We planned to fly somewhere hoping for my mother to get over her fear of flying , but that failed when Fatty found out he was on call.
Instead , we decided on a holiday with a nature theme.Initially apprehensive , it turned out to be a lovely break that helped us disconnect or rather reconnect with nature and ourselves .
Started the day with a wedding , then funeral and salary day at Rawang before we started on our trip proper .
Despite full tummies , we made a detour to World of Phalaenopsis.
one with the phalaenopsis
Packed to the brim , be prepared to wait at least 10 minutes for a table during not so peak hours.Also, expect to share tables. By the time we got there, some items on the menu was sold out.But, worth a stopover for sure. Really pretty.
Boss with her bosses
with one foot raised , D ‘s got potential
orchids of all kinds
with our purchases
With Papa eager to leave and Amma needing a sparkly clean toilet , we left to our airbnb , that was about 1/2 hour away.
A little tricky despite instructions given, but when we finally found it…….truly one with nature kinda retreat. The owners have renovated it beautifully , with 3 rooms , and an open concept kitchen/dining. It fit 10 of us , pretty snugly. We had Rhea , so the balcony was a little “dangerous” as one wrong move , and she could have fallen 20 feet down to the orchard.
Our views were trees , a stream nearby and no other human being. PERFECT.
We headed down to a stream nearby , private with icy cold shallow water. Rocky with tons of mosquitoes. Spent an hour , basking in the sun and freezing our feet .Kids refused to leave , but we managed to head back after awhile.
heading down the wrong way , before we got chased by mosquitoes
eventually ,found our way
icy cold water
views from the not so “kid friendly ” balcony
Nearest civilization is about 5 km away ,imagine roads minus street lights. Had dinner at Xing Mung Seafood Restaurant , pretty good food at fantastic prices. There ‘s a great shop that sells biscuits on the same row that is worth a stop , Swee Len Food Industries .Open from 9 am till 6:30 pm , that makes their biscuits within the premises, so it’s guaranteed fresh.They are very generous with samples as well.
We ended our night with scrabbles , since the kids have issues with spelling and Fatty was being kiasu . And following that , Nikka and Tanqueray accompanied us till 2 am.
Nikka and Fatty
Shit is a word , but Aleeyah refused to use it
The birthday cake and moon cake that never got eaten
We started our morning late , with Veena preparing a HUGE breakfast ,for the Chathurthi observers and the nons. Chilling by the huge dining table , it was sadly time to leave for home.
refusing to get out of bed
why would anybody get out of bed with a view like this?
testing the tripod
my perfect 10
in your face
When you have a tripod , use it
Not hungry and clearly not ready to head home , we googled places to go , and decided on the dam. With waze in hand…we headed out searching for the dam, instead Veena/Fatty found an even better alternative.
We landed at Cholo-Cholo Hot Spring , privately owned hot spring in Batang Kali. They have private rooms , equipped with toilets for RM 80/ hour. Alternatively , there ‘s a RM 3 entrance fee at the shared area .With some convincing , they even provided us with towels . The owner mentioned a spa was being built and would be fully functional soon.
before we got in
the least “hot” pool so we gravitated there
Ray has had enough!
the hottest pool , hence why she gravitated here
phone addiction is real
To many more retreats like these …..and , hoping Papa agrees to come for all.