Sunday, September 28, 2008

Bukit Tabur Night Climb

Top view of Bukit Tabur at around 2.30 a.m. - Photo curtesy of Mahfiz

Eight of us on the top! Yea!!! - Dee Z, Along, Myself, Azizah, Yani, Mahfiz, Lyn and Mie

Bukit Tabur is located in Taman Melawati, Kuala Lumpur under the administration of Majlis Perbandaran Ampang Jaya (MPAJ). The hill is a very popular hiking spot. Bukit Tabur is also known as Bukit Hangus by the locales. To go to Bukit Tabur, from Kuala Lumpur city centre, the easiest was to use the Middle Ring Road 2.

Our team of eight people went there at a meeting point near Giant Hypermarket in Taman Permata oppisite of Taman Melawati. We started our climb at around 1.00 a.m. after all has arrived. The starting point was at the Klang Gate Dam.

Earlier on, myself and Azizah, one of my Mount Tahan mate, Mie aka Adam and Along both are my newfound outdoor friends went for shopping spree at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman. The plan was to buy myself Baju Kebaya Nyonya and Baju Melayu for my beloved younger brother. I got all those shopping done beautifully. However, it was a very jamed night. The amount of people shopping that night was out of your mind. You can hardly breath. In the end, the three of us, only I did all the shopping. I got all what I was looking for with big smile on my face. Can't wait to flaunt my yellow Kebaya Nyonya this Hari Raya :)

Done with shopping, we head straight to Taman Permata via Selayang-Batu Caves-Taman Permata. We met with the rest of the team at 12.00 mid night.

Arriving at the Klang Gate Dam around 12.30 a.m. we started our climb at around 1.00 a.m. I have been retiring from climbing exactly one year ago. My last climb was Gunung Tahan and I never went anywhere afterwards. Lack of training makes me feel so unfit and humble compared to my younger team mates. I used to be a very good climber last time. Hehe... This is really making me feel so old! No way! I was panting at the beginning. However, once I got used to the speed and the terrain, it's getting easier. Thank God.

The hill is about 1000 meters in height. However, it is very rocky. It was made of quartz/limestone combination. A climber needs a good shoe grip in order to climb and a little bit of wall climbing skill because you will find a lot of those vertical rocky walls. Climbing Bukit Tabur really brought back those time when myself and Azizah were in Mount Tahan because the geographical condition was very much like climbing from Camp Pangkin to the top of Tahan. And climbing at night time was something Azizah and I were used to while in Tahan. We were always late to reach our camps because it was difficult and very slow climbing with the blind people. Usually we end up reaching our destination at 8.00 or 9.00 o'clock in the heavy rain situation. It was very nostalgic. I missed all those experience. Makes me determine to repeat Gunung Tahan climb with friends this time.

Back to Bukit Tabur, it was real fun climbing with newfound friends and not to forget my adorable friend, Azizah. She's the reason to all these new madness in outdoor. I was thankful to her for coming back into my life when I needed it the most.

Dee Z, Yanie and Mie

Not to underestimate Bukit Tabur, it has certain areas that are a bit challenging. At one part, one has to use a rope to go down. Those who has heights problem might feel a bit difficult to go through that phase. This happened to Azizah, surprisingly. She's the queen of mountains. Have conquered so many mountains in Malaysia. More than me! However, we all love her and made her do it no matter what. Let her conquer all her fears.

We reached the top at around 2.15 a.m. Just about 1 half hours. Haha... What a joy to see the beautiful night view from the top. You can see lights from Genting Highland. It's like a city floating in the sky. You feel like an angel who wants to fly over to that city. And you can see the mist pooling like clouds at the bottom, makes you feel so high above. Like you are standing above the clouds.

The city lights of Kuala Lumpur was a breath taking scene. You can see KL Tower and KLCC too. So out of words to describe. We celebrate with fire crackers and 'bunga api'. We cooked simple meals. Not so hungry but it's nice to have meals to instill some memories on top in the wee hours :)
We set up small fire to brightened the night. It was really cold up there. Again reminded me of Camp Pangkin before reaching the top of Tahan. It was windy too. Lucky we had early rain that day, so the night was clear. You can even see the stars. Magnificient!

We came down at around 3.35 a.m and reached down at the foot of the hill at 4.30 a.m. exactly. Two of our friends, were waiting for us at the foothill, sleeping in the car. Haha... They were too late to join us but still want to catch up with sahur together. We found out that their car was having a pucture. They don't even realised it! The guys all set to help. Within minutes, it was done. Later we all shoot for sahur at a nearby mamak.

