Weekend Getaway – Sekeping Serendah

Nov 8, 12 at 2:33 am

Last year, we chilled and relaxed at this place. This year, we planned an even shorter getaway that is only 45 minutes away from KL. Even though it’s near, we still had to wait for about 5-6 months before this came to reality. It’s not that Sekeping Serendah is hard to book, but making everyone to commit to the date is harder than we ever thought. Fortunately, it didn’t seem a long wait to me as I had quite a number of stuffs to do in between the date. So that day finally came, and we gathered yet again.

It was pouring that day, and we were caught in horrendous jam for about an hour before reaching Sekeping Serendah. Thank goodness we didn’t lose our way as the map provided by Sekeping management is not really helpful at all. Fortunately, I recorded a video of the journey, so for future visitors to Sekeping Serendah, you can watch the video that will bring you right to the doorstep. (Refer to the video at the of the post)

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We stayed at Foundry (Warehouse) that sleeps 14 person. The house is pretty bare (no walls except for the toilets) and everything is pretty much open concept. Keeping things to simple and minimal, you have a kitchen with basic things like fridge, stove, kettle and cutlery. Some of these things are not in good condition, take for example the fridge isn’t cold at all and the stove is only half-working.

Sekeping Serendah

Tua Pek Kong Temple @ Pasir Panjang, Sitiawan

Feb 8, 12 at 10:22 pm

Update: Direction with map (at the end of the post)

I love visiting all kinds of Chinese temples. Even in my travels, most of them include at least a visit to the temple.

Over the festive holidays, I took the opportunity to visit this particular temple located at Sitiawan, almost an hour’s drive from Ipoh. Truth be told, I have never set foot in Sitiawan for more than a decade, so I vaguely remember what we did the last time we were here. Lumut is another place I have not seen for a long time. Perhaps, another time.
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Back to the story, the temple is located deep inside a kampung by the coast at Pasir Panjang. The main attraction drawing crowds of local and out-of-town visitors are 98 statues of deities and animals from the Chinese lunar calendar on the well-landscaped three-hectare compound.

Tua Pek Kong Temple at Kampung Pasir Panjang, Sitiawan

CH Photos: Kek Look Tong Cave, Ipoh

Jan 11, 12 at 2:55 pm

Taking a break from food, let’s take a walk around my lovely hometown, Ipoh.

I’ve been “conveniently” taking a lot of photos wherever I go ever since I bought the fruity-brand phone. I am amazed at the capability of the camera and the quality of the photos that it churned out.

Well, another photo opportunity came upon when I brought my friends to visit the great Kek Look Tong cave. What a good chance to further test the camera and here you go, some photos of the temple from our brief visit.

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Entrance from afar

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Stalactites on the wall of the cave

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Entrance up close

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One of many miniatures on display

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More miniatures

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Five finger hill??

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Huge area

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The stalactites are amazing!

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Park behind the cave

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Some deities on the altar

Kek Look Tong Cave
Gunung Rapat, Ipoh
Opens daily, 7am to 6pm
Tel: 05-3128 1129
Directions

Calm Before Storm

Nov 14, 11 at 11:03 pm

Calm before storm

A very bright orange hue from the sun shone very briefly before disappeared for the day. Have not been seeing such beautiful moment for a very long time.

A Quiet Retreat At Cameron

Aug 24, 11 at 12:00 am

Driving around Cameron (CH) on a relatively busy weekend has never been easier no thanks to the ever inconsiderate bunch of drivers who think they own the road. We spent quite an amount of time idling in the car while waiting bumper-to-bumper along the narrow and winding road. Thankfully, although there was plenty of sunshine, the weather overall was pleasant with cool breeze.

We spent two nights in CH. Yes. Two. Never quite enough actually. I wished we could have stayed longer, away from the city noise. It must be due to the cozy bungalow that pampered us into sweet dreams. Or the bunch of friendly dogs who wag their tails each time they see us.

Valley View Bungalow
The bungalow

The bungalow, Valley View owned by a sweet couple, William and Jessica, lives just behind the bungalow. Extremely friendly chaps, they must be enjoying life in CH to the fullest.

Meet my new friend, Doris
Hello, Doris!

We did a lot of driving while in CH, since we stayed near Habu. And most of the attractions are located at Brinchang, we drove all the way up to the tea plantation at Sg. Palas. It wasn’t a pleasant drive, there were just too many cars. However, the weather compensates everything.

Let's indulge
Tea time!

We have had English tea, ate some scones and strawberries and made steamboat for dinner. Nothing adventurous actually.

Steamboat at Valley View Bungalow
Dinner at the comfort of home!

Sometimes, we have to pause for a while, look back and take a little time out of our life and have some relaxing moments with our close friends.

HK/Macau in Summary

Nov 19, 10 at 12:43 am

Heelloo peeps, I’m back from my 3rd trip to HK and my 2nd trip to Macau. This time, I made the move by bringing my parents around on foot (without travel agents of course!), visited quite a number of places and more importantly, ate a lot of food. I shifted a lot of things which were initially planned as part of our itinerary due to insufficient time (aka shopping overload) and also to accommodate my parents as they were quite tired from excessive walking.

Here’s the summary of the things we did. Contents and links will be added later.

Hotel (HK): Stanford Hotel (118, Soy Street, Mongkok)
Hotel (Macau): Metropark Hotel (Rua de Pequim, Macau)

Day 1: Ocean Empire, Ladies Market @ Tung Choi Street

Day 2: Australia Dairy Co @ Parkes Street, Ocean Park, Kam Wah Cafe @ Bute Street

Day 3: Law Fu Kee @ Des Voeux Road, The Peak, Tsui Wah Restaurant @ The Peak Galleria, Star Ferry from Central to Tsim Sha Tsui, Chee Kei @ Lock Road

Day 4: Ocean Empire again, Ngong Ping 360, Tian Tan Buddha, Citygates Mall, Dai Pai Tong beside Stanford Hotel

Day 5: Kam Wah Cafe again, Rua do Cunha (Gelatina Mok Yi Kei, Pastelaria Fong Kei), Venetian Macau, Grand Lisboa Casino

Day 6: Wong Chi Kei @ Senado Square, Ruins of St. Paul, Yung Kee @ Central

Day 7: Tim Ho Wan Dim Sum

Stay tuned for detailed updates!