Monday, March 8, 2010

Waterfall Day (Part 2): At Sungai Gabai Waterfall

This is a continuation of the previous blogpost.

From the Semenyih dam area, we went on further following the signboard indicating Sungai Gabai Waterfall. However, Mommy felt there wasn't enough signboard put up to give people the confidence that they are on the right track to Sungai Gabai Waterfall. After the first signboard, we didn't see anymore signboard for a long, long stretch until another signboard appeared within 1 to 3 km from the waterfall. So to be honest, at one point, we really thought we lost Sungai Gabai Waterfall.

The road leading to Sungai Gabai Waterfall was very narrow and isolated. Luckily Mommy's small Kancil car was used for the trip rather than Papa's Wira. The road seemed more like one-and-a-half lane wide only, so you can imagine just how near another car from the opposite direction was to our car. Finally when we almost reached the waterfall, we were greeted by a Malay man who quoted RM2 for entering the waterfall parking area. He mentioned RM1 per adult, so looks like Juan Or's entry is free-of-charge. A closer look at the man's jacket indicated that he was Sungai Lui's Village Safety and Development Committee member. Whoa, so looks like the authority to collect parking fee here is owned by the village rather than the local municipal council! Ah, never mind since it's only RM2 rather than the one at Jalan Sungai Tua that charged RM4!

The entry ticket - RM1 per adult.

There were really many cars parked along the narrow road, so Papa parked quite far away so that we won't face problems with hoggers when it was time to go. So we had to walk quite far to reach the waterfall area which is good exercise for Mommy considering Mommy barely can make any time to exercise anymore after giving birth to Juan Or.

We reached the lower and flatter surface of the waterfall (or rather stream) first. So all three of us dipped our feet into the cool water. The depth of the stream is not as abrupt as the one at Jalan Sungai Tua. This stream seems to have more shallow spots, so is safer for toddlers like Juan Or. As usual, Juan Or enjoyed his dips with snapshots to show:

Mommy managed to capture a closer look of the stream water too.....

.....and the river rocks as well.

After the feet dipping session, we ventured further up a steep, long and rather narrow flight of stairs to see the waterfall. While climbing up the stairs, we were greeted with barbeque aroma because along the stairs, there were 'stops' for people to camp or picnic. Whoa, the smell of barbequed spicy chicken really made Mommy's stomach rumbled, what's more it was already noon - time for lunch! With the smell temptation came the visual temptation! It's just so tempting to steal glances at what the picnickers were barbecuing, but lo and behold, all Mommy saw were chicken pieces with most parts charred! What an anticlimax! ^ ^

Finally we reached the top part of the waterfall, though not the topmost part yet. It was Papa who carried Juan Or all the way up. Mommy, without carrying Juan Or, was already slower than Papa and Mommy was panting like mad too. This reminds Mommy that Mommy is no longer young! We spent some time looking and admiring the waterfall. Juan Or seemed fascinated too. He did not fret at all, instead he looked long and hard at the flowing water.

A landscape view of the Sungai Gabai Waterfall.

A portrait view now.

Mommy managed to record a video of the waterfall too.

And last but not least, a last dip at the stream water again before it's time to say bye-bye to the waterfall!

The next day, Papa complained of back muscle pain because it turned out to be too strenuous to carry Juan Or up and down the stairs. So Mommy helped to massage Papa's back and turned out, Mommy didn't do it correctly so much so Papa's back became worse the next day. Finally Papa decided to merely leave the back to heal by itself. As of the time of writing, Papa's back has healed already.


smallkucing said... all went to Sg Gabai Waterfall.Aiks now have to pay $$ ah? I remember last time was FOC. hm...

Alice Phua said...

Hahaha....what to do? Time changes everything. Once the place becomes popular, the 'owner' of the place will start charging money. :-(

cheeyee said...

Must be feeling cooling at the water fall due to the super hot weather nowadays.

Alice Law said...

Loves the last 2 scenic view photos, as it was captured by a professional photographer! Very nice!! ^-^

Anonymous said...

Harlo! Thanks for liking my blogpost and compliment. Appreciated :)

BTW nice activity with family :)

Alice Phua said...

Cheeyee, oh, yes, definitely, the dip compliments the super hot weather nowadays! :-)

Alice Law, thanks for the compliment. Hahaha....tengok-tengok mana tau the photos were captured by just a caplang 2.0 MP handphone camera! :-D But anyway, I notice this handphone camera seems to perform better when under very hot sun.

Joshua, thanks for visiting my blog. And congratulations once again for winning the LG Chocolate BL40! :-)

Serline said...

So peaceful! Only RM2 for family to get away from the city noise. Worth it.

Alice Phua said...

Serline, yes, overall it's still cheap. And according to Smallkucing, last time was even cheaper - FOC!

mNhL said...

Wow...the cooling water makes me wanna bring YX and XJ to the waterfall. And your poor hubby. Glad that he has recovered.

BoeyJoey said...

Looks like Juan Or was having fun! Time spent at the waterfall enjoying the nature is so much better than walking in malls :-).

Alice Phua said...

mNhL, yes, looking to seeing your blogpost one day on going for a waterfall trip. :-D

BoeyJoey,yup, that's why this past few days/weeks, we have been going to outskirt places rather than shopping malls.