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Sketch of the day no 180: Leech (Hirudinea)

Leech
Leech

I’ve been wanting to sketch the leech for a while now but i absolutely hate the damn blood suckers and they are not pretty looking in any way. So finally, I’ve done it with a bit of a tongue in chic write up to go with the very basic sketch.

My first ever run in with a leech was last year when I went trekking in Thailand. I found one blood sucker on my ankle and almost passed out. My second run in with the leech was a month later when I went back into the Thai forest and got attacked by about 40 leeches, not counting the 100s I had to flick off. It was a complete nightmare like in a horror movie but as they say “what doesn’t kills you makes you stronger!”

From that day onwards, I have researched into ways to prevent leeches from attacking me whilst trekking. I am the expert on leech behaviour, what to wear to prevent leech bites, how to walk without detection and what to put on to repel them naturally. Chemical based repellents although effective is not good for the environment nor food chain. Last month before I headed into the jungles of Ulu Mudah, knowing that the area was thriving with leeches (I did my research on the area beforehand) I concocted my own “Leech Brew” all based on natural ingredients. I brought the brew with me and tested it out and to my delight it really works!

The trek was about 4 hours. On the way out, I had zero leeches climb on my shoes because I had sprayed my shoes and socks with the brew. The other trekkers had to stop every few minutes to flick the leeches off their legs. On the way back unfortunately it started to pour down with rain. My brew was being washed away and I didn’t bring it with me to reapply. So, the pesky creatures started to crawl all over me. It was a complete nightmare! Luckily I only ended up with one bite on my shoulder. How it climbed all the way there without detection shows how smart these leeches are.

I can’t say for certain that my leech brew works since I have only used it successfully once. I have to brave it and enter the leech infested jungle again to test out my leech brew before I share it with other fellow trekkers.

In the meantime invest in a pair of leech socks!

When my leech brew works, that would be my best revenge!!

Jungle Adventure Weekend @EarthLodgeMalaysia, Ulu Muda, Kedah, #Malaysia

Creepy crawlies
Creepy crawlies

This weekend my friend Lily and I ventured into the forest of Ulu Muda in Kedah. We arranged the trip via EarthLodge. and we were lucky enough to be guided by the conservationist Hymeir Kem who is recognised for his work on caves and conservation. He also runs adventure caving around the region

Earth Lodge located in the remote 100,00+ hectares of Ulu Muda forest reserve. It is a conservation project set up by passionate conservationists to protect the forest, river and wildlife in the area through education, research and legislation.

To learn more about Ulu Muda click here

Evening boat ride and bird watching
Evening boat ride and bird watching hundreds of plain pouch Hornbills in the sky
The Cast
The Cast
The river ride
The river ride
Local fishermen
Local fishermen
The Jetty
The Jetty
Nature
Nature
The Cave: Labu 1
The Cave: Labu 1
The Lodge
The Lodge
The road trip
The road trip, Sik, Kedah

 

My hand painted bunny Bulan eco tote got to experience the adventure with me ;p

Bulan hand painted bunny tote
Bulan hand painted bunny tote

Croyde

Croyde, Devon

Today’s weather was about 20c. Surf forecast for Croyde on magicseaweed.com was good, but better than the reality.  The swell was about 3ft, however, it was very windy and gusty which made the waves a bit all over the place. It could have been worse I guess. There were a lot of people on the beach as well as it was a Bank holiday weekend.  The waves at Staunton looked better for long boarding but the car park was full. Still, it was a good practice day for me on my path to be a surfer ;p

Exmoor national park, Somerset, UK

Exmoor

A stroll in the moors. Exmoor National Park is situated in the south west of Britain. It contains an amazing variety of landscapes within its 267 square miles. A unique landscape of moorland, woodland, valleys and farmland, shaped by people and nature over thousands of years. I didnt see and wildlife like ponies and pheasant but the landscape was absolutely beautiful.

Surfing in #Devon #England

Board meeting
Board meeting

This is my first surfing trip in Devon and in England for that matter. I somehow got persuaded to try surfing in the “refreshing” waters of Middle beach,  Devon. Armed with a surf board and a winter wetsuit, it was actually not that cold but the waves were a bit too large for a beginner like myself. I learnt how to paddle outback and I have decided I am never going to hang out by the white wash where I usual get pummeled around like in a washing machine.

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Bird watching at Regents Park, #London

Birds in Regents Park
Birds in Regents Park

I set off for a run at Regents’s Park but ended up hiring a paddle boat in the lake, looking at ducks, swans, storks and seagulls. It’s quite a funny experience being able to get up close to the birds in the water. Some parts felt like rush hour traffic when there were so many birds in the area. They really didn’t care that we were behind them, but it felt scary having to avoid crashing into them. They know we are there though. They have one eye on the food and one eye on the boat.

Summer Solstice at #Greenwich #GDIF

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A 17m long sperm whale beached in the Royal Navy college lawn, near cutty sark, Greenwich.

‘This super-real, art installation is the work of the Belgian arts collective Captain Boomer, created in collaboration with Zephyr Wildlife Reconstruction. There are even actors playing scientists as if this installation needs to be any more real.

Just next door at Cuttty Sark (see pic below), I thought this was a flash mob!  A bunch of people suddenly appeared out of nowhere. They ran into the crowd, positioned themselves, music came on, and started to dance for about 10 mins. Then a guy on a speaker explains that they were the dancers from last years Olympic ceremony.

You can pick up the GDIF event programme just in front of the ‘boat’

Continue reading “Summer Solstice at #Greenwich #GDIF”

A day out with Gorilla circus (part 2)

I blogged a few weeks ago about joining a class with Gorilla Circus in Regents Park. It’s a Flying trapeze school which is so amazingly awesome. Here’s the footage from the class to encourage you to have a go!

Running away to join the Flying Gorilla Circus in Regents Park #London

My friends and I went for a walk one day around regents park and stumbled upon the Gorilla Circus. It’s just near the mosque. We stayed and watched for a bit then went up to ask about classes. It looked like so much fun. When we got home, we immediately booked in for the first available class. The class cost 24 pounds during weekdays and is 2 hours long with a max of 10 students per class which is the perfect size.

Our class was yesterday. It was awesome! We managed to have 4 goes each on the flying trapeze. The weather started off brilliant but it showered halfway through which meant that we were not allowed to progress to the catching phase, but still so much fun! We were taught 2 different moves on the trapeze; the knee hook and the upside down split with a back flip dismount. It actually sounds and looks harder than it is!

Gorilla Circus
Gorilla Circus
Monkeys at the circus
Monkeys at the circus

 

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