Ulu Bendul, some 20km from Seremban going towards Kuala Pilah, then Pahang (North) or Johore Bharu (South), has become a popular recreational and bathing center with a 'sungai-pool'( swimming) facility. What's a 'sungai- pool'? A mountain-side rivulet
beautifully blocked and developed to create a huge swimming pool for the public to swim and splash in.(See pics).
The term was invented by my late father to attract the kids to go to the river which flows some yards away from our kampung home, for a good splash and swim. After that my kids always called a swimming pool a 'sunga'i- pool, getting very annoyed when someone tried to correct them.
Ulu Bendul used to be my secret meeting place with the boys in my and the surrounding villages. The river water was cold as ice and the surrounding jungle was full of flowers and birds. We had our picnic or party there and sometimes practiced our music produced by a five-piece band with an accordion, a guitar, a drum set, a clarinet and a violin. We played for our own entertainment and sometimes at weddings, specializing in songs written or sung by the late Tan Sri P. Ramlee. I remember playing at a wedding the night before taking my HSC examination. By some miracle I passed, spreading the belief that playing music can sharpen the mind.
Now Ulu Bendul has carved it's own identity as a recreational center close to Gunung Angsi,the highest peak in Negeri Sembilan. To go to Ulu Bendul before, one must go through the winding and narrow roads of Bukit Putus. Not now. A brand new 3-lane road ( 6 lanes both ways) enables ypu to get to Ulu Bendul in fifteen minutes from Seremban, the capital of Negeri Sembilan. A small food, drinks and shopping center has developed at the place where we once had our picnics and parites. See pics.
Want to know how many interesting places you can find at this recreational spot? Just look at the signpost with all the interesting places shown. (Must click on it to enlarge.)
All that I can say is that a day spent at the Ulu Bendul recreation and swmming center will never be forgotten and can provide an album of interesting photographs. My kampung home is just 2 km away but unfortunately I am seldom there to play host unless we can make by some prior arrangement.