After the trek at Kinabalu National Park, we went back to Celyn Resort Kinabalu for lunch. Roy, our guide/driver, was very kind enough to have instructed the restaurant to prepare non-spicy food (meaning less hot chili peppers) for us as he may have noticed that the spices were too much for our liking the night before. We then proceeded to Poring downslope opposite the direction towards the national park. I slumbered in the car during the trip that I lost track of time. The trip from the resort to Poring may have took us more than an hour. It was good that I slept during the trip as the next activity in Poring proved to be a more tasking one. We hiked up the mountain for more than thirty minutes. The hike felt longer than that as the trail was steep and slippery, but reaching the Treetop Canopy Walkway was well worth all the sweat. It was our first walk on a canopy the height of 550 feet and the length of 170 meters. It baffled me how my partner (and other fearless locals and tourists) was (were) able to walk the canopy with much audacity, while I almost had to crawl in fear specially when the canopy was wobbling. I survived the canopy walk despite my fear of heights as there was no turning back once we reached the treetop. Hiking down proved to be a more difficult task, but the thought of the bathtub waiting for us down below with hot sulfuric water believed to have curative powers made the hike down a lot easier. All through out this activity, Roy made us felt that he was very much concerned of our safety and pleasure by occasionally asking whether we were doing alright and whether we were enjoying ourselves.
Back at the foot of the mountain, we paid 15 ringgit for a private bathtub as we do not want to share tubs with locals and other tourists in Poring Hot Springs. An hour dip (though we paid for two hours) in the tub was such a relaxing experience. It was our first time to be in a tub of hot sulfuric water and it was exactly what we needed to soothe and cleanse our inflamed sweaty limbs. It was already sunset when we left Poring for the resort. On our way, we stopped to see a rare rafflesia in bloom. It was the first day of bloom of the flower that we saw. Such a luck, really, as it takes nine months for the flower to blossom out and only seven days before it decomposes, that its most beautiful state is the first and second day of bloom.
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