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Sunday, April 26, 2015

TSDayout For White Water Rafting at Hulu Selangor


Work has been crazy with meetings, meetings and meetings lately. Deadline, minutes, paperwork, assignment and the list go on and on with pilling load on my desk. Not to mention the crazy traffic around Klang valley to and fro to work. Sounds familiar in your life too? Well…the last thing we probably need right now at this moment is to put all those behind and go for a quick break from this hustle bustle city..The next questions that would come pouring in your mind would sound a lot less like the details below:
1)But where?? 
2)What to do?
3)With who?
4)How much?
5)Why is it difficult to make it happen?

Aaahhh…so the devil has heard and its time to be spoken..jeng jeng jeng.. 

If you are clueless but your body, mind and soul have been pushing you to react the opposite, I suggest you keep reading my blog to find out how. And don’t be surprise that we could find it all in our beautiful Selangor!

You see, I am a true believer of live life interestingly. So even if I am a dead beat at work, my weekends should not be one. I tried to organize a short trip somewhere but at times I could not manage to get my friends’s schedule in place so when Kanmani whatspp me if I would be joining #TSDAYout by Tourism Selangor at Hulu Selangor for White water rafting. I was like…what? The first TSDAYOUT for 2015? Yeah..its happening on 4th April 2015. I just jump in with delight. I quickly fill up the online registration form and wait for their feedback. 
1st TSdayout of 2015!
If you are a newbie about #TSDAYout, let me enlighten you..like how Mr Grey of 50shades enlightens to Anastasia . Tourism Selangor Day Out also affectionately known as TSDayout,  has been around since 2011. Yeah dude..ever since I joined their first activity, I got hooked and intrigued. Since it is a day out thing, it is mostly activities found right here in our very own sensational Selangor for half or full day. Organized by Tourism Selangor and all you need to do is basically to bring a positive attitude and have fun! Who could have thought that this #tsdayout has been virally addicted where more places has been introduced, more friendship has been developed, more blogs has been penning about it, more photos has been shared, more people are getting jealous with our facebook timeline..haha

It is now a branding by its own. In #TSDayout We gather, we did the awesome activities, we bonded, we share memories, we are inspired and hungry for more ! All thanks to the creative mind from the people of Tourism Selangor / Discovering Selangor to promote the sassy state of Selangor from the public to the public.

Okay…I think the introduction speaks for itself. I am excited to spill what are the activities we did on that 4th April 2015..get ready your gopro, your life jacket, your clear mind and come swim with me in this next adventure I am about to share for you.

That early morning Saturday drive from Setapak to Tourism Selangor office in Shah Alam was smooth as the skin of a jelly. Upon reaching their office, Shoba and Anu was at the registration counter and helped us to distribute goodie bag..
video

Registration counter
oh ya, their goodie bag is nothing short of interesting items that are also equally useful. Light breakfast was prepared for all the participants. Slowly other participants started to come in and catching up with both friends old and new is always exciting. Kanmani, Bella , Rfan, Adam and 3 (Khai )s form a pack and boy it was like a chatter box in there. 
the Shah ALam blue mosque looking gorgeously majestic as the sun rising with delight

After a short briefing by Mrs Renuga (PR exe) and Pn Noorul Ashikin Mohd Din (GM) of Tourism Selangor, we are pumped up for our next adventure. 
Briefing before we depart to Hulu Selangor. (Pn Noorul on the left in orange and Ms Renuga on the right)
Tourism Selangor chartered a cosy bus for us and the journey from Shah Alam office to Hulu Selangor also known as "The Sleeping Hollow' where the almost an hour journey was pleasant and relaxing. The reason Hulu Selangor was chosen as the 1st #TSdayout venue this year is to keep within the theme of Visit Selangor Year 2015 and in conjunction with the Heritage, Eco-Nature & Sports. Actually, Selangor has many fascinating places to visit, but only we are a little ignorance on the beauty of this sassy state. So many things to see, do and eat! Come let's plan another road trip here.
wefie time in the cosy bus! 
the mountain ! nice backdrop
 We arrived at the destination and within a short walk, we saw the river on our left and a small hut ahead of us. We were also introduced to the friendly rafting operator, Mr Pie Abdullah. He briefed us on the safety and guideline of water rafting and tubing. The cost for the package of rafting and tubing is about RM180 per person for 3-4 hours depending on the water level and the group size.  
Mr Pie Abdullah, our friendly rafting operator/guide
Pic by Khairul Idzwan
the rafting vest is slightly different from the normal life jacket.
helmet for protection
let's go
After the briefing, we armed ourselves with the safety gears before hop on a tractor to the rafting point. While waiting for our turn, one of the guide get us to play some games as ice breaker. 
Pic by Renuga. Like a bunch of escaping campers we are..haha

