Friday, March 30, 2012

2012 TSDayOut : Kuala Selangor - Eco Tourism & Watch Fireflies





We were all excited for the TSDayOut.
What is TSDayOut?
TSDayOut is a mini tour in Selangor and organised by Tourism Selangor.

We visited the following places:
Taman Alam Mangrove Swamp
Bukit Melawati: Ruined Fort Melawati, The Royal Mausoleum, Altingsburg Lighthouse,
Fabled Executive Block (Batu Hampa), etc
V.N Ramadas Trading (Periuk Tanah Asli, Pottery making)
Seafood Dinner at Kuala Selangor 
Fireflies Watching with Boatride

Fee: RM50 but refundable once the participant completed the tour =)

The take-home knowledge included
the importance of the ecological & economical importance of Mangrove Forest
Knowledge on Eco-Tourism
The life span oand structure of the Fireflies and 
the significance of Kampung Kuantan at Krau Forest Reserve!

Below are sharing of some photos during the journey
together with other bloggers and Tourism Selangor!




We passed by the oldest temple in Selangor after the Tol at
Kuala Selangor Expressway


We were given soya bean, milo and nescafe in the bus
early morning!
Thanks to sponsor.

Briefing before the clean up at 
Kuala Selangor Nature Park by Michael


I am all ready for the clean up! 



Some nice scenery along the way to the Mangroove Forest
in the Nature Park



This was the after effect of cleanup the Mangrove forest
with the boot! Don't worry, it was heeled after that and 
we managed to collect 116kg of trapped rubbish
at the Mangrove forest.
an effort completed in 20mins by 40 participants! 


Our simple lunch before we went to Bukit Melawati,
Kolam Ikan Air Tawar =)
The fish is fresh! I have 3 pieces!


Each get to drink coconut water =)
So cooling...


Knowledge sharing session on Eco Tourism
Generally, ecotourism focuses on volunteering, or "voluntourism", 
personal growth and environmental sustainability. 
We did a little by cleanup the Kuala Selangor Natural Park (Taman Alam)  



The BedRock - Batu Hampar 
located at the top of Bt. Melawati

According to the history, Batu Hampar is a rest place for the Selangor ruler in the past.
Batu Hampar is claimed as a punishment place as the maid in the palace commited adultery and her blood was splashed around the compound of  the palace to serve as a warning to others.
There is a pokok Angsana/ Sena (casualina tree) that producing blood-liked rubber
 (see picture below)

Pokok Angsana
with the blood-liked secretion!
Read the legend behind it as stated above!


Next we went to the Kolam Ikan Air Tawar
(Fresh Water Fish Pond) nest to the Taman Alam 



At the Pottery 
V.N. Ramadas Trading
Kuala Selangor


My not-so-functional pot made by natural soil.


The traditional way of making the pot.



Traditional way require higher skill to master it as it will swing up and down 
whereby the modern technique using electrical machine has overcome this problem.


The pottery sign board


Seafood dinner at River View was the highlight after a long day!
Generally we were satisfied with the food except for the crabs served was not as big! 


Fried Fresh Butter Prawn


Fried Squid


Siamese-Style Steam Fish 


Butter Crab


River View at sunset!
We enjoyed our lovely dinner. 


The hall for special occasion and learning at the Fireflies place, Kampung Kuantan 


In the speech, we l;earned that TNB has been entrusted with upgrading the infrastructure, 

conducting promotional activities and research on the fireflies in Kampung Kuantan


The 5 winners for the best photos with the theme: Colours!


Group Photo credited to Nigel.
Do read his blog post for this trip

Thanks to Tourism Selangor for such a wonderful trip!

Coming Tourism Selangor will be exploring Pulau Carey, 
Jugra and Morib for a half day trip.

The response received is overwhelmed 
and they will resort using ramdomiser,
I hope I will be blessed!
*Finger crossed!* 

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

2012 NTV7 Feel Good Run Registration


2011 ntv7 Feel Good Run at Sri Pentas



Celebrities from ntv7, 8TV, One FM, Fly FM, Hot FM, etc.

All above photos taken from ntv7 FB page.


Starts TODAY!!!
 You can either register online via HooHa Asia (NO extra charge)
or register manual at 

  •  Federal Territory Amateur Athletic Association (FTAAA), Level 2C, Multipurpose Hall, Wisma OCM, Jalan Hang Jebat 50150, Kuala Lumpur 
  • Twenty First Century Sports (M) Sdn Bhd, No 51 Jln SS 18/6, 47500 Subang Jaya 
Venue for the run:
Sri Pentas, Bandar Utama 

Date: 
8th July, Sunday

Categories:

• Feel Good Run – 7km, aged 13 and above
• Run with Celebrities – 3km, aged 13 and above
• Costume Fun Run – 3km, aged 13 and above
• Kids Run – 700m, 6 - 12 years
 

Registration Fee:
RM25 (Adult)
RM10 (Child below age 13)

Interested participants can also email their enquiries to 
feelgoodrun@ntv7.com.my or 
call 03-56373821 for more information. 
 
