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Not a Bad Thing

 

So don’t act like it’s a bad thing to fall in love with me.

Walking the Royal Palace and Terrace

After descending from Baphuon, we followed along the pathway that took us to the north. Here we found the Phimeanakas, Leper King Terrace and Terrace of the Elephants. The terrace is pretty much like the front wall of the royal palace. It’s heavily decorated with elephant sculptures and bas-reliefs. Behind the terrace is a private area of the ancient kings.

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The side entrance that leads us to Phimeanakas. Legend has it that Phimeanakas is the temple which a naga lived. At night time the naga would change into a woman and the king was obliged to make love with it to prevent Angkor from being destroyed by calamity.

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A Giant Puzzle Baphuon

After Bayon, we headed to Baphuon. Situated north of Bayon, Baphuon is truly an astonishing spectacle. It has more than ten chambers at its base. Built in the 11th century before Angkor Thom was even established by king Udayadityavarman II, dedicated to Siva (Hindu) and is the second largest temple in the city.

There is a 200 m long causeway raised on sturdy pillars leading to the temple. The temple is multi-tiered and warrants a bit of exploration, as long as you are up for the very steep stairs.

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The first, third and fifth tier were crowned by galleries, as well as tower-like door and corner pavilions. Twelve stairways also ran from the third to the fifth tier. A rectangular sandstone wall measuring 425 by 125 metres encloses the temple.

We followed the sign and started exploring the temple. The central tower was quite high, it was quieter than Bayon and there was a lovely view across Angkor Thom and into the surrounding wilderness.

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Properly reconstructed stairs built under the conservation program by the French. Just a word of caution, the steps are really steep, those with trouble of mobility should give this a miss.

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Responsorial Psalm

1st Sunday of Lent, the day I sang the psalm solo (cantor). We were the new batch of cantors trained to sing the responsorial psalm within the Liturgy of the Word during mass.

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Have mercy on us, O Lord, for we have sinned. – Psalm 51

Pisang Waterfall

Last Saturday, February 24, I joined my colleagues to Pisang Waterfall. It was a weekend escape from the scorching hot weather and to be able to immerse in the chilling waterfall was a great pleasure. I’ve never heard of the waterfall, partly because it is overshadowed by the more famous ones like Templer  and Sungai Tua. Anyway the Pisang waterfall is one of the source water for Sg. Gombak.

Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints.

We arrived as early as 8 a.m at Jungle Lodge Alang Sedayu, 12th Mile off Jalan Gombak. It’s the old Gombak trunk road going north before there was PLUS highway. Visitors have to pay a fee of RM1 per head and RM3 for parking.

The first thing you see is the water intake at the entrance.

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Crossing streams is the prerequisite of this entire journey, you’ll get wet at some point of time.

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Get across the two gigantic tunnels under the Karak Highway. This is where one truly experience themselves in the “light at the end of the tunnel” expression.

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The trek is fairly easy to follow. TIP #1: Follow the stream, at the confluence, take the right turn. The walk from the tunnel to waterfall took us about 30 minutes.

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Picturesque forest and stream.

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A rather unique tree which its branches stretching far across.

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The massive root system and the orange flower buds from the salakas tree.

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We continued our trek, stopping in between just to take a short break for photography. They say it is not the destination that matters but the journey itself.

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Behold, Pisang Waterfall! The full view of the beautiful 20 metre drop greets and invites you for a refreshing swim.

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View from the other side of the gorge, there is a steep trail climbing up the gorge.

Apart from swimming, one can try wet abseiling. You will need to make special arrangement with the tour operators.

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At the foot of the waterfall where visitors lay their picnic mats or just simple enjoy the scenery. This place is still a genuine beauty, but over the years irresponsible visitors have polluted the environment with of rubbish. So do your part, take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints.

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I’ve included a map for your useful reference. For more waterfalls in and around Klang Valley, visit this site.

Coordinate: Jungle Lodge (N3 18 17.8, E101 44 07.0) 

All pictures credit to my friend ooisl.

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