Thursday, November 09, 2017

North Thailand Sunrise & Hiking (Part 4)

7D6N Northern Thailand Chiangrai /Chiangmai sunrise and hiking tour from 28 Oct to 3 Nov 2017 ... This final album contains photos of the rice terrace homestay (no electricity) with hill-tribe food, strolling through padi field; overnight at Mayflower Grande Hotel of Chiangmai, and returning home (Kuala Lumpur) the following day.

Do CLICK HERE to view Part 4 of the final photo album courtesy of yours truly, KC Leong.

 Beautiful view ... drying of just harvested padi under the hot sun
 The simple homestay is fronting the vast padi field 
 Walking around the hill tribe areas ... (L) Wai Leng, Chin Tyen, Lana, Huey Ling, George Siew, Anthony, KC Leong
 Photos shoot with the golden yellow padi field as background
 Great view for sunset too 

 Breakfast with a good view ... Anthony actually slept there (outside the room) amid a peaceful and cold night
 What a scenic view ... blue sky, golden yellow padi field and sea of clouds
Picturesque rolling hills and farm lands

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Wednesday, November 08, 2017

North Thailand Sunrise & Hiking (Part 3)

Northern Thailand Chiangrai/Chiangmai Sunrise and Hiking tour from 28 Oct to 3 Nov 2017 ... This album contains photos of hotspring, Maeya Waterfall, overnight at Ban Mae Klang Luang rice terrace homestay; Doi Inthanon National Park (view sunrise then hiking), visit the Great Holy Relics Pagoda Naphapholphumisiri.

Do CLICK HERE to view Part 3 of the photo album courtesy of yours truly, KC Leong.

 At the hotspring ... the stream of hot water shot up high into the sky
 Maeya Waterfall ... we were lucky that it was just opened that day after having been closed for one week due to abundance of overflowing water
 Beautiful setting of rice (padi) fields
 At Doi Inthanon National Park sunrise viewing point
 7 ºC in the early hours of the morning; at the peak, we were told that it was 3 ºC
 Hiking up to the peak of Doi Inthanon National Park
 Standing at the highest spot in Thailand
 Visiting Great Holy Relics Pagoda Naphapholphumisiri
At the homestay overlooking the padi field in golden yellow ready for harvesting ... Huey Ling, Chin Tyen, Wai Leng, Lana.

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Tuesday, November 07, 2017

North Thailand Sunrise & Hiking (Part 2)

Northern Thailand Chiangrai/Chiangmai Sunrise and Hiking tour from 28 Oct to 3 Nov 2017 ... This album contains photos of Doi Pha Tang hill (sunset), Phu Chi Dao hill (sunrise); White Temple of Chiangrai, Singha Park and overnight at Nak Nakara Hotel of Chiangrai.

Do CLICK HERE to view Part 2 of the photo album courtesy of yours truly, KC Leong.

 At Doi Pha Tang hill
 Lana posing for the sunset at Doi Pha Tang hill
 At Phu Chi Dao hill for sunrise; we encountered strong wind with misty weather that morning
 The round "yolk" of the sun only lasts for 30 seconds

 Windy and cold morning from 5am to 6:15 a.m... (back) Huey Ling, Lana, Wai Leng, Chin Tyen, KC Leong; (front) George Siew, Anthony
 Visiting White Temple of Chiangrai 
 The toilet in gold colour
Visiting Singha Park

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Posted by KC Leong

Monday, November 06, 2017

North Thailand Sunrise & Hiking (Part 1)

7D6N Northern Thailand Sunrise and Hiking Tour from 28 Oct to 3 Nov 2017 ... This album contains photos for Luk Phu Chi Fa Resort, sunrise at Phu Chi Fa Hill.

Do CLICK HERE to view Part 1 of the photo album, courtesy of yours truly, KC.

Team members (L): KC Leong, Chin Tyen, George Siew, Huey Ling, Wai Leng, Lana, Anthony

 Luk Phu Chi Fa Resort ... we stayed here for two nights
 At Phu Chi Fa hill ... The border between Thailand and Laos; the light below is from Laos 
 Sea of clouds below our feet
 Sunrise at 6:15 a.m.
 On top of the world feeling ... Wai Leng, Lana and Huey Ling
It was cold at 5am while waiting for sunrise
 The sea of clouds viewed from the resort
 Superb view for the breakfast
 Campsite with a scenic view complete with toilet facility

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Posted by KC Leong

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A Challenging Wet Hike at Gunung Liang

Standing at 1,933m, Gunung Liang is a tough mountain to hike: it is tougher than hiking up to Gunung Nuang peak (1,459m). While the elevation gain of Nuang peak is 1,260m (from Ulu Langat), Liang peak is 1,730m – about 500 meters more. 

