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Broga Hill again...

Sunrise...

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Heading again to Broga Hill for another hiking trip. This time I climbed in the dark with headlights up to the hill to catch the sunrise. Me and my friends set off for the trip at 4.30am (still sleepy) and reached the foot hill around 5.30am. We parked our car and head up the trail leading to the top of the hill. By then, there were a lot of other hikers hiking up in the dark with us, all wanted to reach the top in time to catch the sunrise.
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(Moon over Semenyih Town)

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Half an hour of trekking and we were already soaked with sweat. We rested along the way and proceeded uphill. There were 4 stops for viewing the scenery. We proceeded to climb up to the third stop as the first and the second hill were very crowded with people. Many opted to stop there as the trek up the other last two hills are slippery and about 45 degree slanting. The last stop provided some rope to help the hikers up the hill.

After about two hours, we reached and rested at the third hill while viewing the sunrise amidst the spectacular view of the town below.

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Posted by puileng 11:42 Archived in Malaysia Comments (2)

Kuching...Borneo Highlands

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My target destination this time I flew into Kuching city was to go to Borneo Highlands. Return fare to and from KL is about RM160.
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I checked into the Pinnacles Lodge located in the town near the waterfront, which provided the basic necessity, costs RM135 for a family room (1 Queen and 1 single bed) with attached bathroom, breakfast (just bread with spreads) and even a balcony. It was located opposite of Hilton Hotel. Nothing much to say about this lodge, just that it provided simple accommodation and don't expect too much as it is not a 5, 4, 3 or any star hotel. Comfortable staying there though. During the stay there, I also came across Tune Hotel which was just down the road from the lodge and after searching through its website, found it to be a much more cheaper stay in the town city. Tune Hotel business style is more or less like Air Asia. It gives you a basic room for a much cheaper rate and you can add the other facilities provided with a price. A double room there is about RM45 per night (take note that the price is only for the room and bed). Then there is some add-on such as aircond (either choose the 12 hours (RM13.49) or the 24 hours (RM21)), towel rental + essential toiletries kit (RM5), wireles internet access (24 hours RM12). Cool...next time I'm there can try this hotel...

Now..back to Borneo Highlands highlights...
You need to pre-book with Borneo Highlands Resort before coming here, as visitors are not allowed up here without booking. As I'm informed, they only allowed a maximum of 16 person up there per day unless you are staying there at the resort. So I booked a day trip package with them for RM100 per person. The tour that lasted around 4-5 hours took us to the Kalimantan view point, flower farms, organic garden, fruits farm, many of the scenic places around the resort, and also includes lunch (organic food) at Annah Rais cafe. The view and the environment was very relaxing and cool. Cars are advised to be park at the foot hill of the highlands where the entrance is, so the air up there will be less polluted by car smoke.
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(Misai Kuching - plant for making the misai kuching tea)
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(Passion fruits farm)
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(Passion Fruit)
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After the trip, we drove to Annah Rais Longhouse which is located not far from the Borneo Highlands Resort Entrance. The tickets was RM8 for an adult. We were welcomed with some rice wine (Tuak) by the villagers there.
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The last day before we head back home, we walked around the town shopping for souvenirs. There were a lot of variety of necklaces, bracelets, earrings and all those made from beads. Be sure to compare the prices as there are a lot of shops selling almost the same products. For those who will be coming to Kuching for the first time, be sure to try the 'kek lapis' (layered cake), 'Tebaloi' (sago biscuit), and pepper sweet. I bought one packet of Borneo Ground Coffee Beans which had a nice aroma. (For the coffee addicts, can give this a try)
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(Famous Kuching Town landmark to take photo)

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One Day Trip to Bukit Tinggi - Colmar Tropicale

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This French themed resort is located in Pahang, further up from the exit to Genting. A lovely place to stroll around and relax with family or friends. Entrance fee is RM10 per adult. You will pass by a rabbit park before you reach Colmar Tropicale and entrance fees to the rabbit park is RM3 per adult.
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(The vehicle that took us to the Japanese Village)
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(Entrance to the village...err...not so much of a village...rather a street full with french like buildings.)IMG_1852.jpg
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(That's all of the town)
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(The clock tower)
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(The wishing well)
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You can pay to enter this place for the japanese tea ceremony or try on a kimono.
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(Tatami Spa)
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(The car park)

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Malaysia Agricultural Park, Bukit Cahaya Seri Alam

A recreational park close to nature...

