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I am married to my loving husband for more than 39 years now. I am a mother to 3 beautiful children, until 12 years ago when I lost my youngest son. Since then my life is forever altered but yet unbroken....

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Tasha and Daniel's Wedding...

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope...”– Maya Angelou

(Tasha & Daniel)

Marriage is precious and to be treasured.
The love that you have can never be measured.
It joins you as one, not just with a ring,
But a future together and what it will bring.

Keep the love alive and make it last.
Remember the good times don't live in the past.
The bond that you have shows the world that you care,
Not just for yourselves, but for the family you share...

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Sunday, 3 March 2019

Perak: 4x4 trip to Orang Asli Settlement of Kuala Mu

"Wings are freedom only when they are wide open in flight. On one's back they are a heavy weight..."

(Holiday chalets at Pos Kuala Mu)

More than two decades ago, with our late youngest son, Mirza, we joined the Asian Adventure Team for a 4x4 Charity and Camping trip to Pos Kuala Mu. 

Since then we had passed the Orang Asli settlements several times on our Rain-Forest Challenge Adventure trips across the Banjaran Titiwangsa from Sungai Siput to Gua Musang. There was no paved road then. The only trail to Pos Kuala Mu was the lumber mud tracts full of ruts and ravines.

(A welcoming signage to the Orang Asli Settlement)
(Meeting the Tok Batin, Hadu Long)
(A walking tour around the village)
(Ice cool river dividing the villages)
(Clean river with serene beautiful surrounding)

Pos Kuala Mu is a settlement of Temiar tribe, located about 70km from Sungai Siput, Perak. It is strategically located near the convergence of Sungai Mu and Sungai Perlus which consists of 4 villages, Kampung Besrah, Kampung Gepeh Hulu, Kampung Gepeh Hilir and Kampung Kuala Mu. Kuala Mu is located in Piah Forest Reserve.

(The classic Orang Asli houses are supplied with electricity)
(Madrasah Darul Salam to cater for the Muslim community)
(Primary School at Pos Kuala Mu)
(Solar Station to serve the Primary School)
(Spacious Community Hall with sports facilities)
(The Orang Asli kids playing hide and seek)

Pos Kuala Mu is increasingly a popular holiday destination. Chalets are sprucing up almost in all the Orang Asli Villages. The famous one is in Kampung Bersah where the bamboo chalets are built overlooking the river. The chalets are quite spacious with very basic amenities. Camp sites are also available for those who want to overnight in tents.

(Direction to chalets in the fruit orchards)
(Another chalets across the river)
(Chalets at Kampung Bersah)
(A choice of chalets by the river)
(Or chalets in the woods)

If you are staying in the chalets for a couple of nights, some suggested activities are swimming, fishing or jungle trekking to Sungai Jak waterfall about 20 minutes' walk away. More challenging activities are trekking and climbing Gunung Yong Yap which will take about two days one night.

Perak: Victoria Bridge, the forgotten bridge...

“The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn...” - Bertrand Russel

(The forgotten bridge, still majestic)

On the way to Post Kuala Mu, we detoured to visit Victoria Bridge, or better known among the locals as the ‘Forgotten Bridge’.

Victoria Bridge, named after Queen Victoria of England, is a single track railway truss bridge located in Karai, Perak. It is one of the oldest railway bridges in the country, having been constructed in December 1897 by the Perak Railway Authority as a crossing over the Perak River. It served the local tin mining industry to facilitate the transportation of tin ore at that time.

(Inaugurated by the Sultan of Perak)
(Visitors to the 120-year old bridge)
(The bridge named after the Queen Victoria)
(Careful of the big gaps on the tracks)
(The details of the bridge)

The bridge has six solid ladders of red bricks. During World War II, this bridge was bombed and broken in two. The 117 years old bridge remained in use until 2002, when a wider concrete girder bridge built parallel to the old bridge was completed to take over the role of handling rail traffic. The new bridge is significantly wider, with room to support a second track, but in its early life it was only required to handle a single track.

