18 February 2015

3D2N Cameron Highlands: Ben's Farewell Getaway.

with the close friends.
on the 6-8 February 2015.

It feels so good to finally be able to update again on all the things I did this month. It's been really a productive month with so many things going on. I feel great!

Anyways, a group of us were invited by Ben to go on this short getaway as a way of celebrating his farewell before he leaves to Sydney in less than a month. There were just 10 of us and as much as he would love to have more people on this trip, it was just not practical to invite all his good friends. So, ten of us it is. 

I took a day off from work so that I could tag along with them on Friday. You must know that my annual leave is something very precious because I don't have a lot of them and I need to really carefully plan out properly throughout the year. With that being said, Ben please know that I sacrificed one precious day for you. Heh. 

We all got into Ben's car on Friday morning, only to be greeted with bad news. Paul brothers couldn't make it for the trip last minute and we all could see such deep sadness in Ben's eyes. So, we decided to drive all the way to Bertam although we realized that they were still in school. We parked right in front of Bertam Indah and didn't really know what to do actually.

To cut the story short, we tried so hard but in the end also, their mom confirmed with us that they wouldn't be able to join the trip because they already have plans with their grandmother in Kedah. At this point, Ben was just so sad.

Ohh! Photo credits to Eulene and some from my 5s. All random order okay? Or maybe not..

We continued our journey to Ipoh for lunch and while we were on our way, Baxster texted and we called him back. We kinda like brainstorm to see if it's still possible for them to come. Since Leroy and Eulene were gonna drive down at night, the Paul brothers could follow them right?

While Baxster and Benz still try doing their thing at home, we decided to lie to Ben and told him that Paul brothers really cannot make it already. He was sad for a good 1 hour I think. 

Anyways, they made it for the trip and Ben didn't know until dinner time when they came behind him and gave him a good surprise. It was all gooood :)

He kinda suspected it when I kept telling the restaurant people that we have 10 people in total. Stress.

The first night, we just spent the night at the living room since all quite tired from the drive up from the island. Oh by the way, we stayed at this place called the Lutheran Mission Bungalow. The drive to this bungalow is so secluded and jungle-ish like. 

I don't know if I love the place so much that I would come back here again at the rate of RM40 per night. Maybe if they change the caretaker. Heh. The view is nice, the weather was perfecttt and the company was amazing. That's all that really matters right?

The rooms are quite basic and they are still using the olden days heater with real fire. That's something.

Holiday yeahhhhh!

On the last day, we decided to pay extra RM10 per person to have breakfast prepared for us at the bungalow. It was alright I guess.

We did all the touristy stuff. We didn't have any planned out itinerary so it was really google and go kinda thing. 

Big Red Strawberry Farm (found on Tripadvisor) also known as Taman Agro Tourism Cameron Highlands. 

We did not do any self plucking or buy any strawberry stuff. We walked around and took pictures and yeah.

The only strawberry that was BIG and RED in the farm.

When I saw these three, I immediately thought of my sisters. I'm too attached to them seriously.

@ Ee Feng Gu Honey Bee Farm

This was my first time to a bee farm ever. So, I was kinda excited to see those bees. Turns out, all the bees (baby bees) were too attached in their little boxes. Could hardly see anything really. More walking only. Hah. 

Have to try their honey right? Didn't even finish one quarter of the tube. TOO SWEET!

Boy in black playing with beetle in black.

@ Boh Tea Plantation at Sungai Palas.

We spent quite some time here. First, to feast on those scones and enjoy a cuppa while feasting our eyes on those wide green scenery. Them we had a mini photoshoot for Ben. That was pretty fun! :)

All this for one person. I cannot sacrifice any so take all lah.

Pejabat Hutan (The Forestry Department) Daerah Raub dan Cameron Highland.

The place where I camped here for few days last time and I wanted to show them mini waterfall with ice-cold water but turns out, there were so little water that it was just like a pool or something. Heh.

@ Silverstar Restaurant.

This is where we had both nights' dinner at. Only because on the first night, the lady told us that she would give us 50% discounts on all the dishes that we order for our makan-makan. So, we agreed and the second night when we wanted to have steamboat, she gave us a good price also, at about RM15 per person and we bough extra fishballs  and stuff from the supermart. Vegetables free flow some more. Taste was just alright though. Nothing to shout about except for the price.

@ Mamak place at Tanah Rata (forgot what's it called d)

Their wall is yellow-ish orangy. Two shops next to each other eh. One of the best roti canai that I've ever tasted and maggi sup pun bagus juga.

@ Pasar pagi somewhere after Brinchang.

Our final shopping stop before we say goodbye to Cameron and head down to Ipoh to have the ever famous nasi ganja. We hung out at Burps & Giggles for a while after lunch and then we drove to Raja Uda for tomyam and home sweet home. 

While trying to get my #ootdonlywhenitravel shot. She doesn't care obviously. Heh.

It was a really nice three days spent with these people. So much laughter and teasing and feeling comfortable with each other. The weather definitely made it even better. 

Here's to many more years to come with you people!

Gonna miss you Ben. Especially you. I shall save that for another post :)