Apr 19, 2017

Gunung Suku 2017 Daypack

Date: February 18, 2017
Participants: 10
Fee: -

SUMMARY:
  • Height: 5896 ft / 1797 m
  • Location: Cameron Highlands, Pahang
  • Trek Difficulty: 4/10
  • GPS Trail: -
  • Time: 3 hours
  • Pace: Slow to medium
  • Landmark: Hardly none
  • Coordinate: N: 004° 33' 020"
  •                   E: 101° 19' 024"
  • Facilities & Fee:
    - No permit required
  • Tips: - 


Mel came up with the plan to take me hiking since we were both currently free. The members were the usual gang who joined us- Nik and Syed together with Naza, Nina and other 4 juniors (Year 2 students). Sorry I couldn't remember their name because this trip was a few months ago and that was the first (and hopefully not the last) time I met them. Mel asked me to pick a place and I came up with Gunung Suku because Trans Jerging was too much for our current fitness level hahaha. And also because Mel & Syed had been here, so they know the way, no need for us to hire a guide or whatnot.


  • Starting point


So how can you find the starting point? You can key in the coordinate as stated above or in the photo below into your navigating app. Nearing the coordinate, if you're from Ipoh, look for a clear spot of tanah lapang on your left. Or if you're lucky enough, you'll see other hikers' cars parked there as well. The starting point is actually very vague that you might missed it. On the left is the parking spot and on the right (across the road) is the starting point.


Where we parked our cars together with other group of hikers

The starting point is on the opposite side of the road, where the blue coordinate board is

Ok, moving on to the hiking part- we started ascending at 8 and reached the peak at around 11. The trek was not hard, cuma sangat menguji stamina sebab trek menaaaaaaik dari starting point sampai lah ke puncak (ok maybe there were a few 'turun' and a lil bit of landai here and there) but no worries, still bearable because the inclination tak lah mencanak 90o, maybe ranging from about 45 to 60o.

Our trip was actually very santai and relaxing because we had to stop like every 5 minutes to wait for those who were faaaaaaar behind but we're cool because we needed that rest anyway hehehe. It's possible to make it to the peak in just 2 hours plus provided you're fit and your pace is at least medium because like I said, the trek was not hard at all.

us catching our breath while waiting for the others
ummm... I don't remember his name
Yours truly
The man behind our instagram worthy photos haha

  • Mossy forest


For me, the attraction for Gunung Suku is its mossy forest. Well it is kind of the same like any other mountains in the Cameron Highland area. It's all about the green green moss. The 'mossy zone' is situated about a quarter way from the peak, that's how you know you're almost there. We were lucky because I made Syed brought his bulky DSLR to take nice photos of us :P Thank you, Syed and yes, you're welcome guys.

There's this one joke that I personally think is lame but still funny- y'know when people are all pancit and stuffs and they asked "Jauh lagi ke?", then one of us jawab "Baru suku." Even after reaching the peak, the suku joke was still going strong. Ok I know you might not get the joke here but whatever, it was really funny up there. Don't judge me.



There were only a few nice photos taken at the mossy zone and it was my fault because I really had a hard time operating Syed's camera because the focus is so haywired. Sorry.

If you're planing on doing Trans Jerging (Suku - Irau - Yellow - Pass), the mossy forest gets even better! Because you'll be passing through the other side of Irau where people don't usually go through unless if they're doing this trans trip. Well, I haven't been there yet but that was what those who had been there told me, and I believed them. Why? Well, you can see it for yourself. Even the almost ruined mossy forest of the usual Irau trek is already THAT beautiful, what more is the hidden one.


Overall, this trip was fun. I think it was my very first time hiking with Nina and Naza and I'm liking it. You have no idea how ideally crazy the combination was hahaha. Hopefully our next trip would be Gunung Pass just because I don't wanna carry my bag up and down all 4 peaks. Why choose the hard way when you can have it the easy way right? ;)



Till our next trip.

Dec 27, 2016

If your heart hurts a little after letting go

....of someone or something, that's okay. It just means that your feelings were genuine. No one likes endings. But sometimes we have to put things that were once good to an end after they turn toxic to our wellbeing. Not every new beginning is meant to last forever. And not every person who walks into your life is meant to stay. -anonymous

Dec 23, 2016

Cool Places In Ipoh: Hokkaido IceCream Puff

So what's the hype all about?


Sebenarnya benda ni takdelah baru. I've seen one kedai in Kampar, Perak (back in June) selling this dessert but yea... I guess it's new in Ipoh.

What is it actually?

