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I was in Penang again Part 1

Well I was suppose to go to Penang for an assignment, but since it was cancelled and I had my tickets already I just went ahead and visit my friends over in Penang. 

I saw someone posted this train station ‚Äčon facebook.com. It looked awesome and I had to go and have a look. As soon as I touched down I headed straight for it.

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and I'm back

Its been a while since I updated my website, well its because I was on a long and strange trip recently. 

Starting with Penang for a few days.

Photo taken by a friend... out of focus ... *sigh*

Then down to Kuala Lumpur, finally went down to Sepang International Circuit. Yes there were cars incoming!!!

Then off to Tokyo, Japan for a few days. Very nice city, must go back to visit some day!

Me being a tourist. 

Actually Ive been back for over a week. But was kinda busy with stuff, finally got time to start sorting out the photos. I'll try my best to process my photos and publish them. Hopefully wont take years to do that :)

Till then, Cheers

 

 

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Paku Waterfall, Mulu

After lunch and resting from the morning's adventure, I headed off to Paku Waterfall which was in between Deer Cave and the Canopy Walk.

Before I went off, I put my name down at the white board at the Park Office, in case I got lost in the jungle. hehe. 

Saw a sign a long the trail. Wow. 24kms!  thats a LOOONG WALK!

I was actually expecting wooden planks all the way to the waterfall. instead I was greeted with a muddy trail. And I was wearing slippers. My shoes were wet from the morning adventure. 

As I was walking the trail alone, listening to the mp3 on my phone. I got bored and shot randomly to amuse myself.

Surrounded by greens!

After like an hour of threading thru muddy puddles I arrived at this sign. Yay waterfall! 

I dont see it! 

Looking around, thinking to myself, is that it ?

Nope, nothing that way either!

So after the walk, its confirmed. This was the waterfall! ~_~ Okay, since I was there hungry and tired I decided to rest a while and take in the serinity of the place. It was actually quite nice. 

So calm.

Im sure the waterfall would be "fuller" if it was raining for the past few days. So... 

Behold, Paku Waterfall!

Might as well take a few more shots, since I was already there right ? Anyways about 10 mins after I arrived two more people emerged from the trail. Turns out, they were also staying at the same hostel as I was. 

I was out looking for something interesting to shoot, and I looked back and saw this. 

The last two shots made the whole trek worth it. At least something nice to show for. After resting for another 5 mins I headed back, slowly in to the muddy trail.

 

[Gears: Nikon D300, 17-55]

 

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Clearwater Cave, Mulu

After about 15 mins break we continued towards Clearwater cave or locally known as Gua Air Jernih

The first obstacle was a 200 step staircase upwards to the entrance. Which was quite taxing. Walking on some what flat surface is one thing, doing steps is another. And the steps were not your standard sized steps. But I made it to the top. After a few brief stops. Glad I made the climb. 

At the top, we were greeted with this. 

Looks like something out of a horror movie~ :)

Well, what do you know, after making the climb UP, now we had to go DOWN. Look at how small the steps are...

Before we went in, our guide explained abit about the stories of the place. And how we were going to approach it. 

Here we go.

This place is huge.

As we got in deeper, it got darker (duh!).

The view looking back. Yikes!

Do you notice the lady there?

With spots of lights install randomly, its kinda eerie. Nothing much to see, in the first segment of the caves tho.

We went up to the fork, and headed towards the other segment of the cave. 

This was something interesting. See those spikey things...

They were actually pointing in the direction towards the light. Hmmm...

When reached here, I was like, WOW. Its so big!

But I couldnt get all the details in... Will try again later...

Gah! Sunlight!

This was the end of the trail. Since I did not have my tripod with me, I had to make do, on a railing. This shot was taken at 5" at f/4.0, ISO 1600 at 10mm. I have nearly never taken photos at ISO 1600 on my Nikon D300. And for 5 full seconds. And it is still not bright  enough. Jeez.

Not wanting to give up, I tried to increase the exposure time. The shot above was taken at 10". Which is a lifetime, when your trying to stablize your camera on a round railing.

