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Raya Eve Escapade to Cameron Highlands


Sungai Palas Tea Plantation

On the eve of Hari Raya, I went to Cameron Highlands with my dear family. As we’ve been to Cameron Highlands once before, we decided to give our 2nd visit a short day tour only. Thank God we didn’t ran into any traffic congestion or speed trap along the NSE. Dad drove all way to and fro and only letting me drive at 1 short stretch of NSE. Awww.

We stopped at Bidor for a morning break. Since dad, who hails from Bidor have forgotten the location of a fame dim sum restaurant, we simply settle for an authentic Wan Tan Mee at Mei Loke ‘Something’ Restaurant. It is one of the best Wan Tan Mee that I’ve eaten in recent years. Slurrp! 5 thumbs up.

Somewhere along the NSE, there were mist covering the entire area of the road. Really wonderful. We used the Tapah route to Cameron Highlands which is winding, curvy and narrow but nearer in comparison with the new Simpang Pulai route which is less curvy and wider but further away. Along the 2-ways narrow road, we saw aborigines selling bottles honey, petai, wild gingers and crafts.

It took us about 3 1/2 hours later to reach Cameron Highlands. We stopped at Ringlet for nature call and continued our way to Brinchang without stopping at Tanah Rata. We were half way to the top of Sam Poh Buddhist Temple but had to U-turn back as the jam there led us nowhere to go. A @#&$! CRV nearly ram into my car.


We visited a nursery at Brinchang to purchase some cute cactus. We also stopped at the vegetable market (beside Honey Bee Farm) for some vegies, fruits and flowers. Mom bought asparagus, cabbages, lettuces, honey sweet potatoes, carrots, sweetcorns, avocados, cikus, strawberries and many more. And we girls bought 1 dozen of roses at RM10 and 6 stalks of sunflowers at RM10 too. The florist gave us 1 1/2 dozen roses for FREE and 1 extra stalk of sunflower. She gave us that extra flowers so that we can make dried flowers out of it. But nah we’ve passed the dried flowers adoration days. And again I’m gonna tell myself to never ever buy any flowers from Cameron. The flowers couldn’t last. Just after a day, almost all of it begins to die. Our last stop was at the Honey Bee Farm where dad bought 3kg of honey. Yeah our whole family is a great fans of honey.

Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum

There were light jams at every famous nurseries, farms, stalls at Cameron Highlands. You thought you’ll get fresh air? Sure you get some fresh air but also the occasional smell of ekzos pipe!

Best sweetcorn in the whole WIDE world. It is so sweet that you don’t even have to add butter and/or salt to improve the flavor. But the BEST ever sweetcorn that I’ve tasted is located at the Parit Waterfalls area in Tanah Rata. It was 1999 and until today that particular sweetcorn taste still lingers on my taste buds.

After 4 hours of PURE shopping at Cameron Highlands, we began our journey home through the Simpang Pulai route this time. Just testing out this new road. Sure the road is wider and less steep but still it is winding. We encountered fog and mist along the way.

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Watch the video clip below. You can see the visibility is down to about 50m only.

We reached home nearly 4 1/2 hours later. Proof that Simpang Pulai route is further. And we spent more time travelling (~8hrs) than visiting (~4hrs). What a joke that is. Nevertheless it was a good getaway.

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19 Comments

  • Reply Gallivanter October 26, 2006 at 10:44 am

    All the way up there for some fog? We have “fog” here too in Klang Valley. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply lilian October 26, 2006 at 10:49 am

    Wah, your dad superman ah? I love Cameron Highlands but hate the drive up. The other day, we use the Simpang Pulai way up (from Penang nearer mah) but used the Tapah way to go down (heading to KL). I don’t mind the extra hours of Simpang Pulai, really. Less winding = less people barfing.

  • Reply Jason October 26, 2006 at 11:26 am

    Wah, just came back from Bangkok then another weekend breakaway. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply moz monster October 26, 2006 at 11:38 am

    Wah … how come everyone I know is going to Cameron Highlands ? Is there some secret gathering I’m not aware of ??

