Hiking: Bukit Saga, Ampang

While there are parts of Ampang’s Bukit Saga or Saga Hill, that are quiet and unspoilt, other parts can feel overly tended and less than natural. Still Bukit Saga is beloved by the community it serves. And the community loves it straight back.

There are many routes to choose from, which start from various sides of the hill. Saga Hill refers to the hilltop nearest the small town of Taman Saga, where the starting point is. Before you are considering Saga Hill, I strongly suggest wear a pair of proper hiking shoe and prepare a hiking stick for this hill.

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Saga Hill is a great hike for nature lovers. Mildly challenging trails that will work up a bit of a sweat. Many trails to choose from so be aware of your route or hike with someone experienced and knows the trails. Nice waterfall that will help cool you down.

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Once you have reached the peak of Bukit Saga, you may proceed further to reach the roundabout that will lead you to the Hilltop & Waterfall trail. We decided to take the waterfall trail instead of the hilltop. The Hilltop trail is very popular with hikers who are doing their trainings for mountain trekking.

Overall, it was a challenging trail for a beginner but with perseverance and persistence, it was worth it especially the satisfaction of reaching the waterfall. Would recommend everyone to at least have a go at Bukit Saga. As there seems to be some people who are maintaining the trail there, the area is well kept and very clean. Even the waterfall area is rubbish free allowing hikers to just enjoy the natural beauty.

The residents (many of which are more senior and like to climb every day) apparently prefer that climbers don’t park too near their houses, so the suggested parking space is a small park in front of a kindergarten (I think). From there, Saga Hill is clearly visible.

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Hiking: Lata Lepoh, Hulu Langat

Lepoh Waterfall is located at Ulu Langat, Selangor. It took is about 20 minutes driving from Ampang. It’s quite confusing to get in, you have to make sure to follow a signboard of ‘Air Terjun Lata Lepoh’.

You have to drive all the way in and park your car at the parking space in between guests houses and lake. The parking fees is about RM 5. However, not many of us know about the parking space and most of the visitor park at the road side with caused jammed and a one way road for car.

There is a zip line, kayak and guest house available too with booking in advance. We did not explore that since our main purpose is going for hike. But goo that we know about other activities available there.

So, we started our journey from here…

The trail have a unique wooden bridge, it is old but stably built and set; then with a long trail of trek.

There are a lot of wild plants along the way. Since we went there during Jackfruit and Durian season, you can smell them on every step you go in LOL! We went through banana zone, bamboo zones, only with a couple of time upward trail in about 50 to 60 degree slopes, over all are mainly at 20 to 30 degree slopes.

The slopes that you have to go through to go up is about 30-45 degrees and there’s a spot with a pleasant smell of the wold flower. It falls down like the snow flakes, except for the coldness.

Location: 15 km north of Ulu Langat, near Kg Pangsun, Selangor
Total Distance: ~ 7.5 km
Max height: 584m
Elevation Gain: 385m
Difficulty: Flattish start. Decent incline throughout. Undefined paths.


You have to be extra careful and watch out for any wild insects in the jungle, you don’t want to kill them or step on them. We found huge Millipede at the riverbank (You can compare the size with my finger! :p)

If you are planning to hike there, make sure you have enough stamina and energy. Easy to see, but not easy to climb :p So, there is a waterfall on top of the hill, which we found pretty small and it is not convenient. There is no based for camp as well except for a small one that we found not safe for over night as it is not enough high.

Getting there Jump on the LEKAS Highway (E26) and continue until you’re on the SILK Highway (E18). Take a left off exit 1807. At around the 4.8km mark exit left onto the E7. At the 4.3km mark take exit 703 on the left then keep right. At the traffic light turn right. After the SM Hulu Langat school (on your left) at the traffic light junction (there’s a police station on your left) take a hard right onto (B52). Its straight for the next 20.5km. The turn off from Jalan Ulu Langat towards the trailhead is a 1.5km no-through road, and is only 2 kilometres short of the turning to the Gunung Nuang-Pangsoon trailhead.

GPS coordinates 3.222300, 101.863930

Movie Review: Crazy Rich Asian

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Crazy Rich Asians is one of the the Asian-led romantic comedy topping box offices in the USA in 2018.

With a huge cast of veteran actors and newcomers alike, Crazy Rich Asians has been lauded as a first important step in representation on screen.

Gallant Nick Young (British-Malaysian TV host Henry Golding) and NYU Economics Professor, Rachel Chu (“Fresh Off the Boat’s” Constance Wu), are two lovebirds setting out to meet his family in the thriving city-state of Singapore on the occasion of his best friend Colin’s (Australia’s Chris Pang) wedding.

Crazy Rich Asians has focused on the unlikelihood of a big-budget Hollywood production being built around an all-Asian cast, directed by an Asian filmmaker (Jon M. Chu), based on a hit novel by an Asian writer (Kevin Kwan), and aimed largely at Asian audiences, who’ve been served by so many rich global film traditions but far less so in the U.S. over the years. It won’t be long, however, until the story becomes one of how many stars wind up emerging from this film. For one, Wu has been doing solid work for some time now, but here she delivers the kind of radiant, charismatic turn that creates movie stars overnight. Rachel is very much an audience proxy for Chu’s foray into Singapore’s luxurious day and nightlife scenes, and her wonder is quickly replaced by the terror of being thrust into a situation she was left completely unprepared to handle. A lot is asked of Wu throughout the film, and she responds with the kind of genuine magnetism that can’t be feigned by a lesser performer.

“Crazy Rich Asians” gives us a smooth, polished take on Cinderella in a context looking at cultural clashes that reach beyond ethnic similarities. Rachel, a first-generation Chinese-American, speaks Cantonese as well as anyone in Nick’s family, and most of the all-Asian cast speaks a plummy Queen’s English from their days in elite British boarding schools.

But the film’s strongest selling point isn’t that, or its dressed-to-kill costuming or its use of chic locations and appetite-exciting food porn. Its benefit is filtering all those elements through an old Capulets-and-Montagues story line and creating a deft, intelligent charmer as irresistibly fizzy as the champagne its characters quaff round-the-clock. It gives romance the royal treatment.

Main cast in Crazy Rich Asian:
  • Constance Wu as Rachel Chu, Nick’s girlfriend and Kerry’s daughter
  • Henry Golding as Nick Young, Rachel’s boyfriend and Phillip and Eleanor’s son
  • Michelle Yeoh as Eleanor Sung-Young, Nick’s domineering mother and Phillip’s wife

I need to get the novel and  find out how does it go…

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