Road Trip to Cameron Day 2

For breakfast of day 2, we walked to a nearby eatery outside of the hotel.

Day 2 Breakfast
Day 2 Breakfast

I shared my Hakka noodle with the kids, while Chubby had Nasi Lemak. The noodle is a little saltish but Nasi Lemak is good. Just, the chilli was a little too spicy for me. After breakfast its time to join the land tour!

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The first stop, was at the top of the tea plantation. The driver let us take some photos before we move on to the actual itinerary.

Top of Tea Plantation
Top of Tea Plantation

The boy is a little grouchy and refuses to look at the camera.

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Our official first stop is Boh Tea plantation.

Boh Tea
Boh Tea

We visited the factory, to look at the processing of tea leaves. Unlike Junior E, Zai has no interest in machinery. So he wasn’t really interested in the factory tour.

Tea Break @ Boh Tea

He had more fun running around at the display area and enjoying his puff at the cafe of Boh Tea. The food was decent and they served their own tea. So we can actually try it out and decide if we want to buy some back.

Loi @ Boh Tea Cafe
Loi @ Boh Tea Cafe

The girl had a strawberry cake. She enjoyed it very much and finished the whole piece before she runs off with her bro and junior E to jump near the railing at the end of the cafe overseeing the plantation.

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The next stop is the rose farm.

20130422-083549.jpgThe flowers were really pretty. But if that is not enough to attract the kids, the old school playground (don’t ask me what is it doing inside the farm) certainly does!

Loi on Old School Swing
Loi on Old School Swing
Kids on Old School Slide

Look at the smiles on their face when they come zooming down the very smooth old school metal slide. The girl was a little scared so we asked the bro to take care of her and slide down with her. Erm… well, the boy tried to help. But I think the girl got strangled by him somewhere. Nonetheless, it was good fun that the kids enjoyed and the boy was really reluctant to leave.

At the end of the farm, there is a small area where we saw some chickens, turkey and peacocks in cages. I was quite surprise that the boy manage to identify all of them and named that correctly. He was also very excited to see an egg inside the hen’s cage. Although he sees eggs all the time, this is probably the first time he saw an egg so “close to nature”.

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The next stop is the butterfly park. But we didn’t go in as the boy says he is scared of butterflies. I realise later that its not true, but he was just eager to go to the strawberry farm. So he thought by not going to the butterfly park, he can reach the strawberry farm earlier. Oh well, my bro did bring Loi in and I heard there was some other insects inside which he showed Loi.

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The next stop. Bee Farm.

Loi @ Bee Farm
Loi @ Bee Farm

Well, we were with the kids, so we dare not venture too deep into the farm. We just went to the start of the farm area, took some photo and leave. However, they did have a very small display at the higher floor near the merchandise area but I was too disgusted by it to bring the kids there and explain to them.

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The final stop, strawberry farm! When we were trapped in the car the day before, we told him we are going to the strawberry farm to pick some strawberries. He has been asking about the strawberry farm the whole morning when we were touring other places.

Zai Picking Strawberries
Zai Picking Strawberries
Zai Counting his harvest
Zai Counting his harvest

We paid an amount of money to pick our own strawberry. But we don’t get to keep them all, we only get to keep like 1 kg of our harvest. We were given scissors to cut the strawberries from the stems. As the boy is too young to handle the scissors, my MIL helped him while he chooses the strawberries that he liked.

He was really happy to see his harvest. I think it reminds him of how Maisy (Mouse) does her harvesting in the farm. Although he can’t really do the picking he was still all smiles. Well, kids find happiness easily, don’t they?

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The strawberry farm was the last stop of the day tour. It was just nice as we ended around 12:30pm. We had lunch near the hotel and the kids  manage to catch their nap.

Kids Napping
Kids Napping

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For dinner, we ventured further down and there is a small market area. Nothing too fantastic about the food as there is only one restaurant there. But I did grab some souvenirs and a barbecue corn while on the way back. Their corn is really yummy.

