Fruitful Sunday

Went to FRIM this morning to resume my weekend morning walks. I need this.. I have to tell myself it’s all for my own good. Sometimes, the bed is beckoning me back to its cozy embrace but I have to resist its temptations!! Health is utmost important! Have to keep reminding myself this!

This morning walk seemed to be very fruitful. Taken some gorgeous shots with the help of the glaring morning sun. You need a good lighting and still waters for these shots, I tell you…

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picsart_03-11-06369813778.jpgSaw a boy pretending to fish

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On our way back from FRIM, received a phone call from our cousin brother, saying that our aunt wished to go to visit Serendah. Cousin bro asked her the night before and she wasn’t too keen. But this morning, the little girl woke up earlier than usual so she decided to go to Serendah and bring her along.

It was a small tin-mining town in the 1960s and had since flourished into a small, quaint village. Not too sure what do the residents here do for a living, perhaps if there’s a chance, will pay a visit again to interview the local residents.

We had our breakfast at Kedai Makan Yee Kee, as recommended by many food bloggers. Here we had the curry mee, wantan mee, chee cheung fun and lor mee. This shop was rather popular with visitors. Guess we will try out other stalls if we were to visit again as we could see there are plenty of other shops around.

Kedai Kopi Yee Kee 義記茶室 
No. 1, Lorong Kampung Dato Harun, 
Kampung Dato Harun, Serendah, 48200

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Then we took a stroll around the area. My aunt usually likes to visit local temples to pray for good health and prosperity. So we chanced upon this temple nearby the market.

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There was a bustling activity in the temple. Many villagers in uniforms were having a picnic of sort. And on their sleeves, mentioned “Cubical Earth”. Apparently, they are from the local association here.. not too sure what they were doing though. But it’s good that the old folks are quite social here and mingling around to past time.

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We were in for a treat. The local temple caretaker invited us to see the temple’s antique collection. Here we have the tin mining model in the collection. There are other stuff too, like the foot binding shoes, old sewing machines, iron, etc. The public is welcomed to donate antiques to the temple.

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After the short visit, we went to feed ourselves again. This time, at Restoran Sam Hing. This is a picture of their signature noodles. Absolutely delicious and a must order if you visit. I guess in our next trip, we would again come to eat this noodles and of coz, order the fried wontons to go with it.

Sam Hing Restaurant三兴茶餐室
 Address : 42, Lorong Kampung Dato Harun, 
 Kampung Dato' Harun, 48200 Serendah, Selangor, Malaysia
 Hours : Mon - Sat 8AM - 4PM , Closed on Tuesday
 Contact : 03-60811804

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We then drove about 5 minutes to reach this Seven Wells of Serendah. It’s in waze! So you won’t get lost. It’s about 800m away from the makan place.

The temple caretaker told us these seven wells were previously built by the British for tin mining business.

Found this drone video for your viewing pleasure.

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After that, we drove to nearby orang asli’s village to get to this waterfall. Since it’s mostly hot these days, the water was not very deep. My cousin brother said previously, the water was filled up the time he came for his last visit.

All in all, it was a good impromptu trip.

Aman Dusun Orchard & Farm Retreat Day 2

Day 2, 12th March 2017

We woke up automatically as I guess we are all used to waking up early for work. These old bones and bodies already accustomed to a fixed waking up and sleeping time. I woke up earlier” as I sent MQ to her car. She’s rushing back to KL for her weekend class and left the farm at 6.45 am.

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Ris, the owner dropped by our chalet the night before and spoke to us briefly on the history of Hulu Langat. She asked us where did we have our dinner? Are we just eating junk food only for dinner? We told her, we went to a restaurant nearby. She said, the place is now called Kampung Macau. I asked if there’s a casino? She said, there might be. Haha. Anyway, earlier, most Chinese stay at 18th km along the Hulu Langat stretch. However, many years ago, the place was burnt down in a fiery inferno. So the government decided to resettled the residents to the 14th km. Aman Dusun is situated at 16th km.

