Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Sea Turtle Rescue Unit Volunteer Program (SEATRU)

I ain't even sure how to start with this.

7 days on the remote side of Redang, an area off limit to tourists, sipping river water, using candlelight at night, sleeping on the beach, hunting and fending off monitor lizards, tagging turtles, releasing babies, watching shooting stars, snorkeling, I can go on forever.
Kuala Terengganu
It was the 29th day of Ramadhan when I arrived at Kuala Terengganu. That night I discovered something special about Kuala Terengganu-- the people of Kuala Terengganu do not wait for laungan azan at 7:30pm to end their fasting. Neither do they watch the TV nor stare blankly at their watch. Instead they wait for a cannon fired from Bukit Pak Apil, which signifies the end of fasting. It is a much efficient way because the sound of the cannon can be heard up to 10 km away, and the laungan azan from different mosques can be incoherent and confusing at times.
Look at the size of that fish!
Flying fish
The journey to Redang island was a rough one and everyone was sleeping during the 45-minutes trip. Except me. As the boat broke one wave after another I saw something shot out of the water and glided for at least 5 meters in a straight horizontal path before landing back into the water.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

长得最可悲的动物 Atretochoana eiselti


Image: Juliano Tupan

Saturday, August 11, 2012

With Big Brains Comes Fewer Offspring

Ben Parker once said to his nephew Peter, "With great power comes great responsibility".

Scientists recently discovered that there is a trade-off in intelligence as well--with great intelligence comes fewer offspring. At least in the case of guppies. 
Image: aqua-fish.net
In fact, the 2006 movie "Idiocracy", starring Luke Wilson and Maya Rudolph, highlights a same concept: dumb people outbreed smart people, because smarter folks tend to care too much about the cost of raising children, the insurance, the fuss, the pain. But dumb people couldn't care less. Just go on have fun and have sex.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary + Bukit Tinggi Tour

I was ffk-ed by by two friends who initially invited me to a jungle trip at Sungai Lembing.
So I came up with the idea of riding to Lanchang, Pahang to visit my mammalian friends.
I woke up at 6am and departed an hour later. The journey reminded me of the days when I toured around Peninsular Malaysia. My loyal kapchai has now gone to more places than most Malaysians. We've had some disagreements in the past, though--he unchained himself and made things hard for me whenever I pushed him too hard. This time, however, we did 239km in a single day. It's the longest route I have ever traveled in a single day.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Unusual Names of Places

These places are named after some of the most absurd words in the English language.

1) Fucking (German pronunciation, [ˈfʊkɪŋ]) in Austria, for example, has suffered road-signs theft by tourists for years until they were modified to be theft-resistant in 2005.
Image: en.wikipedia.org
This village of 104 has been through a number of name changes:

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Parody: Venomous Snakebites Can Be Painful, Says Expert

KUALA LUMPUR--A team of researchers from the University of Manchester reported that snakebites can be painful, especially those delivered by venomous snakes.


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