Monthly Archives: December 2011

Chanukkah in Sumatra

A few things to know before reading: In Indonesia, there are six officially recognized religions. Judaism isn’t one of them. According to Wikipedia and Google, there are just a handful of Jews left in Indonesia, and they live either in … Continue reading

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So, I saw a few gingersā€¦

My second trip to the feeding platform couldn’t have been better. Aside from the four orangutans (mother & baby and mother & juvenile) that showed up, there were at least a dozen macaques (who later stole my lunch) and a … Continue reading

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The Orangutan Health Project

Around four years ago, I was browsing around online when I randomly searched for volunteer programs, specifically related to primate research, and came across the Orangutan Health Project (OHP). Sitting at my desk in Palo Alto, going halfway across the … Continue reading

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A Taste of Penang

I’ve been in Penang for two days now, but spent much of today catching up with photos and blog posts and logistics I might not have time for in Sumatra, so I’ve only had a limited time to explore. That … Continue reading

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Koh Lipe: A vacation from vacation!

So Malaysia was interesting, foreign and different – but I decided that before traveling on to Sumatra I needed a more relaxing break in a familiar place. For me, that’s Thailand. I’ve visited three times now and can’t seem to … Continue reading

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Pangkor Island and “Travel Days.”

After my third night at that place in the Cameron Highlands, my only thought was to move on as soon as possible. I joined a random guy named Matthew from the guesthouse who had the same thought, and we opted … Continue reading

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Cameron Highlands (or “Meh”-lands.)

To get to the Cameron Highlands, I took a minivan to Tanah Rata, one of the main towns providing access to the area, which is known for its tea plantations, strawberry farms, and forest trekking. I had kind of an … Continue reading

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