Finding Nemo x 3

Dear Diary,

Today I found the most amazing necklace in the world!  Honestly, I am NOT exaggerating!!  It is one-of-a-kind so it is absolutely perfect for a princess or a princess (wannabe). 🙂

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An Evening at the Mari Mari Cultural Village

David from Canada and Andrey from Russia joined me for my first trip to Sabah.  I had arranged with Viator for the evening with dinner at the Mari Mari Cultural Village on the first day.  It was entertaining, informative and I recommend it for people who do not have mobility issues.  The boys had a great time.  Who knew that David is very handy with a blowpipe and Andrey is able to do the native dance without getting his feet pinched.  I got to meet the chief and am pleased to say that I didn’t lose my head 🙂

Learning to Dance

Diary of a Princess (Wannabe)

Once upon a time in a land far, far away there lived a little girl.  Her name was Andrea and she was named by a committee of her older sisters (she had five). These older sisters doted on her and showered her with gifts of clothing, jewellery, luggage, and trips.  Thus was the seed planted that a rather ordinary little girl from rather ordinary circumstances began to believe that life held more for her than her humble beginnings in a mining town in Northern Ontario, Canada would have suggested.

L'il Andrea

Borneo – An Island Apart

Borneo is the third largest island in the world.  Approximately one-third of it is East Malaysia made up of the states of Sarawak and Sabah.  Prior to actually visiting Borneo, all I knew about it was that it was home to some very special simians including orangutans and proboscis monkeys, and used to be home to head hunters before that term was used for recruiters. It is also home to the world’s largest blossom, the Rafflesia arnoldii


Neko, Gatto, Kuching?

Andrea in Kuching

This year I finally got to go to Kota Kinabalu in Sabah so naturally, I am going to begin this series of posts by writing about Kuching, Sarawak.  All joking aside, my first trip to Borneo was a two-day trip to Kuching for business seven years ago.  Kuching is Malay for cat and there are several theories why the capital city of Sarawak has this name.  Even if you are not a cat-lover you will find lots to love about Kuching.

Cats statues in Kuching