Saturday, 22 August 2015

Semporna Sempurna 發現仙本那

Hidden gem of Malaysia
陰差陽錯,本來的六人神山變成了三人仙本那潛水。旅伴有大學同學和臺灣WWOOF期間認識的朋友。首次登陸沙巴東海岸,主要目標是Advanced Open Water和Bohey Dulang!因爲旅程臨時改變又要省錢,從亞庇到先本那我們選擇了10小時夜巴,省住宿省飛機carbon footprint.

Tarap - only in Borneo - taste like nangka + mangosteen
剛好遇到Tarap季節,首吃!Wiki譯作香菠蘿,也看到有人寫噠啦。成熟的果實用手輕輕按會有軟刺千層浪,撥開時很像撕velcro魔鬼粘,很有惡魔果實的港結。味道介於山竹和菠蘿蜜之間,吃太多會膩。當時不知道原來種子可以煮熟剝皮吃,浪費掉了。

Green Turtle @Lobster Wall

Underwater selfie

Blue stripe snapper school

surfacing
潛水拿的是AOW,2天5潛包括必選的深潛Deep Dive和海底導航Navigation、教練推薦的頂尖中性浮力Peak Performance Buoyancy、還有覺得有趣但需要加錢的數碼海底攝影Digital Photography和夜潛Night Dive(意外得到“誠實回扣”)。其它選項有AWARE Fish ID, Boat Dive, Multilevel and Computer, Drift Dive, Naturalist, Search and Recovery。因爲沙巴東部水域的禁宵令,晚上7點後不能下水,所以Night Dive就變成了Evening Dive。

潛水中心是紅毛人開的,教練也大多是來馬度假兼潛水的Mat Salleh,所以都不囉嗦專教潛水技能,完全沒有亞洲人覺得必要的value-added service e.g. 幫你拍照留念。潛水証照的大頭照也是直接剛剛上岸後手機拍,我頭髮沒弄鬍子沒刮啊 笑。

AOW過關後多拿了1天3潛的fun dive,隨著Divemaster下水吹泡泡。3天8潛後開始對小小魚小墨魚小nudibranch有審美疲勞了。

Mabul jetty

Bajau kids chillin' @ the tourist jetty

Sunrise@Mabul
Bohey Dulang
仙本那第四天租船出海!早餐過後出發到一小時外的Tun Sakaran Marine Park。第一站是夢寐以求的Bohey Dulang!問向導說登山需要多長時間,他說600m,快的話10分鐘,慢一點20分鐘,然後就一路衝上去了。途中休息了兩次,到達瞭望區的時候小弟已經香汗上氣淋漓下氣。後來發現其他人是慢走一小時!看到眼前美景什麽累都是假的,不敢相信馬來西亞有這麽美的景色啊!

正好我們是當天第一組上山所以有整個小時讓我們獨佔Bohey Dulang的美景,trigger happy拍到爽。後來慢慢有遊客上來,問了海洋公園管理員說周末一天會有三百多人上山,太多人時他們會管制人數。

Sabah: Land Below the Wind

Cant get enough of this view · Bohey Dulang

Tetagan, a Sea Bajau's settlement
接下來到Sibuan軍艦島,白淨的沙蔚藍漸層的海水。浮淺看得到淺橘色的海星和透明魚。島上除了軍營和幾戶原住民沒有多餘的建築。很多家潛水中心都帶著潛水客來潛水(又以OW和強國居多),甚至看到有人戴著8公斤weight浮淺,Byakugan!其中一小段海岸看到有很多塑料瓶,希望情況不會惡化...

It must be tasty!
Afternoon@Sibuan
the colours
Afternoon siesta. Look at the sea!
Nasi Kuning
在仙本那鎮上的最後一天早上,繞到魚市場看看。覺得沮喪。很多都是在潛水時活生生在身邊游來游去的魚兒啊。而且漁民們大多都是用炸彈捕魚的方式,前幾天就有潛水客看到海龜被炸死的屍體...
Depressing Semporna fish market

仙本那5天4夜後,搭夜巴回到亞庇市等下午的飛機。利用空檔走了幾個市區内的景點:Atkinson鐘樓、瓊萬興包點、Signal Hill Observatory、沙巴博物館。

Sabah State Museum
Meow@Heritage Village

8天7夜開銷+仙本那潛水攻略

Scuba Junkies 潛水配套:RM900(AOW課程2天5潛)+ RM100 (攝影+夜潛附加費)+ RM110(島住一晚:夜潛日出機會、隨便晚餐、超級豐盛早餐、省船費船程、無限供應食水、舒適床褥多人房、專人提行李、咸咸自來水、熱帶島嶼風情)+ RM25(Peak Season附加費) + 6% GST +3%信用卡附加費
畢業后FunDive:RM300 一天三潛 + 6% GST
非島上住宿:Scuba Junkies Dive Lodge RM25/晚 x3
出海稅:一天 RM2(MyKad)/ RM11(Foreigner)

