Sunday, October 18, 2009

Kek Look Cave, Episode one

I visited Perak, the Silver State of Malaysia with two places in my mind yesterday. The journey that covered a distance of 518km started at six in the morning, ended at home at half past four in the evening. The first place turned out to be a disappointment, but Kek Look Cave, one of the cave temples in Ipoh, capital of Perak, has offered me a great trip.

Kek Look Cave is a place where worshippers of Taoism and followers of Buddhism come seeking wisdom for their next journey and answer to their unsolved questions.

Right above the entrance to this limestone cave, there is a small opening on the top of the hill. Is this where all messages are sent to the sky? Will all the answers and wisdom that are eagerly sought be then sent back through the same channel?


When I move around, there are more to be explored on the other side of the cave.

Following the traces of time, reading from one line to another, are we going to understand something that help to clear the doubts in our simple mind?

This tree must have witnessed the cycles of glory and agony over centuries. It must be wise enough to point out the Dos and Don'ts in our daily practices, but are we open-minded enough to be hinted?

A group of singles transform into a community, and there lies the power of love, the passage to dissolve most of our unsettled disagreements, but shall we not to be blind to know that?

No matter how tough our life is, we still survive through if we would like to. Somehow, there is no favouritism given by the Mother Nature to us.

At the end of the trip, I am still an ordinary me as before. But, ordinary is sometimes good enough. Just seize the day, live while I can.

27 comments:

Petit Eyekiss said...

Nice Scenic Sunday , and I like your words to! Thanks for sharing!

Salitype said...

the place is an epitome of tranquility and wisdom, as you said.

i love it how the time and element draw its history on all things, living and non.wisdom is crafted on each line, and peace exudes all over the place...

thanks for sharing.

eng

Ratty said...

If I were seeking wisdom I would go to a place like this. You said at the end that being an ordinary you is good enough, so I know you also found wisdom there.

CY said...

Hi,thanks for the pictures, reminds me of Ipoh. Me a Ipoh guy hence, looking at this definitely reminds me of home but now has been in Thailand. Great shot and have a nice weekend. CY
www.tangcyee.com

eileeninmd said...

Your words are so true "Just seize the day, live while I can". This is how I try to live. Thanks for sharing your pretty scenes.

Diane AZ said...

What a beautiful and awesome post! We can learn so much by observing nature. I like that window in the hill and your last image is my favorite.

Cher said...

'love the 3rd and last photos! yep, just savour every single passing day and live life to the fullest!

Pacey said...

Oh, hope you didn't walk this far from where you live, :) and your words are true, seize the moment as it should always be free from cares.

Icy BC said...

Beautiful scenery, Rainfield! Through your pictures and words, I think you have a well of knowledge to pass on..

Tes said...

Very scenic indeed, Rain! I love the hanging roots, reminds me of a scene in Tarzan. The lines on the rocks form awesome texture. And life thrives modeled by that hanging vine. Nice capture! Yes, Carpe Diem -sieze the day! That's what I do too!

rainfield61 said...

Petit Eyekiss: Welcome. Let's sail together with MyJourney.

Salitype: Nature has the wisdom to teach us everything we want to know. Let's appreciate it.

Ratty: Being ordinary is not easy as we think, the temptation is extremely intense.

CY: Ipoh is a beautiful place. I enjoy the food as well. Restaurant Foh San is so crowded at 6 o'clock in the morning. Happy working.

eileeninmd: I am thinking of Chinese's saying: "活在当下", I hope "live while I can" is the closest in English.

Thanks for your visit.

Diane AZ: When Nature opens the windows, everything comes into our mind.

Cher: Yes!! Just savour every single passing day and live life to the fullest!

Pacey: Chinese's saying again. I cross bridges more than you have walked the roads. (Not a nice interpretation).

Icy BC: I have pots of gold to share with you all. Here is another one.

Tes: Tarzan is one of my favourite cartoon. He survives in the wild too.
Carpe Diem - Sieze the day!

Cheers.

VanillaSeven said...

The steep cliffs reminded me of mainland china. Looking forward for more :)

Kirigalpoththa said...

What a wonderful place!

I love that small opening on the top of the hill..very interesting!

Kitty said...

I can see why they come here to think - a place to lose and find yourself.

roentarre said...

The rock formation and the terrain look simply amazing. Beautiful work of art in deed!

George said...

Your pictures are wonderful, but your thoughts are very profound. You have many lessons for us if we will only heed them.

Autumn Belle said...

These pictures of Kek Lok Tong (Cave of Great Happiness) are awesome and you have wise words to match. These caves in Ipoh are under environmental threat from commercialization and we need people like you to tell others what beauty lies within and how important it is to preserve them. I am so happy to know that you are also participating in the Scenic Sunday meme. You need to put their logo in your blog/post and link back to them. Until then, I look forward to more hiking adventures from you site. Let the excitement continue.

Marites said...

beautiful pictures and your post is really nice. there is really something about nature that tells us that there are grander things than humans.

maricar said...

very well said rainfield, your words are true, we only live once in this life... so make everyday as if it's the last day of our life..

be it in travelling or hiking or trekking, experiences will leave a mark in our heart and mind.

rainfield61 said...

VanillaSeven: Sure. More to come.

Kirigalpoththa: The whole story started from the opening. It guided me for this post.

Kitty: You have said it well: a place to lose and find yourself.
I like it.

roentarre: I am showing some result after learning from you. And you better don't deny it. lol.

George: We actually learn from each other.

Autumn Belle: This is my first post after participating Scenic Sunday. Thanks for your advice. I actually jam all the logos at the bottom of the webpage.

Marites: In comprison to Nature, human are nothing. am I right?

maricar: Yes! so make everyday as if it's the last day of our life..

Life Ramblings said...

i went there last year. it was quiet and the environment was cool and it sure had the awesome scenic view from the cave.

Bengbeng said...

i think i have been to this place. i was awed by the tranquility too

Mei Teng said...

A travel spot which I have not heard of. There is so much to see and discover in our own backyard isn't?

Ayie said...

those natural rock forms and streaks are so pleasant to the eyes. Nature's beauty...tranquil, serene and untouched..

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Wow, these photos are amazing. And the weather worn streaks in the tree trunks just as fine wrinkles on the forehead display wisdom through the test of time.

The Retired One said...

What a fantastic place..the rock formations are wonderful.

Book said...

I like all of your photos!