Gunung Datuk, search for the foot step of the Warrior Hang Tuah- (19.11.16)

Gunung Datuk, search for the foot step of the Warrior Hang Tuah- (19.11.16)

After one week of stress and busy work, weekend finally had came, Time for little adventure. This week we go to Gunung Datuk. Been here 3 weeks ago. That week had an event held, not allow to hike. So here we come again.

Gunung Datuk is 885m high.The attraction are giant Rock and 180 degree panorama view on the peak. and also a legendary story of Hang Tuah.

Gunung Datuk located 1.5 hrs drive distance from klang. not too far to reach. Important is never been before. no matter how, need a first visit.

recently there some News on accident cases happened during hiking. we need took this as awareness and remind ourselves to be more careful, be prepared before go hiking.

Hiking can be dangerous when climbing the steep area, especially beside the cliff. once wrong step, you are done.

before the hike , we also need to prepare our body for hiking.Some dynamic stretching exercise help to warming up and  ready for hiking, climbing. it reduce the fatigue and body pain during hike.

Some tips of Dynamic Stretching from experience hiker : http://fitlifepursuits.com/dynamic-stretches-for-hikers/

 

Hike record

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  • Total hike time: 4.5 Hrs
  • Hike up: 2.5Hrs
  • Hike down : 2 Hrs
  • Total distance :  6km

the track shown elevation all the way up, dont have any ” W” . The Elevation alos shown that the suddenly down of the slope. this is because the app was lost tracking when hike down. the trend down should same as up.

Our recorded schedule:

  • 7.45 am – reach to the Car Park
  • 8.00 am – start Hike
  • 10.30 am – Peak
  • 11.30 am – Hike down
  • 12.30 pm – Back to Car park

 

Thing to prepare

no need to bring a lot of stuff, be light as possible

  • Isotonic drink 1.5L, mineral water 1.0L
  • can drink
  • Food & snack
  • Hiking Pole
  • Insect repellent
  • Rain Coat / umbrella

 

The Trail Location

Gunung Datuk located in Hutan Lipur Negeri Sembilan . 125 km from klang (1.5Hrs travel distance) .

Waze Search ” Gunung Datuk Entrance” then will lead you until enter the small road to entrance . The small road on the left side with signage.

Drive carefully , the road is narrow . A lot one car to go through. Till the end is a car park. You able to park the car here if come early.

When we reached here, actually already full with car. But luckily got a nice uncle showed us the parking space, parked in front of the food stall and beside the 2 dustbins. not sure block others or not.

Have a little refreshment to a cat come near to us.

The Facilities & Fee

  • Entrance fee:rm 5
  • parking fee : –
  • Toilet
  • Small food stall

 

Hiking UP

The entrance with signage .is located the car park and just around the Small Round About with KERIS.

Didn’t saw the counter , wonder where is the registration counter is. Actually the counter located inside. We need hike in a bit to reach to the counter . The counter still closed when we there at 8 am. So we just went in first then register after we come down.

The entrance of the trail start with 2 giant rock. Like a gate. Haha

A lot of rock at beginning trail . With a lot of red arrow marking. A very good job for party who take care this trail Koperasi Gunung Datuk Rembau Berhad .

Yellow Signage show the distance to the peak. It start from 2000 meter . But on my tracking app. It recorded about 6 km long. there also rope that assist hkers to go up.

All the way up , more steep at earlier trail. Later trail is more easier. don give up !! let Go!! we need to witness the foot step of warrior.


A lot of hiker , and a lot of hiker coming down. Seem many hiker hike up for sunrise early morning.


Check point . After check point more easier . We didn’t stay here long . Is crowded .


The girls celebrating the mileage. 1100 meter left. ON the trail we had met an young grandpa. Mr Lee Chong Meng. He is oldest Malaysian Everest Mount HIker in this year May 2016. He asked us to guess his age. His look about 40-50 years old. but he said already closed to 70. can call him grandpa. he still very health with strong stamina, this result of the regular Hiking. We followed him a while, but very fast he already very ahead and disappeared in slight. Very Good stamina.

some of his news in below link. He didn’t make it to the peak of Everest due to BAd weather. he said will challenge again next year 2017.

http://www.theborneopost.com/2016/04/22/lee-begins-ascent-to-everest-camp-one/

https://lionsmounteverestexpedition.wordpress.com/lion-james-lee/


Look like the ” Xi you Ji NO. 2″


wow.. left only 370 meter. the yellow signage seem a lot graffiti. purpose to your beautiful name? but you just ruined the property.


