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.
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.