Begin part one of my long awaited South East Asia trip. I've been wanting to travel to this area for more than half my life. The stunning tropics. Warm humid air. Big cities. Rural farmlands. Monkeys. Palm trees. Ten flights. It is to be my biggest adventure yet. And I get to do it with friends.
First stop is Borneo. I arrive after a full day of travel. 6 of us split a cab to the lovely Wisma Sanyan building. I'm delirious by this point. I feel like I lost an entire day, but we push on. Straight to the press conference and jump briefing. After checking out the exit and landing area, we head to dinner at the governor's house. After an amazing traditional home cooked dinner and a bit too much rice wine, we head back to the hotel to get a good night's sleep. But... instead we find the hotel bar. Sounds about right.
Next morning jumping begins! Its technically a practice day, so we only jump until noon. With an elevator ride to the top of a 126 meter building, I still manage to get 7 jumps in. This trip is off to an amazing start.
That evening we take it easy. Do a little sight seeing. We head down to the market place. Try my best to haggle. Turns out, I'm not very good at it. We wander into a beautiful Buddhist temple with a seven story pagoda. The locals show us around and explain the history of the pagoda.
Over the next few days we rage on the jumps. Its an absolutely amazing experience. Getting to jump with old and new friends. Because of the lower height of this building, there's a no aerials rule in place. That doesn't mean no fun, just that we have to be a little more creative. Multi-ways, finding different places to exit from, goofing around and swoop accuracy competitions. I get in a total of 27 jumps over the 4 days.
Last full day in Sibu, we venture out of the city. We were invited to a traditional Iban longhouse dinner a few hours outside the city. The locals are so welcoming. As our bus rolls up, they are all waiting outside to greet us with glasses of rice wine. Oh god, not more rice wine! Fighting a case for food poisoning, I manage to sneak past the wine. The local children come out in age groups and perform different traditional dances for us. We share some of our traditions and set up a slackline. The kids are stoked to try it right away. Eventually we get a few adults on the line too.
Next morning we pack up and head out to the airport. Next stop... Kuala Lumpur.
Come follow me on Part 1 of a three part adventure through South East Asia. Here you'll see me and my friends jumping the Wisma Sanyan building in Sibu on the island of Borneo.