My Jungle Trekking Shoe

In Miri, it is pretty hard for you to find a one stop outdoor shop where one can get their stuff related to outdoor activities such as camping, mountain climbing and jungle trekking (just to name a few). It is quite sad to know as I believe it would be a good business to venture into having the fact that Miri is treated as a transit point to Mulu National Park, Lambir National Park, Niah National Park and many more other interesting places that offer outdoor adventures.

Prior to my research field trips, Terry and I had the difficulties of locating this sort of shop in Miri as we were looking for suitable jungle trekking shoe. Apparently, the only way for us to get the type of shoe we wanted is to go and purchase it online of which is impossible for us to do so due to time limitation.

I was lucky as I had my trekking shoe just before going off for my last research field trip. It was a gift given by a dear friend. It’s a Police Brand shoe. 🙂

Putting on that shoe throughout my walking journey is so comfortable (when it’s dry) but damn heavy (when it’s wet) when muds got stucked underneath it. The weight of the mud is like 5kgs of sandbag tied on both of your feet thus made you making small steps going up and down the hills. Imagine walking like that for 7 hours.

police outdoor specialist shoe - very comfy

Well, I did and I survived! Same goes to the other team member. 😉

However, Terry wasn’t that lucky. He bought himself a new army boot for the trip and after the trip, the boot was totally damage. It was totally beyond repair.

 there goes the new army boot

Now that I know, regardless how priceless or durable look is your shoe, it will not last long when it come to mother nature. Mother nature does not only test your emotional quotient by walking through the sun and under the rain but also your damn shoe.

Despite all of that challenges, I still wanna do it again. 😉


  1. Maynard

    7 September, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Hello! I stumbled on your blog while searching info on Borneo. I’m from Kuching and really interested in the histories and culture of the ethnic groups. My blog is an attempt at documenting the origins of the different groups. Unfortunately what I have is mostly on the Bidayuh since it’s nearer and there’re more references.

    I really like your blog, especially about your research trips. Are you a researcher? Hope to see you post more on your field trips. XD


  2. LadyBird Eileen®

    7 September, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Maynard – glad to know that my research trip posts has benefit you in one way or another and with that said, it encourages me to write more on Sarawakian cultural in the future. im happy to meet someone like you (although virtually but i hope we will get to meet in person in the near future) who shares same interest and passion as mine. i feel that i have not reach the par of a researcher yet but i like to see myself as cultural and heritage enthusiast.

    the research trip was back in year 2010, a collaboration between Pustaka Negeri with my university under the ‘Sarawakiana series’. thank you for listing my blog in your blog, its an honor for me.

    feel free to drop by again till then take care and be proud of your heritage. 🙂

  3. Maynard

    7 September, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Thanks for your comment on my blog. The most shocking thing happened: After I posted the old pics, I got 158 hits. OMG that’s sooo weird. Haha

    I guess I am an enthusiast and a novice collector of cultural artifacts too. There’re many books out there but so pricey. Do you think Pustaka has many that I can borrow? Like the Museum Journal and the Dayak Research Bulletin?

    I’m actually based in kuching, working as a chef. Maybe one day I’ll be rich enough to open my own museum, something along the lines of the Smithsonian.

    Anyway, cheers!

  4. LadyBird Eileen®

    8 September, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Maynard – 158 hits for one post is a good sign dude so keep it up. yes pricey books on our own culture yet most of the authors are foreigners. very few of our own people so i think it’s about time for us (the native) to stand up and write more. dont you think so?

    actually you can get those material (i.e: journals, research papers, bulletin) from Pustaka. Pustaka work closely with Sarawak Museum too.

    imho, to open your own museum on your culture and heritage is a very noble thing to do. i know the fact that to do so it requires some fundings but what matter the most is the effort of perserving the artifacts, intangible cultures and whatever that come along with it. fundings can come later. 🙂

    last but not least (for this post), keep up the good work and from now on, your domain will be one of my must visit blog. 🙂

  5. maynard

    11 September, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Thanks! and yours too!

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