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 Post subject: Borneo Dispatches #13: Signs of the Island
PostPosted: November 2nd, 2011, 4:46 am 
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Here's a collection of signs we've found so far in West Sarawak. Some of these I've posted before, but this is the first time they're being issued in an exclusive, limited-edition gift set!

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Funnily enough, I've never seen signs warning of snakes or bees, as is common in Taiwan.


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #13: Signs of the Island
PostPosted: November 2nd, 2011, 6:47 am 
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Good stuff, Hans.
I'm impressed to see that someone is putting them up.
The "slippery surface" sign reminds me of a gruesome story where a botanist in Borneo, slipped on a trail cut recently through a bamboo patch. He was impaled on some sharp bamboo (which can grow 6 inches (15 cm) overnight.
Septicemia ensued and he died.
Whew!!!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #13: Signs of the Island
PostPosted: November 2nd, 2011, 10:35 am 
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No standing on the toilet always makes me smile. Your smug looking figure under the 'correct' sign makes it even funnier.

Couple of my own favorites.

Friendly advice in Penang;
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Undertakers sign in Nicaragua - The Happy Corpse.
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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #13: Signs of the Island
PostPosted: November 2nd, 2011, 11:18 am 
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I couldn't handle using the toilet in the muslem countries. That's not an odd caution if you understand the origin.

The rest is a cool note to cultural differences.


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #13: Signs of the Island
PostPosted: November 2nd, 2011, 1:40 pm 
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-EJ wrote:
I couldn't handle using the toilet in the muslem countries.


Muslems? Wow! The crouch-toilet is widespread throughout SE Asia regardless of religion.

Great post again, Hans.


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #13: Signs of the Island
PostPosted: November 2nd, 2011, 1:54 pm 
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I still couldn't handle it. What was so cool is seeing them in the harware stores. Oh... what is the largest muslum population?

Martti Niskanen wrote:
-EJ wrote:
I couldn't handle using the toilet in the muslem countries.


Muslems? Wow! The crouch-toilet is widespread throughout SE Asia regardless of religion.

Great post again, Hans.


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #13: Signs of the Island
PostPosted: November 2nd, 2011, 4:38 pm 
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Thanks, guys!!

I believe the story of the impaled biologist. You have no idea how immensely slippery (think black ice) mold-covered plankwalks can be until you've tried to walk on one. I never hit the trails without a sturdy walking stick for balance.

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Hahaaa.....yeah, they don't mince words in this region, do they? There are similar signs in Singapore, around the military exercise/live drill area close to the Zoo.


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #13: Signs of the Island
PostPosted: November 2nd, 2011, 6:44 pm 
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I like Rags' avatar. After having tasted and smelled the fruit I can totally relate. My mousebirds won't even eat the damn stuff!


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #13: Signs of the Island
PostPosted: November 2nd, 2011, 9:41 pm 
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klawnskale wrote:
After having tasted and smelled the fruit I can totally relate.

Did you taste and smell it fresh from the tree?


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PostPosted: November 2nd, 2011, 10:50 pm 
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I know there was a durian thread a little while back. Just wanted to say that the 'King of Fruits' is alright by me.

Great taste, not so great smell. Eat it at breakfast and you can still taste it at tea time!


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