Scuba Junkies 主要都在Mabul/Kapalai的dive sites:特色是Macro-diving 看海底細小的生物尤其是Nudibranch。最近紅毛媒體報道了在Mabul發現的雙頭Nudibranch,震驚了潛水界。要看大魚(Hammerhead shark, Barracuda) 要到Sipadan,另外多付一倍的價錢...一天限120人,海深600m。

Semporna跳島
RM150/pax 五個島 包括午餐+浮淺 Bohey Dulang、Sibuan、Mantabuan、Mataking ...
我們租了當地私人小船RM300三人平分 8am-4pm Bohey Dulang + Sibuan {船夫還順便繞去Tetagan看Bajau Laut Settlement覺得值得}
Bohey Dulang 向導:RM50/團 (compulsory)

亞庇-仙本那交通
巴士(VIP seat (1+2)、USB port): KK-Semporna RM50, Semporna-KK RM40 途中1230am必停Restoran Seri Pelangi休息吃飯 車程1930-0500hrs
Taxi from City to Inanam: RM30/car
Bas from Inanam to City: RM4/pax

亞庇住宿 Borneo Gaya Lodge RM25/晚

亞庇機場市區接駁巴士 RM5/趟 或者包小巴專送 RM15/趟

總花費:RM1950上下(不包括機票)

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炸彈捕魚的海龜屍骸 學會伸手討錢海巴夭之子 大舉入侵用金錢殖民的遊客 更衣間大便亂踩珊瑚 巴刹賤賣的深海魚 興建海景高級公寓大樓

不要問很恐怖。
加油。

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Wifi for Japan!

GoogleMap is my best travelmate .. to explore the town on foot (anything within 30minutes(~3km) is very walkable!), to make my way to guesthouse reserved via agoda/booking.com/hostelworld. For the case of Japan, one can even check the train schedule and timing and opt for the fastest route to your destination.

I would usually download the map in the vicinity using hostel/convenience store wifi first before leaving the hotspot area. then set my phone into flight mode, turn on GPS. This can be troublesome and stressful sometimes, but what to do? travel budget ma. Flight mode also saves battery for more photos.


In my magical month-long trip to Japan earlier this year, TelecomSquare has generously sponsored their Wi-Ho! wifi router with LTE connection to cover my whole trip! So I could access GoogleMap without having the trouble to preload the maps, and on top of that to do 'live' facebook updates wherever I go. (Very important to clear photo backlogs)


model L-02F Wi-Ho! wifi router
So what has NJM covered 30 days in Japan aside from WWOOFing with the Yamano's in Kisarazu? GoogleMap has helped me to draw it out (:


Kyojinten, Ueno
View from Tokyo WTC, Hamamatsucho
Edo Wonderland, Nikko
Nokogiri Mountain, Chiba
Kanmangafuchi Abyss 
Monjayaki, Tsukishima
Urabandai, Inawashiro
Shibuya Crossing
Snow Monkey Park, Nagano



Let's talk more about the wifi router. Mine was the WIDE type which provides the largest available LTE areas in Japan (using NTT Docomo network). It is small and light (156g), with language setting to operate in English/Japanese. Fully charged battery can last for one full day of non-stop travelling (13~16hours) with 3+hours charging time. Throughout the trip, the connection was strong and stable (though sometimes will drop to E when I was deep inside the mountain). Connection can be shared with up to 9 devices. You can also monitor the data usage as it is shown clearly on the main screen.

Like every other "unlimited data" plan, there is a data fair usage policy which defines "unlimited". I used up 7G(!) of fast data in my first three days (because I forgot to turn off my dropbox auto-sync on PC) and had to survive on 0.1Mbps speed for both upload and download thereafter. The normal LTE speed was around 18Mbps download/4.5Mbps upload. Luckily the speed got restored once we crossed from Jan to Feb. Moral of the story: turn off auto-sync for apps.