Fallen tree. a hazard . what happen if the tree suddenly fall ? hmm… it may happen in thunder storm weather.

 

Gunung Datuk Peak

A wide area before the peak . can have camping , picnic at this area.

spotted  Grandpa Lee again, who wearing green colour shirt sit on the rock. then we climb the ladder to the peak.

Notice a power socket ? Wondering on the power plug . Haha . Is for charging ? kidding. is a fate one. After tat we going to climb up ladder again. this one seem more challenging. the ladder is shaking.


The view from the top of ladder . heavy traffic here. Q up Q down .

 

This the rock always seen on the website. the formation of the rock is just beautiful. beautiful scene and together with song. Song ? ya . got a group of people camping under the rock. they play guitar and sing. the atmosphere is good with the song. very happening. thanks !


The ladder to the top. and the tiny man at the bottom . look high right ?


On the peak , sometime mist , sometime clear. is  changing fast. i search for the foot step. noticed a group hiker station here. so i just wait and wait there. till got people went there to have photo with the foot step.


6 hikers, Only 3 make it to the peak this time.

The foot step impression of The warrior Hang Tuah which the legendary said Hang Tuah jump over the mountain to mountain and leave the foot print here.


 Foot print and my safety shoes. 

we stay on the peak about 1 hrs. until the sun is hot , then we start moving down.

Hike down

Flying down with full speed, sweat like rain.

Just noticed there got a sting tree on top of head , aware !! don’t get Head bang to it .


The giant tree .big enough compare to  Giant tree at Ta Prohm temple in Angkor wat compound ? Tree that survive together with temple.

Face become red.

Reach to the registration counter and pay. Meet the member at Car park, had cold drink. get change and go for food !

 


The narrow road . is narrow for you ?
Senawang Coconut shake . Matahari coconut shake. the weather is just good.

Thinking in mind … Gunung Baling. when can i go ?

end …

Great Visit to Melaka Desert, klebang . (05.11.16)

Great Visit to Melaka Desert, klebang . (05.11.16)

It is surprised me when i get to know Malaysia got a desert, and it located in Melaka , is very attempted to visit. coincidentally a friend wedding event held in Melaka and participated in Brother team. after the event, we get a chance to visit this place.

Actually the desert appeared result of Land reclamation project. The place seen is ready for big project as banner showing around. Mean that this attraction is not permanent. It will change with the project.

It Is a hidden attraction in Melaka, different from food trip in Melaka. Currently the place getting became due to it widely spread in social media.  There also other attraction like MUzium Kapal Selam and Bustel is nearby. due to limited time, not able to visit those place. will go next time.

I went the desert in Mui ne, Vietnam  and Gumuk Pasir in Java Indonesia. Both are beautiful place. The Desert landscape can be very beautiful although it is the sign of natural ruined.  I like to experience the desert, but I did not hoping desert appear more on Earth.

 

Location

Desert Melaka just nearly the Pantai Klebang. It don’t have any signage. The road also looks very new. is rocky road at the end . there is no fee, nothing.

desert-maleka

You can drive there using Waze: https://waze.to/lr/hw22st6tfk

The Desert entrance at the end of the road. The entrance blocked by big pipe, prevent Car to go in. you can park the car at the area beside the entrance.

If you can’t find, also can search for Pantai Klebang in Google Map.

We had the coconut shake before heading to the desert. Is nice combination, Klebang coconut shake + klebang desert. Haha . but haven’t reach we already finished the drink.

 

Walking Toward the Desert

We reach there about 4.50pm. We stop the car at the end of the blocking road, the rest we need to walk. I am not really measure the distance because of the phone is low battery, but estimated about 1 km. is chance to exercise after eat a lot of calories.

Thanks that the weather is very good when we reach there, there no hot sun. is just nice. It took 10-15min to  the sand dune. Plus run a bit .

Avoid to come here when is hot, suitable time is early morning or evening. Evening is better because can enjoy the sunset.

A rocky road, a sand road. We chose the sand road. Maybe nicer view

Small plant captured. Nice landscape. The little grass with wide plain. we had run on the field . Such exciting feel.

Across the rocky road, the road look newly constructed


Sleeping grass (含羞草) in between the road. often like to touch this grass when saw it. it will go  sleeping.

 

Sand Dune

Across the road , come to sand dune areaThe sand is for construction purpose, rough but is white. Is man made desert, is different from real one. But is beautiful. Event got people have their wedding photo shooting  here.

All sand, We run with bare foot here, but be careful the step, got some broken wood and littering. My friend had his slipper broken because climb with slipper .

Is fun to climb the sand dune. Across dune to dune. Climb to the highest point.

