The True Reality

“There are some four million different kind of animals and plants in the world.
Four million different solutions to the problems of staying alive” – Sir David Attenborough –
Let us develop respect for all living thing. Let us try to replace violence and intolerance with understanding and compassion. And love” – Jane Goodall –Ever since we arrived on this planet as a species, we’ve cut them down, dug them up, burnt them and poisoned them. Today we’re doing so on a greater scale than ever.
– Sir David Attenborough –

If we [humans] disappeared overnight, the world would probably be better off.
– Sir David Attenborough –Most of these photographs are archive images from my travels on Borneo while some are taken here in Malta.

Which Way…

This is my entry for this week’s Which Way Photo Challenge

Harmony Bridge – Kuching

Back in Kuching and to the new foot bridge “Harmony Bridge” which connect the North with the South City. Well, I’m not back in reality but in my thoughts when I look at my pictures.

I came back home with lots of images of this amazing bridge which is designed from the idea of Yin and Yang. It’s S-shaped and curved with two masts inclined in opposite directions.The shape of the bridge symbolizes the balance of cultures living together in harmony.
This is Sarawak in Borneo, this is Kuching and I’ll hopefully be back soon.

Greetings from Sarawak!

Just some images from where I’m now……in Sarawak.


Sarawak is located in Borneo, Malaysia and we are now in Kuching. The playful children was taken in 2016 while the rest are all new.
The children may represent the joy and harmony found here in amazing Borneo.

I haven’t had much time left to create new posts or to visit You but next week I’m back to my everyday life in Malta and my lovely Basenji dog Fanny. Take care out there!!

Everyday Life…

Everyday life in different parts of our world. Above you see a family at the market in Kota Kinabalu in Borneo, Malaysia and then a woman selling Pancake Crepes along Patong Beach in Phuket, Thailand.

All of these pictures are from my archive and memories from different trips. The images speak for themselves but you may be able to guess where they were taken. A few clues, three are from Malta one from Singapore, one from Sicily and the rest from Borneo, Stockholm and California. Click on an image to enlarge.

Color Your World / 11 -17 February

GoldenrodBlue GreenMelonThese are the week’s colors in Jennifer’s Color Your World Challenge from where I choose 12, 13 and 14. Each image is from different countries, Malta, Malaysia and Sweden. Which image belongs to which country? Perhaps too easy to guess…

WPC – Growth

Growth in nature provides nutrition to fruits and vegetables. We use leftovers as decorations.
There was a wedding that took place here high above the clouds. No greenery without growth. Growth among clouds and mountains high above Kota Kinabalu town. Growth puts people at work who provide food for themselves and the people.
At the market in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia

Sabah, also known as “Land of the Wind”, which comes from the author of Agnes Keith’s first book in 1939.     A kind of growth, in the history…

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge / Growth

Bye Bye Kuching…

Riverbank Suite, Hilton, Sarawak State Legislative Assembly and Kuching City Mosque. Not exactly in that order 😉

Goodbye to all the amazing people we meet in the market and on the streets.

Symbols, Culture and traditions.Kuching, a city in harmony, as written.

I almost forgot the amazing animals! Proboscis and OrangUtans are only found in Borneo, and there are lots of different kinds of birds. The rainforest in Sarawak is unique, these pics are from my last visit in Borneo.Hopefully our flowers look the same as when we left Malta five weeks ago.I’m not worried I just hope everything will go well. I’m looking forward to come back home to Malta. Then, after a week fly to Sweden and pick up our new family member Fanny, it will be fun and quite exiting!

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge

This is a great fun and for me a completely new challenge. To convert from color and use only black and white.An indoor garage here in Kuching with the shadow of a man walking from the entrance.

This is a spiral staircase inside a very old mill completely made of stone in a small town in Malta. This image was taken inside a train in Singapore. This photo is not exactly the same as the one above. Just a small difference in light and contrast but I know that even a small difference can mean a lot and that’s
what I’ll try to learn in Cee’s weekly Black & White Photo Challenge.

CB&W: Indoor Walkways, Hallways, Elevators etc..

CFFC Letter H – Happy

This happy bridal couple were photographed by a professional photographer along the Sarawak river here in Kuching. Happily, I always carry my camera with me and couldn’t resist taking some pictures myself.Happiness for me, among many other things, is to live on the small island of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea. Where it never gets too cold and you never see snow. Pure happiness at Valletta Carnival in Malta February 2016.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge / Letter H – Topic for this week is Happy



WPC – Windows 2

Yesterday, when I went out for a walk with my camera, I thought about what really gives a city its character. How much can windows and architecture tell about a city. These are all from Kuching in Borneo, Malaysia. Sarawak has it all – diversity, nature and adventure, also called “The Land of Hornbills”.

This is my second entry in this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge. You’ll find my last post here.

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge  / Windows

Kuching Photo exhibition part 2

Here are some more images from the ongoing Photo exhibition along the Sarawak River here in Kuching. Hope you enjoy.

These are from Sarawak, the land of diversity. You have to click on the images to read the haikun.

Mahogany soft – Dark brown eyes, lit from within – She knows a secret
Tinsukia, India.“Hooded eyes, tanned skin – Wearing a hat and a grin – Camera ready”
Kota Gede, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

“Art needles her face – Heritage patterned in inc – A walking vision” 
Mrauk – U, Myanmar.“Joy should be simple – Like a dip in the river – Emerging reborn”
Inle Lake, Myanmar.

