Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Cameron Day 2

On the second day, we did the touristry stuff. Joined a local tour for a day trip. Booked 'em at our hotel.

Our breakfast at the hotel. I really love eating outside, close to nature, in the cool cool weather. No flies, just nice food, nice view and cool air. AHHH.. and of course with good company too.;-)

The tour van came at 9am for us.

Our first destination : The Tea Plantation

The view is breathtaking. When we were there, there's lots of other tourists too. Our guide told us the tea plants are well over 80 yrs old, older than most of us, and demonstrated by lying on the plants and how the plants supported his weight.

Then Oink decided to try for himself.

90+kg man turn turtle 'x'!! He had to take off the bag to get up. 'x'

Next : Mossy Jungle

This is not tarzan, he's our guide. Its really cool here, I like it so much.

So much, that I am going to put my photo here 'x'

Hi! 'x'

Next : Some tower

The guide told us, people here use this tower to gaze at the sunrise. Unfortunately I am not so much of a sunrise person (can't wake up so early), I am more of a sunset person. They look same to me! 'x' I know... I am not a romantic person.

Next, back to Boh Tea Plantation for some tea. :-)

Trying to sip my tea like an english lady with my pinky raised, but I simply can't do it. The cup is too heavy. Or is it the way I hold the cup wrong?

The correct way after I google is:

"Tea cups with a handle are held by placing one’s fingers to the front and back of the handle with one’s pinkie up again allows balance. Pinkie up does mean straight up in the air, but slightly tilted. It is not an affectation, but a graceful way to avoid spills. Never loop your fingers through the handle, nor grasp the vessel bowl with the palm of your hand."

Ok, maybe the cup is both too heavy AND I hold it wrong :-p

Then we went back to Brichang town for lunch break. Oink claimed he had the best mee goreng mamak ever at Brinchang, After lunch, we were brought to the crysanthenum farm, veggie farms, cactus farm and strawberries farms. So the afternoon for us is like an agro tour. :-p

Wall paper worth eh?

We didn't pluck any of the strawberries, we just buy those packed ones. Really cheap. Rm20 for 3 boxes. We had these desserts at one of the strawberry farms. After all these sour strawberries, I think we've developed a new kind of phobia. Fragariaphobia!

Our tour package includes steambot meal for dinner. Did I mention I bought the sweetest corn ever at Cameron? SO SWEET I TELL YOU, I had it cut up and put into the steambot. YUMS. Notice the strawberries? I didn't want to touch it #fragariaphobia

Oink just chew on two of it, as he thinks its a waste of food if we don't eat them.

It was around 8pm when we finished dinner. We were sent back to our hotel. And that's all for the day.

Cameron Day 1

The pudu Bus Station was temporarily restationed at Bukit Jalil while we were at West Msia. Which is a total inconvenience, its alot further, and we needed more time to get there. We took a Unititi bus to go up to Cameron. It took about 5 hours to go up, and the higher we went, the colder we felt. I was excited.

We arrived at Tanah Rata around 4+ pm. Tried walking to our hotel (Bus people say its very near), and got lost, after walking round and round, we finally found our hotel.

Our room, with garden view. I love it. Its spacious, clean, and the air is cool. As soon as I finish taking photos of the room,

Oink attacked the bed. We then watched TV and just laze off on the bed, resting after the 5 hours long bus trip.

6+pm, we left our cozy room to hunt for dinner. We walked up and down the streets at Tanah Rata. Looking into restaurants, kopitiams. I told Oink I didn't want anything spicy after the Satay Celup at Melaka.

We settled for Rosette. Saw a couple of ang mohs inside. Couldn't be that bad.

We ordered these.

And almost immediately we miss Melaka's food. Both of us only liked the Asparagus. 'x'

After dinner, we walked around leisurely, with nothing in mind, just a nice walk. Then head back to the room, to rest and watch more TV. We need a good night rest for our activities the next day.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Cuti-cuti malaysia : Melaka

I cannot deny I was pretty disappointed about not going to Japan. And we don't know what to do with the Kch-KL-Kch tix.

Oink said we can still go and have a cuti-cuti Malaysia. And so we did. Our first destination was Melaka.

We reached KLIA via firefly on the 8th April 11+ am. I thought there's a bus to Melaka from KLIA, bt they moved to LCCT. So we took a bus to LCCT. There, we bought Transnasional bus tickets at Rm21.90 each. The bus will depart at 2.30pm. So we found somewhere to sit while I read my book, and I bought Oink newspapers.