The sand dune at the sea side , see the sea at the edge. Is more windy here .

Taking picture. rest and feel the wind.


We stay here about 40 min. Then we walk back to car park .

Notice got sea water capture between the dune, little green colour. look nice.

Run ar ……  !

Look like a desert with a lot of Dune .

Way going back . Took another 15-20min . Small rain is coming . the timing is just right. rain come when we in the car.

Beautiful lalang grass spotted .

Is a great visit here. should visit here if you like the desert. can spend a lot of time photo shooting. can run through all the dune, is a very wide area. we just able to cross few dunes.

May be people will thing that nothing to see, nothing interesting, Nothing to do . What the hell, I want see with my own eye. I not going to miss the good thing because the comment.  because different people different taste. so go and witness.

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Lost in Bukit Batu Putih

Lost in Bukit Batu Putih

Easy Hill , only 26 Meter above the sea level, the lowest hill ever hike. The view is nice, the rock on the peak most in white color, may be this is where the name come from. From the top able to see the sunset, and beach view from high. This hill is getting famous due to the nice view and easy accessible.

This is the second time I came to Bukit Batu Putih, but this time only  realized that we not reach to Bukit Batu Putih Peak actually. We routed another secret location without knowing previously.

This time same, I followed the previous path. Hiked to  beach area (pulau intan). i noticed when I saw the map in my tracking app. The Bukit Batu Putih land marking was opposite our hiking direction. Then we asked people around only get the correct direction.

I do recalled that when I registered at the counter, the uncle at the counter got ask me where to go. I Said “ Bukit  Batu Putih “ , He said . Sampai Rumah Api (Light Tower), ikut kanan” then I forgot when I saw the light tower. I was too excited may be.

Hike Record

  • Total Hike time : 3.5Hrs (include Rest& Get Lost)
  • Hike Up : 30 minutes
  • Hike Down : 20 minutes
  • Total Distance: 5 km
  • Distance from entrance to Peak : 1.3km

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Things to Prepare

  • Entrance fee: RM 1.00
  • A light backpack to bring item below
  • Head lamp / torchlight
  • Food and snack (Important)
  • Isotonic Drink 1.5L, Mineral water 500ml
  • Hiking Pole for beginner
  • Umbrella, rain coat
  • Insect repellent

 

The Trail Location

It located in Negeri Sembilan, near the port Dickson. As usual I use Waze to reached here. Search “ Hutan Rekreasi Tanjung Tuan” . 77km Travel duration 1.5HRs from Klang. Waze route us until the entrance as picture below.

Hiking up

The purpose of this hike is to see the sunset on the peak of Bukit Batu Putih. But at the beginning, we hike to the wrong side which is reached to Pulau Intan. But there also is a place that worth to visit. Is too easy if only hike Batu Putih alone.

We had unexpected a big group of 15 people gathered at entrance at evening 4.00pm. then we start with the concrete road, hike about 0.8km. then reach to the light Tower (Rumah Api).


Behide the Light Tower, actually can see the sea view with horizon. Can enjoy the sunset here also.


The we took the route at the left side, Going down and down to the beach.

A lot of staircases. All staircases. Until reach to beach


Nice beach view, a lot of stone on the beach , I think is not suitable to swim, and no body swim here.


Here I already noticed we in the wrong route, need to find way to Bukit Batu PUtih. went further right scouting .

wooo….. found some green plant on the beach, see clearly that is seagrass.

Then we asked for direction when somebody passby. found that we need to head back to the Light Tower. The Bukit Batu Putih entrance is near there.

Hiking back, Steep stair case. … some people was fainting, some people labored breathing like a cow. . we rested a while and had some Rambutan.

Back to Light Tower. Sweat a lot

Finally !!! the real Trail

Saw the signage of BUKIT BATU PUTIH . Very small. The entrance located at the right side just before the Light Tower

Not noticed when pass by. Then we Hike for real trail . started 5.20pm. 300meter only !


Look more like jungle trekking then climb stair case .

Is windy

5.35pm Saw the giant rock, just 15min we reached to destination.

My sister and brother


Rock Climbing . Quite a lot off hikers up here.

Time to take some picture and enjoy the snack. Wait the sunset to come

Photo booming session .
Cute cartoon insect repellent patch, mine is bear. Bear fly away after photo . last photo of the bear. funny .


Climb here and there. Can going down, but be careful .

6.50pm- The cloud blocked the sunset, we decided to hike down . Sky getting dark. Torch light is a must if want stay until sunset. Is not safe to stay dark in the jungle.

