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Monday, June 30, 2008

Boot Camp @ FELCRA Training Centre, Changkat Lada

Huh ... The days leading to the eventual workshop at Pusat Latihan FELCRA in Changkat Lada (say where?) were torturing, to put it mildly. Overwhelmed with sense of regret for joining the workshop, and fear of feeding potential mosquitoes, we were prepared for the worst.
A mosque in the middle of nowhere, literally.

The journey was not long, surprisingly, only a mere one hour+, and the roads are not those off the beaten track type. The scenery spoke volume of the tranquility of the rural areas, from Bota Kanan to Changkat Melintang and Kampung Gajah. Passing by Kompleks Sejarah Pasir Salak, a short distance away is this FELCRA settlement. If you're scratching your heads wondering where in the world are these spots, they're small towns in Perak, that had not bowed to civilization. Hehe ...

Finally ....

One terrifying ordeal was when KYT parked his car,both of us discovered an abundance of, or rather, an army of HUGE red fire ants swarming the parking lot, and some even fell on our necks! =O Needless to say, it somewhat 'enhanced' the experience ....

Imagine in the middle of the night, standing at this very corridor ... eerie?

Patriotism at its peak? Nah ... I bet most did not notice the poles


Dorm-like environment dampened our spirits even further ... =(

Oh, at least TV was provided, though reception was poor, and no cable channels ...

Comfortable beds with clean sheets ...

Fortunately, the room was bearable, even to the point where we dozed off to slumberland in mere minutes everytime, cooled by the air-conditioning system. Blankets and pillows provided adequately, at no extra charge. Our only gripe? Look below ....

Yup, the classic squatting delight, tailor-made to practise your kung-fu stance

No hot shower, sadly. And waking up at dawn to prepare for classes did not deter us from chilling ourselves to the bones. Somehow, the water here is not icy cold, unlike usual 'kampung' area's water supply, eg. Sungkai etc. Oh, and the bathroom was infested with red ants, symbiotic relation established, we do our business, they mind their own. =P

~~~ The Breakfast ~~~

Toasts with half-boiled eggs, and fried beehoon kampung-style.

Nasi Goreng Kampung and Toasts

I did not hold much anticipation for the food, just keeping my fingers crossed for something worth swallowing. However, we were pleasantly overjoyed when not only were the meals delicious, the kampung-style dishes opened my eyes in categorizing Malay cuisine into the "same old, same old" category.

Breakfast was a simple affair, but the fried rice and beehoon were delicious in their own rights, slightly spicy, but still good nevertheless. Even KYT who normally avoids Malay food like the plague threw positive comments. =)

(to be continued ... )

8 comments:

KCA said...

Not reli tat bad ma... nice greeny scenery, so relaxing.. Jealous-nYa.. And the most important is FREE meals provided.. hehe... this type of kursus muz ask for more nxt time.. =P

Min said...

Erm, not so bad also la. I think starting today, those hotels and resorts in Pangkor, Bukit Merah and Lumut have to 'pak' flies already. Hehe...

CUMI & CIKI said...

bloody hell.. that looks like the dorm from HELL.. if you get what i mean. Any gal's nightmare by night.. yea, MINE! hehe... but that half boiled egg on toast looked divine! should make up for all the ghosts u bump in2 at the wishing hour...( i vant to suck ur blood... muahhahaha)

Mummy In Vain said...

who makes u go there? so cham!.....at first, i tot the food was bad from the photos....but luckily it still satisfies you....at least not so bad la...

Cokeworld Citizen said...

lol that red ant scene reminds me of Indiana Jones...so u got your crystal skull to protect ursself? hehe kidding.

Conditions look good and there is aircon ;) Loads better than NS...imagine eating food when u know it has the potential to make u lau sai.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

hahah ouch with the red ants..

J2Kfm said...

kca : haha, though we did learn a thing or 2 bout etiquette. something I'm in dire training of.

min : haha, let's hope it's not a permanent thing, u know how 'hangat-hangat tahi ayam' the gov can be ...

cumi & ciki : ooohhh ... nitemare it wasn't la, most, if not all of us survived, and pretty much enjoyed the 3 days, without a scratch (OK, mosq/insect bites not included)

mummy in vain : yeah, the food was not so bad, though looked mighty plain. more on those in later posts.

cokeworld citizen : crystal skulls we dun have, but we ran away from the ants like our pants on fire. haha ....

joe : yeah, good thing those in the bathroom didnt bite.

KCA said...

yalor.. hope it's juz temporary.. i m so scared tat my induksi wil b placed in somewhere ulu-ulu kampung... pray hard 1st... :)