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 “supermodels”.

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 else.


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


The 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 learning.




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.

People who are interested in knowing further information or participating can contact Treks Nature Enterprise at 010-401-5262 or log on to treks.events.

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