Finding Myself in Borneo: Sojourns in Sabah

Finding Myself in Borneo: Sojourns in Sabah

by Neill McKee
Finding Myself in Borneo: Sojourns in Sabah

Finding Myself in Borneo: Sojourns in Sabah

by Neill McKee


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Bronze, 2020 Independent Publisher Book Award Best Regional Non-Fiction: Australia / New Zealand / Pacific Rim

Winner of New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards 2019 for non-regional Biography / Autobiography / Memoir

Winner of Readers' Favorite Awards 2019 in the travel book category

Finding Myself in Borneo is an honest and buoyant chronicle of a young Canadian man's adventures during 1968-70, while teaching secondary school as a CUSO volunteer in Sabah, Malaysia (North Borneo). Travel with Neill McKee on his unique journey through vibrant Asian cultures as he learns the craft of teaching, the Malay language and local customs, and gains many friends in his small community. He climbs the highest peak in Southeast Asia-Mount Kinabalu, has a love affair, and navigates Borneo's backwaters to make his first of many documentary films. McKee travels by freighter to Indonesia, where he discovers the scars of that country's recent genocide, a contrast to his hilarious motorcycle journeys in Sabah with his American Peace Corps buddy. They make a hallucinogenic discovery-North Borneo is, indeed, J. R. R. Tolkien's famed Middle-Earth of The Lord of the Rings! The enterprising duo establish the North Borneo Frodo Society, an organization Tolkien joins.

McKee's second Sabah sojourn and other return trips offer the reader the opportunity to match the early anecdotes to what in fact happened to the land and people who touched his life, and he theirs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781732945708
Publisher: NBFS Creations LLC
Publication date: 12/03/2018
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Neill McKee is an award-winning creative nonfiction writer based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His first travel memoir Finding Myself in Borneo: Sojourns in Sabah won Bronze in the 2020 Independent Publisher Book Award for Best Regional Non-Fiction: Australia / New Zealand / Pacific Rim, and the New Mexico/Arizona Book Award for Biography / Autobiography / Memoir (for non-NM/AZ subject). It also won an honorable mention in the international Readers' Favorite Awards, 2019. McKee's book is about his first overseas adventures in Sabah, Malaysia (North Borneo), where he served as a Canadian CUSO volunteer teacher and program administrator during 1968-70 and 1973-74. McKee, who holds a B.A. Degree from the University of Calgary and a Masters in Communication from Florida State University, lived and worked in Asia, Africa, Russia and traveled to over 80 countries on assignments during his 45-year international career. He became an expert in communication for behavior and social change. McKee directed and produced of a number of award-winning documentary films/videos, animated films, and wrote a large number of articles, books, and manuals in the field of communication for international development. McKee is busy creating two other memoirs, at present: a humorous and poignant one on his childhood and youth in a chemically polluted small town in Canada; and another on a 15,000-mile, 400-year search for the stories of his ancestors in North America, during which he met distant cousins, historians, and interesting characters to discuss the times and conflicts through which his blood relatives lived. The journey ends at Plymouth Plantation and the Mayflower. McKee does readings/book signings and presentations with or without photos. He prefers lively interactive sessions.

Table of Contents


1. Travel Notes: Ontario to Singapore

2. Lessons in Kota Belud

3. The Rain at Four

4. A Journey through Middle-Earth

5. Bonding with Borneo

6. Going Native

7. Dog Days

8. Borneo through a New Lens

9. Unpacking the Batik Painting

10. Blessing the Prodigal Son

11. Rounding a Bend in the Road

12. The Sabah Situation

13. Serendipity

14. Paradise Lost

15. You Can Go Home Again

16. No Longer “The Land Below the Wind”

Postscript: A Brief History of North Borneo


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Works Cited

Glossary of Malay Words and Expressions Used

North Borneo Frodo Society

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