2011年12月1日 晴天 心情开心
属于我自己的街头漫步 － 瑞士雪山～少女峰
大约一个多小时的车程，我便抵达了劳特布龙嫩（Lauterbrunnen）火车站。我需要从这儿乘坐火车到克来雪德（Kleine Scheidegg）, 那样我才可以乘坐齿轮火车登上少女峰。（这才是目地）
基本上，无论你在瑞士的任何一个地方, 想登上少女峰就必须从因特拉肯（Interlaken）的东站起程，因为这里是黄金线的中转站。而且在因特拉肯（Interlaken）这儿有火车通往卢塞恩和瑞士首都波恩等城市，交通便利。在因特拉肯(Interlaken)东站出发的火车，有分为两种航线去抵达少女峰。那就是东线和西线。如果坐从西线起程的火车就会经过劳特布鲁嫩（ Lauterbrunnen ），这里以其峡谷和瀑布闻名。不过，如果做从东线起程的火车，就会经过格林德沃（ Grindelwald ），这儿就以其田园风光，雪山下的民居而闻名。前提是无论选哪条航线都必须换两次火车。这两边航线的火车都会到达克来雪德（Kleine Scheidegg）。不过所需的时间就得根据途中换乘的连贯情况而略有差别。最后去往少女峰的登山火车是同属一辆火车（齿轮火车）。因为这两条航线的风景各 花入各眼，为了不让自己留下埋怨的声音，所以我选择了从劳特布龙嫩（Lauterbrunnen）登上克来雪德（Kleine Scheidegg）再坐齿轮火车登上少女峰，回返的路途我就从克来雪德（Kleine Scheidegg）往格林德沃（ Grindelwald ）下山，再回到因特拉肯(Interlaken)。来回路线就这样定了。
买了票根前往克来雪德（Kleine Scheidegg），再来就是等待火车的到来。也许太早抵达火车站，我变成乘搭火车的第一班客户。随手在火车站拿了张少女峰的地图，随意的翻阅。得知少女峰位于瑞士旅游城市因特拉肯市正南方二三十公里处。它拥有海拔4158米、纬度46°32′12.5″N，经度 7°57′45.5″E。他是阿尔卑斯山，乃至欧洲的最高峰之一。在少女峰的断层中，其余有两峰为艾格峰（Eiger，3970米）及莫希峰（Mönch，4107米）。1811年，J. Meyer及 H. Meyer这两兄弟第一次登上了少女峰。
不知不觉，火车来到了位于克莱纳谢德格（Kleine Scheidegg）的火车站，我已经迫不及待想要转坐乘搭齿轮火车登上少女峰。为何我会那么的兴奋？那是因为这次乘坐的火车和一般的有所不同，它被称作齿轨火车是因为两条铁轨中间是齿轨，齿轮和轨道的咬合给爬行的火车提供了与地面牢固的结合力，使得火车能以很大的坡度行驶。这条铁路是由瑞士铁路之父”之称的阿道夫.古耶－泽勒（ADOLF GUYER－ZELLER）倡议，于1896年至1912年兴建的，当年1912年8月1日竣工动通。
不久后，我便坐在红色的齿轮火车里，沿途欣赏到每个小镇不同的景致。从克来雪德（Kleine Scheidegg）到峰顶的这段路程，会有一个长达7.2公里的隧道。坡度却达到25%。现在由Kleine Scheidegg 到少女峰车站，上山需时约50分钟，下山则需要35分钟。这个隧道全部是由工人们用人工凿出来的！隧道非常的狭窄，刚好只容下火车的宽度，在 黑暗的隧道中，火车以时速35公里的速度蜿蜒前进，但是乘客却感受不出爬坡与蜿蜒的感觉（不过，我建议上山时请坐面部向上山的位置，下山时则坐在背靠下山的位置。那是因为会有出现不舒服的感觉，类似耳鸣或头晕）。齿轮火车还会有播放中文解说，而且是在第四顺序（在西班牙语和日语之前）。听见中文的解说，显得特别的亲切。
登顶后，首先入眼的是邮箱。我在少女峰了望台上给家人－爸爸寄了张明信片，还兴致勃勃地编着搞笑的祝福。除此，这还有旅游爱好者光顾的纪念品店，这里的价格并不比山下的贵。在这有一台机械，只要用上Swiss Coins 20, 就能压印成一枚印有少女峰标志的硬币。我当然没放过这机会。
参观万年冰宫完毕后，我们继续向前出发。沿途还见到了一些展示角落。报道了在2001年11月13号，世界遗产委员会在赫尔辛基会议上正式确认并宣布了少女峰阿雷奇冰川为联合国教科文组织的世界保护遗产之一。该地区是阿尔卑斯山 脉 中有史以来第一个取得该称号成为世界自然遗产的地区。少女峰被称为欧洲之颠，是著名的旅游圣地加滑雪圣地，还是中国黄山的姐妹山。（少女峰已经和中国的黄山联盟）
峰顶最著名的景点是斯芬克斯观景台(Sphinx Observatory)，它也是登顶旅程的终点，海拔3571米，可以观赏到阿尔卑斯山全景。游人可乘搭升降机直上海拔3571米的史芬克斯（Sphinx observation）观景大厅与平台，那是全歐洲最高的天文台，但氣象站是不對外開放。
据当地人说，少女峰其实更适合徒步。因为雪道面积小，对滑雪高手来说不够过瘾。而即使是冬天徒步，也有专门的雪鞋、雪杖，不会滑雪的人都能轻易学会。对雪上 项 目不感兴趣的话，就赶紧换趟车，晃晃悠悠上山顶吧。“欧洲之巅”是少女峰顶端的观光项目，费用已经含在火车票里了。
Christmas atmosphere is almost everywhere in KL’s busy shopping malls now. After the street photography in Pudu with friends, we walked to the shopping area to have our lunch and certainly to feel in the spirit of Christmas.
