Over the past weekend, I had the chance to join several
local and Singaporean bloggers for a 2-day-1-night nature event at the Fashion
Forest located behind the Awana Hotel at Resorts World Genting.
The Fashion Forest is a 130 million year old
jungle, and the word “fashion” implies the fashionable nature of the
plants and animals living inside it, which are also called the forest’s
Our first activity of the day was hosted by husband and wife, Eddie and Pat; We
went jungle trekking and saw many fascinating sights. As the
Fashion Forest is a protected forest, we had the opportunity to take a glimpse
at astonishing trees and plants that we might not be able to find anywhere
An old and massive tree
Carving of the Leaning Tower of Pisa on a tree trunkAnyone interested to pay a visit to the forest has to register and be guided by the person in charge, Mr. Eddie Chan.
Besides the gigantic trees, the other cool thing about the forest is that it
provides free Wi-Fi for guests who enter, with the purpose of allowing them to
instantly find out about their unique discoveries in the forests.
Bloggers taking pictures of the acorns and
uploading it on the spot
national geographic frames on the other hand, help guests to focus on the details when
they take pictures around the forest.
As modern as it can be, there are QR code signs hanging
around the trees to serve educational purposes. Guests can scan the codes via
their phones and they will be led to web pages containing information about the
plants. Occasionally, they would also receive fun quizzes for interactive
Bloggers being captured inside the frame
At night, we were led by a very knowledgeable guide, Steven Wong, to carry out
our search for amphibians and reptiles (snakes,
frogs, geckos and etc), which is also known as herping. It rained a little
before the activity started but Steven said that it was a good thing as those
creatures are more likely to be seen outside of their habitat after the rain.
We walked around while flashing our torch lights all over the area - on the
floor, trees and drains, trying our luck to spot one of the “supermodels”. We
were out herping for about an hour and half and a few of the amphibians that we
eventually found were Green Crested Lizard, Siamese Pit Viper, Four Lined Tree
Frog and Green Tea Snake.
Our activity on the next morning was bird-watching at Awana. The area was awarded Important Birds Area
(IBA) by Bird Life International, one of 55 in Malaysia (there are 10,000 of
these locations in the world!). According to our guide
Mr. Henry Goh, also the President of the Malaysian Nature Society, birds are
more active and tend to call more often in the morning, therefore the earlier
we start the activity, the better.
Bloggers silently and
cautiously taking pictures of hornbills
We embarked our journey around 7:45am after breakfast. We heard chirpings and
callings of the birds the moment we entered the forest, which is one of the
ways experts identify a bird’s species. Other ways of identifying a bird’s type
include looking at the colors and features of its feathers and also what it eats.
One tip for bird watching by Henry is to bring binoculars, so that you can spot
the birds quicker and clearer. The Wi-Fi in the forest also came to great use
during the activity as we were able to search up information about the birds on
the spot; Stripe-throated BulBul, Asian Glossy Starling, Black-browed Barbet,
Long-tailed Sibia and Bushy-crested Hornbill were among the birds we managed to
spot that day.
The jungle trekking, herping and bird watching activities were really
educational while being fun and interesting. I joined the activities without
knowing what to expect but now, I would definitely say that it was a great
learning and hiking experience that other people should try it too.
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