Well, I'd describe it as the hipster version of roti icecream.
Alaaaa y'know:
roti-gardenia-lipat-dua-with-ice-cream-in-the-middle.
Hehe

Since recently ramai my colleagues post about this icecream puff on instagram, I decided to give it a try. So if you're in Ipoh and want to try it out as well, you can go to this shop:



Hokkaido Ice Cream Puff (located in the middle of Ipoh Old Town)
Address: 34, Jalan Yau Tet Shin
Operating hour:
Weekdays - 11.30 am to  7.30 pm
Weekends - 12 pm to 9 pm

It's not that difficult to find.

Sensation Of Sound (SOS) Club
On the left - The Octagon
If you see these 2 buildings, it means that you're almost there! Don't give up, continue to stroll around til you find it.

View from the shop's corridor
The shop's front view
Other than the oh-so-famous creampuffs, they are also selling other things that I don't really bother about because I came for the puffs remember.....

This is the creampuffs menu: MYR 3.80/pc

Hokkaido Ice Cream Puff flavours
I got me my fav icecream flavour - mint chocolate chip
(that everyone dislike because they said it tastes like toothpaste),
*rolling eyes*
yam and raspberry.


The actual size of the ice cream puffs. Not bad for MYR 3.80/pc
Oh yea, my tips for you: Just ditch the spoon and dig in.


Anddddd that's about it.
I hope this post helps you a lil bit in finding the place.
Will update on another place to satisfy your sweet tooth ;)

Til next post!

Oct 30, 2016

Gunung Kenderong x Gunung Kerunai 2016



K2 Twin Peaks, Gerik

Date: October 22-23, 2016
Participants: 25
Fee: MYR 38/pax

SUMMARY:

Gunung Kerunai

  • Height: 1000m / 3280ft.
  • Location: Gerik, Perak
  • Trek difficulty: 4/10
  • Time: 2 hours 20 minutes 
  • Pace: Slow to medium (with lots of stops to take photos)
  • Facilities & fee: Requires permit


Gunung Kenderong

  • Height: 1253m / 4110ft.
  • Location: Gerik, Perak
  • Trek difficulty: 6.5/10
  • Time: 2 hours 10 minutes 
  • Pace: Medium
  • Facilities & fee: Requires permit


Last Saturday (Oct 22) was my birthday so instead of just staying at home eating cakes and junk food and layan kdrama, I joined a trip organized by Syed and his high school friends to Gerik to visit these two mountains; twin peaks of Perak which are also known as K2 (because the initials for both are K). 



*LWP = last water point

Above is the itinerary but as usual, 
kita hanya merancang, perangai masing-masing yang menentukan haha.


- Bertolak from Ipoh at 1 am and reached Masjid Gerik at around 3 am.
- The pickup truck/powil fetched us at around 8 am.
- From Masjid Gerik to starting point took about 25 minutes.



  • Starting point to campsite

So entah la macam mana cerita dia, track yang biasa orang lalu tak dapat digunakan so the pickup truck driver drop us off at another route which was sooooooooo far away from the campsite. So from this drop off point we had to walk to Kerunai junction first then only to the helipad/campsite yang mana kalau route biasanya, from drop off point to campsite will take about 20-30 minutes (or maybe less) je!

For your information, kat sini banyak sangat pacat tak tipu, even worse than Gunung Bubu in Kuala Kangsar (told by my friends who had been to Bubu). Probably because it's that time of the year; the rainy season. So yeah, tips: make sure you wear long socks so that you can tuck in the leg ends of your pants/leggings into your socks, and also tuck in your inner to your leggings or however you wanna do it to minimize the chance of getting bitten by those nasty pacats. I even had a few crawling and sucking blood on my back sheesh i don't know how they got there.



  • Campsite

I think the reason why the campsite is called as the helipad is because it is like a very big field and it can actually accommodates two helis there (kot). Since the trees are all far far apart, we had to make our own tiang and whatnots to set up our flysheets. Next to the campsite is the only waterpoint, a small stream but ok la, still puas nak mandi, berendam and all that.

The campsite
The last water point



  • Gunung Kerunai

Initially if you look at the itinerary, we planned to start hiking up Gunung Kerunai at 11 am kan but then we decided to start at 2.30 pm instead so we can reach the summit on time for sunset. And also, since we hiked up a bit late, it was not as hot as what other hikers told us it would be. 

The view was so mesmerizing. It got us soooo high, feeling euphoric just by looking around; the clouds, the trees, Gunung Kenderong at the opposite side, the angin sepoi sepoi bahasa slapping your cheeks gracefully aaaahhhhhhh (don't just walk forward, sesekali pandang belakang ok). If this is the feeling and the reason why the junkies do drugs, I guess I now understand how good it feels. The trek was relaxing, not too hard but not a plain landai trek as well. It took us about 2 hours and 20 minutes to reach the summit but really, you can actually do it in just 1 hour and a half. But it's harddddd to not stop and take photos because Subhanallah - that says it all :)


We couldn't really see the sun sets because it was obscured by Gunung Kenderong. Nak tunggu apa lagi kan, we started descend as early as 6 pm and reached the campsite at 7.40 pm. All I did during the trip was hike, sleep, eat and repeat like for real, it's not just slogan on tees but it happened to me hahaha. I don't know why but I'm really hypersomniac since the past three weeks. I didn't help the other girls to prepare our dinner and only woke up when it was time to eat. Sorry, blame my messed up biological clock.

