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#GoTemburong Day 02: Canopy Walk, Adventure Activities, Rumah Panjang Kg Sibut

Thank you all for all the comments, Whatsapps, etc today about the package that I am doing. FYI I am doing the Campsite Experience which u can find out more from here. Also, check out DAY 01 activities here.

Day 2 makes me a bit nervous cause it is a big day!!! SO MANY ACTIVITIES TODAY! Check out my vlog of the day’s activities (it’s a bit long but omg banar2 kami non stop nya org tua tua RIBUT TAUFAN LAGI BERANTI!).

CLIMBING UP TO THE CANOPY WALKWAY TO CATCH THE SUNRISE

Woke up superrrrr early at 4am, to konon catch the sunrise up on the Canopy Walk at the Ulu Temburong National Park.Β It was a slippery climb and no surprise, we didnt make it to catch the sunrise. HAHA.

So annoyed cause not many nice photos of me here.

To get to the canopy walk, you need to go through the Keruing Hanging Bridge, named after a hardwood native in Temburong, and climb a hill, about 200-300 metres (I think). Please wear proper shoes as it does get super slippery after rain and I actually fell quite a couple of times (no surprise there hahaha – gravity challenged). HOLD ON TO THE HAND RAILS!

Many people ask me, if I get scared while climbing up. Honestly, it’s really scary. With my history of falling, slipping, etc, it doesnt really inspire confidence. Haha. But I feel like if you are super super super careful, and u just trust God, he’ll assist u to come up to see the heavens. My advice is to follow your gut feeling, and dont get forced into climbing if you are not confident and don’t look down! When you’re up there, it’s really undescribable, here u are withΒ the best view in Temburong – it is pretty crazy to miss.

MY FAVOURITE PLACE IN TEMBURONG IS WASAI APAN DAMIT

I always hear about wasais, which means “small waterfall” in Brunei Malay and I’ve really only been to a a few but I have to say this one is the most beautiful and lawa I have ever seen.

The crystal clear water, the shade, the little cove where I like to sit. I really really like it here! Do check out the Youtube video up there and see how much we enjoyed it there. This wasai is kid friendly and siuk berabis di dunia macam i feel like inda mau balik. Spent quite a while and it’s also our last destination, before packing up, checking out and leaving for our second accomodation.

FREME RAINFOREST LODGE, BATANG DURI

This place is 5 stars compared to our camp site hahahaha!!!!!! Don’t get me wrong, we loved the campsite but it’s also very siok to come back to enjoy these comforts we so very much take for granted in our lives.

Our room which was a family room, had aircond, wifi, and that night we all slept like logs!!! Hahaha. The bathrooms were super clean, to be shared with all the guests in the lodge.

ACTIVITIES AT FREME RAINFOREST LODGE

This accommodation is geared more towards adventure activities, for example there’s a bootcamp style set up, at the back u can do rock climbing on that wall, or u can do abseiling. Shaf, even did a flying fox thing (see in the Youtube Video above).

Freme is definitely big on safety. Harnesses are checked and triple checked, briefings are given everytime, everything is clear on what we can and cannot do, everything is clearly labelled. Our guides, Azeem & Fiona, are professional and systematic, as opposed to our hosts in the camping site who are more family-like and warm. However, both are super friendly and nice, and both places amaze me with their hospitality. ❀

A VISIT TO A RUMAH PANJANG IN KAMPONG SIBUT

At night after dinner, we were supposed to go for a night walk. As you can imagine, I had enough of walking and climbing so we opted to visit a Rumah Panjang instead. I can tell u I REGRET NOT WEARING MAKEUP BECAUSE!!!!! we get to dress up in Iban traditional clothes and they are most definitely super fabulous!

The skirt is actually made of coins! I love it! And the hair piece. OMG suka ku berabis. FYI, this rumah panjang actually also operates as a homestay pasal dorang steady!!! Check out more info here.

 

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#GoTemburong Campsite Experience for First Timer

If you follow my social media (namely Instagram or Facebook Page), you may know that Brunei Tourism has generously sponsored me and a few other social influencers for a holiday package to Temburong.

The Temburong destination holiday packages were launched sometime last month and specifically tailored for locals! Check them out on the Brunei Tourism website.

I was selected, together with Gzul, and Shaf of BIG Magazine for the Campsite Experience.

Check out my Day 01 experience below!