We made to Time Square first as Fred had an appointment with a customer. Then through Low Yat Plaza and Sungei Wang we went to the Lot 10’s food court. It’s named Hutong Lot 10 food court, is offering variety of non-halal food that took us quite some time to decide what to have. I heard that each of these eateries is specially hand-picked by the CEO of Lot 10, Tan Sri Francis Yeoh. After a yummy meal, we visited Fahrenheit 88, Starhill Gallery and finally arrived at Pavillion.
At this time of the year, most malls in KL are dressed up in beautiful Christmas decoration and create special and magical Christmas experiences for the shoppers. Christmas trees, rein deers, Santa Claus and Santarina, angels, EElves, vibrant and colorful lightings, special Christmas’s delicacy and anything to do with Christmas are seen everywhere. We had recharged our energy after lunch and started to get some shots of the lovely environment.
It had been a decade since I strolled in KL city like this. I always think KL as a busy, stressful and hectic city. This visit however gave me a different perception. It was crowded and busy as usual, yet calm, relaxing and filled with laughter and joy. Perhaps it was simply that the festival atmosphere had taken over. The crowd just having fun, spending sweet time with family or loved ones, and hang out with friends.
So we too had so much fun and glad that we made it to this trip, not to mention meeting up with Robin and Chun-Chow. Thanks to Fred and Kenn-Wai for inviting me, and we are looking forward for a next time in near future.
Here’s wishing you all the joys of the season, may your Christmas be filled with peace and love. Happy Christmas!
Last Saturday, I had the pleasure to meet up with Robin Wong and Chun-Chow in Kuala Lumpur together with Fred and Kenn-Wai. It was drizzling early morning when we left Kelana Jaya where we stayed at the place of Kenn-Wai’s sister. However and it turned out to be clear and sunny sky when we arrived at Pudu LRT station. The weather was really unpredictable in KL.
Even though I always took bus from Pudu bus station back to Melaka when I studied in KL, I didn’t know the place well. Robin does so he became our guide that morning. He first brought us to have a delicious Hakka noodle breakfast. As soon as we were done, so called shutter therapy session by Robin had begun.
Robin got us in the alleys, to the dry and wet markets. We were amazed by how lively the area was, and it was full of locals and foreign workers. Though we hardly see tourist over there. Most of the people there were nice even though some might not seem to be. I guess that’s the reason why Robin loved the place so much for street photography. We just discovered the other face of KL. We got to learn from Robin how he approached the crowd and captured the people so close.
Robin and Chun-Chow are experienced street photographer and familiar with the place. They knew exactly when and where to press the shutter. It was just their instinct. Fred, Kenn-Wai and I also tried to get some nice shots of the street but we rather enjoyed our walk with jokes until we reached the wet market at about 11:00 am. We couldn’t stand the strong smell of the market place under the hot sun so we threaded our way through the market quickly.
The photography session was smooth and everyone had fun. we decided to go Bukit Bintang area to take some shots of the Christmas decoration and atmosphere. While making our way to Time Square, we stopped by Pudu Plaza to have a break and share our captures with each other. Everybody gained valuable experience and intuitive knowledge in street photography from others.
