Delicious dinner at Quah restaurant in Qunci Villas, Sengiggi Lombok (Indonesia)

Quah is one of two hotel restaurants at Qunci Villas. While most hotel restaurants are ok, but average. These two restaurants offer great dining pleasures to a very fair price. Both offer seating directly on the waterfront as well as under the roof.

Todays choise was:

– bread with there types of pesto (complementary)
– salad with prawns and other seafood
– “turf & surf”: grilled steak, potatoes, vegetables and orange sauce
– banana cheesecake with icecream

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Bread with three types of pesto

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Salad with prawns and other seafood

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“Turf & Surf”: grilled steak, potatoes, vegetables and orange sauce

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Banana cheesecake with icecream

Breakfast with a view – Qunci Pool Villas, Lombok (Indonesia)

My first breakfast at Qunci was good and the view towards the Sea of Bali is not that bad either.

Exactly what was needed after another week to forgot that included annoying stomach sickness – and who would have guessed it – more plane problems.

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Preview of my trip to Indonesia (Bali, Flores, Lombok and Jakarta) from 4th til 30th november

Until later only a little map, more information to follow later.

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Québec & Ontario 2010 Slideshow

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via Québec & Ontario 2010 Slideshow.

Preview of my trip to Québec and Ontario (Québec, Montréal, Ottawa, Kingston and Toronto) from 25th of June until 10th of July

In less than three days I’m already somewhere over the Northern Atlantic nearing the coast of Newfoundland. Six weeks ago I had no idea I’d head to Canada for my summer vacation, but now it’s going to happen. I was almost 100 % sure that I’ll stay in Europe for the summer, but somehow a cheap Air Canada ticket appeared out of nowhere and after some discussion at Tripadvisor two weeks are not too little to see some highlights of Québec and Ontario.

As usually my trip starts at Frankfurt International Airport from where I fly to Ottawa. There I have three hours to clear immigration, before taking a short two hour flight to Québec. I’m flying home with the same connection, but my trip ends in Toronto.

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Preview of my trip to Borneo – only three days to go

Two things are sure –

I won’t starve in Kota Kinabalu

and

I won’t freeze in Kota Kinabalu:

Weather forecast for Kota Kinabalu, SabahYou are going to see those thunderstorms in every tropical weather forecast; so I just hope for a moderate monsoon season on Borneo.

The forecast for the place I live looks a bit different though:

Weather forest for Löffingen, Baden

I hope to update my status on the new Twitter account often in Asia. Would be happy to see you as “follower” there (it’s easy and painless to register).

Preview of my trip to Borneo (Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan, Kuching, Bintan, Singapore) from 28th of november until 24th of december

In two weeks I’m ready for take-off. After three hours in train, I will arrive at Frankfurt International Airport for my Singapore Airlines flight to Singapore. So it’s about time to tell a bit more? It has been a pretty rough year for me, and it took me some time to recover from some shocking news within the family. The positive thing of the story is, that I lost 13 kg’s since summer and feel more healthy than in years.

I had only two short periods of free time from work this year. Therefore I still have almost a month of free days left.

Why Borneo?

With so many free days left, you have to consider where to go. Of course Europe offers many options, but it’s also a dark and rainy month. And one month travel in Europe is a very expensive affair. So I considered Africa, but no option was thrilling and save enough for me. Southern America might also be not the perfect choise for a solo traveller who is not very fond of Spanish. The USA makes visitors not really welcome, but I might have travelled along the West Coast by car if I found someone to keep me company. In Asia Iran was an early frontrunner as I fell in love with the country from the air last year. But after the elections it became a bit too hot for me.

So it became obvious after some research that South East Asia is once again the place to go. Thailand and the Philippines felt from the list early. Vietnam and some Indonesian Isles made it quite far, but in the end Borneo was my choise. After spending a lovely time in Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore (photos) last year, I decided being ready for the Borneo adventure. If you know my phobia for snakes, this might be a strange choise. But I’m very curious about Borneo anyway.

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Simplified Map of my upcoming Borneo - Bintan - Singapore Trip

After a 12 hours flight from Frankfurt to Singapore, I have 90 minutes to catch my connecting flight to Kota Kinabalu, capital of Sabah. There I will stay for some days to relax from the flight and get a first taste of Borneo spirit. I won’t climb the mighty Mount Kinabalu, as I don’t feel fit enough for it. But there are many other things to do: Masjid Sabah, Sabah State Museum, Sacred Heart Cathedral, Signal Hill, Gaya street market, trip to Penampang, Monsopiad Cultural Village, Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, Pulau Tiga National Park, Crocker Range National Park, Rafflesia Information Centre and Mount Kinabalu National Park. I first considered booking a beach resort 20 to 30 kilometres from town, but opted for a hotel in walking distance from centre on the beachfront.

My next stop is Sandakan, easily to most “Eastern” place I ever went. Until last year Kirkenes in Norway was the most Eastern place in my life, but now we are talking about a place on the shores of the Sulu Sea. Most people only come to Sandakan for a day trip to see the orang utans at Sepilok; but after all I read one day is not enough for this region. Of course I want to see the orang utans, but Sandakan city with its bloody 2nd World War history, Turtle Islands National Park, Rainforest Centre, Gomantang Caves and Kinabatangan River also deserve some time. As I’m not a friend of changing hotels all the time, at least half a week will be spent at Sandakan.

From Sandakan I will have a quite adventurous flight to Kuching, capital of Sarawak. Why adventurous? There will be three stops between Sandakan and Kuching, and two of those might be quite remote places in the middle nowhere. This flight won’t be with a big airplane, but with a Fokker or Aerospatiale. I hope for some great views though. Kuching might be the place on Borneo with most history. You might have heard about the Brooke Dynasty or the “White Rajahs of Sarawak”. Anyway the city should be great, but there is also much to see around it: Sarawak Museum, Sarawak Islamic Museum, Chinatown, the Planetarium, Astana, Fort Margherita, Semenggoh Orang Utan Sanctuary, Mount Gading National Park, Kubah National Park, Damai Peninsula with Sarawak Cultural Village and Kuching Wetlands National Park are on my list. In Kuching I found a very nice family run hotel with great service. They even pick me up in person from the airport.

After almost a week in Kuching I fly back for a night to Kota Kinabalu. There I booked a hotel in a shopping centre as it might be a good idea to get some new clothing for “New Andreas”? Next day I head back to Singapore. Directly after arrival I take the ferry to Bintan Island. Bintan is one hour away from Singapore, but belongs to Indonesia. It will be my first stay in Indonesia, but as most guests here, all I wanna do is relax and do nothing. This should be very possible in the nice beach villa I booked.

Three days later I head back to Singapore for three more days. I stayed a couple of nights there last year, and had really not enough time for the city. There’s still much left to see and as I really liked the place, I decided to give it a go again. Hotel prices went down almost 50 % compared to last year and I really look forward to this safe and clean place again.

My plane back to Europe leaves at midnight on Christmas Eve, so I land in time for family Christmas. Hopefully I’m not as tired as last year. If everything goes well I stand on ski already one day after.