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Remember The Fallen: Trip to FRIM

Posted by shloke 12 March 2010 7 comments

The Fallen 1

Location: Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 11th March 2010 (Thursday), 1:44 p.m.
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/8.0, ISO Equiv.: 100

An up close and personal shot. The forest floor was carpeted with layers of fallen leaves. I had been too engrossed with macro shots. I didn't realized five bloody leeches were crawling up my shoes :(

The Fallen 2

Location: Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 11th March 2010 (Thursday), 1:44 p.m.
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/8.0, ISO Equiv.: 100

Same leaf but different angle. The pattern of the veins (venation) are AMAZING! Just like blood vessels.

The Fallen 3

Location: Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 11th March 2010 (Thursday), 1:44 p.m.
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/8.0, ISO Equiv.: 100

SURPRISE! This is the actual leaf. From afar, it looks dull and boring.

VROOM! VROOM!

Location: Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 11th March 2010 (Thursday), 1:41 p.m.
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 140

Halfway trekking, I stumbled upon a Temuan tribe boy. He was doing the VROOM! VROOM! pose. He looked back at me when I pressed the camera button :) Nowadays, Temuan forest inhabitants are tech savvy - with hand phones and motorbike.

After that, I continued with my trekking. Less than 100 m, I heard someone call me....repeatedly. I was shocked! I was searching high and low for that mysterious person. Later, I saw a Temuan elder hiding in the bushes setting up a small trap.

He asked me..."What are you doing with your camera?" I answered "Um...I'm taking photos of the forest :) " I walked off hurriedly. I think he saw me capturing junior with my camera. LOL!

The Fallen 4

Location: Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 11th March 2010 (Thursday), 1:32 p.m.
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 200

Sahara desert??? or the surface of Mars???

The Fallen 5

Location: Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 11th March 2010 (Thursday), 12:18 p.m.
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 720

Toffee flavored leaf :)

The Fallen 6

Location: Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 11th March 2010 (Thursday), 1:32 p.m.
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 180

Into the valley of DEATH!

The Fallen 7

Location: Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 11th March 2010 (Thursday), 1:32 p.m.
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 200

I've never realized the beauty of dead leaves until today :)

Fading Star

Location: Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 11th March 2010 (Thursday), 1:49 p.m.
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/6.3, ISO Equiv.: 100

It's sweltering hot in FRIM. Look at this dying leaf. The lower part was 'burning'!

The Fallen 8

Location: Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 11th March 2010 (Thursday), 1:32 p.m.
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.3, ISO Equiv.: 200

'Wrinkles' everywhere! Signs of premature aging :)

The Fallen 9

Location: Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 11th March 2010 (Thursday), 1:35 p.m.
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 140

Nature never fails to amaze me! Fallen and dead but remembered by mylo :)

Green Highway 1

Location: Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 11th March 2010 (Thursday), 3:03 p.m.
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 200

A close-up shot of a natural backlit leaf.

Green Highway 2

Location: Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 11th March 2010 (Thursday), 3:02 p.m.
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 100

When I look at this picture, I imagine myself as a small little fella sliding down the green lanes. WEE!

Green Highway 3

Location: Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 11th March 2010 (Thursday), 3:03 p.m.
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/6.3, ISO Equiv.: 100

More green goody. I'm a sucker for close-up shots. I just can't get enough of these green beauties.

Green Highway 4

Location: Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 11th March 2010 (Thursday), 3:04 p.m.
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 160

Another diagonal shot.

The Fallen 10

Location: Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 11th March 2010 (Thursday), 12:22 p.m.
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 800

This picture reminds me of tissue paper :)

Purple Fruits

Location: Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 11th March 2010 (Thursday), 11:36 a.m.
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 200

Two interesting purple fruits. About 13.8 inches in length.

The Trunk

Location: Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 11th March 2010 (Thursday), 2:04 p.m.
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 140

Lichens can be found growing on tree trunks. These organisms are widespread and may be long-lived.


