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One piece, as short! – FAQs for Sekeping Serendah

Sometime in mid-January:-

Friend: Where are you visiting for the coming long weekend?

Me: Sekeping Serendah!

Friend: Sorry? Where?

Me: Sekeping Serendah!

Friend: Sorry but I still do not get you.

Me: One piece, as short! SE-KEPING SE-RENDAH!

So, that is my “wishful” translation for Sekeping Serendah! 😉

From the website of Sekeping Serendah, it’s stated that facilities provided are:-

Queen-sized beds with mosquito nets, outdoor shower, swimming pool, outdoor coffee table, and ceiling fans.

Cooking stove, kettle, oven toaster, BBQ equipment, cutleries, fridge, and kitchen sink.

Then in the reservation confirmation email, it’s stated that the facilities provided are:-

Beddings, hot water showerfans, soap, toilet paper, and mosquito coils.

Electric kettle, oven toaster, BBQ pit, charcoal & skewers, cutleries, fridge, plates and cups, and dishwashing liquid.

Being uncertain, I dropped an email to the management:-

Hi there!

I would like to find out more about the kitchen/cooking facilities for glass shed.

Is it correct that there would be:-
1) toaster
2) gas stove,
3) microwave oven,
4) fridge,
5) washing liquid,
6) bbq pit,
7) charcoals (how many is provided?)
8) BBQ skewers (how many?)
9) Cutleries (how many?)

Are there cooking utensils like pot, pan and etc.?

But the reply I received was just merely repeating the standard clause appended to the original confirmation email -_______-

Provided there are beddings, oven toaster, fridge, electric kettle, hot water shower, cutleries, plates and cups, fans, soap, toilet paper, mosquito coils n dishwashing liquid. Must bring your own bath towels, shampoo, hair dryer, toothbrush, torch lights, etc. Place is slightly better than camping.

There’s no TV, no wifi internet and no h/p service inside the retreat.

Can bring own food to do BBQ – provided also the BBQ pit, charcoal & skewers. Or the caretaker can assist to buy the cook food from town.  

Outdoor hot shower

Glass shed: Outdoor hot shower

BBQ pit

Glass shed: BBQ pit

The BBQ pit is located at the veranda

Glass shed: The BBQ pit is located at the veranda

I am not sure if there will be people out there who are keen to know the details like me, but I set my heart out to write a post to provide additional information to those who are interested in planning a retreat there!

sekeping serendah website screenshot

What is missing from the official website?
The FAQs!

Here comes the list of (not so) FAQs about glass shed compiled based on my observation at Sekeping Serendah, as well as some online research:-

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Oh! Found a comprehensive and yet lovely write-up about the glass shed here, do read up!

Q: There are xxx of us planning to spend a night or two at Sekeping Serendah, which shed should we get?

A: Refer to the following table to assist you to make a decision.

comparison

comparison

Notes:-

* Public holiday surcharge of RM100 for each shed

* Extra persons without overnight stay at RM40 per person.

* Children above 7 years old to be charged as adult.

* Info abstracted from http://www.sekeping.com/serendah/home.html

Q: Besides Sekeping Serendah, is there other Sekeping-themed retreat?

A: Refer to the following table.

comparison

Q: Can I pay for the remaining money using credit cards?

A: Balance of the money can be paid to the caretaker when you are there. Payment by cash only. So please make sure you bring enough cash.

Q: Tell me more about the kitchen/cooking facilities for glass shed.

A: There are cooking stove, kettle, oven toaster, BBQ pit & wire mesh (caretaker will help set up the fire for you), fridge, trash bin with bag, and dishwashing liquid, sink.

Assuming the caretakers will do quantity-check and replenish the utensils (which I suspect they don’t, haha! This blog stated that there were jugs and pot) during our visit, there are:-

–          8 Skewers

–          2 pairs of tongs

–          1 wok

–          1 spatula

–          1 chopping board

–          Bowls, plates, mugs

–          More than 6 forks and spoons

–          Complimentary instant Milo and Nescafe

–          Initially, knife wasn’t provided, but the caretaker provided one after we request for it.

Bring your own utensils if you have further concern. You might want to bring can- and cork-opener!