10 min to hike back, the view of the light Tower.

Said good bye and back . Meet again at the next hike .

 

Korean Teppan BBQ-Choi’s Don & Dak

My brother favorite food. He is a food seeker. Always got nice food to recommend.This restaurant located in Kuchai Lama :https://goo.gl/maps/PBjJeaVs8hK2

serve chichen and pork Dak galbi. the dish cooked on the spot on hot sizzling plate on table. Eat the Dak galbi with salad leaf and sauce provided . is Tasty .


ate until full

another specialty is the graffiti on wall. they let customer draw and write anything on the wall. A lot of word and cartoon.My sister also made some mark .

The art work – the angel with blue wing. and siblings & 2 Friends

Also some nice art here. Do you remember ??? once upon a time we all had a promise.

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Jatiluwih Rice Terraces, Uluwatu-Travel In Indonesia – Day 10 (16.09.16)

Jatiluwih Rice Terraces, Uluwatu-Travel In Indonesia – Day 10 (16.09.16)

Today is 16th September . Malaysia Day, the day of joining together of Malaya, North Borneo, Singapore and Sarawak to form Malaysia. Happy Malaysia Day !

And also is last 2 day Travel in Indonesia, the journey is going to end, but we had enjoy well enough.  Today we still drive far to visit a large Rice terraces located in Jatiluwith. Is really wide rice Terraces, worth a visit.  definitely larger than Tegalalang rice terrace in Ubud that decide initially. But …..

Because we got Car!  so we go far far !

This morning we allowed ourselves to wake up late, we not rush to visit many places, so we relax and have breakfast at Homestay restaurant. Enjoy the black coffee…. feel the free time .

The view In front , across road is a small covienience stall. Saw the people open stall and business. Entrance Door hanged a caged bird. This is life here behind crowd main road.

After that we be prepare drive 2 hrs to destination. Depart about 9am.  Little traffic jam in town , after the town is smooth. Proper road, no obstacle .

Actually we got a wrong way near to the destination, lead by Waze. nearly go into jungle road. Lucky we reverse out to use another road. So be careful not to drive into narrow road, always choose the main road. Hehe. We got little Phobia after car stuck in jungle incident in Jogya.

may-to-jatiluwih

Location : https://goo.gl/maps/pwyVKa4i6Mn

Wow!! …Is quite excited at the  first slight ,a wide and green field when arriving to the rice Terraces. Both side of the road covered by rice terrace, feel green and fresh.

entrance fee : 20,000 IDR per pax

Feel cool, sun are not very hot. From the info this rice Terrace located 700 meter above sea level and right at the foot of the Batukaru mountain. Here we can see the mountain and natural panorama view of the green rice terrace. But due to the cloudy weather, I can’t see the mountain.


The mountain that cover by cloud . But still a nice view right ?


This is  the road side. The paddy is everywhere.

We Follow people , Walked through the rice terrace, have some pictures. Green is good for eye. Mind healing. always is my favorite color.  Look , the route actually very narrow on the field, have to concede each other while walk through and also Say Hai !

Follow the route , here well prepared for tourist.

Healthy paddy. Closer to paddy field .the paddy is not too crowded together.


Well manage irrigation system. If not mistaken this site also appointed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites because of the effort of the organization who manage the site – SuBak

Source :http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1194


Scarecrow fly in the sky….windy .好休闲. Feel want to shout!!!  yeah !!!!

The rice terrace is wide, we try to cross to another side, but we drop into mud then heading back . Lucky we wear slipper.

 

On top there some restaurant and coffee shop for tourist to enjoy green natural view with drinks. The small rain comes when we sit in a Warung beside the road. Cold wind – cloudy sky – emo feel

After the coffee almost  1 pm , we depart for lunch. Planned to have famous Babi Guling. But due to festival season, a lot of Restaurant not open. So lastly we gave up on Babi Guling and went to Wahaha pork rib. Also very nice, the pork rib very soft.

uluwatuAfter that travel south to Ulu Watu, reach about 4.3pm .

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/4B5fXLS6MVQ2

Ulu Watu Temple

The temple famous of magnificent location, the temple built on the end of the cliff that 70 meters above the sea level. below the straight cliff have beautiful ocean.the wave is smooth, seem suitable for surfing, but didn’t see anyone surf here.  there 2 end of the cliff.

Entrance ticket : 30,000 IDR

Here have a lot of visitors, visitor require to Wear Salong . so you can see us with salong. The salong matching with traditional art shirt.

