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Macro-ing at Gunung Belumut

on October 14, 2012

Some days back, I received a text message from John Wong, one of my co-photographers from NDP who asked if I would like to join him on a Macro trip to Gunung Belumut.

HSH_5199He briefly mentioned shooting damselflies in the waters at knee level.

That got me really intrigued. I have never done a macro shoot in the waters before !

Feeling excited, I quickly text Robin to check if he would like to join me so that we could share a cab to meet the group at Bukit Batok.

HSH_4913He needed to ‘get clearance’ and his ‘passport stamped’ which took on a one week’s ‘processing time’.

However, by then, all the spots were taken up and hence, Robin and I decided to drive up to Gunung Belumut following the group’s mini-van.

Gunung Belumut, also known as Mount Belumut, stands at 1,010 metres (3,314 ft) and is located in the state of Johor, Malaysia. It is popular amongst trekkers, as the trek can be completed in one day, while the average climber would take two days one night.

To get to Gunung Belumut, one has to get to Kluang, and take a cab from the bus terminal to Belumut (or Gunung Lumut as it is known locally).

Came 13 Oct 2012, Sat, Robin came by at 5.30am to pick me up and we headed to meet up the group at Woodlands MRT. As we lost our way in Woodlands, we decided to make our way to Gunung Belumut on our own instead.

Robin and I had little idea how to get there and relied heavily on the GPS and road signages that were along the way. We finally managed to arrive at Gunung Belumut at 10.30am, ahead of John’s mini-van. We ventured around some parts of Gunung Belumut; caught some shots of monkeys snatching visitors’ food, saw some boys having fun jumping off the cliff into the waters, did some macro and had a crazy cam-whoring session too.

ROB_7180 R1HSH_4991

ROB_7581 R1At about 12 noon, we found the rest of the group in the river, at the entrance of the recreation forest.

John and his friends were in boots, knee deep in the waters.

Robin and I proceeded to join them.

As we did not go prepared in boots, we treaded on the waters as slowly as we could.

HSH_5189It was quite an exhilarating experience shooting with our knee and shin in the waters.

We caught some beautiful damselflies.

It was indeed a haven for damselfly lovers / shooters.

2012-10-14 14.41.33 R1By 1pm, we decided to head back as we had dinner appointments to run that night.

As he got to the carpark, he put down his stuffs and took off his neck scarf.

As he did so, he felt a ‘lump’ at his neck and flick it off. He looked down and saw this curly, slimy leech on the floor with blood all over.

He shouted out to me from his vehicle and I ran over as fast as I could.

Seeing the blood oozing out from his neck non-stop, I took out packets of tissue to stop the profuse bleeding.

As we were running out of tissue, we sped to the nearest petrol station to get more tissue and plasters.

It was quite chaotic and we were quite frantic and worried, wondering if it was poisonous or hazardous.

The next day when we met up at Raymond’s chalet for our NDP gathering, the wound got so serious that it left him with two huge punctured holes in his neck.

We figured that the leech could have fallen from one of the trees at the river. With this unusual experience, came an even more thrilling experience. Hahaa… : )

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