More than 6 forks and spoons

More than 6 forks and spoons

Gas stove, wok and trash bin with bag

Gas stove, wok and trash bin with bag

Sink with dishwashing liquid. I like this space-saving idea of constructing an external sink.

Sink with dishwashing liquid.
I like this space-saving idea of constructing an external sink.

Complimentary Milo and Nescafe

Complimentary Milo and Nescafe

Kettle and oven toaster

Kettle and oven toaster

Mugs, bowls and plates

Mugs, bowls and plates

Skewers, chopping board, tongs and spatula

Skewers, chopping board, tongs and spatula

Caretaker brought wre mesh & charcoal and set up the fire for us. He is the only caretaker who is showing friendly face at the retreat....

Caretaker brought wire mesh & charcoal and set up the fire for us.
He’s the only caretaker who showed friendly face while we were there…

On a separate note, since I am at this, I have compiled a list of common BBQ menu and equipment needed for your reference. 

Meat

chicken satay
spicy otak
chicken wings
stingray/fish fillet in foil
chicken frank
cheese frank
taiwan sausage chicken
crab sticks
chicken fillet
fried fish balls

Vege

sweet corn
sweet potato

Misc.

marshmallow
fried beehoon
fried rice

Condiments

butter
chilli sauce

Equipment

plastic forks
plastic spoons
plastic plates
plastic cups
gravy bowls
aluminium tray small A4
satay sticks
serviette
BBQ brush
BBQ tongs
table covers
trash bag
wire mesh
charcoal
fire starter
matches
ice box

Q: Can we still do BBQ if it rains?

A: A big portion of the veranda where the BBQ pit is located, is sheltered by the roof above. If it’s downpour, you might get splashes of rain but BBQ should be able to continue still. Umbrellas are provided at the glass shed.

If rain is still a concern, the contingency is to pan-fry the food or even make good use of the oven 😉 Other than this, maybe you can ask if you can make use of the communal BBQ area.

The extended roof above

The extended roof above

The communal BBQ area

The communal BBQ area

Q: What’s the recommended 2D1N itinerary for a retreat to Sekeping Serendah?

A: This is what you can do:-

On the way to Sekeping Serendah, drop by this R Cheng Fei Chou Yu Wantan Mee Restaurant in Rawang

On the way to Sekeping Serendah, drop by this R Cheng Fei Chou Yu Wantan Mee Restaurant in Rawang.

6 of us, 6 fish, 6 different cooking styles! 金针、酱蒸、 油滑、干煎、curry & tom yam.

6 of us, 6 fish, 6 different cooking styles! 金针、酱蒸、 油滑、干煎、curry & tom yam.

Reach Sekeping Serendah around 2pm and check in. Unload food and drinks and start preparing BBQ food for a bit.

Reach Sekeping Serendah around 2pm and check in. Unload food and drinks and start preparing BBQ food for a bit.

Say "Hi!" to your neighbour upon checking in! ;)

Say “Hi!” to your neighbour upon checking in! 😉

Next, head to the Serendah Waterfall for cool splash and dip!

Next, head to the Serendah Waterfall for cool splash and dip!

Still have surplus of energy and time? Head to the pool at Sekeping then

Still have surplus of energy and time? Head to the pool at Sekeping then

Exercise a bit to dissipate the energy :p

Exercise a bit to dissipate the energy :p

As an alternative to a dip in the pool, have a stroll around the trails in Sekeping compound

As an alternative to a dip in the pool, have a stroll around the trails in Sekeping compound

Then, get ready the BBQ food!

Then, get ready the BBQ food!

Have a feast!

Have a feast!

Spend quality time with friends or family :p

Spend quality time with friends or family :p

End of day 1! Good night!

End of day 1! Good night!

Before checking out latest by 12pm, prepare breakfast, go swim some more and go take photos around!

Before checking out latest by 12pm the next day, prepare breakfast, go swim some more and go take photos around!

Before heading home, drop by at Tom Yam Restaurant at Serendah!

Before heading home, pay a visit to Tom Yam Restaurant at Serendah!

The seafood tomyam meehoon is yummy! The fried chicken is extra yummy!

The seafood tomyam meehoon is yummy! The fried chicken is extra yummy!

What’s new in Batu Pahat?

Mar 2007: to record audition video for Amazing Race Asia 2.