Here also got a lot of monkey, the monkeys are brave to get close to visitor and grab visitor belonging. Especially sunglasses. Walk in group so the monkeys not too naughty. And not advice to visit too early or too late when there no people. All the monkeys will come to you. Arrrrr!!!!

Cute monkey sit on the pillar.

Prayers praying in the temple, there some event held .not sure not the special event held, but look holy. And outside a lot of tourists .


This is the view from the temple side. After visit here , we walk to another side , there more and more monkeys !!


Nice build stair case along the cliff .


Another end of the cliff. Opposite cliff is where the temple located.

See .. group of monkey army actually mess up the dustbin, finding food . The monkey very clever , they know how to open the cap of the mineral bottle and drink !


But monkey also Make nice scene. Is almost sunset time .

Sunset from the Indian Ocean.

Not a perfect sunset, but nice. The sunset symbolic of the end of the journey. No doubt have great experience here. Haha.


After the sunset ,leave with crowd. Bye bye to the monkeys . Dinner in town . Plan for the last day-not much to walk because  going to catch the flight back tomorrow .

To be continue….

Temple Visit. Lempuyang -Indonesia Travel Diary Day 9 – (15.09.16)

Temple Visit. Lempuyang -Indonesia Travel Diary Day 9 – (15.09.16)

 

Pura Lempuyang

One of the eldest temple in Bali. The temple located east side of Bali island, is far away from Denpasar town. Hence, we got our rent car in Bali. we chose to drive. we chose to skip our free breakfast from Homestay and departed early at 7 am. reach to destination about 920 am. Took  2.5 hrs.

pura-lempuyangBut we had ready some bread/snack as breakfast along the travel. we drive and eat, like rushing to work.

Why i come to this temple ?  it is because i saw a picture on Instagram. The picture showed the tall white temple Gate and the view behind the gate is a tall mountain view (if not mistake the mountain is Gunung Agung). is look very attractive. So i bookmarked and include it to my visit list. The temple also is one of the oldest temple in Bali. i like historical stuffs,especially religion related building. so it catch again my attention.

The entrance of the Pura Penataran Agung, Is the Gate high ?   Pura Penataran is the first temple in the compound , is most accessible. Biggest also. You don’t need to climb 1700 steps to reach here.

the front view of the temple, there 3 stair case to the temple, middle one is closed. each stair start with Naga . Naga always believed as the Guardian.

is quite highland even located in lowest of the compound. Climb up to to the temple is able to see this level is very high. View is super .


Historical structure. Faded white colour . Blue sky. Is amazing

this is the Map of the compound, it show by the guide at the entrance. i just took a photo as our Map. because we didn’t hire the tour guide. we have our own adventure.

after we had hike one round trip, i am quite respect the tour guide. the tour guide has to follow the tourist hike 1700 steps per tour. is very exhausting.

Beside we also need to rent the salong in order to enter. I wear myself . Sometime it drop. Haha


The trail after the 1st temple, we reach here by hired MotoBike . look very desolate. is quiet , less people. only saw some local prayers, when we hiking up.

the route , sometime got monkey

More like A jungle look . Natural . Hiker will like this place. We hike without hiking equipments. normal sport shoe will do.

Some uncover route can see the nice view . Is the sea behide the mountain ? Ya . Pura lempuyang located east Conner of the Bali island . Actually already close to the sea .


Temple with Garuda statue, Turtle statue. Who read Hindu god story will know the Garuda is Vanaha (carrier) of the Lord Vishnu .


Have a Rest at the stall. The uncle who take care temple try to tell Hindu god story , But we not really understand the language. But the point he said is some connection between Hindu and Buddhist mythology. .


This the peak look like . Met the prayers pray at the temple. saw their traditional costume, all white and serious. 


Didn’t see any giant door here ad this is the peak.  Noticed that here got very less visitor . Not crowd as other tourism hot spot. is exhausting . the we hiking down through another route.

saw little chickens. haha . Monkey alot. but dont try to scare them, they are aggressive.

Another beautiful temple. Lempuyang Madya Temple. Time 12 pm in afternoon . already spent 2.5hrs here.

We make our way down. Struggling that how far the trail left. Once we saw the MotoBike driver . We catch them without think twice.  Haha .


Finally reach back to the gate . The gate we 1st reached .this the gate I saw in the post.

Bebek Bengil Ubud


After the long hike, we had long drive to Ubud for Bebek Bengil dirty Duck . Yeah! The famous Dirty Duck !!

In front of the restaurant is really crowded with car. Traffic jam. No parking .But have special parking space for the customer behind the restaurant .

 The restaurant is terrible Huge. Like a garden, full with decoration. It decorated like a museum, a tourist hot spot.

