Mt Kinabalu – The Mountain

My friend Chris & I decided to climb Mt. Kinabalu.  The summit is 4095 m (13,450 ft), the tallest between the Himalayas & New Guinea.  For some perspective, Mt Rainer is just taller 4392 m (14,410 ft) – although, since you’re trucking through snow, Rainer is a tougher climb. The climb up Mt Kinabalu starts at about 1866 m (6,122 ft).  The first day, you hike up to Laban Rata at 3272 m (10,734 ft), where there is a lodge to spend the night.  The next morning (around 3am) you start the final 823 m (2,700 ft) climb for sunrise at the summit.  After hiking back …

Elephant Sanctuary

Based on a recommendation, my friend Chris & I headed out to the Kuala Gandah, an elephant sanctuary about 2 hours outside of Kuala Lumpur.  We had the most excellent Mr Razali as our guide. The elephants at the sanctuary were found injured and/or trapped.  The sanctuary also runs an elephant rescue & relocation program.  Much of the elephants’ natural habitat in Malaysia is now plantation crop & many elephants are trapped in “islands” of forest that are too small to sustain them.  The sanctuary tries to mitigate this by relocating them to the national forest for protection. The highlight our trip was the baby elephants – Siput (female, 10 months) …

Petronas Towers

The Petronas Twin Towers were beautiful at night.  It’s no wondering they’re a symbol of Malaysia.

WPF Overview talk @ TechEd Southeast Asia

Thanks again to everyone who attended the WPF overview talk today!   Some links: WPF Community Site (the patient monitoring source code will be posted here soon) Microsoft Expression ZAM 3D by Electric Rain World population app – source code With 3D Without 3D (Note: current CTPs of the VS “Cider” designer cannot yet handle 3D.) WPF Feature Montage   Download .NET Framework 3.0 Release Candidate 1! Install it here! Expression Interactive Designer Windows SDK for Vista & .NET 3.0 “Orcas” Technology preview for .NET 3.0 (which includes “Cider” designer)

Asia Travels

On Thursday, I leave for Malaysia & China for a trip with equal parts business and pleasure.  Very excited! I’m bringing along both my film SLR & my digital point and shoot.  So they’ll be some real time photo and a bunch of back-postings when I return.   Malaysia time: gmt/utc +8 (noon in seattle = 3am next day in kuala lumpur) currency: 1 usd = 3.68 ringgit (rm) weather: 80F, showers (forecast)   China time: gmt/utc +8 (noon in seattle = 3am next day in beijing) currency: 1 usd = 7.97 yuan weather: 80F, rain (forecast) 

More Photos from Travels

Going through my stacks of negatives, it hit me how lucky I’ve been to travel. Here are a few more of my favorites from an early 2004 trip. charles bridge in prague, czech republic   prague, czech republic   park guell in barcelona, spain   kunming, china   tiger leaping gorge, china

Zion National Park

Spent 2 days hiking and exploring Zion National Park.  Stayed in a cabin in the middle of the park, at the base of ac anyon wall. It was an awesome way to wind down after the Mix06 conference in Vegas…  

Film, Digital, & Vacation Photos

Just got the last of my film developed (yes, developed 🙂 ) from Thailand/Cambodia.  This roll was b&w of Angkor.  I’ve posted the ones I liked. On the camera front, some news:  I’ve just ordered my very first digital camera, a Fuji V10.  This means I’m officially retiring my trusty 8 year old film point & shoot.  I’ll still be using my film SLR… but I suspect that once Nikon’s digital SLRs, like the D200, come down to a reasonable price (AKA not $1600) I will probably be swayed.  The practicialities of digital are hard to deny…  Not carrying around a 10 lb SLR w/ a bag of film.  Preview …

Back in Seattle

It’s difficult to grock that “this morning” (well, 41 hours ago — that international date line can really mess with you) I was in Bangkok. Tomorrow, I’m back at work. Vacation is over. 🙁 Thailand and Cambodia are beautiful countries. I highly recommend. p.s. I’ll be back posting more pictures & stories in the next week or two.

Bangkok – It’s All in the Name

One of my favorite tidbits from the Lonely Planet: Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit That’s Bangkok’s official name.  The rough translation is: The city of angels, the great city, the eternal jewel city, the impregnable city of God Indra, the grand capital of the world endowed with nine precious gems, the happy city, abounding in an enormous Royal Palace that resembles the heavenly abode where reigns the reincarnated god, a city given by Indra and built by Vishnukarn In Thai, it’s truncated to Krung …