World Car Free Day 2013

22 September 2013 is World Car Free Day. In Kuala Lumpur, to coincide with the Car Free Day, there was the sentul Race Series 2013 Circuit held opposite the Dang Wangi LRT Station as the start and finish point. Participants cycle along Jalan Sultan Ismail, Jalan Tunku abdul Rahman, Jalan Raja Laut, Jalan Kuching, Jalan Dang Wangi.

After the Race circuit, the No Car Road was open to the public to cycle, walk, jog, roller skating and anything that does not burn fossil fuel to move. However I can’t find anyone on skateboard. Maybe its a new activity and later on when the public is aware about it, more will participate.

The half of the road involved was closed to cars to make it safe for participants. It was closed from 7.30 – 11.00 am.
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22 September 2013 has been choosen as World Car Free Day as a campaign to reduce carbon emmission in the atmosphere.
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National Cyclist also present to give support to the programme
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Winners in rexpective categories of the Sentul Race Circuit 2013

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Sunday Bike Ride @ Raub

Sunday morning at Raub Lake Garden was buzzing with cyclist from young kids to an 80 year old women and all are waiting excitedly to be flagged off. They come in all types of bicycle from folding bike, road race bike, mountain bike and pixies just for the intention of taking part in the monthly leisure activity. What is more meaningful for them is that their Parliament Representative who is also Minister of Tourism will lead them in the 11km ride covering Jalan Lipis and into Kampung Baharu Sempalit Hilir, back to Jalan Lipis and around Raub town before finishing at Raub Lake garden again.

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The event was flagged off at about 7.00 in the morning with Minister of Tourism, Dato’ Sri Dr Ng Yen Yen leading about 300 cyclists who are not only residents of Raub but from other parts of Pahang.

The Cuti Cuti 1 Malaysia (CC1M) Sunday Bike Ride @ Raub was a followup of Cuti Cuti 1 Malaysia @ Raub Cycling Package launched on 6th May 2012. The Minister hopes Raub will be the nucleus of and attraction for Sunday Bike Ride to be organised on the first Sunday of every month.

The main objective of this program is to promote Raub as one of the cycling tourism destination and indirectly will spur tourism growth for Raub which in turn gives an impact on her economy.

Domestic Marketing Department of  Tourism Malaysia had already identified a few programs for CC1M Sunday Bike Ride@ Raub to be implemented every month with the following objectives:

  • promote and publicize development of local tourism products and increase tourism activities throughout the District of Raub.
  • Spur economic growth and increase income through tourism activities for local citizens
  • As a support to Persekutuan Kebangsaan Berbasikal Malaysia, state government and local cycling associations through organizing cycling activities.
The Minister hoped that this monthly activity will attract people from all walks of life not only local Raub residents but also those from surrounding areas such as Temerloh, Bentong Kuantan and Kuala Lumpur.
In tandem with the government policy this cycling activity can induce sportsmanship and positive healthy lifestyle among Malaysians. Make it as a family gathering and outing to knit a closer relationship within the family and neighbours. Cycling is also trending worldwide and it is reported sales of bicycle had increased between 20-20% since the program was launched.

The event ends with lucky draws and the main prize of the lucky draw a Shimano Marsstar was won by a cyclist who came from Fraser’s Hills.

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For Further Details about this program you can contact:

Puan Hazrina Azman,

Deputy Director,

Department of domestic Marketing,

Tourism Malaysia

Phone : +603 8891 8437

email : hazrina@tourism.gov.my

Note: Thanks Tourism Pahang for extending the invitation of this program to media and bloggers.

Off Road Adventure @ Raub

I join the media group to Raub for the Cuti Cuti 1 Malaysia Sunday Bike Ride with Minister of Tourism on Sunday 8th July 2012. This activity is a monthly program initiated by Ministry of Tourism not only to promote the healthy lifestyle but as a tourism product too. I will post more of this on my BLOG.

Our journey starts on 7th July when we met in front of PWTC before moving on to Raub in two vehicles, a van and an MPV. Our entourage  consists of media personnels from the local newspaper bloggers and freelance writers comprising of 20 people.