Feel Good Run’s official website

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

TSDayOut Special Edition: Hulu Langat - Bamboo Rafting & Blowpipe Demo

I am glad to join the Tourism Selangor 2012 Day Out (Special Edition)
to Hulu Langat recently! 
It is about 35km from the heart of Kuala Lumpur City.

Our trip was partly sponsored by Tourism Selangor, 
and each participant only need to pay RM80 for the below:
Transport fee, picked up from Bangsar KL
Buffet Lunch at Di Ulu Hati
Water Rafting at Sungai Langat (approx. 5km, an hour ride)
BlowPipe/ Missile Demo (Sumpit in Malay - by the Orang Asli/ natives)



We were 30 pax in a group, 
15 were selected from the Tourism Selangor Facabook and 
15 selected from the Tourism Selangot Twitter followers

There was a contest with the Photography Theme: Adventure
and the selected 5 winners walked away with cash prize RM250/ winner
but I didn't make it this time! 



This is the most traditional way of water rafting using the bamboo raft.
The river was not deep enough to support the modern type rafting, and it has a lot of rocks underneath, so the whole journey is pretty challenging but do not worry, 
each raft was guided by one native guide,
only 2 passengers per raft and a guide (max.), 
and advisable to have at least one male participant per raft,
so that in the unforeseen event, the guy can help to carry the raft and move forward 
according to the river flow. Life Jacket is provided and a briefing is done prior to the ride!

I did experienced this in my 1-hour ride and I did a minor contribution too! 



I was injured unknowingly as I took over the guide to ride but I hit the rock.
Anyway, it was not very painful,  
it was just a surface cut! Thank God!


He was my rafting partner, Alex, he is a blogger too!
It was his second visit to Hulu Langat but first time for bamboo rafting!
He found it a little dissapointed when we were told to sit back and relax in the rafting
until I requested for the permission of our guide to let us do the rafting!
Haha... it was not difficult but cool!



A small group picture after completed the rafting =) 

(From left: myself, NorhAnis, Zamil, Alex Lim)


After the parking of the bamboo raft!
Our bamboo raft was newly built 2 days prior to our ride!

Overall I enjoyed my experience of bamboo rafting
with new friends and the natives (Orang Asli).

The price for Bamboo Rafting at Sungai Langat 
based on my research is at below:

Package Rates
Minimum 2 persons        RM 200.00 per person
4 persons to 9 persons   RM 180.00 per person
Above 10 persons           RM 160.00 per person

Some notes:
  • All participants will be required to sign a Liability Release before departure.
  • Children above 12 years may participate with parents or legal guardians
  • Participants must be physically fit.
  • Jewelry & contact lenses are not advisable.

 After that we took shower and buffet lunch at Di Ulu Hati.

I love the fact that all dishes are done in the kampung style 
with its prawn, fish, and meat that were sourced from the farm in Di Ulu Hati!
So fresh so naturally prepared!
And we all had a good lunch under the trees on the green grass
and we had a good laugh learnt about the Sumbit techniques!

  

Ulam


Rendang Chicken


Paku Pakis



Sambal Prawn


Fish with soft flesh! Very nice. I took 4 pieces! Haha!


Lunch time was great!




The kitchen area

After the lunch, we had an opportunity to learn about blowpipe by the natives.
Blowpipe is a form of weapon used by the native for hunting and protect themselves.

This weapon is perforated by means of a long metal rod with a chisel shaped bit. 

The weapon itself is made of a long rod with a metal spear tied with rattan at one end.
The blow dart is inserted at the other end using the spear to point to the hunting target. 


The blow dart ('ubat' in Malay) for blowpipe was attached to the wool cotton.
The effect is immediate and must be handle with care!
The 'ubat' can enter the blood stream and cause death within a minute!
And the medical diagnosis will not be able to tell the cause of death according to the Head of the Village!


He demonstrated and explained to us about the blowpipe used by the Orang Asli


I held the blowpipe and it was quite heavy, not as light as I thought.


The head of the village wanted me to complete the look by carrying the blow darts.

Besides, we took a tour about the Ulu Hati farm lead by the owner Shaipudin.




Picture with the strong handsome horse!
This is a Thoroughbred with well chiseled head that
consider a racing breed!



Shaipudin the owner, a retired banker,
 explained too us the ways to take care of his ponies and horses.


The fish pond. 



(Picture by Azuan)

The conclusion:
I enjoy myself with a bunch of new friends 
at the village! I wish to come back again with my husband! 

Activities that can be done in Ulu Hati includes:
Stay and relax in the long house.
Family Day
Camping
Farm Visit
Horse riding
Light and easy with bicycle
Jungle trekking
Mountain climbing
Jungle camping
Fishing
River rafting
Night Safari



 Lot 2668, Kampong Kuala Perdik, Jalan Ulu Lui, Batu 18, 
43100 Hulu Langat, Selangor

Shaipudin Shah Harun  +6012 271 6262  
Riznida Eliza Hamzah   +6012 2787722

e-mail : diuluhati@gmail.com &
shaipudinshah@yahoo.com





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