She said a few more things but now I couldn’t recall most of it. Haha. So now, we were booked for 8 am, to go to see how they milk the goats. Initially, the gang was rather reluctant to wake up this early to go to see milking and almost decided against it and preferred to sleep in. Luckily, Ris came over and changed their minds the night before.

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So when it was almost 8 am, everyone was looking at each other and asked, what are we waiting for? I said, “Oh, give me a few seconds. I need to take my high blood pressure medication.” Then only, the other two went,“Ohhhh! Me too! I need to take medication!” Hahahaha. Going out with people your age does come with this benefit. We reminded each other to take our prescriptions. Haha.

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We walked up to the entrance to meet Ris, near the aviary area. It’s a new segment for the little farm. She said, they put the guinea fowls in the pen for a few months for conditioning. After that, they will let go the birds free and they would return back to the pen in the evening to feed.

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Ris explained to us how the farm works and the goats they have which are only milking goats. Previously, she also reared meat goats but it was too much work, so she reduce the size of her herd for easier management. It was a good and educational tour.

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After that, we were treated with a spread of breakfast yummies such as nasi lemak,roti canai, cempedak goreng and of coz, their farm best offer, fresh goat’s milk. It totally has NO “goaty” smell! Too bad we didn’t ask to buy goat’s milk to bring with us home. What a waste!

I googled on why goat’s milk has this distinct smell in their milk but was educated that, if you want to keep the goat’s milk away from the usual odour, you gotta separate the females from the males. Whenever males are around, the females would release pheromones to attract the males to mate. I guess that’s why here, they only get to mate probably once every 5 months (gestation  duration for goats) and after that, the does will be kept away from the billy goats.

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Perfect fresh goat’s milk

We took a final dip in the pool before checking out. It was indeed a truly relaxing trip!

Here’s the particulars of this awesome place:

Aman Dusun Orchard & Farm Retreat

Lot 1173, Batu 16
Dusun Tua
43100, Hulu Langat
Selangor
(see map)

phone: 012-3950503 (Ris)
fax: 03-42513545

Aman Dusun Orchard & Farm Retreat Day 1

1-P1150179Our stay for 2D1N – the Riverview chalet

Had the opportunity to stay at Aman Dusun Farm & Retreat over the weekend. Have been planning this the past two years, to go with the family, somehow nobody could commit. So I ended going with the usual suspects. I just want to get out of town for awhile, relax and do nothing. Ok not entirely doing nothing, we swam, we chit chatted, we ate, we walked about for a bit. Somehow, I think we need to set a rule to keep our phones away but it was unsuccessful. So the rest of the night, the gang just continue to look at their phones while myself and MQ sat by the pool, with our feet submerged in it and talked about life. That should be the way guys!

Here’s the story on how the day went

Day 1, 11th March 2017

We met at Lau Heong Restaurant to have lunch since most of us haven’t been to Lau Heong in ages. I just went there early March after sending my aunt to see a doctor on a Wednesday. Nevertheless, nobody will say NO to Lau Heong. Crispy nam yue fried chicken, claypot curry stingray, siong tong lala, banana leaf prawns and sotong and a plate of vegetables to appease the health conscience in our minds. Haha.

We made a slow drive to Aman Dusun since I was informed by the owner that, it’s better to go after 3 pm because they have bookings back to back and she worried there’s not enough space for us to hang out if we were there. I guess she’s being modest about her orchard coz it’s quite HUGE!!

Anyway, the journey there via some highway roads, and then, waze led us through a housing area, littered with construction spots and then back to the main road and subsequently a long and winding road. Then we passed by the Lookout Point and the oldies in us started reminiscing the good old days where we get to hang out here with our boyfriends or girlfriends or just crushes. Haha. Can’t remember why this lookout point was closed though but my friend told me, there was a robbery case? Or I asked if it is because of business rivalry? Oh well.