Today, I went back to Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM, Malay: Institut Penyelidikan Perhutanan Malaysia). It's been awhile since I last visited the city forest. My last trip was in late 2008. The place is pretty much the same as it was yesterday.

After parking my car, I walked almost 1 km to the entrance of Canopy Walk Trail. From there, I trekked 4.5 km covering several trails in FRIM.

At first, it was a peaceful and joyous walk. When I reached the steep climbing trails leading to Canopy Walkway, a big group of school kids (junior and senior high) arrived. OMG! These youngsters were SO LOUD! They were laughing, shouting and mimicking the cry of the primates. It was so ANNOYING! Even 'Mat Sallehs' were quietly complaining.

Do they read the rules before trekking? You suppose to walk quietly, observe your surroundings and listen out to sounds of the forest. I came here to escape the hustle and bustle of KL...but only to be surrounded by a group of loud kids. LOL!

Luckily the group only walk up to the canopy trail. Everything is finally back to normal after one hour. PHEW! I spent another two hours completing the entire trail. Honestly, the forest trails in FRIM are way to easy for me....Easy-Peasy-Lemon-Squeezy! I still prefer to trek in a jungle. FRIM looks like a commercialized forest with too many trekkers.

There's not much to see at FRIM. But there's an awful lot of hungry leeches. Halfway trekking, I took a short rest at a mini waterfall. I removed my shoes and socks only to discover four leeches sucking blood on my feet. I used a twig to removed these parasite. Later, I felt a persisting itch on my left thigh. So, I loosen my pants only to discover another horrible fat blood sucker on my thigh. Fortunately, it didn't crawl up to my dick. There are so many leeches in FRIM! Just like Fraser's Hill.

Overall, FRIM is SO-SO. I still prefer the authentic jungle trekking in Fraser's Hill, Pahang. Anyway, the fallen leaves on the forest floor were quite impressive. I spent some time capturing the fallen beauties.

I'll be updating this post again with more pictures plus informative brochures. It's 2:10 a.m. I'm really tired and sleepy.

Last updated 15th March 2010 (1:17 p.m.)

Forest Research Institute of Malaysa (FRIM) - Directions, Getting There & Maps:

These thumbnails are screenshots. Click link to download.

  1. FRIM Layout & Complete Map (1 page, PDF file, 235 kb)
  2. FRIM Keruing Trail Brochure (4 pages, English, PDF file, 1.65 MB)
  3. FRIM Canopy Walkway Trails & Complete Map (2 pages, English, PDF file, 738 kb)
Note: All PDF files are hosted in MediaFire.

FRIM is located along the Selayang-Kepong Highway. You can take the KTM Komuter train from the Kuala Lumpur Railway station or any KTM Komuter station that is in the vicinity and head for Kepong station. Once you reach Kepong station, alight from the train and take a taxi to FRIM.

Forest Research Institute of Malaysa (FRIM) - Contact Details & Opening Hours:

Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM),
52110 Kepong,
Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
Tel : (603) 6279 7000
Fax : (603) 6273 1314

The operating hours of the park is from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily.

If you are driving, the entrance fee to the park is RM5/car else the fee charged is RM1/person.

About Canopy Walkway:

200m long, the canopy walkway was constructed in 1992 for scientific studies of above ground flora and fauna. It was built 30m above ground level.

  1. The walkway is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  2. Closed on Mondays and Fridays.
  3. Last registration --> 1:30 p.m. Operating hours and entrance are subject to weather conditions. The canopy walkway will be closed should it rains. Re-open within 2 hours once it has subsided and the weather is permissible.
  4. You may download the Canopy Walkway Brochure for more info. CLICK HERE

A small charge is levied for the visit:

  • RM10.00 (foreigner adult)
  • RM5.00 (Local adult)
  • RM3.00 (students age 13 years old onwards – must show your student ID)
  • RM1.00 (children age 7 – 12 years old)

Advance booking can be made at Visitor Information Centre by phone, fax or email.

