Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Ulu Bendul, Recreation and 'Sungai-Pool'...

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.


Si Yoyop Bah... said...

Kebersihan tmpat ni masih terjaga ke?. Kat Msia ni, ada tmpat yg bagus utk rekreasi dan berpotensi utk dimajukan, ttp kurang maintainance nya. Contohnya, di Simpang Mengayau Kudat. Tmpat cantik...tarikan pelancong sbb "Tips of Borneo", tp bila masuk tandasnya... alahai...botol mineral yg dipotong dijadikan gayung. Sungguh memalukan.
Dan tmpat2 begini jg sering disalahgunakan oleh pasangan yg kemaruk bercinta...

norzah said...

Pada amnya kebersihan tempat-tempat rekreasi di Semenanjung ni ok tapi ada juga yg ko. Di Ulu Bendul 1st class tapi kena bayar 30 sen masuk tandas. Komen saya tempat-tempat yg kotor tu selalu kerana tak cukup bakul sampah yg disediakan, terutama di tempat makan. Selalu sampai melempah-lempah keluar. Tentang pasangan doyan cinta, lagi semak
( terlindung atau orang tak datang) lagi mereka suka.

abdulhalimshah said...

Sdr Norzah,
Pada zaman 50han dahulu, saya kerap juga mandi diUlu Bendul tempat yang sekarang ini sudah menjadi tarikan pelawat terutamanya pada hujung minggu. Keasliannya sudah tidak seperti zaman 50 han dahulu dan pencemaran disebelah ulu nya menyebabkan air sungai itu tidak sejernih apa yang pernah saya nikmati.
Nampaknya kita hanya tahu harga sesuatu pemberian ALLAH tetapi tidak memelihara nikmat yang tidak ada tolok bandingnya untuk anak cucu cicit kita kelak. Keindahan alam semulajadi ditempat rekreasi itu sudah lama tercemar.

kaykuala said...

Sdr Norzah,
Been there many yrs ago.It's good mountain water and so near to its source. It is definitely better and cool than some others eg FRI where it is already way downstream.

Now with the straightened Bt.Putus it shld attract more people from S'ban. The authorities could do well with some good 'changing facilities' and modern amenities to match.

norzah said...

Ya Akhi Halim, memang banyak benda yang telah dimodenkan oleh manusia tapi keindahan, kemurnian dan keselesaannya tak sama dengan yang semulajadi ciptaan dan pemberian Allah SWT. La syaian kamislihi
bukan saja boleh dipakai mengeni ujud dan sifat Allah tapi juga ujud dan sifat chiptaanNya - tak ada yang sama sepertinya.

Air yang sejuk dan jernih itu sudah tidak lagi sejak ulu sungai Ulu Bendul diempang. Malah air sungi sudah kecil dan melilih saja sampai belakang rumah kampung saja. Kalah bah dapat air keruh pekat macam teh susu. Itulah kemajuan, hehehe.

norzah said...

Akhi Kaykuala, though the fresh water is very close to source, the purity and clearness is gone after development works disturbed the hillsides which collected the water. Yes we've the new road now, which I undersatnd you still haven't got the chance to use, and the facilities at Ulu Bendul are still not up to the mark. But at least we've something better than 50 yrs ago. Do try the new road hehehe.

kaykuala said...

Sdr Norzah,
Have not tried LEKAS, yes, but have gone on the Paroi-Ulu Bendul stretch 3 times. It is a breeze. Next time, to take a breather and break journey at Ulu Bendul for sure. Yes, wildo.

But for LEKAS, I can't find the reason to go from PJ, to the 'other side' then to S'ban. One fine morning, later, maybe.

norzah said...

Ya Akhi Kk, you can always try the Lekas H'way when going back to KL. There are junctions before reaching KL which can take you to Putrajaya, Kementah, Pucung, etc.Salam.

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