Thursday, November 5, 2009

光明日報 Guangming Daily November 2, 09


Flash Flood at the Batu Berangkai waterfall in Perak Malaysia, swept away 3 colleagians from University Tunku Abdul Rahman, just like the incidents that happened in Mag-aso Fall, Bohol Island, Philipines, which claim 3 victims.

YF Chong send me this link, ( click to know more )

Blog owner, JS had experienced flashflood at Batu Berangkai Waterfall, Perak in March 2008, he & his friend were fortunate to have come out alive.

The villagers who helped in the rescue and search for the latest 3 victims, said that in the past there had been many similar accidents of this sort happened.

Questions in my mind is.....

Why wasn't something done to alert the public on this danger ???

Monday November 2, 2009

Three Utar students drown at waterfall, a fourth rescued


KAMPAR: A second tragedy has struck here, hardly a week after the Kuala Dipang bridge collapse took three young lives.

Three Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman undergraduates drowned after they were swept away by strong current at the Batu Berangkai waterfalls yesterday.

The dead have been identified as James Khor Wan Kai, 20; Yew Shy Gin, 19 and Yew Ghim Chnieh, 20.

A fourth student was rescued by a villager.

The four had gone to the picnic spot for a swim at about 5pm.

Three of them had gone into the water and the fourth student was about to follow them when a sudden gush of water caused him to tumble in.

A Kampar villager, who saw this, rushed over and pulled out the fourth student.

Perak executive councillor Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon, who related the story to newsmen, said the survivor — 22-year-old second-year accountancy student — declined to speak to the press and did not want to be named.

He suffered cuts and bruises.

At about 9.40pm, nearby villagers found Khor’s body while Yew’s body was found at 11.10pm, one kilometre from where they went into the water.

Their bodies have been sent to the Kampar Hospital.

Businessman Syed Farudi Syed Samsuddin, who saw the three students being swept away by the strong current, said their hands and legs were bobbing in the water.

Syed Farudi, 41, from Mambang Diawan, said he could see that they were struggling.

“There was nothing I could do,” he said.

It happened so fast, he said, adding that it had been raining heavily before the incident occurred.

The Batu Berangkai picnic spot is 15km from where three pupils drowned after a suspension bridge collapsed over Sungai Kampar last Monday.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Bobby Henderson Blog Mag-aso Falls Flash Flood

I wrote to Bobby Henderson, about his personal experience at the Mag-aso Falls in Bohol island in the Philipines.

He replied with an approval to share his near death experience in this nature's adventure's blog so that more reader will be aware of the flash flood, which can happen at any waterfall especially after rain.

Below is his account of the incidents,....................

We ( Bobby & his girl friend Harlene) , were visiting a waterfall and a flash flood came out of nowhere.

It was June 30/2009 We had just got there it has been raining but stopped.
The falls are about 25ft tall, The water collects in a pool its not deep. There is a bamboo raft.
These guys were swimming/playing on the raft.
They go closer to the falls.
There is some space behind the falls these guys went there.
This is the view down-stream its very shallow..notice the picnic table its the same table shown later.
It got very loud water came out of nowhere..The 2 guys had nowhere to go. I took this picture before i realized what was happening.
This picture was taken perhabs 30 sec later.
Another view downstream thats the same picnic table.
Water is still rising fast.
A view of the falls as they now look. The 2 guys are still there no one else saw the swept away...may be they are still alive.
The water is full of bamboo, mud etc its still surging very loud. At this point there are a lot of people waiting to see if those guys are ok.
This is the last picture i took more than a hour later and the falls are still at flood stage. We left on the last bus to the city. I dont know if those guys made it out alive.

Update: Bohol news did finally report this. The bodies of those 2 guys were discovered more than 5km's downstream.

Update 7/2 – does not sound good – this headline was on the Bohol radio station website:


Update 7/4 – we heard that the bodies of both guys were found downstream. Still have not seen anything in the news about this, I am wondering why.

Click on here for the original blog posting

Friday, July 10, 2009

Gunung Irau Cameron Highland Pahang : The Terrain & The trail

Gunung Irau Trail in Cameron Highland is normally wet and muddy most of the time, more so if it is during the rainy season.

It is mossy & beautiful.

Depending on experience and good judgement to step on the right path and spots, chances to step into mud is always, even if you are careful........and the mud holes can be very deep.

Look at the trekkers' legs , guess which leg/legs has stepped into mud holes ? deep mud holes...

Some trekkers can be heard cursing while others laugh their way to release tension.

