#51 It's not everyday that i have the mood to stay up/wake up super duper early just to catch sunrise so when i do, i realized that 1/4 of Malaysians were actually willing to drove all the way to this quiet but not quite forgotten town just to catch sunrise on a public holiday instead of sleeping in (my fav past time on a public holi :p)
Ok, so maybe the 1/4 of Malaysia population is an exaggerated figure, but really there were so many ppl that i believed could easily amount to 1000 ppl on that Panorama Hill that morning. And not just Malaysians, i knew Singaporeans were there too cz after the sun came out, some of the aunties were busy asking everyone around where they came from and i heard. (not eavesdropping considering they were speaking soooo loudly..hehe)
Panorama Hill, where? Yeah.. in case you are wondering, Panorama Hill is located at Sungai Lembing in Kuantan and is rumoured to have the most beautiful sunrise in Peninsular Malaysia. On a fairly sunny day of course.
* Warning : 40 pictures ahead!! And a potentially long post :) *
So, in preparation for climbing Mt. KK, me and DD decided to test our stamina by climbing Panorama Hill first. I don't think i know anyone else that is crazy enough to drive 3 hours all the way just to climb a hill and watch sunrise right? Even if it's supposedly the most beautiful sunrise.
As if it was meant for us to go, class was canceled that afternoon and we slept through the whole noon only to be wide awake at night. We started driving from KT at 2 am, took the East-West highway, passed the Jabor toll and finall exit at Kuantan toll only to realized we had to drove another 40 minutes to reached the heart of Sungai Lembing.
At about 5am, we were at the foot of Panorama Hill ready to get to the top and there were already so many other ppl making their way up the hill as well. The hill is not hard to climb, it even has stepping stones and the track is well established. But at certain points, it is quite steep and because it rained the previous night, it can be quite slippery. We were following behind this bunch of 50s-60s aunties and uncles and we were worried we would not be able to get to the top in time (i mean we practically drove 3 hours there, i don't want to miss the sunrise obviously!), so we overtook them (like driving car..haha) and DD practically challenged me to ran up the hill or walked with very big, quick steps. We were never quite alone in climbing the hill as there were always ppl ahead of us (quite safe also in a sense) and we reached the top of the hill at 5.30 am. Phew! 30 minutes to reached the top of a 325 metres hill and i was so tachycardic and my heart was palpating so quickly that i thought i could had fainted anytime. Mt. KK is about 13 times this hill and i'm beginning to doubt my ability of getting to the top if i don't start climbing more stairs from now on.
At 5.30 am, it was still all dark but there were already ppl there cheering and waiting for the sunrise. The sky was very beautiful at that time, stars were just above our head, shining so brightly. My camera could not captured the beauty of that moment (if only i had a dslr at that time), and the whole sky just looked black on my camera screen.
So, finally we were going to eat the mee!!
What's so special about these Sg. Lembing noodles (whether it's mee, flat mee, kuey teow, lao shee fun, meehoon) are that they are all claim to be made from the usual flour and stuff and also 100% pure and clean MOUNTAIN water (i assume means water from the mountains) as oppose to normal noodles using normal tap water. So, the noodles are supposedly better tasting than normal noodles.
After eating, needed some morning exercise (it's only 8am when we finished our brekkie) so we walked around the town. We can easily explore Sg. Lembing town on foot as it is really not that big and the best way to take in the village lifestyle.
Overall, a quiet peaceful little town which is even quieter than KT, but with yummy and cheap beancurds, yong tau fu and tomato noodles, friendly people and spectacular view to offer. :)