When you are surrounded by athletic and sporty people in your life, their deepest passion somewhat somehow influence yours and you feel kinda excited as it is a baby-step to lead a healthy lifestyle. Apart from making yourself getting intoxicated into healthy state, you can also maintain the rejuvenation of your youth and your body shape. I hope I could participate more of sporty events again, this year!
The Kampar Independence Clock Tower. Read more in Wikipedia if you want to visit at : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kampar,_Perak.
Anyway, pushed off to Kampar on Saturday morning for The “Perak International Mount Bujang Melaka Challenge 2014” that would be held on Sunday, 6th April 2014 – which is today. Explored Kampar especially at the Bandar Baru Kampar and we were shocked to see the advance development Kampar has experience! All this while, I just pass through the township without any heed as the old town in the main road of Ipoh-KL is an old one; never known there is a new township if one were to take the road to Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) and also Grand Kampar Hotel! The night life was uncanny to the ones in busy towns with lotsa shops and restaurants – even McDonalds! Amazing, Kampar!
Fresh face…. Well, at the beginning. LMAO!
So, today as early as 6.30 a.m., went to the Majlis Perbandaran Daerah Kampar and got ready. The atmosphere was not that festive like the ones organized in KL but there were quite a number of participants. Initially, the idea was for me to just run a few kilometers and then reverted back enjoy the scene – but I was like – “everyone was climbing ahead; I am not going to revert back! Perhaps I could just try”. So on and on, climbing the MOUNT Bujang Melaka. Oh, My God! It was such a tiring journey and around an hour passed, I began to think – “What the HELL am I doing here?” But then, the feet continuing to climb.
The commotion at the starting point.
As all of of us tried to climb to the destinations, there were already a few professional people (later I learned that most of the winners and commandos!) and Africans who already descent from the up! And yeah, we used the same route!!! So, we had to give way to them! It was really challenging – later I found out that the word “CHALLENGE” itself in the event speaks the volume of its difficulties!! I guess this would be my first and last time involving in a Challenge! Hhaha!
Started to climb. Natural beauty of Malaysia.
I ended up climbing the Mount with several Northern boys who I suspected of course are younger than me but perhaps they thought I am younger than them. They cracked some jokes to enliven the atmosphere which was really exhausting! Now, 2 hours and 30 minutes passed (climbed from 8.15 a.m. and it was already 10.45 a.m.); I already passed completed around 7 km climbing up the Mount when I met my partner who obviously already descent the Mount! Sheesh! I was suggested to go down as it was already 10.45 a.m. and the journey would be taking another pain-staking 2 hours and half to arrive at the initial beginning! In the end, I took the decision to revert; much to the dismay of the Northern boys who tried to coax me to continue the journey – which actually still far! Hmmm… (,”)
Eeeeeekkkk!!!!! The commotion in the jungle.
So, the journey of descending the Mount Bujang Melaka took place. Argh…. my feet beginning to sore about an hour after that. Of course, stumbled upon rocks, thorny leaves, or you got your shoes on slippery surface of earth were just normal. I even cut myself. Just as I was walking slowly descending, I met one of the Northern Boys who already descending. His checkpoint was a bit shorter than mine (I guess he is a Perakian so, there was a special checkpoint for them). He knew that I reverted and didn’t have the chance to drink so he offered me some of his lime juice energy drink. Yummy! Thanks so much! Continued the journey and then met a quite senior Chinese Uncle who was resting for a while like me. He offered me his tamarind energy drink as well. Talked to him for a while and learnt that he came all the way from KL. Such passion!
A beautiful violet wild-berry. I wonder what is the name? Any botanist? (,”)
The fountain of youth? Haha! Cleanse thy face with it!
In the end, around 12.50 p.m. (imagine that I reverted circa 10.50 a.m.), I finally made it to the starting point. Erghhhhh…so tired. But it was a cool experience. We rested at hotel for a while and then off to Kampar Old Town searching for food and we found the Kampar Medan Selera. It was amazing to see in a food arcade, Malay, Chinese and Indians sell food on the same premise and people of all races eat together! And I noticed too that in Kampar, people are nonchalant about races – Chinese go eat at Malay restaurants, etc. This is so GREAT especially in the time like this. Malaysia really need this spirit!
Malaysian food are the best! Bandung syrup and also my favourite Laksa! Yummy! Though it can’t beat the Penang laksa & Kuala Kangsar Laksa which are my favourite, but the Kampar Laksa will do! (,”)
My favourite fruit, guava and especially Rose Apple! A Malaysian delicay of “colek-colek” or Rojak. Wanna know about this food? Check Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rojak.
On whole, I think Kampar is a great town both in food and harmony – minus some fiasco we met involving an arrogant Satay seller besides McDonald’s and the snobbish Maha Maju Mamak circa Kampar New Town. I love Kampar, Perak!
My Camwhore or these days people call “Selfie”. A signature picture. (,”) Haha! I am 30 years old this year. Gosh, another one month to go before officially recognized as a 30 years old!
The end. So tired and the feet are so weak. But for the picture, y’all. (,”)