AD Blog 02The Living Area

The owner gave us a very comprehensive map and instructions on how to reach Aman Dusun. We gotta follow the map solely because, there’s another way which was given by waze and the route is really muddy and when it rains, kiss bye bye to your car. We almost got stuck in the mud on our way out for dinner just because we want to try an alternative way but we u turn after we saw a puddle of water in the mud road and it’s definitely proven to be a WISE decision!!! Otherwise, we get stuck there – DIE LOR! All of us have to get down from the car for it to be lighter, so it could maneuver over the mud and thank God, we are not stuck! So guys.. please don’t try to be a hero!

You type your waze to Institut Kemahiran Tinggi Belia Negara Dusun Tua and it will lead you to a steel bridge. Wait for other vehicles to pass before going through the bridge as it could only handle one way at a time. Then keep left and drive through the one lane tar road and watch out for the sharp bends. Then, you will reach a gravel road for about 200m going uphill and keep to your left and you will see the entrance to Aman Dusun, slightly hidden away from sight.

AD Blog 01The wonderful pool

The moment we reached our Riverview chalet, we were greeted by the caretaker. I didn’t get her name but the usual caretaker already left for the day. Then we were pretty much left alone to our devices. Haha. So, what did we do? All of us are pretty much impressed with the good maintenance of the place and how quaint it looks. The girls went down to the river without mosquitoes repellent and then they regretted it. LOL. The moment I reached the chalet, I took out the mosquito repellent and started applying all over my exposed body parts. LOL.

1-P1150183The river in front of our chalet

1-P1150181The beautiful heliconia

AD Blog 08The goat’s pen

1-P1150227High on a hill was a lonely goatherd
Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo
Loud was the voice of the lonely goatherd
Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo

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JK on the other hand couldn’t wait to take a dip in the pool so he straight away jumped into it. It was a little too hot for us because of the scorching afternoon sun so we decided to join him later when the sun goes down. We just took a walk around the surrounding compound and ended up in the goats’ pen. The goats seemed excited to see us and they were jumping up and down in their pen. I think to them probably human = bring food! We were told later that the painting of famous hey-days actors/actresses on the Blue House’s wall were done by the owner’s very talented Indonesian worker. The Blue House is situated just a minute walk away from our chalet.

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After that, we went back to the Riverview chalet and getting ready to try out the pool. The skies suddenly turned dark and we deeply regretted it when we realized we didn’t pack food. Initially we wanted to do steamboat but the thought of washing and preparing food for steamboat and doing dishes after food put me off. Haha. Next time, we will just pack a bucket of KFC before we go in!

Petaling Street

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Went to Petaling Street this morning. It’s like a 2 to 3x per year thingy. Mainly to catch up with a friend. We would walk by this lovely street off Jalan Panggong towards the Madras Lane wet market for a medium plate of chee cheung fun. Visited the Kuan Tai Yeh’s temple, Petaling Street, etc before we go for a chat at one of the mushrooming hipster cafés there.

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Kuan Tai Yeh’s temple is just along Jalan Tun HS Lee, and further down is the famous Sri Mahamariamam temple.

I have walked past the area many times during my secondary school time for tuition but I never stepped foot into thus temple. So I seized the opportunity today.

You need to leave your shoes outside the temple with the shoe “jockey” at the left side of the entrance to the temple.

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Look at the intricate carvings or pottery for that matter of the temple entrance. How beautiful!

There were not many devotees or visitors so we have a short walkabout the temple. Some foreign tourists were seen resting at the temple’s compound. Probably seeking refuge from the unmerciful hot sun.

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You can see plenty of flower sellers weaving flowers into garlands to be along the road of the temple. (My favorite shot of the day!)

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You can even get your destiny read at the sidewalk. There’s a man with tarot cards reading people’s fortune. He’s also selling some 3D Jesus and other religion deities photos .. there’s also a Mona Lisa picture. Ha ha.

