Thursday, March 27, 2008

Mount KK - A Memorable Experience

Few people have asked me about the process of getting up Mount Kinabalu so I thought I'll blog about it.

There are actually 2 options to get up to Laban Rata.
  • Timpohon to Laban Rata - 6.5km (3hrs to 10hrs, depending on your fitness level)
  • Mesilau to Laban Rata – 8.5km (4hrs to 12hrs, depending on your fitness level)

The 2 routes.

What I would recommend is that you take the Mesilau route up to Laban Rata and take the Timpohon route down. Although it is 2km longer, it is worth it as you will see some beautiful scenery along the way.

Our room at Mesilau, which is quite spacious compared to the room we had in Laban Rata.

You can see the peak along the route of Mesilau, which you can't see on the Timpohon route.

It took me about 7hours to get to Laban Rata via Mesilau. I started with our group of 11 at 830am, then we sorta break out into smaller groups as some people are faster and some are slower. We took our own sweet time, stopping a lot to eat, waited for some slower members, take photographs and chit chat along the way. It was quite a relaxing climb. I reached Laban Rata at about 315pm and was the fourth in our group and first woman in our group to arrive. YIPPIE!

Our lodge at Laban Rata, which is 500meters away and uphill from the restaurant. So you get a good exercise after your dinner.

It was about 9 degrees when I reached and the temperature dropped throughout the night. So make sure you have your full winter clothing and gear.

Then we spend a night at Laban Rata. Hot water is very limited but I was lucky as I reached Laban Rata early and managed to shower in hot water. Room is much smaller than Mesilau. No attached bathroom. No heater. We slept at 800pm and woke up at 130am (Actually a friend of ours is snoring all the way and I didn't get much sleep). At 230am we started the journey to the peak.

  • Laban Rata to The Peak – 3km (2hours to 5hours, depending on your fitness level)

The journey was very tough for me, mainly because it was very cold and windy. The air is also very thin, being so high up above sea level. I had difficult breathing and was panting very hard. In certain areas, it was also very steep. I stopped a lot of times to catch my breath, drink and eat. A friend of mine had difficultly keeping awake due to the lack of oxygen. I reached the peak at 545am and managed to see the sunrise.

Then we snapped some photos and continue with the journey down to Laban Rata. I reached Laban Rata at about 9am (took about 2 hours from the peak), had breakfast, then started the journey to Timpohon at 10am. We covered the first 2.5km in half an hour (we ran down!) then we slowed down as our knees and legs are beginning to get tired. So again, we took our own sweet time down the rest of the way and reached Timpohon at 1pm.

If you enlarge and look at this photo, you can actually see all the people walking down.

The amazing view is worth all the effort. In fact, I am looking forward to going back there again!

Monday, March 24, 2008

The Sea...and the Mountain..

Came back from my holiday. It was amazing. An experience of a lifetime. The beaches are beautiful and Mount Kinabalu is just breathtakingly gorgeous.

The jetty is sunken in sea water in the evening.

Crystal clear water.

The amazing beaches.

A perfect location for snorkeling.

The stairs down to the beaches from our chalet.

Friendly fishes that eat from your hand.

And of course......Mount Kinabalu....

Sunrise on top of the world.

Above all the clouds.

Candy in the sky.

The long journey down the peak.

The famous Low's Peak.

The scary route was too dark to see on the way up.

I made it to the top of the world!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Pillow Cat

Garlic loves the pillow. You will always see him sitting on the pillow on the sofa. If you put the pillow on your lap, he'll jump onto your lap and sit on the pillow.

I think the pillow matches the color of my fur... Don't you think I look cute on the pillow?

Mummy is going away for 1 whole week! I will just sit here and wait for her to come back!

I will be flying to Kota Kinabalu (KK) tomorrow morning and will only be back the next Friday. Gonna conquer the highest mountain in Malaysia!

For the Spice Cats fans (especially who are so sweet to post messages saying how much you misses them), there will be no update from them for a week. But don't worry, they will be well taken care of by my parents and my brother.

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Friday, March 07, 2008

Playing with a New Graphics Tool

About 2 weeks ago, my brother recommended I try out a new graphics tool, Picasa. I find it extremely easy to use and the effects are amazing! Below are some of the photos, after enhancements using the software.

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Monday, March 03, 2008

The Wink

My mom took one of the Spice Cat's photo and made this. I think its quite cute. Can you guess which Spice Cat it is?

Click on the picture to make it blink! (Thanks Mary, for letting me know that.)

The Spice Cat in the above picture is actually Sesame! It was modified from the picture below.

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