Activity after dinner? The kids got their kiddy ride.

Kiddy Ride
Kiddy Ride

As there were only 2 rides around we rotated the vehicles among the 3 kids. The girl had lots of fun pushing her bro and junior E. But the Daddies suffered from backaches trying to help the kids steer to the correct direction. Haha.

Well, this marks the end of day 2 and our highlight of the trip.

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Read more about day 1 here.

Road Trip to Cameron Day 1

After our road trip about a year ago to KL, I didn’t imagine we will go on a road trip again. Cause the journey keeping the kids occupied is such a killer. Nonetheless, we went for a road trip again over the Easter period and this time even further to Cameron Highlands. Well, we survived the trip and had an enjoyable time.

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We started the day really early. We met up with E, C and their boy junior E and my bro at around 7am near the Jurong Bird Park. So we can pass them the walkie talkie and make the trip together to Tuas 2nd Link. We plan to reach Cameron in noon so we set off early to avoid any jams. But plans never work, do they? We were caught in the jam the moment we pass Tuas 2nd link going towards the Malaysia customs. I think we were there for about 1 hour+.

The road trip was nothing exciting. We basically just make a stop for breakfast and a stop for lunch. So the rest of the time we were cooped up in the car. For entertainment sake, I brought along some books for the kids, snacks, stickers and of course electronic gadgets. We manage half the trip without the gadgets, but the trip was way too long. So I had to resort to the gadgets for the 2nd half of the trip. And it doesn’t help that my motion sickness kicks in when we were making our way up the mountain.

Setting off at 7 am, we only manage to reach Cameron highlands at about 5pm. So that is a good 10 hours cooped in the car. It was so long that the first thing the boy exclaimed was “Oh… we are in the carpark!”. It was so funny. But it tells you how bored the boy is already. Even the electronic gadget is losing its charm.

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We stayed in Equatorial Hotel Cameron. While Chubby was busy with our check-in the kids were busy too.

Arcade @ Equtorial Hotel Cameron Lobby
Arcade @ Equtorial Hotel Cameron Lobby

The boy was pressing the buttons and turning the joystick as if he is really playing the game. I guess after the 10 hours car ride, this is really fun.

We proceed to our room to take a quick shower before we meet again for dinner.

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After discussion, we decide to settle our dinner at the restaurant within the hotel. Reason because we are all tired and we didn’t have time to explore if there is any where else for dinner. So that is the easy way out. Plus they are serving Hotpot Buffet at a really decent price, so why not.

Hotpot Buffet Dinner Spread
Hotpot Buffet Dinner Spread

Look at the spread, its pretty decent. They had a teppanyaki counter too. You can choose the meat from the buffet spread and just bring to them. Or you can choose to cook your meat in the hot pot. There is also some appetizer to fill the stomach while you wait for the water to boil in the hot pot. A dessert corner that serves fruits, a small selection of puddings and jellos and ice-kachang is also available.

I will say its value for money with the only down side being some of the frozen food are going ‘bad’. I think I ate a fish cake or something that wasn’t fresh. So I skipped the rest of them and only go for fresh vegetables and meat.

When the stomach is filled, the boy starts to mis-behave.

Zai Playing with Cup
Zai Playing with Cup

They gave the kids a paper cup with straw for them to drink normal drinking water. Maybe because of the novelty, the boy drank everything that was in the cup and had a refill. When he finishes the 2nd cup, he started playing with it. Well, no harm done since we need the peace to eat.

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After dinner, we loitered around the lobby area to find out where we can go the next day. We decide to just sign up with their half day land tour as both Chubby and my bro are not confident in driving around the bendy mountain road. With the next day planned, the kids had some free time to play!

How the kids play table hockey
How the kids play table hockey

That was how the kids played table hockey. Sitting on it. And they were rather gentle such that the score was 1-0 at the end. Well, the result is not crucial, most importantly the kids had fun.

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Well, this mark the end of our day 1.