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by Rick Green, photography by Brian K. Smith

Rafflesia Tuan-Mudae flower.

Secluded in the sub-montane forests of Gunung Gading National Park on the island of Borneo is the Rafflesia tuan-mudae, an unusual endoparasite that relatively few have had the privilege of witnessing in full bloom. Fortunately, while Brian was en route to Kuching, I spotted a Facebook post by the Sarawak Tourism Board that said three of these plants were blooming. I was able to alert him before reaching Malaysia, and he was lucky enough to capture its full lifecycle.

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Sue Lynn Tiong, The Bangsar Babe

Malaysians are inveterate foodies. No surprise, then, to come across numerous food blogs when I was researching Malaysia online. One of the best was by Kuala Lumpur's Sue Lynn Tiong (above). Her Bangsar Babe blog is a full-time effort at exploring Malaysia's gastronomic offerings. While Sue Lynn is not as analytical as my Vancouver food blogger friend, Mijune, she covers a lot of territory.

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