Kuching Photo exhibition

Yesterday, when I went out for a walk, there was a photo exhibition along the Sarawak River. I became so enthusiastic to photograph the amazing pictures and totally forgot to even think about setting my own camera, it was very close to the sunset. Anyway, I took some pictures that I would like to share.To each picture there was a short text, but I mixed it up. Today when I go out I’ll try to be more organized. These are just a few of many photographs along the river, which shows people from different cultures in Asia. More to come…

Sunday Mix from Kuching

Kuching is divided by the Sarawak River where locals often catch fish and shellfish. There are plenty of fish in the river and fishing boats leave the nearby harbor early mornings so you can buy fresh fish in the local market.
The Sarawak River is listed as a location of the Crocodile Removal Zones, whereby the presence of crocodiles in this area pose serious human/crocodile conflicts. In July a 2.5 meter long Sarawak crocodile meet its end. This one was luckily behind bars at a rehabilitation center when I took the picture.Getting from one side to the other is easy with small primitive boats. It takes a few minutes and cost 50 cent. A footbridge will be finished at the end of the year. That´s great for me who love long brisk walks.Sunday stroll. Having a dog as a pet isn’t common here in Kuching because of the Muslims. For some reason, they don’t like dogs. In my thoughts I can see my funny little Fanny horsing around among the dismayed Muslims 😉 ..with all due respect!

Ha alla taggar utåt (89/365)

Att vandra i regnskogen betyder att man måste se upp med var man placerar sina händer och fötter. Marken är ofta kuperad, lerig och full av trassliga rötter plus att många trädstammar synes ha alla taggar utåt. De här bilderna är från vår vandring i Bako Nationalpark och klickar du på dem blir de som vanligt stora 😀

Pose (88/365)

Helt rätt pose för ögonblicket ! Här syns tydligt den så speciella näsan som gett namn åt denna särpräglade apa som bara finns på Borneo. Näsapan, Proboscis monkey, sägs ha sin stora näsa för att attrahera sin partner men har även läst att den är till för att skrämma bort fiender. Oavsett, en enastående, om än besynnerlig varelse.

Går sin egen väg (87/365)

I Bako Nationalpark finns sexton vandringsleder med olika längd, natur och svårighetsgrad.
Man väljer också efter vilka djur man förväntas se och går sin egen väg, ensam, i par eller grupp. Vi valde den led som var störst chans att se Probiscis/Näsapor och som var lagom lång för att vi skulle hinna tillbaka i tid till båten, den brandgula vägen på en och en halv timme. Man får garanterat uppleva naturen
men att få se djur handlar mer om tur då de, liksom vi, av förklarliga skäl, allra oftast går sin egen väg.

Vänder ryggen till (86/365)

 Här har vi tur och får möta den så säregna Näsapan, som bara finns här på Borneo. Mindre tur att den vänder ryggen till så fort vi ser den. Vanligtvis syns de i grupp högt uppe bland träden vid gryning och skymning.
Den här satt ensam på marken mitt på dagen och åt. Har aldrig kommit en Proboscis så nära som här…

Sten på sten (85/365)

Håller mig kvar i Bako Nationalpark ett tag till. Parken är inte bara Sarawak´s äldsta utan också den minsta. Det unika är att parken representerar hela skalan av Borneos natur, från gles mangrove vid kusten till den tätaste djungel. Här syns ännu ett av naturen format stenblock, ser ut som sten på sten, men är bara en.

Av naturen formad (84/365)

Den som besöker Bako Nationalpark kan, förutom vad man finner på land, inte undgå att upptäcka de fantastiska formationer som naturen skapat, där havet tar vid. Den här tyckte någon liknade en kobra, medan jag ser ett huvud av en vacker, stolt människa. Tror alla, i vår fantasi, skapar en egen personlig figur.

Nu är vi i Singapore, en modern storstad som inte är Av Naturen formad, men en spännande och intressant futuristisk metropol som jag med kamerans hjälp kommer att försöka återge, på mitt sätt…

Plagiat (82/365)

Medan vi väntade på båten som skulle ta oss till Bako Nationalpark satt den här mannen och tecknade vad han såg. Själv använde jag som vanligt kameran för att på mitt sätt försöka efterlikna verkligheten, som jag såg den. Då vi båda, var och en på sitt sätt, skapar en imitation av vad vi ser, har vi då konstruerat ett plagiat ?

Linjer (79/365)

På väg mot Bako Nationalpark. Havet ligger spegelblankt och jag ser flera linjer. Hade vi åkt för någon månad sen hade risken varit stor att inte se några linjer alls då det kan gå hög sjö och ibland går därför inga båtar alls.

Fast egentligen såg jag inga linjer alls under resans gång.
Fanns så mycket annat att titta på som istället fångade mitt intresse.

Ovan ytan (78/365)

Igår åkte vi till Bako Nationalpark, en halvtimmes bilresa från Kuching och vidare med båt lika länge. Det är ingen ö men nås bara sjövägen då området är väldigt kuperat. Här ska vi ge oss iväg men inte med den här båten som ligger ovan ytan vilket till synes flera båtar gör även på andra sidan på grund av lågvatten.

I fred (72/365)

Masjid Bahagian, Kuching City Mosque.
En plats för muslimer att vara i fred liksom hela Sarawak är en delstat i fred där ett flertal religoner och etniska grupper samsas. På marken syns minnesmärken, gammal gravplats. Här vilar man i fred och istället för stenar användes bitar av träd som ser ut att fått vara i fred under en väldigt lång tid.