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A Journey Becomes an Adventure when Shared
By: Badroel Rizwan Bahar

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Saturday, 4-Sep-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Shopping at San Marcos

San Marcos Outlet
More shops...
..and more
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Wednesday, 1-Sep-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Take me out to the ball game....

Minute Maid Park - Home of the Astros
All geared up for the game
Me..
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Sunday, 20-Jun-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Lene & Bun's Happy Day - Sutera Harbor, Sabah

The congregation awaits
Waiting anxiously for...
the big moment!
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Saturday, 19-Jun-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Top of the world

The smiles before the cries
At the peak
The "Donkey's Ear"
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We woke up at around 2.00 am to start the remaining trek to the peak of Mount Kinabalu. The target was to get to the top by sunrise to catch that extraordinary view. This time the climb was, as expected, harder. It was made more difficult coz we only had two working torchlights between us and then left with one when P'red and Naz left us slowpokes behind....

We had to climb in near darkness, pulling ourselves with ropes up the steep rocky trail. This was when I caught my foot between a rocky ridge and sprained my ankle. I managed to get myself to the last base camp, Sayat-Sayat (3380 m altitude) and told our guide about it. I wanted to carry on to the top but he advised me against it. He said not to aggravate the sprain as the climb down would be harder later on. To my surprise (and guiltiness), my loving Monique, decided to stay with me eventhough I assured her that I would be fine alone there. 0)

We waited until the sun came up around 7.00 am before we descended back with the help of another guide. The guide mentioned that he passed Rusty and Reza on his way down and that they doing fine although they would most probably miss the sunrise. Nevertheless, it was still disappointing not to make it to the top after coming all this way.

When everyone was back together later on, we made preparations to climb down. With everyone tired and aching all over, it was a slow journey. But we made it and had a 5 o'clock lunch at the National Park restaurant with our guides. We said our goodbyes and left for our hotels, leaving behind disappointments, regrets, personal achievements but most of all, a wonderful experience...

p/s Pics at the top courtesy of the ones who made it...


Friday, 18-Jun-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Up, up and away.....

The van overheated....
Our goal just over the horizon
Our journey living up to the name so soon...
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The day didn't start out quite so well. We had a late-ish breakfast at around 7.00 am although the hotel said the kitchen will be opened by 6.30 (which it didn't). So, we kinda rush through it coz our pickup was already there waiting. Then halfway there, the van overheated - twice -.

Luckily, we were strangely having fun with the situation. We eventually managed to get another ride to Kinabalu National Park and was rushed through registration and all that. Soon we found ourselves at the Timpohon Gate (1866 m altitude), the entrance to the hike up. We started out in good spirits with Reza leading the way. The reality of the climb and the lack of proper preparation began to get to us and suddenly we found ourselves going at a slower pace, trying a take a break every so often. We stopped at every rest stop, had a long lunch at the halfway point (which slowed us down even more - bodies cooled down and heavy -

Everybody was just struggling a bit with the climb, looking at our porters in wonder as they almost casually escorted us with our baggage on their backs. The rain - which threatened to pour early on and eventually didnt help much too. Our breathers between climbs began to increase, mainly for rest and waiting for the guys who were lagging behind. Reza was having difficulties by now while Rusty was experiencing muscle cramps due to that overly long rest at lunchtime.

To the guys' surprise, Monique was the hardiest climber in our group. She was leading the way at the last stretches as well as giving encouragements to the rest of the group. At long last, around 5.45-ish, we set foot at the Laban Rata base camp. We got settled in and took our well-earned RnR. The next day was going to be a harder day...


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