2d1n at Cameron Highlands

This would be most likely be our final home away trip as family of 4 (or maybe for year 2017?). We have not much plans for the trip but just stop and eat wherever and whatever we find – since it was the peak holiday season. 
Things turn out quite smoothly – Our first stop was Bidor – for lunch. Then,we stopped at the waterfall and Cameron Valley on before checking into hotel. We didn’t manage to eat steamboat for dinner as most restaurants were full – it was a situation of ‘with money also you need to beg for food!’ – so we ended up in a restaurant ordering small cooks – and waited quite long! We went to their new pasar malam spot- before calling it a day. 

On the second day, we checked out early (we had our breakfast in the room – we brought our bread and fruits, fortunately!). We then proceed to the Kea Farm market to get some veggies. I got a mint plant there too. Our next stop was Boh tea estate where we climbed up and down the slope, watch the scenery, drank some tea and ate cake. And our last stop at Cameron was Lavendar Garden; they have improved much compared to the last we came – more attraction to take photo; so we ended up quite long being there. We drove passed Ipoh so we had its famous chicken rice before our long drive back home! 

It was a short and memorable trip with the girls behaving quite ‘ok’ – both want to stick to papa and prefer taking photos with him rather than me. πŸ˜’ It was tiring – in the sense – we were on the road for most of the time; but it also meant all of us ‘slept through the nights’ without insomnia (especially me – so I did had a good rest after all)!

And yeah, we drove our new car for this long journey. So it was much spacious, which allow me to bring and buy more stuff 😝 and we can even change Nikki in the bonnet now!
For record purpose: We stayed at Iris Hotel, which was only fairly good. I had a rather sensitive nose so I felt it was kind of dusty as I sneezed whenever I gets into the room. Like most accommodation in Cameron Highlands, they don’t have air cond or fan. Despite that, Noelle treated it like a ‘palace’ – which tells how little it needs to satisfy her. She enjoys showering herself at the glass door shower!

Water play at Serendah waterfall

Thanks to my ex class mate for sharing her outing photos at Serendah waterfall (and confirmed that there’s no monkey there 🀣). We decided to explore it! Firstly, we have been wondering where is Serendah located. (Google tells us it is some where near towards Rawang.) It is about 40 minutes drive from PJ.
I actually showed Noelle the photos and some videos of Serendah waterfall – just to make sure she’s into it (and if she has overcome the monkey snatching incident at Kanching waterfall). She immediately remembered that the last trip she just wore her swim wear and put a dress over; and she repeated that she will do so again this round.
So, off we went for a short little trip there. Before arriving at the waterfall area – we actually have to go through some narrow uphill road. We just have to pay RM1 for parking (which was kind of limited). The entrance to the waterfall area is free. 
Upon arrival, there is a visible sight of the strong waterfall stream which already caught the ‘wow’ in us. As Noelle approached the place, she was already pulling her dress up- we have to remind her to wait and calm down as we haven’t put on her arm floats! 
The good thing about Serendah waterfall over Kanching waterfall is we don’t have to climb the hill; instead just walk few steps down to get into the river stream. 

We had a good one hour there with papa accompanying the girls mostly in the river while mama stayed at the river bank. <video > The river stream was kind of strong. We didn’t get near to the waterfall. It is really quite serene there. Both of the kids enjoyed themselves very much – and Nikki especially has overcame her fear a lot and no longer fussy about the water being cold. Noelle enjoyed playing with the sand in the river. 
This time around we didn’t plan any picnic. But we saw quite many of them doing bbq there! There were limited benches; so we just put our bags without anything too valuable by the riverbank. Public toilet is available at 30 sen per entry. We just changed the kids in the car. 
We stopped by at Tomyam Serendah for lunch (got to know about the place from some blogs). But we didn’t eat any tomyam and were wondering if there was tomyam at first – because everyone seems to be ordering few dishes served with rice. (It was just a mini restaurant in a house – with a young chef.) So, we just ordered their famous fish, tofu and veggie served with rice plus their lin chi kang. 

The meal cost RM43.90. Later we realise that there was really tomyam noodles sold! 

The kids had their own bentos that I prepared from home. Today’s lunch was less peaceful because we waited a while for the food to serve – and Nikki was started to lose her ‘patience’. Noelle was well seated because there was a big dog to scare her from moving around! 🀣 
Our outing ended after our lunch – whereby we went home to nap!

A visit to Kuan Wellness Eco Park and Morib beachside

We thought of bringing the two for a birdnest factory and farm visit. But the factory visit was a total disappointment. 

