Where's the Durian?

Trip Start Dec 12, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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the dusun

Flag of Malaysia  , Negeri Sembilan,
Friday, September 17, 2010

Two whole weeks of school holidays and no  holiday planned. Well, I didn't know that there was such a long break and anyway the family  just had our major vacation in south Africa.

So I thought perhaps , a short trip would do. At first, Singapore came in mind, then the east coast, Pahang but I just felt too lazy to drive 4 -5 hours to a holiday destination. A colleague told me about Dusun which he said was very near Seremban and that's  just about an hour away.  I checked it out in the website and facebook under the Dusun and I was sold. It was only an hour away from KL so no major driving and hey a fruit orchard - plenty of durians which Chris would love.

I decided to take  Berembun chalet which has direct acess to the pool . Was told it was the honeymoon suite and it was RM100 more expensive but I figured that it would be worth it.

There are actually two highways that we could take to Seremban but we decided to take Lekas Highway which takes us right to Jalan Jelebu-Seremban and the exit is only 5 minutes away from the resort.  It was also the first time using this highway to an area that I have not gone to since my secondary school days.

Within 45 minutes, we were at the exit to Jelebu and on the trunk road where it gets a little bit tricky but we managed to find the mosque and the school. The road to Dusun from the main road iwas not so great and the real killer was the road from the gate up to Dusun. It was a one laner , narrow with sharp falls and an extremely sharp bend  . Not an easy drive for amateurs and for those driving manual ...

We were greeted by a young local girl who was propping up the cushion as it rained earlier. Excited by the lovely scenery the room had and the lovely infinite pool , we started unpacking. We had the whole place to ourselves as the other chalets were not taken.

Chung had packed all the food that he needed for the barbeque that night and since we hadnt had lunch, he made spaghetti carbonara which was finished in 5 minutes.

We decided to walk to the river . Tried to call the guide and was told he charged RM50 per pax and decided to do it on our own. How difficult could it get. With some very ambigious instructions from the maid, we were off , trekking.

It started easy until we came to a T-junction where we had to decide to go up or down. We decided to go down as we could hear the river. As we walked , we came to a locked gate and decided to just crawl under since there was no one only to find that we were actually trespassing????

Anyway, we walked towards the sound of the river and finally saw it but couldnt find a path down but  I decided against it because the climbing up would be a problem. We walked back up and I was panting. I was truly not fit and I could feel the pain in my stomach coming back again as I had a bit of a stomach flu that morning. I had to squat down as I felt  like blacking out. This is the worst kind scenario, no toilet nearby and certainly nobody to call for help. It dawned on me that I may just have a heart attack there and die. But I survived and after a bit of rest, I started walking again and finally reached The Dusun  .

A dip in the pool after that walk under the sun was great. The dark clouds started gathering and it started raining. The mist gathering was lovely but the rain was not good news as the shaded areas were quite limited. thank goodness for my Jean Plaidy book which was such a good read.

  The food, the wine was really good and we were so stuffed. We didn't get to to expore the area at night or sleep under stars as planned because of the rain . So the whole night was spent reading under very bad reading lights  but we didnt mind as it was so relaxing .

It was cold because of the rain and the wind blew hard but the most annoying was actually the sound of the jungles. so noisy...as Chris said even the city is quieter. The frogs were croaking whole night and sleep didnt come easy esp with  Chris certainly keeping me up whole night with his constant climbing up and down the bed.

We missed the early morning sunrise but its really nice to just laze in bed and just watch  the lovely rainforest . Breakfast was provided by the resort and it was  Nasi Lemak which had the lovely sweet sambal with loads and loads of onion, Negeri Sembilan style.

We took a walk along the Dusun Walk since there wasnt any durian . ( the durians had all fallen and eaten about a month earlier) so Chris had to be satisfied with just SEEing the tree of his favourite fruit. The view from the walk was lovely as you can see the rolling Mantin hills . Finally found the durian tree but no durians of course.

After the walk, we decided with more swimming before checking out for a lunch time trail of Seremban favourites. The Hakka noodle stall was not ready yet so looked for the loh see fun (rat's tail noodles ), got to the wrong stall, so had to the pack the recommended renowned noodle at Limbok before heading back home...

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