After missing the bus to Kubah National Park yesterday morning, today we made sure that we were at the bus station 20 minutes early! This also gave us the chance to buy some yummy nibbles for our walk from a stall selling all sorts of fried fancies.

The bus took us to within 400 metres of the entrance of the park, then the uphill trek began!

Kubah National Park

Kubah National Park
A very tiring day, my poor feet!

All day I was on the look out for plants and animals to add to my sketch book. I was amazed by the amount of different plants there were in the jungle and decided to draw a page of the most interesting ones we saw along the way. The intricate leaves remind me of the patterns used in Zentangles. I’ll post a few of my own Zentangles up one day.

leaf drawings
Leaf drawings

There was one strange flower (?) right on the path, it felt a lot like foam.

Kubah National Park
It was about two thirds my height!

Kubah National Park
A giant spider plant?
We also saw some very strange creatures! I sketched a couple of them. This big fly with blue wings was about 3 cm. And if any of you know what this bizarre looking worm type thing is, please let me know!

pen and ink
Kubah National Park
This little dude curled tightly up in a ball when it saw us coming.

The waterfall was lovely. Luckily we’d remembered out swimming things so we took a cooling shower underneath it…amazing!

Kubah National Park
Waterfall at Kubah National Park

Some of my sketches from the past few weeks

I bought a sketchbook when we were leaving Hanoi and have enjoyed drawing little scenes from various places we’ve been.
We stayed for a week or so with Sam’s friend in Hanoi, who lives in the most luxurious looking house (compared to Hanoi standards!). I thought the steps leading up to the balcony made for an interesting composition.
Hanoi apartment
Balcony from a house in Hanoi.

Sometimes I just love drawing mess (which is just as well as I make enough of it!).

Hanoi apartment
Hanoi apartment

I saw this old bike in Penang, Malaysia and just knew I had to draw it!

Old bike in Penang and plants at Tropicana Inn, Perhentian Kecil

We spent a wonderful few days on Perhentian Kecil, just off the west coast of peninsula Malaysia. The water was transparent turquoise with coral reef and beautiful fish just off the coast and the beaches were beautiful. Ahhhhh!

Coral beach Perhentian Kecil
Coral Beach, Perhentian Kecil, Malaysia
Yesterday we had some Green Tea sweets that lasted about 10 minutes. Sam even described them as ‘the best sweets in the world’ – I’m not convinced!
Green Tea Candy
Green Tea Candy

I’ve just been brought a cup of tea so now I’m off to catch up on some zzzz’s after a tiring day! 


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