Saturday: Six people, six rivers, one hour

just so it sounds more dramatic.

So yea, I ended my internship yesterday (finally! *pops confetti*) and my way of celebrating it was a day out with a bunch of adventurous people. Lol. Anyway, the idea budded a couple of weeks ago when my friend asked if I wanted to go waterfall. I think she actually called me..

At that point of time, I simply said yes but wasn’t thinking much about it because my family don’t really like the idea of being around waterfalls. They think waterfalls are haunted, I do too. When I said yes to waterfall, time and place wasn’t decided yet. Then a couple of days following the call, a whatsapp group was created for this waterfall outing. But even until yesterday, I had no idea where we were going, I just knew we were going to waterfall. Shows how much I don’t give AF where we are heading as long as we are heading there together. Awwww.

Anyway, when I got home after my last day of internship, I felt very tired and wanted to ffk because I have a handful of interviews lined up the following week and I just wanted to rest.

And if I did, I would have missed a day of awesomeness.

I don’t know exactly where the waterfall is located, I think it’s Kubu Baru. But the waterfall is called Chiling Waterfall, around 1.5 hours from Kepong.

It was only this morning that I found out we would have to hike for an hour before reaching the waterfall. Wtf. I don’t like the idea because my first thought was that I would slow down everyone’s progress, given my useless stamina, wtf.

We were supposed to gather at Wen Jun’s (I’m just going to assume that you will know who is who because not many people are going to read this anyway, and it’s for my future self to read back also, so yea.) at 9:30am. So I left my house at 7:30am, reach Chin Lin’s house in Serdang at 8:00am. Iylia picked us up at 8:30am and we headed straight to Kepong to pick Alyssa up which was around 9:30am.

The night before, Iylia already told Wen Jun in our whatsapp group that it’s not very possible to reach his house at 9:30am, but he will try anyway. Wen Jun then said there is no try and we should be at his house at 9:30am no matter what. OK.

By the time we picked Alyssa up and head to Wen Jun’s house, it was 9:45am. First thing I did was call Wen Jun, twice and he did not pick up. Already guessing what is happening. We spent around 10 minutes at the car park calling him and then we decided that we should just feed our hunger at a nearby mamak while we wait for him to come around and answer his call.

I suggested that we head straight to his house but I could not remember which floor it is. So we sat down at the mamak and by then, Chi Yao was already in touch with Wen Jun’s mom. However, his mom was outside and despite giving us his house phone number we still could not get to the 9:30am-no-try-guy.

By then we were already discussing our plan B and Iylia started worrying if anything happened to Wen Jun. Then his mom told us their house address, so after eating, we went to the guard house and talked to the security guard. It was very nice of their security guard, responsible even, as he took us to his unit and waited until he was sure that we are his friends before going back to the guard house.

What happened?

He overslept and couldn’t hear his phone ringing. Lol, but anyway we still sticked to our Chiling waterfall plan and turns out the timing was just nice.

As my title suggested, it was an one hour journey (should be less than that if you walk faster and don’t take a lot of photos at nice spots) where you have to cross six rivers.

I’m not a hiker, nor am I a person who exercises regularly. Well if you count walking in KTM stations and standing in KTM, then yes, I exercise on a regular basis, wtf. But the trail was a pretty simple one, no major obstacles. A bit muddy at the beginning of the trail and you’d be just fine if you have long legs. But overall, I’m glad I didn’t slow my friends down all too much.

Today’s weather was pretty good too and water level was not high. Wen Jun went a couple of times and the last time he went, water level was really high and it was raining.

Let me blast you guys with photos.

Note: photos are taken by Chi Yao with his Samsung Galaxy Note 5.

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It’s the base of the waterfall.

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Beginning of the trail, six rivers!

As I said, the weather was pretty good and the water level was friendly too, something Wen Jun kept repeating.

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A spot where we stopped by for a while and took some photos. Vain people.

It was also where I slipped and sat on a rock.

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Take one

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Take two

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Wen Jun photobomb! *notice the head*

So yea, we stopped for like, 10 minutes to take photos? Then we continued trekking the trail.