Alot of different dining setting.

Imagine to dine in front of the padi field . Wow … cozy and comfortable . But the time rain suddenly come. Strong wind. We have to move to inside seat .


Dirty Duck actually is a deep fried duck . Feel very crispy and salty. Taste good !

Ubud is a nice town to visit, due to limited time , we only had a lunch. 

Tanah Lot


Next we rush to the Tanah lot. Even the weather is cloudy. Small temple on the rock island.

On the low tide , people crossing the sea , get blessed with holy water, and visit the Tanah Lot Temple .

Herequite crowded. A lot of market surrounding .


I like this sea side with green algae.


The night has come and rain followed. We get wet and drive back to Kuta. Traffic jam. Guess what ! The road was flooded .  Just at Legain street. Lucky our rent car is high enough. Didn’t think flood will happen.


The route very narrow and direction is messy. We turn and turn , finally get back to honestly. Wait till rain stop then go out for dinner.


Dinner with moon cake.i like to eat moon cake, so I carried the moon cake from klang Malaysia, travel from Yogyakarta to here. Bali! 

Fly and hike , it still in original shape. Haha. Is a moon cake festival night! So let’s Celebrate with my favorite mooncake and Local Bintang beer!

Haapy Moon cake festival !!

Legian, Kuta beach , Bali -Indonesia Travel Diary Day 8 (14.09.16)

Legian, Kuta beach , Bali -Indonesia Travel Diary Day 8 (14.09.16)

Here we are in Bali,  travel long journey from Yogyakarta . we stay in Maya village Bali, is a hotel with helpful staff. only have 1 dorm room. others are private rooms. got a small swimming pool too . Very small pool

in front is Karma & Gill Bar restaurant, run by same owner. Provide free breakfast for the hotel customer .

so we had breakfast at  Karma & Gill Bar restaurant.

 

Kuta beach

Today we haven’t rent a car, is good to have walking tour area nearby. the famous one are Kuta beach and Legian street. Our hostel quite near to Kuta beach, walking distance 1 km.so we just walk.

the small road we pass throughAnd Legian street, a lot of shopping stuff .

There also many bar and restaurant a long the way. we bought bottle beer from convenient stall from the street, enjoy relax walk with beer till to the beach.


once we entered the beach, a lot of beach boys come to approached for surfing. walk awhile got people come and ask. that time i dint know the surfing is the main activity at kuta beach. after saw a lot of people surfing, we get attempted to try. but not at this period of time. nearly afternoon. Sun is killing my skin.


Under the hot sun, we browse through the beach with umbrella, seem a bit weird but never mind, is hot !

Beach walk Mall

Weather is hot, need to hide inside shopping mall , wait till near evening only came back for surfing.

Beach walk mall , the mall in front to the kuta beach


. i like the design that include a lot of plants. very green like garden.

 Lunch at chow fat – had high score review in google .  I try fried rice . The food more on Chinese style .

Beach surfing

Beach surfing is a famous activity in Bali . Few place can surfing . But for the beginner, kuta beach is more suitable because of the shallow water. Is much safer to surf.

There a lot of beach boy that can teach us. Normally package provided is 1hrs learning class , the rest 2hrs or 3hrs we sulf ourselves. The price is depend on negotiation. We negotiated to get 300,000IDR for 2 people. And 50,000IDR for resting beach chair . I think Is very cheap deal offered due to the time also very late about 3pm , which was close to evening.


When the wave come , we need shout and dash !!! Yaaahhhh!!!


After 1hrs training, able  to to stand on the surf board a few second. Mostly dropped into water. But still statifiying.

Surfing actually energy consuming. Need to across the wave to deeper area to get the bigger wave. Need do push up in order to stand on the surf board. Is a good exercise. After 2 hrs surfed , we already feel very exhausted.


Have a rest on the beach chair with coconut drink. I just want to wait the sunset to come. …


The surf school , the beach shaked hand with us and said thank you. I can feel the warm hospitality from them.


Colourful surf board.

Evening sunset


A solo traveler walking on the beach with her camera. Capturing the moments. I always admired those solo travelers. They Have the courage to travel in foreign countries alone. They often don’t have a luxuries tour,they enjoy the peace  Their passion always is experiencing the life.  Their blog sharing much inspired me.


Dogy dogy playing on the beach . Beach dog


Musical performance on the beach. The song played was “hey Jude” . Very nice song let the  valcation mood up up up !


Sunset glow with a lot of cloud . We walk back to beach walk mall for dinner. The mall has beautiful lighting at night.