Visitor Information Centre,
Tel: (603) 6279 7575
Fax: (603) 6280 4619

or contact:

Mohd Shazwara Ab Halim
Tel (603) 62797677
Email: mohdshazwara@frim.gov.my

Forest Research Institute of Malaysa (FRIM) - About & FAQs:

The Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) is a statutory agency of the Government of Malaysia, under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. FRIM promotes sustainable management and optimal use of forest resources in Malaysia by generating knowledge and technology through research, development and application in tropical forestry. FRIM is located in Kepong, near Kuala Lumpur.

The 486-ha site in Kepong located 16 km northwest of Kuala Lumpur, is surrounded by the Bukit Lagong Forest Reserve.

Note: Details obtained from WIKIPEDIA & FRIM

Forest Research Institute of Malaysa (FRIM) - Google Maps:


Forest Research Institute of Malaysa (FRIM) - Things to Do/See:

  • Keruing Trail - This trail winds its way through one of FRIM’s oldest plantations and boasts of statuesque commercial timber trees.
  • Salleh Nature Trail - Named after the first Director General of FRIM, Dato’ Dr.Salleh bin Mohd Nor since our statutory trip on trees and ground dwellers.
  • Engkabang Trail - This trail takes you through a former wetland which back in 1930, was partially covered by grassland and by secondary forest.
  • Rover Track - 1.3 km, The rover track is a dirt road which approximately the 170m contour on the slopes towards the summits of Bukit Beruang (401m) and Bukit Nolang (439m). It is a very popular track for joggers.
  • Canopy Walk Trail - 500 m
  • Waterfall Trail - 900 m
  • Canopy Walkway - 200 m long
  • Fruit Tree Arboretum
  • Ethno-Botanic Garden (Requires Written Permission)
  • Museum
  • Dipterocarp Arboretum
  • Bird Watching & Wildlife Observation
  • Mini Waterfall
  • Insect House
  • Picnic
  • Jogging
  • Cycling & Mountain Biking
  • Camping
  • Nature Studies
  • Library

Forest Research Institute of Malaysa (FRIM) - Read More & Useful Links:

  1. http://tinyurl.com/yg57yvm (Wikipedia Article About FRIM)
  2. http://www.frim.gov.my/index.cfm (FRIM Official Portal)
  3. http://tinyurl.com/y9jzgb9 (Read my previous articles on FRIM)
  4. http://www.malaysiavacationguide.com/frim.html (An informative article by Malaysia Vacation Guide)

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Here are the remaining photos in my FRIM collection:

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Title: Goose bumps?
Location: Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), Kepong, Kuala Lumpur
Date: 13 December 2008, 8.46am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/6.3, ISO Equiv.: 100


While I was jogging, I noticed a huge tree with lots of small brownish growth on the leaves. I discovered these growth are actually a type of disease that will eventually eat away the leaf - causing it to die prematurely.

Title: The tree bark
Location: Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), Kepong, Kuala Lumpur
Date: 13 December 2008, 9.39am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 110


This tree is a towering and huge living specimen in the forest. The rough skin is simply amazing.

Title: Lean on me
Location: Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), Kepong, Kuala Lumpur
Date: 13 December 2008, 9.33am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 180

A lone leaf growing on a trunk.

Title: Fern leaves
Location: Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), Kepong, Kuala Lumpur
Date: 13 December 2008, 9.04am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 200

A dead piece of leaf among some healthy fern plants.
aaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Title: The red flower
Location: Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), Kepong, Kuala Lumpur
Date: 13 December 2008, 10.10am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 200

An interesting flower with some fire ants crawling all over. The tip of the flower must have lots of sweet nectar.

Title: There is life
Location: Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), Kepong, Kuala Lumpur
Date: 13 December 2008, 10.22am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 125

Only minimal sunlight is reaching the forest floor. Nonetheless, this plant is growing extremely well.

Title: The morning forest
Location: Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), Kepong, Kuala Lumpur
Date: 13 December 2008, 10.15am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.0, ISO Equiv.: 200

Seems like evening time - but this shot was taken during morning time. The Sun is clearly visible in this picture.