AZ Back To Nature is a camping site and it’s been around for a few years. It’s located just 2-3 minutes away from the Ulu Temburong National Park. There’s no electricity supply, water or mobile reception there, so you’re really roughing it out when you stay to camp here.

I won’t sugarcoat it: it is quite literally CAMPING IN THE JUNGLE.

However, tents set up by our hosts are comfortable, and located on a platform, so it is always dry no matter how hard it rains. It was raining when we were there and super cold I wore blanket up to my neck haha.

There is a rudimentary but clean bathroom and a toilet – one squat, one sitting potty – to be shared with all other guests and from our campsite you walk for 2 minutes (in the dark) at night to get there haha. Make sure u bring a torchlight! Definitely u can shower and clean up there, and it draws water from the river, but don’t expect super strong water pressure haha. Honestly it’s much better to clean up at the river.

It’s a full board package so u get ur meals taken care of, breakfast, tea, lunch, dinner, anything! The hosts, mostly local Ibans, are suuuuuuper lovely and friendly (we love them!) so they will assist u with anything u want or like.

For tours into the national park, you are accompanied by Haddy, who I feel is the most awesome guide in Brunei. He is super knowledgable, cheerful, very easy to talk to and really experienced.

I know the whole camping thing may turn most of u off, but I SUPER love it there! I recommend it for a new experience, for pushing your boundaries, and just getting out of your comfort zone. Bring friends, kekasih, or family and just enjoy!

Oh and if you’re worried about rain, FYI, it’s much better than the heat hahah. All activities generally still carry on during the rain unless it’s super scary and labat banar macam betemparik hahaa. In the Ulu, we’re not scared of getting wet.

Also, special shout out to Progresif, who has the strongest and fastest reception in Ulu Temburong! There’s reception, from the Kuala Belalong Research Centre all the way to the Canopy Walkway.

Stay tuned for Day 2 where we conquer our fear of heights kinda hahahaha.

Good night!

Tips to have fun at Bandarku Ceria

Don’t fall down.

Don’t get your tyres stuck between drain grills.

Don’t sprain your wrist while doing so.

Take millions of photos.

😝😝😝

Lifehack: Prevent Windscreen Damage from JPD Roadtax Sticker

2 years ago, JPD (Jabatan Pengangkutan Darat) introduced new roadtax formats which is a self adhesive sticker. It features a barcode and mmmm yes yes bery good prevents fraud.

However how many of u hate the new self adhesive roadtax??!! Me hate it so much because of this:


EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

Everyone knows hot weather and stickers don’t mix and believe me my car is always out and about!

I’ve recently renewed my car insurance & roadtax and as usual I do it from Baiduri Finance (nation’s number 1 automobile finance company fyi 😜😜😜 don’t mind the bias). 

This year my renewal pack comes with a roadtax sticker. I was like hmm, what’s this for? Sikit lagi me cakap, “nda payah tah”. Haha!

Then sudah my brain finally woke up, barutah realised, it’s supposed to act as a protective barrier between the windscreen and the roadtax. 

  
Aiiiii sakai ku!!! Sakaiiiiiii.

Mun inda bepaluh2 melakat plus anxiety cause if BIUT u have to live with it for a year. Hahahah.

In short, if you wanna save your windscreen, buy a sticker like this! Or get your insurer to give u one for free! 

#tripofwonders Bandung, Jakarta & Goodbyes

What a fabulous morning yet what a bittersweet day. Today, is officially the last day of the trip of wonders and sadly, we’d have to say goodbye to participants of the trip as they make their way back to their countries or onwards to the next part of their journeys.

For us, our day starts in a bus.


Marul is so lucky to have sketches from our favourite Motulz (find him on IG – @motulz).


Our first stop of the day is Armor Kopi, an indie cafe, located within a national park.

So clever! They put a hipster cafe inside a national park, and made it a must go destination in Bandung hahahaaaa. Coffee is supergood! 

BTW in case u ever wonder how we get awesome photos, it’s at least half and hour of this:


After Armor Kopi, we went to the famous Dusun Bambu!

From the entrance, we go up to our restaurant on this floral car:


So cute!

Dusun Bambu is actually like a glamping area, and have seen it featured many times on articles shared on Facebook about places to visit before u dieπŸ˜‚ so happy I managed to visit!


After it was a tearfull goodbye, and we all made our way back to Jakarta.


Bought this cheeky banana for snacking on the bus!


