Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Our Favourite Waterfall

is located about 22km from my parents' home in Raub. Raub has a number of places great for a picnic as you can see from this billboard, highlighting the must-see, must-do places in Raub.
Let's see, how many waterfalls do we have in Raub? We have Lata Jarum, Lata Berembun, Lata Lembik, Pulau Chekas and Jeram Besu. "Lata" means waterfall by the way. ^^

Our favourite waterfall is Lata Lembik and getting there is quite interesting because we get to see Orang Asli settlements. Drive further, you get to see Cameron Highland's Orang Asli.

What better way to spend a hot day than having a dip in icy cool water, right?
We were hoping to see the waterfall looking like this but it had rained daily a few days before Chinese New Year, so instead of a clear water, we have this...
Ah well....  we'll just have to make do with old photos (and a mixture of new ones). Zaini told me I have no blogging integrity. Yeah yeah... 

Anyways, the old:
 
 
We like this particular waterfall named "Lata Lembik" because of it's baby-sized waterfall. The current is fast but nothing to daunting and dangerous to let kiddies play especially down at the bottom of the waterfall.

And the new are of the greenery surrounding the area
 
I'm feeling calm and relaxed just looking at these photos. I guess we should make another visit soon, eh? ^^

28 comments:

  1. Frantic Wikipedia-ing followed this post. Orang Asli » their languages » Jah Hut, spoken by only 5000 people » etc etc etc.

    How many languages are there in Malaysia?!

    OK, wait, back to the main topic. Lata. I look at these photos and I think, as my students always say, "There is so very many nature there!" Beautiful! More, please!

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    1. The Orang Asli (indigenous/aboriginal) people living in Raub are of the Senoi tribe, and can also be found in Gombak (which is in the State of Selangor) Tapah (state of Perak) and Cameron Highlands (state of Pahang). :)

      My Dad, deals with them a lot as he buys and sell things with them and is able to speak a bit of Senoi too. ;)

      If I'm not mistaken, I read somewhere that there are about 100,000 Orang Asli in the State of Pahang and 10,000 of them lives in Raub. ^^

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    2. I've just found an old book about the Senoi on Amazon called "Pygmies and Dream Giants" by Kilton Stewart. It sounds like a lovely book. D'you think that fancy store in Daikanyama ...

      Nah. Probably not. Ne?

      You've got to stop feeding me all these fascinating facts about Malaysia! It's just aggravating my book lust! :D

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    3. Well, there's your excuse to go back to the store. Maybe do lunch too. Got a whippet you can borrow to make you look the part? xD

      That book sounds interesting... and controversial. No?

      I'm more practical. Come over and let my Dad (he has very good command of English) regale the stories of his adventures. Maybe visit a village or two while we are at it. Deal?

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    4. Oh! Storytelling? Yes, please! Your blog has really kindled a major fascination with your country, so ... offer accepted. One day I will show you my shitamachi, and you will be my guide in Malaysia. ^^

      I can kick myself now that I didn't invite you for green tea during your last visit. I was too bashful and stupid. Bladibarsket!

      Yup, the book sounds controversial. Nope, I ain't borrowing no whippet. I'll probably start force-feeding it in a desperate attempt to make it look like a real dog. :-p

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    5. Maybe it was a good thing you didn't. I'd probably want to meet over a jog or something instead of a more leisurely pursuit of sipping tea. xD

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    6. I will sit like a lady, sipping my tea, while you run around the block. Each time you run past me, I'll make a note of your lap time.

      Though maybe it's safer to accompany your dad. Squat around fires and listen to stories. Sounds good to me. ;)

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    7. LOL

      It's safer and much more fun listening to stories than keeping tab of my lap time. Definitely! xD

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  2. haven't been to raub before but i've heard a lot about the lata over there.. so it's the land of lata?? haha~~ :p

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    1. Raub is located on the Banjaran Titiwangsa (Titiwangsa Range) mah.... so lots of hills, mountains, gorges (we call "gaung" gorge, right, etc etc) Lots of hutan also. So yeah, sure has lots of Lata here. :)

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  3. but i am somebody who has only been to a lata for not more than 5 times in my whole life till date, haha.. maybe i'm not outdoor enough?? :D

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    1. You are a city boy, right? Which lata you've been to? I sadly have not been to any lata/sungai or anything similar in Selangor. How sad is that?

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  4. BTW makcik.. mana lata?? i don't see any waterfall in any of the photos?? just a river and some rapids.. (=.=)" tipu orang lah~~ :D

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    1. Yeeee..... ini SK so garang.

      Aiyah, I didn't go all the way into the "hutan" and take photo of the waterfall lah. I only go and play safely at the place for visitors. Very "kiasi" what. xD

      OK, OK. Since I tipu you already. Next time I take better waterfall shot. Happy? ;p

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    2. OMG! SK calling you makcik! So rude!!! : D

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    3. Right? Itu pakcik dare call me makcik. Can I be ruder and call him Ah Pek ah? ;p

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  5. Ummm I kinda dislike the yellow water due to dirt caused by heavy rains. However, I like the old photos that showed clearer water ;)

    And, I was actually expecting to see a tall waterfall! ehehe.

    BTW, I didn't know in Malay waterfall is Lata. Here, it's air terjun which literally means falling water

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    1. Not all waterfalls here are called "lata". I think its prevalent in my hometown. Elsewhere, air terjun is commonly used.

      Yeah, sorry about the no-show of tall waterfalls here. There is one nice one called "Air Terjun Chamang" but with kids in tow, I don't think it's safe to go there because the kids (and adults too) would want to go for a dip. ;)

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    2. I'm actually worried/scared a bit to stand underneath a waterfall because there must be rocks falling from the stream above. So, yea, it's a good idea that you didn't take the kids to the tall waterfall.

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    3. Yeah, and it can be hard to control opinionated tweens (not my Son, thankfully) from venturing out on their own and enter the river without supervision.

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  6. I have seen two lata so far. This is a great place to visit. But first I must find out where is Raub. :P

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    1. Raub is very accessible from KL. Just a 2 hours drive. And people going back to Kota Bharu will pass by Raub if using the alternative route. :)

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  7. I love waterfalls!! The negative ions there make me feel so fresh and energized!

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    1. Dunno about +ve -ve ions but I also feel energised and recharged after a trip there. ;)

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  8. Dipping into the cool water on a hot day is heavenly!

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  9. Our Kota Tinggi one is very clean. :)
    Got lot of fish too.
    If you got wound, they will come and bite you.
    Ha ha... Like the doctor fish spa.

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    1. Whoa! Can get free fish spa there!

      When you coming back and take me there? xD

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