Why go camping in the jungle

Anytime is a good time to go camping…especially in Malaysia

Anytime is a good time to go camping…especially in Malaysia

I enjoy camping in the jungle. Simple day hikes, kayaking or even the occasional jungle camping are activities I look forward to. I have many friends who share the same interest but very few would actually drop everything on a short notice just to go camping. One time I asked my friend Jim what he would consider as a good time to go camping. His reply was…anytime you can.

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More gear testing time…what next? Seriously?

One of my favourite camping spot…near to KL

One of my favorite camping spot…near to KL

I am beginning to wonder if all my recent jungle camping trips are just excuses to go try out more new gear. There’s more and more new stuff being introduced into the market and I can’t help but start to wonder…what the next thing is after all these gear testing. With all the latest gizmos we could carry, Ben and I decided to do a 2 days 1 night trip to a favorite spot of mine. Quiet time and good food in the jungle is conducive for ‘new project’ ideas.

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Final part; walking out on day two

Our fire during the night had amber the next morning- a goo fire indeed

Our fire during the night had amber the next morning- a goo fire indeed



Day one walk with Paul and Sami was awesome. I really enjoyed the jungle, the company and the trek. It is the very few jungle trips that you do not really wonder what time it is and where you are at. Also, you are not too worried about your friends because everyone is capable of looking after themselves. I slept through the night like a baby. It’s been quite a while since I got a full nights worth of sleep. The next morning, I am a well-rested (aging :) lion ready to go out to get its next meal.

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Testing out some of my new jungle gear; Part 2

Aquamira water drops for making water safe for consumption- almost zero smell & after taste

Aquamira water drops for making water safe for consumption- almost zero smell & after taste

Now that I am working in an outdoor gear shop, it is only right that I bring some gear out for a field test every now and then. This time around, I decided to stick my Hennessy Explorer hammock and test out Aquamira water drops and the Esbit pot. I have used them extensively but hey…more field time can never hurt.

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Tracing an old Orang Asal Trail, Part 1

We took breaks along the way. First day of walk was excellent

We took breaks along the way. First day of walk was excellent

Many months ago, my friend Paul told me about an old Orang Asal trail that connects a village in Pahang to another location at the outskirt of Kuala Lumpur. I am not revealing the exact location of the two places because I do not want the trail to be overrun by city slickers. It is not an amazingly beautiful walk really but the trail itself has been used by generations of Orang Asal. And according to our Orang Asal guide, it was also once used by the British and traders as the main route to travel on.

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Sharing Bak-Chang with our Orang Asal friend.

Some of the Bak Chang we made with Raman’s kids

Some of the Bak Chang we made with Raman’s kids


It is the Chinese Bak Chang festival and Meun has never been so excited about it. We decided that this year, we will go and share this glorious, yummy food with our Orang Asal friend Raman and his family. It is a good opportunity to get to know the family better and honestly, we can’t think of a better way to spend the weekend!
 
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River walk with Orang Asal…a place best kept unkown

Some rivers, jungles are best left unknown to the rest

Some rivers, jungles are best left unknown to the rest

Many adventurers, hikers, waterfall addicts and campers in Malaysia would love to find that one awesome place that offers the best the jungle has to offer. A place that no one else would find out and know. A place to keep to oneself and never to be shared. Sounds selfish? Yes it is but in a country where there are more inconsiderate, self professed (misguided) tree huggers than true nature lovers, some place are better left unknown. Especially when our indigenous (Orang Asal) people call it home.

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Sox’s visit to Lake Chini…a short getaway

Our first time visiting Lake Chini

Our first time visiting Lake Chini

When there’s opportunity for us to bring Sox out to the jungle, we usually don’t say no. JC’s invitation to go visit Lake Chini, even for a 2D1N trip is a the first time for all of us. So, we stocked the car full of gear with Sox in her usual ‘I am excited to get out of the house’ mood on a calm Saturday morning.

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Camping in Taman Negara, Merapoh; Final part

Striking a post with a nice looking tree Pic by JC Tan

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.

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Camping in Taman Negara; putting outdoor gear to the test

Lee setting up his Hex Fly (upper piece). Compare that with the standard flysheet (draped on the hammock)

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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