Then I went to sleep.

We arrived in Lahad Datu and we quickly realized that we weren't really big fans of this town. There is not much going on. As you walk along the street, almost everyone stops their car and asks you if you need a ride. Usually by yelling out, “Hello friend.” Because we stayed at the same hotel we stayed at last year we knew where to go. We just told these people we were ok and went on our way. It was still annoying.

After receiving unfriendly service at the check-in desk and them messing up a few things we found our room and rested to get rid of our foul moods. Once we kind of got over them we went down to the restaurant for lunch. Again, it was kind of lacking. Oh well. What can you do? (I suppose stay or eat somewhere else.)

We wanted to check our email and pick up a few things so we wandered into town. There is really not much going on in Lahad Datu and it smells kind of funny down by the water. We wandered around looking for the internet café that we went to last year, but we didn't find it. It turns out we were in the wrong part of town. We got directions to a different internet café, one that was in the mall. We made our way there and guess what we found next to it? A glasses shop! Hallelujah!!!! For a measly MYR5, they were able to fix my glasses. I could see again. Well, I could see before; it was just that my glasses had a big piece of tape on them holding the lens onto the frame.

Then we did the internetting stuff. While we were internetting, about four teenagers decided it would be interesting to see what I was doing. They stood behind me watching for a good five minutes. It was really creepy. Mind you I did the most boring stuff imaginable and didn't go anywhere I needed a password or anything. They eventually got bored and left.

We were fed up and went back to our hotel to watch the Olympics. But our hotel didn't ge the channel they were on. But they did get Star Movies. What an excellent channel. We were soooo tired of Lahad Datu that we watched a movie called “Lightspeed”. It was such a B movie that it was almost a C movie. It was crappily entertaining. We think they spent most of their budget on the helicopter, Mercedes-Benz SUV, and the python-man's makeup. A. MA. ZING.

We had dinner and then found The X-Files: Fight the Future on the tube. That was a step up, but still no Olympics. Court was stoked. After the movie we fell asleep dreaming of our trip out of Lahad Datu to Danum Valley. Thank god.

Posted by agc_cwm 07:05 Archived in Malaysia

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