Daily Diary: Day Six

Words by Mohd Fadzrin
Photos by Hamza Delbar

10:15am: Gaya Street Market

The morning was bright and sunny as we walked through Gaya street where there was a Sunday market. We observed many things being sold from fruits, fidget spinners, to even pets that stretches all the way along Gaya Street. What was particularly interesting was that we saw many stalls selling axes, scythes and other farming equipment out in the open. One could imagine how a maniac would simply reach out to one of these and start a rampage, but I guess our fears were dulled by the sight of the machetes locked up in a well secure cage. Shortly after, we ended up in a shop well known for its buns. Continue reading “Daily Diary: Day Six”


Daily Diary: Day Five

Words by Nanna Dybdal
Photos by Yeo Li-Sha and Hamza Delbar

After yet another late night yesterday (for productive and responsible reasons), many took advantage of not having a packed program and decided to sleep in shortly longer than had been possible so far. With no sessions planned for the day, we were free to write soft stories, catch up on missing work and enjoy our last full day in Kota Kinabalu. We went collectively to Gaya Street, from where we went on to have our lunch. Someone tried Durian (in the form of jam) for the fist time, and it was described as tasting like strong cheese, 2 years over expiring date, covered in mold (if you haven’t guessed yet – that someone was me) and in hindsight – reflecting on the taste, I would like to add a mixture of rotten egg to the description in order to fully cover the flavor. However, describing my personal culinary experience is a sidetrack, and I should get back to reporting our fifth day in Sabah. After lunch, most went to the waterfront, to enjoy the view and snap a few photos. Continue reading “Daily Diary: Day Five”

Daily Diary: Day Four

Words by Hamza Delbar
Photos by Hamza Delbar

7.30 am: We started the day with our usual group breakfast

Today, in true Malaysian fashion, fried rice and egg was on the menu. Breakfast also spared us some time to set our schedule for the day.

8.30 am: Session with Mount Kinabalu guides

Seven guides came to the church we were staying for a session. They told us about the life and experiences of working as a guide at Mount Kinabalu. The guides described about how to handle climbers and making sure they are constantly safe. They also shared about how the lives through the earthquakes of 2015 where 18 people lost their lives on Mount Kinabalu were later on affected. The session ended in cheers and clapping by members of the ISO Sabah team to congratulate the mountain guides on the fantastic job that they do while not earning a lot.

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Daily Diary: Day One

Words by Hannah Jambunathan
Photos by Yeo Li-Sha

4:30 AM, Monash University Malaysia.

Locked out of the offices and away from the video equipment, waiting for ‘Jimmy’ the security guard to arrive with the keys, it didn’t bode well for the rest of the trip, which hadn’t even properly begun yet.

But following the quick arrival of Jimmy and the rescuing of the video equipment, it became apparent that though the day may have started off with a slight hitch, from then on out it went on without a hiccup; as we arrived at KLIA2 in good time, checked in and boarded the plane with ease.

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