  • Reply J October 26, 2006 at 12:06 pm

    Luckily you are all safe…
    Some of those ppl driving up/ down Cameron Highlands (espcially the lorries/ trucks) can be real idiots…

    (I saw one lorry make a car almost drive off the hill side just because he wanted to overtake another lorry – gila!)

  • Reply Che-Cheh October 26, 2006 at 12:56 pm

    Gallivanter, oh yeah at one point I didn’t know whether it’s fog or the fog best friend, haze that we’re seeing. :doh:

    Lilian, dad don’t want me to drive coz he scare I will drive recklessly. Hehehe…Going down the Tapah way is very dangerous hor.

    Jason, ahh short break only. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Moz Monster, actually there is a special seminar held up there. It’s about ‘How to Kill A Monster Called Mozilla!’. :devil:

    J, yeah we encountered 2 buses and few lorries from the opposite side and they drove into our lane forcing us to squeeze to the left with little space left. Chee sin!

  • Reply moz monster October 26, 2006 at 3:47 pm

    wah … :hug: … so touched you went up there to attend a seminar about killing moz …

    that moz monster damn irritating hor ??

    how can i help you eridicate that moz monster ??

  • Reply Neo October 26, 2006 at 11:24 pm

    The Bidor restaurant, could it be the famous Pun Chun Restaurant? Check out a post I did last time.

    http://www.hot-screensaver.com/2005/11/19/pun-chun-restaurants-chicken-biscuits-duck-drumstick-noodle/

    :party:

  • Reply alexallied October 27, 2006 at 12:00 am

    syiokkkkkk can go cameron. I was in KL for like 2 years + and didn’t take the chance to visit there. :doh:

  • Reply Bryan October 27, 2006 at 12:45 am

    Look at the flowers, they are so beautiful! Though can’t last long.

    Seems like you had so much fun going up to Cameron Highland!

  • Reply Wuching October 27, 2006 at 8:20 am

    looks like u had a great holiday!

  • Reply Che-Cheh October 27, 2006 at 11:47 am

    Moz Monster, oh yeah that Monster is very very annoying but of course I wouldn’t want to get your hands dirty. I can destroy him myself. :skull:

    Neo, not Pun Chun Restaurant. In fact we visited Pun Chun everytime we go to Bidor. Decided not to eat there this time.

    Alexallied, oh yaka. Then you must go there next time when you are here.

    Bryan and Wuching, hahaha fun shopping only!

  • Reply dreamcatcher October 27, 2006 at 3:16 pm

    SUNFLOWERS….!!!!!! :love: :love: :love: … that’s a fairly splendid pict. u took! ๐Ÿ™‚ send it to me next week. gonna enlarge it n have it framed n hanged at one corner of my bedroom. was just thinking the right pict. to hang there this pass few days… guess ur sunflower pict. is as good as this one jp painter i’m considering of… better still, pass me all the sunflower picts. u took, for me to choose 1 from. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply Che-Cheh October 27, 2006 at 11:00 pm

    Dreamcatcher, so sunflower is your soft spot eh. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I have 3 picts and this is the splendid one. Anyway will pass all to you on Mon ya.
    How’s your Raya btw? Put on any weight? :devil:

  • Reply dreamcatcher October 30, 2006 at 7:00 am

    krakowwww!!!! !@##!%!!!!!! :angry: :angry: :angry: haaahhhh!!! haaaa!!! i do not see anything wrong with putting on a kilo or two after shedding 4-5 kilos the previous month! haaa!! :phbbbt: :nottalking: :nottalking:

  • Reply dreamcatcher October 30, 2006 at 7:01 am

    here’re some more!!! :beat_up: :beat_up: :beat_up: :beat_up:

  • Reply Che-Cheh October 30, 2006 at 12:48 pm

    Dreamcatcher, I can only :LOL: :cow: :LOL: :cow: :LOL: :cow:

  • Reply arvnilahazelnut February 6, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Hi there! I really love your roses, sunflowers and chrysanthemums picture. Would you mine if I use that picture for my facebook cover photo? Pleaase ๐Ÿ™

    • Reply Che-Cheh February 7, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      Hi, you can use for your facebook cover but please mention the photo source.

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