Sunday, March 23, 2008

Ulu Temburong Day Tour - 1

The unofficial title for this post will be:

(and gain it all back in just 15minutes)

Sorry for the delay but I just finish editing 88 photos! Fu-Yoh! Damn kiasu right? I was thinking to put everything in just one post but I don't think that's possible.

Better not be greedy, so there.. 44 photos in this post, and another 44 coming.

1st March 2008. Went to Belait 3rd Annual Travel Fair and chatted with Liza, she was telling about the promos but... I'm on a mission remember?

Even KK and KL also no money go.. what more to say Australia, Hong Kong that kinda places?

But no worries, there's still a place that I had always wanted to go and it's in Brunei itself.

The tour was on promo, from usual price B$135 per pax to B$88.00! Save $47.00 leh! Text Bobby asked if he's interested, and also other kanasaiers. Bobby okay. SL couldn't justify if he's able to get a day-off that day because he has an unpredictable boss. Kelly and Theen, of course.. not interested. They rather stay in air-conditioned room than going out on a sunny day and sweat while enjoy the nature.

My service confirmation voucher

We're given a brochure with tips on what will be provided and what to bring.

Apparently, this brochure has not been updated for quite a long time..

Camera - plus lots of film...?
Should be: Camera with fully charged battery and spare memory card, right?

And the foot note really got me chuckled.

"no suitcases in the jungle please."

Must be because they ever encountered scenario like that, if not how come they highlighted it? But, who the heck will bring suitcase to a forest? Hard to bring and limited space.

Old shoes... I have!

So buruk can buang into the bin anytime. But, still wearable I think.

Fast forward to

As usual, we arrived early because I have a "better get ready and go early" boyfriend and it was only 7.00am when we reached the jetty.

According to the itinerary, we're suppose to meet up at 7.15am, and the boat doesn't leave until 7.30am. So our tour cordinator (?) told us that we might as well go have breakfast than wait for another half an hour watching boats and birds.

So we did.

We looked so tourist-ish! With backpacks and tracking suits walking around Bandar area. It's really one of a kind experience for the both of us.

I love my backpack. It is what I use for work daily because its really handy. I can fit the Macbook in, along with my pencil case, another bigger stationery bag, notebook, wallet, mobile phone, water bottle, other ojipalas.

It doesn't match with my baju kurung but, I like. Who cares.

I know most teachers carried a Guess bag, with inch thick make up and sparkling heels. And I'm the odd one out most of the time. Frizzy untidy hair, backpack, flats and a pancake face with acne scars, that's me.

We had a light breakfast, teh-tarik and samosa.

Actually we weren't thinking to makan, just that my tummy alarmed me that I need to use the washroom, so.. we just hamtam choose a restaurant, ordered something cheap and off I go, pang-sai.

And walked back to the jetty at 7.30am. Everyone was there already. Bobby and I terpulang became the last to arrive and made everyone waited.

We departed with the red boat

And Liza was feeling alive and kicking with a sprained ankle. Just like me, Liza was no rules-follower. Everyone told us that with a sprained ankle, we're suppose to rest and not massage it and so on...

we crashed all the rules. =D
It was a speedy recovery for me though. But I heard Liza is walking with a cane today.

Sunny day = Any pictures taken outdoor will be damn cun

Kampong Ayer

The boat ride was bumpy and the two tough men, Azman aka Superman and Bobby my fat guy had motion sickness and stayed quiet the whole trip. Where as the girls, Liza, Ida and I were busying sharing informations... meaning, Mengumpat.

(Did I spell it correct?)

with a few "Wooooooooo" and "Waaaaaaaaa" in between when the captain/commander/ boatman/ driver (he's the only one driving the boat, I think he can gives himself any title he wants..) did a few sharp cornering. Ganas eh, like Inital-D.

Just check out the horizon to see what am I talking about

Don't play play.

Something irrelevant.
Spotted someone wearing a pirated sock.

Bought from SKH, B$1.50. Not gonna tell you whose feet does them belong to protect the person's image. Hahhahaaa. No worries, the shoes is original.

But Mr. Pirate, next time professional a bit waaa... Check spelling first.

Adiads.... HAHAHHAAHA!
Some more the 3 stripes tabalik one.

30 minutes later, we arrived...

We really did feel like we're not in Brunei for an instance. It's very different from what we normally experience. Unlike Bandar area, Bangar town is cleaner and the river is less-polluted.

