The ELS, KL trip to Kuala Selangor on the 19th of April was memorable as the participants were privileged to witness a few of Malaysia’s unique wonders and enjoy each other’s company during a modest dinner of seafood.
After departing Kuala Lumpur at 4 pm., 10 faculty members and 73 students proceeded to Melawati Hill for a brief visit to one of the historical landmarks in Selangor. Kota Melawati is a fort built during the reign of Sultan Ibriham (1770-1826) and is the site of a great event in Malaysian history, the brief Dutch colonization of Malaysia. A brief tram ride up the hill brought us to the fort’s ramparts which were infested with monkeys begging for food. Everyone enjoyed feeding the monkeys which either begged for or stole any food they could grab.
Another brief bus ride brought us to the Firefly Park Resort where we enjoyed a seafood dinner while waiting for darkness. The scheduled boat ride soon followed. Excitement mounted, the main event of the evening was approaching. The multinational group was looking forward to a spectacle of fireflies. The beautiful night scenery caught them off guard. About 2 meters from the boats was the illusion of wondrous Christmas trees. True to their name, hundreds, perhaps thousands of fireflies swarmed the trees emanating a surreal glow of flashing lights. Together, they brightened up the temperate night air. The symphonic harmony of the fireflies was truly one of a kind. We had never seen anything like it before.
The participants returned to Kuala Lumpur with plenty to talk about. There was even an unconfirmed rumor of a crocodile sighting.