Monkey Business

Trip Start Feb 15, 2006
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Trip End Feb 14, 2007


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Tuesday, April 4, 2006

The rest of the Borneo trip hinged around orang-utans and proboscis monkeys both of which are only found in Borneo and are suffering from loss of habitat.

We visited the Sepilok orang-utan sanctuary and really enjoyed the displays of the semi wild orangs being looked after before being slowly distanced from man so that they can be released into the wild. Small orangs are very tempting pets and the mothers are often killed in the process of kidnapping the baby. The sanctuary founded on the whole by an English charity rescue the baby "pets" with a view to re releasing them - however a baby orang normally stays with its mum for six years - almost as bad as Robert and David - so there is plenty of teaching and rearing work for this centre to carry out.

Overall it was a MUST on any visit to Borneo and Gill and I feel really privileged to have seen these lovely animals. http://www.orangutan-appeal.org.uk/sepliok.php

We also took a couple of boat rides to witness the antics of the proboscis monkey - the alpha male caused some entertainment when we heard that he maintained an erection for 24 hours and lived with up to seventeen females in a treetop harem. We found one such group and he did not look too shagged out which is just as well because he has to balance all night on a twig and watch out for the tearaway bachelor groups who would love to get a piece of the action.

A touch of coral snorkeling and white water rafting and now we pack for the Philippines and the three day drinking binge (hopefully) with Surrey University rent-a-crowd (excuse - Mick's 50th birthday) at the Shangri La Manila.

Another chapter has finished - we had a great time with the other members of the tour party - three Aussie lasses (Merle, Gail and Paula) , one Canadian (Andrew) and an English couple (Pat and Jean) - we had a great "spirit of adventure" (we needed to) and a lot of laughs despite "you may call me Jo" making up the trip as he went along.
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Sutties to Easties
Dear Gill and Alan
Not written for a while,sorry. We have just returned from a quick visit up north so I have just enjoyed reading about all your recent adventures - and there sound to have been many. Great picture in traditional costume Gill (not!!) Had you had a few rice wines too many!! Well done on all your climbing exploits, you both obviously tackled each with great gusto and well done to you Alan for reaching the summit, wonderful photo! You are both very intrepid explorers, much more than we were in Aus! What huge experiences you have had, we are looking forward to a blow by blow account! What about this John then! I wonder if you are in the shangri la by now and getting used to the luxuries of life again like water, air con and electricity, we do know about that! A shower will never be as sweet! You have done so much and it will soon be time to return and look forward to the next bit.
News - well I didn't get the job of running the nursery at school the other candidate having more experience with that age group than I - none! However I did get a 2 day permanent contract which I was more pleased with actually. The head said that they didn't want to loose me so this was to ensure they didn't. Suits me fine although I would have liked 3 days really but you can't have everything. Next term continues with Kay and I sharing the class whose proper teacher has been off since mid Nov, so we have had them for longer than Rita. Her absence is now in the hands of Occupational Health and she was due to see them in the Easter hols so we won't know until we return whether this will continue and for how long, my Wed and Thurs continue as normal.
We finished early, returning to school on Easter Tues. Moe and I went off to Preston on Sat and had an awful journey up with loads of slow moving traffic, our return from the Lakes today was much better and speedier. All the aged aunts are as well as can be expected and we had a good time, although Moe said it was a bit too much at times with 4 females, Sue was also there which was nice.
I am being whisked away on a mystery holiday on Friday for 6 nights. I have no idea where I am going except that I need my passport and I have to pack clothes!! Very useful, however it is also very exciting. We then have Easter at home Shaun and family are coming on Easter Day, we haven't seen them since New Year. We spent the day with Tina and the girls recently which was enjoyable. We continue to have virtually no communication from Sharon, don't really know why - actually I do its the prat Max she lives with!!
Moe's shoulder is slowly improving, he has much more movement in it but it is still very painful on occasion. He was hoping to return to work after Easter but he now thinks he won't have enough movement in all planes to service the water machines and he certainly can't carry the water bottles. He gets a little pissed off at times. He is going to physio and has lots of exercises to do which he does religiously.
I went to see my gastro consultant on Friday and got discharged. I have to continue on the low dosage drug and return if I notice any significant change, its fine most of the time, I just have to remember not to eat certain things.
Hope that you are both really well and not suffering from any undue aches and pains after falls, altitude sickness, climbing and too much drinking!! Really looking forward to seeing you soon. Take care
Love Gill and Moe xx

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