If you like the outdoors, raise your hand!
I get really excited when I’m outdoors. It’s what I call going loco-loco. I think it is the combination of fresh air, blue skies, sunlight, tall green trees and unique living creatures all rolled into one, that makes me go ape-excited over Mother Nature.
I’ve been brought up the typical Malaysian way – read: being outdoors means mosquitoes, sweat and poisonous creatures lurking behind trees. Oh, and let’s not forget the endless supply of ghost and spirits which always are in stock during campfires.
Along the way, I discovered that the outdoors isn’t only filled with mosquitoes and spirits but it is made up of many, many special living organisms. In fact, Malaysia is the 12th mega-diverse countries in the world. Malaysia has 60% to 70% of the world’s biodiversity (flora and fauna)
Every time I say that to my family, I get a response that sounds something like this…
‘’Can you pass the chicken, please?’’
Hey, it’s understandable, not everyone is outdoor-inclined but truly, there’s really plenty to discover outdoors. Even trees are very different from one another if one looks really closely.
Each state in Malaysia has something different and unique to offer – from the turtles in Penang (yes, you heard me right) to elephants and seahorses in Johor and magnificent corals off Sandakan. Rare dolphins in Langkawi (only if you’re lucky!) to more dolphins in Kuching, towering 100 year old trees off Kuantan and bats of Miri; Malaysia is one tropical country with an endless supply of life forms! Take time off and discover Mother Nature. You won’t be disappointed. For those out there who have been bitten by the bug, I’d love to hear from you…