At 5.30 a.m. all said our farewell... Most were planning to go back sleeping till afternoon because of Saturday. However, I was to work, Manager on Duty for weekend at the hotel. Huhu... no sleep for me.

It was a great climb and unforgetable experience in Bukit Tabur. All of us pledged to repeat a climb, this time to see sunrise from the top. Surely it will be a marvelous view. We had to start climbing in the wee morning around 4.00 a.m. to see achieve that. And to come down before the sun is above our head. It will be really hot in the afternoon due to scarcity of vegetation up there.
Another fantastic memories :)

A Walk Down Memory Lane

Jaafar Onn & Haiza

Haiza, myself and Jaafar

Everyone said to me, I was crazy to climb Bukit Tabur in the middle of the night during fasting month and to come back the next morning at 4.30 am and then straight going to work. Really crazy, isn't it. Hahaha... well that's what makes this life more interesting. To do crazy and memorable thing. I think, my thing indeed :) Haha...

So eight of us, a team of outdoor enthusiasts went that night to satisfy our thirst for madness. I will write about the climb in detail in my next posting. For now, I am interested to write about my dear friends Jaafar and Haiza.

I've known Jaafar during my rein as the PR, Marketing & Special Events Officer in Taman Botani Putrajaya. A place which has my great love and so many beautiful memories. Jaafar was our favourite artiste to perform in most of our corporate family days done by big companies, factories and government agencies in Putrajaya area. It was in late 2005. Why he was a favourite? Well I would say, Jaafar has a very friendly character, courteous and knows how to handle big crowd of people of different races and background. All who knows him will concur that he is an entertainer and a performer.

My encounter with Haiza was before I met with Jaafar Onn in person. It was in early 2005 when I was just about to fly off for another adventure in life. We were in a charity project of promoting a dangdut album for a good cause. I've written about it before in my blog. You can read it here. At that time, my friend called me up to help him in a dangdut project for the royalty of Kedah. The organisation we were to help is called PERSATUAN BENCANA ALAM NEGERI KEDAH or P-BANK in short. It was under the patronage of Sultan of Kedah and run by his brother and beautiful wife, Tengku Bendahara Kedah. I was acting their PR & Communication Manager for that particular project.

The project was a success. Every unit of an album sold, RM5 will go to P-BANK fund to help the victim of natural disaster in Kedah State. It was a noble gesture by a noble royalties. However, I was offered a better job with Taman Botani Putrajaya, so I left P-BANK for my greater passion in life, i.e. NATURE :)

Well... It's true when people say that this world is small. Never make enemies, for you will meet each other one day, no matter where you are. Oh dear... God forbid this from happening :)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Love our Children

I met with this two children at RACTAR (Rumah Amal Cahaya Tengku Ampuan Rahimah) in Subang USJ on 18th September 2008. They are Nisya and Atiqah, both sisters around the age of four and five. When all other children of the house went to school, they were left at the home playing by themselves. The rest are a bit grown ups, working in the sewing workshop, learning a living skill of making dresses for their unknown future.

RACTAR was initially chosen to be the orphanage home for our hotel to grace our Ramadhan Charity function. Changes in the function date has resulted them unable to participate. We invited a differenct homes afterwards. However, since we still have budget to spend on charity, our hotel has decided to still honour our initial plan to celebrate the home. So, we went to RACTAR one fine afternoon to deliver them some goodies. That's the least we can do.

Nisya and Atiqah were playing after their lunch meal. They were too young to fast, in seemed. I went to them just to see what's interesting about these kids. They look too small to be left playing alone. They greeted me with a sincere smile of a child. I asked their name, later took photos. They seemed to like it so much. They know how to pose. Very cute poses they gave me. My heart was started to warm towards them.

It was sad to hear their story from the administrator. The father left them to the care of their mother some time ago and the mother brought them to the orphanage, unable to support them. However, it seemed the mother have not come to visit the children for quite sometime already. The home will put them into adoption soon if she didn't come to claim the children. How sad.

In this era, more and more irresponsible parents are causing heartache and pain to their children. We have a choice in this life. To be or not to be a parent. Why we want to choose a path that we can't handle when our action will cause so much damage to others. This kind of people don't deserve to be in called a parent.

And it is sad that some people can bare children but they don't want them, and some people love children but they can not have one. Cases such as abortion and baby dumping are an everyday news to us. I encountered many types of people in my life. Children and baby talk will always have a sensitivity to me as I myself wish to have children of my own. I want it so much, in fact, it is the only reason now if I were to get married.

I pray and hope that our society will take responsibility of their action. To take good care of our children as they are the future of our nation. Give them all the education and knowledge to build a better society and better environment for all to live in. This world is made up by the people. So the people must change or at least make a difference.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

A Night Filled with LOVE

Jaafar Onn, Rohana Jalil (left) & Haiza (right) singing with orphans with LOVE.