L-R: Bobby, Nonnie, Liza, Azman, Ida and Shahri

If you saw any floral prints or thought that I was wearing a bright blue underwear, that's my swim suit fyi. Was wearing it inside so that I don't need to find a changing room later for swimming and also, less baggage.

Posing at the jetty

A mini-mart

At first I thought it was some Thai restaurant, turn out it's just a mini-mart selling souvenirs and all sort of stuffs. And Liza was damn sakai when she saw DST Temburong branch and shouted in astonishment, "Wah! Got DST. Meaning got network coverage then."

Our tour guide and driver later brought us to the Rainforest Lodge located at Batang Duri for morning tea and briefing.

It was surprisingly clean and homey. Not referring to the exteriors only, even their washrooms are damn clean. Way better than what I imagined actually.

Oh ya, Bobby was quite stiff because he hadn't recover from the motion sickness and Mr. Tabiman cured him with his psychic power.

Superman can cure too!

And Lois Lane on the other hand would not pass any chance on grabbing photos.

They're telling me that maybe Azman can cure my ophidiphobia. Errrrr, thanks but no thanks. Snakes on plane will never EVER(!) be my favorite movie!

Gardener and The Happener(?)

You'll be seeing me doing a lot of the tacky "peace" sign in this post. Blame it on Liza, she's doing so much of it that it kana me too. Hahhahaaa.

Popiahs, Curry puffs, banana fritters and sticky rice

Not only they're tour guides, they're also the cleaners, cooks and so on for the lodge. "Wrap mountain wrap sea" you know?

Don't know then go ask any of your Hokkien friends.

Told you she likes to do the "peace" sign



The monkey-ness in me straight away climb up the ladders and tried it out after confirming it's safe from our tour guide.

After everyone finished their breakfast and I'm done with the "Look! I'm walking on a plank of wood!", Rose started to brief us the agenda of the day.

She was really patient with us.

We're asking her all sort of stupid questions like, "How many petrol stations in Temburong?", "Do we get to see wild boar later?" and Ida's million dollar question... "What kinda government job can you get in Temburong? Why don't you try working of Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport?" yet she still layan us sincerely.

So we learned:

  • The population of Temburong is 11,000 and 5,00 of them are Ibans.
  • There's two petrol stations in Temburong.
  • There's no giraffe nor lions in the mini zoo.
  • There's 12 primary schools and only ONE secondary school in Temburong.

I think I'm having an overdose of Geography lessons lately...

And don't see her thin thin like that. She's so strong that she's the one always pushing the long boats into the shallow water with all of us inside the boat. Made me feel paiseh seeing her doing the hard job.

Someone said I like to find flaws in people or things because I spotted the Adiads socks and this.

Hey, I'm a teacher remember?

After our morning tea and briefing, off we go to the Ulu Temburong National Park with long boats!

Mr and Mrs Superman will never forget to pose

And my poor baby had to undergo another boat ride.

Don't worry, his semi-digested samosa and teh tarik remained in his tummy and he survived the trip.

Since we're on two different boats, Liza suggested that she'll shoot me, and I can shoot them. But, my lauyah camera cannot zoom that far laaaaaaaa....


Managed to change seat with Bobby at a stop point.
See his kasian face.

At the other 7 seater longer boat

Every time I saw those professional photographer ah, they can always bend here and there in order to get a good angle one. Like jellies.

So after 45minutes later, we arrived the National Park Center for registration and also, walked on the elevated pathways to climb the canopy walkway.

1226 steps. 600m!

Check out Bobby's bag

So very old school kan?
Reminds me of my 101 Dalmatians bag that I used for my tuition class 15 years ago.

That guy happy, only brought a towel and some spare clothes. Where as I brought spare clothes too, a fan, tissue papers, a small tower, a bigger towel, 2 sun blocks (one for face and the other for body), 2 bottles of water (because I damn kiasu and thought no drinks will be provided).. So my backpack was damn heavy okay!

Hehehhee. Jalan Tongkat Ali

That's my index finger by the way.

Passed by this bridge because we're heading up a higher up canopy walkway first.

Damn tiring okay, 1226 steps leh! For an instance I was whining why the heck I paid $88 for this !$@# but it was all worth it la at the end of the day.

Sign board along the pathway.

We came across of signboards like the one above educating us tourists but really, who still has the breathe to stop by and read wor? All that was in my head was... "Are we there yet?"

"Why do trees have wings?"
- errr.. to prevent leakage? Just kidding.

This woman was the first to reach!

Some more she has an injured ankle! You kidding me? We all kalah to a woman who's suppose to be limping? Her tips was rest every 30 steps she climbed.

