As I had no pressing obligations on Thursday, 5th March 2009, I decided to join a friend on a day trip to Carey Island, Selangor. The historical town of Jugra was later added to our itinerary. We had an enjoyable excursion despite the wet and chilly weather.
Taking five at a coastal road in Carey Island, Selangor, a plantation island that is better known for the indigenous community that lives there, the Mah Meri.
Young Mah Meri artisans at their workshop in Kampung Sungai Bumbun. Thanks to the efforts of UNESCO, UNDP and the Centre for Orang Asli Concerns, the Mah Meri culture is preserved and passed on to the younger generations.
Mah Meri woodcarvings, representing ‘moyang’ or deities/spirits (of plants, animals, and natural phenomena – they have a ‘Tornado Spirit’, a ‘Rice Spirit’, a ‘Shellfish Spirit’ and so on) are carved from a fast-disappearing hardwood known as Nyireh Batu. The carvings are of such high quality that they have been accorded the UNESCO Seal of Excellence. Each carving is made from a solid block of wood. The links in the chain these ‘spirits’ are holding are formed by chipping away at loops marked in the wood until the links separate into rings.
Black-shouldered Kite spotted at Carey Island, Selangor.
Changeable Hawk-Eagle spotted at Carey Island, Selangor.
The Royal Mausoleum in Jugra, situated in the Royal Town of Klang, Selangor, is the final resting place of Sultan Abdul Samad. Jake has written a fine feature story on Jugra, and you can read all about it here: Historical and Scenic Jugra
I trespassed an archaeological excavation site to have a closer look at this ancient well, which is estimated to be at least several hundred years old.
Checking out a bit of an ancient wall that remained standing within the fenced-in archaeological excavation site.
Pre-War shophouses in Banting.
At a paragliding site at Jugra Hill, waiting for the paragliding operator to arrive. Unfortunately, the outfit is open only on weekends or by reservation.
A great view of Klang town from the top of Jugra Hill. You can see the sea from here. It was a wet, foggy day.
The lighthouse at the top of Jugra Hill is now managed by the Maritime Department of Peninsular Malaysia.
At a small airfield about 2 km away from the foot of Jugra Hill. If I had the opportunity to do some gliding that day, this would have been the field where I was supposed to land.