Tuesday, October 04, 2005
My Adventure of Discovering A Phobia
I hate Fire Centipedes. I hate them. Hate, hate, hate, hate.
Most of you will probably be laughing at the idea. Mr. Nocturnal Excursions himself, afraid of a small, innocent centipede?
Small and innocent my arse! Fire Centipedes or Lipan Bara is a huge, red, many- limbed freak of nature. The two (yes two!) that I saw last night was at least 30 cms long, with the tail armed with a 1 cm-long double sting.
Your common garden centipede, the ulat gonggok, I have no problem with. But the lipan bara is another story. There I was in Sg. Penchala, surveying potential Frogging sites and suddenly from under a rock they both came out, crawling towards me like some mutant nightmare creature.
So I did what any other entomologically adverse person would do. I legged it, whilst screaming obscenities at the both of them.