Striking a post with a nice looking tree Pic by JC Tan
This is my 3rd visit to Taman Negara Merapoh within a year. I never thought I’d visit a single place, which is about 5 hours one way from Kuala Lumpur so many times a year. Camping, trekking and spending time in the jungle as pristine and interesting as this jungle is a reward on its own. There are just too many things to see, explore and experience. I cannot think of a better way to spend my yearly (extended) ‘jungle time’ than trekking and camping in a jungle so beautiful like Taman Negara.
Continue reading Camping in Taman Negara, Merapoh; Final part
Lee setting up his Hex Fly (upper piece). Compare that with the standard flysheet (draped on the hammock)
One of the perks I get these days is getting to test out some of the outdoor gear and camping equipment supplied under Outdoor Gear Malaysia. After all, what’s the use of promoting something that has not been tested out in the jungles of Malaysia? I enjoy bringing the gear out for an actual field test, so that I can better understand the pros & cons of each product. In a way, this sets the shop from the rest in the market.
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The rivers in Taman Negara are simply beautiful!
Opportunities to go camping anywhere in Malaysia is always there but to camp, hike and explore parts of Taman Negara is something that requires some special arrangements. Having done the Mycat Trailblazer and the kayaking trip, I seized the opportunity to join Ash from Mycat on a 4 days 3 nights trek along the border of Taman Negara, Merapoh Pahang.
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Bamboo used for cooking rice and meat
There are many ways to cook using bamboo. Raman’s wife prepares rice for lunch using bamboo and some leaves from the jungle carefully for our group that visited the orchard that day. Though I missed it, Meun (my better half) manages to capture part of the process in cooking hill rice in bamboo.
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Raman explaining the usage of some of the plants we say during the walk
I enjoy organizing groups to Raman’s place in Gombak. I now consider him as my jungle teacher. A person who knows his jungle well enough to rely on it for most of the things he and his family needs. Raman suggested a short jungle walk, so I recruited some friends who I know will be interested for the experience.
Continue reading A day with the jungle teacher- Part I
Going camping also means you learn more about the new gadgets out there in the market
What do you guys do when you go camping? Do you guys sit around the fire drinking beer and talk about the Malaysian politics the whole night? These are common questions I get when I tell my (non-camping) friends I am going camping over the weekend…again!
So… I thought perhaps I should take this Perting one night camping trip as an example of what we actually do (among many other things) when we go camping. Now, of course we don do the same thing over and over again, like shopping in the malls, there are always something interesting around…if you keep your eyes and mind open to them!
Continue reading What do you do when you go camping in Malaysia? Final
Marcus in his Hennessy Expedition hammock at Perting waterfall
The Hennessy Hammock brand is probably the epitome of hammocks in the market today. When I got my Explorer Deluxe Classic, I just could not wait to bring it out to the jungle for a real night test out. I am so used to my old hammock system, I was worried that the Hennessy would be hard to get used to. So, this one night camping trip to Perting waterfall is a good opportunity to try it out.
Continue reading Testing out my Hennessy Explorer Classic hammock at Perting Waterfall- Part II
A simple but absolutely fun one night camping trip with good friends
When some friends from a local knife forum group suggested a camping trip, I jumped on it and quickly suggested a one night camping trip at Perting waterfall, near Bentong Pahang. I remember the place to be quite near to KL, nice river and offers relatively good camp ground. And to top it all off, I will have the opportunity to test out some new bit of kits I just obtained, namely the Berghaus pack and the Hennessy Explorer Classic hammock.
Continue reading A one night camping trip at Perting waterfall near Bentong, Pahang- Part 1
Kayaking at Lake Chenderoh wih friends from the Malaysian Nature Society
Its been a while since I went kayaking and went the opportunity came to help organize a kayaking trip to Lake Chenderoh, Perak, I said yes at an instance. So, there we were, all 12 of us at this beautiful Suka Suka Resort on the banks of Lake Chenderoh having a good time kayaking.
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Together with some friends, we walked into Raman’s cultural classroom
A lady acquaintance who runs an NGO promoting traditional crafts of the indigenous people kept mentioning the name Raman to me after a few attempts to find out who can I go to get a parang handle and sheath made. After a few meetings with Raman, I have come to the conclusion that he is more than a craftsman; he is a real life teacher that specializes in jungle craft skills and knowledge.
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