Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Sketches inspired by Malaysia

Malaysia, Singapore's next door neighbour, is a resource rich country with an abundance of sights and scenery to enjoy. 

Although I've not been there before, I've heard rave reviews from divers about the pristine waters of Sipadan, near Sabah, Malaysia. Corals, turtles and many other marine species abound, Sipadan is one of the world's top ten diving site. Which is why it's become one of the places to visit on my bucket list. Despite having forgotten my diving basics, I resolve to go there someday, even if it means just snorkelling.






Cameron Highlands is another pretty place in Malaysia worthwhile going, if not for the famous Boh tea plantations, then for the world's largest flower, Rafflesia. When I went to Cameron with a group of friends 2 years ago, we trekked 8km deep into the rainforest in search of the Rafflesia flower, and were fortunate to have found a cluster that were still in bloom. Typically the flower would decompose a few days after blooming. The 8km trek, was however, no walk in the park, for the terrain was scraggy, and in some instances we had to use our hands to grasp footholds on steep inclines, literally clamber over fallen logs, and immerse our legs in muddy, water logged paths. Furthermore, some of us were wearing flip-flops and non-hiking shoes, totally ill-equipped for the trek (none of us knew it was such a long trek). Our guide had to chop off branches of a plant (I can't remember what plant) for us to use as hiking sticks. Without the branches, I doubt we would have gone as far as we did.




Contrary to what most people think, we did note any foul stench from the Rafflesia flower, whether decomposed or in bloom. The Cameron trekking experience was truly a memorable experience, inspiring this sketch.


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