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Title: The green forest
Location: Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), Kepong, Kuala Lumpur
Date: 13 December 2008, 9.48am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 200

Exploring FRIM's lush greenery.

Title: Veins of green
Location: Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), Kepong, Kuala Lumpur
Date: 13 December 2008, 9.35am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/6.3, ISO Equiv.: 100

Another green plant in the forest - most possibly a fern plant. If you observe this picture carefully, you can see lots of tiny little dots on the right side of the plant.

Title: A fern frond
Location: Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), Kepong, Kuala Lumpur
Date: 13 December 2008, 8.54am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 160

Love this shot. A bendy frond :)

Title: Fern plant reaching for light
Location: Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), Kepong, Kuala Lumpur
Date: 13 December 2008, 8.53am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 200

Look like a centipede getting ready to attack its prey.

Title: Open up
Location: Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), Kepong, Kuala Lumpur
Date: 13 December 2008, 8.56am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 200

A fern leaf. I think those droplets of water are morning dew

Title: Wild berry
Location: Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), Kepong, Kuala Lumpur
Date: 13 December 2008, 9.45am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 100

A red coloured wild berry. I noticed this little cutie when I was 'scanning' the forest floor for some nature goodies.

Title: Bend it like me
Location: Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), Kepong, Kuala Lumpur
Date: 13 December 2008, 9.23am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 200

A green leaf growing on the trunk of a tree.

I went to FRIM hoping to witness some rare plants and also animals in action. Unfortunately, there is none! Huge trees were lining both side of the road. Some small plants here and there. I guess the influx of vehicles and recent development in the forest is taking toll on these floras.

Overall, FRIM is a nice place for morning jog...nothing else. More pictures in Part 3!

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Title: Fungi
Location: Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), Kepong, Kuala Lumpur
Date: 13 December 2008, 9.35am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 200

A lonely mushroom living on a piece of dead twig. Simply LOVE the swirl of brownish tone.

Title: Green but fallen
Location: Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), Kepong, Kuala Lumpur
Date: 13 December 2008, 10.16am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 200

The surface of the forest was covered with millions of fallen leaves. I chance upon this single green leaf lying on a bed of dry and wilted leaves.

Title: Green blade
Location: Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), Kepong, Kuala Lumpur
Date: 13 December 2008, 9.12am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 200

A close-up shot of a green leaf.
aaaaaaaaa

Title: Mixed
Location: Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), Kepong, Kuala Lumpur
Date: 13 December 2008, 9.43am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 200

Another lonely green leaf. A nice contrast.

Title: A leaf
Location: Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), Kepong, Kuala Lumpur
Date: 13 December 2008, 9.06am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 200


A not so healthy leaf with fungus infection.

Title: Green maze
Location: Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), Kepong, Kuala Lumpur
Date: 13 December 2008, 10.13am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/6.3, ISO Equiv.: 100


This leaf look like a gigantic fan. Impressive interconnected structure is visible on the leaf.

It's been a long time since I last captured pictures for my nature gallery. This morning, I decided to revisit Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) to rediscover the beauty of nature in a reserve forest. FRIM is nothing to shout about - a far cry from Penang's Botanic Garden.

I HATE the presence of motor vehicles in the forest. These vehicles owner paid RM5 to drive in and out of the forest. The presence of vehicles in the forest made it so artificial, FAKE and no longer a great place to enjoy nature. I don't understand why city dwellers need to drive their cars into the forest and park it in the forest and then jog a few miles.

Earlier on, I took my breakfast and drove my car to the FRIM's outer parking bay. From there, I spent two and a half hours exploring FRIM. I walk, walk and walk for more than 2 hours. I am really surprised that I am not tired at all!

Huge trees are visible on both side of the road. Unlike Penang Botanic Garden, FRIM is a 'busy' forest - cars, bikes, cyclists, joggers and also nature enthusiats like me.

I'll continue with my ranting about FRIM's condition on Part 2 and Part 3.

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