Adventure in Perak 2008

Posted: 11th September 2008 by Jacky Yong in Silly me
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I needed a break. All these work in the office is burning me out. Despite a tight schedule requesting me to stay back in the office on a non-working Saturday and Monday last week (30th August and 1st September over the National Holiday), I went outstation anyway.

It was a much-needed holiday that I could not forget. There was a lot of adventure for us. First was the fact that it was only us three on the road. As usual, poor Hui Yan was left in KL again. 🙁

We initially planned to stay overnight in Au’s place on Saturday night. Then both my family and his will go together to Damai Laut on Sunday morning. The fella last minute fong fei kei. So sudden change of plan again. The two rooms were converted to one room with 2 nights.

We started our journey to Perak at about 10 am. We were pleasantly surprised that there was not a hint of traffic jam anywhere. Finally, the 3-lane highway must have worked!

Since we were not rushing for time, we decided to go where we have never went before. There was this hot spring near Sungkai that Mei Fen has heard of. We went to check it out. The RM10 entry ticket was quite expensive for such an ulu place, but it was still okay.

Fun in Sungai Klah

The place is called Sungai Klah. Never heard of it before? Neither have I before this. It has a very interesting acronym though; T.R.A.P., which stands for Taman Rekreasi Air Panas. Catchy.

Giving Yan Yan a swimming lesson

Giving Yan Yan a swimming lesson

The water park was not the only attraction. Err…. actually the water park was only the “side-dish”. The main course is actually the hot water spring, the TRAP.

Boil your eggs here!

Boil your eggs here!

You may also boil your legs here!

You may also boil your legs here!

The eggs boiled here somehow tasted better. Perhaps of the chemical content in the water. Or maybe the fact that there was so many people rinsing their smelly feet there. Yeecchhh!!

This brave lady was there for the duration when we were there. Its not very obvious in this picture but the parts where her foot were in the water are actually red hot!

This brave lady was there for the duration when we were there. It's not very obvious in this picture but the parts where her feet were in the water were actually red hot!

We continued our journey all the way to Ipoh. We had our lunch in Sin Hup Kee Restaurant, to taste its famous Dried Fried Chicken, or Kon Chin Kai in cantonese. The mere mention of it makes my mouth salivate! Yummy! I remember vividly how we used to go lunch in this same restaurant after class back in 1995/96 when I was schooling in St Michael’s that time. But it was on another location, but the chicken were as mouth-watering as ever! We had the Dried Fried Chicken, the 3 King’s Egg (Sam Wong Tan), the taugeh with salted fish, and a steamed fish. Imagine, only two adults (both small eaters) and one child, yet we managed to finish them all!

My wife wanted to buy some pomeloes to be brought back. Great, I thought. I can watch some babes now! Yeah, the babes are still there, lining up on the side-walk whenever a car pulls up near their stalls.

You can see some of the babes has already turned their backs away from me. Sienz....

You can see the babes has already turned their backs away from me. Sienz....

Then came the next adventure. We forgot to bring the Kampar house key! So we resorted to calling my relative piu ku and bathed and changed there. I am attending Foong Mun’s wedding dinner, so I can’t miss this one! It has been, what, 8 years since I last saw Foong Mun I think. She has been in US all these while, and she has been missing all of our annual Chinese New Year gatherings in Kampar. Here’s to a happy life together!

Yin Yin was, in my opinion, the prettiest that night, after Foong Mun of course!

Yin Yin was, in my opinion, the prettiest that night, after Foong Mun of course!

Here are the celebrated, my old friend Foong Mun and Tham. Its been years since we met, I miss you guys!

Here are the celebrated, my old friend Foong Mun and Tham. It's been years since we met, I miss you guys!

Moments like these makes it all worthwhile

Moments like these makes it all worthwhile

After the dinner, we went back to piu ku‘s place again to bath. We’re glad that we did that stop-over, because our next journey to Damai Laut would be a long and arduous one, although uneventful. By the time we reached there, checked in and ready for bed, it was already nearly 1 am! Yan Yan was jolted from her sleep when we banged the boot shut, so she had a hard time getting any sleep that night. I slept, but poor Mei Fen had to put up with her antics.

The next day, we went to Pangkor Island for a walk. Lumut was a busy place, I could hardly find any parking. The boat trip was just like any boat trips, except it was Yan Yan’s first ever boat trip.

A picture with ol daddy

A picture with ol' daddy

The streets of Pangkor

The streets of Pangkor

Pangkor is also catching up. There was a lot of development going on in the sleepy island. The jetty is finally being upgraded to match the one in Lumut. It’s about time.

See the contruction going on the right side of the picture? Thats the jetty finally getting its facelift.

See the construction going on the right side of the picture? That's the jetty finally getting its much-needed facelift.

We spent the rest of the day lazying around in our hotel and catching up on our sleep. Lucky Yan Yan is tired and sleepy, so all of us dozed off until the night. We only realized the time when it was already getting dark! We canceled our initial plan to go dinner in Pantai Remis, and had our dinner inside the hotel itself.

But after dinner we did go to Pantai Remis to look for Mei Fen’s foster family. My, their kids has now grown up so fast! Yan Yan had a great time playing with the children.

It was already very late, but Yan Yan was still as energetic as ever!

It was already very late, but Yan Yan was still as energetic as ever!

Group photo!

Group photo!

Yan Yan immediately dozed off after she got into the car to go back to Swiss Garden. She’s very tired already.

The next morning we woke up late again! ( What else is new? 😛 ) We have already ordered breakfast buffet, so we dragged ourselves from our warm bed. Breakfast was okay okay only, there was soooo many people, we barely have enough food for ourselves. Swiss Garden should have been more sensitive to provide more food before hand.

Breakfast was a bad experience. Everybody was fighting for food!

Breakfast was a bad experience. Everybody was fighting for food!

The view outside the breakfast lounge. Yan Yan just couldnt sit still

The view outside the breakfast lounge. Yan Yan just couldn't sit still

We had promised Yan Yan that we’ll bring her to swim. So we did. Immediately after breakfast we changed into our swimwear and jumped into the pool!

Swimming is one of Yan Yan’s favourite thing. She just gets so excited when she sees large bodies of water. She enjoyed playing with all the jeh jeh‘s there.

Yan Yan is not intimidated at all with all the other children who are more than twice her size!

Yan Yan is not intimidated at all with all the other children who are more than twice her size!

After we had checked out, we went to Teluk Intan. We had a short lunch there, intending to find the famous chee cheong fun, to no avail. We just simply eat anyway. After that we continued straight to Bidor, an almost 1 hour drive through long, narrow and winding road. Yan Yan was already fast asleep by the time we reached the Bidor toll go back to KL. It was a great trip. See more pictures in my gallery.