Saturday, January 1, 2011

Embracing the first sunlight of the year...

It's 2011! It's a new year! *shit*...

Anyway, while almost everyone was out in various locations around Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya for countdown, I was trying to sleep early (at 10pm) on New Year's Eve as today, we woke up at 3.30am to go for a hike at the infamous Broga Hill in Semenyih as we wanted to do "something new" and "different" way to start the New Year!

We start to move out - convoy style! - at 4.15am after picking up everyone, to this alien place. NONE of us knew where the place was! Thank goodness for GPS! Hahaha... Broga hill is situated near University of Nottingham at Semenyih. It's hard to describe the directions, but here are maps from blogs I referred to. (A & B)

We reached at around 5.30am with constant slowing down and waiting for each other at every toll gates. It was pitch dark once we were there! (Note: PLEASE bring torchlights! Each and everyone of you should have one!) We were so lost at the parking area (which is an oil palm estate) initially as there were no signs where the heck should we start hiking Broga hill! So, we waited and followed the crowd! LOL!

Surprisingly, we are not the only one who wanted to start year 2011 in a "new and different way"! Just as we parked our cars, there are 5 to 6 more cars coming to the exact spot! This place IS kinda popular!

Initially the roads were kinda flat and was an easy stroll up ahead. Saw a sign that states "Broga Hill - 1.8km" and "Gunung Tok Wan - 4.2km" and we knew we were on the right track! All hell broke loss once we passed by a run-down, very basic stall with a banner that says "Jalan Murah" (I am pretty sure they meant "JUalan Murah"! Hahaha...) or it DOES literally mean that the paths uphill is cheap! Well, no doubt bout that! It IS! X_X

The paths are mud trails! Uneven surfaces, holes and craters everywhere, some really narrow walk, jungle path and finally a rocky, barren STEEP ascend to the peak! AND I WAS WEARING SKIN-TIGHT JEANS AND SLIPPERS!!! FML! Imagine the difficulty in doing so! There were a few instances that I nearly slipped! (So note: Wear APPROPRIATELY! Shoes DEFINITELY - old ones if possible! Put ALL items in a bag pack, do NOT hand carry! You won't have enough hands to grip for support!)

We reached the peak of Broga hill at around 6.30am ~ roughly about an hour hike! It was STILL pitch dark... :/

And considering there was no sunlight yet, you BET, it was FREEZING cold!!! Imagine your sweat drenched shirts and windy breeze blowing at 60kmph (ok...I'm exaggerating), I can literally feel my bones shaking! NO JOKE!

While waiting for sunrise, (some of us as usual), shiok sendiri lah! Taking out camera and snapping everyone and everything eventhough they know they can't see anything but themselves in a black surrounding! =.="
Oh....and I start munching brought breads to warm up my body! Brrrrrrr~~~ (Note: BRING SWEATER along!)

Mr. Sunrise finally came at around 7am! With a pathetic white streak of lights....

Then at about 7.30am, everything starts to be visible as the day starts to brighten up! Mr. Sunrise can be fully seen by then! *grins* :)

~This was my best photo for the day!~

After MORE shiok sendiri-ness, we finally had enough and descended down at around 7.45am and step down on base at about 8.30am! Almost everyone was tired.... and I had to go pee! Got scolded by the car park attendant because apparently we were parked IN THE MIDDLE of the main road! Hahaha.... didn't know mah~~~ First time ok! Got space mai park lor! LOL! I pretended to be dumb and my coursemate, Mildred settled with her... :P

Dashed to the nearest petrol station, "let go of the water in my tangki (full tank wei~)", found a random restaurant in Kajang, had breakfast and headed back to UM for shower and ZZzzzzZZZzzzzZZzz......

AND THAT is how we do it! HAPPY NEW YEAR guys!!! :D


alantanblog said...

Nice photo! & I hope you love the Broga Hill hike :-)

Feel free to join Broga Hill Lovers - Facebook Group at

Liz said...

I went up to Broga Hill too ! But only till 2nd peak. Did you climb all the way till 4th peak? In ONE HOUR? That's pretty impressive weiiii. haha

You genius la ! Who asked you to wear skinny jeans and slippers???? You think it's a walk in the park ke? haha xD

Nice pictures ! I went for the sunset though :D Pretty too ! But it wasn't as cold, though there was a very nice, refreshing breeze :))))

Happy New Year !!!! :D

Unknown said...

Alan tan: Thanks! :D Will do! Will do!

Lisa: Neh...we stopped at the 1st peak. It was too dark to go on further... I scared I will roll off the cliff! Hahaha....
I DIDN'T KNOW if was an ACTUAL hike! I really thought it will be an easy peasy walk! OK.... I've underestimated Broga Hill! Hahaha...
Will be smarter next time! :P
Happy New Year to you too!!! :D

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