Tuesday, 7 December 2010
Went for a trip with 婆婆, 三姨姨 and Janice 表姐.... This is Kathleen's 2nd trip overseas and her first trip without daddy.
We took a Konsortium Coach from Singapore at night. The coach will travel to Cameron Highlands via Tuas 2nd link. Each seat comes with its own TV with quite up-to-date shows. The seat can also be reclined to about 45 degrees. Mommy watch Clash of the Titans (the 2010 version) and Kathleen watched cartoons (they on the TV only after leaving Singapore. Licensing issues?). She watched the cartoons until past midnight before she decided to sleep.
|Kathleen trying out the headphones but the strap is too long for her and she had to hold on to it to prevent the ear piece from sliding down below her ears!|
The bus stopped for a few breaks throughout the whole night but Kathleen managed to sleep on-and-off throughout the whole coach trip including the winding journey up the highlands! It was freezing cold in the coach and Kathleen had to clothed in winter clothes and mommy had to wear 2 layers of socks!
|Kathleen sleeping in her seat, with winter jacket, gloves and winter socks|
The hotel room was not yet available and so we decided to go out for breakfast. We had roti prata for breakfast. 三姨姨 checked out Kang Holidays nearby and the lady there is kind enough to advise my sister on the things to see, and that since there are so many of us, it is easier for us to get a taxi driver who charge by per hour rather than to join a half day tour. We also booked our Cameron-KL coach with Kang Holidays as they have a coach which will pick us up at our hotel and send us to Chinatown in KL rather than the usual big coach which requires us to go to the tourist information center for pickup and dropped us off at Bukit Jalil (the usual bus terminal is currently under renovation)
So we went to the nearby bus terminal and found a taxi driver who is willing to drive us around for RM25 per hour.
First destination is the Sungei Palais Boh Tea Plantation. The uncle stopped before the factory to show us tea bushes at the roadside and to see the wide expanse of the tea plantation. Each bush can grow for decades and plucking of the leaves is done once every 20 days, he told us. The people will pluck off the leaves at the stem, and the stem will shoot off another new stem at another corner and continue to grow again. He also explained that all taxis and tour coaches have a special pass pasted on the windscreen which allows them to drive up to the Boh factory while people driving their own cars have to park their cars at the car park lot and then walk a winding path up to the factory (lucky cos its definitely a winding uphill path!)
|Uncle talking about tea leaves, leaving each of the kids a small branch each|
|Kathleen with her favourite 三姨姨|
|Tea fields are seen from the balcony of the tea cafe|
|Flowers that look like high heel shoes|
After that, we went to the Bee Farm (nothing much, though mommy did buy a set of wooden ladybird bracelets for Kathleen and she entertained herself with them throughout the whole trip pretending that they are daddy, mommy and baby ladybird) and Butterfly Park (lots of insects and reptiles which make Janice very happy). Janice forget to pack her camera and so borrowed mommy's camera and spent at least 20minutes taking pictures of all the insects and reptiles while the rest sat and wait. She later went into the enclosure and spent time catching butterflies (not by holding the wings which will kill the butterflies) and teaching other kids how to do it correctly.
Next is the Big Red Strawberry Farm. They have hydroponics vegetables and potted strawberries. 三姨姨'bought' 2 plastic baskets which will allow 2 person each to go into the strawberry areas to cut the strawberries. But there is no one guarding the individual gates to each row so all 5 of us went in. We are supposed to cut the strawberries by cutting the upper stem (rather than near to the fruit) and each basket is supposed to have minimal 1/2 kg of strawberries costing about RM20 each.
As there are many tourists, most of the ripe strawberries had been cut by the other tourists that appear before us. Kathleen is very eager to participate and had to be restrained by mommy cos she does not know how to choose the ripe ones. The weather is also hot and sunny which makes it not a very comfortable activity!
For those that are not able to fill up to 0.5kg, the weighing machine will top it up with the strawberries that they have plucked beforehand (from other places inaccessible to tourists I bet). So we got a little of topups. We wanted to have some food at the stalls there but the queue was so long we decided to return to Tanah Rata again.
The taxi uncle dropped us off at Tanah Rata and we had fast food at MarryBrown before walking back to the hotel.
|the hotel room balcony at Century Pines. We are on the 2nd floor which is dangerous cos anyone can climb from one balcony to another using the lobby roof!|
Next day is free and easy. We decided to hike trail number 4, the easiest trail in Tanah Rata which will lead to the Parit Falls. The trail happens to be just next to the hotel!
|Christmas decor in the hotel lobby|
|Signboard next to Century Pines indicating the path to Parit Falls|
The path is supposedly paved, but some parts of the path has been overgrown with grass or broken down, and some are just well trodden mudpaths. On the right side is a steep fall into the river... dangerous! Janice found a broken off branch and use it as a makeshift walking stick. Kathleen is very afraid of the dirt and refuses to walk most of time. 三姨姨 to the rescue as she tried to keep Kathleen's spirits up and encourage her to keep walking! And sweets do the trick! Just keep feeding her with sweets! (bad mommy)
|strange looking grass found along the path|
|三姨姨 showing the seeds underneath the fern leaves|
|picture taken from the bridge|
We finally reached the red sheltered bridge and took a breather! The hike from hotel to the bridge had taken us abot 45 minutes!
