Thursday, December 01, 2016

Batang Ai Exploration with Wilson Chin and Friends 婆罗洲探险者巴当艾游记

Batang Ai, Borneo Paradise...
This is the longboat that we use to one of the traditional longhouse along the Ai river (Batang Ai)
这是我们的乘坐的长舟,看来虽然窄小,但是很舒服。
The view along the Ai river (Batang Ai) 
巴当艾的风景宜人,水坝里的水面风平浪静
This is our boatman, a very fiendly person. He share with us many of the culture and history here
这是我们的船夫,在这趟旅途中和我们分享了许多关于巴当艾的历史与文化
A bost ride to one of the traditional longhouse along the Ai river (Batang Ai)
巴当艾的溪流上,长舟是唯一的交通工具
Iban longhouse to be seen along the Ai river (Batang Ai)
在巴当艾的溪流上随处都可见到依班族的长屋,多数都是现代化了
Travel upriver to visit more longhouse
船夫带我们到上流,去拜访更多的长屋
According to the locals, the water is yellow because there are logging camp on up stream
根据当地人的解说,溪水是黄色,这是因为上流有伐木公司不断的在开发森林伐木
Manual paddling with bamboo against the water current
当地人利用手力来推动他们的长舟
no electronic here, no mobile reception. Swimming is one of the entertainement here at the Ai river
巴当艾的其中一个乐趣就是游泳,这里的水很深,要当心
A group photo with the chief of the longhouse (in blue pants), and our boatman (2nd right)
长屋的酋长(右一)船夫(右二)酋长夫人(右三)和我的队友们合影



Monday, November 28, 2016

5 Tips For Hiking In The Rain

01.   CHOOSE THE RIGHT TRAIL
On a raining day, there is no point for us to hike a few hours to the summit and in the end, not being able to enjoy the view. Most of the view will be heavily cover by fog that time.

I will not recommend you to hike on a trail which require you to cross over a stream, flash flood usually occur during this time.

Riverside trail, waterfall trail is good choice, the water volume will increase hence greater the view.
Forest hike will give you breathtakingly view when the fog comes.
02.   CHOOSE THE RIGHT CLOTHES
layers that keep you warm even if you do happen to get wet, starting closest to your skin and working out:
  • ·         Non-cotton underwear
  • ·         Non-cotton long underwear
  • ·         Non-cotton insulating layer
  • ·         Waterproof shell layer
  • ·         Wear a kampung addidas, it’s a Borneo local folks plastic shoes, which they use for farming. Its good to use on a raining day, or on a waterfall hike, don’t have to worry about getting wet.  
03.   CHOOSE THE RIGHT GEAR
Use trekking poles when hiking in the rain, this will be great for balance, crossing streams, and brooks and going up and down hills.

Use self-locking plastic bags to keep such items as lighter, food, camera, first aid kit, books, maps, journal, and mobile phone dry.

Use waterproof stuff sacks for your gear, especially clothing. Use them in different colours to indicate what type of gear is in each.
04.   FOOD AND WATER PREPARATION
Bring food that can eat on the go like cereal bar, chocolate bar, keep snacks handy in your larger exterior pockets, for easy to access.

Drink from a water bladder, so you can have food and water on demand. No hassles on cooking the food, or getting that hard to reach bottle out from backpack.

You will need your energy while hiking in the rain. Body and outside temperatures changes require more energy while hiking and staying warm.
05.   KEEPING YOUR STUFF DRY
Make sure your backpack comes with a rain cover, if not always carry a big black plastic garbage bag to put all your dry clothes in. 

If you have extra cash to spare, you can get a quality dry bag, always put your gear inside your daypack in dry bags, pouches or ziplocks. 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Exploration Trip to the Valley of Mount Santubong

Hammock camping at Mount Santubong, this is at the base of the mount. Near to the suspension bridge and the waterfall.
Cooking breakfast, and we had creamy mushroom breakfast
The Santubong nature jacuzzi, which is my favorite place to swim.
The water are crystal clear, I can see all the surounding rocks formation.
Start our journey to the valley of Santubong
Encounter some beautiful rocks with greenish and brownish colors.
The very last stop of the valley, I love to swim in crystal clear water. How about you my friend?

