Saturday, 13 February 2016

Made in Penang Interactive Museum @ Penang

Just one last thing about Penang, I can say that Made in Penang Interactive Museum is one of the most interesting, interactive and enjoyable museum in Penang. It features many of the local cultures, arts and even history about Penang. If you know don't know who is Lim Guan Eng, he is the man who is actually waiting for you at the front of the entrance with his cup of coffee! =) One thing good about this place is that each of the picture can be taken with the most creative way by following the guide on the wall and position to stand (on the floor) to take the pictures. So let the pictures speak for me...

Try to avoid peak periods as you may need to wait for long queue when taking pictures.

Enjoy and have a nice day.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Mt Trusmadi Hike (Day 2) @ Tambunan (back dated 16-17 January 2016)

We woke up at around 1 am to have breakfast before starting our next 2.9 km journey to the peak at 1.30 am. We asked for 1 hour earlier because we were afraid that some might not be able to make in time for the sun rise but this was quite a bad idea as we reached much ahead in time for sun rise. We did underestimated each others stamina and endurance as we didn't believe that everyone of us could make it to the peak within 3.5 hours! We reached at the tower (300 meters away from the peak for sun rise) before 5 am and we waited for about 1 hour in the super freezing cold condition for sun rise. Anyway, we didn't regret with our "play safe" method and we did it to the peak to wait for sun rise. But before that, we enjoyed the night view with a lot of stars in the sky. It would be great if you carry along with your DSLR. Anyway, 

Group photo with some sleepy eyes before the start for Day 2.. 

** No photo after this until we reached at the tower as everyone was too concentrate in walking and walking and walking... One advice, make sure that your head lamp or torchlight are fully charged!

Sun rising with lots of clouds... 

 Clear enough to see Mt KK at the other side!

 With Mt KK view...

Never miss the guy in the bush.. =) 

The beauty of Sabah.. Mt Kinabalu, the tallest mountain in Sabah

Pitcher plant, famous in Sabah.. 

On the way to the peak, within 300 meters to the peak.. 

Last 100 meters to the peak! 

 Random shot at the peak! Quite a large area for you to take photos with many backgrounds..

We conquered this 2642.28 meters mountain!

Now let's look back to what we had went through early in the morning when it was dark!

"Hobbit" rain forest.. 

The tower at 300 meters away from the peak.. Very shaky when wind blows and maximum 4 person at a time... 

Descending trail... 

 At 1.6 km from the peak...

Beautiful Mt KK seen all the way descending to the base.. 

Basically, this is just telling you that we had crossed 3 huge hills with steep slopes to reach the peak of Mt Trusmadi... 

 Spot the one in white! Looks far but we were just short distance away..

Steep slopes which you need the white rope.. We wondered how did we did it when it was freaking dark without realising that this was extremely dangerous... 

Into the wood after 200 meters broadway walk from the base (~ 2.7 km to the peak) 

 Border at 2.7 km to the peak, between "heaven" and "hell"....

After packing up and lunch at the base, we walked back to the starting point for about 2 km to head back to Tambunan town and subsequently to KK.

One last bumpy ride back to Tambunan town

The trip was a great one and the whole trip costed about RM 500 per person excluding transportation to Tambunan town. We felt very lucky that the weather was great and dry. No leech and minimal mud were the greatest prize for us! And one last thing, make sure that you are well prepared physically and mentally before signing up or else it will definitely be a waste!

FYI, you don't need to pack too much stuff! Just make sure that you have at least 2-3 pairs of clothes to change, a powerful head lamp or torchlight, a wind breaker (thick enough to keep you warm while waiting for sun rise but thin enough to avoid you from sweating too much), a good pair of hiking shoes, poncho, energy bars and maybe 2-3 liters of water with ORS!

Enjoy and have a nice day =)

Mt Trusmadi Hike (Day 1) @ Tambunan (back dated 16-17 January 2016)

After climbing up Mt KK 3 years ago, looks like it's time to take up the challenge of climbing the second tallest mountain in Sabah. According to our guide, this mountain has been quite famous and in favor ever since the earthquake near Mt KK happened last year. But this business back to the old time after the new route at Mt KK was reopen again weeks ago. But before I signed up for this, I have heard many times that the trail to the peak for Mt Trusmadi and the accommodation were bad but it came to my surprise that everything was not as bad as what I presumed! Perhaps many upgrades were done to upgrade all the facilities for the climb at Mt Trusmadi. Each climb only allows 20 person at one time, so our group was huge enough to take up all 20 spots and 20 person will be guided by 4 guides. 

To start off, we traveled all the way to Tambunan town from KK for about 1.5 hours and gathered at the office after lunch at around 1-2 pm. Later on, we were moved to pick-up trucks to transport us into the deep jungle to where the starting point was. The whole ride took us about 1.5 hours from Tambunan town and we did "enjoyed" the bumpy ride!

Road to the registration point... Just a short stretch of tar road followed by a very long stretch of muddy, sandy and bumpy road! 

The registration point with the huge butterfly at the gate! 

Group photo with all the fresh looks! Hopefully I didn't miss out anyone.. 

Bumpy road part 2, crossing river... Enjoy the ride.. =)

Another group photo at the starting point, we were at 4.9 km from the peak at that moment... 

Though it's going to be a very long journey but never demotivate yourself. Keep the beautiful sun rise to see as your target! 

Briefing before starting with our so-called group leader a.k.a organiser!

Target for Day 1, 2 km well maintained plank broadway for about 1.5-2 hours.. 

Very much impressed as compared to the one that I have read from other older blogs.. First thing first, get your bath early and ASAP as the water was chilling cold when the night approaching... 

Reached much early than expected... Everyone used less than 1 hour to finish the first 2 km... The guide was totally speechless.. -.-" 

Everyone arrived in one piece with no signs of tiredness.. =)

Our accommodation, double decker beds with sleeping bags..

Another 2.9 km to the peak! New challenge ahead for next morning!

We spent a night there for dinner at 6 pm and went to bed early, so that everyone was energetic enough to ascend to the peak the next morning at around 1.30 am. Same rules applied from Mt KK, lights off early to force everyone to bed! =) FYI, 100 plus and tiger beer were sold there. RM 5 for 100 plus and RM 10 for tiger beer. 

To be continued..

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