Saturday, 7 September 2013

A Date At Nuang

A week before our 14th wedding anniversary, I texted Zaini and asked him "how about going to Nuang on Sep 4th?".

His reply was a big thumbs up. ^^

Never mind it will be just a few days after him doing a full marathon at River Jungle Marathon. The wife tarak give chance punya.
We arrived rather late, at 9am. We weren't too concerned about starting late as we were not planning to hike up all the way up to the peak. Heck! We didn't even plan to hike up to Kem Pacat!  Our plan was to stroll up for 3 hours and walk back.
At the entrance. As we were there on a weekday, we were to only visitors there. Saw a couple of "mat salleh" ladies and a vet taking photos (he was waiting for a bird that's migrating to Nuang) here.
We had no plan on doing any trail runs. Just walking and talking, photographing, goofing around and stuff like that.
With plenty of stops to take photos of interesting subjects.
Like these "pacats". Hahaha

I thought I was spared because I wore my long compression pants but turned out two managed to sneak into my socks. I got a pretty nice red scar now.
With the day being a weekday, we had the trail all to ourselves. Which was nice as we did want to have the day just by ourselves.

We were arriving Kem Lolo after walking for almost 2hours, which meant we still had time to continue up if we wanted to. From the entrance to Kem Lolo was about 5km and if we continued our hike, we probably could add 1-2K further (or not) but we couldn't continue on.

Well, we could've to, I guess.
But Blackie and Tweety (no guess which is which, right) were looking so "garang" and despite us standing our ground; they stood in the middle of the path we wanted to pass through and was barking furiously.

Actually, the two dogs had ran pass us earlier and were pretty much ignoring us and was speeding ahead a motorbike.

What to do? Both Zaini and I don't really know how to react with dogs. We just shrugged and retraced our steps. Now, these two dogs are good mountain runners. That day, they decided to give us their undivided attention,  "assist" us and accompanied us back all the way back to the entrance!

Me & hubby laughed and bitched about the two dogs. They were very alert and would zoomed into the shrubs whenever a noise was heard. Then, they would run back and walked with us. Blackie would usually lead and Tweety was either behind us or beside us. Whenever we'd slow down, Blackie would stop, look behind as if to say "hurry up, won't you?" Hahaha

I accidentally smacked those two's snouts with my camera and they'd whimpered,  kept a distance for a while and then came back near. Sorry doggies! Who asked you to be so near, when you saw me happily swinging stuff while walking?

There were times, I'd "scold" them for standing mid-path and made me stop. LOL Kesian those two dogs. Kesian us also la... We also dunno how to react to them, kan?
Some not so interesting stuff seen on the trail. That "tapak kasut" was the 8th one I saw that day! Why are there a lot of people missing "tapak kasut" hehehe

And people, if you can lug around a full bottle of water up, why can't you lug an empty bottle down???

We arrived back around noon (being paced by those two dogs made us walked faster) and the rangers/caretakers (I know the dogs' name but I forgot to ask the guys' name!), remarked at how early we came back. One, we didn't hike far. Two, we didn't stop for a rest. Our stops were  mostly stops to take photos of interesting "mountain specimen".  ;-)

We also told them that the dogs didn't seem to allow us to proceed further and they said there must be some animals that could harm us nearby like snakes or monkeys.

You see, both dogs are trained to go up and down the Nuang trail and they'll walk with hikers too. A guide, kinda. Tweety is getting weaker but Blackie can still  run up to the peak. There was another dog, a brown puppy too. We saw it running behind a motorbike up the mountain.

We'll bring some treats for them the next time we visit, that's for sure. 

Chatted with the guys who work there for a bit before making our way home. We only managed about 10K but I was happy. Zaini was satisfied too. This was our first time up Gunung Nuang so we didn't want to be greedy and aim to reach the peak or anything. Our aim was to spend time together, doing something special.

A pretty good way to celebrate our anniversary. Looking forward to celebrate the 15th time next year! ^^

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  1. That is cool, trail guard dogs! Maybe they should put a notice up at the entrance so people will know about it ahead of time.

    Happy anniversary!

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    1. They usually are with the rangers, I suppose and those regulars hikers seems to know these dogs well.

      For us first timers, it was a bit of shock but it turned out to be a good shock.

      Thanks for the wish :)

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  2. Your camera is quite good duh, can shoot on those tiny image like the ant!!!

    That's why I used to help and clean up all those water bottles went I go hiking or jogging!!! =]

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    1. The ant was big! LOL

      But err... why the "duh"?

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  3. that's awesomely interesting! I would love to do that but my other half won't have the time to accompany me.

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    1. Pity. Even on your anniversary?

      You can always do it with your friends or kids anyway. :-)

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    1. Hahaha

      Kucing takut pacat ah? :P

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    2. at first i thought what you were trying to show with that two photos, and i do not know what does pacat mean also lah.. scrutinizing them for long, only i found two leeches, and i learned that pacat is leech in malay~~ :p

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    3. Aiyoh, so city boy la ini Ah Boy ;-)

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    4. i was born and grew up in KL, and my full 5 days in school (plus half day on saturday) didn't really allow me to run in the wild~~ :D

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    5. I think the Hokkiens also call leeches as pachat but I thought it was dog fleas. Today I know it meant leech.

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  5. must have been a a tough trail ...lol....whoever who wanna go must bring extra kasut or else...hmm...coud it be because of people cabut lari kena kejar by blackie :p

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    1. LOL

      Maybe because they wore the oldest shoes they have and mau buang already, which is totally the wrong approach for me.

