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Bon Temps

8 Sep

I wandered lonely as a cloud

Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

That floats on high o’er vales and hills

When all at once I saw a crowd

A host, of golden daffodils

Beside the lake, beneath the trees.

(William Wordsworth)

Month 1 in Telupid.

1. Camping

2. Camping

This town is blessed with the abundance of nature – Sungai Labuk, Maliau and Wasai, to name a few. I haven’t been to one (camping) since a decade or so ago. Haha. Kasiangg! (quoting the boyfriend, hehe).

Camping Spot 1 — Sungai Maliau

Sungai Maliau is just a 10-min drive away from Telupid town. It’s reachable by 4WD right at the campsite. Or one can park somewhere further and walk for about 5min along the path (which will be a tad too muddy if it rains) to reach the place.

Mind you, even those 4WDs will get stuck in the muddy path leading to the camping spot. Horrifying to even see the sight of the 4WD in front of you scrambling to get back on its ‘feet’ after an attempt to avoid the mud! Nay, I’m not trying to scare you off. Belum cuba, belum tahu bah.

Camping Spot 2 — Sungai Wasai, Entilibon

If one needs that rejuvenating time-off (and to do away with the surrounding heat), head on to Sungai Wasai. On top of that, heard there’s a waterfall nearby! Me? I barely dipped myself into the water. The rocks are too slippery. Or maybe it was just me and my aqua-phobic self! Gah.

A car as small as Kancil and it’s close cousin, Viva can reach the spot. Not as muddy as the path to Sungai Maliau. Even that, there are still huge and humongous rocks along the pathway leading to the campsite. New cars are highly not recommended! Unless you’re in (dire) need of some adventure. Hehe.

A decade of shying away from all sorts of outdoors (in exception to climbing up Mt Kinabalu), and poof, here I am in Telupid embracing what life has to offer! Of course not without those giving-up moments.

I could go on rambling. But then again, it’s crystal-clear in those pictures how indebted I am for the littlest things God has to offer.

John Keats says it best — “the poetry of the earth is never dead”. Indeed!


I Know What You Did Last Weekend

11 Aug

My weekend was a BLAST!

Went for a camping somewhere around this quiet small ‘cowboy’ town at a place weirdly named Lubang Batu.

You know what made it twice the fun? Cos I brought along packets of Mamee Sllrrrp and shared ’em with the groups!

Nope, no photos yet. And we were too engrossed to savouring those instant noodles to snap pictures. Haha.

Until my next date with you,


Yes, I Dog!

9 Aug

Illustration purpose only.

Since I didn’t manage to capture that precious moment of that dog and the majestic Mt Kinabalu.

I see dogs everyday, everywhere. Not that dogs are a rarity. Often, it is the  commonest things in life we take little pleasure in. And the odds of me blogging about canine is a once-in-a-blue-moon stuff. Haha.

You will burst out laughing. Someone did! We were away at Kundasang on Sunday when I inadvertently observed a random event. A well-bred handsome canine sat by the edge of the road overlooking the majestic view of Mount Kinabalu. It must have been in awe with that majestic Mt Kinabalu too!  Couldn’t afford to not observe that precious occurrence of some sort! It was like “My gosh, I’m in awe!

And urgh, minus that part where Adrian giggled uncontrollably and contagiously. Come to think of it, I thought it was a silly thing too! Hahaha. All because of Adrian’s contagious funny giggles. Heh!

Back to the dog (it must have been a male, cos he appeared to be so manly!).  That moment I thought it was the most magnificent view I’ve came across with since a week plus in Telupid. Adrian shared with me that it wasn’t that he was laughing at that thing I saw about that dog (I bet, he’s trying to avoid any clashing of ideas with me). Nay, it’s okay. I was just feeling inspirational.

Weekend Rendezvous

4 Aug

Landing myself in a (not-so) small town called Telupid is that MOMENT I have been waiting for. Not that I could say that I’m far too excited. Well, still adjusting and adapting to the fact that the nearest bank (and yes, ATM) is an hour driving to Ranau.

“I’m boring” surely means dozing off, snacking on keropok, reloading endlessly on Google Chrome browser, and texting the boyfriend when I know he’s pretty occupied.

To top the icing off the cake, I am in an on-and-off affair with the broadband services here! Pheww! You read my mind, don’t you?

Problems aside, I was already enjoying my first serene and quiet Sunday at Sungai Labuk, albeit the mosquito bites and the muddy water. Later, we found out the best sungai in town is the one called Sungai Maliau. And there is also a waterfall nearby. Woot!

A tranquil view of Sungai Labuk

Lovebirds and sunshine — Heart this!

Vain me! Haha.