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The words these days, the weather is unpredictable. Pretty soon, weather would be something people in Sabah would talk about, which is uncommon in this part of the world. The only time people here talk about weather is when it is that consistently bad. Or predictably unpredictable.

For the longest time, Sabah had been sunny and dry between February and June. Pick any day of these months and you have the sun walking with you all day long. But since last year, the rain and its wet relatives has been , not just our travel but our sleeping companion as well. And if you find the sun the next day, it would probably last just until the late afternoon.

This photo was taken inside a tin roofed shelter on one such brooding afternoon in a village called Kampong Tambatuon. This village is one of the 5 riverine rural villages along the Kadamaian Valley, at the foot of Mount Kinabalu.

Kampong Tambatuon has a camping ground by the Kadamaian River and it takes about a day trek to reach Kampong Kiau, which is the last village nearest to the foot of the mountain, passing through Kampong Kaung and Kampong Lobong Lobong. The word Kampong by the way, means Village.

In the late 1800s, explorers or outdoorsmen wanting to climb Mount Kinabalu, trekked along the Kadamaian River Valley from Kota Belud to reach the Kadamaian Fall, from which they would scale by its right side to a small plateau called Kimborongoh.

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