Camping in the Malaysian jungle with Malays...

Trip Start Jul 04, 2007
Trip End Oct 01, 2007

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Sunday, September 9, 2007

Going camping in the jungle with my Malay friends from work was always going to be a adventure but did I really think it was going to be like that?? I dont think so!!!

This entry is therefore dedicated to all the members of the Gundus club who were impressed by my insertion into their circle but who will never be able to imagine what it meant for me to go with them and feel part of this big family - terima kasih abangs!

First things first...
Who are these people I went camping with: people from the MAS office either MAS staff or suppliers of MAS...
How many of us: 12 therefore intially 3 cars and a guitar
Where: off road south of KL which explains why we are using 4x4 but first we went to a wedding in Johor Baru (JB)
Why: just for the sack of going there and chilling in the jungle... actually mainly to eat in the jungle!
What happened during this trip: nothing special really... just a few problems on the way with the cars but once there it was almost smooth!!

1. JB is quite far from KL so it was a bit of a drive to go to Zamreen wedding but it was part of the plan and it was fun! We left at 8h after getting all the camping gear in the cars

2. We stop for breakfast, it's a must in the Gundus club!

3. On the way one of the car started having problems but we stopped at a garage and apparently got it fixed...

3. Makan, makan!!! (eating) at Zamreen place and seeing the bride and groom. Malay wedding will always stay in my mind as impressive dresses for the newly wed! I wore my traditional clothes to raise the standard of the camping group! French standards cannot slip!!

4. Just before we left the wedding we learnt that the bridge to the place where we wanted to go no longer existed, taken by the floods... By then it's around 15h

5. Back up plan: go somewhere else!

6. On the way, the same car has problems again but this time it wont move anymore... Aie!
We are stuck on the motorway: 2 cars together and 1 further up at a crappy rest area with nothing but a petrol station!... we waited there quite a while. The time is now 17h

7. From then on, the trip consisted in a lot of waiting: waiting for the decision on the course of action, waiting for the rescue truck, waiting for the back up transport which was a taxi initially!! Going off road with all the gear in a taxi is quite special!!! Waiting for some people to take us into the jungle with them as the taxi driver was not really up for the challenge, waiting at a little restaurant by the side of the jungle lost in the middle of nowhere!! for quite a while again but it was ok because we had Hussein friend special Singaporian Muttabak!!! very nice although it did not agree with everyone's stomach

8. Eventually the other cars arrived and we left for the jungle. It was midnight!! No one ever told me we were going to enter the jungle at midnight!!

9.And nobody ever told me that we were banned to get stuck a few times on the way to the camp site eventhough it was late!! We spent 1hr getting one car out!!! 1hr at 2AM is quite a while but the high spirit was still there.... well... less for the stomach upset people!! I was alright!!

10. We were ready to sleep at 5AM after having set up basic camp!!! Great!!

After all of that what else could we do in the jungle but chill and try to forget how we are going to get out of this place!!!

It was great! Cooking food, lot of food, eating, sleeping, chilling, chatting... relaxing... chatting once in a while putting the option "Menu >> File >> Tools >> Language>> Subtitles >> English >> ON" so that I couuld understand a bit more. Overall, it was just brillant to be there. Thanks August for teaching me early on in the trip how to eat properly with my fingers, it was pretty useful!!!

There was a river as well right by the camp so swimming was one of our luxuries!!

Obviously it would have been a bit too easy if nothing else happenned so we had a storm on last night and obviously it was the night we had planned to do a BBQ! After fighing with the camp canopy a little bit, getting somehow a bit wet and digging a trench for the water to escape we managed to carry on as if nothing happened! We had our BBQ and the very much awaited one and only French dishe of the trip: Ratatouille!!! Thanks to Alfie for prentending that he likes vegetables and singing about it for the trip!

The next day it was time to go home... The way home was less eventful as the way there as we didn't get stuck for one hour but still!! We had to stop a few times!!
And as I said to the Gundus club if nothing happens you dont remember things so it's better too much than not enough!!!!

Thank you again for this Malay jungle experience!!!
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