April 2013 – After a week in Dubai, the kids and I flew to KL for another week's holiday before heading back to Melbourne. This time, we had another family vacation planned with my parents. We went to Cameron Highlands. I haven’t been up to Cameron Highlands in many years and my kids have never been so my dad booked the Shell Bungalow up there and we stayed there for 2 nights. We went up my 2Ee & 2 Tiao, Aunty Audry & Uncle Lionel so 2 cars went up. Sadly my brother couldn’t join us this time.
The last time I came up was in 1998 and that’s my sister’s handwriting.
Driving from KL to Tapah was pretty fast and easy but after the Tapah toll, it was another good 1.5 hours climb up to Cameron Highlands. It was quite a winding road up but I managed to keep my guts inside. Must have been the good driver – Uncle Lionel. The kids were fine but I think Jiaxiang felt the motion and he wasn’t comfortable.
We got there afternoon and the weather was lovely. The temperature was just nice and as always, we loved the bungalow we lived in. It is just the kind of house you want to have, a dream house for a holiday getaway. Colonial style.
The Bukit Ruil Bungalow
We got there in time for tea. The bungalows are taken care by a caretakers who cook meals on request. We just pay according to the number of persons and the number of meals. It is exactly like how we do it on our trips up to Fraser Hill before. This way, it saves us the hassle of looking for food when we are up there.
My dad booked 2 bungalows which is right next to each other and it is connected through some doors. They have renovated and refurbished the entire house since the last time we were here and it is really nice.
Our meals there, very simple but good home cooked food.
When we got there, I took the kids for a walk down the hill from the Bungalow.
Cameron Highlands is known to be where our vegetables come from and where the local strawberries are grown so the next day, we went looking for veges and strawberries! We went to MARDI (Institut Penyelidikan dan Kemajuan Pertanian Malaysia) which stands for Malaysia Agricultural Research & Development Institute to see some veges.
My city kids got bored pretty quickly but was dragged by the old folks through the entire centre.
Jiawen with Ah Ma. Jiaxiang with Number 2 Eepoh
JX under the Dancing Shoes Orchids.
And yes, OMNOM went to MARDI too.
After lunch, we went to the Agro Farm at Brinchang which was about 10 minutes drive from the bungalow.
If you are into cactuses, this is the place to come!! Cactuses in all shapes and sizes and forms.
Strawberries everywhere. Strawberry farms, strawberry statues, strawberry dolls, strawberry toys, strawberry pillows, strawberry juice, strawberry ice creams, strawberry everything!!
The only thing missing was a strawberry on Ultraman’s head!
Vegetables and herbs!
After the Agro Farm, we went back to the Bungalow and just chilled and took photos with the family.
Grandparents & Grandchildren
Mum, 2Ee & I.
My sis and 2Ee, my sis and Jiawen.
My self-proclaimed fashionable son with his E-E, being “fashionable”.
A trip up to Cameron Highlands is not complete without visiting a tea plantation. So before we left Camerons, we went to the Sungai Palas Boh Tea Plantation. I wanted to show the kids how tea is grown and processed. At the Boh Tea Plantation, there’s a factory where you can walk through the process of tea making. Driving up to the plantation was quite something. The road up to the plantation was only a one way street most of the way. Luckily we didn’t have to deal with oncoming traffic. However, the drive up was quite a scenic one.
Climbing up to the Boh Tea Centre. They built a very nice tea house up on the hill which overlooks the entire plantation.
That was the end of our short family vacay.