And we are there! 😀 It reminds me of the place I went when I was still in the tribe at Taiwan.

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Chi Yao’s candid test.

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We are at the top!

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Chin Lin and I

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A little nearer

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And it’s me and my pose

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And we exchange! Lol.

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Notice the subtle flare that makes it looks like there’s a rainbow?

So on the way up, I was telling Chin Lin how amazing it was when I trekked in the tribe to their waterfall because the butterflies there were fearless. They danced around us and land on our colourful towels.

But Chiling waterfall has very beautiful butterflies too. And for some reason, they took a liking of my butt. Aren’t my butt-erfly pretty? 😛

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is simply amazing or what?! It’s even better than the Huawei Nexus 6P.

Wen Jun alleged that the butterfly was mating with his leg. Wtf.

We stayed at the top for like, I don’t know, 20 minutes? There were people doing cliff diving and just enjoying the cool water. It was pretty and really chilling there. You can even swim around. But it started raining and we thought it’s wise if we start heading back down.

And on the way down, instead of crossing the river, we crossed this trunk. I was scared and grabbed Chin Lin and Chi Yao’s hands like it’s my lifeline. No joke. Should have just sat down and did what Iylia and Alyssa did.

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We made Chi Yao take a photo for us.

When we reached the second river, the rain stopped and it was a quiet spot. So we decided to just chill around..

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Which means..

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.. more photos

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And just, float around.

Wen Jun even tried catching the fishes because there was a guy who threw fish food around. Apparently, the fishes there were smarter than us. They decided that they are not that hungry after all when we placed the fish food inside a plastic bag, trying to trap them.

Smart fishes.

We continued heading out at 4:00pm as the sky darken a little. By the time we got back to the base, I think it was 4:30pm. Or even a bit earlier.

Oh, we started at 1:00pm and reached the top at 2:10pm.

By the time we were done cleaning up and changed, it was around 5:30pm or 5:45pm. We were all famished by the time we got back to the car.

Something to note about the waterfall was that, crocs are highly recommended as you’d get soaked. Wet is an understatement. Flippers or slippers are not recommended, I think it’s quite dangerous as some places are quite slippery. Also, treading the rivers, you’d often have to dig your foot between rocks so you don’t get carried away by the current.

And put all your belongings including your clothes and cellphones in a plastic bag before putting it in your backpack or it’d get all wet. My backpack is still wet right now. Wen Jun asked us to do just that the night before.

Also don’t bother bringing shampoos or whatnots, there’s no water in the toilet for you to bathe or even take a quick shower. What we did was to fill out water bottles with water at the tap outside and just wash off sands. Don’t drink those water, though. Lol.

I still do think that waterfalls are dangerous. My parents always told me that “戲山莫戲水”. Mess with the forest, don’t mess with waters. My father grew up around waterfalls and he knew how sudden the current could change and there are always hidden currents that could trap you.

My parents always warn me to stay away from waterfalls because we do not know how to observe the signs where the current is about to change. But getting back to nature simply isn’t something you could resist. We’d always have to be alert with the weather and water level. I didn’t tell my mom I was going to waterfall because I know she don’t like it and would worry. Opps.

So, as we were famished, we went to a restaurant where Wen Jun promised it’d be great Tom Yam. I’m not a Tom Yam fan since I don’t take spicy, but then I was sold to the sotong petai and fried chicken. We ordered 5 dishes including the Tom Yam and a big portion of fried rice. Not big, humongous. We thought we would not be able to finish it but we did in the end. So proud of us.

No photos on the food because we don’t have such religious people among us but it was really, really good.

Headed back to Kepong and it was around 8:30pm when we reached.

It was a tiring day, but I felt recharged spending time with these people. At least I could have quality conversation with them.

This is what I call quality outing.

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And these are the people when you don’t scroll phones while with them. How do you do that anyway when you have to focus on not tripping over? 😛

It’s been a while since I updated my blog. But I just had to have this documented.

Till the next entry 🙂

Oh, happy new year by the way.