Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Kota Tinggi Waterfall

The Kota Tinggi park was made famous by the river and the waterfall. It is the focal point of the days outing. This is one waterfall that is southernmost and near to urban Singapore. The Kota Tinggi Waterfall is located 62km away from Johor Bahru, and 16km away from Kota Tinggi. One of Johor's noted natural attraction, it is a great favourite among the locals.Originating from the top of Gunung Panti, the waterfall cascades down a rock face some 34 metres into a small pool below.
The area of the park itself is relatively small by our standard. It has a gigantic car park, almost half the area of the park. From the car park to the main waterfall area is a beeline line along the bank of the river. This distance is approximately just below a kilometer.

I think the best part of the trip, is to witness an authentic waterfall. made by nature. Of course, the river that flows down from the low hills of Muntahak 634m high cannot be big. Likewise the volume of water through the waterfall was not dramatic at the time this picture was taken.

This is a good place to bring your children out for the weekends. More appropriate for most urban family who could not find time for more exotic destination. As for plans of having picnic, just have something very simple. But the problem is you could not find suitable place to enjoy that day off and justifying the long journey here. Of course within that small space and the large crowd, cannot expect a very conducive ambience. But I think, after swimming at the base of the waterfall you can forget all of that problem .

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Pulau Manukan - Tunku Abdul Rahman Park

My post today is about Pulau Manukan, Situated in Sabah Negeri Di Bawah Bayu. Manukan is one of the 5 islands under Tunku Abdul Rahman Park. Look like boomerang shaped and some say like a dolphin, Manukan covers 51 acres and is the second largest island in the group. Only 20 minutes by boat from the state capital of Kota Kinabalu City, Manukan offers clear waters and beautiful coral reefs. The surrounding is so ideal for snorkeling, diving and swimming. Trails around the island provide endless hours of trekking in the cool, shady forest.
Manukan Island is the island with the most complete facilities: tropical timber chalets, restaurants, swimming pool, football field, squash and tennis courts and a marine exhibition centre. Snorkelling equipment hire and water sports, as well as daily beach BBQ's and infrastructural support-water, electricity, desalination plant, sewerage system, and even a solar-powered public telephone are also available to make your stay an enjoyable and fun-filled experience.
Guests can choose to stay in one of the single or double storey chalets. All chalets overlook the South China Sea and a spectacular sunset is almost a daily affair. The Manukan Island Restaurant offers a wide selection of Asian and Continental cuisine. The island is also ideal for small to medium sized group meetings. You are also suggest to spend a solitary time for yourself at the Look-Out Point and watch the beautiful sunset of Borneo.
Manukan Island is the most visited island in the TAR Park, and it is popular with locals and foreign visitors alike. One of the star attractions and must see on Manukan Island is the fish feeding at the jetty where large school of fishes have made their home. You can even snorkel and dive amongst the fish here!
I had been here only for a moment,about a half day. Early in the morning we rent a boat from Kota Kinabalu-there are many boat service go there and almost all the day- and arrived at Pulau Manukan Jetty in about 15 minutes later. Although I only took a half day there but I enjoyed the surrounding and fascinating feeling swimming and had a lunch there. I looking forward to go there once again. Come visit and have a vacation on this island, I’m sure you will get the fascinating and beautiful vacation here…

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Malaysia's Largest Natural Lake - Tasik Bera

Before this I talked about Tasek Chini, Malaysia's second largest natural lake. Maybe you will ask about the largest natural lake in Malaysia? Where is it? How about it? How large is it? So, today lets talk about it.

The Lake named Tasik Bera. Also located in Pahang state, in the southwest of the state. Tasik Bera is the largest natural lake in Peninsular Malaysia approximately 35km long and 20km wide.It was big isn’t it?

This Largest natural lake in Malaysia area has been home to the indigenious Orang Asli communities of the Semelai tribe for more than 600 years. When Malaysia signed the 'Convention On Wetlands of International Importance', the world's oldest environmental treaty which also known as Ramsar Convention, this lake has been nominated as country's first and to date only Ramsar site.

It is believed to be structurally and floristically unique and also the largest freshwater lake system in Malaysia with catchment area of some 61,000 hectares replenishes more than 7,000 hectares of wetland.

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As usual I’d been there, but don’t have a chance to explore more. There is some picture of me at the entry point and at the jetty of the lake.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006


There are many beautiful beaches in Malaysia. Today I would like to tell about cherating. Located in pahang state, it is one of the famous beaches in malaysia. This place still preserves its nature with the beautiful and refreshing scenery. If you want to visit cherating, there are many facilities available such as hotel, chalet and sport activity.

