Now I have someone who will hopefully learn to enjoy fishing with
I remember growing up in small town Baling as a kid fascinated by all things to do with catching fish. I’d ride my bike to a place call Dalam Wang (quite a distance really) to fish for Tilapia then cycle back all the way home just in time to change into uniform and go to school. Fishes I caught would always end up as dinner. Those good old days never left me. Many places I went in the past years I fished and fished. While I did not catch anything ‘great’ back in Malaysia, my luck seems to have changed here. Fishing in NZ on weekend for me has so been awesome.
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A road sign very rare indeed
It’s been a few years since my last visit to Lake Temenggor in Perak. This is probably one of the last few places that will still send a feeling of awe down my spine. While the last few trips here were limited to Orang Asal villages and boathouses, the possibility of camping in the wild of Temenggor is simply something that I cannot miss.
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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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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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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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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.
Continue reading Tracing an old Orang Asal Trail, Part 1
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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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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