The bus smells of sweat and cigarette smoke. Two minutes into the trip and driver already puts a crazy loud music on. I cannot hear anything now. The base is crushing my ears. There is just one thought in my mind- somebody turn off this music please! He will turn it down in a moment, I think to myself. It is surely impossible that passangers could go on like this, it is just one song he likes, for sure. Few minutes have passed and it continues. Nobody reacts. Young Indonesian boy sitting next to me is travelling from Medan to Jakarta. He does not know how to ask the driver to turn the music down. Finally I stand up and shout at the top of my lungs, trying to be lauder than this mad noise- ‘Turn the music down! Turn it down! …Please’. At the same time I am holding with one hand to the sit in front of me and pointing at the speaker with the other, trying not to bump my head against the low ceilling. Some people join me in my screams and he gets it. ‘Tirima kasih!’ Now I can hear the guy burping repeatedly in the back. My neighbour is asking me something. ‘Miss, you married?’
Today we had an amazing day, visiting this beautiful forest outside of KL!
The FRIM or Forest Research Institute of Malaysia is a great escape from the busy Kuala Lumur. It is approximately 13km north west of Kuala Lumpur City centre in Kepong. This 600 hectares of tropical forest contains a wealth of flora and fauna with ore than 15,000 species of plants. Howerver forest is not natural. It was planted to create a peaceful oasis for visitors and unable forest research.