Thursday, August 21, 2008
Once again, Sky Adventure Club of Taylor’s University College set out to test our own limits on the road. This year’s Cycling Pledge saw us pedaling our bikes to Pulau Pangkor, Perak with a total distance of about 250km. This year’s pledge aimed at creating awareness about global warming.
A total of 7 cyclists and 4 crews participated in this year’s pledge. The vehicle convoy consisted of a Toyota Hilux, a Toyota Unser and a Myvi. The trip spanned over 3 days (16th-18th August 2008) and is one heck of an unforgettable one.
One very exhausted cyclist.
On Day 2, we had cereals for breakfast on the back of the Hilux before proceeding to complete the rest of the cycling trip at 8.05am. Our target was to reach Pangkor Jetty which would bring our total distance to 215.3km. We finally achieved that at about 3.00pm and the crews began to prepare what was supposed to be lunch until we realized that we had not brought our precious gas stove. Thankfully, there were some scouts among us and they helped to build a makeshift stove and fire, over which we cooked our spaghetti which eventually became dinner.
Lychee drinks sponsored by Yeo's.
Forcing down our weird tasting lunch.
Day 3 was a more relaxed one. We woke up early and had a walk at the beach until it drizzled. We made our way to a little restaurant to have breakfast and sat there for a long time, waiting out the rain. We chatted and shared our feelings on the tiring but worthwhile cycling pledge. It was moments like these that made our experience so much more memorable. Just us, sitting together as a club and friends, united by our passion for adventure and poking fun at each other over nasi lemak.
Sightseeing at the beach.
Alien. Can you stop taking pictures?
When the weather permitted, we retreated to our hotel for an interesting game of Indian Poker. We checked out at 12.30pm and tackled the slopes once more on our way to the jetty. We took the ferry back to Lumut and then capped off our journey with a roadshow at Terminal Jeti. Here, we gave out global warming awareness brochures, MYC! magazines, free Yeo’s drinks and Shokobutsu samples while explaining to passers-by about our pledge. We also had a “Guess the Number” contest. The public had to guess the number of pingpong balls we had in a box. With only RM1 per entry, they had a chance to win an Apple iPod Shuffle courtesy of MYC! if their guess was correct.
Roadshow at Terminal Jeti.
A participant trying to count the number of ping pong balls.
Handing out Yeo's Lychee drinks.
Congratulations to Mr Bala, the much envied winner of the Apple iPod Shuffle.
Besides that, we would like to extend a heartfelt appreciation to Mr Lim Guan Chow from Exit Way who sponsored the bicycles and uniforms. Also special thanks to Yeo's and the ECA Centre of Taylor's University College. Thank you so much for your contribution in making this year's cycling pledge a great success!
Though Sky Adventure Club’s Cycling Pledge 2008 may be over, rest assured you have not seen the last of us. Cycling Pledge 2009 is only a year away and be set to be blown away for another spectacular performance from Sky Adventure!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
7 new members + AlienAlong the way, everyone took turns to stand at the head of the bus to introduce themselves to the whole gang. To make things slightly less mundane, each of us had to say 2 things about ourselves that the people in the bus did not know about. One interesting comment that got everyone worked up was “I have a crush on someone in SAC”, courtesy of Thunder. Of course, one did not have to be a rocket scientist to guess who this secret crush was…
"I have a crush on someone in SAC"
Nemo the Macho
We then met up with Jamal from Nomad Adventure at the Gopeng toll at about 12.45pm. We followed him in our bus to the car park area at Gua Tempurung. We changed back into our wet clothes and applied copious amounts of sunscreen, while the slightly sight-impaired Sky Adventurers created a very attractive device from rubberbands to tie their glasses to their faces.
White water confidence swimmingThe cute yellow raft that I (Alien) was sitting in was called Sponge Bob Square Pants. Along with me were the Nottie, Wolf, Papaya and his friend Ken. We also had a cute Australian guide called Sam who enlightened us along the way about Sungai Kampar and even told us about a ghostly encounter he had on the river. The river was a Grade 3 one, and there were a few rapids along the 7km stretch that had us holding on tightly to the rafts for dear lives, and for good reason too because some of us almost fell right off.
Sponge Bob Square Pants
Sunday, August 10, 2008
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Friday, August 8, 2008
And interesting it definitely was! The waterfall hunters, which consisted of 15.5 members (to be clarified later), gathered for breakfast at Al-Rafi at about 9.00am. We started the journey to Lata Kijang, our first waterfall stop for the trip at about 10.00am. Along the way, we picked up Elephant who only joined us for one waterfall rendezvous, hence the 0.5 member. Here, the documentary director would like to apologize for not being able to remember the time well, but we must have arrived at about 11.30am. After driving through narrow kampung roads, we found a safe spot to park our cars (if yours sincerely is not mistaken, that area should be Kampung Esok). Then, like war refugees on our way to be slaughtered, we bundled into Wolf’s 4WD, with the majority of us stuffed in the back. It was another 20km drive further into the kampung area before we arrived at the waterfall. It was a pain-in-the-behind experience for those at the back as the road was a bumpy one.
Wolf taking a leak.
One of the kampung houses.Taking a break to rest our sore butts.
But our rear ends were soothed once we jumped into the cold waterfall, which fortunately was isolated, hence we had the whole place to ourselves! We spent another hour or so frolicking in the water and snapping numerous pictures. The sight there can only be understood by those who were there themselves to see it. The tall majestic waterfall that came crashing down on the rocks below was, phew, breathtaking.
Lata Kijang waterfall.
Just a couple of girls splashing fun at each other.
A floating piece of Kayu.
One of the pretty sights on the way back to Kg Esok.
Making the tough decision : to camp or not to camp...
SAC in yau yeng mode.
Hurry! I can feel a huge lorry coming!!
Alien. Can you stop taking pictures?
Looking at Semenyih Dam.
Teddy want hug hug.
Mew Mew: Aiyo, you guys are such babies. Where got hot?
The original Kajang satay. Yum yum.