Soon arrived at Jakarta and it’s the final goodbye.

Sad!

But believe it or not the group whatsapp is until today still beeping at least 40-100 notifications per day lah!

😍😍😍

Upon arrival in Jakarta, Marul and I decided yo hit the malls.

So no photos πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Until dinner time!


Made our way back to the hotel and omg we have to wake up in few hours.

Here we are at 3am:

Made our way to the airport via the free shuttle bus and checked in. TO OUR SURPRISE WE REALISED WE HAVE BEEN UPGRADED TO BUSINESS CLASS 😍😍😍😍😍

I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!! 

I slept the whole way and tadaaaaaaaa sampai Brunei!!!!!!!!


The end of the #tripofwonders. Thank you so much to Tourism Indonesia who sponsored this trip. I had soooooo much fun and I am soooooo looking forward to to come back to Indonesia againnn especially to Lombok and Bandung!!!! Eeee suka!!! 

Thank you all for following my journey. 😍 I hope it was entertaining at thevery least. If you have any questions leave a comment. Have an awesome night!

#tripofwonders Off to Bandung!

Beautiful cloudy day today as we wake up in Hotel Santika, Banyuwangi.

Phew. Unfortunately this day I have a bit of a tummy upset and I keep on needing to use the toilet! 😫😫😫


Tummyache tapi still looking good haha.

Anyway, we were supposed to rush to the airport for a 730am flight – and we actually arrived in the airport at 725am πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Upon arrival to Bandung, all I wanted to do was to find a toilet. But the queue was super long and omg apparently we were supposed to find blue Alphards in front of the airport waiting for us???

So I was in the toilet and everyone was yelling MAURINAAAAA FIRSTAAAA FARAAAAHHH JESSICCAAASA (all the ladies names still in toilet) because the all the Blue Alphards was already waiting!!!!

Then we were looking for blue Alphards which turn out to be:

Angkut!


Beahahahahahaha.

We had to go on these Alphards as buses were not allowed at the entrance of the small airport haha. 


No safetybelt no door! All convenience. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Anyway, this brought us to our bus, and off we went to the lunch place. 

Me, at that time can’t stand the smell of food haha so I went straight to the hotel, Sheraton Bandung.

Hermit mode as I need to recover asap.


I am not exactly too sure why I have food poisoning also since I’m eating same food as everyone. I think I’m just allergic to exercise lah πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Sheraton Bandung took care of me and the next day I was feeling great and ready to visit Kawah Putih!

Kawah Putih is another crater lake, very near to the city of Bandung. 

Bus ride for 2 hours. Sleepytime.

Upon arrival we had to go up the mountain with this Angkut (Alphard) haha.

With Motulz an awesome sketch artist I met on this trip. 

The trip up is similar to Ijen, except this is by car haha.


Lucky people got their Photos taken by a professional haha. This is Edgar, @eazytraveller who is from the Phillipines. 

I find it amusing that they asked him in Bahasa Indonesia and he simply obliged and even said “lagi satu” to which they gave him another pose. Haha.

I suppose we are all children of ASEAN and we all somehow look similar. πŸ™‚

Anyway, from the above location, which is where our Angkut/Alphard dropped us off, it’s another 200m to get to the actual Kawah Putih – much like walking to a mall.


Must be the most accessible crater lake ever. So many people here. Mostly weekenders from Jakarta!

Btw if u want to visit Bandung, visit on a weekday cause omg human traffic, car traffic and traffic all around!


Bought these yummy and sweet strawbies   for about $2 πŸ˜‹ so cheap!


Leya bought cireng! Also so yummy.

😍😍😍

Then had lunch at Ciwidey Valley!


Lovely place 😍

After lunch headed back to Bandung. Tummies full, slept on the bus.

Then, woke up, still on the bus. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚


Gosh! Traffic!


Enjoying traffic. Di Brunei nada. πŸ˜‚

Finally arrived at the hotel.


Needed some time to decompress near the pool! 

Then Marul texted and said lets have pizza πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚


Yummy! 

Hahaha.


Ready for farewell  dinner😭 so sad! Tge programme is almost over.

Dinner is at Sierra, Bandung.


Awesome food, and awesome view!


Bandung night sky. After, it’s sleep time and tomorrow, people start saying goodbyes :((((((

#tripofwonders Conquering Ijen Crater & Baluran National Park

Ijen. 