Network speed test

Steps to Get WiHo!
1. Order Online here: http://biz.telecomsquare.co.jp/en/lwj
2. Specify which cities you are going to visit in Japan (I changed my travel plan last minute to include Nagano and had no problem getting LTE there using the same device, but not advisable lah)
3. Specify which airport counter do you want to pick-up (take note of their operating hours) and return the device (you may drop it into a box if your flight is outside their operating hours and also collect / return the device at different airports)
4. Add on optional items e.g insurance, extra battery, concierge service.
5. Pay using credit card
6. Wait for the email confirmation and the start of your trip


So what are your options if you are travelling to Japan?


and now TelecomSquare is giving 30% discount for WIFI router orders made using my link (:
http://biz.telecomsquare.co.jp/en/lwj/

WIDE type: 1625yen 1137yen = RM36.34 = SGD12.75
CITY type: 1296yen 907yen = RM28.98 = SGD10.17 (as of 11 Aug 2015)

Making comparison against other unlimited data roaming plans in Malaysia and Singapore:
Singtel S$20/day - Softbank + NTT Docomo
M1 S$15/day - Softbank
Starhub S$18/day - NTT Docomo
Celcom RM38/day - Softbank
Digi RM56/day - NTT Docomo
Maxis RM38/day - NTT Docomo


Do note that you will need to select the specific telco or else you will get charged per kb usage. Also, roaming will drain your phone battery faster (even faster if you use it as a router).

You would have noticed that the WIDE Type router above looks slightly different from the one I used. That is because TelecomSquare has provided their latest model to me as Hoshino Project participant. Lets see the specification comparison below:-

(info from http://biz.telecomsquare.co.jp/information/spec/wi-fi.html)

WIDE (latest model)
WIDE
CITY
Model Name
L-02F
L-09C
GL06P
Manufacturer
LG
LG
Huawei
Network Speed * (Download / Upload)
150 Mbps / 75 Mbps
75 Mbps / 50 Mbps
75 Mbps / 50 Mbps
Durability
13 hours
6 hours
9 hours
Max # connecting devices
9
10
10
Size / Weight
97×62×19.5 mm / 156g
122 x 64 x 15.9 mm / 156g
90×56×19.9mm / 150 g
Wifi Standard
802.11b/g/n
802.11b/g/n
802.11b/g/n
Charging duration
3.5 hours
5 hours
3.6 hours
Charging cable
USB Micro B
USB Micro B
USB Micro B
Security
WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK Mix(TKIP+AES
WPA2-PSK(AES
WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK Mix(TKIP+AES
Band
LTE/WCDMA/FOMA High Speed
4G:LTE Xi(2100)
3G:W-CDMA FOMA High Speed
LTE/DC-HSDPA/W-CDM
*best effort

Main difference between the models for WIDE is the battery durability and the theoretical max network speed.


FAQs (lifted from TelecomSquare)

Q1 How do I place an order?
Click the "Order Now" button on the right corner of the homepage and place your order online.

Q2. When should the order be placed? 
3pm of the day before pick up at airport counter. Allow an additional day for delivery.

Q3. How are the rates calculated? 
Your billing cycle will begin on the day the devise is picked-up or delivered, and is charged through the date the device is returned. For example, if the pick-up is on the 12th and returned on the 16th, you will be charged for 5 days rental. For delivery, charges will commence upon receipt of the device through the dispatched date. Please note that you will be charged the daily rate for each day the device is late.

Q4. Where do I find the user guide for my device? 
A User's Guide booklet is included with every device.

Q5. Can I pick up and/or return the device at different airports?
Absolutely, at no additional cost.

Q6. What should I do if I forget to return the device?
Please return the device to the following address. The sender will be responsible for the delivery costs and any applicable late fees.
Telecom Square Inc., Narita Branch, Narita Asahi Building 1F, 2152-2 Fudougaoka, Narita-shi, Chiba, Japan 286-0044 Tel: +81-3-3239-3422

Q7. Can I get a copy of my receipt?
One will be provided to you upon returning the device.

Q8. Insurance 
Insurance is optional. However, compensation fees will be discounted/waived in case of loss, theft or a damage of device with enrollment in our insurance plan.

Q9. Late fees 
You will be charged a daily rate for each day the device is late. If the extension period is over 7 days, please contact customer support.

Q10. Cancellation fees 
No cancellation fee payable if you cancel 2 days (48 hours) prior to pick up. You will be charged 1,080 yen/unit and the cost of delivery if you cancel within 48 hours of the pick up date.

Q11. What should I do if my device is lost or stolen? 
Please contact our customer support immediately. We will suspend the line and arrange a replacement device at your request. Additional handling and delivery charges will be applied for device replacement.

Let me know if you have further questions on getting the device!
kthxbai

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Insta建

@naijiew87

之前被朋友問到:這麽喜歡拍照,自己最滿意的一張是什麽?

