Flirting with solitude in a village

I went, again, to the plantations in the district of Sepang in Malaysia. There’s really nothing here for a city-loving tourist. Fortunately for me, I am not in love with Kuala Lumpur. So left the house at 0930 hours and two hours later I was standing in the middle of nowhere. The weather was perfect, wind whipping my body, the cooling rain and the fresh air. I make regular rural trips, a retreat from the madness of the city.

Lunch was a simple affair, a bit of rice, prawns with red hot chili and spicy fish (ikan goreng belado). Life away from the city is simple and refreshing « invigorating to the soul, flirting with solitude.


An avid blogger, twitterer and photojournalist, Zashnain Zainal suffers from an incurable addiction to social work, helping marginalised communities since 1989. Nowadays he travels from the plantations of Malaysia to the slums of Thailand. He can be found at and @bedlamfury

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