Lunar-cy in Kudat

The sky has been putting on some pretty cool shows in the last week. We had the full moon lunar eclipse which lasted five hours and turned the moon ruby-red, the delta aquarids meteor shower throwing out some big shooting stars, and the sun that refused to be left out by setting in spectacular fashion….

The tribe has spoken…

“Once the votes are read, the decision is final, the person voted out will be asked to leave the tribal council area immediately.” We are back in Malaysia, and we spent a couple of days hanging out at Pulau Tiga, the location for the first ever series of the TV show, Survivor. It’s the perfect…

I ❤️ Brunei

Maybe its island living, but like the Sarawakians, the Bruneians are a chilled out friendly bunch. We spent ten days hanging out in Brunei, a tiny little enclave country wedged into Malaysian Borneo. It’s ruled by a Sultan, is predominantly Muslim, and is sitting on a big lake of oil, which finances the place. Brunei…

MCM: Crinoid shrimp

On a recent dive in Miri, Malaysia, the viz wasn’t flash so we were hunting small critters: nudis, shrimps, etc, but my favourite find of the day was this little crinoid shrimp,   As their name suggests, crinoid shrimps live on a crinoid (AKA elegant feather star),  Tropiometra carinate. Apparently lots of stuff lives in commensal relationships with…

Bring on Borneo!

After our little detour to the Anambas and Natuna Islands, we finished crossing the South China Sea and arrived in Borneo. For me, Borneo has always been synonymous with travel and adventure, and steamy jungles full of fascinating animals and poison-dart-wielding headhunters! I think this stemmed from my dad working on the oil rigs when…

MCM: Trapezia crabs

Trapezia are a genus of guard crabs that live in a symbiotic relationship with corals. They defend the corals from predators, like crown of thorns starfish, and in return get fed! I’ve spotted these guys all over the place, tucked into little clumps of coral. There are 23 different species, and I’ve found at least three: Trapezia…