We have been intending to scan our old 35mm negatives for years before they get too scratched and we lose them. Finally we are getting around to it.
In 1981 I was working in Brunei and took a trip with a friend on a long weekend. Others had done the trip before and our social club had a file giving details of where to go, telephone numbers to make hotel bookings and so on. The idea was to leave the capital of Brunei in a fast ferry, travel across the Bay of Brunei, and then transfer to a longboat to go upriver to a place called Meropok. A short walk across the border into Sabah took us to a village called Sindumin. There we had to negotiate for the locals (who spoke no English) to take us to a town called Beaufort. From Beaufort we intended to catch a train up the gorges to Tenom, but the monsoon had arrived early and the train couldn’t get through. So we caught a train to Kota Kinabalu, and the next day flew to Labuan. Finally we caught a ferry back to Brunei. It was an eventful 3 days – one I will always remember.
I see on the maps there are roads now – we caught longboats because there were no roads in those days. Most transport was by river as it had been for centuries. There were just a couple of small villages – Sinduman, Sipitang, Beaufort were the major ones. The roads were gravel/dirt. On the way to Beaufort a crocodile crossed the road ahead of us! So the photos from this trip document a scene that has largely disappeared.
You can see more photos from this trip at this link.