Then Mr Pie briefed us again on the do’s and don’t’s while demonstrating some of the technique if we are trapped under the raft in the strong rapid. Just be calm and let the flow takes you..just like our life, there are things that we do not necessarily need to be in control..we gotta learn to let go..you see.. when everytime I engaged with this kinda outdoor adventure..its not only for fun and the excitement but to learn and it has also been teaching me valuable lessons when facing challenges in life. 
tubing time
Mr Pie giving us some instruction on the do's and don'ts on tubing
And also briefing on how to handle the paddle.
Pic by Renuga..ok IM ready..lets go for tubing!
First, I decided to do the tubing but the rapid was so sluggish that it started to get a little boring for me. Then Vanessa asked me if I want to swap with her to do the rafting..i immediately said yes. Ahaha. But it was equally the same effect since the rapid was moving slowly. The scorching sun was another factor of dampening out enthusiastic spirit earlier that morning. But as we paddle the raft to the end of the river bank, We were beat, thirsty, hungry and annoyed. 
Pic by Khairul Idzwan..the rapid level was not as we expected as it was a dry season...hrmm..
So when Mr Pie asked if we wanted to try out for 2nd round, we were a little hesitated. But Mr Pie gave his assurance that the rapid flow beginning to speed up, so our crazy group decided to give another try..and thank god we did because it was fun and erupts with anticipation! As they released us to the river, we were like in a rafting competition at first. Marching left and right to get the momentum speed right and moving forward was in our league. 

wefie time! what a bunch of crazy people we are. fun is the word! 
row row your tube!
a lonely path of greens and calm river flowing.
Then as we reaching the ‘cliff’, we were instructed to stop as only per raft are allowed to flow through. That was when, our nervous pill started to kick in. We could hear the sound of the falling water, the chirping sound of the bird while the sun were blazing proudly on us..i looked up , then left and right…ok..its happening..ready? set go..we were paddling and paddling as we moved very closely to the water slope and suddenly I could only notice we were falling ..all together almost 90 degree down ..water gushing but we managed to pull it off..and were back on track as the water washed us away.. that was so much fun, that we did another round..woots! the day just getting better and better.. and then it was time to head to our meeting point. 
let's go for 2nd round
we need to pull our raft again
teamwork!
sign of relief when they 'landed' safely!
But not for our group..notice all the panic faces reaction??? hahah..
So as we were paddling, the guide stopped and pull the string of the raft and turn them 90 degree before it went capsized and all of us were thrown out from the raft..haha..we’re being bullied voluntarily and we kinda liked it haha.. since we were already drenched wet, and the stream seems to be pushing me a litte, I just did the ultimate thing..lie flat face up and float like a plastic bottle ready to be washed away. Suddenly I felt so light, so liberating..peacefully relaxing as I gazed myself with nature around me..seems like I found a new paradise here. This is what I was looking forward to..for a moment, I totally forgot about work..stress..it was pure bliss and as I raised my head, I saw the rest of our group did the same..and we were like bunch of light plastic surrendering to the river flow. We even did a ‘star shape human boat’ by placing our legs in the centre while holding hands like a bunch of kids. 


The current started to push us away..we cant balance ourselves..hahaa
so this is what we did...let it go!
As i look up it was beautiful ..light blue skies with white cotton candy like clouds.
some even taking a minute to hop on the tube and doing a freestyle tubing.
We arrived at the ‘take out’ point drenched wet from head to toe but this time it was satisfying. Even though our body was a little sore after all the paddling and falling butt first on the stones earlier on but our mind was so light as if we just did a rejuvenating spa treatment due to the wonderful floating effect.

