Hello hello, yesterday was away for outstation in Lahad Datu (45 minutes by air from the capital Kota Kinabalu). Lahad Datu is a town by the sea. Previously it was known as a "scary town" due to its "open sea" location. It was a town (I think during the 80s or 90s), often raided by sea pirates. The pirates would openly moored at the sea, and calmy walked to the town and open fire (real machine gun) to the general public. Only the brave hearts dare to go and work in Lahad Datu. Fast forward to present time, the government had set up marine base here, and it is safe from pirates now. It is basically a town rich with natural resources - sea bounties, palm oil plantations, marine based industries etc. I would not categorised this town as a "pretty sea side" town though. More like a rugged town, full of character and good seafood.
Our project site, was about 5km away from the town. Luckily, the project progress was good, so the meeting was not stressful (no shouting and banging of tables). Thus, the whimsical pic above. The site was very muddy, and wellies were provided. But do check out the DURIAN beside the wellies!!!! Yuppp people, straight after the meeting, its durian feast baby!
Tips from many durian experts - durian is a fruit with an acquired taste, with very very very strong smell and custardy texture. The smell will linger for days after eating durian. So, it was advisable do drink water from the shell (to prevent over heating of body), and to get rid of the smell, to wash hands using the same modus operandi.
Muddy muddy site -not a problem! nothing compared to the thought of having durian after this....
Manage to catch up on blog world, while waiting for the flight back....yipeeey for wi-fi!