Surely you can see some on four and you can hear lots of OO0000oo and AAhhhhh... along the way to the peak of the mountain.

To go from one spot to the other, sometimes trekkers do need to pull tree trunks, branches, roots anything to move forward.

The terrain is slippery too, go slowly and steady is a good way to avoid danger of slipping and falling.

We enjoyed trekking Gunung Irau and will be back again.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Gunung Irau Cameron Highland

Starting our journey from Kuala Lumpur at 5.30 am on the day of july 4, 2009, we travelled the North South Highway, heading towards Ipoh, exit via Simpang Pulai tollgate.

By 9.30 am we reached the Kea Bee Farm in Cameron Highlaand.

We met Watermelon Lau & Watermelon Chan who have gone the night before by public transport to check on the condominium that we booked for a stay overnight.

After everyone had gathered, we drove another half an hour towards the entrance of Gunung Irau via Gunung Brinchang.

Click to view the trekkers

With almost 50 trekkers gathered at the foothill of Gunung Brinchang, everyone was excited, some were getting ready while others were all ready to go.

The climb started approxiamtely at 10.15 am -10.30 am from the foothill of Gunung Brinchang

Earlier planning was Tony the mountain sifu was supposed to arrive earlier than the trekkers to
mark the trail but somehow something unexpected came up and we heard he was behind.

Thus we relied on our experience as we have been there before to carry on the trek until we reached the false peak.

The weather for the day was good, though the path was muddy, but still manageble.

Most of the time, we were on all fours, holding the branches, tree trunks as we swung from one spot to the other.

It was a challenging climb, most were enjoying and having good time, taking photographs of the wild flora & fauna.

Click to view the white fungus found at the tree trunk.

We enjoyed the climb very much, taking the usual route that we were familiar towards the peak, we continued the journey with some descends and ascends.

Some of the members who were already up at the peak taking their lunch.

when we reached the peak, not only our dear Watermelon Chan had he finished his lunch, he was seen picking up rubbish from the peak of Gunung Irau, just like he does each time he treks in Bukit Tabur.

Good habits is obvious and good to follow by all trekkers, do not litter and never leave trash, it spoilt the beauty of the nature.

It is never complete, if we have reached the peak, not taking a group photograph.

In the picture, standing from left Choo, Siow Ching, Tan Agnes, Steven, Watermelon Chan, YF Chong, Teksi Lau, Bernard.

half laying from left Watermelon Lau, Choo ( the other Choo's brother ) & Alex ( seen so hungry and can't let go of his food)

Henry was not in the picture, he seemed hurried down towards the foothill direction when we met him 5 meter on the way to the peak.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Cameron Highland Gunung Irau Malaysia

All together there is almost 43 participants to this Gunung Irau trekking.

EBC Group (KC) - 12 persons
Alex Chan - 9 persons
Kelly Hoh - 9 persons (day trip)
Agnes Tan - 9 persons
Bernard Lee - 4 persons

The team will start the journey from Kuala Lumpur early in the morning; have breakfast at Tapah Rest Area, and start trekking when reaching Cameron Highlands.

The main team lead, TonyQ a.k.a. The Mountain Sifu, will tag the directional labels (or markers) so that all could be guided on to the correct direction. The labels are those red and white plastic ribbons that will be labeled TQ01, TQ02, TQ03... Well, TQ is not "thank Q"; instead, it is TonyQ's initial.

Due to outbreak of flu virus, most people could not travel by flight for holidays. So the local tourism at Cameron Highlands is having a boom time with most apartments are fully booked for the next few weekends.

Cameron Highland Gunung Irau Malaysia

Preparation for trekking in Gunung Irau.

1) There is no waterpoint in Gunung Irau unless you can settle for the mud water, carrying enough water is a must.

2) There is a trek junction to look out for and as KC's co-organiser, Tony put it

" The trail is V shape IE start from Gunung Brinchang, going downwards and then upwards to the peak. There's is a mini Irau peak (just like Gunung Nuang in Ulu Langat 'false peak) from there will take u 30 minutes to reach the Gunung Irau peak.

There are a number of cross trails, therefore just follow the marker else you will be going round and round..

75% of the climb, you will be using your four limbs Do not walk on the muddy path or else you will come back without shoes

Just enjoy the scenery.... the mossy forest , Take nothing but leave footprints and take pictures.

There's a distance marker shows 3km

REMINDER : Torchlite, WIndbreaker & raincoat IS COMPULSORY as the forest will be dark by 6pm. Carry whisel is highly recommended BUT use when necessary

Attire : Long Pants, Bermuda short or tights is recommended

Bring used newspaper or plastics bags and have water in the car to wash up after the climb.

