Friday, December 18, 2015

Bukit Tabur West - Taman Melawati

I went to Tabur West last semester right after my final paper with Kak Rara, Kak As and some of her friends. I was very excited since I'd never been to Tabur before. Bukit Tabur is part of the Klang Gates Quartz Ridge located within the area of Taman Melawati. It can be seen clearly from MRR2, UIA and areas nearby. If you are not frequent hiker (like me), you may not know that there is hidden gem in city of KL which is real good for climbing and hiking. 

The trail(s)

Bukit Tabur has 4 main trails - East, West, Far East and Extreme. Most of non-frequent hiker (like me) usually will hike for the west trail as it offers better scenery and less challenging trail (meh?) compared to east. If you go to West during weekend, it is much crowded. East trail is slightly shorter (275 meters) than West (446 meters). Far East and Extreme? You will not want to go there unless with experienced guide. Kak Rara went to Extreme once and according to her, it is indeed extreme because the trail is pretty new and no familiar marks/direction left by previous previous visitor/hikers, unlike the west and east. FYI, western and eastern side of Tabur is separated by the Klang Gate dam.

446 meters
Tabur (specifically West side) consists of several peaks and troughs. The area is covered by predominantly big, layered rocks and jagged surfaces. It is advisable to wear gloves to avoid scratching your hands on the surfaces. There are steep cliffs and trails that require you to hold on to the ropes. Really tested your rock climbing skills. I still can remember there was one descent part of the climb where I couldn't found any surface to grab on and I was really panicked that time. Luckily, one Chinese uncle grabbed my hand so that I could hold on to the rock and land my feet on the ground. Haha drama. 

The first 30 minutes of the climb is pretty easy (yakah easy?) even from the start lagi sebenarnya pun sudah mencanak. Wait until you reach the endless and never-ending rock peaks and rope part. Phewww.  Most of the time, the treks are quite tricky. Not much clear indications (signage?) are provided.

The descent trail is not as challenging as the ascent part. While descending, you have to follow the local orchards until you got to the starting point. However, you gotta be careful lah lagi-lagi if it's rainy season 'cause the trek is tanah merah - wet and very slippery. Alternately, if you don't want to follow the orchard trail, you can opt following the stone-y & rocky trail, vertical climb downwards, the trail you were following before - nah don't even bother lah. Sanggup?

Susah kah Tabur West?
Honestly, bagi aku agak susah, mencabar dan bahaya. First 15 minutes sahaja the hiking part, the rest is rock climbing and combination of both. So, you know what to expect. ;)

Frankly, I couldn't remember the exact direction to get there since this is my very first time to Tabur. And I was kind of blur that time 'cause we got there like...before subuh? Hehe sorry my poor memory. Fret not, if you familiar with MRR2, Taman Melawati, SK Taman Melawati, National Zoo, Klang Gate Dam - you almost there. He he. 

It took around 3 hrs including stop untuk minum air, rehat, ambik gambar. No need to rush lah just enjoy the views. Unless if you wanna broke your personal record, bolehlah. hehe..

The view(s)
The views are indeed very mesmerizing and beautiful. You can see the UIA Gombak campus, Klang gate and KL city from Western Tabur. However, the city view is depends on the haze level, cloud thickness and the weather that day. 

Right before the descent, there is area covered with moss. The scenery is very green and carpet-like and you will be feeling like in The Shire. Choii...



Always safety first. Regardless the trails, I pretty sure that you all know that Tabur is actually familiar with few tragedies happened here before. Recently on 2013/2014, tragic fatal accidents had happened. measures and cautions should be practiced at ALL TIMES

Idk about others, but me personally will not opt for before sunrise hike. Broga may be okay. But, Tabur? So far, No. 

Ambik gambar, ambik gambar jugak. Tapi kalau semata bergadai nyawa untuk gambar lawa and for #hikerskental later on Instagram, buat apa? Huhu.

1st 15 min trek
Never come alone. Tabur may seem tame for some hikers. But there are some steep cliffs and tricky part where you need teamwork. So...always bring your friends along and experienced guide.

As I mentioned before, the place is much crowded during weekend. So, kalau mau rasa secure, selamat dan tidak loner, then come during weekend. Lagipun kalau datang during ramai orang, boleh cerita-cerita lah. Kak Rara and I once met a hiker from Mainland of China and one Chinese from Tawau. Maka, be-reunion lah si Kak Rara dengan brader chinese tu. 

