12.04.2014 - Gunung Suku 1,797m/5,896 feet

Gunung Suku Climb 1,797m/5,896feet
In remembering the late Bernard Lee Kar Giap
L-R: Lian Goet Ean, George Aeria, Thong Kok Cheng, Ching Neng Bin, Neoh Choo Loa and Koay Saw Hoon not in the picture. We were at Bernard Lee's Place, Gunung Suku, Cameron Highlands with flowers and prayers for the late Bernard Lee Kar Giap.   (GPS: N04.33120 E101.19561)


12.04.2014 - In remembering the late Bernard Lee, five of Bernard’s trekking friends from Penang, requested me to guide them up to the summit of Gunung Suku and also to pray for Bernard’s soul. In the year 2010, Bernard and I joined the Penang friends for the 3-day trek from Gopeng to Cameron Highlands through jungle trail. By the way, we are all members of the ‘Malaysian Outward Bound Youth Association'.

At 9.15am we all met up in front of the Simpang Pulai Bomba fire station and then had ‘nasi lemak’ for breakfast at a stall opposite Bomba. It was very thoughtful of the Penang trekkers to celebrate my birthday at the stall with birthday cupcakes bought in Penang.

at the car-park    (GPS location: N04.33346 E101.19353)



















At 9.45am we started trekking up Gunung Suku and 25 minutes later we were at Bernard’s Place. I planted a bougainvillea tree and a flowering plant beside the cross marker. Ms Koay Saw Hoon brought three rolls of jasmine flower from Penang and placed it around the cross. We then said prayers for Bernard’s soul. My last prayer was on 24.03.2014 with my wife Catherine.

The trail-head of Gunung Suku is just across the road

The trail-head of Gunung Suku. You will see lots of wild orchid flowers here.

Beautiful wild orchid flower greeted us as we track on..

I am showing off my new RM750 Pathfinder Casio watch
A happy good looking Lian Goet Ean showing off her new i-phone
A sudden ray of sunlight piercing down from the sky
Taking a break

Taking another break 

A type of fungi 

You will see plenty of these wild palm-fruits along the trek 
Just like my previous hike on 24th March, these strange flowers welcome us to Gunung Suku to pray for the late Bernard Lee Kar Giap. The flowers on the main tree trunk instead of branches.
The flowers came out on the main tree trunk instead of branches. A close-up view of the flowers at the base of the tree 

All the 'Star-flowers' on the ground to welcome us to Gunung Suku 





I was planting a bougainvillea tree beside the cross for Bernard Lee Kar Giap. I also planted a flowering plant here and hoping to see the flowers on my next trip.

Ms Koay Saw Hoon brought three rolls of jasmine flower from Penang and placed it around the cross. We then said prayers for Bernard’s soul. 

















A Catholic prayer for the late Bernard Lee Kar Giap R.I.P.
"God our Father, your power brings us to birth, your wisdom guides our lives, and by your command we return to dust. Lord, those who die still live in your presence, their lives change but do not end. I pray in hope for Bernard’s family, relatives and friends, and for all the dead known to you alone. In company with Christ, who died and now lives, may they rejoice in your kingdom, where all our tears are wiped away. Unite us together again in one family, to sing your praise forever and ever. Amen."


A Buddhist prayer for all beings in the jungle of Gunung Suku
With Loving Kindness Metta
'Namo, tassa bhagavato, arahato, samma sambuddhassa' 3x (I pay homage to the exalted one, free from defilements & perfectly enlightened by himself)
Buddham saranam gacchami,
Dhammam saranam gacchami,
Sangham saranam gacchami.
Dutiyampi Buddham saranam gacchami,
Dutiyampi Dhammam saranam gacchami,
Dutiyampi Sangham saranam gacchami.
Tatiyampi Buddham saranam gacchami,
Tatiyampi Dhammam saranam gacchami,
Tatiyampi Sangham saranam gacchami.
May I be filled with loving kindness, May I be well,
May I be peaceful and at ease,
May I be happy (or free from suffering.
May you be filled with loving kindness, May you be well,
May you be peaceful and at ease,
May you be happy (or free from suffering).
May all beings be filled with loving kindness, May all beings be well,
May all beings be peaceful and at ease,
May all beings be happy (or free from suffering).
We share these merits with our parents, teachers, all beings, friends, relatives, petas (hungry ghosts) and devas (deities). Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!

A group photo at Bernard Lee's Place after our prayers for the late Bernard Lee Kar Giap RIP

A "tripod stand" as marker to help in locating Bernard's place
Lets go! Carry on trekking... 

We came across this Alien.....


This tree trunk is covered with flowers 



Ha! Ha! We have a Koala bear here! 



The huge Ling Tze on the trek


A 10-inch long black millipede on the track 

The staircase to heaven! 
After the staircase to heaven, it was time to take a break 

Another staircase to heaven!
It was happiness at the false peak taking a good rest 




George was so hungry, biting a "Bak Kua" in his mouth and at the same time looking for more... 

Beautiful weather with the cool temperature in the jungle ambiance 

Saw Hoon had a muscle cramp and I did some massage on her leg 

The fruits from the rattan plant 


Beautiful green ferns

The trail onto the mossy forest

Into the mossy forest — with Lian Lian and Saw Hoon Koay.

The mossy forest trail



At the bull-horn rest area

At the bull-horn rest area — with George Aeria.

Very misty and also very cool - unable to view anything..

At 1.45pm we arrived at the summit and had a short rest. As the sky was getting dark, we tracked back at 2pm. A short while later it was raining cats and dogs for about an hour. Half way down we met a group of 10 young Malays from Kedah be camping at the summit.


















Very misty at the small campsite at the peak. Very sorry, no scenic view today. 

We are members of MOBYA and proud to hold the association banner 

At 5pm we arrived at the car-park. I must say that we had a very slow 4 hours hike up to the summit and down in 3 hours - enjoying every minute of the cool and peaceful jungle ambiance. It was a good trek indeed.


















To clean up our shoes and clothing, we drove to the road entrance bridge of Kampung Pos Slim to wash at the small river that runs below the main road. Here we met an Orang Asli Mr. Aron and chitchat with him. He told us that he could guide us up to Gunung Chabang 1693m.

















George Aeria said that the water is very cold, so you Mr. Neoh please jump in first 

George said: "Don't take picture of me with all the Bak Kua in my stomach..." Mr. Neoh calling us to go upstream....


This is the Water Paradise Resort at Pos Slim 
We were all fresh and clean after the bath. — with Saw Hoon Koay, George Aeria and Thong Kok Cheng.


Quite reluctant to go back and wish to stay here a little bit longer. 

At the end of the day in any other outdoor adventures, having a good meal is utmost important. We therefore had our sumptuous dinner in Gopeng at Restoran 668.



































TO THE LATE BERNARD LEE KAR GIAP RIP
THE CLIMB IS DEDICATED TO YOU MY FRIEND
YOUR UNSELFISH FRIENDSHIP AND SOUND ADVICE I TRULY ACKNOWLEDGED

“I take a moment to dedicate a few words to him because I am very grateful that he had led us on many backpacking trips for the past seven years. One of the things I will never forget is his great passion to travel that aroused onto us. He made us enjoy difficult journeys and gave us voice of encouragement which made us able to accomplish every backpacking trip. His absence will be difficult to get over, may his soul Rest In Peace.”

We saw this black 10-inch long millipede while trekking up Gunung Suku, Cameron Highlands