Gunung Raya on foot with Wendy Chin

Fancy exploring Gunung Raya on foot? From the bottom of ‘Mount Raya’, there’s a good 4000 odd steps leading to the top. Fantastic views, birds, plants, insects and other jungle creatures along the way to keep you company. Our Langkawi resident nature guide Wendy Chin recently paid this well known attraction another visit, challenging herself physically while feasting on the majestic flora and fauna nature has to offer.

Read all about Wendy Chin’s adventure to the top of Gunung Raya on foot on her blog here.

 

 

 

 

 

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Hornbills in fig trees of Langkawi

A gem of a bird in a strangling fig- Picture by Wendy Chin

A gem of a bird in a strangling fig- Picture by Wendy Chin

 

Spotting hornbills in Langkawi can be tricky business if you do not know where to find them. With quite a number of hornbill species on the island, you can always rely on local licensed nature guide Wendy Chin to show you around. Always an avid birdy, kayaker and adventurer, Wendy Chin brought her Swedish guests to a location with a fruiting fig tree. How many hornbills did they see? Check out her blog here and see for yourself!

So, the next time you are in Langkawi spotting hornbills, pigeons or wanting a guided trek through the jungle, make sure you look up Wendy Chin!

 

 

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Spotting Sparrows in Langkawi

Photo by Wendy Chin- Langkawi

Photo by Wendy Chin- Langkawi

Our resident Langkawi nature guide Wendy posted this picture of Plain-Backed Sparrow on her blog recently. Find out more why this sparrow is worth watching out for in your next bird watching excursion by reading her blog here.

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Follow Langkawi nature guide Wendy on her blog!

Follow Langkawi island nature guide Wendy on here blog www.wendynatureguide.com

Follow Langkawi island nature guide Wendy on here blog www.wendynatureguide.com

Yup…its official, Langkawi based nature guide Wendy has launched her own blogsite. Offdcouch is extremely happy for her on this development. Being the dedicated and passionate nature guide she is, we can expect nothing other than the best from Wendy. We will continue to share updates of her posts from her blog www.wendynatureguide.com on our Facebook page as well as on our blog roll here.

If you are heading to Langkawi island and is in need of a local licensed nature guide, we would higher recommend that you get in touch with Wendy!

 

 

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Offdcouch page now on Facebook

Offdcouch is now a community page on Facebook!

Offdcouch is now a community page on Facebook!

We have decided that it is timely we created an Offdcouch page on Facebook. With social media playing a bigger part in today’s lifestyle, we can now have you from our website connected instantly to our nature guides on Facebook. This will save us time forwarding emails to each other and waiting for replies. So wait no further, hit the Offdcouch Facebook page link and see what we have been up to!

 

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2015 Greetings from Wendy Chin

By Wendy Chin...Langkawi

By Wendy Chin…Langkawi

Freelance nature guide Wendy Chin from Langkawi sent us this 2015 greetings.

Have a good one everyone!

 

 

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Eddie Yap with Algerian Abdel Aziz @ Chilling Waterfalls

Nature Guide Eddie Yap at Chiling waterfall with Algerian tourist

Nature Guide Eddie Yap at Chiling waterfall with Algerian tourist

Story & pictures by Mr Eddie Yap

Abdel Aziz from Algeria,works as a chemical engineer in the petroleum/naturalgas industry which is situated in the desert.

So, it was my pleasure to take him into the rainforest for a jungle trek which ended at the Chiling waterfall. He was shown different aspects of the fauna & flora and he had a great time at the waterfall.

Some of the Halal food we got for the trip

Some of the Halal food we got for the trip

I, also took him to the local farmer’s market ,showing him all the different types of vegetables & fruits. Visiting an Orang Asal (indigenous) village, he interacted with a few of the natives and was able to have a pet gibbon sit beside him giving it Cepedak (local fruit).

 

It's nature, culture & food

It’s nature, culture & food

As he is a Muslim,I made sure that his drinks & food must be Halal.
It was a fun & rewarding guide assignment for me.

Abdel Aziz at Chiling before jumping into the water

Abdel Aziz at Chiling before jumping into the water

NOTE: Mr Eddie Yap is a certified nature guide by the Ministry of Tourism of Malaysia. He is available for trips and tours around Kuala Lumpur and is considered an expert guide for Chiling Waterfall at Kuala Kubu Baru. If you are looking for a knowledgeable, friendly and local tourist guide like Mr Eddie Yap, please write to him via the Contact Us page. 

 

 

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Private jungle tour for British duo with Eddie Yap

Nature Guide Eddie Yap with his British friend

Nature Guide Eddie Yap with his British guest

British friends John & Tom requested reasonably strenuous trek to a jungle location not too far from Kuala Lumpur. Licensed nature guide Mr Eddie Yap took them to the Ampang jungle trail (Feb 2014)

Great walking trail with uphill & downhill slopes,shaded by canopy of therainforest trees,rich in shrubs,climbing vines,rattan as well as doing part of the route by river trekking.John also liked photographing the fauna & flora.
The Jungles of Ampang for dua John and Tom

The Jungles of Ampang for dua John and Tom

The trek is interesting and lasted a good 3 hours.

Thank you John & Tom for being such great guests to Eddie Yap.

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Pyr0- Part II by Wendy Chin

The metal rod is made of ferrocerium, a manufactured metallic material containing rare earth metals. Modern ferrocerium rod has a composition of iron, magnesium, cerium, lanthanum and other minerals. Scraping the ferro rod with another metal will create hot sparks with at a very high temperature

The metal rod is made of ferrocerium, a manufactured metallic material containing rare earth metals. Modern ferrocerium rod has a composition of iron, magnesium, cerium, lanthanum and other minerals. Scraping the ferro rod with another metal will create hot sparks with at a very high temperature

Here’s a quicker and easier way of starting fire! In the first part of Pyro, we were shown how to start a fire based on back-to-basic technique. From Paul’s demonstration of the Bow drill technique, we learned that one of the important tools in jungle survival is carrying a parang or machete along with the skill of using it. While the Bow drill technique requires an awful lot of preparation and effort, there are alternative methods that are so much easier and of course, costlier.

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PYRO – Part 1 by Wendy Chin

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Seeing Paul holding up the burning tinker bundle, reminds me of Pyro holding a flame on his palm. If any of you who are not fans of X-men the Movie, Pyro is a human mutant who possesses the power to psionically control fire and flame. Paul and Pyro share the similarity of having their names start with the letter “P” and both requiring something to generate a flame.
The difference is that Pyro can make a huge fire easily while Paul needs much effort to prepare and  keep the fire going. Pyro means fire in Greek.

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