17.02.2013 27 °C
I was doing vector research in Northern Borneo and managed to take time out to explore the tips of Borneo and some of the islands near the border of Philippines. The beaches were not frequented by visitors and it was an experience of solitude in the midst of natural beauty.
This is a picture taken right at the tip where the South China sea and the Sulu Sea meet each other.
It was a treacherous area in the older days when a lot ship sunk in the vicinity of the tip.
The road leading up to the vantage point and then a monument of the location detailing the brief history of the land.
Found some lovely secluded spots after driving around in the area.
I enjoyed the solitude, sea winds and nice beaches allows me to just pause for a while and enjoy the natural scenery.
There are also a couple of islands when you venture out of the tip with fishing boats or ferries, some of them are infested with salt water crocodiles and some are pirates bases so they are not really safe for a foreigner yet. It has taken a long time but the Malaysian government appears to be incapable of resolving the issue which was a pity since the corals and the islands surrounding them are so beautiful.
The meals on these restaurants on the sea were very cheap since the area is completely undeveloped and fishermen made up most of the demography in this region. Here's a picture of the restaurant.
I had a peek at the local fishing villages and generally just walk around and talk with the locals.
They have very good salted seafood too.
This is simple bliss and relaxation at its very best, lying on a hammock looking out at the sea while feeling nice sea breeze.
A great contrast with the modern city life where almost everyone is a slave to money and we toil every single day, I wonder whether a day will come when we can lay down our burdens and just be at peace.
Since this area is really undeveloped, I managed to see for myself a retro petrol station (I do not really how does a petrol station looks like in earlier days though, ha ha) The mechanism is interesting albeit dangerous.
Some fishing boats and harbor in the picture below. Btw, one can persuade a local to take them to Philippines territory which only a mere 20 minutes away by boat. The weeks at the tip were quiet and peaceful and sometimes one can feel as if time stand still in this undeveloped region.