Saturday, February 27, 2010

Sanglee Estate Garden


This special garden at Sanglee Estate on the way to Raub
displays an old landrover and a big durian replica,
the one which won the thumbnails photo for 30th November 2009.
This area is a plantation area where the villagers mostly work
in their rubber,oil palm and durian orchards,
so having a 4x4 is a must here.











This is the photo of the giant durian from Thestar thumbnails

and the new resting place for it.









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Monday, February 22, 2010

Sempam Mini Hydro

Sempam Mini hydro power plant is located about 7km
from the village of Tras not far from Raub.
Build by William Bibby of the Raub Australian Gold Mining Company Limited,
construction works started in 1897 and it was commissioned on July 1900.
it is the first hydro plant and also the first power plant  in Malaya
and it is a real wonder
to have a plant build 110 years ago still intact and running smoothly.
From its initial 300bhp or about 220kw it had been upgraded to its
present 1MW(1,000KW) of electricity
and it is connected to the national grid via transmission lines.


The outflow into Sempam River.

A bumpy welcome.



Sempam Mini Hydro plant.



An early photo of Sempam.



The entrance.



The old swiss turbine build in 1928.


A video of unit no:1 running so smoothly.


It run so silent that the cat slept beside it.





The first unit.




The unit no:2.


The unit 2 generator badge.


No entry sign

Very old pressure gauge.

The old crane is still strong.


Grounding point.

Transmission tower at the plant.







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The story of Raub Gold Mine

guide to UK mini-hydro developement

TNB History
http://turbinemanlog.blogspot.com/2010/03/tras-new-villagedurian-valley-of-raub.html

Monday, February 15, 2010

Two temples of Charas Cave.

Charas cave is one of the most well know cave in Panching Hill
which is situated about 27km from Kuantan.
Among the attraction in the caves are a sleeping Buddha statue of a Thai Buddhist temple
and Shivalingam of a Hindu Temple.



A view of the Panching Hill from the Panching police station.



The reclining or sleeping Buddha statue.









Elephant and monkey bowing to Buddha.


Buddhism

This stone looks like a lady sitting on an elephant.




A Quan Yin lookalike stalagmite in the cave.



This one look like a human head.




A fish lookalike limestone.




This black patch of flowing water looks like a lady in a long gown.





The Shivalingam Temple.


It is under renovation and work is almost completed.


Lord Shivalimgam being wash.



Shiva

Shivalingam

The new stairways up offers a shorter and faster route up.




The generous ones who contributed the new stairways.



This is the old Thai Buddhist monastery,the buddhist monks have since left for home
and it is now in the hands of a local caretaker.

The entrance of the cave

A view of the entrance from inside.

Lightings in the cave.

Columns formed by joined stalactite and stalagmite in another higher cave












A view of the palm oil plantation below from the cave's view point.









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Getting there:-
It is best to have your own transport because the Panching Hill
is about 3.5 km off the main road in a palm oil plantation.
Gua Charas

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