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Kepong: "Blood-suckers" in FRIM
If you go to FRIM during rainy season to trek, expect to "befriend" some really passionate "blood-suckers" - yea...the leech! The leech is a blood sucking worm, either in light brown colour or black, and it sticks out like an antenna and loves to cling on to human/animals to draw out the blood. They will bloat up/becomes fatter when they are fully fed and thus will automatically drops off from the "victim"
During the trek, whatever shoes/sandals or socks you have on to protect yourselves from it , you will not be spared. They are so swift and small that they can just slip themselves into your socks, without you knowing..until you see a little red patch on your stained socks.
Well, of course if you choose to wear socks and shoes, you will feel, in a way, much protected but the disadvantage is that you will not be able to know if a leech has crawled into your shoes and socks and to take out your shoes and socks to check every now and then during a trek is really very cumbersome.
If you choose to wear the sandals, which i did, you will be "inviting" the little friends to a feast. The advantage of wearing sandals is, you will be able to see the leeches if they do cling on to you and then you can "swap" it off.
Some of you would have sprayed some insect repellant on but , believe me, it does not ward off the leeches, maybe only the flies and bugs... Many said we should have brought the salt and tobacco to help "drop" the leeches when they cling to you. Ahhh...there is yet another easier way - you spit on the leech that clings on you....it is said that your saliva contains salt and it will help drop the leech! Cool - right??? Try it!Related to:
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- Hiking and Walking
Sg Congkak: The Rocks are Rather Slippery
This warning is relevant for those who want to visit Sg Congkak. The rocks are very slippery and it is easy for to lose your footing or to accidentally sprain your ankle. Do keep an eye out for your young kids as well. The water may be shallow but the currents are very strong in certain sections. The guy in the photo slipped just as I was taking the picture.
Therefore do be careful when walking or playing in the river.Related to:
- Family Travel
- Hiking and Walking
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