Saturday, December 24, 2011

Mersing to Singapore

It rained heavily in Mersing all night long.
We woke up the next morning and was greeted with a drizzling weather while having breakfast at the hotel we stayed.
As the drizzle did not stop, we proceeded to the river side for brunch. The river was swelling with all the rain, which was not a good sign for us.
We had a fresh sotong (Malay word for squid) with chili and roti prata again.
When the rain finally stopped, we headed to the first location at west of Mersing to visit C. cf. xpurpurea (or C. cf. jacobsenii as my friend recognised it). The rain luckily did not flood this habitat too much and we were able to still locate the cryptocorynes. 
C. nurii 'Mersing' habitat was thoroughly flooded. The river had even flooded beyond the banks into the forest as could be seen from all the  mud deposits on the forest floor. The cryptocorynes could not be seen at all from the edge of the river.
I saw some pretty wild ginger species there with yellow flowers which had plantlets growing from the flowering points.
We had a durian for snack along the way back from Mersing at a road side durian stall.
We took a detour to Sedili and was greeted with another  destructed habitat sight. The C. sp. 'Sedili 6' habitat had been destroyed by excavator to form water drainage for the nearby oil palm plantation. Sad...
We were stuck in a traffic jam for close to 2 hours on our way back into Singapore due to the holiday season and had Ampang Yong Tou Fou for dinner at upper Thomson Road before ending our 2D1N road trip.


Hermes said...

I don't think of the rain in Singapore, living in Britain, which is always raining. Love the food and those beautiful leaves.

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