Friday, October 26, 2012

Illuminate Your Holiday with Fireflies and LEDs

It is very rare that i have spare time to travel. In fact, it has been 10 years i never go out from this country. During college days, i was too poor to do so and now, either my friends cannot make it or my job wouldn't allow me to do so.

That's PR line, don't you even think to have a long vacation.

Anyhow, i managed to take little time off and had a road trip. I love road trip coz i could drive freely in countryside without any traffic jam or sandwiched between concrete buildings. My sight is only a wide horizon as far as my eyes stretch. I'm glad that i could do road trip after so many years and this time is Kuala Selangor, about 80 km from Kuala Lumpur.

Unfortunately, my trip was delayed due to the road construction and we were stucked for half an hour.And the traffic caused so much delay until we missed the sunset at Bukit Malawati in Kuala Selangor. Locals claim that the peak of the hill is the best spot for sunset in entire Malaysia. The claim might be true coz the hill is overlooking the Strait of Malacca. Let the pictures below narrate my road trip.
Just love the blended orange and blue hues in the sky as the sun went down

The journey up to the hill was pretty spine-chilling coz it was dark and the road was steep. I was the lonely car along the small tiny road. But at last, salvation came when we saw the lighthouse and several cars at the carpark. The left over cannon during 18th century overlooking the blue tint mascara of Straits of Malacca and delta in distance
The ever devoted light house

Your best companions at the hill, Silverleaf Monkeys
So what is the best thing you can do when the night falls in Kuala Selangor? Of course, to see fireflies in thousands, literally.There are two places for you to choose to see the fireflies. One is Kampung Kuantan and the other is Kampung Bukit Belimbing.

I had tried Kampung Kuantan before and it was pretty pricey (RM 50 per boat for four pax. Since there were only two of us, it would be RM 25 per pax) compared to Bukit Belimbing which it's only RM 15 per person.Another reason why i didnt choose Kampung Kuantan this time is that the boat is wood-made ( i bet there is crocodile in the river) and the fireflies are lesser there.

The 3G coverage for Digi in Kuala Selangor is, like usual, none and sometimes i even lost the signal. Digi disconnect you everywhere you go. However, the direction boards are pretty useful and if you ever get lost, just ask the local.

After turning into smalller roads, you will enter a pitch of darkness and chilly silence as there is no single car leading to the park. Scary? Wait until you reach a road called Jalan Kubur (Cemetery Road). But that's the road which will lead you to Firefly Park Resort in Kampung Bukit Belimbing.

Fireflies in Kuala Selangor (picture by Art Chen,The Star)
The picture above looks like neon lights for Christmas tree right? No, the yellow glowing lights on the trees are real fireflies. Do believe in your eyes when thousands of fireflies illuminate the quiet dark Sungai Selangor. Though it is my second time but these glowing little bugs never fail to amuse me. But to pre-emp you, do get yourself mosquito repellant and set your mind that the river is safe from crocodiles.

We never had the famed seafood restaurants there as my little friend is allergic to seafood, so we opted for KFC instead. Strange right? Drove hundred miles just to have KFC. But to my surprise, Kuala Selangor is not that sleepy town anymore. They have hotels, commercial areas and even Tesco there.

Since our journey back to PJ would pass by Shah Alam somehow, so we stop by at i-City.i-City is a 72 acres ICT-based urban development beside the Federal Highway in Section 7, Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia. Master planned by world-renowned and award-winning architect Jon A Jerde, i-City was designed as a fully integrated intelligent city, comprising corporate, leisure and residential components such as a 1.0 million sq. ft. regional shopping mall, office towers, Cybercentre office suites, hotels, apartments, data centres and innovation centre.

Okay, cut the crap. If you like LED lights, just go there. They have thousands or even millions LED light to light up the whole I-City.

                                                LED Sunflowers. Like Avatar right?

LED Pine Trees

I'm not sure i-City is the best place for photosensitive epilepsy because even normal person like me is blinded by the glaring colourful lights there 
The trees are plastic and LEDs. I wonder how it looks like in day time

Even the birds are LED

Ferris wheel is in LED also but you can take a ride. Aside from the abundance of LED lights, i-City is an family entertainment spot also with theme park, rides and the newly water park. I didn't ride any because it was packed like mad

You know what is the best moment of this road trip? The best moment definitely gonna be the time I spent with the person next to me. Lol. If he is reading this, he would vomit blood out. Yew!! Nah, the best moment is the journey to the destination with the sunset in the horizon. The picture below sums it all. (BTW, not long after the picture was taken, the monkey mama and monkey baby fell on the road from the electric cable and it was hilarious. Thank god, no car at the time)


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