Monday, June 29, 2009

Mount Kinabalu Peak Photo Shot

Some proof that my friends and I stepped on the Peak of Mount Kinabalu. Photo courtesy to YeeChang.

The very peak, Low's Peak.

This is South Peak, the Peak you can see at the back of Malaysian RM 1 bill.

St John's Peak.

This is Low's Peak, taken from the foot. Not the foot foot.

Again, South Peak.

This is again Low's Peak.

Donkey Ears' Peak. Like ears.

This is South Peak, I think, taken from another angle.

P.S. The view was magnificent.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Seems there is something out there that I long for. It is not love, not money, not study. But it is hard to explain what I want. There is an empty hole in me waiting for something to fill in.

Seems like the preparing for degree still not complete. Waiting for the last minute again to finish it. I don't know why I don't have the will. Maybe it is the feel of the new area.

Seems I never feel excited about the degree. Need to face new people. Face a new environment. Wondering what kind of outcome will be there for me to venture.

Seems lost. Lost in this turning point. What to do but to follow it. Only to see what lies beyond the corner.

Emo post, love,

Sunday, June 21, 2009

The Summit of Mount Kinabalu

Mount Kinabalu is a famous mountain in Malaysia. Located in Sabah, it is the highest mountain in Malaysia.

My friends and I went for an adventure up the mountain. I won't say it is an easy climb for a weakling like me. But I am able to make it up there with a normal speed. It took us (mostly me), 5 hours to reach Laban Rata, and another 3 hours and one half to reach the peak.

On June 17th, we reach Kota Kinabalu, took a taxi to Padang Merdeka for just RM 20.00. From there we took a walk around Kota Kinabalu. After that, we took a taxi from Padang Merdeka to Kinabalu Park for just RM 60.00. This is the view on the way, it was raining that day, we the mountain was covered with cloud.

We checked in Grace Hostel at Kinabalu Park. Had our rest before the climb the next day.

Fortunately, the next day was clear and we can view the mountain from Kinabalu Park.

This is our pass. You will need a pass to climb the mountain or you will be charged with prisonment or fine. Of course to get a pass, you need to book a hotel at Laban Rata via Sutera Sanctuary Lodges. They only allow 192 climbers daily.

This is the view on the way of the climb.

We could see the peak on the way, but it is still very far away.

During rest stops you will be approached by some friendly squirrels.

Of course we feed then with apples given by the hotel.

You will see the KM markings too. We need to climb 6 KM to Laban Rata and another 2.7 KM to the peak, a total 8.7 KM climb.

Some view again.

On the way, some porter will overtake us. They were able to carry some heavy goods and walk faster than us. How strong they were.

This is the type of route up.

Another random view.

Another random view.

As we get higher and higher, we can see the peak more clearly.

And the view down gets nicer.

Rocky route.

This is the view at Laban Rata. We are above the clouds.

Some of the vegetation on top.

The trees are mostly looks like that.

View from Laban Rata.

This is the sunset.

We took our rest at Gunting Lagadan. About 10 minutes hike from Laban Rata. And we woke up at 1 am on June 19th to prepare for the early morning climb.

We start climbing at 2.30 am. The view of night sky was very beautiful. It is the first time I saw a sky with the most stars.

Of course the hike was dark and dangerous at some parts.

Fortunately, I was able to make it in time to the peak to view the sunrise.

The sunrise view from the top of Malaysia.

We started the descend.

The view of Kundasang on the way down.

We took breakfast at Laban Rata and started going down at 9.10 am. And we reach Kinabalu Park around 1.00 pm.

This is the certificate. From Timpohon gate to Peak and back to Timpohon gate.

Of course there are prize for me to pay. Fever, diarhoea, and muscle sore. But it was worth it.

P.S. If anyone wants the large version of the pictures and some panorama shots, you could leave your contact at the comment. Of course it would be best if you could see it for yourself the view from the top.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

I am going for a trip to Mount Kinabalu tomorrow. This will be my itinerary.

17th June Wednesday
On flight to KK in the morning. Will spend some time at KK city, shopping and hanging out. Go to the Kinabalu Park in the afternoon.

18th June Thursday
Will spend whole day climbing the great mount. Reach Gunting Lagadan in the afternoon.

19th June Friday
Wake up early in the morning, to continue climbing the mount. Watch the sunrise on top. Then spend the whole day climbing down. If there is time, we will visit Poring Hot Spring. Come down from the mountain back to KK. Overnight at aunt's place.

Need to find a place to online because IPTA result will be out.

20th June Saturday
Home sweet home to Miri.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Miri Hawaii Beach

Yeah, Miri do have a Hawaii Beach. I don't know why it is called like that. We been to Hawaii Beach after the trip to Batu Niah.

It is not easy to spot this beach. It is quite hidden and there is no signboard saying this is Hawaii Beach. You need to find it for yourself. It is after the Luak Esplanade.

One tips to find this place is, it is near a Prawn Breeding Farm. Just keep driving from Luak Esplanade upwards until you see a signboard for the Prawn Breeding Farm at you left. Meaning the Beach is at your right.

Little people knows about this place, and the distance is quite far too. So, the beach is quite empty when we were there.

Here are some random shots. Lazy to elaborate more.


Sunday, June 14, 2009

Niah National Park

We went to Niah National Park for a stroll at the park. Vui Kit, Bryan, Arthur, and I. The place was great for nature lovers. You can walk in the forest and enjoy the scenery and you get to see nature's wonder in the cave. Thousands years of formation of rocks. The trail is 4.1 KM from the main entrance to the Painted Cave.

I would say this is the place best for sightseeing in forest. The trail is straight and its a plank walkway. No jungle trekking needed like Lambir. We took four hours in and one and one half hours out. Total 5.5 hours.

Famous signboard. You can see this at most National Park in Sarawak.

This painting actually the replica of the real painting in the Painted Cave.

We need a boat to get to the other side of the National Park HQ. They are too cheap to build a bridge.

The Niah river or was it called that? or Sibuti River. not sure though.

There are a lot of butterlies. Nice. But scare to step on one.

I like the forest a lot. The sunshine is so nice. This is not a photoshop effect aaaa.

Barks and roots.

See the root. Can make a house in there.

While you walk, you can see the Lime stone.

A stream. and some kind of cherry.

Again, the lime stone.

They are mating. I think. Nice flora and fauna.

Some random shot.

Another random shot.

The walkway is straight without any hills. Easy for person to enjoy the forest. I meant mostly.

And after three KM walk, we reach the Traders Cave.

The rock formation with some kind of spider web.

This is still the Traders Cave.

And another few minutes walk, we reach the West Mouth of the Great Cave.

Some of the wonders.

Alien face.

The beam is so beautiful.

After coming out of the cave, we continue the trail to the Painted Cave. This little guy is posing for the camera.

Arriving at the Painted Cave.

Some rock formation again.

A proof, I been here.. haha. (psst... nice shoes)

Too bad though, the paint is fading off because of human touching and flashes from camera. Such a waste.

So they preserve it in pictures.

In the painted cave.

And this is the end of the Cave trail. After that, we went to Hawaii Beach in Miri. I have yet to get the pictures. Battery out already by the time. Too bad.

Till then.

P.S. Pictures with humans at this link.