Do CLICK HERE to view photos courtesy of ChongYF.

Special thanks to Vince Khor for being the Team Lead; Hooi Miin for contributing a few of her photos.

Click on any photo for actual display size (and zoom in); do scroll down the page for GPS coordinate to trailhead carpark.
A group photo at the trailhead carpark ... (back, L-R) KC Leong, Adrian Foo, SC Yong, Bruno, Serena, Teh, Soo, Low, Uncle Lim; (middle, L-R) Vince Khor, Lana, Yoke Leng, Ann Lim, Hooi Miin; (front) Ivy Wong, Shu-Ling.

We took 6 hours to arrive at the Liang peak in moderate pace with a terrain that has hardly any level ground to rest. With one hour of rest at the peak, the returning journey was not very much faster due to continuous rain and slippery ground. Total time taken was about 13 hours. 

Yeah! We made it to the peak of Gunung Liang

Mossy Forest – Other than arriving at the peak, the other highlight was that Liang West with the unique mossy forest, a better landscape compares to Gunung Irau of Cameron Highlands. Within a 5-minute walk, the scenery was totally different. You need to be there to see or experience the distinction in landscape. Liang East is a tropical landscape with a collapsed metal pyramid on a clearing, whereas Liang West is of temperate feel with the mossy forest.
At Gunung Liang West ... photo courtesy of Hooi Miin (using iPhone 7)

(a) Gradually going up until Lubuk campsite/final river crossing;
(b) Steeper slope until 7E campsite (similar to Kem Lolo of G. Nuang going up to Kem Pacat);
(c) Steep slope till peak, and many areas require both hands to pull oneself up (similar to Kem Pacat going up to False Peak).
The mossy forest of Gunung Liang West


Wet Weather – The hike at Gunung Liang (Tanjung Malim, Perak) on Sat 7 Oct 2017 started with wet weather in the wee hours of the morning. Unperturbed by the heavy rain while travelling in five cars to Behrang toll exit via PLUS Highway, the group continued the journey from Kuala Lumpur. Even at the brief stop of Behrang toll exit, it was still drizzling. We pressed on, and we would made a final decision at the trailhead. We were happy that the rain stopped – the hike was On! Otherwise, we might consider a food trip at Ipoh as Plan B.

2:00 a.m. – drizzle in Kuala Lumpur
5:00 a.m. – heavy rain in Kuala Lumpur
6:00 a.m. – drizzle at Behrang toll exit
6:30 a.m. – rain stopped when we arrived at trailhead carpark
10:30 a.m. – rain
3:00 p.m. – rain
Risky river crossing at Lubuk campsite amid swelling river and swift current

With the continuous rain, the river swelled. For the descent journey, the leading group was stuck at Lubuk campsite for two hours not able to cross the river since 4:45 p.m. When nightfall was drawing near at 6:30p.m., risking our life, we crossed the river amid swift current with the help of campers.

Getting There – travelling time from Kuala Lumpur to Behrang Inbound Toll Plaza is about one hour; travelling to the trailhead is another 30 minutes. 

GPS coordinates:
Exit at Behrang Inbound Toll Plaza: 3.739872, 101.459412
Trailhead carpark: 3.797754, 101.522888

Preparation – It is important that one must have good physical fitness before trying Gunung Liang. This mountain is definitely not for the beginners. For endurance training, it is best carried out at Gunung Nuang first via Pangsoon, Ulu Langat. Because of the long duration in the hike, having a bright headlamp (with new batteries), proper rain gear, sufficient food and drinking water are mandatory requirements.

Post-event joke: On Sunday (a day after the Liang hike), my relatives came to my house in the afternoon. Then in the evening, I went to pasar malam to buy fruits. Walking with my sandals (bought from Giant hypermarket), I felt that they were a little small. I guessed that must be mistakenly exchanged by my relatives when they left. At night just before I slept, I looked at my feet. They were swollen due to intense hiking the day before, and partly caused by leeches bite. On Monday morning (the following day), the feet went back to their original size, and the sandals fit again.

