Friday, January 29, 2010

Last Day in Ipoh

After a wonderfully hurried and harried kopitiam breakfast of wantan mee, hongkong chee cheong fun and Ipoh Coffee with WL's mom, we said our goodbyes, thanked Aunty Popo profusely for putting up with us for 5 days and headed for home.

With time on our hands, we decided to make one last stop, Gua Tempurung located in Gopeng.

This was the view as we approached Gua Tempurung. It was still misty at 10am. The air was crisp and fresh.

The ticketing counter. We paid $6/adult and $2.50 for a guided tour. It was worth every cent.

Our guide, Encik Halim.
He either held Han's hands or carried Han for most of the way. A patient man.

En Halim led us into the cave holding his torchlight. We were the only ones there. It was great having everything to ourselves.
The walkways were tastefully done and did not mar the natural beauty of the place.

En Halim pointing out rock formations that resembled animals such as elephant, dolphin, turtle,lion, duck...too numerous for me to recall. Fai was especially good at imagining the forms. I couldn't get what he wanted me to see most of the time. There was even a portrait of Mona Lisa due to the stains on the rock surface.
The car was etched onto the rock by the communists that used the cave as a hideout.
The stairs leading into the cave. Staclatites and staclamites to the left and right. There was a huge jellyfish like staclatite.

The only group photo we took.
2 mothers and 6 beautiful kids.

The entrance of the cave.
There is an underground stream on my right.

Back in the car, we were sardined once again.
A tangle of limbs.....

We had a bite to eat in IKEA once we reached PJ.
Kent and Shannon exchanged cars and we said our goodbyes in the loading bay.

Of all the caves we visited in Ipoh, Gua Tempurung was certainly my favourite. Mother Nature at her best. It is just a short drive away from Ipoh. Go visit. Don't forget to take me along.

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