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Using a hammock stretcher and flysheet for jungle shelter; Part II

The emergency stretcher will be my sleeping bed for the night

We normally carry this hammock stretcher when we go for walks with groups. Its main purpose is actually an emergency stretcher or litter. With a few strong pieces of wood, this stretcher can take up to 100kg easily. In an overnight situation however, we can always use it to make a sleeping place that is above ground.

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Taking public train to Sai Yok Noi waterfall in Kanchanaburi, Thailand Part I

The cleaner using a mobile water jet to clean the trains at Hua Lamphong before departure

We have always loved Thailand and somehow make it a point to visit this lovely country once a year. This time around, Meun did a lot of research and came up with a really interesting, budget way of seeing the country side. Traveling on public train from Bangkok towards Kanchanaburi, passing Pathom Chedi, River Kwai Bridge and finally ending at the enchanting Sai Yok Noi waterfall.

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A jungle kitchen/ fire place set-up by the Orang Asals of Sarawak

The guides enjoying warm drinks around the jungle kitchen

The guides enjoying warm drinks around the jungle kitchen

The Orang Asals of Sarawak taught me a new jungle kitchen/ fire place set-up. I first saw this kitchen ‘design’ in one of the local houses but never thought that it can be duplicated in the jungle. It think it is brilliant!

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Harvesting jungle survival food by the Penans of Sarawak

This is a video on how the Penans of Sarawak harvest the ‘Umbut’ or ‘heart’ of a type of palm tree. The natives of Sarawak has relied on the jungle for food, shelter and almost everything they need to survive. I am fortunate to be able to record this to share with everyone.

NOTE: This ‘Umbut’ harvest was done to obtain food to a group that was traveling in the interior jungles of Sarawak and NOT to produce this video.



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My first time in Miri town; A trip to Sarawak’s jungle Pt. I

Imperiall Mall in Miri

Imperiall Mall in Miri

It was my first time in Miri, Sarawak and I am in transit to join a group on a jungle expedition into the Upper Baram region, right smack in the heart of Borneo. I expected the trip to be super challenging, therefore arriving early for plenty of rest (and food) is in order.

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Sweet tasting Lembeh (Curculigo); Jungle plant food

The Lembeh fruits at the ‘armpit’ of the plant

The Lembeh fruits at the ‘armpit’ of the plant

An Orang Asal guide once told me that jungle plant Lembeh (the Curculigo species)  bears fruits that once eaten will make plain water taste sweet (through drinking) for hours later on. I did not have the opportunity to taste the  Lembeh fruits back then because all the Lembeh plant we found were fruitless. However, during a recent trek to a waterfall, I stumbled upon some Lembeh plant and walaaaa!…Lembeh fruits!

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Buying kayak in Malaysia

Finally, we bought our kayaks!

Finally, we bought our kayaks!

We thought about buying kayak for our own use in Malaysia for a very long time. Having once worked in an outdoor education center where ocean expedition is a major activity, it is only natural that we had a longing to paddle again. While finances and budget has been the major factor holding us back from buying, the other ‘excuses’ includes not knowing where to paddle and where to buy them from.

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More pictures of Tasik Kenyir boathouses…; Part V of Terengganu road trip

A floating boathouse of Lake Kenyir

A floating boathouse of Lake Kenyir

Here are more pictures on boathouses of Tasik Kenyir. I received a few emails asking about the boathouses. Effectively, a typical boathouse in Lake Kenyir is a boat, usually one that has been retired from the open ocean use and been modified into a floating, mobile house on water.

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The ‘bridge to no where’ and Angler’s Rakit floating chalets…; Part III of Terengganu road trip

People used to camp under the bridge at night time

People used to camp under the bridge at night time

We arrived at Lake Kenyir through Gua Musang via the ‘bridge to no where’. This tall and magnificent bridge I come to know a number of years ago. That time, the bridge and the some parts of the roads beyond it was still under construction. It was closed to public then and still is (as of February 2009). But heck me and John made it through anyway. The entire road is ready actually. Perhaps the authorities are waiting for a ‘reason’ to open the road, like a big celebration or sort. Maybe…I don’t know.

By the time we got to the bridge, it was already pitched dark. No street lights and we had our eyes strained on the road to make sure we don’t drive into any of the many cows enjoying the heat emitted from the tarred road at night.

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Outdoor gear in Malaysia; A gear junkie perspective

What to use and where to buy outdoor gear in Malaysia?

What to use and where to buy outdoor gear in Malaysia?

Several people have emailed me through this site asking about outdoor gear in Malaysia. Some was curious to know what gear is suitable for the Malaysian jungle while others just wanted to know where to get stuff. I can relate to many of them looking for gear because like them, I too was (once)  in the dark on what gear to use and where to find them in Malaysia.

First of all, I have to admit that I am a bit of a  gear junkie. Backpacks, knives, stoves and shelters have long been my passion. Sourcing for these outdoor gears in Malaysia at the cheapest price is my way of going around feeding my addiction with my mere salary.
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