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    Hello all, I've just returned from a ten day vacation in Korea.

    While I was away, my parents were watering my neps for me, and they were pleased to let me know that it had been raining every day so there was nothing to worry about.

    When I got home today, I went to check my plants, with full confidence that they would be in the pink of health.

    Guess what.

    Each pot weighed about 5g. The water in the sphagnum evaporated in one (mildly hot) day, and in that short period of time I lost about six pitchers, and many of the leaves are suffering as well.

    I've just given them immediate water shock therapy (read: generous amounts of rainwater) and am hoping for the best. I hate to think what will happen while I am away on military service for the next two years.

    In another news, I am about to go on a trip to Cameron Highlands (Malaysia) and am planning to do some nepenthes hike-and-seek. Anyone know if I'll be able to find any?

    Colin

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    Colinliew:

    Before i say this to you, please i would like you to know that it is not my intention to make you feel bad in any way, but if you are planning a 2 year trip to the military without anyone knowing how to take care of your neps, well you may kiss them goodbye now.

    I have become so paranoid, that before i go somewhere, i have to make sure my plants are fine and i can't stay anywhere long enough without thinking about the welfare of my plants. Unfortunately, when one takes this hobby very seriously, it becomes a lifestyle in which your freedom is severely compromised

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    Yes, I'm well aware of that Gus, it's been on my mind for some time now.

    Thankfully I'm working on the problem, and I won't be out of home all two years. I will either show my parents to take care of my plants properly while I'm away, or deposit them with a friend.

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    You may want to consider CP Hotel, eh? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]
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    Well Colin, I know how you felt.

    When I left on a 4 weeks tour to Canada and Hong Kong with my family, I entrusted my nephew to look after my nepenthes, orchids, some parrots, a turtle, a tortoise and a rabbit. Luckily it was raining during November, for when I came back I lost 3 nepenthes plants and some orchids.

    Yes, we do need a nepenthes hotel. That's why I am always weary going on a long trip.

    As for your trip to Cameron Highlands, you will find it hard to spot any nepenthes on the main road or off the road.

    But, if you have a car or prepared to hike, go up the Telekom station at Gunung Brinchang. The road to Gunung Brinchang is about 100m from Hotel Equatorial. Near the Telekom station (at the peak) look hard at the road embankments, you will find N. macfarlanei.

    You will be hard pressed to find N sanguinea - they are lost to souvenir hunters.

    Choong

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    What a business idea. Check your neps in so that they won't check out.
    I am just like a Super Hero, but without the power or motivation.................and the funky suit.

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    I was considering it even before I left, Cindy, now I'm sold [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    kltower, thanks for the info... if you could, would you be so kind as to PM me the Malay term for nepenthes? I believe it translates literally to "monkey cup". I'd like to ask the locals if they know where I can find any.

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    periok kera (monkey's cooking pot) - taken from "A Guide To The Carnivorous Plants of Singapore" [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

    Once I've established my balcony, I'll leave some space for your plants to check in... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/cool.gif[/img]
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