Duit Raya, hampers and goodies from our Group GM, witnessed by our Group CEO. Some more LOVE :)

Single Mother had their share of LOVE too :)

LOVE the underprivileged - Mr. Lam given the goodies, looking on, Dato' Adnan (Director of MPSJ in maroon shirt) and our Group Directors.

Yesterday my stars must be in alignment that makes me feel so much love. I was bursting with happiness that I could not put away a smile from my face. I was smiling and chatting chirpily the whole day and night. I was in a vibrant mood, nothing could ever spoil it.

It started with a dream of my past. I saw something that was so melancholic, I felt pity about it. However, the dream was like a liberation of my heart and my mind. I can't go into details of my past nor my dream. It is too private for public knowledge. What I am sharing here is that from the start of my day, I dreamed of this person. Then it stopped. I went away with my day feeling like a princess. Hehehe :)

We had another charity Ramadhan Buka Puasa with the underprivileged. A joint venture event with Subang Jaya Manucipal (MPSJ) and the media. We celebrated four underprivileged groups, i.e. the orphans, the poor, the single mothers and the disabled (OKU).

The pictures above tell it all. It was a night filled with LOVE and giving. I am so much in LOVE, I drove home with a smile.

Reaching my home, I was looking for a parking space. Then I found one car that was coming out. I waited for it to go out. The driver was putting things at the back seat. I couldn't see his face. Something familiar about the car, though. Then, I saw the registration number! Oh My God! It was my past which I dreamed of. The car reversed without really seeing who is taking his place. He went out and I went in. And that was it. I was filled with wonder. What a day!

A nice closure indeed :)

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Happy from Happiness

Picture of Happiness from Innocent Beings

Feeling of Purple :)

Happiness came in many disguises. We thought money is happiness, overseas vacation is happiness, big bonus is happiness, love is happiness...yes? Well... true. All of these are correct. Happiness is so subjective. You can not define it in one term.

The best happiness is the kind of happiness that came from others' happiness. Get what I mean? It is unselfish, it involves sacrifices but it is the best. Then you will get the ultimate happiness that is hard to describe. At least that is how I would describe the feelings I had when attending the charity function organised by our sister hotel, Peninsular Residence All Suite Hotel. My colleague, Yasmin worked very hard to ensure the smooth flow of this event with her best friend, celebrity extraordinaire, Azwan Ali.

I was touched by the way Azwan Ali and his invited artistes treated the orphans. Among the famous artistes are Jaclyn Victor, Dato' Aziz Satar, Mas (Acedemy Fantasia), Zarina Zainuddin, Raja Farah and many more. In regardless of their status of popularity, they really made the day for all of the orphans. Made them sing, made them clap their hands and even gave them autographs :) That was so sweet :)

The hotel celebrate orphans every year during Ramadhan. Give them 'Duit Raya' (packet money/Ang Pow), goodies and house supplies. This year all our Group Directors and CEO attended.

One for the album - Hard working staffs of PR with the Group GM (in yellow)

Wednesday, September 03, 2008


I would like to wish all of Muslims, Ramadhan Al-Mubarak. "Selamat Menjalankan Ibadah Puasa". It is the third pillar of being a Muslim.

Just to recall the 5 Pillars of Islam for all of us:
1. Shahadah - To bare witness that there is no God but Allah and Muhamad is the Messenger.
2. Prayers, 5 times a day
3. Fasting in Ramadhan
4. Perform Zakat
5. Perform Haj/Pilgrimage to Mecca

There you go. The 1st and 2nd pillars are done everyday, every time we perform our prayer we will say the Shahadah. Shahadah is the fist requirement to be spoken loudly with a witness when a person convert to be a Muslim. 3rd Pillar, fasting is only perform once a year whenever it is Ramadhan. 4th Pillar, Zakat is done every month or yearly for Zakat is required upon our wealth and self. Zakat Fitrah (in Ramadhan before Syawal/Eid Celebration) is compulsory upon our individual as to purify our existance. And last but not least, the 5th Pillar is to perform Haj. This is only once in a life time but can be done more if one can affort it. It is not compulsory for those who are poor or incapable of doing it for good reasons.

I am not the right person to discuss on matters related to religion but being Muslim I think I should know the basic tenets of being a Muslim itself or we will be lost without a purpose.

Once again... wishing everyone out there... SELAMAT BERPUASA... I am taking this chance as well to ask forgiveness if ever I have hurt anyone physically, verbal or with my writing. May God, bless you all in this holy month of Ramadhan.


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