"The sharp knife of a short life

I've had just enough time..."

- "If I Die Young" The Band Perry

I see Beauty in many things. And like the ghosts that only speak to you if you notice them, they tell me wondrous tales. With my camera and my thoughts, I captured these as faithfully as I can to share with you. And by doing so, they gave me the reasons. And though the thousand reasons may not all be sweet and some indeed bitter; they are still reasons to live. Come to think about it, that is Life, isn't it?

Saturday, 7 January 2012

“Tagai” No Fishing! Just Fish Massage.

I've had just enough time to...   enjoy a fish massage.

Taken in the Moroli river in Kampung Luanti, Ranau in Sabah, East Malaysia.

About three hours away from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah; is a small village called Kampung Luanti in the district of Ranau. The local Dusun community imposed a “tagai” meaning “no fishing” along this stretch of the crystal clear Moroli river. Instead, they trained the “Ikan Pelian” (Malaysian Mahseer) to give you a massage you will never forget.

The minute I cautiously stepped into the water, the fishes swarmed round me nibbling at any dead skin. Except for a sharp nibble now and then, it is painless and you quickly get used to it and even liked the sensation.

“Go on, get into the deep end. Submerge your whole body in but watch out for your exposed nipple!” I knew my friend was joking but I kept my hands closely to my chest until the rubbing of slippery scales against my skin relaxed me and made me forgot I was ever in any danger, exposed nipple or not. Having dozens of fishes deliberately rubbing against you is an unforgettable experience.

I bought some fish pallets, cupped it in my hands and have the fish sucked right out of it. In the cool water with all the fishes slipping in and around my body, I could close my eyes and imagined I was in another world of peaceful coexistence. So if you are on your way to climb Mount Kinabalu  or to visit the national park, do not forget to drop into Kampung Luanti for a sensational fish massage.


  1. Aiyah, climbed the mountain but didn't get to go to Kampung Luanti! I don't think the fish are "trained" though. You're just food to them :)

  2. henrhyde
    Oh my goodness --you were brave .
    Must have been a strange , experience.
    ★garageismi added this photo to his favorites.

    You are much braver than I am. I think I'll stick with exfoliating shower gel. :-)

    marinela 2008
    Nice capture !
    ★i_still_believe_in_u and garageismi added this photo to their favorites.

    can i have a dozen airfreighted to me?

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  3. A fish massage after a great day with nature. Perfect! “...if you are on your way to climb Mount Kinabalu or to visit the national park, do not forget to drop into Kampung Luanti for a sensational fish massage.”

  4. Yes, wish life is as perfect everyday! Ha ha. If only it is not so far away, I'll be going back soon...

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