Kampung Toys

Gunung Tok Wan @ Semenyih

Category : Hiking · No Comments · by Apr 17th, 2014

Decide to go Gunung Tok Wan on last year, as training for coming Mountain Rinjani trip at Indonesia in September 2013. Gunung Tok Wan might be familiar to those that went to Broga Hill before, because when you reach the top of Broga Hill, you will see a signboard that point to the trail of Gunung Tok Wan. The trail is pretty straight forward, but i’ll still advise to ask a person that been there to lead you for the first time.

Singature broga hill steep and sandy slippery while reaching near to top.

First peak of broga hill, crowded as usual, hard to get a single person shot on a weekend. For Sunrise potrait shot, remember to bring your external flash or use internal flash to capture, else you have a darkish face on your subject.

Heading to the fourth peak which is the highest point of Broga hill and the joint to connect Gunung Tok Wan trail.

Numbers of insects and smaller animal can be spot on Gunung Tok Wan. We met a group of lads from University doing nature study and silently record movements of insects.

One big different you will discover between Broga hill and Gunung Tok wan’s path, is the number of visitors, we met not more than twenty peoples along the path. Gives you a piece of mind after the crowded and noisy Broga hill path.

One of the interesting spot in Gunung Tok Wan path, very big old tree with lots root mess appear on the ground.

Top of the Gunung Tok Wan with height of 675m, just the three of us while we reached then another couple follow behind. Enough space to build 3-4 tent at this area, an area for cook is already there.

Thanks to the friendly couple for helping us to take a nice and only group photo. The top are revered by plants, no nice scenery around. There seems to be another path that leads to another mountain, but we

By the time we back to Broga Hill path, the area are cleared, no more peoples but three of us.

The scorching hot sun is scary and will create headache and heat stroke if dehydrate, bringing enough water is important. We took some photo shoot and get start to decent fast.

Met this little baby while reaching foot hill, guess is a type of tropical lizard. Here is my movescount record by Suunto Ambit: Move14274403

Saga Hill and Apeh Waterfall @ Cheras

Category : Hiking, Lifestyle · No Comments · by Mar 16th, 2014

Got a chance to join up the team for a leisure hike at Saga Hill and soaking session at Apeh waterfall on last year July. Surprised me it was so crowded along the trail to Saga hill peak, and the waterfall is packed up where you need to wait for your turn to take photo with it.

Way to the entrance of Saga Hill, you will pass-by the Taman Saga housing area. Park your car at the playground (limited space) or shop-lots area that further away, GPS coordination: 3.114438, 101.772065

Saga Hill Entrance, check out the detail of the route done by Vincent on google map: Saga Hill Entrance-Bukit Putih-Ah Pak San Entrance.

Notice board that done by hiker society, as written on the board, do not park your car at the residential area.

Fairly easy trail to the peak, only takes within 30 minutes slow walk to reach.

Trail to the waterfall is more fun and little challenging with river crossing, slopes and slippery rocks.

One of team member fall on this area, have to be extra careful because of the water and slippery rock.

The waterfall is nice and cooling, but too crowded on weekend, will be a nice spot for photographers by visit on weekdays.

Chilling and having fun, the fall is strong where my spectacles almost drops.

Part of the trail that should be extra careful, hold on to the rope tightly, once fall might create serious injury.

The whole trip took us near 4 hours include chilling at the waterfall, here is the Movescount that tracked by Suunto Abit, move15566987. For more images on the trail, head to flickr set: Saga Hill

Lata Bomoh Ali + Lata Berembun @ Hulu Langat

Category : Hiking, Lifestyle · No Comments · by Mar 14th, 2014

Never know there is such nice waterfall hidden in nuang, and i thought there is only one Lata Berembun (Lata Berembun Waterfall 4WD Expedition @ Pahang) which is in Raub, Pahang. Got a chance to join the team to seek for the “dry” trail which can skip the river crossing that you need to go through by using common trail to Lata Bomoh Ali. This trail will brought us straight to the pool above Lata Bomoh Ali that will lead us to Lata Berembun.

Here is a brief on how to reach Lata Berembun: follow Pangsun trail -> passed by 3.1km hut -> estimate another 10 minutes walk -> there is Durian tree with marking (hard to notice) -> trail is not obvious and maybe hidden if cover up by grass -> follow the trail -> walk around 5-7 minutes, there will be a junction that looks like this “>-” , dont go straight through “>-“, take a u-turn like to “>” -> after 10 minutes you will see the pool which is above Lata Bomoh Ali -> you have to swim and grab at the side rock cliff (read following) to the lata berembun

You can see the location of Lata Berembun as stated on the image above, quite a distance from the entry, estimate junction (not obvious, as image below) to the waterfall trail is around 4km from the entry. Here is the reference for my movescount captured by Suunto ambit: move27144727

The marker that made by previous visitor, it is not obvious have to pay attention to seek for it. Click here for a larger pic: #IMGP2692

The marker was made on the Durian trees as image above, not far away from bamboo area (lots of bamboo area along the trail though). For a better idea on locations of waterfalls, check out this #selfdrawnmap on this blogpost “The Shaman Ali’s Fall (Lata Bomoh Ali)

Rarely seen flower/plants nearby the entry of the waterfall trail from “never ending road”.

The actual Lata Bomoh Ali pool.

As image above, this is the only way you can access to the hidden waterfall, Lata Berembun. Note that the pool is very deep, advise to bring life jacket, rope, experienced swimmers and someone that been there before to guide, if you really want to take the risk to go through it.

Not manage to carry my camera over Lata Berembun waterfall, and this is what it looks like to go through, #pic by Jeffrey Lee, and this is how the Lata Berembun waterfall looks like #pic by CL Chong. A very nice hidden waterfall that you will be surprise, surrounded with rock cliffs that will produce echoes when you talk louder.

A group photo before leaving the nice waterfall.

Abandoned hydro power station on the other side, it took us around 20 minutes from the split of “never ending road”

There is a small stream beside, it is a bathing spot for locals as told by our team captain.

The old mini hydro power station was build on long time ago on year 1927.

a look inside of the station, creepy.

Visited Kolam Air Panas at Batu 16 Hulu Langat, passed by the area for few times but never notice it. It located beside a school with few small sign board, you can check out the map at foursquare: Kolam Air Panas Dusun Tua. Operating hours from 07:00 to 19:30 everyday, separated into two division for different gender.

Ordered a very nice traditional dessert named “文头雪” before going back, located in front of Multicare Health Pharmacy Batu 9 Cheras. For more pictures on the trip, head to this Flickr set: Lata Bomoh Ali + Lata Berembun @ Hulu Langat.

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve @ Singapore

Category : Hiking, Lifestyle · No Comments · by Mar 9th, 2014

My partner suggest for a morning trek activity to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve at Singapore on last weekend that never been before. Surprised me with how well kept it is and the well guided maps compares to those nature reserve in Malaysia, but i find it is too crowded, visit on weekday migght be more relaxing and will be able to enjoy more on the nature.

“Bukit Timah, which literally means “tin hill” in Malay, was already identified on the 1828 map by Frankin and Jackson as Bukit Timah. The hill was depicted on the map towards the northwest as two hills at the eastern source of the Kranji River.”