01: Malaysia > Pahang > Xmas ’06 at Fraser’s Hill

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We normally spend Christmas weekends at our pad up at Fraser’s Hill, 1420m high in the mountains some 2 hours drive north of KL. This year is no exception.

On the way, a pause at the breath-taking Selangor Dam is never a waste. This huge body of clean fresh water supplies the needs of some of Klang Valley folks.
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The white intake pump, and in the foreground the well to drain excess water past the dam into Selangor River. Water at the max now. They used to do white-water rafting here before the dam came, but now everything is underwater.
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Next to the very informative visitor centre, there’s a hut. Great spot to just laze and soak in the fresh breeze.
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A local resident trying to get friendly.
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The next morning, at Fraser’s Hill, some 1420m above sea level, it’s a chilly start to the day. Even the sun is struggling.
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Our balcony thermometer says it’s 14C.
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Late morning and it gets brighter and warmer …
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… and the sun is making some headway, …
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… so I decide to take a stroll …
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… to the famous Bishop Trail.
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An excellent 1.3km trail, I’d grade it 3/10 for difficulty. Recommended for beginners. Please click image for better view.
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And why ‘Bishop’? Please click image for better view.
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Looking a bit out of place in the green jungle, but then many people have lost their way, even along Bishop Trail. Please click image for better view.
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Even a ‘No Entry’ sign for the truly challenged trekker-wannabe!
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Definitely an easy part of the trail.
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Did not know this epiphyte thingy could flower, nice coral one too.
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Fraser’s Hill is synonymous with colourful montaine birds, and this commonly-found Silver-eared Mesia is no exception. A very plucky fella, foraging the undergrowth in a flock.
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Another pose of the Mesia.
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A Streaked Spiderhunter (with the characteristic curved beak), pausing from sucking nectar from the fiery red bottle-brush flowers, eye-balls me.
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In the undergrowth, the gregarious little Mountain Fulvetta, takes a breather.
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Nightfall, and all is quiet and peaceful, and cold again, at the Silverpark apartments. Hey, no matter how much I love the jungles and the critters and the plants, I still need my creature comforts. 🙂
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