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Summer 2007 - Malaysia XI

No rain in the rainforest?


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So another day at Tabin, filled with a whole lot of relaxation and a little animal watching. it was mostly uneventful; we ate breakfast and sat around for a bit, Andrew reading while I sudoked. After a little while, he decided to take a catnap, and I stayed behind in the lounge area. I think Jodi and Harry, the guides, thought I looked bored, so they invited me to play a game with them. Scrabble, as it turned out. It was a good friendly game, and a lot of fun. Eventually Andrew came back and took over for Jodi, who was really frustrated with his tiles. I think everyone enjoyed themselves. After this, we both went back up to the cabin to sneak a little nap, and then I went out to do some animal watching. There were some long tailed macaques playing down by the pond, and I got to witness some naughty monkey business (click here if you want to see what I saw; it's very National Geographic-esque).

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I also managed to get this shot of the Malaysian blue flycatcher that always hangs around the reception desk. Cute little thing, isn't it?

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There was also a silvered langur just up in the trees, but he was shy and didn't stick around for very long.

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Andrew came down to the and after a little while, and we sat and watched some more water monitors, and we decided to go for another little walk. This is pretty much what we did all day: eat, sleep, walk, relax, repeat. Tabin is a great place to be.

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Later on, back at the cabin, we remembered we had some gift cards to give as thank-yous. We decided to give them to Jodi, because he seemed so interested in Canada. He was really overwhelmed by the gesture. It made us feel really good. He told us when we arrived that we were his first Canadian guests, so we figured we made a good impression.

Before dinner began, you could see flashes of lightening in the distance, and we both realized that it had not yet rained during our stay in the rainforest. So we sat down for dinner, not thinking any more of it. And then the skies opened up, and it rained harder than either of us had ever seen (Hurricane Juan included). It was awesome, but only until we realized that it wasn't going to let up soon, and we'd have to walk back to our cabin in it. We gave it a half hour, but the we just decided to brave it. So off we went, Andrew running with a handkerchief over his bad ear, and me walking behind. It wasn't too bad; we only got a little soaked. After drying off a bit, we were lulled to sleep by the sound of rain on the tin roof. I couldn't think of a better way to spend our last night in the jungle.

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Posted by agc_cwm 05:26 Archived in Malaysia

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