Monday, January 4, 2010

How I Spent The First Day Of 2010

How I Spent My First Day Of 2010

Due to the monsoon season, I was kept indoors for most of the time. It is actually still monsoon season but staying indoors and watching reruns of Sex & The City was driving me bonkers. Bonkers or not, Sex & The City presents some amazing scripts don't you think?
I couldn't help but wonder if the monsoon season was still brewing at my destination. Taking a risky chance, I headed off on the eve of new year and camped overnight at the enormous and mysterious age old Temenggor Lake.
Camp on a helipad. 630am

I arrived at the start of my trek and noticed that the roaring sound of the river was loud and deafening.
How do I cross?

That meant monsoon season was still ongoing. Coupled with a heavy current, the menacing rocks did not help either. Anyway, I made my way through eventually
Not an easy job

and finally arrived at a more serene and calmer surroundings. I guess that was nature's way of thwarting unwanted visitors.

After clearing the challenging obstacles, I reckon I stumbled onto an amazing discovery - a pool twice the size I found 2 months ago. The colour of the pool was completely jade green. Who can resist falling in love with this spot?
Not a soul

Look how green the water is


Saw 4 hornbills flying across from this view

Check out the video

I went up to further explore upstream and since it was quite high in the mountains, cloud vapours forming around the mountains in the far end of the horizon was a sight to behold.
Loved the view on the horizon

Now, a word from my sponsor. If you noticed, I did not bring any water container and the picture below shows that I am drinking straight from the stream via a portable filter called LifeStraw. Lifestraw, a Swiss product that can filter a minimum of 700 litres, providing safe drinking water.Seriously, this device provides me with a lot of flexibility when it comes to moving around.Lifestraw is constantly on my neck and you can't never go wrong with Swiss made products for example Nestle. These guys brought us Maggi for crying out loud. You can now obtain your Lifestraw products in Malaysia from Nadir of Outdoor Dynamics (
LifeStraw in action

One last interesting bit from this adventure was coming across a section of the stream where it looked like a private shower room with two shower passages as seen in the video at the beginning of this blog. I love that it has like an opening path to the shower space with enclosing walls on either sides. Awesome isn't it? One thing though, you can't control the water volume and there is no such thing as a HOT shower here.
Two showers

Nice pic

Look at the pecs

What a great way to spend the first day of 2010!


Chang Boon said...

Fabulous twin showers!

U Joe said...

Excellent way to spend a time of solitude away from the madness of KL life. Its relative lack of accessibility has rendered it unspoilt by mass tourism.

Fizlynn said...

Hey..Happy New Year, wish you discover more pool this the 2 shower very much...

jonie said...

nice... not easy to find a twin showers like that.. and how in the world did u camp on a helipad?

simon amos said...

Great Blog, nice to see someone who likes to explore Malaysia, theres a lot to see once you start looking!
Next time you come to Sabah, let us take you mountain biking (check the article in the next issue of Action Asia).
Seriously, come along with us. better still come and ride around mount Kinabalu in June with us, its a real adventure!

bassyir said...

Woww... veryvery nice place.
I share your interest...
N I wonder how can i get there? N Where exactly it is?