Saturday, 24 March 2007

Pulau Redang

Date: 24 Mar 07 - 27 Mar 2007 [4D/3N]
Location: Redang Island, Terengganu, Malaysia
Transport: Car
No. of dives: 6-7

Accessibility to dive sites: 8.5
Marine Animal Density: 7.3
Dive site terrain Quality: 8.5
Marine Animal Diversity: 7.6
Visibility: 6.0
Overall Score: 7.6

Entry: Boat
Difficulty: OW-AOW
Dive Sites: Fringing reefs/Sandy Bottoms/Pinnacles

Underwater Camera: Canon Powershot A80
Underwater casing: Canon Waterproof Case WP-DC900 for Powershot A80 by Canon
Underwater Strobe: NIL
Land Camera: Canon EOS 350D
Land Lens: Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC
Land Filter: Hoya CPL
Post editing: PS CS2
Oraganizer: Dan
Members: Winnie, Rockson, Lucy, KL Tan, Choon Wai, Doreen, Lilian, Sam, Alvin Low
My reason to go there: Many friends were interested in getting their Open water scuba diving certification, that’s why I did this trip, at the same time I can do a few dives.

I have been to Redang many times, for almost every year for the pass 13 years or so, sometimes twice in a year... On the surface everything look pretty much the same except that there are more concrete resorts now, like Laguna... it used to be all wooden resorts on the island. The water remains crystal clear and the beach clean ..... however what is ugly lies beneath the surface, there were evidence of littering into the ocean, plastic bottles, plastic bags, paper, ropes, empty sun block bottles, etc etc are found around the house reef .. .away from the sight for ordinary tourist, but not from scuba divers like us .... also there were evidence of corals dying, as I saw patches of dead corals almost in every other dive I did....
Never the less Redang remains pristine in its own right, there are still hidden paradises to be found below the surface, and teaming with marine life ... I wish it would remain like that forever...
We need to conserve, be eco aware.. safeguard and protect what is left of places like these…


Saturday, 3 March 2007

Gunung Yong Yap 2,168m

Date: 03 Mar 2007 - 04 Mar 2007
Location: Gunung Yong Yap, Perak/Kelantan
From: Kuala Mu, Lasah, Sungai Siput, Perak
Altitude: 2,168m ASL
Difficulty: 7.2/10

Hike duration: 2D1N
A.K.A.: G6 of Semenanjung Malaysia
A.K.A.: G11 of Malaysia
Camera: Canon Powershot A80
Lens: add-on wide angle adapter
Filter: NIL
Post editing: PS CS1
Organizer: Micheal Phoon
Members: Dan, Lucy, KL Tan, Doreen and FYC group from KL
Guide: Micheal Phoon
My reason to go there: My first “G”, joint this trip to see if I would like hiking “G” mountains. And I love it!

Location: Sg. Siput(Perak) -> Lasah -> Kuala Mu -> Pondok luar -> Pondok dalam -> Summit(Perak/Kelantan) at 2,168m ASL
Thoughts: It was a good trip meeting new friends, camping at the summit of Yong Yap and blessed with clear morning sky. With less than RM100 we had some clean healthy fun away from our daily lives, 2.5hrs of bumpy 4WD journey, 8 hours of hiking, great food, camp and most of all I did Yong Yap, now I know what is G6 like. …… Doing this trial in 2 days is absolutely possible, however if it is done in 3 days then it would be even better coz we’ll get to camp at Pondok Dalam along side with a nice flowing stream. Parallel with our group was another group from PJ which also did the same trial same time, we rubbed shoulders and exchanged greetings several times along the trail and finally met up at the summit, fascinatingly some of them are multiply users too ….

Mount Yong Yap in Sungai Siput, Perak, is one of the higher mountains in the peninsula but can be climbed in three days.
To get to the base of the trek at Kuala Mu, you will need to hire 4WD to the Orang Asli village, which is 2.5hrs away. You may also need to hire guides from this village.
The trek up this mountain is very steep at many parts. Surprisingly, elephants are known to visit the peak quite regularly.
The peak is rather big and offers magnificent views of Mount Korbu, Mount Yong Belar as well as Mount Brinchang.