Magnificent View Of The Main Range

This was the pic I used for Fraser’s Hill contributed by Sharon Teo. (

It is too beautiful to be buried and deserves to be a standalone post. One thing I used to like about Frasers were the many ferns growing wild there.

There was also a mini zoo there and I used to cry for the lonely baby elephant kept in it. Malaysia should ban all private and mini zoos as the animals almost always end up neglected and ill treated. Without the internet at that time, there was no one to complain to or nowhere to highlight her plight except the Malay Mail Hotline. Speak up and say you don’t want to see caged or chained animals.

Great job, Sharon and thank you for sharing the pic used here:

#fraser #highlands #hillresort #raub #pahang #bukitfraser #kkb #landscape #nature #hill

On The Peak

Members of the NPC National Press Club went to climb Mount Kinabalu on the trip we made. Members from Bernama, Malaysia Nanban Tamil daily and NST, among others, were up on the peak or summit here at 4,095.2 metres or 13,436 feet.

FB friend Jugjet Singh Randhawa of NST had his turban ‘photo bombing’ Low’s Peak in perfect alignment. 🙂 Another iconic geological formation, the Donkey’s Ears Twin Peaks were destroyed in the 2015 earthquake.

Jugjet,can you or anyone remember the name of the hotel in KK we stayed?

If you are a Mont Kinabalu climber, you can search for many budget hotels in KK at MyCen Hotels

#kk #mountkinabalu #kotakinabalu #mountain #borneo #sabah

The Back Way Is The Best Way To Cameron Highlands

For this journey, I took the off-the-beaten track back road. It is the old ‘Silk Road” that meanders alongside the Main Range.

My journey began at the foothill of Genting Highlands and on to Raub where the road splits to the other highlands resort of Fraser’s Hill.

From Raub, I headed north to Sungei Koyan where the road splits again, with Kelantan and the National Park to the east.

At this remote crossroad, I headed west and up into winding mountain road before descending into the outrageously mutilated Bertam Valley. Further down, the once-beautiful and misty Ringlet Lake is now an ugly silted mess.

Going uphill again, I was relieved that some of the tea plantations and strawberry farms from childhood memories are still there, like refugees in paradise lost.

I take refuge in the saying that it is the journey and not the destination that matters. During the drive, the landscape changed from plantations to secondary forests to mountains and I drove, literally, into the clouds. More pictures to follow.

Olympus OM-D, ISO 200, f9, 1/800 sec.

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Route 66: The Other Road To Genting Highlands.

If you see Genting Highlands clearly while driving on Federal Route 1, you know you are near Malaysia’s own Route 66. Few people realise how close the mountain resort is until they see it from this location. This moonlight-like shot was photographed with a 600mm lens and polarizer from the roadside of Route 1.

First World Hotel, the colourful complex on the left most, once held the record as the largest hotel in the world with a total of 6,118 rooms. It was dethroned by two other slightly larger casino hotels: The Venetian Las Vegas + The Palazzo and the MGM Grand Las Vegas.

Klang Valley people are used to accessing Genting via the Karak Highway and Genting Sempah. A proper road (Route B66) was opened in the 1980s to connect Genting via Batang Kali and Ulu Yam. The road is linked to Gohtong Jaya on the eastern end. The Ulu Yam exit also provides an alternative route to Batu Caves and Kuala Lumpur.

Ulu Yam’s claim to fame is not just its connection to the east. It offers more.

Panasonic GM-1, ISO 200, f6.3, 1/2000 sec.