Saturday, January 11, 2014

Where Am I ??? I Am All Over The Place

Thousands apology to all my readers for being away for such a long time and Happy 2014 as well to everyone! Well, I've been kidnap by hubby.... during the whole season !!!!! haha..... Just kidding ! I was actually with hubby travelling the whole time. He kept me busy for a while and now I'm nearly back to normal. Not much baking & cooking has been done. My kids are now well trained to cook & to feed themselves and do the laundry of their own. >o<  Here's the places where hubby & I visited for the past few weeks. The first picture was taken at Sungai Chohong. This river just a couple of kilometers away from my town. Nice view but no fish. I was standing in the middle of the river while taking this shot and a few minutes later after this it started to rain cats & dogs. Hubby & I with another friend ran to the car which about 500 meters away. Everyone was socking wet.

This photo was taken around 5-6 weeks ago before the year end monsoon at Sungai Bera, Pahang.

This picture was taken two weeks before our second visit to Sungai Lubuk Perah, about 4 weeks ago. The river was almost dry up. The local orang asli normally taking bath here daily.

This is the situation two weeks later after our returned. The river water almost reaches the bridge. No doubt, its the year end monsoon season. It's already under our expectation. Most reserved forest will close down the entry during this time of the year and all the logging activities to call a stop as well.

This picture was taken the following day, the river water is moving fast which almost covering the bridge. Hubby & I quickly packed our things and ready to make a move. Its my first time experiencing the monsoon flood. Not panic at all cause this is the upper stream. The flood won't get that bad. Of course, its not a good timing for hubby to fish around but he's totally addicted to it....he won't give up. LOL !

So, we returned another week later. The flood is over. Another lucky day for us, we met the local 'batin' the same day ('batin' meaning the leader of the orang asli village). We had a great time chatting. The 'batin' is very sad because most of their reserved land has been taken over by the government to develope into oil palm & rubber plantations. And the worst is illegal logging. He lost more & more land after each election. He is also a politician & he has a sit in parliment as well. He is one of the representative of Orang Asli Malaysia  He loves his land and how he wishes everything is still the same. At the same day, we met a hubby & wife team went for wild boar hunting. There are four of them.....included a neighbour with a 7 years old son plus 6 dogs. No guns....only with one long 'parang' (machete) which temporary tight to a long bamboo stick to work as a spear. We saw them went in the deep forest at noon time and then came back a couple of hours later with the wife sitting on top of a 50kg wild boar. While the 7 years old kid bringing back an injured female dog with a broken leg, bitten by the wild boar. Poor thing ! And the rest of the dogs only returned an hour later. Can you imagine how they fight with the 50kg boar ?

Then a week ago, we went to search for other places for more fishing spot. And we ended up climbing to a newly open logging area about 400 meters above sea lever. Quite scary though cause the route is really slippery. Can you imagine what's in front of us ? We're at 60 degree heading down hill....just like riding on a roller coaster. Yikes !

And guess what I found at Sg Madek, Kahang; on my recent trip after the monsoon flood (about 2 weeks ago)? The bridge is still standing strong after the flood when we reached there but the logs are all over the place. We're lucky that still be able to camp here.....*wink..wink*

Now, here's what I found on one of the log nearby. It calls 'dammar gum'. This is the largest piece I collected from the tree. Its another source of income for the local orang asli other than stink beans, wild honey, clear water fish, wild herbal such as tongkat ali & kacip fatimah. I test burnt some of it and it smells just like those incense or 'kemenyan'.

The gum stuck in between the wood. Hubby chopped it carefully so that we can get a nice big piece out of it. It can't easily found on any trees. That's why I said I am a lucky girl ! *wink*  Oh well, guess this is all for today. I'm still trying my best to come up a few post after this. Wish me luck ! >o<

Wishing you all the best and may this 2014 be a blessed year. Enjoy & have a great day everyone.

6 comments:

Nammi said...

Kristy!! you are alive!!! :D looks like you had quite an adventure. cant wait for you start cooking :) , have a nice week end

WokandSpoon said...

Nice that you and hubby can have holidays on your own. Sounds like a really interesting adventure!

~~louise~~ said...

Oh my word, Kristy! You sure are one lucky "gal" who gets around! Those are some amazing pictures. Scary too...Thank you so much for sharing, Kristy. Good Luck with getting back on track. I look forward to your visits and your creative cooking!!!

Sokehah Cheah said...

How I wish I can follow you on one of your trips. Have never gone fishing before and never step foot in those forest reserves. Sounds very interesting!

mNhL said...

Great that your kids had grown up to be independent! I still have a long way to go. haha

OMG...that wild board hunting scared me.

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

You and your husband are such adventures type,very interesting trip you had Kristy!

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