Posts Tagged ‘nature’

Four of China’s great folktales: Legend of the White Snake, Lady Meng Jiang, Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai (The Butterfly Lovers), and The Cowherd and the Weaving Maid have a very strong influence on this story. I grew up watching various versions of these folktales and fell deeply in love with them. This is my personal homage to epic tales of love and loss, tragedy and comedy, earthly and heavenly … on a small scale.

The beginning of the story where the protagonist travels to a deserted place somewhere off Kamunting is based on one of my frightful experiences. I took the night train back to Taiping and reached at about three in the morning. There was only one taxi and the driver was an old man who probably had insomnia (I’m guessing that’s why he had his taxi service at that hour). I got in and sat in the back and a brawny man got in to sit in the front. The taxi driver decided to drop the man off first since his destination was closer than mine. It was a nice enough nighttime for all three of us to travel.

The man directed the taxi driver towards Kamunting and then the journey went beyond shop lots, housing areas, and even street lights. Before we knew it we came upon a dirt road and the sides were overgrown with extremely tall lalang grass. I was calm and naive to it all this until I saw the old man’s eyes in the rearview mirror. They told me they could not protect me. They told me he was a frail old man. They told me we were both going to die. I cringed in the backseat thinking I would not live long enough to be a writer to tell this tale.

The brawny man stopped the taxi driver quite abruptly in the middle of nowhere, paid him, and got off in a flash before cold sweat could even take form. I looked around but there was no sign of life except for the grass so tall it could be a corn field. The taxi driver made a quick u-turn, sped us out of the godforsaken place, and we said nothing until I reached home. He made sure I was safely inside, locked the gates, went into the house, and closed the doors before he left.

The danger only dawned on me when I was home and wondering what the hell just happened.




If you know about the salmons’ fantastic journey from birth to death you will understand this story from a better perspective. Sometimes we question the nature of things out of curiosity but I question nature about things that go bump in the night. If this strange phenomenon can occur in the animal kingdom why is it not possible that it can happen to human beings too?


I don’t know about you but I feel blessed and honored
to be able to see and hold such an amazing creature.

Taiping Greens

Posted: June 25, 2016 in Fiddle
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Taiping greens

Only the green in
us will grow into monsters
not Mother Nature’s

Taiping Blues

Posted: June 20, 2016 in Fiddle
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After the rainfall
the blues make their presence known
to you dear Anton


This morning I was treated with a wonderful surprise. Getting a chance to encounter a Giant Forest Dragon or Great Angle Head (Gonocephalus grandis) in the wild is a gift much more precious than I can imagine.