Sunday, June 23, 2019

Back-to-back Hike Training

Back-to-back training at Apek Hill Cheras in preparation for the 11-day Mont Blanc trekking in July 2019.

Day 1 Saturday 22 June 2019 – It started to rain at 7:15am when we were about to start from the fruit stall at Cheras Awana. Nevertheless, the show must go on! We braced for rain and continue the hiking. The original plan was to hike via Watergate extended trail, but due to the slippery ground, we decided to cut short the distance by going through Sansui Trail and connect to Station 5.

Day 2 Sunday 23 June 2019 – we went to hike Apek Hill again via the Watergate extended trail. It was a fine weather, superb for outing. With the rain yesterday, the air was fresh and the ground was soft but not muddy. As usual, from trailhead to Saga Hill top took 3 hours. With the rest and chat at Saga Hill top, and until we returned to trailhead fruit stall, it would be 5 hours round trip. We have our lunch at the EconSave food-court. When we returned home in our comfortable car at 1:30 p.m., it started to rain heavily – so this time, we were lucky (as compared to Day 1's hike in the rain).

Do CLICK HERE to view photos in Day 1.

Do CLICK HERE to view photos in Day 2.

 (left) Ervie, Yee Mey, Rose, Adrian, Lana, Hooi Miin, Ginger Lee, GohBK, Sow Keng
 Sansui Station - nestled in the forest, it is a good place to relax
 Relaxing and chatting at Saga Hilltop station 
At Saga Hilltop

 Day 2 hiking ... (left) SC Yong, Rose, Adrian, Lana, Ginger Lee, KC Leong
 At the giant tree en route to Watergate via Ah Meng Trail
 At Watergate 
Relaxing and chatting at Sage Hilltop station

Posted by KC Leong

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

New York City (May/June 2019)

Free and easy travel with my chi gong travel buddy to northeast USA and Canada for one month from 14 May 2019.

In this photo album ... New York City (May/June 2019):
(1) Central Park of Manhattan;
(2) United Nations Headquarters;
(3) Rockefeller Centre Building;
(4) Times Square;
(5) Empire State Building;
(6) Statue of Liberty (taking a ferry to Staten Island);
(7) City Hall of New York City;
(8) Financial District of New York City; New York Stock Exchange;
(9) 9/11 Memorial Site and One World Trade Center;
(10) Chinatown of New York City;
(11) The High Line (park built into old elevated rail line 30 feet above street level);
(12) The Vessel (honeycomb-shaped structure);
(13) Strolling across the 1.5km Brooklyn Bridge;
(14) 102 Floors of One World Trade Centre Observatory Deck.

Do CLICK HERE to view 118 photos courtesy of yours truly, KC Leong.

 Central Park of Manhattan
 Statue of Liberty (taking a ferry to Staten Island)
 New York Stock Exchange
 At the Financial District of New York City
 One World Trade Center and 9/11 Memorial Site
 9/11 Memorial Site
 Strolling across the 1.5km Brooklyn Bridge to watch the vibrant sunset with spectacular view of Manhattan skyline in the background. The sun set at 8:30 p.m. in May 2019 with a very comfortable temperature of 22°C in the evening.
 Busy traffic below at Brooklyn Bridge while it is peaceful at the pedestrian level
 The High Line (park built into old elevated rail line 30 feet above street level)
 The Vessel (honeycomb-shaped structure)
 Aerial view of New York City from the 102 Floors of One World Trade Centre Observatory Deck
The two black squares are the memorial site for the two destroyed buildings in 9/11

Posted by KC Leong

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Kuala Tahan Experience 2019

Imagine sleeping on a sandbank by a river, listening to the flow of the water cascaded through the rocks; and when one looked out of the tent in a pitch-black night, one could see the sky full of stars. There were no cars, no pollution, only the sound of insects and animals ... that was the serene life of this camping trip in the wilderness of Kuala Tahan, Taman Negara, from 3 – 5 May 2019.

Do view photos below courtesy of yours truly, KC Leong:

CLICK HERE for Highlights Album (53 photos)  A summary of the photos;

CLICK HERE for Detail Album (163 photos)  The rest of the photos (note: photos in Highlight Album are NOT repeated in the Detail Album). 
 Arriving at the jetty of Kuala Tahan, one hour journey from the nearest town, Jerantut. (left) KC Leong, TehWE, Michelle Wong, Emily Kam, ChongYF, SC Yong, Kellie Wong, Shu-Lin, Cleo (not in the photo: Josephine Hoh)
 Arriving at the campsite

Weather – In April 2019 where we experienced 11 days of heavy rain and 10 days of light drizzle resulted in flooding at many places in Kuala Lumpur, surprising it was quite dry over here in Kuala Tahan. Hence, the boat could not reach the previous camp site due to shallow water level. On Day 1 evening, the sunset was fantastic with the vibrant orange hue; not only on the west side, but reflected on the east end also. It rained at 3pm on Day 2 but for a short span of 20 minutes; everyone has to check and wipe the tents dry.  

Pitching of tents – instead of everyone setting up his or her tent, we used the gotong-royong method where a few would help to set up the tents one at a time.
 Gotong-royong in setting up the tents

Cooking – Adi and Jennifer, the Event Coordinator/ Provider, would provide a BBQ meal on Day 2 evening, or provide the add-on meals separately; or one can opt to cook on their own. 

Through experience, it is good to form a small team with guys and gals together. So ChongYF, Shu-Lin, Emily and I were on one team. While ChongYF and I were busy setting up toilet tent and clotheslines, the ladies were busy cooking meal. And when the meal was ready, Emily would shout our names at the top of her lungs as we were at the far end of the campsite still busy working. When I was small, running around in the neighbourhood, my mother would do the same when dinner was ready – a fond memory of my childhood.