May 2009: to settle scholarship application and to attend Su Ee and Simon’s wedding.

Nov 2009: to attend zabo SK’s wedding.

Dec 2010: to attend Sin Eee’s wedding.

Aug 2012: to visit UK farm.

Upon graduation, the primary purpose of going back to BP was never to explore the town. During my recent visit during CNY, I finally had time to observe and pay attention to this town which would always have a special place in my heart.

spot the difference #1: there wasn't shade last time!

spot the difference #1:
bus stand: there wasn’t shade last time!

spot the difference #2: major bus ticket counters are now outside of the building

spot the difference #2:
bus stand: major bus ticket counters are now outside of the building

spot the difference #3: The Summit on the wane. It's no longer the most happening mall in BP

spot the difference #3:
The Summit on the wane. It’s no longer the most happening mall in BP

spot the difference # 4: at minyak beku: new feeding method!

spot the difference # 4:
at Minyak Beku: new feeding method!

spot the difference # 4: at minyak beku: The restaurant-cum-karaoke on left had gulung tikar!

spot the difference # 5:
at minyak beku: The restaurant-cum-karaoke on left had gulung tikar!

spot the difference # 6: at minyak beku: the 5 of them are new! :p

spot the difference # 6:
at minyak beku: the 5 of them are new! :p

Not too sure if it's still the same fish! :p

Not too sure if it’s still the same fish! :p

(New) Stuff that impressed me:-

Nasi Briyani at Baryani Sena Corner! Ok, maybe it’s not new. But how come no one brings me here before?

Nasi Briyani at Baryani Sena Corner

This is the best nasi briyani I have ever had so far! The rice is extra fragrant!

This is the best nasi briyani I have ever had so far! The rice is extra fragrant!

Durian sago at U-Dessert! You have to finish it quickly though, it becomes unpleasant to eat when it is watery…

Very durian-ty, very yummy!

Very durian-ty, very yummy!

The Memorial Dato’ Onn Jaafar gallery! I was impressed by the effort of establishing the gallery. I have great reverence for Dato’ Onn when I studied the part of Malaysian history about him being a nationalist and where his proposal of opening the membership of UMNO to all ethnic groups met with strong opposition.  However, such reverence was discounted after finding out that he had 6 wives altogether…

The gallery!

The gallery!

Dato was quite a poser, don't you think? :)

Dato was quite a poser, don’t you think? 🙂

Got my utterance? Go try and go visit! 😉

Tips to visiting Escape Adventureplay Theme Park, Penang

If:-

1) You have limited time to spend in Penang, and are not likely to visit the theme park again in the near future.

2) You are with below average fitness level or your normal exercise does not include arm works.

3) You would put on a few inches thick of sunscreen (exaggerating! Haha!) to avoid getting sunburn, or getting tanned is the last thing you want to happen.

Then continue reading on 🙂

I visited this new playground in Teluk Bahang, Penang together with 3 more partners in crime.

With the theme park opening its door only on 9 Nov 2012 (close to 3 months into operation), I guess me and my friends were one of the pioneers visiting? 🙂 Found a comprehensive guide, so I am just going to supplement some tips/strategies on how to make the best out of your visit.

1) Bring your own helmet, if you can. You know, playing under the sun, in a hot and humid country like Malaysia, sweating profusely is inevitable. My friend actually gave up on trying the difficult route of Go Ape because he couldn’t take the stink from the helmet! No joke!

2) Bring gloves, if you can. This is really optional, but the gloves will prevent you from getting abrasion (while in contact with the cables).

3) Wear sport shoes and secure your glasses.  I would recommend wearing contact lens; if not make sure you secure your glasses. I witnessed a poor boy got stranded in the middle of a obstacle of level 3 of Monkey Business after dropping his glasses.

4) Arrive early and conquer Monkey Business first. Because Monkey Business is the most shade-less compared to the rest. It’s also the most energy-demanding considering the duration and distance that you need to cover. We did all other games first and leaving Monkey Business as the last, proved to be the wrong move! We were drained from the previous workout and it’s scorching hot!

