Friday, December 30, 2011

There are so many different types of accommodation available in Cameron Highlands, but during peak season, some hotels and apartments will be fully booked well in advance and last minute booking will not be possible.

We wouldn't take the gamble so we secured our stay at one of the apartments in advance for RM290 per night and 4 of us had a lovely get-together last weekend!

Royal Lily is an apartment complex located in Tanah Rata. The well-furnished apartment was very clean and could comfortably accommodate 4 to 6 people. It has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with water heaters, a living area, a dining area, and a kitchen, which was well equipped with complete cookware and cutlery sets as well as a refrigerator.






The ceramic tile floor was cold to step onto with our bare feet, but there were a few pairs of slippers for us to use in the apartment.







For me, the only disadvantage was that no bedrooms have attached bathrooms!


The view from the living area

Overall, I'd say it was good value for money and I had a pleasant stay.



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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

In the wink of an eye, Christmas day has come and gone for another year and I hope yours was wonderful, filled with love and laughter, and of course yummy and delicious food!


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As planned, we spent the entire Christmas weekend in Cameron Highlands with our friends this year.


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The weather was super cold and windy at night! *shivering* I had two layers on top but obviously, I need to wear a lot more layers than that to keep me toasty warm.


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#9 Located on the Titiwangsa Range at 5000ft (1500m) above sea level, the temperature here can drop to 16˚C at night.


#10 A misty view of the lush green valley


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#12 A view of the Sungai Palas Tea Plantation


#13 A cafe where you can sip tea while looking out over the lush plantations below

The last time Ralph and I came here was about 4 or 5 years ago. Well, not much has changed, apart from the prospect of huge traffic jams due to the Christmas holidays! Despite the long and tiring journey, we had a great time together and the views of the tea plantation were amazing as always.


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#15 Traffic congestion in Tanah Rata, the main town of Cameron Highlands


#16 A crowded restaurant

So, the best time to visit Cameron Highlands is during the off-peak season. We left Cameron Highlands on Monday night, reached home at 3am on Tuesday morning and I slept all day!

Okay, I'll post more photos as soon as I finish all my pending tasks.

Three more days to a new year, how and where will you be welcoming 2012?



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Friday, December 23, 2011



I haven't actually fully unpacked my suitcase, and yet it's time to start packing again for another 3-day weekend getaway, so I'd better be quick!!!

We (Ralph, our friends and I) are planning to beat the Christmas crush by hitting the road early tomorrow with goals of reaching our Christmas holiday destination, a verdant medley of tranquil countryside with stunning mountain views, soothing greenery and breathtaking scenery, before noon.

'Tis the season to be jolly, Fa la la la la, la la la la! Whatever you plan to do over the festive season, whether you celebrate Christmas or not, I wish you ALL a very happy, relaxed Christmas and may your Christmas be like Santa Claus - fat, jolly and generous.

Love, kisses and plenty of mistletoe, see you all very soon, with an update about the road trip and whatnot on next Monday (or maybe Tuesday, depending on how the head is!)... exciting!

MERRY CHRISTMAS and happy holidays, everyone!



Okay, I've to start unpacking and pack in multiple layers of clothing, as the nights get particularly cold and to ensure that I don't freeze to death.



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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

I've always loved batik painting and batik art; they are exceptionally beautiful with strong colors. The longer I look at every creation made, the more I fell in love with it!


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#7 Children trying out batik painting at PD Batik's booth, set up by PD Batik owner Zakaria Idris with his wife Rosilawati Maabar @ Bukit Bintang Plaza.


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"As far as I am concerned, a painting speaks for itself. What is the use of giving explanations, when all is said and done? A painter has only one language." ~Pablo Picasso

For some people, batik art may become their main source of income since they regularly sell their final creations. For me, it can be a spare-time activity or as a hobby where I keep them for myself. Also, who on earth would want to buy a painting from an unknown artist?



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