Volunteering to work outstation, even for the one month rotating cycle, was kind of intimidating at first when you’d be living in isolation, away from the city, no shopping malls, limited internet, no 3G, 4G, not even a G available. Communication is via VSAT, electricity is from a diesel generator and there is no access road to the outside world. Food supply, raw material, groceries, fuel, comes via the river boat. there’s only one grocery shop available. There is a STOL port enough to cater for an ATR aircraft but air transportation is costly, making cargo transportation very expensive.
Daily life is an interesting(challenging) experience by itself as an outsider, you learn to adapt quick, (a trait I gladly acknowledge) there’s nothing much to do except work, and once done, there’s a lot of free time. Filling up that time as best possible and making it worthwhile is fun. I got to learn to do a lot of things here, repair my boots (had to wait a tube of glue to land first), learn the 7 important knot for survival, and the opportunity to do lots of reading. Kind of a blessing in disguise.
I had the chance to climb/trek to “the pinnacles” in Mulu national park, an arduous trek and walk up hill a steep slope (3km trek 1100m ascent) , however still very possible for the moderately fit people as I would expect. The trek would take 3-4 hours (speed dependent), and there’s a requirement of reaching certain check points or markers at a defined amount of time, else the guide are required to stop your climb and order you to descend back to camp 5, the base camp of that trail.
This adventure standard itinerary, takes 3 days and 2 nights, which in my opinion could be done in 2 days 1 night, and by some experience I’ve heard, have been done before, but maybe its just the policy or regulation to take things safely and slowly.
The first part (day) is take a boat from the start, (park office) to the beginning of the trek. From there, walk 8 km to camp 5. The trail is a simple clear pathways in a thick tropical forest, where I started at 12:00 noon and reached camp 5 after 2 hr.
located in the Bau district of Sarawak, is where the remnants of James Brooke summer cottage used to be, while some information states various discrepancy in height, I can say that the officially published height is approx 1600 feet AMSL and my suunto logged 1500 feet AMSL.
A few of my colleagues, organised a hiking event to Mt Serambu for some outdoor activity, nothing big, just a simple few hour hiking, barbecue fun and a little bit of exercise.
We arranged to meet at a specific meeting point as only one of us knew the location of the climb… it was located somewhere in Kg Peninjau Baru. so we had to drive through villagers houses for a few minutes before reaching the starting point.
As we arrived the starting point, we registered RM5 per person for the guide services and entry fee, began the walk which took an uphill climb, boulders and large rocks, lots of bamboo to the left and right. The area is with medium dense forestation as the area was generations ago part of an old settlement. Historically the Rajah of Sarawak James Brooke, is said to have a cottage near the peak of this mountain(what’s left of the cottage was two piece of Berlian wood protruding from the ground) Continue reading Mt Serambu, Outing day
Returning from my visit to Perak, stopped by Singapore for a couple of days, just for the fun of getting my passport stamped. Nothing serious to do, chilling and coming back after two years I guess.
Booked my hostel at booking.com, stayed at Hong Kong street, somewhere near Clarke Quay area (popular night, tourist, scene spot), and basically just had some nice “quiet” time.
almost didn’t want to wake up
Late morning, after a nice sleep, recharge my iPad, iPhone, tweets, FB and all that, view Google map planning for my route. PS: found out apple notes new version is so cool.!! (ios 9) Can save pictures and even doodle, scribble.! Finally.!! LOL. Continue reading Adverse time to travel