Here are some information about Cherating :
Located 47 km north of Kuantan, the capital of Pahang. A number of water sport such as catamaran sailing and kayaking can be enjoyed here. The excellent wind conditions in Cherating make it the perfect site for windsurfing and kite flying. Hire a bicycle and explore the beach surrounding. Look out for small eateries by the roadside selling inexpensive local favorites and interesting stalls selling souvenirs.
The old Cherating Village has a blend of modern and traditional. A stretch of road about 1km long runs parallel to the beach, dotted with charming and comfortable chalets, many of which face the beach front. Experience the rustic and laid-back atmosphere at the Cherating Village and take home a handicraft or batik souvenir.
Nearer to the town of Kuantan are the beaches of Teluk Chempedak and Balok. Sailing, windsurfing and waterskiing can be enjoyed when wind and sea conditions are favorable. Beserah, less than ten minutes from Kuantan is a fishing village. An interesting sight here is water buffaloes on the beach transporting fish to the markets at certain times of the year.
Getting There
By Road
Cherating is a 5-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur via the scenic route to the east coast. There are buses to Kuantan departing daily from Kuala Lumpur. From Kuantan, there are regular bus and taxi services to Cherating. Alternatively, take a bus from Kuala Lumpur to Dungun or Kemaman in Terengganu, and disembark at Cherating.
By Air
Malaysia Airlines has daily flight to Kuantan. From the airport, Cherating is just 45 minutes away.

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These are some picture had been taken while I was there with family.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Tasik Chini and The Legend

As promise before, this is the articles about Malaysia's second largest natural lake. In English, ‘Tasik’ means lake. Tasik Chini is one of the only two natural lakes in Peninsula Malaysia, both of which are located in the state of Pahang. Located approximately 100km from Kuantan town, the capital of Pahang, Chini is a lake that was formed from the natural damming of a river valley. It is Malaysia's second largest natural lake and is made up of a series of 12 lakes. With its well-known myths, the lake has attracted many visitors from various destinations. Nevertheless, these legends have enticed numerous archeologists to conduct scientific expeditions in Chini.
Local legend tells a tale of a wandering group of Jakun tribesmen who cleared the land to grow food crops. During their labour, an old woman appeared who proclaimed that she was the rightful owner of the land and that her permission should have been sought before any trees were felled. The Jakun humbly apologised, whereupon the woman allowed the men to continue their work. Before departing, however, she planted her walking stick in the ground as a mark of her ownership, telling the men never to remove it.
The men continued with their work, but some time later they heard one of their dogs barking and snarling at a decaying log. One of the Jakun threw his stick at the log, but immediately a torrent of blood issued from the log causing the man to run back to his friends in fear. His friends thought he was possessed by demons and tried to keep away from him. However, the barking continued so the entire tribe returned to investigate the log. A spreading pool of blood had formed around the log.
In fear they hurled their own sticks at the sight, whereupon a dark cloud gathered in the sky. The thunder roared, the lightning flashed and a torrent of rain fell from the sky. The men grabbed their belongings and ran for cover, but in the chaos one of them pulled the old woman's stick from the ground - the very stick which they had been warned not to touch. Immediately a fountain of water poured from the hole made by the stick. The water flowed for many years, thereby creating the lake of Tasik Chini. The tribe realised then that the log was actually the dragon called Naga Seri Gumum.
Of course, no magical lake would be complete without stories of a resident monster or a long-lost, sunken city. So, Tasik Chini has both ! Much like the famous Loch Ness, a serpent-like monster is reputed to make the lake its home. More seriously, there are theories that an ancient Khmer city once existed in the vicinity which has prompted archaeological studies of the lake and its surrounds.
The Sacred Lotus
In reality, Tasik Chini is less a lake and more a naturally dammed tributary of the mighty Pahang River, which lies to the north. Until recently the lake's waters rose and fell with the seasons - during the rainy season the waters were unable to flow down the narrow Sungai Chini and so became backed up in a series of lakes. A unique ecosystem developed, dominated by the presence of the Sacred Lotus Nelumbo Nucifera which once covered the entire surface of the lake system.

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Malaysia's Second Largest Natural Lake

Last week, my family and I went to my sister’s house at Felda Chini. She’s just been transferred here from Sabah. Once there, the first thing got in my mind is Tasik Chini, Malaysia's second largest natural lake. Actually, I never been there although I’m from this state, Pahang. So, we decided to spend time there. We went there with our mother that also came from Temerloh with my brother and his wife. So, it’s more alike a family gathering. So, we’ve been there about 2 hours and feel the refreshment beside the lake. Here are some picture to share with.
To know more about Tasik Chini and the legend tells about it I’ll make it in my next post.

Friday, September 01, 2006

How Batu Pahat get its name?

As you can see beside I'm from Batu Pahat, one of the district in Johor, Malaysia.'Batu pahat' means chiselled stone. Batu Pahat takes it name from an incident when there is a well was said to have been dug by fleeing Siamese troops after a failed attack on Malacca during the reign of Sultan Mansur Syah, the third sultan of Malacca who ruled from 1446 to 1459. The Siamese Soldiers chiselled a hole in the rock until water flowed. The soldiers, who were being pursued by Malacca forces under Bendehara Tun Perak, fled south and sailed back to Siam(Thailand) via the South China Sea. So The district of Batu Pahat takes it name from the incident.