Stomach was growling like a hungry HULK so we devour the delicious chocolate bars, fried noodle and sandwiches. At that moment, our group table was silent for a long time..hahaha..as we started to upload some photos at instagram and sharing videos. Then the crew told us to clean ourselves at the shower room nearby as we are leaving shortly to another destination for late lunch and an introduction on bird watching by PC Wings at Kuala Kubu Baru. Wait another lunch? wow..nice! 

Off we went after shower to the city hall of Kuala Kubu Baru and after briefing and presentation by the PC Wings on bird watching, buffet were served. We were so exhausted but my appetite wasn’t ..haha..then it was the announcement of Instagram photo winners. I almost forgot about the competition.. and yeay I've won.. congratulation to the rest of the winners as well.. we had our group photo and then it was time to bid goodbye. 
Mutton and chicken bryani.
Silent moment...
Pic by Khairul Anuar. the instagram winners
pic from Bella's hp
goodies ..me likey!
Our chartered bus was so comfy that most of the participants slept during the ride back to Tourism Selangor Office in Shah Alam. 

So have I answered your 5 questions earlier in the beginning of this write up?.if no..then I do not have any advise to offer .. but if it is a yes..then what are your waiting for? 

So in a nutshell..I've truly had fun during the TSDAYout. 
Enjoy the video below : 
Go and Like Tourism Selangor Facebook , Twitter page and WEBSITE to gear yourself for your next adventure around Selangor. Its time to paint your journal and life with colors of beautiful Selangor ! Sometime you don’t have to go so far to be inspired, be intrigued and aspire others to live life interestingly..it is just a stone away from your neighbourhood!

My previous experiences with Tourism Selangor :
Skypark 2013

You may contact Tourism Selangor at:
Lot p7, Jalan Indah 14/12, Seksyen 14
Shah Alam, 40000 Selangor
Tel: 03-5512 6100 , fax : 03-5512 4100
Email : reservation@tourismselangor.my
Upload your latest adventure and dont forget to hastag as below :
#VSY2015 #TMS2015 #discoverSelangor #TerokaiSelangor


Friday, January 23, 2015

Mount Kinabalu Charity Climb with Im4Ufm - The Beginning

Segala galanya bermula disini. 

Thanks to kanmani, she tagged me on instagram to alert me about the contest. The contest is opened to public and the contest duration was for a short period of time only, probably because the event will take place on 14 -18 January 2015 which was less than a month away. I've managed to sent in my entry at the very last day. -wipe sweat!

Then few days later, I received a call from im4ufm friendly staff, Ms Effa. They had shortlisted 10 persons and I was one of them. We need to attend a fitness test which took place on Sunday, 28 December 2014 at one of the running track at Stadium Bukit Jalil. Thank god that I've been actively going to gym and been running on the treadmill starting August 2014 to build up my stamina and also to reduce my cholesterol level..yeah i was surprise myself to know that my blood has high level of cholesterol and I dont really eat oily food that much..oh well..anyway, that Sunday morning, we were introduced to Ms Anis, 2nd youngest woman to cross Mount Everest (Respect!) as she will be the one to select only the best 4 to climb Mount Kinabalu. out of 10, only 5 turned up. we ran for 6 laps which is equivalent to 2.4km and clocks in our best time. Then there were Q&A test about Kinabalu. I hope i got it right..hahaa
taken from Erine's instagram..first time running on ground after months of running on treadmill..totally different..

Once done, I went to visit my my little champs Naveen and Katriina. Then to Pusat Simulasi, Mont Kiara to donate some of new tshirts and blankets for the flood victims. Felt a little tired, so I went home and just as i want to doze off, Moly called telling me her bus will only leave at 4pm..so i went to pekeliling to accompany her. it was a tiring day but finally after on 30 December 2014, i got the news that i managed the cut. yeah!!! suddenly i was both excited and nervous at the same time...Alamak..can i do it?? 

