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Fish, cook, cut & paddle; Lake Temenggor

Finally get a chance to really try out my LBT pouch

Finally get a chance to really try out my LBT pouch

 

So….here we are camping in Lake Temenggor. It’s been a few long months of waiting and finally we made it. I was determined to do several things on this trip. Naturally I will be testing some new bits of kits, fishing and probably not take a shower for the entire duration. Hey…its camping. Everyone deserves to be dirty.

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3D2N camping in Temenggor Lake, Perak

 

A road sign very rare indeed

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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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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A jungle camping trip with the Ibans of Batang Ai, Sarawak- Part I

My second trip to the longhouses of Batang Ai, this time to experience its jungle

I was introduced to a local Bidayuh guide Danney Tan from Kuching somewhat early this year. A few months later, we hatched the idea of going camping with the Ibans from the longhouses of Batang Ai. Yes, I have visited the longhouses of Batang Ai before but I knew I had to go back there to see myself the bushcraft traditions of this famous tribe of Borneo.

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2nd visit to Chuweh, with Sox! ; Part I

Our fur-kid Sox enjoying his visit to the Orang Asal village

Recently, our nature guide friend Mr John Chan invited us to join him and some close friends to the village of Chuweh in Temenggor. A village of Orang Asal Jahai, this was my second visit to the island. Having been there before, we explored the possibility of having Sox on the trip. John made a few calls to the Jahais and after a few days of deliberation, they said yes. So…it was a weekend away with our fur-kid Sox to Temenggor, staying in bamboo huts and swimming in the lake. This is my second visit to Chuweh.

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Long boat ride into Batang Ai; Part II

The engine and the name of the loang boat we were on

A ride in a narrow Iban long boat on the Batang Ai is really something. I guess our group was luck (in a way) as the lake was choppy when we pushed off from the jetty. The boatman reassured us that it is only choppy half the way (which is true) as the open lake is prone to strong winds at time.
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A visit to traditional Iban long house at Batang Ai, Sarawak; Part I- The journey

A view from the jetty at Batang Ai, Sarawak

I was in Kuching after a second visit to Semban village when a few of us decided perhaps to squeeze in a short visit to a authentic Iban Long house in Batang Ai, Sarawak. I have heard about long houses but this would be my first time visiting one. Our guide guranteed us this is an authentic long house, as authentic as one will ever find. “Okay…wow me I told the guide”. Nothing like Anna Rais longhouse it seems.

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Paddling along Sungai Perak and beyond! Part II

Day 2 is kayaking/ paddling day!

All is go on second day kayaking on Sungai Perak. After breakfast, there is this busy silence of prepping kayaks & canoe, donning gear and packing on supplies going on. We plan to paddle towards Tasik Raban, Chenderoh and its surrounding areas. Within half an hour after breakfast, we were all in our boats, ready to kayak away!

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Pictures of Ulu Muda lake, Kedah; Final

Such a nice day for paddling…right up until we arrive at the campsite

Such a nice day for paddling…right up until we arrive at the campsite

Here are some pictures of Ulu Muda when I went kayaking there with Nadir. While the water levels have risen considerably, the lake is stunningly beautiful. Nadir, who was at the lake a few months back before the rainy season started was astonished at how much the flooding have changed landscape.

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A bushcraft inspired kayak trip; Part III

Nadir busy bushcrafting

Nadir busy bushcrafting

This kayaking trip to Ulu Muda dam is probably more bushcraft inspired than anything else. While I have been trying to learn and trying out bushcrafting, Nadir seems to have it built into his genes. Both of us tried our hands on a few projects, some turned out okay, some better left unsaid.

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