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(Park Entrance)
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We departed in the morning to reach Bukit Cahaya Seri Alam around 9am. Entrance fees for an adult is RM3, a child (6-11 years old) is RM1 and visitors above 55 years old is RM1. When we reached there, we went to the bicycle rental shop to rent bicycles to cycle around the park that covers a huge area with lots of things to see and places to visit.
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The bicylce rental was RM3 for the 1st hour and RM1 for subsequent hour. Newer bicycles cost a bit more with RM5 for 1st hour and RM1 for subsequent hour. There are charges involved if bicycle parts are broken when you return them, so be sure to check that your bicycle is in good condition before you head out the shop with your bike. In this park, there are a lot for visitors to do and see. Some just come here for a walk in the park or picnic there. For the more active, there are flying fox, camping grounds with barbeque facilities, cycling, paintball and small motor car racings involved. There is even a swimming pool in the park.

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The first place we cycled to was the paddy fields, located not far from the entrance. Then, we cycled to the rabbit park, bird park and animal park. There were many deers to be seen there.
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All along the way during our cycling from place to place, there were some monkeys watching us from above the trees in the park. Later, we proceeded to the 'Four Season House'. The season during the that day was late spring. So, when we went inside the house, there were lots of flowers and spring like environment with cold temperature to greet us. It was very cooling and we were glad to have came in here due to the hot weather outside the house. Entrance fees to this house was RM3. However, there's not so much to see inside this house besides sculptures, artificial flowers and bridges the resembles a spring environment inside an airconditioned partition. But we still lingered a long time inside this house for the cool temperature there and to escape the heat outside. :p
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Not far from the 'Four Season House' is the 'Mushroom park, the look out tower, Herbs Park, Orkid Park and the Cultural Village.
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Further up from the route of all these park is the Sungai Baru Dam which we didn't went to as the route was quite far and we were quite exhausted from cycling. I wondered how some people managed to walk through these routes. It was good exercise though. So, we were off cycling back to the entrance to return our bikes. We passed by a 'paintball valley' where there were a group of people dressed in army like uniforms resting from their paintball activities. It is quite an exciting game as all participants armed with weapon on their hands will shoot their enemy with paintballs and rush to get the flag to win. Those been shot with paintballs are considered out of the game.
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We had cycled for 3 hours around the park and we still haven't covered all of the attractions there...so imagined how big is the area itself. Among the places that we haven't covered are the 'Yellow Water Dam (Empangan Air Kuning), Baru River Dam (Empangan Sungai Baru), Cerakah Tower, Skytreax Adventure Park, (Menara Sapu Tangan) Handkerchief Tower?? and the many fruits parks on the other side of the route that we took. After we returned our bicycles, we decided to try the bus ride around the park. The bus ride is free of charge and you can get to view most of the attractions there.
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There is a place in the park called 'Skytrex Adventure Park' where there are over 20 high elements challenges awaiting you that will get you to stand, climb, walk and swing as high as 22 meters off the ground. The rates are RM35 for adults (aged 16 and above) and you need to book in advance as the acitivities are quite popular which caused it to be fully book almost all weekends.

A good place to enjoy outdoor activities with your family and friends.

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The Trek Up Broga Hill

located at Semenyih

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We departed from our house early in the morning to trek this hill in Semenyih. We reached there around 8am. By then, a lot of people were descending this hill. These people must had gone up the hill to see the sunrise... but luckily our group decided against going up the hill in darkness to see the sunrise as we realised the route to the top is not as easy as we imagined. Although the route is not really tough, but you need to have good shoes and a long stick to trek this hill. A normal person with good stamina only needs about 30 minutes to reach the top... but we took about 45 minutes with frequent stops along the way.
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Along the way, there will be bushes and trees but once you almost reached the top, the area will be full of a type of long coarse grasses. On the top of the hill, you will be able to see an awesome view of the area with other hills in the distance and some small towns below.

After the trek back down the hill,
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we visited the rabbit farm opposite of this hill where there are a lot of rabbits from just born to adult rabbits. Visitors could also feed the monkeys and horses there.

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Next, we went to a temple (Sak Dato temple), which is located not too far from the hill, about 20 minutes drive. The temple is located in Negeri Sembilan, quite near to the borderline between Selangor and Negeri Sembilan.

Our lunch is at a small restaurant near the hill which is always crowded due to its famous grilled fish and other delicious dishes.
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(Chicken)
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(Fishballs)
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(Salt Grilled Fish)
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(Grilled fish)
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(Grilled ladies finger)
Our journey ended at 1.30pm.

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