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Bug, bugs, bugs
Dec 11, 2001

These older journal entries were hastily typed in at local cybercafes where I was paying by the minute.  Please excuse grammar mistakes or typos. 

I mentioned in the 3 month update that I sometimes censored my journal.  As many of the responses told me, and I should have guessed, everyone wants to hear the gore. 

Here's a collection of bug experiences.  Some of it was bad, some of it just odd. 

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

I'm sitting on a bamboo chair in my spotless clean and well mopped patio happily reading a book when a mosquito lands on my leg.  I swat it, kill it, and flick it to the ground.  5 minutes later, I'm startled to see 50 large ants swarming over the patio.  Sure enough, 2 of them are dragging off the mosquito.  5 minutes later nothing remains.  The ants are gone along with their prize.  the patio is once again spotlessly clean.  It was very very reminiscent of the "Destruction creates life" scene in the movie 5th Element. 

Ko Lanta, Thailand

Several months into my trip and small cockroaches no longer bother me at all.  My bathroom in Ko Lanta had a couple of small cockroaches, no big deal.  However, I wasn't quite sure how to react when I came back one evening and found a cockroach in the mouth of a very large spider which was hanging out on my mosquito net.  In the end I decided that if he was eating the cockroaches he was my friend and left him alone.  As far as I know, none of the large spiders in SE-Asia are dangerous. 

Kanawa, Flores, Indonesia

I don't scare easily.  However, swarms of things do tend to freak me out a bit.  Imagine my shock when I investigate the scraping sound outside and find 100 hermit crabs scrambling across one side of my hut.  Apparently they were attracted by the fresh water in the bathroom.  They seemed harmless enough, so I just went back to bed.  I managed to go back to sleep, but I'm sure that I had some terrible hermit crab nightmares that night. 


And on to the dreaded bedbugs.  Nasty fuckers.  I experienced bedbugs several times this trip, but Singapore was by far the worst.  After the first night of being attacked by these blood sucking creatures (look just like a tick, leave a bite just like a mosquito but perhaps a bit worse) the guesthouse manager removes my bed and sprays the room with poison.  A good try, but not good enough - they come back the 2nd night.  After that I leave Singapore, but manage to take the bugs with me to Kuala Lumpur.  After the 3rd night of bedbugs, I wash all of my clothes in hot water and spray my bag with poison.  That manages to get rid of them.  Net damage - 150 bites all over my body.

EJ - Mar 09, 2004

I leave 9 stars for disgusting reality. 

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