A short list of things I’ve learnt this week

24 Apr

1) Easter eggs are in short supply in Borneo, but luckily lollipops and skittles are just as good for hiding.

2) Sandflies are no respecters of location. They’re just as nasty in five star resorts as they are in zero star campsites.

3) Pay attention, this is genuinely useful… If you enter Malaysia by train from Singapore, keep your train tickets as proof of entry because they do not stamp your passport. When you next come across an immigration official this causes great consternation.

4) Orangutans greatly prefer papaya to bananas.

5) Singaporean deodorant actually smells like body odour. Thank goodness for the global reach of the Body Shop.

6) The proboscis monkey is known by the people of Borneo as the Dutchman because of his long nose and pot belly.

7) Kids’ clubs in resorts are a wonderful invention.


3 Responses to “A short list of things I’ve learnt this week”

  1. English Grandma 24/04/2011 at 1:13 pm #

    You are such an endless source of fascinating information, Victoria….you will be able to go on Mastermind [special subject, ‘Little Known but Essential Information for World Travellers’] when you eventually return to the UK!

    I will soooo miss your ‘short lists’ when you do – love ’em!

  2. Mummy Mania 24/04/2011 at 6:26 pm #

    I met my husband in Borneo so something I learned there is working with orangutans makes you fall in love with a man with orange hair and brown eyes. So inspired by your trip.

  3. Jacq 28/04/2011 at 7:44 pm #

    Ohhh- Borneo, we are thinking we might go there next Easter. Are the kids enjoying it? Amen to the point about kids clubs!

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