After dinner, everyone went straight to bed even though it was only 10-ish. C'mon guys, very poor social life hahaha. Another tips: wear socks and insect and pacat repellant (if there's such thing like that) before going to bed. Because I was awaken a few times due to those pacat bites. Tiba-tiba rasa gatal dekat leher, rupanya ada pacat. Tiba-tiba rasa jari kaki basah, rupanya active bleeding bekas pacat gigit. And it goes on and on and on til the next morning. 



  • Gunung Kenderong

I was actually hesitant whether to go up this gunung or not because previously I heard someone telling that it takes roughly about 6-9 hours to reach the summit. Oh boy you must be kidding me. Because yknow, if we went up at 3 am, we'll reach the summit at 11 am. And let's say we start descend at 12 pm, at what time will we reach the campsite and then back to masjid? And then back to Ipoh? Like ??????? I have class at 0745H the next morning ok. No joke. 

But of course, at the end I made up my mind to just proceed because yolo. 

And since I was all malas and dilema to pergi or to not pergi and  Mun and Jelin were so liat nak bangun, we all got left behind by the others hahahaha cis tak tau pun diorang dah gerak ok. Tak sound apa pun tetiba ada orang datang fly bagitau yang the others dah gerak like 10 minutes ago. K guys k.

Oh yea, forgot to mention that there were another group of probably 20 people kot sharing the same campsite as us. So no big, we asked for direction from our "neigbor"'s guide hihi.  

Tips: At some point of the track, there will be a junction. TAKE LEFT to go Kenderong summit. 
The right hand side one will lead you to some chalet on construction. 

And guess what, the rest of our members took the Right route!! Patut la masa kami berempat nak lalu route yang kiri, macam pelik, sebab ada spider web besar dekat tengah-tengah trek. Logically if the others dah lepas, mesti spider web tu dah kena langgar kan and we were right, diorang actually dah sampai ke chalet tu dah pun. Kesian a bit la sebab mesti penat.

40 minutes before reaching the summit, there'll be a camp called Kem Solar. We all rested and took a nap there planning to wait for sunrise but since it rained a bit earlier in the morning, the sky was filled with thick puffy clouds so nope, no chance of witnessing the sun rises from Kem Solar. And it was so cold up there. So another tips; if you're planning to hike early before dawn, please bring your sweater/windbreaker together ok. We decided to just carry on to the summit since there'll be no sunrise anyway and as it was cold, we couldn't stay still and need to keep on moving to heat up our body and also because Kem Solar was all packed and crowded already.

The trek was SUPER CRAZY. Awal-awal boleh tahan lagi, inclination around 40++ degree, but as we got nearer to the summit, the inclination was around 70-80 degree. Canak teruk. There were a lot of wall climbing required. Taktau lah macam mana ada group yang boleh bawa bag besar overnight dekat summit, power betul.

To be honest it was actually very dangerous, one slip and maybe you won't be alive anymore because it was soooo steep, no kidding. Climbing up was still ok, but when I stopped to catch my breath and look behind, damn, I wonder if I will ever be able to climb down and then I started to regret my decision to join this trip lol. Ok la maybe there are some parts that are exaggerated hihi but if I were given the chance to go again, I would :)

Tips: Please wear your gloves because the rope will hurt your hands and also you will sometimes need to grab any pokok or whatever is there next to you to prevent you from slipping especially when climbing down. 

Tips: To avoid hot weather, start climbing down early.


And also, I think we got it all wrong. 
The best place to watch sunrise is from Gunung Kerunai, and Gunung Kenderong for sunset. 

The thing is, I don't think I can either climb and hike down Kenderong at night or bring up my big bag up and down the mountain in case if we planned to stay overnight at the summit. But there had been a few groups who done this so yea, maybe you could try it too.

The 2 peaks right behind me
Line up for this trip

this is the actual timing based on my pace



I guess that's all that I can share about this trip with you guys.
If you have any question, feel free to leave me a comment, email or insta-DM me :)


Here's a short video of our 2D1N trip.




Sep 17, 2016

Bukit Berekeh 2016

Chasing Sunrise Merdeka Edition

P/S: I'm actually a bit unsure of the timing details because this happened about almost 3 weeks ago but fret not, I'm asking around so that I can give you readers the best and most accurate info that I can about this trip.

