LIFE: To be touched

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I can't remember the last time I posted something entirely personal on this page. For those who don't know, I started this blog as a new year's resolution, to keep me writing. At the time, I was leaving my writing job, for uhm well a non-writing job, and all I really know about myself was I like to write, so I thought, why not keep a blog to keep me typing. 

But now I'm staring at a blinking cursor completely dumbfounded by the lack of words... so let me just share with you a plant that never fails to take me back to those childhood glory days. I'm not sure what the English word for this plant, but we call it makahiya (ma-kuh-hee-yuh). The hiya is the base word of makahiya. Hiya means shy. So if you're a shy person, we call you mahiyain. If you're being shy, we call it nahihiya. The plant, aptly named as makahiya is a shy plant. Curious? Let me share the ways.

Below is a photo of a makahiya flower. Ignore it. It's a very pretty pink dandelion-like thing, but that's not the reason why it's called makahiya. Behind and below the pink flower are the makahiya leaves. Those leaves are VERY shy! If you touch them, they fold! See next photo to see the leaves after I touched them.

I know it's hard to make sense of all the green grass, but look closely and find the leaves folded! :D To make it easier for you, I took a video of the process... Check out the video below to see why.

Isn't it wonderful? No fail, every time I see a makahiya plant, I switch on child mode and play with it. I don't really know how soon the leaves would re-open (yes don't worry, they re-open... maybe once the coast is clear? :p) but as you've seen in the video, they really fold when touched.

Kinda like people huh? Kinda like what happens if you touch someone who isn't ready.

What do you think?


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  1. Never heard this song before and I like it a lot! Thank you for sharing!


    1. Hi Plami! Im glad to have introduced her Untouchable song to you! Glad you liked it! But sad you can relate (cause it's a sad song!)


  2. aww a shy flower! if i were a flower, i think i'd be one of those haha :P

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    1. A friend of mine from TX said "Makahiya seeds" are sold at Target? IDK something like Touch me not name :D so apt!


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