The world’s third-largest island (after Greenland and New Guinea), Borneo has roughly 287,000 square miles divided among three countries: Indonesia, Malaysia and the tiny sultanate of Brunei.
Famous for its orangutan reserves and five-star comforts, the island offers many exotic novelties.
A fair number of expats, especially from Australia, live here, too.
The state of Sabah alone has at least 30 ethnic groups.
Ten feet behind the tents, weatherworn fishermen stood on their boats looking over the sale of their day’s bounty.
The dry goods section in the connected Philippine market was an olfactory overload.
Baskets hung from the ceiling filled with spices, live caged rabbits, herbal teas, medicinal flowers.
I closed my eyes to focus on the voices of the table callers, who created an amazing orchestra as they hawked their wares; each caller had his or her own rhythm, arranged in neat syncopation with the callers nearest them.
Apparently, the couple used too much chile paste — two bites into their prawns they were in a panic, tears streaming down their faces.
A nearby vendor rushed to the rescue, orange sodas in hand.