At Kampung Chuwei, formerly the MNS (Malaysian Nature Society) hut was station here before they moved to Kampung Tebang.. where more hornbills are found flying over here.. I didnt visit this Kampung Chuwei, because of the place is a bit too steep to go up.. There are more people here, more lively with dangdut (indonesian techno music) and house of...more
You can see them in the zoo, may be in some holiday resorts in Malaysia, but not plenty like I have seen here at Temengor. What is so special about the Hornbills? Well, they are family of bird, found in Asia, Sri Lanka and Afrika. There about 10species of Hornbills found in Malaysia - Helmeted Hornbills, Wrinkled Hornbills, White crowned Hornbills,...more
If you enjoyed Rainforest, an Eco lover than you should see the largest flower and smell like rotting corpse in the world - The Rafflesia or they call PakMe in Malay. There are about 27 species of this flower in South East Asia and some of them can grow up to 1 meter is diameter and weigh in about 10 kilograms. The Rafflesia is also an amazing...more
Things to do tips, I met Kar Eren, the special orang asli lady in Kampung Tebang. How I meet her? Well, I was the last person to get down from the hill after the hornbills counting.. There she was with some other ladies and children at the Orang Asli Community Hall just beside our hut. There, i just started a conversation by greeting them "Sudah...more
On the first day, by 5 o'clock in the evening, we are all ready to go uphill to the hornbills monitoring site for counts. The weather was cool and windy, and that the time the hornbill will fly back to the south of Temengor.. The monitoring site is as big like a football field and with beautiful sceneries behind...Terry, our MNS Guide, she is an...more
The first night there, my muscle aching and I cant sleep because I had too much black coffee.. By 10pm, everybody seems to be very tired and and solar light will be off at 10pm.. So I went in to my small cubicle bed with mozzy net..I cant sleep....arrrrrggggghhh.. Light off, total darkness...what should i do...So, things to do tip.. Cant sleep, try...more
Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) initiated a volunteer programme to provide the public an opportunity to assist MNS to monitor the Plain-pouched Hornbill. In August and September, the season for the Plain-pouched Hornbill, so yes, thousand of them flock in Temengor, in search of food. There are many question unanswered why these birds are here.So...more
There are about 17 orang asli kampung in Belum Temengor Forest Complex, but I have just seen 6 kampung at South Lake Belum Temengor.. Majority of them belongs to Jahai and Temiar tribes. Over the North near to Royal Belum, there are still orang asli in sexy loincloth like in the picture 1.Picture 1 - picture taken from a coffeeshop in Gerik. A...more
Im curious to know how the Orang Asli cooked their food. Its so traditional, using a section of bamboo trunk, hmmm... how interesting!!.. Its a method of cooking when you are in the jungle, no need of pots and pans.. just salt and a lighter.. Here's a demo from Kak Eren.Before that, we took a boat ride to another muddy area to collect the shoots of...more
Hungry? After the Hornbills counting in the morning and evening.. So much energy taken to climb up and down the top hill. As usual, I volunteered myself to cook for everyone. I get bored if I dont cook everyday. So whats the menu, oh, the food was plenty for everyone, I have no problem to cook.. So enjoyed looking at my food (simple food for hungry...more
There are wild elephants, harimau (tiger), rhino or leopard around here.. So nobody dares to venture out from the hut unless taking water from the river for a bath and poo-poo. Handling a touchlight also can attract snakes.. So stay inside the hut, have a hot drink (no beer) and enjoyed what Terry will tell us about the Hornbills and more gossip on EMKAY, Who is EMKAY? Aaahhh, couldnt be bother who is EMKAY.. and waiting for the time to sleep..
Watching the sceneries from the hut in the dark...its so beautiful, yes, it is possible to see in the dark. You can't see clearly but you can see a blured out line.