The farm visit was ‘ok’; truly suitable for toddlers and young kids. Entrance was RM5 per adult. It was just a small little farm with fishes, birds, rabbits, porcupines, deers and etc. The range of animals actually slightly better than Rabbit Fun Land, Lenggeng. Noelle was more interested in feeding the fishes. The other animals (in particular rabbits, porcupines and deers) were rather too hungry and hogging for the carrots – making Noelle feeling fearful to feed them. It ended up me feeding the ‘poor’ animals – but it was rather pitiful looking at how hungry they were. The setback was the animals were caged unlike posted by some other bloggers some time back.
Since it was not too far from Morib beach, we dropped by there to have our ‘hawker’ stall lunch (local Malay food) and ‘blow’ wind. (To me: It was always a wise decision to pack food for small kids when venturing into unfamiliar places.) Both of them bought mini windmills – which cost more than our lunch!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ We took some pictures and had ice cream before going off. We didn’t kite and play bubble this time. Public toilets available at 30 sen per entry.

Picnic and waterfall play at Kanching waterfall

It has been some time since our outdoor activity. We decided to give Nikki her first picnic and waterfall experience at Kanching waterfall – not too far; with the new highway it takes about 30-40 minutes from PJ. We told Noelle about the plan the night before and she relates it with Peppa pig’s experience in the forest.

Most things went as planned. I prepared some food for the picnic. 

They (especially Noelle) had fun at the waterfall. Nikki is still a little timid especially with the cold water stream. Video <here>

We ate our lunch there before a monkey snatched our wet tissue away – just right in front of Noelle (we thought the monkey wanted our food- hubby and I were like just ‘shoo shoo’)!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ It shocked Noelle (she jumped up and cried) and then she said she was done with the waterfall (we asked if she wanted to go there again – she said no πŸ˜…). She requested for ice cream before going home.

We only paid RM4.20 for two adults’ entrance. The place is serene but one has to really look after own things especially if packed in plastic (there are many monkeys around). Fortunately I stored our food in a big container which we brought along for the picnic! Clean public toilets is available for 50 sen per entry. There are some shops selling food and drink if you didn’t bring any along. Ice cream trucks are available too.

Sunday outing to Rabbit Fun Land, Lenggeng

Known this place since a year ago (previously located at Broga, now Lenggeng – google for location) but Noelle wasn’t interested last year.

 Her interest with farm grew as she turned Funstatic Four (though still scady for certain animals). 

It is a small farm that charges RM8 per person. You can buy feeds there but we did google that they were charging exorbitant feeds price so we brought our own carrots πŸ˜‚ which was allowed. We only bought the fish feeds there for RM3. 

Besides rabbits, there were also πŸ‘ sheep, horse, pony, cow, monkeys, iguana, deers and goose. 

While rabbits were free to roam, the others were in cage and we think those animals were poorly fed by the owners because they were so hungry. 

The fish pond was ‘shocking’ πŸ˜‚ we couldn’t see the fish until we threw in the feeds – whereby the fishes would then jump up for the feeds. 

We didn’t really mind the other animals (just felt pitiful) because Noelle is much interested with the rabbits more than any other animals. Both of them have a great time there- a small farm probably suitable for those below 6 years old. 

Unbelievably we spent close to 1.5 hours there. It is definitely not comparable to Farm in The City (plus the price is so much cheaper); but it does give a village living feel. 

We also stopped at Kajang for satay on our way there!

Day trip to Colmar Tropicale and Animal Park, Bukit Tinggi

Hubby took time off today and we decided to drive up to Bukit Tinggi. Being a weekday, it was a breeze drive up the hill. Fortunately we avoided the road passing Baru Caves our way there – as we watched in ‘horror’ the traffic along Baru Caves on our way back home!
It is Noelle’s second visit but she showed more interest this time – as we told her we will be visiting a ‘castle’! πŸ˜… We actually showed her the past photos – walked down the memory lane before going there; to set her expectations.
Nikki gets her first full freedom today as she didn’t have to be in the carrier the whole trip. In fact, she turned her body away from me when I offer to carry her! πŸ˜‚

Short sweet trip without being too tiring for all of us!

Our getaway trip to Bali 2016

This is our bonus trip – decision, ticketing and bookings made two weeks before the day! We told Noelle one week before – and she was the first to pack her toy bag and then started counting the number of times she has to nap/sleep before it reaches the day! 
This was a free and easy trip without any itinerary- but with our usual schedule – morning play, afternoon nap and evening outing! The afternoon nap wasn’t just crucial for the kids but for us to recharge ! 

Round one on the plane – passed!