I've always been that girl who loves outdoor and adventure, after all I came from a small kampung...kampung girl maaa. only during my teens that i've been 'hibernating' and had some issue going out of the house..heheee..anyway I have always wanted to do the climb, infact ive booked the flight ticket to Kota Kinabalu (KK) ,Sabah twice but cancelled eventually due to some unforeseen circumstances. Finally my dreams is about to be realized.. all thanks to im4ufm and im4u.
part of the items
just 1 bagpack for this light traveller..a smaller bagpack inside.
Our flight to KK is at 645am (14 Jan 2015), so we are advised to meet up at KLIA at 4am. Since the last bus from KLsentral to KLIA2 is at 1130pm, I decided to leave the house on 13 Jan 2015 and catch the 10pm bus instead. Upon reaching KLIA2 at 11pm, felt to sleepy, so I walked in to Tune Hotel only to be washed away with the crazy price of RM250. 
too expensive..so im going to look for other alternative
Hrmm..okay, then I went in KLIA2 to check around and found out that Capsule Hotel was there..ok cantik..the price is also reasonable so I took the 3 hours with RM50 package, come with a locker key, ear plug, towel and free wifi. not bad. I couldn't really sleep even though the capsule is actually quite decent and clean. Maybe was a little nervous and excited for Mount Kinabalu expedition. 
not bad..
female area
toilet is clean
ok time to rest
my resting place for few hours..not bad.. :) 
overall i give it 4 out of 5..
I set my alarm clock and get ready early. Then waited for the rest and finally after our light breakfast, we board the plane and I think I slept for 2 hours before reaching KK. Met the rest of the friendly im4ufm staff , Atika who is taking care of the winners, then we have Izrol the boss that ensure everything is in order, we also have Amin the entertainer financier, not forgetting Vivian, Ash, Shah, Azizan, AhLan, Faruq, Raesa, Yati, AYob ,Anep and few others for accompanying us.  For the first time I am here - sabah angin di bawah bayu...We have to wait for another hour for the other group to arrive before we hop on the bus to Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS). 
what a nice pillow of clouds
hi sabah, i am coming for the first time!
We arrived at UMS just in the nick of time for the official launch of this Mount Kinabalu Charity Climb and Spiritual 2015. The organizing chairman, Muqharabbin Mokhtarrudin a.k.a Qhobin and all the sponsors chairman was also there to attend the one of the highly anticipated event to kick start 2015! Some of the line up for this major event to be a successful feat with the support from the following personnel and groups: 

IM4U & IM4Ufm DS Farid Ridzuan & Rudy Malik, DRB-HICom, UMS, PearlHaya, Generasi Lembah Pantai KL, Media @ TV3, PMO, JPJ, Clixter, Paku Pakis, Pemuda Wilayah, Pemuda Sabah, Medical Officers, Dr Anuar Suun, Fall Out, Everest climbers and KE7B crews. Thank you guyz! 


im in the kilimanjaro group
thank you IM4ufm..107.9 for making one of my dream and resolution come true :) 
with the other 3 winners, Acap, Kimi, IM4ufm DJ, Shah Bangkit , Erin and yours truly..we are ready!
say hi!
about 100++ climbers are ready to climb the tallest mountain in Malaysia

Muqharabbin Mokhtarrudin a.k.a Qhobin 
wefie group. with Vivian, Erine, Alia, Ayue and Azizan. nice meeting you guyz
picture time with the media.
After a quick lunch, we head to Kundasang and arrived at the foot of Mount Kinabalu in the evening. It was misty, cold and a little drizzling. A little chaos as some of them didnt managed to get their room as this is quite a huge group. dinner will be on our own and there shall be another briefing before we embark on our climb tomorrow morning. We will be staying at DVilla and the restaurant is just beside our room 4. 
in front of our room..greens
erine, atika and I gonna crash in here tonite

search for your rooms

dinner..tomyam seafood ..so spicy and sour//..rm10 per bowl..nice weather to sip tomyam soup hehe
the bedroom
Briefing supposed to start at 8pm but ended up late and finished quite late as well. All the tired faces started to take a nap on the chair during the briefing. Anyway, as I am not the type who could sleep easily in new places, i hope i wont be running out of energy the next day for the climb. gambateh!



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