The bus was ride was ok , we arrived around 4 at Melaka Sentral. We didn't leave for our hotel straight away, we wanted to get a ticket back to KL first. It was there we bought Nice Coach ticket at rm22 each.

We then took taxi to our hotel, hotel hallmark at Jalan Kubu, which is quite near to Jonker Street. My first choice was Jonker Boutique Hotel, but it was fully booked. The room was quite cheap, around RM100 with breakfast, although the room is small, it was clean and has LCD TV + DVD player ( I was surprised).

We walked around 5 mins to Jonker Street, and arrived there sweating. I did my research on Melaka's good food by reading KY's blog. He recommended Jonker 88 for the cendol.

I had mango special and Oink had Durian something. There's alot of customers in the shop. I would say that they tasted nice, only a bit too sweet for us.

After that we felt hungry, and wanted to find Hoe Kee Chicken Rice Shop or Chung Wah as recommend by KY speaks. Come to Melaka of course need to eat their Steam Chicken with rice balls right?We found Hoe Kee, but it was closed :-((((. And we couldn't find chung wah :-(((((. At times like this, I wish I have a smart phone to go online and search info with. So, like 2 hungry ghosts we wondered around and walked into the first chicken rice shop we saw. Famosa Chicken Rice Shop and ordered heaps.

And its not yummy :-((((( I would say the best tasting of the whole lot was the roasted pork 'x' Even the normal Chicken Rice at Kuching tasted better. Somemore the staff was a bit rude. We can't finish the all the rice balls.

After the bad dinner, we walked around Jonker Street. The street was filled with stalls selling food, trinklets, hair accessories, toys, clothes, etc. I bought 2 mini egg tarts and we went back to the hotel.

We woke up early the next day and wonder what should we do for the day 'x'. we decided to look at the simple map we took from the airport (if you want to buy a more comprehensive one, you will need to pay rm5..yeah..MALAYSIA BOLEH!!!'x') and just walk to the tourist spots nearby. It was a hot day. And my wedges were killing me. I told oink I MUST buy a flip flop or something that is more comfy.

RM10 purchase that saved my life. I love them so much, I even wore them at KL malls when we were at KL 'x'

We went to Cheng Ho Museum. RM10 per person. Guided tour available in both english and mandarin.

It was there I found out that Laksamana Cheng Ho was a eunuch. 'x'

Famous Red buildings. Alot tourists here. There are stalls selling souvenirs too.

There's alot colourful trishaws here too. Rm40 for an hour. Rm25 for 30 mins. We took the latter just for fun.

Then its time to look for lunch! I wanted to try some baba nyonya food. And we found a shop at Jonker Street that offers Baba Nyonya food.

I ordered Ayam Ponteh out of curiousity. Oink had Pineapple fried rice (What a boring choice 'x', so it I won't post photo of it). And we also ordered shrimp paste brinjal.

And it was delicious. So nice I tell you. Just looking at the photo makes me hungry now. We then walked back to the hotel to rest a while. It was a very hot day.

After that, we walked out and bought tickets for the duck tour. Its a special amphibian vehicle that can be driven on land and also serve as a boat on water. The tour took around one hour. We are brought around the city and a short cruise on the melaka strait.

I never seen people trying to fish like this before.

After the duck tour. We then walked to the nearby Dataran Pahlawan mall for some shopping. The mall is quite big and surprisingly, I bought more stuff here than at KL.

For dinner, we went to Ban Lee Siang Satay Celup at Jalan Ong Kim Wee as recommended by KY Speaks. The place was packed. We were at first in awe on the amount of food all those people can eat. I think a table full of young boys that sat near us ate hundreds of those satay celup. It was then we found out its 60 cents each. WTF so cheap 'x'. Where to find in Kuching??? No wonder those people eat like its free 'x' We left the place contented, full and satisfied. Sorry, there's no photo for the satay celup. We were hungry 'x'.

The next day we woke up a bit later. Laze around, took our sweet time with breakfast. Then we walked again to Jonker Street to buy some souvenirs.

I was really pleased when I see Nice Coach bus arrived at the platform at Melaka Sentral. It was really pretty with purple colour exterior and the seats were all in purple. It was the nicest bus ride I have ever taken. Free drinks were offered. So I enjoyed my book reading while eating chips in the bus. It was really relaxing.

Next post= Cuti- Cuti Malaysia : Cameron Highlands