5) Last but not least, if you would like to impress (Oh! I could complete all the games with ease!), you may want to train up your arms beforehand? 😉 Of the 7 games for adults, only Balance Beam and Tarzan’s Rope do not require arm works, even Tubby Racer would require you to lug your tube up the ascent.

*update*

To complete all games, how much time is needed you ask? It depends on a few factors:-

1) The more people in the park, the longer is your waiting time. So visiting the park during weekends and public holidays is likely to increase the duration of time needed.

2) Whether you want to try more than once for each game.

To give you a reference/better idea, we (4 of us) reached the park around 9am, left around 4pm. We visited on a Saturday which was also a public holiday but please bear in mind that as the park is getting more popular over time, there should be more people visiting. We managed to complete all games except for Monkey Business: completed all level 1 (2 routes), 1 out of 3 of level 2; 1 out of 3 of level 3. We tried Tubby racer x 3 times. Syok! 😀 I also did 6 out of the 8 routes of Gecko Tower. This repetition consumed some extra time 🙂

*update*

I had great fun at Escape but I think the management could still improve some features. The following are some humble opinions from me (will send as feedback to the park later 🙂 ):-

1) I think I share similar opinion with Htyap of tripadvisor that although the current mode of rescuing for Monkey Business is professional, it is not so efficient. My experience was that the lady in front of me was too exhausted to complete the route and had to wait for the rescue team to bail her out of her misery. This became the bottleneck of the traffic and the rest of us behind her got stranded on the platforms for a long time. The situation could get out of control if there are more people to be rescued on a busy day (exhausted people could be angry people! :p).

I observed “chicken exit” at Skytrex Adventure. Maybe the management could install something of similar concept? I am thinking maybe retrofitting stairs at the platforms? 🙂

Monkey Business: potential "chicken exit"? :)

Monkey Business: potential “chicken exit”? 🙂

2)      For Monkey Business, there are 2 routes for level 1 and 3 each for level 2 and 3. I would find it useful if there is label for the difficulty level of each route (e.g. easy, medium, hard) 🙂 the same applies to gecko tower (4 sides with 8 routes) and go ape (2 routes).

Have fun at the park! 🙂

You can consider buying entry tickets online if you want to skip the queue. “Bookings must be made at least 3 working days before the date of visit” and “There is a maximum of 10 tickets per transaction.”

You can consider buying entry tickets online if you want to skip the queue. “Bookings must be made at least 3 working days before the date of visit” and “There is a maximum of 10 tickets per transaction.”

Coco Climb: Tree climbing is the lost skill of mankind! :p This was the least popular game during my visit: no queue at all!

Coco Climb: Tree climbing is the lost skill of mankind! :p This was the least popular game during my visit: no queue at all!

Gecko Tower: I actually wanted to try all 8 routes. But when I was done with the 6th, the staff greeted, "Thank you and goodbye!" -___-

Gecko Tower: I actually wanted to try all 8 routes. But when I was done with the 6th, the staff greeted, “Thank you and goodbye!” -___-

Tarzan's Rope: Pre-swing, I still felt nervous for a split second before the swing, even though I had done bungy jump before!

Tarzan’s Rope: Pre-swing, I still felt nervous for a split second before the swing, even though I had done bungy jump before!

Tarzan’s Rope: Post swing, too bad, not gracefully done! :p

Tarzan’s Rope: Post swing, too bad, not gracefully done! :p

Go Ape: 2 routes; the easy one is just climbing straight up, while the difficult one involves climbing inclined surface, making your arms at work all the time and hence more tiring.

Go Ape: 2 routes; the easy one is just climbing straight up, while the difficult one involves climbing inclined surface, making your arms at work all the time and hence more tiring.

Tubby Racer: 2 routes. The bumpy and winding route is so much fun!

Tubby Racer: 2 routes. The bumpy and winding route is so much fun!

*update*

I am impressed by the management of the park (more brownie points!) 🙂 The park manager replied to my feedback email 🙂 Copied below, for your perusal.

Dear Sam,

Many thanks for your email and comments. We are always open to listening to our Customers input and feedback. One thing I would like to say is that Safety is always number one priority at Escape Adventureplay™.

