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  • I met my Great-aunt Chio’s son, John Taylor, at Ben and Jen’s wedding celebration for the first time.

    On the phone later, on a black-out evening, Uncle Taylor said he would be in the city for a doctor’s appointment on the 20th.

    So today I went into town. In Foh Sang, he said. Ask for the eye-specialist.
    A Chinese lady, Theresa, said Foh Sang was all shops. The eye-specialist was near the Hill-Top Restaurant, by the Prudential.

    It was easy to find. However I didn’t see Uncle Taylor. I sat down to wait for him; he had said his appointment was at 10 o’clock.

    As it approached 10 a.m. and still no sign of him, I asked the three receptionists if my Uncle John Taylor had an appointment that day.
    One smiled at once that yes, he did but he was early and had already left. At 8:50 a.m.

    Ooohhh miscommunication.

    Well, since we’re here and I’ve never been in this part of Kota Kinabalu before, I might as well explore.

    I strolled down the city sidewalk and counted 9 of a species of small blue-morpho-like butterfly. Its iridescent blue was deeper, its wings enchantingly edged with a pale yellow ochre. The colour combination reminds me of ancient Egypt.

    There were two or three others that were new to me. And one – Hello again! - that flutters in the village everyday.

    AND ! a LIZARD of an interesting greenish-buff-coloured scaly pattern. Small, under 4 feet, I saw half of it, the tail end – curving in on itself - disappearing prudently at my startled response. A small green dragon!

    Do, please, remain a figment of Creation’s fantastical imagination.

    Your competition,
    Puff, the magic dragon.

    Sonatina Op. 36 No. 4
    7:38 published: Sep 20, 2012 by Jeremiah Jones, Lisztonian
    Muzio Clementi
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