Monday, 26 April 2010

CAMERON HIGHLAND

The weather has been hot here, pushing 38 celcius on certain days and combined with the highest humidity ever makes anyone want to escape to cooler places. We took a trip to Cameron Highlands, where most of our flowers and vegetables came from. The air was cool and at an average of 23 to 25 celcius in the afternoon, it was very welcoming. While driving uphill, we passed a popular waterfall but it was crowded so we didn't stop.


It felt great to be away from the city and all it's pollution and to be surrounded by greens everywhere.


For me, a trip to Cameron is never complete without a visit to the tea plantation. We drove up the very narrow road and love the sight of tea growing everywhere, or in this case, covering every hill and mountain. There was a sign at every road turn to remind us to sound the horn as it's only one way up or down so it can be tricky driving up these terrains.





We finally reached the top and here's where we had tea and cakes and enjoyed the wonderful weather and views.




Interesting and pretty plants on the road side.




Leaving the Boh Tea plantation, I snapped a shot of one tea picker on the way out. I was telling my husband that we should have a house here one day as it's really a great place to get away from town life. A small house surrounded with lots of land and flowers will be my ideal retirement home!



Kids posing at the Cameron Tea Plantation. Many people will stop and tea and scones while enjoying the views.


Acres of tea trees stretching kilometers away, it's good and really relaxing to be here. Leaving the hectic city life and staying will probably make me happy as I won't miss city life.



Here is another Boh Plantation at a different location.




A tea bush up close.


When we left, we had a car boot-full of flowers and more inside too. Flowers are really cheap and there were plenty of varieties I haven't seen back home. So, naturally..I had to get too many of them. With a 3 hour ride home, kids aren't exactly happy with flower pots between their legs. I told them not to complain as the space in my place is full too :)


Here's one of the many pots of roses now at my home and I hope they will last.


Will do another post on the flowers soon and this is another flower I bought, it's huge and I love it! Here's a peek :)


Have a great week everyone.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

FLOWERS, FOOD

It's busy as usual. My garden has been a mess with tons of digging. Koi fishes has to be relocated to make way for a proper pond.



After one week, it is done but will show pictures later. Meanwhile, everyone seems to be interested in this flower. I don't know the scientific name for it, we all call it the 'bird flower' because it resembles a bird. Check it out :)


Another 'bird flower' version I have.


Meanwhile, inspired by Tracy and Constance, I am crazy over orchids for now. Green and white ones...


..huge purple ones, nope, don't know their names either..


...even curly ones too!!


So, weekends are for gardening and eating too. We ate here and loved it!!


The salad was yummy!


We had the famous Kelantanese 'nasi dagang', rice with pickled vege, salted eggs and some beef curry.


One of the kids has rice with 'ayam percik'..chicken cooked with herbs and coconut.


Emi's favourite - chicken rice.


On another occasion, more rice dishes continued. Emi's version of nasi dagang, rice with fish curry.


Eli had the beef version, both really good too.


I had the all Malaysians' fav, asam laksa. Rice noodled cooked with lots of fish, tasting both hot and sour, topped with cucumbers. By now, I am sure Ann is hungry :)


The kids love this drink, sugar syrup with basil seeds.


Meanwhile, mine was a lemongrass drink...they do taste divine in cold :)


I have been busy, always busy anyway. Kids are sick and so am I. Flu season. Saw the doctor the other day and she did a mini 'check up'. She said I had to exercise more...what's new, blood pressure is high and the weight have to go down. So, while I am seeing all these yummy food, I am munching out of a huge bowl of salad for lunch..and resigned to the fact this is what I will be eating for a long time haha!

Bye for now and cheers :)