On assignment for RES I went to Malaysia with my writing collegue Cenneth Sparby. Our plan was to spend a few days on the island of Langkawi on the west coast, checking out the beaches and the mangrove areas before going to Borneo to hike through the rain forest and climb Mount Kinabalu at 4095 m and then on to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre and Turtle Islands to visit the rangers who work for the preservation of the endangered Green Turtle. Putting out baby turtles from the hatchery into the sea was almost like watching babies being born. Malaysia was a bit of a surprise to me. Most people are fairly bilingual with English as a second language, so it was easy getting in contact with people everywhere. Traffic was pretty easy too, no crazy driving, and people very friendly like in most Asian countries. Superb food everywhere in all price levels mostly quite inexpensive with Western standards in mind. Most of all, nature was amazing, so astoundingly beautiful, from beaches to rain forest to Mount Kinabalu. I want to go back!