Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Cameron Highlands Trip with Little Sprouts

On 1st Sept 2011, Juan Or had the opportunity to join a day family trip (with Little Sprouts and their parents) to Cameron Highlands. In the trip, Juan Or's favourite Grandpa and Second Uncle were in too, so Juan Or had a really good time being cuddled by Grandpa while on the way to Cameron Highlands. However, Grandma stayed back home because of painful legs.

Our first destination was the Boh Tea Centre at Sungei Palas. The road leading there was really narrow and easily jammed up. Nevertheless, we managed to go through that and parked somewhere. After that, we had to climb up a substantial amount of terraced steps and wooden stairs to actually reach the tea centre. Both Juan Or and Juan Juan held hands all the time while climbing the steps/stairs. How sweet!






Finally, we have almost reached the top.....






...and now at the Boh Tea Centre.



We looked for an empty table to sit and found one. Both Juan Or and Juan Juan eagerly sat down together....





......until the food arrived. What food? It was a set of English tea, strawberry cakes and scones.



And surprisingly though, Juan Or finished up the entire strawberry cake - not something he would usually do!



Mommy managed to take a quick tour to see the tea processing factory, whereby there are exhibits of their tea processing machinery.






Then it was all the way down to the car park again. Again, Juan Or and Juan Juan held hands while climbing down. Notice the sun was high up already but it was not noon yet (but near already).


Of course, as expected of young children, their itchy fingers plucked some tea leaves out of curiosity.



Our next destination was to the Kew Market but Mommy did not snap any photos there because the place was crowded and narrow. Mommy did not buy any vegetables there because the price was not at all comparable to the prices offered by NSK hypermarket in Kuchai Lama. Imagine we went all the way up there and yet those 'Cameronians' cannot afford to sell their vege any cheaper than the vege that has been send down to the lowlands for sale! The only vege Mommy bought was the fresh tiger lily buds - 2 packets (each 600g) for RM10, simply because you can't find them selling here in the lowlands.

After the market, we headed to a strawberry-cum-garden salad farm (can't remember which farm is that) and we had garden salad as snack together with strawberry milkshake drink. Shown here is Papa and Second Uncle taking their garden salad serving and Juan Or fooling around in the background.





Here's the salad....



....and all three - Juan Juan, Ah Xuan and Juan Or - were very eager to wash their hands before handling the salad. However, Juan Or did not eat a single salad even though he washed his hands.






Mommy took some snapshots of the farm....



....and an amusement corner of the farm (for children who are bored about vegetables!). ^_^





There is also a souvenir shop corner to which Juan Or tried on one J.W.W. Birch hat with a cheeky face!



By then, it was already lunch time and our final destination was to a nyonya restaurant.





Mommy didn't take photos of the food because the situation was not very conducive to do so and that everyone was so busy eating. As for Juan Or, he was satisfied with eating only white rice and drinking his own 'home-made tuak' which is actually his white rice poured into Chinese tea!



A closer look of his air tuak.





On our way down from Cameron Highlands and heading home, Mommy stopped by an Orang Asli stall to buy bamboo shoots. According to the Orang Asli, this breed of bamboo shoot is known as rebung manis (sweet bamboo shoot).



There are five pieces in a packet selling for RM10 and the whole packet weighed about 2.5 kg. Mommy sliced them...





....then boiled them to get rid of the strong smell and also so that the bamboo shoots can be stored in refrigerator for a longer period of time.





After boiling, drain the water away, wait till the bamboo shoots cool down and then store in refrigerator.


Anyway, many thanks to Little Sprouts' parents for treating us to the food in Cameron Highlands! :-)

12 comments:

Sheoh Yan said...

Juan Or can drink his air tuak like this, first time seeing eh! I love the fresh and cheap veggie in Cameron Highland.

Alice Phua said...

Sheoh Yan, Hahaha, his air tuak looks yucky to me! Before NSK came about, I also find the vege in Cameron to be cheap, but once NSK came along, my perspective changed completely! ^_^ Unfortunately NSK branches can only be found in Klang Valley area, has not spreaded to other states yet.

mNhL said...

What a nice trip to go with a group of close family members.

prince n princess mum said...

Lovely trip!~

Alice Law said...

Tht's the Big Red Strawberry Farm, it used to be a cosy and a great dining place but has became crowded nowadays, the food standard also dropped liao... still we nvr fail to go there since it's the 1st place Kwang brought me there on our 1st Cameron trip!

You are most welcome!

yvonne said...

Tiger lily buds?? I've never been to cameron before but I'll sure love to pay that lovely place a visit one day - I love everything made from strawberry :p though I don't like to eat the fruit raw....

A very special air tuak Juan Or made, kekeke...

Hayley said...

I always love Cameron, for the weather and nice scenery... Looks like you had a fun trip!

Small Kucing said...

nice to see the kids holding hands

Alice Phua said...

mNhL and Prince n Princess' Mum, yes, we enjoyed ourselves there!

ALice Law, oooh, what I enjoyed most from the Big Red Strawberry Farm is the strawberry milkshake! Thanks again for the wonderful and generous treat! :-D

Yvonne, hehehehe, yes, his air tuak is special but yucky! LOL!

Hayley, oh, yes, I definitely enjoyed myself there. :-)

SMall Kucing, I love to see them holding hands too....looks very cute.

BoeyJoey said...

Sounds like a fun trip! Wah, Juan Or so creative invented his "tuak"... really look like the real thing leh :-D. I've never hav the opportunity to cook rebung before although i love eating it in restaurant :-).

Alice Phua said...

BoeyJoey, I saw rebung sold before in Tesco Puchong, but not sure whether other Tesco branches sell rebung before. Can find in wet markets too. Otherwise is the ready-packed ones imported from China, sold in Tesco also. The rebung sold in most places are already sliced for you and soaked in water. But if I'm not mistaken, you won't find rebung sold every day, depends on availability of supply. My mum normally cooks rebung with pork and dark soya sauce whereas I cook rebung tom yam style with grey oyster mushroom and prawns/sotong.

Holiday Programs for Kids in Singapore said...

Seems like a great trip which all of you enjoyed. You should have brought them to the farm (butterfly/bird, I couldn't remember) and park though. They are awesome and beautiful.