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Broga, Conquered

We have finally made it to the top of Broga Hill! Barely, though. 🙂

It was a very ad-hoc plan. I am having a week long leave and the days before today were basically wasted by doing nothing at home, except babysitting my brother’s two monkeys. Two days ago,Ann suggested this. She asked me first and then in Whatsapp group chat. At the end, there were four dumb asses joined including myself.

We decided to meet at Ann’s house at 3:30am but as usual someone overslept and we departed at 4:00am. I borrowed my brother’s GPS as none of us dumb asses been there before. I chose the wrong “rabbit farm” from the list of selection and we ended up in the middle of nowhere.. actually somewhere in the palm plantation. Both Ann and I started to searched on our smartphone for direction. After 10km drive from the wrong way, we knew we have reached the entrance when we saw few cars parked by the roadside and a group of youngsters. It was a little bit past 5:00am.

We geared up (just sport shoes and torchlight) and walked toward the entrance of the plantation. Ann asked the youngsters if we could join them along but since they need to wait for another car, we decided to start the trail first. We walked for about 5km and stopped as we couldn’t find the trail to proceed. We saw a group of 3 heading towards our direction and decided to follow them instead but unfortunately, they were not sure as well. Then, we decided to wait for that group of youngsters.

We were lucky that it didn’t rain before our hike as the trail are mostly muddy terrain and it was dried up. So, it’s easier to hike this way. The hike reminded me of Mt. Kinabalu hike but this was much more easier. There are a lot of uneven steps, dangerous ravines, steep slopes and not to mentioned that it’s pitch dark. At some points, I felt nausea and needed to sit down for a while. It was hard to catch my breathe. I guess we are a little bit unfit for such activities. Ann even asked us to go for next hike at Crystal Hill!

We managed to reached the first peak at 6:30am, approximately an hour taken. Looking down, we can see the lights from the surrounding and took a look up, lots of bright stars all over the sky. We continued to second and third peak and stayed there for the sunrise. Crowds were building up at each peak.

The sun roses at around 7 and we stayed until it’s fully up for some shoots and of course, camwhored a little. We made our moves when it’s getting uncomfortably warm. On the way down, we came across this big rock where hikers would stand on it for photo. There were bunch of school kids on it. So, we waited a bit for our turn and got one of their teacher to take a shoot for us. We continued our journey down.

Going down is a lot harder and trickier than going up. I’d guess it’s the gravity and loose soil/sand makes the trail slippery. Suddenly, we heard one of the school kid in front shouted to their teacher way behind us that one of the pupil slipped/fell and hurt himself. He kinda ran down, according to another schoolmates. While looking for a way down, we tried to see how bad the boy hurt himself and it was pretty bad — bleeding wound on his knee, sprained arm and leg; and bruised face. There were more than 10 of the kids waiting at the side. We offered to guide them down. If we are not mistaken, they had like 3 female teacher escorting them in this trip. They should get at least a guy teacher along, IMHO.

We successfully guided the kids down the foot of the hill. It was about 9am then. The feeling was great, to be able to help people in need. We feel accomplished and super proud of ourselves 😀

We were super hungry after the hike as we had not have our breakfast yet. Instead of looking for food, Ann brought us to a Chinese temple nearby. It’s called “Sak Dato Temple”, just after the Selangor-Negeri Sembilan border. We sight-see for a while and offered prayers. Ann even took a shower there! Then, we headed back to KL for our first meal of the day.

I fell asleep while we were on the way back. The three of them were discussing and Ann giving direction. We were going to a famous eatery for its fish head. I am not a fan of fish head and luckily they have pork! ^^ They ordered a steamed fish head, steamed fish belly with sauce, pork, half chicken and a dish of vegetable. It didn’t take a genius to figure out that we were almost died of starvation. Even though if the dishes are not delicious at all, it doesn’t matter to starving people like us; but it’s yummy and not bad.