Posted by KC Leong

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Zhineng Qigong Mooncake Gathering

Zhineng qigong gathering for celebrating mid-autumn mooncake festival at USJ Wawasan School on Wednesday, 27 Sept 2017 ... the event was attended by 200 members with Gina Lim laoshi conducting the qigong practice and introducing her book, Go with the Flow. 

Do CLICK HERE to view photos courtesy of yours truly (KC Leong).
 Items and tokens for lucky draws
 Lots of food to cater for the 200 participants
 Yes, the yummy Kajang satay
 Stretching exercise for everyone (conducted by Vincent Khoo laoshi)
 All laoshi posing with the headmistress of USJ Wawasan school 
 A talk on practising qigong by Gina Lim laoshi

Posted by KC Leong

Monday, September 25, 2017

A Memorable Pine Tree Trail Hike

“Brother, would you mind if you sit over there so that I could take the photos of the ladies,” I interrupted the conversation of an elderly gentleman who was sitting there having his afternoon tea with his friend at the World of Phalaenopsis, Hulu Yam Bharu on 22 Sept 2017. He gladly did. We proceeded with the photos shoot.

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Do CLICK HERE to view photos (on the hiking journey of Pine Tree trail to Twin Peak) courtesy of ChongYF using a new Sony A6000.

Later, the elderly gentleman spoke to us; from the tone of the conversation, OMG he is the boss of the entire orchid farm!  :-)

He was so kind and friendly to take us for a tour of his orchid farm where the flowers are hotly sought after and distributed throughout Peninsula M’sia. He patiently explained the various details and processes to us. With the expanding business, his company requires three times the current work force.
 (L-R): Miki Cheah, Ivy Wong, Shu-Lin and Lana
A group photo with Mr Steven Cheong, the boss of this orchid farm (back, centre)

After the surprised tour, we proceeded with our lunch and continued our journey to Fraser’s Hill. It was fun staying in a lodge where the entire 16 team members were able to mingle together with good camaraderie. The weather at Fraser's Hill was cooling with brief moments of slight drizzles. Amidst the cool evening, sitting outside the lodge sipping drinks, chatting, joking and laughing silly was a moment to cherish. 
3D2N in this lodge at Fraser's Hill ... (front L-R): Miki Cheah, Shu-Lin, LeeWY, Ivy Wong, ChongYF, Karen Lee, CK Toh, Abbie, Jessica, Kwai Yin; (back): Amelia, ChanHN, Lee Guat Choo, KC Leong, Edwin How, George Siew, Lana.
 Do you see what I see? ... 
The 'yow yeng' team 

Looking for tarantula spiders – at night, we went to look for spiders; one of the tarantula species is found only at this hill resorts and nowhere else in the world. Most of the time, it was ChongYF who would shine and look for the spiders’ nests (round hole by the hill slope). This time, we have a new learner, Miki Cheah, who learned fast how to induced the spider by using a stick. It was quite fun enticing them to crawl out from their nests. After a few attempts of not able to lure the spiders to crawl out, George Siew suggested to try lady’s saliva to see the different. It was quite a funny moment seeing the ladies spitting on to the end of the stick. There was one spider who was very energetic that it crawled onto Miki’s stick that gave Miki the scare.
 Looking for tarantula spiders ... Miki enticing them to crawl out with a stick 
One of the spider species

Timing of Pine Tree Trail hike on Day2 (23 Sept 2017, Saturday):
8:00 a.m. – started hiking from the trailhead 
10:30 a.m. (2.5 hours) – arrived at the first peak
11:30 a.m. – one hour of rest
12 noon (30 min) – arrived at Twin Peak
12:15 p.m. – started the descent journey
3:00 p.m. – returned to trailhead with a round trip of 7 hours (4:00 p.m. for those who were slower).

Do take note that application of permit is required to hike Pine Tree trail (from Pejabat Hutan Daerah Raub dan Cameron Highlands) and the fee is RM10 for each hiker. 
On Day-3, we proceeded to Jeriau Waterfall to have a dip in the water – the water was cold. We later checked-out of the lodge and have our lunch at Kuala Kubu Baru en route to Kuala Lumpur. It was a good and satisfying hike with short stay in the cool hill resorts. 
 Having fun at Jeriau waterfall
The three wise monkeys "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil"

Posted by KC Leong