At the food court, have a lot of food from other country . Found Malaysia food – bangi kopitiam and Penang char kwe tiao are here  !  but of corse we try local food first . Haha. Nasi lawar . Super spicy . A head of sweat after the dinner .

The food court have cozy environment . We sit at the corner . Can see the sky . The moon is circle , because close to moon cake festival . Moon cake festival should have family gathering. But I always far from home.

Colourful

10pm , we back hotel sit at chair beside swimming pool and wait for the rent car to come. The car owner late more than 30min . He come with his MotoBike, then asked us want big car or small car . Price the same. 500,000IdR for 2days. We followed him to the his workshop nearby to see the car. After the experience in Jogja , we chose big car- Toyota avanza. He pointed the scratches part. There quite many. He also changed the 4tyres after we pointed out the tyres surface very smooth. Wait another 30min we only got the car.

We park the car in front of hotel . But there really limited space, may block the way. I left the key at counter in case they need to move the car.

Tomorrow is driving time .lets experience the road in Bali !

To be continue …

Ijen Crater – Foot in Hell, Eye in Heaven – Indonesia Travel Diary Day 7 (13.09.16)

Ijen Crater – Foot in Hell, Eye in Heaven – Indonesia Travel Diary Day 7 (13.09.16)

Ijen is a special in Java.Highest point 2,799 meter. is cold . Incredible view with toxic environment. Is an adventure Tour for sure. You need to have good stamina and health to trek. You need to start the hike at midnight in order to witness the blue fire. Is not easy to get there by ourselves. there no public transport to get there midnight.

After exhausted several days, The best way for us is join a tour. We took the tour at Ceramah Indah hotel in bromo.  800,000IDR include transport, ticket, stay, gas mask and packed breakfast, transport to ketapang.

 

Depart from Midnight 1.00 AM

Super early Morning at 1am . Took 2 cups of coffee and we departed from Arabica homestay to ijen.

2.15am : Sulfur smell were on the nose when arrived to the camping ground of ijen. Felt like …full of chemical . Feel dangerous. in my mind asking …Is it safe ?

Our Guide Briefing and distributed the gas mask . the gas mask look not very good, little bit hard. feel pain on nose when wearing it. i didn’t wear at the beginning. use it when reach to the crater where the sulfur smell is stronger.

We started the trek in the dark with Steep road at begining.  feel is tiring …. huh…the sky still dark only saw a lot of touch light‘s light that Lining up in front show the path flow of the route.  “still need to hike so far!!! ” because the light line up so far.

ftom the map, can know there still have 3km trekking distance . haha

Because of darkness, we also not able to see the environment clearly, need extra to be careful.  The trek a lot just beside the cliff .

Beside that, there standby lot of trolley taxi that can be hire, they will pull you up to ijen crater. Something like taxi service but is at Trolley type, pull by man. This is the first time saw this kind of service.

 

Blue Fire

After 1 and half hour trekking, we reach to the entrance of the crater. To witness the blue fire, we need to hike down to the crater. It Wasn’t easy to hike. But we are regular hiker, so still can handle it. our guide and tour member all separated, don’t where are they. we depend on ourselves now.

The route condition is really rocky and dangerous, trail also not very clear, we just follow people step. But is fun hiking.

Is really a waste cannot took picture because still dark. The view was very tuning with messy rocky trail. There Is really not enough time for whole tour. We not have time to see the view down here with day light. Feel that was regret.

One step one step we were hiking down, the sulfur smell is very strong. Suddenly the gas blow to our side. We were surrounded by smoke. Felt cant breath and eye was irritating, tear was dropping.  quite suffering at the moment , people rounding coughed very badly.  Some people started climbing up. There no way to escape. I was thinking: “die lo if continue like this.”

we wait the smoke gone away, we stopped and calm down our breath,the moment , I really got felt  Want to give up , but lastly I still decided to continue. There Just a little bit to reach. I am hoping the smoke don’t come second round.

It took 30 min to arrive to the blue fire point. Little blue fire , I not dare to go too near, worried the smoke fly over. blue fire flame is very hot, the temperature can be up to 600 degrees Celsius. But the place we stand 5-6meter away is still cold. Took some pictures. The time was around 4 am

Witness the blue fire. The blue fire are created by the burning sulfur. it burn naturally. We can see the fire only at night. Under the day light, we only able to see the gases released. The gas released is sulfur dioxide which is toxic.

The blue fire getting more in slight. is beautiful and stunning.

Incredible Sunrise

After that we want to the lake area, I taught the acidic lake located at the sunrise view point, so we made that is our next target and hiking up. When we reached to the top , the environment is start to bright.