It smells of fraud.. but you gotta give hats off to the guy for trying. Best part.. there are actually customers for this guy!

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We walked further to Si Yeh temple near to Central Market. Was kinda shocked with the beeline of people lining up to “sip tai sui”! Let’s pray for a soon soon li li year.

I like how the sunlight illuminated the smoke of the incense.

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Really cool shot of the incense. Offering to the gods.

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Went to venture the less travelled path by locals these days. We went around the transformed area and saw many convenient and phone shops now catering for the large crowd of foreigners.

I walked to the Meidi-ya deli I used patroned when I was in college and it’s no longer there.

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Walked back to Petaling Street and saw a long queue towards Loong Kee. Found out that there is a buy one free one bargain hence the queue. It’s too damn hot lining up. I wouldn’t do that just for BBQ meat.

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Had the expensive Rm7 medium plate of wan tan mee at Koon Kee. I guess it’s expensive renting the space. The noodles were self made so I guess it’s worth it.

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After a short walkabout, we took a breather at the Front Door café having toast with variety toppings and coffee.

It was a good Sunday. Wish the weather would be cooler but.. nearing CNY, it will always be this hot.

Taiping Golf Resort

Just came back from Taiping. Yes.. playing host again. This time my ex colleagues had two vouchers to stay at Taiping Golf Resort so we made the trip.

When we reached the hotel, which is way far from taiping, about 15 to 20 minutes to town centre (which is damn far by Taiping’s standard), we saw the building with the paint peeling off, one of the girls said – let’s scram from here!!! Haha. It indeed looks really creepy.

We checked in, but was not given the condotel nearer to the entrance. We were given the building after the golf course, which is secluded and it was really creepy. There was no reception at the counter in the building. When we arrived, it was dark and raining. Imagine there’s only a light at the reception. Honestly, it looked like some ghost movie scene.. of a dilapidated hotel, with nobody at the reception and only lit with faint orange light.

We scrambled to look for a switch so we could see which rooms we are in but couldn’t find it. So I guess 101 and 108 is not on ground floor but on first floor. The moment the elevator open, it was pitch black.. then, lights suddenly flickered on. There’s a mirror in the elevator so imagine you actually saw somebody in an empty elevator! Which is your own reflection! We were jostled out of our wits!

The room which has a balcony is actually not bad. But my room facing the parking lot looks a bit creepy. Coupled with the very susah to open door knob – it seems that, if you couldn’t open the door on your first try in a hotel, you better go get another room! I knocked and said politely we will only come stay for a night, so please pardon us. And the door could be opened. I wanted to keep the lights on but then, we planned to move to another room, so we switched it off. Which I regretted.

Only to go to the reception and was told, it was fully booked. I doubt it. I didn’t see a single soul – apart from the 4 of us and one couple who left after we arrived for the night… which my friend said, did you see somebody? I didn’t see anybody also! Well, I tried not to question her after she made the remark, since we will be staying there for the night.. better to shut up and say unnecessary thing!

Also I saw a huge spider when we left the room earlier but I didn’t tell my friend.

My friend was taking a shower in her room when the lights suddenly switched off in the bathroom after 5 minutes. She thought the room mate was playing pranks on her but actually, it was just short fused. So she continued taking her shower in the dark, with the light from her handphone.

The security latch in my room was broken so it gave me sleepless night. My sleep was intermittent throughout the night and I kept the lights on in the bathroom and also the passage way to the door.

So.. kinda disappointed.. no ghost and the hotel is so dilapidated. Haha! Actually, the place is nice if they take the trouble to upkeep it. Afterall, now many people are looking for places like this to rest and relax. They should really consider making it into a nice resort. Revamp the place. I am sure many people will pay good money to stay in places like this. Further, it’s really cooling and the air is really fresh. Ah well.

Sorry to disappoint. No ghost story here.