Monday, July 23, 2012

Cameron Highlands: Day 2

It was our second day up on the Highlands. The morning was a disaster but we got over it. That morning, we had our breakfast at Sungai Palas BOH Tea Plantation.


Next, we went to Cactus Valley where there is everything there – strawberries, flowers, cactus, etc. You can pick your own tomatoes as well as your own strawberries.


Since I was hungry, I took a rest at a café and had Strawberry Sundae and Strawberry Muffin. Strawberry Sundae was good. Strawberry Muffin? So-so only.


Since a few of us were not feeling well, we decided to leave Cactus Valley to have our lunch before heading back to our apartment to rest. Some were taking a nap while some were chit chatting at the living room. When it was about evening time, we left the apartment.


There were a few of us who were hungry so we stopped at Green View Valley for Strawberry Strudel and Strawberry Milkshake before we resumed our journey down the hill, back to the petrol station to pick up my car. Blessed that my car was alright. Since I cannot drive well at night, my friend drove my car instead and we were back in Penang Island about 10pm.

It was a tiring but fun trip. We will organise more such short trips so, stay tuned!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Cameron Highlands: Day 1

June was a busy month for me. However, it ended with a short excursion to Cameron Highlands with my friends. That morning, all of us gathered at the first checkpoint, McDonald’s at Auto-City, Juru. We had our breakfast there.


It was my first time to drive on the highway so I was really excited and at the same time, nervous. Our second checkpoint was Simpang Pulai which took us one and a half hours. Two cars, included mine, will park at the petrol station. Having too many cars will be quite troublesome.


It took us another one hour to reach Cameron Highlands and we were so hungry that we decided to get some food before we proceeded with our itinerary. It was a weekend so, it was really jammed up the Highlands. We decided to stop at the nearest food court that we could find instead of heading towards The Lord’s Café for lunch. I was too hungry to think of what to eat that I ordered nasi goreng ayam.


After lunch, we decided to drop our things at the apartment that we rented at Desa Anthurium Apartment. Our unit is located on the top floor and guess what? There is no lift at all. We had to take a number flight of stairs, with all our stuff, to reach to the top floor. We were all out of breath when we finally reached our ‘home’.


Our very first destination was Mount Brinchang. Mosses knew the right place to reach the peak of the mountain. There was a tower for us to climb up to. The stairs were really steep but, it was worth for the breathtaking scenic view on top.


We then went for a short adventure under Mosses’ care. He frequents here. We went into the famous Mossy Forest. The nature was amazing. It was even more amazing when we found out that we were actually walking on top of trees! This adventure is even better than to go to the Mossy Forest Centre, which we went after.


Time passed so fast that it was already six that we decided to leave Brinchang and headed to Tanah Rata for dinner at Nonya Ferms Restaurant where we had steamboat. When we reached the main roads, we were horrified to see the jam! The traffic was so slow, no kidding, thanks to the night market which was still far away! It was about 8.30pm by the time I reached the restaurant with the others reached at about 9.00pm. Why was I earlier? The car that I were in, we used illegal but thrilling route – the incoming traffic route.

I ended the night early while there were others who were still out chilling at Starbucks. Unfortunately for me, I was woken up by noises at about 2.00am and it only toned down around 3.00am. Then again, the noise started early in the morning as well which I will continue in the next post..

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Grandpa’s 70th Birthday!

All of us will go back to our one and only hometown, Sibu, during Chinese New Year. However, in the month of June, there was a big celebration which gathered all of us. That was my grandfather’s 70th birthday.


My grandmother was really busy organising this big celebration. I was back a few days earlier so I could see she never had the time to sit down at all. Still, it was going to be a big celebration so I guess she did not want anything to mess it up.


A lot of close relatives attended the dinner. Obviously my grandmother was busy mingling around. The picture above is my grandfather’s brothers and sister. They were all there with their family members as well.


The picture above is the family under my grandfather. All the sons and daughters, sons’ and daughters’ wives and husbands and children were all on stage to sing him a birthday song. Of course, I am inside the picture.


Typical Foochow dinners come with performances, especially performances from the seniors. Nonetheless, the most touching performance was made by the sons and daughters. They sang this song specially to their parents, who are my grandparents. Not a scene you can see everyday.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Jerejak Island

It was early of June when we went for a short excursion at Jerejak Island. It is a small island where you can see it on the left side of the Penang Bridge, if you are entering the island, or right opposite Queensbay Mall.

The boyfriend had told me earlier that there is nothing much we can do with just the two of us. However, all I wanted was just a time for the two of us. Oh well, it did not go that well though..


This is the jetty from Penang Island. There will be a ferry to bring us across the Strait of Malacca to reach Jerejak Island.


To my horror, that was the ferry. I was speechless though and the boat was super packed. I thought we might sink. In fact, the ferry broke down and it seems the management never bothered to repair it.


We were given a deluxe room but it was after long waited hours to have this room ready. The staff were really slow at their works. Fortunately we could enjoy our “Welcome” drinks for the time being. The room was not that bad but there are mosquitoes around so better keep all the doors and windows closed.

That night, there was no buffet dinner at all. It was a Friday night so the hotel does not have buffet prepared for weekdays. They only have ala carte meals. Well, better than nothing. What did we do after? Took a short walk and then watched TV till late night.


The next morning was alright. At least we had a buffet breakfast but the choices of food was disappointing. Not because we were late but because there IS not much choices of food.


The boyfriend then suggested to take the jungle trek trail. I really thought we were supposed to pay for it so I actually went against the boyfriend’s idea. Despite that, I still went along with him and we ended up at suspension bridge. I suspect myself having an Acrophobia but due to having stronger courage, I overcame it. Knowing nothing much we could do on the island, we decided to leave the island.

I wonder if I would come back here again. Maybe it will not be the same if with more companions?

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

All-About-Cars Day!

It was one of the weekends when the boyfriend brought me out along to go for one of the FD Civic Club’s gatherings. It is a club that he recently joined. A club where all passionate Honda Civic drivers meet.


That day was more of a photography session for the members and their cars as well as a big lunch gathering for the members to mingle around. Since there was an auto fair at Auto-City, some of them decided to drop by to check out the cars.


I do wonder how does one is going to sit on such seat? It is really going to be a pain in the ass, literally.


And this car’s car plate is from Sarawak. Anyone knows who the owner is?