8 months soldiered on, and we are here again, on the highlands. A cool, breezy, and relaxing spot to chill, and wind down. An escapade to a simpler life, watching the farmers at work, vendors heavily promoting their products at the market, and the residents kicking back on a weekend, sipping tea and enjoying their steamboat meals. Not to mention the droves of tourists from all over, having a jolly good time at this spot.Our accomodation - Honeymoon Villa on Brinchang
Previously we stayed at Desa Anthurium apartments in the middle of Tanah Rata and Brinchang. But this time, we booked an apartment for 10, at Brinchang. Yup, there were TEN of us, and the place fitted us nicely, with 3 rooms, 3 bathrooms, a living room and a kitchen. For RM200 nett. No air-cond (obviously), but with hot water supply (not showers), and TV, possibly the smallest TV around, all 14" of it, captivating us with the "live" telecast of the Olympics.Rows of new shoplots in Brinchang
Cameron Highlands has been, and is still, developing as an agricultural hub (for its vegetables, fruits and flowers produce) and a fascinating tourism spot. For its history, accomodation options, restaurants, and sight-seeing galore, do visit HERE for more information, or Wikipedia's page HERE.Giant, colourful statues of cactuses welcoming everyone to the Cactus Valley and Agro Tourism Garden at Brinchang
Situated opposite the rows of new shoplots, housing some inns, and various eateries, is the Cactus Valley, a prominent place for tourists and locals alike. Entrance fee is RM4 per adult, RM2 per child. Opens daily from 8am til 6pm. Attractions include cactuses, endless pots of them on display, and for sale. Some of the more outstanding species (ie : BIG, colourful, and EXPENSIVE!!) are also available here.Wa-hey! FOC!! ;)
But one visit is sufficient to cover the whole area, and subsequent visits may induce boredom and cactus-overdosage. Therefore, for this visit, we did not enter Cactus Valley, but instead hurried over to the garden next to the place; an Agro-Tourism Garden/Plantation.Bright orange flora ... whatever the species is ...
Butterhead lettuce, raised utilizing the hydroponic system
Before, and After - The transformation from pale, colourless fruit to a bright, fiery red juicy strawberry, begging to be plucked
Temptations abound .... though the warning sign restricting, I can't help myself from touching the forbidden fruits ...
Especially when this special pair of twins/freaks of nature awkwardly resembled the human anatomy ... =P
Various ways to serve them, available at the cafe
Strawberry Sundae (RM5.90)
What's the purpose of visiting Cameron, if not for the strawberries? The cafe atop the plantation serves several interesting strawberry desserts, from the sundae and yoghurt, to the shakes, juices and waffles.Thick, strawberry shake (RM4.90) Yoghurt with Fresh Strawberry (RM3.90)
If you're one born with a sweet tooth (or two), you'll probably be spoilt for choice, and tempted to try most of the strawberry desserts. The sundae came in a tall plastic container, with smooth vanilla ice-cream, lots of whipped cream, drizzles of honey, and of course, lots of strawberry slices at the bottom. The strawberry shake is brimming with flavour, sweet but with a slight hint of sourness, you can really taste the freshness of this concoction. The yoghurt with strawberries strangely gave us the impression of eating 'tau fu far', though the generous drizzling of honey was sickeningly sweet.Cam-whoring with the sundae ... Pls do not follow their footsteps! =P
As you might have realized, explanation is rather scarce for this post, as I'm a bit drowsy from all the travelling lately. Withdrawal syndrome, if you will. Lots more to come on Cameron Highlands, an ideal destination for the family, and an unforgettable gathering with friends.