Sunday, December 25, 2016

Taman Negara Penang: Teluk Duyung and Muka Head Lighthouse

It must have been the busyness, without us realizing, there’s only a week or so left before the new school year returns. And we still have hundreds of things left to be done…. Ok, a bit exaggerated there but we are not too far off. By our count, close to 99 unfinished businesses :p

So, what have we been doing lately?

Mommy is making another move in her job resulting in very little time-off left for the year. Making use of the little time we have, we planned a few light activities for the kids.

First up, a day camp at Penang National Park. The kids have been there before but not deep into the park. For this trip, we tried something different for ‘em; a day camp at Teluk Duyung (Monkey Beach) and trekking up to Mukahead light house.

Samuel has invited his close buddy along and has initially suggested to trek all the way into Monkey Beach and on to the light house. He was all work-up having completed the Broga Hill hike earlier. Not that we think Samuel couldn’t take on Monkey Beach but could you imagine the gruesomeness if we were to have to trek 3 hours with kids along and then setup the tent and picnic later at the beach?
… Yup, we don’t think so.

All geared up with a full box packed supplies and a picnic bag and tents, we were all set to rock.

Reached the Teluk Bahang at about 930am.
Side question, is it Teluk Bahang or Teluk Pahang?

Booked ourselves a return boat trip to Teluk Duyung
…. Yup, that’s our brilliant plan :p

Gorgeous morning

Here we are.The beach looks narrower now from what Mommy remembers

Found ourselves a great camp spot, organized a bit, set-up our tents

And then, on with our trekking to the light house

All smiley

It’s climbing up the stairs all the way up

Paused to admire nature’s beauty

Mommy was prepared to u-turn back when we started the trek, but our gal was tough. She kept marching on and on and on

Yay, we reached the top.

Not too sure what is the point of reference, we’ve trekked 1233M and aras of 226M to reach the lighthouse

Built in 1883, the light house is preserved well

The top most where visitors are allowed

Very British design

Took us an hour to reach the top but only a half hour to descend.

Our question earlier, Teluk Bahang or Teluk Pahang
?Hint: Zoom in the back

Teluk Duyung must have been commercialized since the last time Mommy visited. Then, we trekked hours and had our team building event with all our pots and woks, now the beach is equipped with water supply, picnic tables and raised platform. Food and drinks are available for sale…. Chilled beer too :O.

But we came prepared, we ta pau our food and cook our own food : )
And ya, we also have to ta pau out our own trash. No trash are to be left behind.

Our beautiful pit

Some of the food we cooked

Small Jiu Jiu kneaded the dough fresh

Sweet potatoes sweet porridge. 
Very ol’ favor. We likey

Getting some pointers from Mommy as the kids wanna make their own fire too

Built on the foundation of paper and hay :p

We made a move when the sky turned cloudy

The tide was high then and couldn’t make it near to the beach, so we alighted here

The crew let us used their trolley to transport our stuff. 
We were pretty loaded ….. we are referring to the camping gear, not moolah :p

It was a very fulfilling outing.
The kids learnt a thing or two about survival skill..... 
how to make fire with fire starter! :p

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