If I can deal with your points one at a time. Our Attractions Staff are trained on ERT (Emergency Rescue Training) and thank you for pointing out how professional they are. It is understandable that the process of rescuing Customers from Monkey Business needs to be done professionally and in an efficient manner. As  I am reading your reply, I feel that your comment is more about the speed of rescue and “bottle-necks” caused as a result. Please understand that when a rescue is initiated our priority is to get to the Customer in an efficient manner, sometimes this can create a downside that people behind the rescue are held up. It may appear that rescues take a “long time”, as you point out but in real terms our response times are very quick. This is because of the training given to our personnel. I am willing to accept that our Staff to take a little longer but to be efficient in rescue, than to rush and potentially cause more problems.

Owing to the Safety systems in place it would be counter-effective to introduce a “chicken exit” as some other Parks have in operation. When Escape Adventureplay™ was designed it was done so in collaboration with leading Industry Manufacturers and to the highest standards. The mainstay of our Safety features on Monkey Business is the utilization of the Altus “Continuous Belay System”. This is benchmark for safety  in the Adventure Course Industry. To place breaks in this system for the introduction of “chicken exits” would actually result in more accidents because of the “clip/un-clip” system.

Your comments regarding the labels for degree’s of difficulty are interesting in relation to Monkey Business. We are currently looking into the implications of introducing this system. As for Gekko Tower and Go Ape, our Attractions Staff are trained to explain that there are different degree’s of difficulty on these Attractions. I do hope that this was your experience.

Finally, thank you again for your email and we look forward to seeing you at Escape Adventureplay™ again soon. We have exciting times ahead over the coming months as we will be adding more attractions for your continued enjoyment.

*update*

Kuala Gula Trip-Part 2

…Continue from Part 1

 

After lunch, we were brought to a tiger mantis shrimp & crab farm.

Tiger mantis shrimps larger than the size of a palm!

 

A male crab! To my surprise, I was the only one among the group not knowing how to differentiate male and female crabs!  The gang poured scorn on my ignorance, “City girl!!!” The clue is to actually look at the underside of the crabs. Male crabs would have abdomens with triangular shape whereas female crabs have rounded ones.

 

This is a brutal way to accelerate the growth of the crabs! According to the tour guide, by dismembering the claws and legs of the crabs, the crabs will grow new legs + claws + shells which are larger in size and then the old shells will be shed. What if they can really feel pain?

…/Part 3

Kellie’s Castle

I visited Kellie’s Castle with Hippo on Nov 8th.

 

Teddy bears are cute; real bears are less cute; but this bear-face-like tree tumor is spooky…..

 

Can’t M*laysian be better than these?

(1) Source: Internet

(2) Laminated A4 paper! (We have somewhat consistent system, similar practice observed at National Zoo….) And do look at the vandalism…

(3) Read: “The spirit of xxx still believed to be wonderingaround this corridor”

Kuala Gula Trip-Part 1

Tempted by this website, 4 colleagues and I have our hearts set to visit the mangrove forest on Oct 25th.

 

We followed the directions given by our Garmin until a point where we were at least 20km into the oil palm plantation and saw a sign of trespassers-will-be-shot.

 

“Better don’t proceed! Later we get shot!” Chalor urged.

“The GPS is showing that the forest is somewhere ahead of this earth track…” I said. After 5 minutes into driving, the map was showing off road message and it started to keep on repeating the “recalculating” tone. Teetering on the brink of giving up the plan of visiting the mangrove forest and opted for Taiping Zoo instead, Yi Hao said he had to answer the call of nature, so we stopped by at the Hua Seng Keng temple.

 

I was staring at this banner while someone handed me a leaflet about the day tour available. One of the places to be visited was the mangrove forest! What a providence!  We happily settled with the RM70-day-tour package.

 

First stop of the day: Hua Seng Keng temple

I must say this is a temple of technologies (ok, maybe I’m ignorant…)!

Case 1:  

Before….

Kneel and you’ll be rewarded with the holy water!

Case 2:

 

Automated bell and drum! Make a donation and then you could hear the “tuk-tuk-qiang” by pressing a button

We still had fun, albeit we were at the 18-level-Hell!

I called this “Afterlife building”; the upstairs=heaven; the downstairs=hell

I was trying to tickle the 马面…

白无常 & Yi Hao: *tongue out* 

Yi Hao’s query: *pointing at the statue with the upper body naked* How come there’s somemone from Paleolithic era???

