Thursday, February 11
Sunday, February 7
On the arrival, everyone was amazed by the beauty of the station. From the security post you can see the huge dam and spillway while enjoying the fresh jungel air. Kabus2 lagi.. tengah2 hutan lah katakan, really tengah2 hutan. I was secretly a little worried... kalau dam pecah, we are the first to go. Thats why they are one of the Sasaran Keselamat kategori 1. Faidi drove us straight to the door of the station. About 10 steps away from the meeting room where Yuzeiry (Mat Yi) was waiting and welcomed us.Mat Yi gave us the routine visitor talk. The GM, Nasron (Wak: satu batch) and Wan joined us a little later. It was very informative. We also took this oppurtunity to clarify certain issues. Everybody has issue with us (NLDC). Later on Mat Yi took us on a station visit from underground level -5 (Draft tube level) to the top of the Dam about 145M higher. There were a lot of technical things but lets not bore everyone but here are some pics where people can appreciate better.
Ohh yaa.. one of things when we were going around, people were surprised to see Mahes to be indian. They taught his name was Mael (permanent nickname from then on) due to his flawless Bahasa... tu belum cakap utara lagi - he is from Alor Star. The shift charge even mailed this to his co-workers "Tuan2, selama ini yg kita ingatkan encik Mail sebenarynya adalah en Mahes.. sila betulkan document selepas ini - while attaching a pic of us".
After the site visit, we had lunch. They treated us with ikan baung masak tempoyak and others. Great and abundance of food. They knew 5 of us coming but naturally being TNB ordered for 10. Orang lain boleh tumpang.
After lunch we were ahead of schedule. meaning more time for going into the lake.. the main attraction - ikan kelah sanctuary. The boat was ready by 2. The most powerful/fastest boat on the lake - 2x250hp V6 engine. We were extremely lucky to visit the kelah sanctuary. Zahari a clerk in KNYR who is very well known around the lake being local and an extreme fishing man (masuk ceruk2 tasik malam2 sorang2) had contacts with Ketengah (authority of the tasik). With his cable we were able to go in. Its very well guarded. Another issue was because the Menteri Besar was coming the day after... thats why the bosses of Ketengah were there. At first one of the Ketengah ppl didnt let us in. So we waited at the guard post (about 45 minutes while enjoying their fishing farm: huge ikan toman >6kg, baung etc) for the boss Razi if he will let us in (looks like the Malaysian crocodile dundee). He looked sympathetic at us and brought us in. Mat Yi's ufti (buah and cenderamata) was also an icing.
A little on the boat ride and journey, it was really far inside the lake (more than 1 hour boat ride)but the natural landscape was breath taking. We even passed Petang Island Resort/Camp (our first choice stay - tapi bagus jugak tak dapat [need>10ppl] cause memang betul2 tengah tasik). We were wondering why the boat was going zig-zagging. Later we found out they were following the alur sungai to elak the tunggul. During low lake level boats cant go in and the trekking inside would take 1.5 hours instead of our 40 minutes. During the trekking, several incidents happen including putus selipar and insect bites. Brader guide siap ejek "macam tak pernah kena gigit je". Pacat semua cukup lah. We had to go through denai and wooden bridges which brings back memories to the good old OBS days. To keep encouraging us, they kept saying another 5 minutes. The longest 5 minutes in our trekking lives... diorang pakai jam matahari kot. Another frustrating thing, some guides took the shallow sampan so they had a shortcut while waving us as they go by.
A little history on the ikan kelah sanctuary. Ikan kelah as told by local ppl are the most expensive fresh water fish. RM100 per kg and RM300 for a live one. So due to this, fisherman used to go fish bombing at the area we went to. This had a negetive effect. So the people of Ketengah, Crocodile Dundee included sanctuared the place and tried to rejuvenate the fishes. They feed the fish biji sawit once in 2 days. After a while the ikan kelah came back and became very jinak but now they feed it pallets or locally known as 'meh'. I doubt theres a lot of other places like this around the world. Wak said ikan kelah if deep fried you can eat even the bones - ranggup.
Me: Abg.. air ape sedap?!Brader kerja air: somo dap blako (semua sedap belaka)Me: Haaa.. yg tu satu! (confident order power)*everybody laughed while looking at meWak: Tu lagi kelakar dari Farah tenggelam.
Saturday, February 6
One day the 'Cuti Budget' show was on. The episode was about kenyir - ikan kelah sanctuary, lasir water fall, herba island, gajah sanctuary and so on. With the all powerful influence of the TV, kenyir is now a must go destination. So things were put in motion to make it happen. Bada boom bada bing.... the boss signed out on it. Turun site is a powerful reason. Site mana is a different issue. Officially the site is - Stesen Janakuasa Hidro Sultan Mahmud, Kenyir. Better known by us as KNYR.