Traveling when she’s now 11m+ for 3 hours on a plane is more breezy than when she was 4m+ for an hour! πŸ˜‚
Nikki was more alert this round and ‘banyak tangan’ – want to touch here and there – including the person sitting in front!πŸ˜ͺπŸ˜“But she was happy throughout. We just passed her around between me and hubby without having to walk around! She only got a little cranky until I managed to put her to sleep via nursing! She slept about 1.5-2 hours. 
Noelle was even better- she played slime close to 2 hours; talked a lot as usual; ate some biscuit and napped before we landed! 

Day 1 – after we arrived and put our luggages at the hotel, we walked towards Kuta beach and found a warung that sold babi guling! It was a local stall and we found it relatively hygiene – so, ok let’s try! Not too sure if we were too hungry, I found it particularly delicious! πŸ˜‚Noelle had rice and fried egg – she was actually expecting her packed home cooked food, but with disappointment she ate a little! We were utterly shocked with the filthy Kuta beach though we enjoyed the breezy wind. Noelle was admiring the ponies! We walked around the town and bought cheese in the supermarket. We then went back to hotel and swam! Noelle had waited for it – plus everyone got some nap in the plane earlier! I quickly cooked pasta for both of them – settled their dinner before we went out. 

I just brought one food jar, animal pasta and accessories πŸ™„πŸ˜…
And we bought babybel cheese from the supermarket!
Cooked for both because Noelle expects to have her portion if Nikki has hers! But mostly taken by Noelle 😊

We ate bakso in the food court located at a mall. It was nice but the amount was too small. So we walked down to some local hawker stalls – bought their local yau char kwai and mutton satay! We then called it a day! 

Day 2 – we thought the Kuta beach would be better condition in the morning; but to our disappointment – it appears like rubbish centre; even with tractors pushing all the collected rubbish to the shore! So we decided to go on a pony ride (we have learn the skill of bargaining for ride – from 300k rp to 115k rp)- to settle Noelle before we went for massage (foot massage price in Kuta is around 60-65k rp per hour). Massage was when Noelle get her iPad time. Nikki was just observing around – we passed her around between me and hubby – depending on who she wanted to follow! We had Taiwanese lunch in the mall before heading back for nap! We had our swim in the evening – great that the pool has heater – so Nikki actually enjoys swimming there! While I cooked and waited for the kids to eat, hubby went down to the warung next door to pack our dinner – fried rice, ayam guling set, satay ayam and itik bibik! 

After our dinner, we headed off to walk around and then settle for massage again!

Day 3- Hubby decided to ‘grab’ a car to Seminyak beach. Our first experience with GRAB and UBER begins in Bali! The fare is seriously way cheaper than the local taxi – which can cut our throat! At Seminyak beach, it was cleaner than Kuta beach – and its sand is finer. Noelle ran like crazy there – and she was actually giving us the hint that she needed to go to the loo!πŸ˜ͺ Fortunately we were allowed to use the toilet at a hotel nearby! Noelle changed her clothes too as she fell down while running on the beach. We settled lunch with nasi padang. 

We took a ‘grab’ car back to Kuta and we had another round of massage before heading back to hotel for nap and swim! 

For dinner, we walked to the local stall to have Chinese Indonesian dinner! And then foot massage again! πŸ˜‚

Day 4 – our usual end day of the trip is morning swim before checking out. Noelle had early lunch in the room. We decided for same babi guling and then the final massage. 

This time hubby ‘uber’ a car to the airport (imagine the destination from airport to our hotel costed us 400k rp while uber from hotel to airport was just less than 20k to)! We changed ourselves in the airport before flying home! We had some scenes in the plane with both cranky/ crying mode because too tired of no nap for the day. They eventually slept during take off. Noelle woke midway calling hungry; so she ate the pasta that I prepared – she was eating with eyes shut actually! Then Nikki woke – so both of them were ‘noisy’ in the plane (cannot forget the stares the two ladies in front of us gave us when we were getting out of the plane. Sorry we were not apologetic at all – because we had tried our best to minimize the volume.)
We arrived home quite late that night! Seriously so tiring – just luckily there was still water running under the tap!

Overall, Nikki was better in this oversea trip compared to when she was 4m+ to Phuket. And we could see that she was basically enjoying and less afraid (but shy) towards strangers! 

She nursed at every chance when mama hugs/babywearing her (and even now when I am typing this)! 

As for Noelle, she displayed two traits – either very sticky to papa (wanting him to carry) or very independent (walking without wanting us to hold her)! 

Few moments when she suddenly ran off to look for papa without letting me know – really angered me! And she cheekily smiled back at me when she was in papa’s hands (like she escaped from being punished by me)!

Kuta Station Hotel & Spa Bali

β€’Location: Strategic – near to the malls and beach (walking distance)

β€’ Kids friendly – with playground and slide to the kids pool; swimming pool with heater