I am completely ashamed to say, when I was packing in Brunei for this trip, I completely underestimated Ijen. 

We don’t know each other very well, we were not acquainted yet.

At 12am, I was suited and booted and ready.

New shoes bought specifically for Ijen. Blue for the blue flame.

At 12am we assembled inthe lobby. Masks were distributed. 


Why masks? The crater lake is reportedly one of the most acidic in the world – and that means terrible sulfuricbsmell that will pierce your eyes. 

Then comes the safety briefing.


This is when I realise OMG I’m not ready for this hahahah.

We filed into 4WDs and off we went. The journey took 1 hour over precarious dark roads but was very calm, cool and windy. 

Arrived! Ladies ready?

We were given face masks, but if you want to go down to the crater lake, you can rent better gas masks. I bought gloves though cause cold haha. 

The total hike is 3km. 2km is supposedly flat land, easy walking, and last 1km, is more of a climb.

I disagree.

Eventhough it is dark:


I can certainly confirm that the first 2 km is a 45 degree incline and the last 1km is maybe 50-55 degree climb! Only the last 50m is somewhat less flat.  

Half way up, there’s a lovely tuckshop.


Here I bought bananas and celebratory drink 😍

Kira aku cam confident lah nda lagi lama sampai. Haha.

The lady selling at the tuckshop said she’s there everyday and goes home every 10 days – what a life.

So onwards to the journey and everyone kept on saying flat land soon. Noooo its not flat hahaha. Just less steep!!!

My advice is just take it slow! And eventhough it’s so easy to just GIVE UP, I didn’t and so I continued up. 


Eventually u will get there and that feeling of achievement and accomplishment is something that you can never buy. 

Angkat tangannnn! 

With my “escorts” hahahaha. I think they were worried I’m gonna faint or something hahahah. Talked to them the whole way, asked about their lives, which part of Indonesia they were from, where their wives are from, what they do if not on this trip. Haha

Actually I love to hear about other people’s lives and love to ask questions. Apologies if u were ever in the mercy of mine hahahaa.


When we arrived, I had a choice of going down hill for 45 minutes to see the turquoise crater lake. 

By the time I arrived, there was already a queue at the entrance so I didn’t and chose to see the sunrise instead.


So amazing 😭😭😭

This is the moment when I realised: I’m on Mt Ijen. 

If I did go down, this is what I would’ve seen:

An amazing crater lake & Ijen’s signature blue flame.

Beautiful and turquoise.


Gosh.

This trek down is a precarious 45 minute descend which requires u to wear proper gas masks so be sure to rent them back at the base camp otherwise u can’t.

Anyway, as I sat down waiting for the sunrise, these are the things I saw and observed.


Sulphur miners were hard at work. And they carry up to 60kgs of sulphur daily down the mountain. Plenty of them overtook me on the way up (cause I’m so slow innit).

The sulphur is sold to agents who will in turn sell them in Surabaya.


As I was sitting and resting, Marul joined me and we made friends with these lovely ladies from the Netherlands.

Then sadly it was time to walk down.

When we went up, it was so dark so u can’t really see a thing. But on the way down, i realised that there were so many beautiful plants!

Spent so long just documenting and taking photos of them!

How is it that I didn’t see this big ass trunk on the way up??? This is why I’m so accident prone lah πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ 

So beautiful and never seen in Brunei. Hehe. I guess these are cold weather plants.

Also on the way down, saw another mountain beyond the clouds.


Looks so far.

Sulphur sovenirs were also for sale.  Unfortunately u have to hand carry them if u bought them as they’re not allowed in your luggage when u board the plane. 


Anyway, we went down and drive back to the hotel, showered, skipped breakfast and slept for an hour before checking out. 


Had lunch at this restaurant that overlooks Bali. Ravenous.

Also felt like my knees were made of jelly haha.

Then travelled on bus to a place called the Baluran National Park which made me feel like huh??? I’m in Africa????


Baluran is I feel so interesting. From the entrance we had to travel about 10km through an evergreen forest to get to this savannah. 

We saw deer, and the biggest buffaloes I’ve ever seen in my life!

Read more here.

Then left Baluran and checked into our hotel, Hotel Santika. Really beautiful and modern. πŸ™‚


At this point it was about 9pm – I remember I was just SO READY TO PENGSAN. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

But it was definitely one of the best days of my life! Slept with a big big smile on my face.

Hashtag #mountaineer! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Bye!