We visted Gua Tempurung, the largest cave system in peninsular Malaysia. There are several tours available: we chose Dry Tour No 2. Wet tours entail wading in water and going through really narrow passages, something that none of us are passionate about. Quite the opposite.
We thought we’d have a nice pleasant walk in the cool caves, away from the heat outside, see a few interesting geological features and get some fabulous photos.
Roslan was our guide. His proper job is ‘Cave Ranger’ and today he was supposed to be conducting some maintenance. This entails, amongst other things, emptying the bins and checking the lights are all working. Instead, he offered to guide us through. He also showed us a few secret places where the Rangers go to hide, away from the managers. He asked for my name: Mick.
We were later joined by another couple, from London. Roslan asked for the man’s name: Chris.
Roslan was very keen to take photos for us. In fact, to take photos of us. He’s used to Asian visitors who like to take many photos of themselves and didn’t quite get that we westerners weren’t that bothered.
If only there was a word for selfies that are taken by other people. To help out, Chris and I were alternately asked to hold up Roslan’s light. And, as he preferred my phone to Jyoti’s or to Chris’s, at the end of the tour, I had to send Chris the pictures of him and his woman, whose name we never did find out.
So, in a world exclusive, here is a collection that cannot be entitled ‘Selfie of the Day’, because they’re not selfies. And, believe it or not, some even more unflattering ones have been omitted.