Can see the real face of ijen crater. The green acidic lake actually located near blue fire point down there.

Close to the sunrise time, We heading to the sunrise view point. Saw Amazing view from the far. I  Speed up and run thought the trail. Run !!!!  till the end of the edge.

The beautiful view , worth it !!! Orangery pink sky before the sun coming up. got sea and mountain. The most beautiful sunrise I ever seen. Is stunning than the sunrise I saw at Old Bagan. Is really satisfying my eye.

Is great & awesome!!

5.30am The golden sunlight shoot from behind of the mountain, the shadow of the people. Everything become alive . Everything is beautiful and peace.


Is lucky enough to saw the sunrise, nice sunrise sometime need some luck, not every time can be met .


I wish I have more time to stay here.

 

Stunning View of Mountain and cloud sea

after saw view here no wonder people call here heaven on the eye but foot on the hell. View are beautiful, but the environment are toxic !

My armor, head lamp tie on my hand became iron man light.

People sit at the edge of crater . Do you dare ? Down there is the acid lake


Full of sulfur gas

Ijen Crater Lake

Again we come back to point of hiking down to crater. But we have not enough time to hike down to crater to see the turquoise-blue acidic lake and yellow sulfur on the ground.


We saw from the far, a lot of gases released. The green lake not clearly seen due to thick gases.

Ijen crater is a very wide carter . is about 20 meter wide, is  the world largest acidic lake. The acidic lake cause by the sulfur gases emitted surrounding and reacted with the lake water. The sulfuric acid form and make the lake water became turquoise-blue .the pH rate measure are 0.5 due to the high concentrate acid. Is very strong and corrosive acid. No not touch the water.

The miners are really risking their life for mining, working under unsafe condition. They need to carry the heavy sulfur (60-80kg ) in basket trekking from the crater to village to get paid. Image the route we went through, is very tough job. One day miner can earn about 5.50-8.00 dollar source from Wikipedia. The miner have average life about 47years , is expected that have shorter life in extreme toxic environment. So we also cannot stay long here.

They also turned the sulfur into art peace, they able form sulfur into different shape for souvenir. The doing it by cooling the liquid sulfur into the water.

Descending

6.00am is time to hike down, one of the same tour member need to rush to airport to catch the flight , so we can’t be late.

With the day light , actually the view is amazing. The sea cloud with mountain. Is very beautiful.

Descending speed is much faster than hike up. ear felt buzzing .


Going down also not easy , we tried walk in reverse way when is tired. just play around.

Journey to the East – Bali

 

7.00am finally reach to the bottom . met at car,all member are inside the car ready to go.  .We had our pack breakfast. And heading to Ketapang to take ferry. the van Stopped at bus stop to wait for another bus. Is sleepy.


Hoped on a bus, the bus look very local. Full of passengers. Nearly no place to sit. Also A lot of rubbish. an angry bird uncle sit next to me near to window ,he occupied 2 seats, not precedence to other people to sit. cause a tourist sit half butt on the seat . Angry bird uncle keep smoking in the bus. really unhealthy !

Bus drove in to ferry. said will take 40 min on the ferry . so passenger went down for rest.

Is very windy and comfortable sitting here. Across the sea is Bali island . is a nice experience . After the ferry, there long journey to go , been slept on the bus. 2.30pm only reach to Mengwi station.

at this station, we all been ask to go down by a uncle with white long Hair . look very style . he shout: here is the last station , all go down , all go down.

we a group of tourist also followed what he said, get down from the bus. ya that time the uncle offer his taxi service , 200,000IDR per pax to the City. that is very expensive . then some people argue that the tiket supposed cover untill Ubung Station , which the bus station in Denpasa. we had an long argument. one of tourists also try to call urber.get a price only 175,000IDR  per taxi to legain /Kuta

the mafia taxi start worried and said : this not good , this not good ! ok ok ! he reduced his price to 200,000IDR 3 people. then finally we took the taxi. one person paid roughly 70,000IDR.

the route to from Menwi to Kuta took more an hour to reach , with traffic jam . with the money. i think still very worth it.


Function on the road .

we reached to hostel about 4.30pm.is a dorm type. i settled down and have late dinner at legian street.  may be should be call late lunch , because we dint take lunch.

 

finally we in Bali .

Bali is very different from Java, here is total tourists area. all tourist waking around. is very happening .

no doubt , is a tired journey , didn’t have proper sleep for more 24 hours. that night, i fall down to bed very early , left my friend shopping outside alone.

 

to be continue …