Change angle, hey thats my shadow! A bit blur tho. It was cold and wet.

This was at the edge of the ledge / stairs, no need to worry about stablizing the camera for the shot. You can feel the coldness of the water of the stream. And yes, its very cold, like ice water. Just make sure you do not fall into it!

Trying to catch the return trip. Just to show how slight movement messes up the shot.

After a few tries and bracing myself for a few moments. I managed. Shortening the exposure to 8"

I had this photo printed, looks awesome. 8" f4.2, ISO 1600 @ 11.5mm

10" at f/4.0, ISO 1600 at 10mm. Maybe I should print this photo as well. mmm

At the beginning of the steps. One step at a time.

Built in 1988. Hmm...

Back to the cooling pool next to the staircase. How I wished to jump in and have a swim. Actually I did, in my previous trip when I was a young lad. So we waited around somemore for our ride.

First boats leaving for the HQ

Hehe people were wonding what I was doing. 

On our return trip. At least the rain stopped. Somewhat. Only realized got water on the lens when I got back to the HQ. Sorry Alex!

Water looks less clear after the rain.

Hey its me! 

So that basically concludes the trip where a guide was needed. After reaching the HQ and getting cleaned up and getting into dry clothing. I had lunch and rested a bit before heading out towards Paku Waterfall. Was actually looking forward to it.

 

[Gears: Nikon D300, 10-20]

 

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Wind Cave, Mulu National Park

After more months flying by I'm still trying my best to clear my back log, which is amazing because I'm jobless and you would think I have all the free time in the world! So I will try my best to channel myself into my mood when I was there. 

So here is the entrance to the hostel, Tongkat Ali. =)

In any case, the journey continues the next day. I think I did mention that my super affordable accomodations, comes with breakfast at the canteen. That serves pretty decent local food. After a quick meal I got my camera gear ready, and headed out to the docks. As the days journey starts with an hour's worth of boat ride, and because it was raining heavily, progress as a bit slow. 

This view is facing outwards from the hostel.

 

My companion. 

And since it was raining, got into their raincoats. Your truely didnt prepare for wet weather so had to run to the gift shop and buy the National Park's poncho. ;) Very useful stuff. 

All at the jetty waiting for our ride. 

This is our ride. A long boat. 

Looking back. All in all our little convoy had about 4 long boats.

Clear waters.

This fellow sitting at the front of the long boat had a very important task. But he was sitting down most of the time as the water level rose a bit during the rain.

 

When he spots area which are too shallow he stands up and helps to move the long boat along.

In areas where there were less obstacles, we went faster.

Some areas were, a bit hairy. brrr..

Good thing our drivers were experienced ones.

Ah.. Calmer waters. ;)

Yes, me, very cold and wet.

I would say about halfway thru the journey the convoy stopped at a Penan village which were selling many trinklets and handicrafts.

I am not sure if it was due to the wet weather or not only me and a few other tourist were walking around viewing the items for sell. The rest of the tourist just stood in a corner not even approach the stalls.

Football field!

Astro Sattelite dish! Progress!

After the quick and awkward stop at the Penan village we went back on the river and continued our journey, toward Wind Cave and Clearwater cave.  The Wind Cave is that this is also part of the Clearwater Cave system. But the speciality of the Wind Cave is the cool breeze that flows through this cave as you are inside and also the unique formations of stalagmite and stalactites.

Going into the dark...

Do you see a face on the rock formation?

Stalagmite and stalactites.

Shadow of a person ! 

I wonder how does it look like on top.

Heading back into the light.

Getting closer

Almost there.

Once we got out we had a pit stop for about 10-15 mins before going up to clearwater cave. While others were munching away their food, I went about taking in all the greenery and scenery. 

Our rides.

Dont you wanna jump in for a swim? 

After our rest and mingling about, it was time for the next cave, Clearwater Cave.

 

For all the postings on the Mulu trip, click HERE

[Gears: Nikon D300, 10-20]

 

 

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