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.

21 comments:

A Babe Of Very Little Brain said...

hahaha ... at last ada kawan. i'd freak out if i were to see one near me. they are as horrid as snakes!!!

kepala_angin said...

i penah kena sting dgn one of em masa tidur kat kampung. sakit siut.

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joe labee said...

i played with all these things during my childhood

Sports Freak said...

I guess I'm ok with the little creatures, I'm more afraid of the monkeys in our carpark.

babe - hey, snakes are cool.. had one as a pet until I got married.

A Babe Of Very Little Brain said...

SF - snakes are not cool. we had pythons visiting us one time. i very nearly touched some snakes too!!! itu snake tarak hidup lama after that.

Sports Freak said...

Babe - we had an Albino python and an Iguana in my bachelor pad. Very chilling pets. Oh ya, we also had white mice (the snakes food).

Leen Ash Burn said...

*goes green on the thought of snakes, phythons, gonggok and the scary red lipans*

A Babe Of Very Little Brain said...

SF - thank god you are not a bachelor anymore.

*meremang bulu apa apa yg ada thinking of the various close shaves with snakes in, of all places, Singapura bandar metropolitan*

teek said...

that pic is scary!

When i was standard 6, the teacher was rummaging a boy's schoolbag for his homework. (the boy was not in the class) and then suddenly, the teacher screamed so loud! and we all saw that huge lipan 'ran' out of the bag.*shudders*

the boy said, it was his pet..

9 said...

babe: but i kawan u tahap benci lipan je la because snakes are my favorites.

KA: so hv I. it was bloody excruciating.

Joe: Poking 'em with a 5 metre stick, doesn't count as 'playing', bro. =)

9 said...

SP: they'll steal your hubcaps from under your nose as well.

Babe: I'll let u two sort it for yourself. =)

leen: oh, u're exaggerating.

teek: cool.

Inn said...

the one in that pic isnt exactly small. bisa ooo. yikes.

The Yoga Instructor said...

In Episode 3 of Fear Factor Msia which will be showing soon, in the 2nd stunt: with one of their hands and both of their feet padlocked, contestants had to find the right key which was placed together with 4 other decoy keys in a box filled with huge centipedes. at the same time, their HEAD was placed in a plastic box filled with scorpions.

scary ok? if it were to be either you or me, mesti dah terkencing.

Elina said...

Ewwwwwwww...nasty-looking piece of nature that is.

Zed said...

well the bugger stings, and it hurts like hell! so either step on it of flick it out. and just to makes things worst, it loves sleeping bags... yup it does get pretty big in the jungle, it sends shivers down my spine heh heh.

Frankensteina said...

*squirms*

ewww...now I'm getting all squirmish...ummphhh

*imagining*

9 said...

YA: sorry u didn't make it in the 2nd round. goddamn locks.. oops must not swear during ramadhan

inn: oho.. the one i saw was lagi besarrrr.

zed: that they do, bastards!.. oops.

el(mo)ina: dia lg suka kejar orang yf tak sokong liverpool. heh

frankesteina: =)

silent said...

30cm? damn...

for some reason though, that kids song about worms has popped into my head as i read this. do you know that song? "nobody loves me/everybody hates me/i'm going to the garden to eat some worms/long, thin hairy worms/big fat juicy worms/icky yucky fuzzy wuzzy worms"

Wong Ah Beng said...

Wa teringat horror movie indonesia dulu-dulu...Ada scene di mana lipan keluar dali mulut innocent victim yg kena rasuk hantu tersebut..

9 said...

silent: i've never heard that song before. funny.

mr. wong: wa ala tengok juga itu filem. tapi wa sula lupa apa dia punya nama. wa amat ketakutan kerana kerana wa tengok semasa wa masih kecik.