Let us introduce to you one our drivers Patric on this #mancrushmonday the smooth talking ever so friendly Patric runs our guests about on Sabah's east coast between Sandakan, Lahad Datu and Tawau. If you're doing a trip to Danum Valley, Sepilok or Semporna with #StickyRiceTravel the chances are you will have the pleasure of meeting Patric and experiencing his great sense of humour.
Congratulations to our Directors/ Founders @charles808 & @jessumarang for tying the knot and celebrating with family and friends in a stunning part of Sabah. Here's to many more prosperous years filled with fulfilment, happiness, and travel! We hope that your weekend is as relaxed as this ocean setting in The Land Below The Wind | #saltysaturday
For #feelgoodfriday we're taking you to the treetops of Tabin Wildlife Reserve as one family of North Borneo gibbons (Hylobates muelleri) are foraging in the early hours as their unique calls bounce through the awakening mist-coated jungle. ⠀ ⠀⠀ This gibbon species is the most common gibbon subspecies in Borneo and by far the most acrobatic arboreal primate seen in the rainforests of Borneo - a true spectacle as they swing effortlessly at ridiculous speeds! An exciting sight to say the least! #wildtropics⠀
The David Bowie spider (Heteropoda davidbowie) is a species of huntsman spider that was described from the Cameron Highlands District in peninsular Malaysia, and named in honor of singer David Bowie. ⠀ ⠀ This affectionately named species inhabits tropical rainforests from Thailand to Sumatra and Borneo. Described in 2008 by Peter Jäger, the German spider expert who discovered this species, said that naming spiders after celebrities helped draw attention to the marginal status of many species as human activity destroys their habitats. Would you get this close? #thursdaythoughts
Happy Steve Irwin Day, 2017! ⠀ ⠀ A day to celebrate Australian naturalist and television personality Steve Irwin (1962–2006) who was best known for his popular wildlife program 'Crocodile Hunter'. His unbridled enthusiasm for creatures such as crocodiles, snakes, and spiders earned him a tremendous following, and his Australia Zoo is a top tourist attraction in Australia. ⠀ ⠀ An ardent wildlife conservationist, Irwin also invested much of his time and money toward his main purpose of preserving native wildlife and their habitat. He donated $1 million a year to his charity, Wildlife Warriors, and bought up tracts of land all over Australia to return them to their natural state. He viewed his television programs as ways to get people familiar with and excited about the animals he loved. As he put it to the Houston Chronicle in 2000, What makes us [Irwin and his wife] tick — our gift to the world — is conservation. We eat, sleep and live for conservation. That's all we're about, that's what we're up to, that's our game. And we will die defending wildlife and wilderness areas. That's our passion. #awarenesswednesday
For #traveltuesday we're taking you to the rocky peaks of the Tsaranoro Valley in Madagascar with @sonny.royal. Sonny spent three weeks exploring Madagascar earlier this year and covered quite a lot of distance across a range of habitats and incredible landscapes. The knees were weak as he reached the summit of Chameleon Rock overlooking this raw view of Tsaranoro Massif. Every year, many climbers from all around the world rival these towering rock faces and some even free-climb! The sheer natural beauty of Tsaranoro Valley will spoil adventurers and photographers alike, with all of the beautiful endemic fauna and flora habituating this harsh landscape.
Today's #creaturefeaturefriday is the estuarine crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) that was spotted heading up the #KinabatanganRiver unlike humans crocodiles do not have the ability to sweat to cool down. Instead they sit with their mouths open, a behaviour known as mouth gaping. Whilst this behaviour looks quite intimidating rest assured the croc is trying to pant to cool itself down, much like a dog.
What is the link between Bornean art and basketry with the environment? To begin with the materials used come from nature, whilst production skills not only required the practical knowledge in how to make the art but also a deep understanding of the environment you live in. Conceptions of the self and modes of economic interaction, hierarchy, and division of labour are all a part of the process in creating art. However it's not just about understanding how to make art, but also understanding the ecology and sustainable management of the raw materials so that they are carefully managed, that there is no overconsumption and longevity of the resource is maintained for the people that rely them.⠀ ⠀ #artthursday