  • enough water
  • light snacks
  • gloves
  • long pants ? (personal taste)
  • towel
  • medication/mosquito repellent
  • torchlight ?
  • shoes with good grip
  • camera/GoPro (?)


Sunday, October 11, 2015


It's already October. 2015 is coming to its end and 2016 is approaching! Believe it or not? Time really flies. 

As for 2015, so far I'm doing great except for the past few months I was struggling and grieving over my big lost. Even it's already been four months, but I still adjusting with what had just happened. Okay. Let's not jump to that part or else I will for sure burst into tears.

To start with... I'm not into planner, journal or anything of sort. But, the idea of getting one sounds intimidating for me. Honestly, I love planning; to-do lists, lists of assignments and quizzes, coming exams, MISI programs and commitments, to-bake and to-cook menu(s), wish lists, monthly expenses and extend up to my very very personal things. All-in-one book I suppose since I really dislike the idea of having numbers of book for few different things. Me being me... why even bother when you can actually have it in ONE book? Okay. Different person has different preference, I completely understand hehe.

Though I'm not a well-organized person, but I like the idea of having anything well written and well planned. Sometimes you just have random idea/curiosity about very very random thing happening around you or any spontaneous ideas and you just have to write it down, by any means. Unfortunately, you don't. Or in my case, I write important things anywhere I could get my hands on a piece of paper where most of the time I lost it.

Having a planner(s)/journal or even a simple note book really helps you lots especially in organizing things in priority. Second, we also able to reflect and look how far we had go, how far our life had progressed as the year passes. So, for 2016, I was planning to get one. However, after looking around for a new nice planner, there's no planner's design that up to my liking, so far. And if it is, the price is too much expensive for student under a tight budget, like me.

I think, the best way to have a new one that meets our top test is by do-it-yourself. Talking about DIY, those who know me will know, I'm not a creative person and I really bad and sucks in art. The most beautiful image I could possibly draw is GRASS and freaking ORANG LIDI, by far. But, when it comes to DIY planner, I always imagine a sketch book with a black hard cover and spiral binding which I can design it myself, paste colorful papers and stickers, doodles (nah I'm bad at drawing!), cute clippers, draw tables in it, motivational quotes. Weekly and monthly schedule and on and on. Well... lets see if I can accomplish it.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Ayam Likku (Ayam Masak Lengkuas)

Sempena eid adha baru-baru ni, MISI had organized Raya Gathering which had been held last night at Kuliyyah of Education. The mastermind behind this tidak lain dan tidak bukan ialah Kak Fitrie kita. Bila cakap soal makan, gathering and meet-up, kami semua excited. Of course. Who wouldn't ? Temanya ialah potluck. However, we (from MISI) also provide tasteful, delightful and delicious foods. Those who kind enough and want to sponsor one or two menu(s) is  also encouraged. 

Memandangkan selera anak-anak MISI ni luar biasa, some of them even requested to have buras, ambuyat, ayam likku, ayam BBQ and the list keeps going. Obviously, we couldn't fulfill all of those. Talking about realistic here peeps. humm. So, Kak Fitrie asked if any of us could volunteer to cook one of these dishes. Out of sudden, I'd been asked if I could be one of the volunteer. Surprisingly, I'd been placed in ayam likku team. Jawa sesat mana pulak masak makanan bugis ni. erm. -___-

oh ya. ayam likku or ayam masak lengkuas ni is famous Bugis's traditional food. Best served with burasak (or buras).


Cut things short. Here's the how-to-cook ayam likku for beginner .

Untuk 1 ekor ayam (ayam prefer potong kecik-kecik), all you need is...

santan 1kg

Bahan kisar
250g bawang merah
200g bawang putih
5 to 6 batang serai
150g halia

Bahan parut
5 lengkuas 
*lengkuas parut guna pemarut kelapa. kalau tiada, boleh hiris nipis dan tumbuk ja guna lesung luls. We did this way sebab tiada pemarut.

**just an approximate measurement. kindly adjust to your taste

1. goreng tanpa minyak lengkuas yang sudah parut/tumbuk sampai agak kering and take 'em out
2. tumis bahan kisar sampai garing and naik bau
3. masuk lengkuas from step 1. kacau rata.
4. masukkan ayam. gaul and kacau rata.
5. masukkan santan, air, garam. last sekali, baru masuk kerisik.
6. biarkan sampai kuah kering. bila sudah nampak agak kering barulah kena rajin kacau supaya tidak hangus.
7. bila sudah kering then your ayam likku is all done. tahniah!