Wanderlusting Sabah (Malaysia) – Part IV

The highlight of my visit was watching this smug flower bloom.

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My sister was so excited. She had never seen a Rafflesia in such a pretty perfect state before. Usually they found the ones that slightly went to waste. The rafflesia blooms for about 3 days after about 9 months of flowering. After that it decomposes.

Even while blooming, it smells like something is decomposing.

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The dark spheres around it were the little buds. 

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Later I was brought to see these little fellas at Kampung Luanti.

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They tickle a lot. Some might even bite and scratch you with their little mouth. They are believed to cure some illness and many come for the therapy. 

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They provide you with food and you can see the familiarity with human makes them quite a greedy community.

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On the way home I saw this boy acting very smug on the back of the pickup. They were coming back from school so it was quite a view when he shielded his face feeling so shy when he was flexing his muscles a second before.

I was still on cloud nine a week after flying back to Kuala Lumpur. I found my special place in the sun. I never really felt like this before. All I wanted to do was travel around the world. I never really belong in one place, not even the place where I grew up as a child.

If I were given a choice, I’d pick Sabah and stay.