My answer: He lived long enough to die only during one of the Chinese dynasty…

We disported ourselves jadedly merrily by posing with the sculptures…

Initially, my colleagues were all smiles before the shot, then I said we must show terrified face as we were about to be gulped down by the dragon!

Seeing Yi Hao’s pose, people might think that he’s the next-life of one of the 四大天王!

Yi Hao’s trying to peep under 观音’s skirt!

Wearied by constant posing and laughing, we were then brought to Restoran Wan Ling for lunch.

Lunch included in our tour package, but we had to pay for the drinks ourselves!

…/Part 2

Cameron Highlands

Cameron Highlands is still very much the sum of cacti + strawberries + steamboat + roses/flowers + tea plantation + night market at Brinchang, compared to my last visit in March 2003.

We had our own steamboat session in the apartment

 

Oh, wait! I did observe some innovation:-

1) We can now pluck the strawberries ourselves! RM20/half a kg.

2) On a cursory look, I really thought it’s a new breed for guava, i.e. guava + apple! It’s actually still guava, with the skin peeled and added with artificial sweetener and coloring.

New breed of guava + apple?

 

Hippo still could recite the Boyle’s Law when he was asked to explain the bloating phenomenon of the titbits’ packaging. Impressive!

P1V1=P2V2=Constant, remember?

What I did this Xmas

I visited Sungai Klah Hot Springs Park, Sungkai with my colleagues.

 

I’ll let the photos tell the yarn:-

 

Please have a guess on why Sin Chan was bringing chopsticks with her. The answer will be revealed later.

 

First stop of the day. Happily jumped into the water, to my disappointment, it’s a cold water pool…

Waited obediently for my turn to slide down from the mouth of the octopus together with my colleagues. We were crowded by kids and we looked so over-aged!

 

After the cold water pool, we went over to the hot spring pool. At first, most of the people just submerged themselves around the peripheral of the enclosure of the pool.

 

Gradually, I saw people flocking towards this corner…

 

Because that’s the inlet of source of heated water!

 

The whole hot spring pool is full of algae! So geli!

Group photo!

 

Auntie proudly showing an one-ringgit note she found!

 

As suggested by its name, I saw many people queuing for their turns to boil eggs at the Egg Boiling Pond. They were so professional & well-equipped, with ladle and trays!

 

Siap with guideline on the timing!

 

“Visitor is allowed only to boil egg, prawn, crab & cockles…”

Except eggs, I seriously don’t think I’ll eat prawn/crab/cockles cooked here…

Answer to my quiz just now: Sin Chan bought the chopsticks to enjoy her steamboat session here!  *just kidding*

 

Imagine if the water can boil the eggs, what would happen to these 3 siao giah who immersed their lower bodies into the water? *whisper: watch out for cooked balls…*

 

Map for your reference

Finally, heading home! The mist of water vapour made it a heavenly view!

Penang Trip 2008

I visited Penang again on 26-27 Oct.

 

Best Food of the Trip

 

Satay sold next to Hau Yu Seafood Restaurant at Teluk Kumbar (Address: 84, MK9, Teluk Kumbar. Tel: 04-6491403)! I’m not exaggerating, so far it was the best satay I have ever tasted! Just not the conventional taste of satay.

 

Most Interesting Activity of the Trip

 

I did my first parasailing at Batam. This time, I parasailed with hippo!

Parasailing with hippo!

Hehehe…

Activities available at Batu Ferringhi

So gonna try this “fly fish” next time, looks fun rite?

Kinabalu Trip – Part 2: My worst nightmare ever

Trust me when I say Sue and I make the best partner! Haha!  We complement each other, just like how my following blog completes hers.

 

On 22nd March – crawling my way up to Laban Rata

 

With my myopic eye power of 200, the fascinating rainbow was still visible from the balcony of our room at Rose Cabin!

Rainbow on your left! It reminded me over an old adage: the best things in life are FREE!

 

When we reached the I-forgot-what-hut, fatigue in body and mind, I saw a space next to where our guide was sitting, without any hesitation; I spontaneously sat on the tree trunk.

 

Aiyo! Ahmoi! Seluar kamu kena tahi tupai-tupai sudah!”

