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Borneo: The Utopic Jungle Island of Malaysia & Indonesia

Borneo: The Utopic Jungle Island of Malaysia & Indonesia

As I sit here atop this longboat watching the Malaysian-Indonesian men unwrap random parcels of cargo to drop off at small barely-villages along the way to our destination… I can’t help but think, man I am lucky. This is a sight only few people in the world will ever get to see, really though. Traveling up the Pejang river through the heart of the Bornean Jungle to get from A to B; because here, of course, there are no roads, no maps and no signs. kokl.lphoi9i9u8uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuukl.. – ok, so this was genuinely my reaction to being bitten by a spider-sized red-ant, and cracking my laptop screen. Fucker got me. And my screen. Even now, just minutes into writing we seem to have pulled up to what appears to be a remote village. Here they have dropped off different kinds of fruit, clothing and some poorly kept chickens in boxes with holes for the heads to poke out. As you can see from the shot below, they are very excited to see the boat, and I think, me and my blonde compatriot… Hello Asia, I’ve missed you Being back in South East Asia is a welcomed break from my year long trip through Australia. Don’t get me wrong, Australia was a fantastic experience with a lot to be learned. Yet, I just can’t help but feel the experience is all too similar to being home with added scenery and wildlife. Burgers, chips, lots of westerners getting drunk and beach resorts dominated – while the beautiful side went almost unnoticed by the majority of visitors; lakes, waterfalls, canyons, gauges, mountains,...
Mikey Visits: Western Australia, Australia

Mikey Visits: Western Australia, Australia

Being in Australia a full year means lots of experiences and lots of footage. So I’ve decided to break up my videos per state. This is the first installment of my Australian trip and it covers Western Australia. I’d also like to give a big shout out to everyone who made this part of the trip so special. If you were in any of my clips, you’re in this video – you know who you are, thank you. Enjoy road-tripping Western Australia through my...
Saying Goodbye: Losing The People You Love, Time and Time Again

Saying Goodbye: Losing The People You Love, Time and Time Again

It’s hard saying goodbye. Or even cya later as a friend recently corrected me on. Whether you’re talking to an expiring relative or taking an extended leave from friends – it’s never easy to say goodbye to those you love and care for. For me, this has never been truer than it has this past year. So let me bring you up to speed with one of the downsides of traveling – the all important, goodbye. I remember road tripping through the USA with my buddy Dave in 2012. It was my first substantial period away from anyone really, nearly two months with just each other. We realised after just a week or so that it was sadder than we expected leaving our new friends. In every city we went to we’d make friends, some closer than others – and every 1st, 2nd or 3rd day we’d have to say goodbye to them; as we never stayed in one place more than a few days. Until October 2014 when I parted with England, that road trip was the worst goodbyes I had experienced. Which brings us to October, when finally, it was time to say goodbye to the people I love the most. The ones who have helped grow and nurture me to the person I have become. The ones who have supported me, taught me and kept me afloat when my head was going under. That’s not easy, let me tell you. From my brother, to my best friends at Luke’s wedding – which was especially difficult for me. Watching someone you care about share the happiest day...
Ey Bruda, Yarin’ Jamaica Now

Ey Bruda, Yarin’ Jamaica Now

After the overwhelming response I got to my car crash story a while back, I’ve been meaning to write about another intense situation I found myself in; and only now have gotten around to writing it. This happened about three weeks after the crash too, it was just another in a series of rather unfortunate events. This was an incredible journey. I’d finished up in Vegas and decided I’d head to Jamaica for a week before returning home, I mean… its $200 to get to Jamaica how can I pass that up? For us Brits it’s closer to $1,300 for your average ticket to Jamaica so I wasn’t going to waste the opportunity. Anyway, a drunken mess I arrived at the airport at 6am straight from my last night out in Vegas; nearly missing my flight due to falling asleep at the gates I wake up to the sound of the final call – “Mr Chaarrraaa…laaaammm…booo? Do we have a Mr Michael?” Looking around, I was amazed at two things: the first being that I was the only person in sight and the second that the lady couldn’t come and ask if I was Michael? I was the only one there! Anyway, I wake up and board my flight sleeping all the way through to Jamaica – ace, recovered. Arriving in Montego Bay Upon arrival I was feeling really good about exploring a new place, experiencing a new culture, and let’s be honest… sharing a joint with some locals. There’s nothing I love more than trying to fit in with the local culture, you have to be willing to...
Ronald Keswick of 27 Waikiri Parade, Kalbarri, Australia

Ronald Keswick of 27 Waikiri Parade, Kalbarri, Australia

On 18th April I began road trippin’ through Western Australia with a Canadian, two Finnish and three German travellers, now friends – Will, JP, Pepi, Benjamin, Andreas and Anna respectively. As I write this it’s only been a few days since we began. It’s already been a blast. It’s not easy to find a group of people you get along with well enough to be around 24/7 for weeks or potentially months even, let alone seven of them. The assumed route is as such… Perth > Exmouth > Broome > Darwin Naturally, we’re hitting smaller towns which most people have never heard of in between. Most of them an untouched paradise only spoiled by the sickening amount of bush flies constantly swarming around your face. You know how at service stations across the world they advertise petrol, bulk deals for water or whatever else it may be you need. Well most places just sell fly nets to where around your face. I’m confident I’ve swallowed at least three. Here are some pictures to enjoy… Introducing… Ronald Keswick Anyway, this is about Ronald Keswick. A small, British-Dutch Indian born old man living in Australia for the past 65 years. Considering he’s been here that long and first lived in India, and then England for many years I can only assume ole’ Ron has been around circa 80 years. At this point, this is about all the information I have on Ron and his history. Yet, I felt the need to write this post because of his actions. Actions that have a knock-on affect through humanity. So we’d bought some sausages...
Mikey Visits: Indonesia

Mikey Visits: Indonesia

Indonesia is the first country I have visited upon leaving the UK for good. It was an incredible experience and this could have easily been a 20 minute video. However, keeping in line with one-song per video, I have kept it to just my most visual experiences. Looking to take that next step too? Take it, it’s paying off for...

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