Day 14 – Exploring Tasik Kenyir - Sat 9 Mar
What a pleasure to wake to true bush sounds rather than traffic, people and prayer chanting. Birds, frogs, monkeys and gibbons - underscored by constant low buzz of cicadas. Monitor lizard swimming past "our" beach. Wow – saw a hornbill in tree preening. Haze over lake and islands didn’t lift all day. Took boat from jetty with a lovely humble guide, pointed out an otter on log on island, took us up to Saok Waterfall for swim, then on to fish in a quiet inlet with live catfish bait. Peaceful watching birds and butterflies (we girls were on laptops) but sadly for the boys, no bites at all….
|Oriental Pied Hornbill|
Had lunch of chicken in ginger/turmeric, bitey hot greens and "stim rice". In soporific mid arvo rearranged items in cupboards, plastic and top boxes - finally got rid of old green suitcase we'd bought surplus items in from home. Late-arvo rain, put out awning for first time, everything shipshape! More stalker-talkers came to question (in halting English) admire and have photos taken. Everyone asks how we like their country, and beam when we say it’s beautiful. Our few Malay words come in handy, but usually draw giggles.
Thought we’d settled in for night at one of the lower level car parks but found no access to beach in spite of steps down, heaps of late night visitors, and then a generator was turned on for the resort below. Too much - we moved back to our quieter car park to sleep!