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I went to Tasek Lama last week to hike to Markucing.

There was a public event that day so the guys I went with and I started late. But still early  enough to see mists on the hills.

Mist on the Hills

It was easy to go through the hiking trails as it was filled with (more…)

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I’m currently (re)training myself to go to Mount Kinabalu. One of the ways that I am training is by going Bukit Shahbandar (or Shahbandar Hills) The following picture is of the “final” hill that has a tower which most routes get to in the end. of course you could go there first then go in reverse. For this hike, I decided to just go through the 5 hills route to see how long it would take me when I bring a camera and a tripod. it took me almost 2 hours. it would have taken me 15-20 minutes if I had run the route. 2 hours is usually a relax pace through the the 9 hills route. This next picture is of the playground before the hike. It was quite. Usually early in the morning, or before sunset on weekends this place is packed. playgroundThe first hill is one of the hardest hills. It takes about 5 minutes walk. I’ve seen a very few number of people running up. Tried it a long time before, took me just over a minute. pretty cool if you could make it. Haven’t tried it recently. first Hill Before the top of the hill, there is a hut. First time I was here, I would have stopped by, but now I think its just a waste of time, cuz the top is just so near! So here we are at the top of the first hill. Go left and you would go to the “final” tower hill, go straight and you can go through the routes that have 5, 7 or 9 hills. So this time around I’m just going 5 hills, so I go on until the hill that splits route 5 hills from 7 and 9 hills. So Go left to go the “shorter” route, go straight to go a more challenging route. Going down here used to be challenging, but now it has been renovated with concrete stairs. The final Hill was of course the tower. and there are two exits. Either way is the same. Most people would go straight after the tower, and at the bottom turn right instead of going back to the first hill. Some people turn right from the tower. Enjoy the hike 🙂 Some more pictures are available on my facebook. http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=112024&id=550578077&l=ab4fe7f783

The following is the location of shahbandar hill in google map

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Previously, I posted about jerudong park. I didn’t mention about the bumper cars as I didn’t see them functioning at that time. I drop by again and found that the bumper cars were still available. My wife took long shutter speed pics of the rides that night. Here is one of the bumper cars.

Trails of light at bumbercar ride - Revisited

It interesting to see that in all that random movement, there is an obvious circular pattern. Click on the picture to go to her flickr page. I’m going to post her other pictures as soon as she’s done with them. Check her website for more pics at www.attiev.com

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JP's Welcome Sign

I stumbled on a news article that JP was gonna be free again. Well the Entry was, and I think that was good enough. I went and checked the day it was free on Saturday, 12 December 2009 to see what has changed.

The JP Diamond Fountain Roundabout

For the uninitiated, JP was completely free when it opened up. From the entrance to all the rides. It wouldn’t be a surprise for every weekend the placed was jam packed. JP was so famous that people from miri, limbang and singapore would make a trip to brunei just to come to JP! But then JP change the rules by charging entrance and the rides. the traffic was less, JP degraded.

It felt so cool to have Jerudong Park entry to be free again. The parking lot was a bit more occupied then usual. Then at the entrance there were people actually going to the counter to purchase the tickets for the rides. I just went in.

People Buying the ticket for the rides

Inside, the main field and the playgrounds were filled with children with their families. It was so heart warming to see parents spending time with their children.

The Meeting Place

I went to “the meeting place” which I never remembered to be the name of big snakes and ladders game. Never noticed the words of Goodness, Love, Faith and Truth on the border of the board. I remembered there was a bear with a rolling dice in its head, but it wasn’t there anymore. I guess have to bring your own dice… is there a dice app for mob? I know there’s one for iphone…

GoodnessLove

Faith

Passed by the place where I used to play rollerblades, felt a strong urge to play again.. Then I went around the carousel to see some kids playing in it. And some people riding those boat cycle things (what is the name of those things?).

Water Boat Cycle thing

On the far end, we spotted a statue of a triceratops with its 2 triceratoplings (yes i’m making that one up).

Triceratops

Played the Gliding Toy thing (seriously, some one please tell me the correct names for this things). I almost got some blisters on my palm playing those. My increased weight only made it worse. 😦 but I’d still play it again :p

Gliding Thing

The shooting range was still there. You’d shoot a target(i think using IR), and the targets moved and may shoot back water.I saw a little kid holding the rifle like a bazooka. That was cute.

Shooting Range

It such as a shame that most of the rides were not there anymore, like the Pirate ship, I remembered playing that and waiting in line again to play until I got sick… literally. Well at least there is still the Mini Pirate ship, that tickled my stomache. funny feeling 🙂

Mini Pirate Ship

Some parts of the place was still under renovation and some roadblocks were improperly placed. But I know JP Management and Staff will do their best to improve JP.

It was nice to see most of the playground being filled with kids. I think its a great idea just to have JP entrance for free. People will see the rides and they will pay to play them if they wanted to. I hope that JP will return to its former glory. As it would benefit the businesses surrounding it like the hotels and the restaurants to have more visitors from around Brunei and Beyond.

Good luck JP!

More Pics at my facebook photos http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=105736&id=550578077&l=214a043b94

Google Map

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