Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Carnival PKIK 2009

On Sunday 19th April 2009, a fund raising activities held in Padang S.J.K. (C) Yu Hua which was organized by PKIK (Persatuan Kanak-Kanak Istimewa Kajang Selangor) which was attended by Malaysians from all walks of life depicting the coming together for a good caused of helping the special people. Jamie Sim who was one of the volunteers informed us about participating in the fund raising and immediately accepted on behalf of Kajang Buddhist Centre (KBC or BMSM - Buddhist Missionary Society of Malaysia Kajang Branch).

Extract from their flyers

What is PKIK (Persatuan Kanak-Kanak Istimewa Kajang Selangor)?
Is a welfare-based organisation serving the needs of children/persons with learning disabilities. It runs training programmes to help them in their overall development, learn independent living skills to enable them to lead as meaningful a life as possible. PKIK is dependent on donations from organisations and members of the public to help it run services for these people with special needs.

They are currently on a Building Fund Raising Drive to meet the cost of purchase of a piece of land and construction of its building complex.

They are currently serving 104 special clients in 5 shoplots. They are grateful and appreciative of your continous support and contributions. For Donations here are the particulars.

Persatuan Kanak-Kanak Istimewa Kajang Selangor
Add: No. 17, Jalan Seksyen 2/14, Taman Kajang Utama.
43000 Kajang. Selangor
Tel: +603-8736 6385
Fax: +603-8733 5012
Email :

Contact Person: Chairman Mr. Augustine Benedict
Secretary Kong Lan Lee.

The carnival started at 11.00 am and ended at 4.00 pm. Needless to say the crowd came in much earlier as everyone wanted their favorite dish. There are all kinds of food served here ranging from Sarawak Mee to Portugese Food (Malacca). Almost any kind of local food you can think of is here. And there is one particular item that caught my attention is the Vietnamese Popiah.

The weather was very unforgiving but everyone spirits were high expecting good sales as every sale is 100% contribution to PKIK fund raising.

Later it rain heavily and luckily it was towards 4.00pm and most of the stores had sold out and started packing. If you would like to donate to a good cause contact the above PKIK and be bless with bountiful happiness.

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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Broga Hill

We first trek Broga Hill in the early 2000's and the trail was not well marked or clear but it was during a hash run that we cross over the Broga Hill top. And at that moment about 60 hashers just stop at the 1st Stop (Broga Hill shapes like the back of a camel) and enjoyed the panaromic scenery, Broga Town below towards East and Semenyih Town towards West. It was windy and everyone sort of just relax. Off course the Broga Town locals and orang asli frequent this place often.

It used to be popular for the locals and orang asli as this place has many wild board hideouts, so they would come out here to hunt or trap them and on the fringe of this hill (secondary forest) many wild boar traps are laid. I have personally come across a few while trekking there. Usually a shallow hole is dug, then a steel snarl or loop trap is laid in the hole and covered (camouflage) with twigs, the steel wire is then tired to a strong bended branch or strong shaft. When bended and once trip or released it has a powerful springing action. Once the wild board steps into the trap it triggers the trap snarling one of its leg. Once in while you might find other kinds of wild animals trapped.

As people are aware of the benefits of exercise especially with nature (i personally don't like to exercise within four walls) Broga Hill has become a popular trek on weekends as seen by the number of cars park from inside the oil palm estate (private land). The owner so far have not complain publicly, good for us. So in return it is hope that every visitor keeps the place clean.

"Take nothing but photographs!. Leave nothing but footsteps!"

There are 2 standard trails, if you a 'first timer' here, come on Sundays (before 6.45am) there will a regular group headed by Mr. Szeto, a middle age chinese trekker. He will be happy to show you the way. Normally he takes the back route going on the right through oil palm estate and then slowly snaking to the top through rubber estate route. For the normally fit this will take about 35 to 45 mins. And at the top along a ridge towards the left another 5 mins and viola! into a open area onto a big boulder to view the left side (Broga Town) and right side (Nottingham University Campus view ). From here onwards there are many view points for photography. The other route is on the left and straight up to Broga Hill view point 1, 2 and 3. This takes about 25 to 35 mins (normally fit). This other route especially if you need to view sunrise the trek should start around 5.30 am and only on clear skies.

After your climb there a few things you can do. Visit the rabbit farm just on the opposite side. Visit Broga Town for local breakfast at the coffee shop. Visit the Broga Rock Temple (Sek Dato). Visit Happy Fruit Land Farm. Well take your pick. Durian season is around May to July. There are many varieties from the numbered one to the Jungle types. Broga Town is a closely knitted community of around 500 families. Life here is what you expect of a small town, practically everyone knows everyone and a nice place to relax.

Click on the play button to view a slide show of Broga Hill