Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Meandering in Kuala Selangor.

One of the blessings living in Malaysia is great nature is everywhere. Within your vicinity. If u know where to look. Most of the time, it's very cheap too. Last Monday, we headed to Kuala Selangor. It was about 1 hour drive from our place. We had no agenda. Just going with the flow.
The last time we went to Kuala Selangor was 6 years ago. Then, there was three of them. Medina has not been there. So I thought it would be great to show her some monkeys ;-)
We took the tram and went up the hill. U can walk up if u want to. But we were lazy ;-)
These monkeys are everywhere. 
Silver leaf monkey. They are not violent. But still, I kept my distance.

 There's a nice museum on top of the hill.
 The lighthouse. Overlooking Straits of Malacca. 
 The not so visible Straits of Malacca.
Baitul Hilal. A place to observe moon,that will indicate the beginning of new month in Hijrah Calendar.
 Taman Ikan Air Tawar. There's nothing much here. 
There are some fishes and some birds. And kids get annoyed with the noisy visitors. So we went to the nature park.

 Kuala Selangor Nature Park.
The rain just stopped when we reached Kuala Selangor. So the weather was just nice for exploring the wood. 
Bought the ticket from here.Ticket is $4 for adult and $1 for kids below 16yo. Below 6yo is FOC. It's quite cheap. But the park looks pretty run down.
There are a few observatory towers but only one is open to public. The rest are closed. The tower offers a good view over the lake.
 But it doesn't look very stable. Climb at your own risk. 
Birds seems to be abundant. U can hear them but they are hard to spot. We left our binoculars in the car. So there were limitation to what we can see with our naked eyes.

Then the kids told me, they remembered being here. Planting the mangrove. It was the YAWA-Kiehl camp that they went in 2010. Pictures are from here. Can u see Emily hanging to her dear life?? ;-)

Hajar in her element.

OK. Back to the present. The mangrove board walk. Some sections of the railing have collapsed. Not many mangroves creatures that day. We only saw mudskippers. 
 Mud creeper. 
Halfway through, Hajar kept asking me whether she can go barefooted. She said "I need to absorb the nature". I ignored her for a while. Then I remember a story told by a mother in one of the FB group. About her daughter who go barefoot everywhere. Then I thought...yeahhh...what the heck. So I said OK. And she was very happy. And then, the rest followed. Including me...well, for a while. It felt good actually ;-)
 

And of course I learned (albeit a tad too late) that letting kids going around barefooted could trigger a bit way too much free spirit. She went into the pharmacy and decided to put on the make up and went all goth. In a sleepy town of Kuala Selangor. Freaked the hell out of Mr O. They were laughing so hard coming out of the pharmacy, people must have thought my kids are retard :P
Oh well...we had a good day. I know the kids had fun. Nature will never disappoints u ;-)

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