      Blackie is nice la. Aku terkejut je kena salak hari tu. Hahaha

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    2. muahahaha!! LOL at this kucing's comment, but i guess that may be true also.. no matter how good your hiking shoes are, probably the tapak kaki will rip off because you are trying to escape from Blackie's attack :D

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  6. awww, what a special and sweet anniversary celebration.. wait, maybe we don't call it a celebration but instead spending quality time, just the two of you, together.. ah, that is even more precious than a big celebration right?? i know i know, Lina and Zaini are not those loud people, they are always subtle with substance~~ hehe!!

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    1. Me not loud ah? :-D

      Time is more important than flashy gift to me. ^_^

      Like Zaini always says, we don't need to do things to impress/please others. ;-)

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    2. you are always not a loud person to me lah.. not like a usual one also, always unique and have your own thoughts of which i suka~~ :p

      very true, whatever we do, we do for ourselves and not to impress others.. :)

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  7. have not heard of Nuang before, where is this place?? so when i saw your title i was like a little confused..

    hehehehehe, the curious me always google up things i do not know.. okay, came back from reading a little wiki about this Mount Nuang.. oh, it's just so near my place and yet i have not heard of this highest point of Selangor before!! phiak my no-more-karipap head!! muahahahaha..

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    1. I like confusing titles. Hahaha

      I also first time went there. So I'm guilty like you! LOL

      Aik? Karipap hair goes out of style already kah? :-P

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    2. my karipap hair started like a year ago, how can one maintain that hair trend for so long?? furthermore so many Ah Beng Kia are doing that (so disgracefully) now, ish, i don't want to go with the flow lah.. hahaha!! :D

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    3. So, what's the new style now? ;-)

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    4. no style, i had it flexible so i can style any style i like depending on my mood~~ muahahaha!! :D

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  8. this is definitely a nice activity, would be nice to try doing a trekking there.. but i would rather choose when there are more people, i feel safer that way, haha!! anyway, you bumped into two mat salleh ladies (and did you say hi??) as well as having Tweety and Blackie to chaperon you on your track!! nice~~ :D

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    1. Nope. But we talked with the rangers. The ladies were minding their own business. ;-)

      Weekends would see around 300 hikers, according to the staff there. Maybe nice, but no fun la... Hahaha

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    2. wow 300 hikers?? eih, shame on me for not even heard about this place before!! all i know is just FRIM and Bukit Gasing, and probably that overcrowded and overrated Broga Hill~~ :D

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    3. This place seems to be popular for those training for Mount KK. According to the staff, la...
      It's steep so it's a good challenge to hike up.
      Lords ppl camp here too, SK. Got nice RM20 chalet to rent also.

      You've been to Broga. Seeing the crowd, I stroke it off my list. :-P

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    4. nope, i have not been to Broga before.. you read i don't usually like to "go with the flow"?? seeing everyone's crazy for it until so overcrowded, it's already scrapped off my list.. :D

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  9. Sweetnye & creative anniversary celebration ni! besnyeeee...

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  10. What a romantic anniversary hike meant for 2. I noticed son was missing.

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    1. Halllow! It's on Sep 4th. Weekday. School day. Why on earth would we wanna take him there on a school day? ;p

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  11. I am getting ready for our Mt.Emei climb in December. Now have to practice small hikes and trails adventures. Gunung Nuang looks interesting to explore. Letchumi went there few times but not me.

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    1. Go with her la.

      Gunung Nuang is the 5th hardest mountain to climb in M'sia if I'm not mistaken but you have lotsa experience so it should be easy for you.

      Say hello to Blackie & Tweety!

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    2. Eh Letchumi told me she climbed other Bukit Bukit but Gunung Nuang not yet. Bukit Saga also Susah.

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  12. Your hubby looked so Kurus now. I salute him....Lina happy right? Ahem...ahem....

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    1. He kurus because he's the one happy.

      He's happy, kurus or not; I happy.

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  13. Wow u guys had a great outdoor anniversary together, huh? So sweet and healthy option I tell you...

    I only managed to reach Kem Lolo only during my 1st hike, should come back for quest to the peak next time... It was a breathtaking journey all the way up... Err lucky I did not meet these two guide trek dogs before. So scared of those stray dogs... ;)

    Did you guys took a dip in the tempting cold stream? Wait, you dun like water right? Hehee...

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    1. Bak kata Khairi those dogs follow the first hikers to go up to Nuang so if you're not fast or first, you shouldn't worry.

      They are not really strays as the rangers train them to run up n down the mountain and the dogs accompanied them during their own hike, Aizat.

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    2. I see... So on a weekday, u guys were the early birds la kan... I see... Should be friendly to the hikers, yes? Lega sikit hati ini... Hehe...

      Thinking of paying my 2nd visit/attempt to conquer the summit... Training for TNF Thai also... Fuhhh2, need more companions then...

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  14. oh no...gambar pacat!! trs scroll cpt2. Ha sgeli n takut. sbb tu x hiking dah. kinabalu sbb x de pacat :D

    * lupa nk wish. happy belated anniversary

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    1. Haha... Tu sikit je. Yg singgah kat zaini, byk sebab dia takmo spray baygon kat kaki dia.

      :-D

      Thanks for the wish, Has. :-)

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  15. Anniversary hike? What a perfect celebration. Who needs a French restaurant and red roses, anywa ...

    OK, well, maybe the red roses. ;)

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

    PS: I love the idea of the guide dogs!

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    1. I'll give red roses a miss for a year's stock if Belgian chocs! ;-)

      Thank you for the wish :-)

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  16. "And people, if you can lug around a full bottle of water up, why can't you lug an empty bottle down???"

    Exactly. Japan is allegedly so clean and Japanese people are supposed to be so sensitive towards nature, but I'm constantly shocked by the amount of rubbish you see in rivers and forests. Love nature ha bloody ha. >:(

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    1. Well, they behave much better than people in certain parts of the world, if its any consolation. Not much but still...

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