So finally after don't know how long.. we completed the 1226 steps and reached our destination. I asked Bobby to take a photo of me and my "achievements" and this is what he took...

Cannot harap him to take good picture one.

And this,

was taken by Liza..
Note the difference?


(Taken before we climbed up another don't-know-how-many hundred steps up the tower)

to be continue...


I'm Choonie. said...

Haiyo... should invite me. I am so boring at home. Oh yes.. I have a backpack to carry my school things too. hahahaha.. We are so alike. Sometimes, I carry it to my classroom too. So, students keep teasing me that I look like one of them. By the way, Ulu Temburong looks like a nice place. It reminds me of my Mulu trip last year.

Bobby said...

I love Garfield cos it always likes to eat and sleep. Hmm...reminds me of someone who likes eating and sleeping and becomes fat hahaha. Anyway, i admit my photo skill is very bad but you still look good to me. Had a great time especially when Superman convinced my head to stop spinning from the seasick boat ride. Superman saved the day!

Nonnie King said...

Choonie : You come to Brunei lah! Hahhaha.

Yeah! Finally I found someone same like me one, use backpack to school. I ever got mistaken for a secondary student with that bag.. make me feel damn happy lah.

Bobby : You talking about yourself ah?

Superman saved the day, for free! Hahhahaa

Anneesa said...

Back in form 4, I had a biology trip to Temburong where we had to stay 3 days there. Mandi cold water and generator switch off by 9pm I think?

Second night, a tree fell somewhere nearby and a bat stayed in our room. I slept on the floor cause afraid the bat will pee on me and I will wake up with no hair. LOL.

Good days! Canopy walk was the best!

Effy said...

Part 2!!

Nonnie King said...

Ness : HAHHAHAHAHA! Bat's pee will make people hairless kan?

Yes! Canopy walk was the best, especially when Bobby's on it.. I had fun jumping on the suspension bridge to scare him~!

.... I'm not a very good girlfriend.

Effy : Coming right up... Tomorrow maybe?

Drifting Cloud said...

U reminded me of my last trip there. Been to Belalong and Ulu Temburong as well. The last trip was the worst. I sprained my ankle on the first day and ended up limbing throughout the trip with big fat leg. And luckily the students (I was bringing some students from my former school there, so was teacher for the three days) were taking good care of me. Still managed to have lots of fun despite the aching leg.

TreeHugger said...

I wanna go to temburooonggg too!
Cant wait for your part 2

Princess Nashwa said...

Unconsciously I love to flash that peace sign.. maybe I'm a hippie at heart haha

Hey, since you mention Garfield, you haven't come to the part where Bobby was wearing his animated 'ahem' swimming boxers.. LOL Cute indeed..

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Jewelle Tan said...

What interesting trip! A few years ago I joined a trip to Ingai which is past Sukang, in the interior Labi so I know those boat rides are fun and staying deep in the jungle can be an eye opener. I'd like to go for such trips again next time, maybe when the kids are a lot bigger.

Come to think of it, you guys should go for a trip to this place too since you're adventurous - but have to make camp one, no bathroom and swim with crocs, ha!

War186 said...

Haha bright blue underwear. :P Salute to you and your backpack. Inda berani I use backpack eh 'cos wouldn't suit my baju kurung hehe. Thank God I don't wear Guess bag if not terasa..but then I use Prada. Lol.

That is funny about cameras and lots of film. So ancient lah that brochure hehe. And kesian Bobby he looks really scared on the boat. Boh Nonnie you've been bitten by the peace sign bug heheh.

Patricia said...

Really looks interesting there.. Attract me already.. hehe.. For me as long the area has clean accommodation and won't be seeing my biggest phobia S***E.. -__-

Nonnie King said...

Drifting Cloud : WOw.. sprained ankle on the first day is the worse case scenario I can imagine.

And.. you used to be a teacher? Cool!

Treehugger : Feel like going then jalan saja~ Don't wait!

Nonnie King said...

Liza : Ahhem... *shy*

Jewelle : Sukang?! That's more ulu I think.. So, another place in Brunei awaiting for my grand arrival. Hahhaha

But.. swimming with crocs.. I'll just skip.

Nonnie King said...

Wardah : My colleague terasa too when I mention the Guess bag and power make up. Hahhahaa

As long as I stay away from Liza, I guess I'm bug-free.

Patricia : That's my biggest fear too.. LUcky I didn't saw any that day if not the whole day also soulless..