by Jason Kersten

When I told an aquaintence that I was taking a trip to Borneo, she immediately assaulted me with the "musts." You must go to Kuching. You must stay overnight in a longhouse. You must visit the Mulu Caves in Sarawak. You must, you must...  

I am always suspicious of the must people. Their intentions are usually good, but beneath their friendly prods is always this obsession with getting you to do exactly what they did. My theory is that they all want to vicariously relive their own experiences through you. They must be some kind of cult.  

So I didn't take her imperatives too seriously, especially when she mentioned Sarawak's Mulu Caves. In fact, I thought she was joking, because she knew I was claustrophobic.