Wallets, Camera, Handphone, please put in plastic bag in case it rain.

You need to carry some food but DO NOT LITER.....

Lastly.. appreciate that all you adhere to the cut off time IE 2pm. If u still not reach the peak by 2pm please turn back.

NB : if its heavy rain and thunderstorm before the climb, the climb will be called off. During the climb if its rain, optional either u climb to the peak or turn back BUT cut off time MUST be adhered.

Cameron Highland Gunung Irau Malaysia

KC, & his team of organisers are doing a thorough job in organising with all intent to make the trekking trip to Gunung Irau a success

these are some excepts in their mailing to our mailbox regarding the muddy path in Gunung Irau.

" Thanks to Tony for the additional information ... For those who have not been to this G. Irau trail, the muddy path/patch is not the yellow muddy type. Instead, the earth is dark brown or black in colour, similar to those normal, dark earth-based ground that we see. The moment you step your foot on it, your foot will sink for 1-2 feet. Don't worry, it is not the quick sand type... :-) Though we say that "take nothing but photos; leave nothing but footprints", it is not recommended that you leave too vivid footprint (or your shoes) this way... :-) Nevertheless, if you do, remember to ask your buddy to take a photo of you for remembrance ... :-)

How to recognize the potential mud trap:
1. The obvious ... vivid footprint or shoes left behind
2. The untouched and smooth surface - no footprint ... :-)

Have an enjoyable and memorable trip.

Gunung Irau Cameron Highland

We are all set and ready for the Gunung Irau, in Cameron Highland come this Saturday July 4, 2009

Our first time climbing Gunung Irau was in 2008, it was wet and muddy. We came back soaked in muds.

our socks were in mud
our trekking shoes were in mud
Our sports shirt were with many spots of mud and
so were our trekking pants in lots of mud

The brownish mud that gave our sportswear and trekking shoes a nice earth color that stays for a long time despite washing a few time.

This does not deter us from going back there to attempt the peak another time come this weekend. quite the opposite, the mushy trails and mossy plants is like magic, attracting us there again and guess this time will not be much difference from the last.

We saw many local trekkers of uncles and aunties, consists of the local vegetable and fruit farmers wearing Phua Chu Kang 's yellow boots, trekking through the mud, they were trekking fast and light, as light as dragonfly touching the water when they fly.

Comparing with us, it was a sight to behold, the city folks threaded the path with care and concern in every nooks and corners that we step less we step into the mud, sometimes it can be knee high.

so much laughter and Ouu and Ahhh, for those who accepted the terrain as part of the journey they came all the way for and cursing for those who least enjoyed the wet muddy path.

Gunung Irau, here we come again.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Direction to Zoo Negara in Kuala Lumpur

Dear All,

There are many ways you can find your way to the Zoo Negara in Kuala Lumpur.

By map published in booklets or brochures, by GPS of many different models. we have most of these gadgets, but i think the most tested way for a lady to give you the direction to the Zoo Negara is as follows :-

1) by Federal Highway, drive thru Parliment, pass PWTC, go to Bulatan Pahang, turn 9 o'clock where you can see The TB Hospital, Tawakal Hospital, Drive pass Kem Wardiburn, drive pass Wangsa Maju, University TAR College, turn towards direction to Melawati, and Zoo Negara, Look out for those 3 stories shoplots with black tinted glass in Melawati township, pass the MIA art college, look out for landmarks like Mayban, Lim Tyres on your right, on your left you can see Pizza Hut and Giant Hypermarket, about a kilometer from Giant Hypermarket, on your left you will see Zoo Negara Ampang

2) From Kesas Highway/MRR2

go towards Genting Highland direction, pass by Pandan Indah....., Flamingo Hotel....., Ulu Klang Industrial Estate, you can see Glaxo Smithkline, Shinetsu etc...pass by Datuk Keramat........., pass by a mosque, you will see Sri Garden International School on your right, about a kilometer and a half, you will see Zoo Negara, make a u turn before the Giant Hypermart traffic light, after the u turn, half a kilometer, on the left is Zoo Negara.

Hope the above helps

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Tropical Fruits Party

After the Kemensah Trail, anybody favors this ?

Or this ?

Juicy Mangoesteens

You get to do it yourself,

Or choose to be pampered ???

there are plenty of these seasonal tropical fruits like durian, rambutans and the dukong /langsat

If you hate all of the above, esp durian, you have all the liberty to buy a comb or two, sit next to us, enjoy yourself with this.

Awaiting your comments ?