Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Kota Damansara Community Forest Trails

Trail running at Kota Damansara Community Forest (KDCF) with ChongYF, Dphany and Voon Lee on Sunday morning, 29 May 2016 ... We ran from Taman Rimba Riang (TRR), Seksyen 9 of Kota Damansara and connected to KDCF (Seksyen 10), and returned with a total distance of about 10km with shades under a canopy of trees.

The extension of KDCF trails connects to another part of Kota Damansara. After this recce run, I understood better the trails network. From KDCF side, the connecting trail is Sahabat Trail via Unity Trail (refer to sketch map below drawn by yours truly).
(To download the trail map: point cursor at map above, right click; select Save Picture as)
Sign post showing the entry point from Taman Rimba Riang, Kota Damansara (photos courtesy of Chong YF)

In the middle of the two entry points, there is a pondok with picnic benches, good for taking a breather. The trail that is nearer to TRR is called Harmoni Trail while the other trail beyond this pondok is called Unity Trail. We met a few friendly mountain bikers at the pondok who were cycling from TRR to KDCF. 
At the pondok area

Trail runners and the friendly mountain bikers (photo courtesy of Lau Tuck Hoong and Lum Chee Wei)

There is also the Denai Unity peak where one can have a good view of the surrounding areas. With the steep terrain, it is not advisable to go up the peak with the mountain bikes, other than oneself.

Overall, it is an excellent venue for mountain bikers and trail runners, testing one’s ability in maneuvering the various bends, uphill and downhill.
Emerging at the Kota Damansara Community Forest side

In Kuala Lumpur, the other hills that are good for trail running are:
1. Bukit Kiara
2. Puchong Hill (or Ayer Hitam Forest Reserve)
3. Gasing Hill
4. FRIM Kepong
5. Broga Hill and Tok Wan Trail (the extension).

 At Taman Rimba Riang park - LOVE
 (left) Dphany, Voon Lee, ChongYF, KC Leong
At Taman Rimba Riang park

Thanks to ChongYF for showing the way to Taman Rimba Riang and sharing of photos taken with his handphone. 

Do CLICK HERE to view photos of the previous trail running at Kota Damansara Community Forest.

By KC Leong

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Fraser's Hill Camping

It was such a fun camping overnight in the cool mountains of Fraser's Hill on 14-15 May (Sat-Sun). For the short duration of 24 hours, we have the impression that we have done quite a lot of things. That weekend, it was also the birds' watching weekend. Many birds enthusiasts were there complete with binoculars and huge cameras to have a glimpse of the migratory birds. When I woke up at 7:00 a.m. (Sunday), lying on my sleeping bag just one inch above the ground, it was such a tranquil and nice experience listened to the chirping sound of the various species of the birds -- what a moment!

Do CLICK HERE to view photos courtesy of yours truly (KC Leong).

Do CLICK HERE to view photos courtesy of ChongYF.

 Pitching a tent - YY Lim, Ivy Wong, Lana, KC and LeeWY
 A huge tent courtesy of Lee WY - back to the basic
 A nice 2-man tent bought from the USA
 Togetherness in the evening (this photo courtesy of ChongYF) 
 The ladies preparing for light supper (this photo courtesy of ChongYF)
A cool and tranquil morning woke up by the chirping sound of birds
 At Jeriau waterfall
 Lana with the jumping pose
 Challenging spot 
Lots of laughter 

Posted by KC Leong

Monday, April 18, 2016

Gunung Ledang Hike

The group went trekking at the legendary Gunung Ledang on Saturday, 16 April 2016. One way to the peak is about 5 hours; the descent journey took about 3 hours. Starting at 8:15 a.m., the team returned to the base at around 6:45 p.m.

Other than good fitness in going up the mountain, after Checkpoint #5, there are many steep uphill climb aided by thick ropes and metal ladders; as such, the hands muscle must be strong.

In the evening, the group stayed in the homestays in Tangkak town, and returned to Kuala Lumpur the following day, Sunday, 17 April.

Climbing this mountain requires one to engage mountain guides as they will oversee the safety of the team members in the entire journey especially at the steep climb areas.

Overall, it was a good and enjoyable trip with good camaraderie, nice food, and pleasant homestay.

Do CLICK HERE to view 117 photos courtesy of yours truly (KC Leong).

 The starting point of the trail leading to the peak of Gunung Ledang
 Excited faces at Checkpoint #2 -- another 6 to go !
 Checkpoint #3 -- more huge bolsters are seen scattered along the trail;  there is also another Gua Kambing here
 Beyond this Checkpoint #5, the terrain is getting steeper 
 Tougher and steeper terrain in the climb aided by metal ladders and thick ropes
 Batu Hampar area -- this is by far the steepest climb area
 Ban Yu demonstrating the technique to maintain balance by using only one hand
 Shu-Lin overcoming fear and taking the challenge one step at a time
 Taman Bonsai with a nice view
 ChongYF and yours truly (KC) - organizers for this trekking trip
 Our teh tarik man, Khoo Ban Yu, tarik kow kow at the peak of Gunung Ledang 
 Graceful posture by the cliff ... Lana and Adelyn
 Soaring high just like the birds above ... Lana
 Finally, a group photo at the peak of the legendary Gunung Ledang
 The weather was just superb -- while we were up at the peak for almost one hour, the sun was shielded by the sky; when we were above to leave, the sun emerged.
 Lana cooling herself with the the cold and clean mountain stream water
 Sumptuous dinner in Tangkak town
 Clean, comfortable and convenient homestay in Tangkak excellent for big group of trekkers spending one night together 
En route to Kuala Lumpur, we stopped by at a premium outlet in Alor Gajah

Posted by KC Leong

Friday, April 01, 2016

Holidaying in Japan

A full six days of tour covering Osaka, Kyoto, Nagoya, Nara, Hakone, Mount Fuji and Tokyo from 25-30 March 2016. The team members are my office colleagues, trekking friends and chi gong members. The weather was cool and comfortable, ranging from 10 to 20 degrees Celsius. It is colder at Osaka in the west side. It is a stark contrast as compare to the weather here in Kuala Lumpur with the heat wave.

Do CLICK HERE to view photos courtesy of yours truly, KC Leong

 Osaka Castle
 Hotel Hanshin Osaka
 Horyuji temple - well known for its world's oldest wooden structures surviving over 1,300 year
 Nara Park of Deer Park
 Arashiyama tourist area
 Peace Park Garden with the white pagoda
 Mount Fuji - we were surprised to see ice and snow at Station 4 (the road is blocked beyond this station)
 Oshino Hakkai
 Fujinobou Kaen Hotel - with the Japanese kimono and spa
 The restaurant of Fujinobou Kaen Hotel with a great view of Mount Fuji
 Mount Fuji in the background
 Taking a bullet train (Shinkanshan) ride
 Sakura flowers blooming
 Ueno Park with sakura flowers blooming and the people having picnics there
 The main attraction of this trip - sakura flowers blooming
 Lots of sakura flowers
 Colorful red sakura
 Delicious Japan food
 Meiji Shrine 
 Emperor Palace
 Rainbow bridge in the background
In front of Aqua City shopping complex, Odaiba

Posted by KC Leong