May all beings by happy. Share some shots of the Pudu area:
On the last day of September, I spent a wonderful time to the Aquaria KLCC with my parents and aunt Peggy. It had been ages since I last went for a trip with parents so it made this trip so much fun and memorable.
In the morning, we traveled north from Melaka reached our destination, Kuala Lumpur in the afternoon. The Aquaria KLCC is in KLCC certainly. It is a decent size, seemed very clean and well run aquarium. It costs us (for Malaysian citizen) RM35 per adult and RM25 for senior citizen.
The entrance of the aquarium is at upper level and we were first greeted by the furious piranhas. There was a touch pool just next to the piranhas’ tank where we could touch and feel the crabs, starfish and gentle bamboo shark. We also observed creatures which defend themselves by discharging electricity such as the electric eel, catfish etc. followed by the stream mammals like giant water rat and otter. Then we came to the reptiles, amphibians and insects zone which we saw little crocs, big gecko, colorful yet poisonous frogs, beautiful butterflies’ specimens, venomous spiders etc.
We then walked down the steps to the lower level of the aquarium and first saw a big tube tank ensconces an ancient tree and fishes. This was the section of the fresh water fishes including giant catfishes and huge Arapaimas which live in the nutrient-rich waters of Amazon.
Our tour continued to the 90 meter transparent underwater tunnel. While enjoying the tranquil atmosphere beneath the depths of open water, we walked along the tunnel ‘together’ with Sand Tiger Sharks, eels, giant stingrays, green turtles, and various kinds of schooling fish. We too arrived just in time for the feeding frenzy where scuba divers were in the tank feeding and interacting with the fishes. The show was simply amazing.
Before we exited the aquarium we had the chance to observe the cute little seahorses, mysterious jellyfishes, and beautiful yet sadly endangered corals. More and more coral reefs over the world have been hit by coral bleaching resulting from global warming, when corals lose their color. Soon or later, we will not be able to see beautiful underwater scenery. So it’s our duty to love and care for the environment for a better tomorrow.
Well, the Aquaria KLCC is definitely a worth going place to go in KL especially with family. Before we headed back to Melaka at night, we went to the Look Out Point or also known as Little Genting in Ampang Hill for a dinner with Ah Too and Chin-Sing. The food of the restaurant we picked was OK as in acceptable, however the night scenery of KL was just stunning!
Thanks to my parents, aunt, Ah Too and Chin-Sing for making this trip so unforgetable. I had a really good time and am looking forward for another trip in the near future.
May all beings be happy. Sharing some shots I captured of the trip:
I will continue and complete my Cambodia’s story, with this beautiful Mekong River cruise, by skipping the story to Toul Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields.
The second evening when we were in Phnom Penh after shopping at Russian Market, we experienced the rich life and the magnificent sunset of Mekong River. We arrived at the central riverfront area of Phnom Penh and took some photos at the Royal Palace. Then we continued to the jetty nearby and boarded our boat. It was an old fashioned double decker boat and of course we went for the upper deck for better view.
We begin to feel the cool breeze of the river and relaxing everything around us. The boat cruised along the central riverfront area and provided picturesque views of the riverfront area including Royal Palace, Wats, significant landmarks, and also Phnom Penh skyline.
Then, the river cruise experience became rural when the boat crossed to the other side of the bank. Here, we met the Cham and visited Cham tribal village.
The Cham are a minority Muslim tribe in Cambodia and they speak Malay language. Most of them are fishermen and they spent their entire life on the boats. Everything just happens on the small boats as we saw on our tour, kids jumping into the river for bath, women cooking on boats, and men out for fishing.
They are living very poor life as they hardly have access to information, good education and training like we get back home. We gave them some goods and monetary donation and continued our tour further down the river, with dramatic river scenery, fishing villages and extensive fishing activities.
Soon the sun started to fall below the horizon, it turned fiery yet romantic. The evening sun illuminated from the rear of Royal Palace and gave us striking silhouette images. Everyone on board kept taking shots before the sun disappeared behind the clouds.
The cruise took exactly 1 hour and we returned to the jetty near the central riverfront area for dinner. We enjoyed the cruise and discovered the beauty of Mekong River, the true Mother River of Southeast Asia.
On the next day, we left Phnom Penh and flew back to Malaysia. We loved the place and enjoyed so much on this trip even though it was only a short trip. It’s one of the best places for travelling, finding culture, nature and mystical wonders.
Special thanks to Kenn-Wai for lending his 17-50mm Tamron lens. May all beings be happy. Sharing more shots of the mystical river and the Cham tribe. This set of photos will be the last series of photos from my old camera.