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There and back again…

We just got home from an exit run to Brunei. Now, I have permit to stay in Malaysia for another month . I had a hearty chicken spaghetti meal plus rice at Jollibee in Seria, Brunei. We were facing the glaring orange sunset on our way home. Good thing the road back is bordered by wilderness, the trees made a good cover. I was looking out the window the whole time hoping that I could catch a glimpse of hornbills hooping into their nest for the late afternoon. The last time, I saw not one but three hornbills flying from the other side of the forest across the road to the opposite side. They were flying low enough for me to distinguish the distinctive black and white feathers and the enormous beak. I was so excited, I couldn’t believe I’d see one (no, three!) in the wild. This time though, I had no luck. Surprisingly, just up ahead the tollgate approaching the border, I saw a group of monkey eating by the road! Now, how’s that! Oh yes, I was so ecstatic! It was quick but I totally spotted them.

By the moment we reached the border, the forest was gone. On both sides were wide planes of swamp grown with wild grasses, ferns, and shrubs. But the beauty is, the sky became so visible.  I was so amazed by the range of colors across the horizon. On the right side of the road, the sky is fiery. Hues of red, orange, and yellow painted the vast firmament. On the left side, the sunset reflected subtle shades of pink and purple highlighting the greyish cumulus clouds. And then the most spectacular sky display happened – a series of lighting strikes! It was jaw-dropping, I couldn’t help myself but gasp every 20 seconds the lightning strikes. It was so vivid, I could see the lightning jumping from cloud to cloud in different directions. So magnificent! Sometimes it moves horizontally forming a V or W, and then next it jumps up as tiny streaks or it hits the ground making a full touch down in a dichotomous manner. So far, my favorite is the “Ghostbusters proton gun”  or a “ray gun” – a long lightning bolt diverging across the sky in a horizontal manner in different directions! It lighted up the sky like fireworks on independence day. Wow, it was so beautiful, I was electrified with excitement!

When we got home, we rushed to install the camera on a tripod hoping to capture the show. Unfortunately by then, the sky began to clear and perhaps the clouds became less charged. However, we managed to catch a few sparks in the sky.

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