SUMMARY:
  • Height: 1940ft / 454m
  • Location: Kg Bawong, Sg Siput
  • Trek difficulty: 3.5/10
  • GPS trail (not mine): everytrail 
  • Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Pace: Slow to medium
  • Landmark: Sekolah Kg Bawong, Masjid Kg Bawong, Klinik Desa Kg Bawong
  • Facilities & Fee:
    - No permit required
  • Tips:
    - Go early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid hot weather



Macam biasa, like all of our previous impromptu plans; it all started because we were having our pishang moments hahaha and Alhamdulillah, I'm lucky to have these people that are (almost) always willing to go through all the crazy adventures together.



So I've heard about this place for the first time from Mel's Trans Jelawang clan back in May. I googled for the photos and reviews but there were none, making me felt 'meh'. Y'know, macam hesitating a bit and rasa uninterested....

But anyhoo on Friday (August 26th), since we don't have any plans for the weekend, I ajak-ed Mel, Syed and Nik who I know are always up for plans like this and obviously the answer was a big fat yes, or else this post won't exist.

Planned to gerak at 3 but only started driving to Sg. Siput at 0345H because you know how janji Melayu works (lol). The hill is situated in Kg Bawong which is about an hour drive from Ipoh and along the way you can only see kelapa sawit on your left and right (yawn).

We arrived at 'the location' (based on the GPS) at 0430-ish and was kind of umm lost because it was dark....but then we decided to just park the car in front of a house that belongs to one of the OA (orang asli/asal) there because we thought that it'd be safer.

Let's just call this location as the starting point.

So basically the starting point is the kawasan of tanah merah (probably due to the deforestation that is being carried out there idk) and across the tanah merah site is the OA's houses. You'd know that this is it after you dah drive melepasi sekolah and masjid Kg Bawong and suddenly there'll be one point of transformation bila jalan tar tetiba jadi jalan tanah merah.

From the starting point to the entrance was a bit confusing because there were like a few routes but no signs or anything and have i mentioned that IT WAS DARK?! Ok so after we godek-godek the GPS trail (luckily one of us downloaded the trail to his phone), we found the siratul mustaqim (straight/true path in Arabic) which was not that mustaqim pun...

Starting point - Entrance
It was just tanah merah all the way with inclination of about 30-40 degree I think. I rasa macam we walked for quite a while, probably 20-30 minutes til we reached the entrance.

Entrance - 1st peak
Hah! Bet you don't expect bukit's route to be like this. We rarely do bukit, the one and only bukit that we've ever been to was bukit kutu which was technically a gunung (read about the trip here). So we kinda expect it to be a bit more relax unlike gunung's but oh boy we underestimated the bukit so bad. I was totally not mind and body ready for the canak part. Canak tu satu hal, hal yang lainnya pulak since this bukit is not that famous, tak ada la bantuan macam tali ke apa untuk berpaut, and pokok pun macam kecil-kecil je, not that strong to support you. But thank God the canak trail was short, about 20 minutes if I'm not mistaken.

1st peak - 5th peak
From 1st to 2nd peak dah start nampak view yang lampu-lampu oren from the nearest housing area cemtu, which was pretty and made me so tak sabar to reach the very last peak! From first to second peak still ada sisa-sisa canak but waaayy more pendek and sekejap than the first one. After that, the trail memang turun naik 3rd, 4th and 5th peak yang santai sahaja.



Reached the final peak at 0613H. Alhamdulillah, finally after hiking roughly for 1 hour and 20 minutes. But, I strongly believe if we didn't have to wait for Syed yang memerut tengah-tengah jalan because he ate a packet of Samyang Ramen noodles before the hike and I didn't act all dramatically macam nak mati masa going through the canak part; we can actually do it in less than that hahahaha.



The view -
Was breathtaking.

Below are the photos that were taken while we were on the peak,
but mostly were taken during descent.


0648H
0705H
0713H
0718H
0749H
0752H
0806H

So grateful that I decided to come here instead of the 'meh' feeling at the very beginning. 

We started to descend at 8-ish. Usually (and logically) the time taken to descend would be shorter but we took about 2 hours to get down because we kept on stopping after every step for photos yes the view is THAT beautiful! Some people even called it as the "Malaysian savannah".

Masa we were on our way down, we met new friends; a group of 3 hikers at the 3rd peak. And... we also made them took our photos using their camera hahahahaha memang muka tak malu. If you're reading this, thank you kak sudi pinjamkan camera and ambilkan gambar kitorang! :) Other than the amazing view, that's another thing that I love about hiking. The hikers are all friendly towards each other despite the fact that we only knew then for a short 10 minutes.

Oh yea, masa we all pergi tu memang kami berempat and tiga orang yang kami selisih ni je. Tak ada orang lain lansung. But I heard from Mel who went again yesterday (Malaysia day 16/9), it was crowded up there. I guess the place has become known to other people already....

So that's about it.
If you have any questions, feel free to drop a comment, or email me or instaDM me.





Impromptu plans are always the best plan.

(read about my latest trip here)