Every time I plan to climb Mount Kinabalu (13,435 feet) in Malaysian Borneo – something always comes up. But not this time. I’ve just booked my flight for Friday and I’m going to spend a week in Kota Kinabalu. Pretty excited about this because I love Malaysia – especially Malaysian Borneo.
It was a very hard decision to not have my second experience of the Songkran Festival in Thailand as it is the best festival I have ever been to, and the most fun I’ve ever had with my clothes on. But I’m a bit of a romantic at heart and since Songkran was so perfect the first time around – I don’t want to taint it.
So a new memory is needed to be captured and since I’m leaving the Asian continent very soon, now is the time to make Mount Kinabalu my bitch. Most people climb this mountain in two days and camp out – because the scenery is so beautiful. I’ve worked very hard on my inner self in this past year. I’ve learned to embrace my determination and to stop and smell the roses and enjoy the journey – it’s been more healthy for me than I can even begin to describe.
However, this occasion isn’t about stopping to smell the roses. It’s a physical challenge for myself. I’ve gotten my fitness level to a pretty decent level in the last five months – only for intense dental surgery and a tropical parasite taking up residency in my bum to ruin it all and my health.
I feel like I bounced back pretty well in the last six weeks and got some healthy kilos back on my body. Now it’s time to test the ticker and get my teeth into a fitness challenge. See you at the top!
Challenge Update: I completed this challenge and wrote about the experience here: Climbing Mount Kinabalu: How To Summit Borneo’s Tallest Peak