They quipped that make sure ladies that could cook are identified; otherwise, not only that the guys would have to set up toilet tent, clotheslines, but still have to cook 😊
 Taking a dip in the river; the water is slightly warm (unlike the mountain water that is much colder)

Places that we have visited in this trip:
Canopy Walkway (closed for many months);
Bukit Terisek;
Lubuk Simpon;
Taman Negara Park Centre;
Orang asli settlement;
Boat cruise to Lata Berkoh rapid;
Santuari Kelah.
 Spectacular sunset with the vibrant orange hue

Team members:
KC Leong (organizer), ChongYF, SC Yong, TehWE; Emily Kam, Lim Shu-Lin, Michelle Wong, Kellie Wong, Josephine Hoh, and Cleo.

Event Coordinator/Provider: Adi and Jennifer; if you would like to experience the nice camping site and the nature, do contact Adi at +6011-3756 2106
 Relaxing and chatting on the sandy ground in the evening (Michelle, Kellie, Shu-Lin)
 Day 2 morning going to Canopy Walkway (but it was closed for many months already), and hike to Bukit Terisek
 At Lubuk Simpon ... white sandy beach and brown-looking water (actually, the water is clear)
 Yummy BBQ dinner with grilled chicken drumsticks prepared by Adi and Jennyfer
 Day 3 morning ... preparing breakfast by Emily, Shu-Lin, Kellie
 Visit of orang asli settlement; Michelle trying on the deadly blowpipe
 Exciting boat cruise to Lata Berkoh rapid and Santuari Kelah; the water is shallow and with rocks beneath. So the boatmen have to steer clear of the rock.
 Having a dip in the water at Lata Berkoh rapid; after the previous day's rain, the river water is muddy.
 Having our lunch at Santuari Kelah. We returned to the jetty at 3pm, and we could not find any public toilet to refresh - there was no water! We have to drive all the way to Termerloh Toll Plaza to take bath, almost 2 hours' drive away.
Dinner at Bukkit Tinggi (7:30pm) Restaurant 126 ... delicious and reasonable price: for seven dishes (3 dishes of meat), per pax is only RM13.50 (this is the cheapest meal that I have ever come across eating in Chinese restaurants) 

Do click here to view my previous trip at Kuala Tahan 3D2N camping in September 2018.

Posted by KC Leong

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Kuala Kurau

A free-and-easy 3D2N trip to Kuala Kurau from 27-29 April 2019 ... Located at the river-mouth of Sungai Kurau, Kuala Kurau is a fishing village about 50km on the northwest of Taiping. One of the main attractions is to take a boat ride to the fish-farming platform; this place is also a good place for relaxation and savouring the many nice hawker foods.

The famous drink is called Hor Ka Sai (虎咬狮): a unique brew of coffee that mix with cocoa. The next popular hawker food is the fried pancake (西亚煎) with a crispy crust and a soft and tasty ingredient inside.

Do CLICK HERE to view photos courtesy of yours truly, KC Leong. 
Kuala Kurau by the riverside
(left) Ivy Wong, Bee, Celine Wong, Annie, Ronnie Wong, Camelia, Cindy Lim, Polly, Ana, TC, Gin (not in photo: KC)
Prized possession ... The famous fried pancake (西亚煎); one has to place order in advance !
Sunset at Ban Pecah Beach with a faint glow of the sky
Ban Pecah Beach in the hot afternoon
Taking a boat ride to the fish-farming platform, arranged by Ah Young, Cindy Lim's cousin brother
At the fish-farming platform (this photo courtesy of Ronnie Wong)
Sunrise at Kuala Kurau overlooking the fish-farming platform and a new hotel

Do Click Here for my previous trip to Kuala Kurau on 31 August 2017

Posted by KC Leong

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Kemensah Trail Run

Trail run at Kemensah this morning, Sunday 14 April 2019 ... To ensure that no one was left behind, not only that we have to count the number of runners, we also have to count the six adorable puppies which ran with us to the lake together with mama and papa dogs. At times, the puppies out-ran us even with a 4-inch long legs comparatively with our towering height 🙂

Do CLICK HERE to view 91 photos courtesy of ChongYF.
At the orchard area ... (left) Joanne Lim, Michelle Wong , Shu-Lin, Helen, KC Leong, Hooi Miin, ChongYF, Yoke Leng (not in the photo: Bruno)
We gave them some food and they were motivated in following us hoping to get more food, but we did not bring enough. So the next time you go, bring more food for them; if possible, ta pau kai fun also (pack some chicken rice) ðŸ™‚

From the photos, you would notice that the puppies are black and greyish-brown type. While the papa and mama dogs are greyish-brown, how would the black puppies come about? When we returned somewhere near to their doghouse, then we saw a black papa dog; it is stronger and dominated the mama and the other papa dogs.

 Three black and three greyish-brown puppies

 The adorable puppies

The entire trail run took us about 5 hours for a total distance of 17km. We adjourned for some drinks at a café' near to the car park; then have beggar chicken for lunch.

Trailhead carpark GPS location:

(photos courtesy of Chong YF,Joanne Lim, Helen Chok, Hooi Miin, Michelle Wong)

Arriving at the lake area
 Unique terrain sculpted by ATV (all terrain vehicles)
 Arriving at a clearing; from here, turn right to the stream 
 The stream crossing (150m) ... The end point for our Kemensah trail run; beyond this point is the Repin Peak (1,341m), a distance much longer from tralhead to here
 (left) Helen, Joanne, Hooi Miin, KC, Michelle
Having beggar chicken for lunch

Posted by KC Leong