Monday, May 31, 2010

Snips

1. Tons of work at the office. But somehow i still managed to find some 'tea time' :p

2. Finally sold my PS3 to a friend of mine. Yeah it was a great console, but Wii offers more fun. Plus, PS3 games cost an arm and a leg to buy. 1 PS3 game = 12 Wii games. Do the math.

3. Had to re-arrange and re-plan my trips this year. I already had to cancel my trip to Bandung last month and Bangkok this week. Bandung had to be canceled due to last minute changes and Bangkok... who the hell wanna go to Bangkok now? Wanna die? Fortunately Tianjin is still on.

4. Kinabalu Trip proceeds, but with some minor changes with (hopefully) major effect.

5. I'm still fat.

update:

6. Finally i jumped onto the Twitter bandwagon. Gonna start tweeting right away!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Wish


It’s birthday time again I see;
Another year's gone by.
We’re older than we used to be;
The thought could make me cry.

For getting older is not such fun,
When there’s hurting in your back,
And it’s agony if you have to run,
And a pleasure to lie in the sack.

Yes getting older is quite a bore,
But to not get old is worse.
So "Happy Birthday!" let’s shout once more,
And to heck with our ride in the hearse!

Happy 31st Birthday!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Tabur


Last Sunday i went to hike Bukit Tabur. It was near anyway (Melawati), so i cant miss hiking this popular hill. Despite all the accidents and deaths there, i was determined to hike it.

Met my ex-OBS instructor, Fauzi and his buddy Ijan at nearby Petronas at 7.30 am and together we drove to Bukit Tabur starting point. It was Sunday, so we had lots of company.

Even the starting point was kinda steep, i was already sweating like hell when we reached the first peak. But the view was really stunning. U can clearly see Klang Gates Dam and KL from the first peak. U can also see the whole UIA Gombak from the peaks.

Klang Gates Dam

From the first peak, there were fewer and fewer trees to shade us. Its always a good idea to start climbing early in the morning. Plus, the cold wind really helps when we're sweating :D

There were times when i had to climb some slippery quartz. Damn, it wasnt that easy. Luckily i survived. Had to be extra-careful since just beside me is a 200 meter deep ravine. Imagine that.

Not easy.

The hike was really challenging. Even Mount Nuang wasnt as difficult as this. Plus, it was dangerous. There were rocks everywhere! It combines walking, hiking and rock climbing at the same time. Remember, people DIED here.

Nonetheless, i managed to get to the tallest peak in 2 and a half hours.

Posers :p

The view was really beautiful. The whole KL and Klang Gates Dam can be clearly seen. I also noticed the green natural forest on the left and the urban concrete jungle on the right.

Bukit Tabur was a divider. Sort of.

View from the top

After the usual photo session, we went down using another trail. It was an easy one, just walking through some orchard back to the car.

FYI, Bukit Tabur is only a part of a 16-km long Klang Gates Quartz Ridge, The World's Longest Quartz Ridge! And you must climb from peak to peak on rocky surfaces and under the hot sun. If you miss one step, down you go.

To your death.

Bukit Tabur; DONE! Next weekend, another hike :D

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Dull Blog, Anyone?

Admit it, we all try to make our blogs as interesting as possible. Great pictures, thought-provoking opinions, captivating stories etc etc. While some of us are naturally gifted to write (read: Mala), others compensate with pictures (read: me) or cryptic languages (read: Deham). There are lots of interesting blogs here on the blogosphere.

But how about dull ones? Nobody wanna read a dull blog. Why would anyone read a dull blog is beyond me.

That is, until i discovered.....




Words cant describe how awesomely dull this blog is. Go ahead, check it out.

Tagged. Again.

Its been a while since i've been tagged in a blog. This one is from Akmal. No prob, just do it lah..


The RULES :

i)select the 8th photo on your facebook profile

ii)post it along with the story about the photo


Here's the pic:

And here's the story:

This pic is taken at Koh Phangan, Thailand during my all-guys trip there earlier this year. Of course, a jumping pic is all the cliche nowadays, but who cares right? Hahaha

Went there with my buddies Naz, Deli (left and second from left) and Cebom (the photographer). The guy on the right is actually a new friend. Met him at Surat Thani while waiting for our ferry to Koh Phangan. Originally he's going to Koh Tao to meet his friends for scuba diving. Somehow he ends up with us and turns out he's a fun guy to hang out with.

His friends from Koh Tao came to Koh Phangan 2 days later and we all hangout together with mushroom shakes :p


I miss Koh Phangan...

Monday, May 17, 2010

Nuang

Another weekend, another mountain.

