Monday, March 8, 2010

.: Exciting Week :.

'When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,' said Piglet at last, 'what's the first thing you say to yourself?'

'What's for breakfast?' said Pooh.
'What do you say, Piglet?' 'I say, I wonder what's going to happen exciting today?' said Piglet.
Pooh nodded thoughtfully. 'It's the same thing,' he said.

It’s been a long, exciting week for me two weeks ago. As some of you may have known, I am supposed to be off to Melbourne, and as we speak type, I should be visiting some tourist spot right now. But alas, due to certain circumstances, I am still here.

Well, as much as I am bummed that I missed this opportunity to go to Melbourne, I must say that I did have a fun whole week off anyways. Well, the reason I mentioned “opportunity” is becoz JC has recently resigned from his current job as an auditor with PwC and is now currently on a three-weeks break before starting his new high-flying, adrenaline-pumping, late-night-working, no-time-for-the-fiancĂ©e job in CIMB Corporate Finance’s division.

Anyways, given that I have already taken two weeks off, and I reckon a break is much deserved after the big hoo-haa on the wedding arrangements, JC & I decided to proceed with a Cuti-Cuti Malaysia instead.

The night before our mini-traveling plan begin, we had lunch with Enoch Lau, a long-time church friend of JC. It was really nice to get to know this warm, sincere character and we pretty much did talked about everything under the sun while enjoying the food at Tony Roma’s.

On Monday, in JC’s small lil Viva, we traveled down to Port Dickson. Our first stop was the famous PD resort – Avillion.

We then head down to Hong Leong’s very own Thistle.

We proceed to Bagan Lalang Beach and spend some time enjoying the sea breeze and watching people pass us by.

Right before sunset, we head to a place in Tanjung Sepat for a nice lil walk at a small jetty and then for some seafood dinner.

And that was the end of the first day, and it was good.

On the second day, we started off our journey to Bukit Tinggi at about 10am. We took the trunk road to Ulu Yam right after Gombak. We stopped by at Ulu Yam waterfalls, took a short dip and headed on our way to our favorite Loh Mee shop at Ulu Yam Lama. For more, read here.

After a hearty meal of Loh Mee and Saito Fu Chuk & Fishcake, drop by Batang Kali to look-see-look-see, we went straight to Bukit Tinggi – Selesa Hills Resort (where Tammie & Kevin resides)

JC and I went for a swim with Rachel in the evening at the swimming pool and it was a good swim as we had the whole pool to ourselves! :)

We then came home, took our bath and had a delicious, warm meal prepared by my uncle. We later went out to McDonalds in Sempah for ice-cream and some snaps-snaps moments with Tammie :)

And that was the end of the second day, and it was good.

On the third day, we woke up, had nasi lemak (which JC has bought from the nearby morning market) and headed to Janda Baik.

There isn’t much to do in this small town located just about 15 minutes from Selesa Hills, but there are quite a few spectacular picture moments.

Anyhows, considering that we had much time left, we decided to check out Berjaya Hills. On the way up, we stopped by a Rabbit Farm (which charges RM3 per entrance per person). It was such a delight to have lil bunny hopping around.

Bunny, bunny, hop, hop!~
Bunny, bunny, hop, hop!~

We then went up, paying another RM10 per person to enter into Berjaya Village. JC felt that it was a rip off as the places of attraction up there wasn’t that attractive, but I personally felt it was ok, for the sake of exploring the place for the first time. But honestly, I wouldn’t pay to go up the second time.

We started off in Colmar Tropicale, a French-themed village attraction there. There wasn't much visitor (perhaps it is because it's a weekday) and the place is quite quiet. But there are many good picture-taking opportunities there.

Then we drove to the Japanese Tea Garden, which is about 15 mins uphill drive. Quite a quaint lil garden, and one could also rent some traditional Japanese costume and have a traditional tea ceremony in a traditional lil Japanese house.

Adjacent to the Japanese Tea Garden is a Botanical Garden. Nothing particularly spectacular about the garden, just some flowers here and there (or perhaps I just didn’t know how to appreciate it)

So the visit to the French Village & Japanese Tea Garden marks the end of our visit to Berjaya Hills, and we then headed down. As we have about an hour to spare before we head back to prepare dinner, we drop by at Lentang Waterfalls. The place was not as cooling and clean as Ulu Yam waterfall, and it was quite disappointing, so we left immediately after.

We headed back home, prepared dinner consisting of otak-otak (all the way from Muar), 3-variety steamed eggs (consist of chicken eggs, century egg & salted egg), fried chicken drummets and some vegetables. Tho a simple dinner, it was all polished down in minutes.

We later then went to a nearby mamak (which serves the BEST iced-coffee) with Tammie. We chat and laughed (well it was Tammie that laughed most of the time, coz she caught a whiff of the laughing gas of something – coz she couldn’t stop laughing at EVERYTHING)

And that was the end of the third day, and it was good.

The next morning, we woke up and prepared ourselves for a hiking adventure. According to one blog, the hike would take 45 minutes. So according to our calculations, we take 45 minutes in, spend bout ½ hour at the waterfalls and then another 45 minutes out. That would take about 2 hours right?


Because of the lack of stamina and bad sense of direction (as the trail had many forks) we took about 1 ½ hours to hike in, ½ hour at the waterfalls and 1 hour to hike out. So all in all more than three hours of hiking!

The waterfall is actually located in the midst of many vegetable (both legal and illegal) plots, and while we were hiking, we stopped many farmers on their motorbikes to ask for direction. One farmer, who we bumped into twice, was nice enough to wait for us further up just to tell us that this is the spot to turn off to the waterfall. As JC said, he could have been our guardian angel as there was no obvious path to the waterfall and if it wasn’t for him, we would have missed in and hiked to who-knows-where!

The Tanglir waterfall (I think that's what it is called) was amazing, as it was clean and the water was clear. Too bad I am not such a great camerawoman and these pictures do not do justice to the actual beauty of this place.

Upon hiking out, there was a leech incident which I am far to embarrassed to elaborate. If you think the incident in FRIM with Uncle Albert is bad, this is worse. I screamed to a point where I was hyperventilating after. And all this because I saw two leech on the path which blocked my way and I was so darn terrified of crossing that path. JC cajole me, but his words were muted by the throbbing heartbeat and fear in me. I kid you not! I finally gathered whatever courage that was left in me and hastily crossed the path. Thankfully I didn’t sprain my ankle and even more thankful was that I wasn’t bitten by any leech.

We had a late lunch and headed back to KL as JC has music practice that night.

And that was the end of forth day, and it was good.

All in all, I really had a great time, and especially so that I get to spend it with JC.

Looking forward to our next adventure soon! :)

-pictures to be updated : erm, maybe not ever?-

1 comment:

Tammie said...

its funny,that's why I laughed! XD

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