(A good view of the whole bridge)
(Discovered this bridge by chance)

While the old bridge is closed to rail traffic, its adjoining footbridge is still open to motorcycles and pedestrians and is now a tourist attraction.

Perak: 4x4 trip to Lata Kekabu...

"Direction is more important than speed. We are so busy looking at our speedometers that we forget the milestone..."

(Lata Kekabu picnic area)

After visiting Lata Perahu, we decided to explore another waterfall, Lata Kekabu which is about 20 km away.

Lata Kekabu is situated in the Forest Recreational Park in Lake Chenderoh area less than 10 km from a nearby town of Lenggong, Perak. The signage of the park is clearly visible on the signboard on the main road. From the main road, there is a paved road leading direct to the spacious car park outside the entrance of the Forest Recreational Park.

(Well-maintained recreational park)
(Crossing the bridge to the chalets)
(A few bridges criss-crossing the river)
(A tree with huge buttress roots)

Lata Kekabu is a popular destination among local and foreign nature lovers, who love to explore the pristine beauty of flora and fauna of the Dipterocarp forest. Located in the Bintang Hijau Range, it is surrounded with tropical lowland rain-forest, swirling rivers and impressive 50 meters high waterfalls. Most trees are tagged to facilitate visitors to identify the types of trees found here.

(Beautiful stream with large boulders)
(A warning to visitors)
(Crossing the suspension bridge)
(Pedestrian path to the waterfall)

A map of the waterfall and the surrounding area is located at the entrance. From the entrance, there is a pedestrian path leading to the recreational areas. The path ends at Lata Kekabu waterfall after following a few bends of the river and crossing a suspension bridge.

(The lower shallow pool, safe for swimming)
(No swimming in the deeper pool)
(School children having fun in the stream)
(Fresh air and serene surroundings)
(A short rest after a long sweaty hike)

This park is suitable for family picnic during weekends. Facilities such as chalets, camp site, multi-purpose hall, prayer hall and bathroom are provided for visitors who want to have a long stay or who want to carry out educational and recreational activities. The park is well maintained and clean. There is also jungle trekking route if you are adventurous.

The recreational park is open from 7.00 am to 6.00 pm. For now no admission fee is charged.

Perak: 4x4 trip to Lata Perahu

"I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order..." - John Burroughs

(Taking a dip in the pool of Lata Perahu)

Lata Perahu is located in Kampung Chuar, Hulu Kati, about 25 km from Kuala Kangsar.

Lata Perahu is located deep in the jungle. To reach Lata Perahu, we had to drive via Jalan Lata Perahu, a narrow tarmac kampong road. One has to look out for the road signage hidden among the tall grass by the road side. The road is so narrow that cars can only pass through one at a time. There are private fruits orchards with weekend chalets along the route.

At some stretches, the road is damaged and we need to be careful as on one side of the road there is quite a deep ravine, and on the other side the forest trees grew wild to hug the road. At the end of the kampong road, we had to turn sharp right then the road goes steeply up a hill to a small clearing among the grove of bamboo trees.

(Road signage nearly hidden in tall grass)
(A small tarmac kampong road)
(Narrow road into the jungle)
(Bambo trees hugging the road)
(The end of the road)
(A few off-roading dirt bikes in the vicinity)

There were many motorcycles at the parking area. We could hear the sound of the waterfall and voices of youngsters playing in the pool. From where we park, we need to walk across a shallow river to reach the waterfall. The waterfall is located in pristine forest surroundings. It is not a particularly tall fall, about 10 m high, but it has an attractive classical horse-tail shape and the water flow is substantial. It provides a peaceful tranquil view from below. The waterfall empties into a pool. From the pool, it flows down the slopes, cascading over huge boulders. The surrounding is quite cooling. There are comfortable and clean areas around the waterfall for family picnics or camping. 

(The Horse-tail shaped waterfall)
(Pristine jungle surrounding the waterfall)
(Shallow pool for kids)
(Cool shaded area for picnic)
(The river flowing through big boulders)

I enjoyed watching the beautiful waterfall. The place has become a popular weekend getaway for the locals. If not well maintained the place will be strewn with litters and plastic bottles.