No, we are not flying there...Just take a long pleasant drive to Temengorgo to Lake Belum-Temengor :-From West peninsular Malaysia, use the North/South Highway till Seberang Jaya then use the Butterworth-Kulim Expressway, then head to Kota-Baru road, passing thru Baling and Gerik town. The East-West Highway will take you pass the first bridge of...more
You have to go till Gerik, Perak before reaching Pulau Banting Jetty to TemengorBus 88 - There are buses by the name of Bus 88 that will take you from Singapore/Johore till Gerik, Perak..Bus TransNational - Take the Bus from Pudu Sentral to Gerik, Perak. Once you have reached the town of Gerik, Perak.. Hire a Taxi to take to Pulau Banting that will...more
Are you making a Tiara for me?
No? Then what you are making?
During a festival, the Orang Asli will wear tempok (headgear) on their head and silang (sash) draped across their shoulder was part of their costume. They are made of young coconut leaves.
Another awesome experienced to see them weaving the tempok and silang. Kak Eren was around here, complainting of back pain, well, Kak Eren, come I give you a massage.. rub-rub-rub..ooops, its raining...Lets get in the house, wow..Im in an Orang Asli house... Their house is so simple.. Trying my hand on weaving, oh, i cant do it.
See us monkey around with the headgears...Would you like to SISIK (Dancing in Jahai language) or joget menari (Malay language) with me? No? okay i wont make more nonsence here..
Last but not least, the orang asli gave me a bracelet make of Buah Karela. Ahhhh..so nice again..
The real danger in Temengor - Damn, this is the second time, I have to write back this tip, grrr..window internet explorer not responding and my tips gone. grrrrr again.Logging and poaching in the forest of Belum Temengor caused the forest losing its wild resources that feed the orang asli for many many years. Logging in Belum Temengor forest...more
Bangkok is flooding, while in Temengor, you can the water recede so badly. I dont know how it happened, just not clever to know all this eco system what??? Just have a look in one of the pictures then you know..There are so much less fishes in the lakes and river. Not enough for the orang asli to feed their family..more
There will be outing to the waterfall or jungle trekking, so I must warn you of the leeches in the rainforest..They are two types of leeches in the jungle, the one I had near my ankle, i let it suck for 15minutes, just to see how this blood sucker get fat.. after that I took a small leave and pull the leech off my skin.. Do not put salt or trying...more
Luggage and bags:
Backpack and a lot of plastic bag to keep dirty and smelly clothes..
You will sweat a lot going hiking uphill to monitoring the hornbill bird counts in the early morning and evening. Oh yes, sleeping bag should be helpful too.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: A windbreaker / jacket to keep warm at night.
A lot of T-shirts and long pants and shorts
Good hiking shoes and slippers
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Insect repell body wash, Zambug (for insect bites), chinese ointment, deep heat (for muscle ache), hair shampoo, suntan lotions, insects repellents..
Photo Equipment: A dslr camera or a digital camera will do alright.. Get extra batteries for camera, and on save side, use battery operated camera. No electricity, so cant charge up the batteries..;-))
Its up to you to see what I will put up here..hahahahaha... Could be disgusting, so dont see..
The toilet - the first 3 days, I dare not go in...4th day, aaaaaaaarrrrrgh..cant stand anymore, i need to go quick...squating here for a few minutes, will jam up the knees, cannnnnt get up.. hahaha.. Lucky thing, all those poo went inside to the ground, so the water in the river as safe for drinking...
The Bathroom - the first night there, after cooking and so on..I need a bath, I got in there with a torchlight, trying to find a door...Hey... WHERE IS THE DOOR??? I heard someone laughing and said "No door, Mimi" Eeeeeeee..I need to bath naked here without door for 5 days... I can see the moon and the man in ISS looking down smiling... :-))
Fondest memory: Fondest memories of Temengor - the Toilet and bathroom.
Each time, you used the water...go down the river bank to collect water to refill in the big bucket.. So I make it a point, I just use half of a small bucket of water..Im plain lazy to carry water...arrrraghhh..