Monday, November 21, 2016

Why We Should Hike With A Team

I am very lucky to be able to live in Borneo, with all the trees, waterfall, mountains, and beautiful nature scenery.

I am also very lucky to have a team #KuchingAdventureTeam that share the same passion like me.

I treasure this friendship very much, and hope in the years to come, we will continue to explore more places in Borneo.

Here are reason why should we hike in a team!

There is always joke to share
Sometime we need a few hours to hike to the mount summit, or to a certain check point, so along the way its always good that someone that can cause amusement or laughter to the team, especially a story with a funny punchline, in our group we have a lot of people who do that, and it makes the journey even more fun.

Someone handle the cooking
On a camping trip, food plays an important role it not just give us energy, it also unit us together. In a group, there is always that someone who knows how to cook, who owns the practice or skill of preparing food by combining, mixing, and heating ingredients. For me who don't own that skills, its a blessing that my friend can cook, so my job is to help finished the food that my friend cooked.

Bonding
The more you get together with a bunch of friends the more you will feel the close bond between each other. For me I always feel a close friendship that develops between my buddies, often as a result of shared experiences.

To look on each other back
This is Kampung Kidding, a remote village with more than 3 hours of hike. It was my first time visit the place, and I don't have enough food and water. My friends are kind enough to share food and water with me to make sure that I have enough energy to finish this exploration, and to reach the waterfall. So its good to hike with a team that will always look each other back.

To share the expenses
When we hike to a new place, we will need to hire local guide, sometime even porter. Due to the rough terrain, some of the expenses is not cheap. Good to have a team to share the expenses together, so we can lighten our burden, instead of paying all the expenses by yourself. 

Night Swim
We camp at the Santubong Moun valley, beside our camp side there is a stream with crystal clear water. We camp there regularly, and we like it very much. Everytime after we finish our dinner, we will go and dip in the stream. Its fun to have night swim together with friends. 

Hike together, rest together
We are at Mount Murud, the highest mount in Sarawak, Borneo. Its a hike which last us for 3 days. Its very difficult to access this place, with all the rough terrain, muddy trail, and humid mossy forest. Good thing that we are in a group, and we motivate each other, when we are tired, we rest together, share a cup of hot drinks and off we go again.

Explor waterfalls together
In Sarawak, we have a lot of waterfall, countless waterfall waiting to be discover. And in a team, we can share the location on the waterfall that we visit before, and visit that place together.

Share the light together on a night hike
My team and I was on a 3 hours hike, after we reached the summit we spend too much time on the summit and by the time we knew it, it’s already dark. Some of us have headlight, some of us don’t. So the one with light walk first, and we follow at the back.

Reaching great hieghts together
The photo above it’s the highest mountain in Malaysia the Mount Kinabalu. Along the way we just hike slowly and enjoy the breathtaking scenery, take picture, feeding the friendly squires, and reaching great highest together. It gives a sense of accomplishment after we reach the check point, and the memories created will last a lifetime.

The art of nature
Mother Nature creates the most beautiful art, and we must go for that extra mile to enjoy it. If you go alone, you will be demotivated. That is why is good to have a team that can always motivate each other, and when that moment arrive, we witness the art of nature together, magical experience.

Share the Burden
When we are in the jungle, we can only depend on our teammate to help us in case of emergency. If one of us are injurt, the other one will help to carry the heavy backpack, the water bottle, the food, and to give a shoulder to lean on for a rest. Teamwork make things happen!!!

Explore & Adventure
Explore and enjoy the adventure together as a team, and we can concur any mountain, swim in any stream, exploring any waterfall, and camp in any jungle condition.


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