 

Yuckssss!!!!! Then I scurried for water supply to get rid of the yucky matter off my pants. Once I came out from the toilet, I shouted aloud, “I HATE SQUIRREL!” and all the people witnessing my misfortune burst into laughter.

I hate squirrel!!!!

 

It was at another I-forgot-what-hut that we were having a break. We saw a squirrel. Sue then asked, “Was that a squirrel anyway?”

 

“If it’s not a squirrel, then chipmunk it is!” I replied.

 

“No, it’s a RAT!” a humorous reply from the angmoh.

 

The transition of my level of energy went like these along my trail up to Laban Rata:-

 

5 minutes into the climb from Mersilau: I started to pant…

After Layang-layang: Lactic acid was forming… steps getting heavier…

1 km to reach Laban Rata: body fully manipulated by fatigue

500m to reach Laban Rata: I swore to myself that I WON’T JOIN ANY HIKING TRIP ANYMORE!!!

Wuu …. I wanna go home… I swear I WON’T JOIN ANY HIKING TRIP ANYMORE!!!!

 

Pity Sue! Actually she could go as fast as a rocket, but she slowed down to match with my pace… how sweet!

Introducing PEREMPUAN KUAT UNTUK 2008, TEO SUE CING!!!!!! See the difference? When I was almost half dead, she still can squeeze a smile!

This was actually her 1st official hiking trip! Impressive?

When we finally reached the Laban Rata Rest House, we needed to hustle for our hot shower, dinner and also the via ferrata briefing. I was so exhausted and very IMPATIENT! I did not comprehend why the impatience, I wikipedia-ed, it’s not the symptom of altitude sickness… I think my “blaze of impatience” almost burned Sue… Sorry, Sue!

I couldn’t sleep well that night too… was dreaming something bad about the twilight climb…

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Inside the glass bottle…

“I want to walk tall, believe in myself, have the courage to ask for what I want and need, and live a life that mattered. I want to wake up in the morning with a smile on my face and know that I am loved and that I belonged. I am desperate to feel worthy and I am hungry for the opportunity to live my fullest potential.” - modified from "The Dark Side of the Light Chasers" - Debbie Ford

Under the apple tree…

"If you are not spending all of your waking life in discontent, worry, anxiety, depression, despair, or consumed by other negative states; if you are able to enjoy simple things like listening to the sound of the rain or the wind; if you can see the beauty of clouds moving across the sky or be alone at times without feeling lonely or needing the mental stimulus of entertainment; if you find yourself treating a complete stranger with heartfelt kindness without wanting anything from him or her... it means that a space has opened up, no matter how briefly, in the otherwise incessant stream of thinking that is the human mind." - A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle

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Ich lese….

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The time keeper by Mitch Albom

The art of thinking clearly by Rolf Dobelli

The first phone call from heaven by Mitch Albom

Inferno by Dan Brown

For one more day by Mitch Albom

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

A study in scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

The five people you meet in heaven by Mitch Albom

Have a little faith by Mitch Albom

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

To kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Brain that Changes Itself by Norman Doidge

Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

A Fresh Start by John Chapman

Inspiring quotes!

If someone prays for patience, you think God gives them patience? Or does he give them the opportunity to be patient? If he prayed for courage, does God give him courage, or does he give him opportunities to be courageous? If someone prayed for the family to be closer, do you think God zaps them with warm fuzzy feelings, or does he give them opportunities to love each other? (God in "Evan Almighthy")
“To love another person is to see the face of God.” ― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain
Aggie: "But what about the people who hurt you? Don't you ever want to make them suffer?" Norman Babcock: "Well, yeah, but what good would that do? You think just because there's bad people that there's no good ones either? I thought the same thing for a while. But there's always someone out there for you. Somewhere." - Paranorman
"机遇总是偏爱有准备的人"
“You're only here for a short visit. Don't hurry, don't worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.” by Walter Hagen
Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, wine in the other, body thoroughly used up, body totally worn out and screaming "WOOOHOOOO what a ride!" - by anonymous
When you travel, it’s not like you take a part of each place away with you; rather, it’s as if you leave a part of yourself there, like a part of you forever belongs to that place – the time, the people, and the things you saw; and over time, it gets burned deeper into your soul - by anonymous