Stop at BHP on Karak Highway at 9.30 to see that the petrol station is quite busy with a group of big bikers make a pit stop before continuing their weekend bike ride. At first is was the intention to have breakfast but due to time constrain it was packed and we ate them along the way while moving. We reach Bentong at about 10.25 A.M and stop again at Warung Nur for refreshment at a  stall before entering Bentong Town. While enjoying our breakfast, the biker group that stop at BHP station before, also stop to regroup thenselves not far from us.

Reached Sungai Klau at 12.10 and met our eco-adventure tour operator at Pasar Pagi Sungai Ruan. We will be going for our eco adventure to Lata Berembun a waterfall located about 15 kilometres into the hilly terrains and only accessible on 4WD. It was my first experience to be in this Off road adventure. Frankly when I received the travel itenary, and saw the program to Lata Berembun on 4WD, I thought it was just another ordinary travel on laterite road maybe, and least expected it was a Camel Trophy type journey. BTW the way the degree of challenge might be just about 20% of Camel Trophy. I just presume.Image

Before moving, our tour operator from Countryview Recreation Park Jeram Besu , Mrs Elly Yong, briefed us on safety measures and what to expect along the journey. We took off in four 4WD Jeeps along Jalan Sungai Chalit, the first few kilometres on surfaced road passing through small pantations and oil palm plantations. Just after the oil palm plantation, the road gets rougher and terrain gets more undulating.

There are three different phases of road that we face, the leisure drive phase, medium to mid range challenge and finally the “hardcore”. The driver of the jeep I am on, told us to brace ourselves, me, a blogger, a reporter and two photographer from Utusan and NST. He told us, “Ini kita mau naik, 4WD panggil hardcore punya.” (we re going to go through the hardcore phase). He really meant it. The track was made out of deep trenches, muddy and slippery. The gradient is about 35-45 degrees and one of the jeep in our group was stuck and had to be towed up. More PHOTO here and HERE.

It was a very good experience for me to feel it in real life, the Off Road 4WD adventure. It was just an imagination to do it when this adventure was made popular by Camel Trophy shown over TV years back.

The journey was a “treacherous” one at least for my experience, who had never done this before. But that does not deter me from joining such adventure again in future. That Lata Berembun outing is my first lesson to Off Road 4WD eco-adventure and in future I will be more mentally prepared. You have to feel it to know what Off road adventure really is.

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When we arrive at Lata Berembun we saw groups of 4WD wheelers camped within the vicinity of the waterfall.

Vehicles are not allowed to drive up to the fringe of the waterfall and we have to walk up for about 5 minutes. The lush green Tropical Rainforest is so refreshing and you can feel the fresh air. The “ice” cool water is so tempting that one will regret if do not take a dip in it.

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At 4.30 P.M we reached Hotel Jelai where our group will be staying overnight before the program on Sunday. We freshen up before leaving for Temerloh for another event by Tourism Malaysia, the launching of the Seminar Transformasi Homestay Malaysia 2012 by Tourism Malaysia Chief Director, Y.Bhg. Dato’ Mirza Mohammad Taiyab Beg, at Desa Murni Homestay, Temerloh

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Hotel Jelai is a chain of budget hotels and can also be found in Kuala Lipis and Temerloh. The hotel address is as below:

HOTEL JELAI RAUB SDN BHD

35& 36, Jalan Tan Tiong, Bandar Raub

27600 Raub, pahang Darul Makmur

Tel: +6013- 983 1626 (mobile)

Fax: +609 355 1626

email: jelai_rb@streamyx.com

Note: The hotel has a seminar room for small group seminar too and located at the fringe of Raub town, is not congested.

Facilities: FREE Wi-Fi in room and lobby

Countryview Recreation Park (Jeram Besu) Sdn Bhd. (KPL/LN 3648)

Lot 1937 Jeram Besu Mukim Sega, 27300 Benta, Pahang Darul Makmur.

Email : crpjbesu@tm.net.my , crpjbesu@streamyx.com

Office Telephone : 09 3230230/3230210, Fax : 09 3230200
Mobile Phone     : 019-9880880 (Mr Lee), 019-9880808 (Mrs Lee) 

My Note: Thank you Aida from Tourism Pahang who put my name on their list for this trip and Rayyan Harries for blowing the whistle. Thanks too to Fendy from Tourism Malaysia for taking care of us throughout the journey.