The trip started punctually last Wednesday from bangsar at 1pm. See.. TNB people can be punctual, especially 'bila 5pm'. All 5 of us - Amad, Kira, Mahes, Farah and myself traveled in 2 cars. The boss insisted that we drove separate cars takut anything happen, all effected vs half - kurangkan risk is our specialization. No complains - better for us to claim. Our first pit/piss stop was Genting Sempah where the MCd's toilet was busuk (according to the girls). Amad and me beg to differ and did our business less than 2 minutes while the girls nearly took 20. Although time was not an issue, I was worried the estimated 6-7 hours drive would take forever - driver lah katakan, yg lain penat tidur je.
So with aaa loottt of hours to go i'm guessing Farah is telling her lifetime story to Mahes (masa kat Genting Sempah, Mahes cakap baru sampai sekolah rendah) in the other car while we apart from listening to Kira's 'susah to turn on ipod + transmitter' (patutlah dapat free)', decided to play the A-Z game. You have to give a country, vege/fruit, brand, actor for every letter. Lahh.. masa budak2 dulu main. Amad made sure I mention that he won. I still believed he cheated - sitting at the back and wiki-ing it on the 3Gs. Second stop was at Petronas beside Kerteh's new Mesra Mall. Last time we were there (last year) Mesra mall wasnt open yet. Amad said it was happening because he says toys r us doesn't simply open anywhere and bla bla blaa (wasnt really paying attention- he does the same thing to everyone all the time).
Our final pit stop was 'Pantai Nira tak sedap'. It was nearly sundown, we saw all the drinks by the roadside and the beach really near. Taking a break beside the sea seemed like an awesome idea. Air kelapa (air nira tak sedap in my case) + beach + sunset + photos + good company = memories. After taking pics we moved on for about an hour till we reached the 'grandest' hotel in Kuala Terengganu, Grand Continental. By first look, i couldnt believe we decided to stay there - tq fathi the KT local boy. It was really normal not special at all but the price was about rm280 a night.. damn mahal. Its a good thing the internet rates were lower but they didnt provide pics (marketing strategy - a little joke on farah's usage on marketing = groceries). But looking at the facilities or location.. i dont know how they get the cheek to charge that price.
So after check-in we settled down- shower an all.. tapi adalah kawan kita tu tak mandi : "aku tak peluh sangat" Yeah tell it to the smell. We had Farah's friend - Shamil ke Shamin (Amad/Kira panggil Shamin, I called him Shamil) take us to Pantai Batu Buruk to a place call Tenang Seafood 2. Tenang Seafood 1 still to be located. On the way we saw several better looking hotels near the beach (dah start menyesal with Amad saying asal kita tak duduk sini, asal tak duduk sana). Tq again fathi. Pantai Batu Buruk has its history - where islam first step foot in the region and where the batu bersurat came from. Kinda ashamed of this cause Mahes knew more than all of us combined. Tu belum ceriter artist2 kat Malaysia -Fauzana his fav. Farah knew the least with her batu bertangkup story. The food at Tenang was ok ok with the price and all. I realized from then on, the prices are about the same kl and kt.
Dah kenyang we headed back and opened up the Monopoly card game. Although teaching the game to a half asleep-tired bunch (adding with the interruption of the jiwang SMS) was hard, they caught the game slowly but surely especially with the dont listen to others strategy. It was also refreshing to see the newbies winning and sometimes with killer moves. I just didnt want Amad to win cause dia racun semua so that I dont win. First rule, do what you want... second rule, dont do what bozord wants. After a few rounds, we called it a night and hit the sack . Unfortunately I had to share a bed with the smelly. I in returned went lawn mowing with my notorious snore. How the hell could your wife and kids sleep with you snoring like that, they asked the morning after. I replied "with love and training".
To be continued
ps.. no pics of hotel due to the huge dissapointment. Day 2 is the most interesting.
Tuesday, February 2
Name: Nikon D3000 (No nama manja yet... lets just call it 3 kilo baby for now)Place of birth: J-one @ Amcorp Mall (conceived... tak sure, jepun kot)Date of Birth: 27th January 2010 (the first model was in August 2009)Cost of caesarian: RM1950 + 2% cr card interest + RM70 for filter and screen protectorWeight: Emm.. not really sure, have to ask the mother = Nikon.comSex: Definitely a boy because of the long lenses.