當下我答不出來。記憶中每趟旅程回來,我在傳照片修照片等照片的時候總會挑選幾張候選當FB相簿封面照。就是那種一看就喜歡、心裏會偷笑的照片。

而Instagram是我之前覺得有了FB不想麻煩管理多一個社交媒體充滿hashtag的地方。

然後一個整理歸類的概念,我重復看了一遍自己在FB上傳過的照片,一張張挑選出來放上IG。然後發現4:3黃金比例被硬生生壓縮成正方形,很多構圖比例就被破壞了...

所以這些就是NJM旅遊攝影精選 (:

沙巴文化村 安柏瓦佈施 芭樂園螳螂
居港市集微笑 水舞間吊燈 九族圈圈舞
曼谷街頭藝術 從千葉看富士 科技與傳統
首都愜意青旅 臺北清晨調色 緬甸七嵗小孩

Saturday, 9 May 2015

As faces fade...

Almost a week post-Bunuk's camp, though we still get SMS or Facebook pokes from the kids, nevertheless the faces will fade as time passes. 

I can now hardly remember the names/faces of my P5 Mambong group: Brian, Helwi, Veron ... and the bunch who walked me back to Uncle Robinson's place, waited for me to get showered then back to the hall together when I got lost in the kampung before Malam Kebudayaan. 

Then Sebujok's P2: Moses, Aziz, Cynthia, Sahahara, Anna Bella; the 3 musketeers Pidan, Wayne, Johari; AJK Grace, Camelia, Wilson; P6 Jason, P4 Hector, P3 Anthony; and Pre-school Aie who always koala me. 

But in their mind, we are forever their cikgus and they'll probably remember us for life. Just like how we remember our primary school teachers (:

Time to browse through old albums and thank you Facebook. 

就像Nyiok 說的,辦活動遇到這麼多孩子,遇到幾個投緣的,不如就保持聯絡繼續這份「緣」。套自己之前說過的:人與人之間的「絆」才是讓人想一再回去的理由!

The kids gang @ Kg. Bunuk

The volunteer teachers

The AJK from Bunuk

Skeleton waving Jalur Gemilang

Packed breakfast with snake meat 

bidayuh awesomeness

little notes from comrades and the young ones

Free taxi to river bath

Monday, 27 April 2015

身體記憶 Body Memory

我是那種身體記性很不好的人,很多事情需要重複很多遍,最後靠眼睛來加深記憶。而學潛水是需要身體記得自己是怎麼換氣、怎麼控制浮力、怎麼移動,慢慢習慣,然後才「有空」用眼睛去探索海底世界。

這次印象最深的不是地域性強的triggerfish不是看起來天然呆的moray eel不是縮成一團防衛模式的一對cuttlefish更不是我沒有看到教練和buddy都看到的blacktip,而是水裡消失的紅色。

手掌有些小傷口,水中攤開一看:紫藍色的!翻過手背:指甲藍藍的。

紅橙黃綠藍靛紫 會在水中一層層地隨著水深消失,太酷啦。



Thursday, 26 March 2015

Impian Sarawak Educamp 随笔

千萬不要 Please Don't

一些志工會不經意的以高姿態來到鄉區,張口閉口「我們城裡人kami orang bandar、你們鄉下人kamu orang kampung」「我們在城裡怎樣怎樣,你們這裡怎樣怎樣,所以我們是來幫你們、‘拯救’你們的」「其實這裡的小孩不笨bukan bodoh,錯不在他們」。

拜託,有誰說他們笨了?城裡就很了不起嗎?請放低姿態,分享、請教、學習、感恩。

千萬不要認為你是volunteer你就是救世主。



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It was rather emotional leaving Kg. Sebujok after the educamp. We bonded with the children, bonded with the longhouse families, bonded among the volunteers.

then we left.

Have we planted the 'seed' deep enough in their heart to support the pursuit of their impian? What lies ahead for the children and the community? Which is more important? Preserving the culture and the pure hearts or moving out to the city for greater opportunities?



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Some children express themselves much better in drawing, I was one of them. Moses (8yo) too. He could draw out everything that we did without any guidance, then slowly checked with me the spelling of the words to write in his diary.

Moses八歲,羅馬字母還不大會分n和m,c和t,言語表達也還不是很行(理解聽力完全沒問題)。很多時候需要問好幾個問題,才可以知道他心裡在想什麼。當老師說日記可以用畫的時候,你可以馬上看到他的眼睛一亮,腦力全開,不需要提示也畫得出今天camp裡做的一切。然後他再問我ejaan,把學過的東西一一寫下。(一些小孩會敷衍地寫一兩樣就交差,他會堅持寫全部)





我們那天上了昆蟲課,也玩了把水瓶填滿的競技比賽,還有交換報紙島嶼的遊戲。

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