Janice wanted to continue to look for the view tower and so on we go. The steps are steeper and some parts are just muddy steps!
|On we go!|
Then then we saw it.. the viewing tower! Its really under maintenance!!!!! *wahhhhh* Still have to take some pictures to show that we walked more than 1 hour to reach there!
|Janice posing with her walking stick with 婆婆|
After resting, we went down all the slippery path again, and reached the cross junction (with that signboard). We decided to try the other path which leads towards the sound of the cars. Thank goodness it was a paved and short path and we reach the main road very fast.
|Stop! Time to pop another sweet!|
The kids then went to the playground in the park across the road from the hotel. Kathleen had fun there, and Janice even found a colourful lizard to terrorise. But she later sprained her wrist then she missed her grip on a monkey bar and her right wrist was swollen.
It started to rain and we went back to the hotel. Once the rain stopped, we went out again, this time to try the highly raved scones at T-cafe! Mmm.. overrated, I have to say, and the service is quite slow....
|Kathleen playing with the table number tabs while waiting for the food to come|
|A shot of the skyline taken from the hotel balcony|
|One of the stalls selling cut honeycombs at RM2 per cup. Sweet!|
|cameron apples, anyone?|
Last day at Cameron Highlands. We wake up early in order to catch the coach which was supposed to pick us up at 8am.
|finally, misty mountain!|
|Travelling along the monotonous highway and then suddenly there are many tall concrete buildings in the horizon. We have reached Kuala Lumpur!|
The coach dropped us off at Swiss Inn, and our hotel, The 5 Elements is just across the street! We check in (they have our room early. Yeah!) and then proceed to the famous chicken stall across the road for chicken rice. We sure are very glad to see some typical Chinese food and rice after the few days in Cameron :P
|the fat pork with yam is yummy!|
|Kathleen on the LRT holding the magnetic ticket (like those with a mangetic striped that was used in Singapore MRTs many years ago). She is wearing the daddy, mommy and baby ladybird bracelets on her left hand|
|The skybar also has a swimming pool alongside|
|View from skybar to park next to KLCC. There is a beautiful fountain, a playground and even a children wading pool (light blue)!|
Mommy had wanated to go up the Petronas Twin tower, but as the tickets are free and on first-come-first-serve basis (queueing up at 7am!), she looks for alternatives instead, therefore, the visit to Sky bar.
|night view of Petronas Twin Tower as seen from Traders' Skybar (the bright oval shape on top right corner is the reflection of the Skybar's lighting on the glass)|
|Kathleen trying to get her favourite 姨姨 to pose with her|
|Our hotel room|
As mommy had booked twin beds, mommy pushed the small round PVC stool and small round table and put them between the 2 beds so that Kathleen will not fall off the bed at night. She then have a fun time using the stool as a bridge and keep jumping from one bed to another via the 'bridge'. Playful girl!
|Picture of hotel room window. The grey-blue curvy roof is Petaling Street, where there are stalls selling T shirts and DVDs etc|
Checkout from the hotel and went for more shopping at Petaling Street and the nearby Central Market. Bought a cat T-shirt for Kathleen.
|Janice visiting the Doctor Fish....|
|... while Kathleen enjoyed some ice cream with toasted bread at a Old Town White Coffee branch|
|Uncle Danny's apartment. The romain blinds are remote-controlled!|
|Christmas decor at KLCC. She was wearing the newly bought cat t-shirt|
|The fountain. Lots of people sitting there waiting for the fountain to start at 6pm|
After we took the pictures, 婆婆, mommy and Kathleen quickly took the LRT from KLCC to KL Sentral and then switched to the KLIA Express (both are under the same roof) (we took the Express instead of cab as it was peak hour and we are afraid of being caught in the famous KL traffic jam) for a half an hour non-stop ride to KLIA Main Terminal (adult RM35, child RM15 for the Express).
|On the KLIA Express|
|on the bus on the way to boarding building|
This time round, Kathleen is strong enough to unbuckle the seat belt on her own :)
We reached Singapore Changi Airport around 10.10pm and Kathleen was so tired she fell asleep before Daddy arrived at the airport. So ends her short trip to Malaysia.....