This time, its Mount Nuang in Hulu Langat. The highest peak in Selangor and situated in three states; Selangor, Pahang and N Sembilan.

I've heard some stories about this mountain before. About how tough it is, the leeches, how people got lost hiking there etc etc. But who cares?

Certainly not me.


At 7am, i started my hike. Actually just walking uphill in the famous "Never Ending Road". Why is it called that? Because the road looked the same for 3-4 hours (depending on how fit you are). You will always asking yourself "Am i there yet? Am i there yet?"....

The actual hike begins after Nuang waterfall. Its really tempting to see cold streams of water after walking uphill for 3 hours, but i preferred to wait.

The hike was challenging, but not that difficult. To reach the summit, it takes about 4-5 hours (again, depending on how fit you are). First, i reached Kem Lolo, a rest stop for hikers to catch their breaths.

There's a gazebo and a few camping spots here. Maybe i should camp here someday?


Next is Kem Pacat. Contrary to its name, theres no pacat here. Just bees. Lots of bees :( Luckily they dont attack people. Just flying around, minding their own business.

Again, theres place for camping and resting. And i noticed lots of people turning back after they reached Kem Pacat. Too tired perhaps?

Nonetheless, the hike continues!

After Kem Pacat, the hike became really really challenging. How would i describe the hike?

I shit you not: Lutut bertemu dagu.

My knees began to shake at this point. My arms ached, my hamstring started to give in to pain.

No wonder people turned back after Kem Pacat. This is torture!

Oh what the hell. I just continued, ignoring the pain.

I made it!

Finally after all the torture i made it to the summit.

The view wasnt that nice. Just trees and more trees. Broga Hill has much much better view.

There was a steel structure at the summit. I wonder how the hell they managed to bring that thing up there.

After resting for an hour or so, i returned to Nuang waterfall.

OMG, the cold water really soothes away all the pain.


Another mountain conquered. Another satisfying journey.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Broga

Its been a while since i went hiking. A year, i think. Last month i went on a nightwalk and jungle trekking in Hulu Langat but that doesnt really count. Not even challenging =)

So when an opportunity to hike Broga Hill came, it was an automatic yes from me. Together with Deham, Akmal, Mala, Nadia, Ina and Niha, we planned and finally the day came.

As usual, before a hike, u need energy. Lots of energy (read: lots of food). So after picking up Mala and Deham in my Leo-Pimp mobile, we went to have breakfast.

At 4 am. At McDonald's.

So nice of Deham to pay for breakfast :p

After we finished with the eating/drinking/gossiping/smoking, we went straight ahead to Tol Semenyih to meet the others. Unfortunately a certain person was still sleeping in his house like a Pharaoh inside a sealed pyramid. Dead.

So we just waited for the rest to show up. It was a short wait. Ina was a fast driver. Perhaps because she was so furious about that certain someone =)

We arrived at Broga Hill and quickly climbed. Everybody was so excited that we forgot to warm-up first. Big mistake.....

How's the climb? Well, it wasnt that difficult. For the first few minutes it was just walking uphill in the dark. The real challenge came when we had to climb some steep terrain. We started early, so we took our own sweet time to reach the top.

Finally we reached the peak while its still dark. And when the first light hits, thats when all the pain and tiredness disappear. Words cant describe how beautiful it is.

Of course, that's what we came for.

After a while, its camwhoring session. As usual :D

Aww...sho shweet

Then he came. The one we thought still snoring in his bed hahahahha. Glad you could join us Akmal. Beautiful morning eh?

Oi! Wanna sleep again ah?

There are 4 peaks on Broga Hill. We managed to climb to peak no 3 before the rest of us stopped. I guessed they had enough of the climbing session hahahha. I continued to the final peak and enjoyed the view from the highest spot.

Really, i can see more from the top. Not just the nature, but also people (ngehehehehe)

We spent all morning camwhoring and had Ina's spaghetti for lunch. Thanks Ina!

Camwhores.

However,
  • i was told there are lots of mosquitoes in Broga Hill, but i didnt get bitten even once. No, im not using any repellent.
  • It saddens me to see some assholes wrote their name, their class, college or whatever the hell it was on rocks, on signboards and even on the Flag.
  • Also, people throwing rubbish as they please.
  • Is it OK if i murder them?

Broga Hills is definitely beautiful and awe-inspiring. The view, the air, the combination of colors in the morning sky, the green grass, etc.

I just wished people will appreciate it more.


Yes, it's tiring.
Yes, my knees hurt like hell.
Yes, i lost some sleep that night.

But all that is gone when you saw the first light emerged from the peak.

It was priceless.