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Yolanda's visit, October 2012
Another visitor from Holland. This time Yolanda, the sister of my friend Paul. She had been in Malaysia already two times, but never yet visited Taiping, Kuala Kangsar and the Cameron Highlands. So it was no problem to organise a short trip for her: one night in Suka Suka on the border of lake Cenderoh and one night in the Lutheran Mission Bungalow in Brinchang, two favourites of mine

After a coffee break at the Tapah rest area, we arrived around lunchtime in Taiping where we had a "Prima" lunch with George. The Lake Gardens were beautiful as usual. We had a drink in Jenny's house, which gave grandfather George and grandmother Yolanda the opportunity to admire each others grandchildren..:-)

Coffee break at Tapah
 

Lunch in Taiping with George
 

The Taiping Lake Gardens
 

One of the rain trees
 

One for the album
 

Brother and sister
 

Looking at pictures of grandchildren
 

In front of my "third home"
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Entrance of Suka Suka
 

Our chalet
 

On our way to Kuala Kangsar I showed Yolanda the columbary of the Hokkien Cemetery, where I am planning to have my "third home" in the (hopefully far) future.

In Suka Suka we got a friendly welcome by Aziz and Aziyah. It is a perfect place to relax and as usual Aziyah had prepared a delicious dinner.
Aziyah showed us a shrub with flowers that are white in the morning, turning to red later. Interesting.
The chalets in Suka Suka have been rebuilt by Aziz from old Malay houses. On his land you can see piles of wood and tiles, he still has a lot of work to do..:-)


One of the bedrooms
 

Yolanda enjoying the view
 

Will this ever be a house again?
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Aziz is rearing his own fish
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Orchids in de garden
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Decorative leaves
 

The dining room of Suka Suka
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Teatime
 

This was a white flower in the morning!
 

Evening atmosphere
 

Aziah is a very good cook
 

Ready for dinner
 

Enjoying the food
 

Next morning
 

This flower turns red later
 

Nice orchid
 

Cenderoh lake from Suka Suka
 

Breakfast
 

Some of the breakfast dishes
 

Reading time
 

Aziz, Aziah, Paul, Yolanda
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View of Cenderoh lake
 

The next day, after breakfast we drove to Kuala Kangsar where we visited the Ubudiyah mosque and the old Royal Palace. I have been there so many times, but never went inside. This time we did after first getting dressed properly. Don't laugh! The Royal Museum was used as a palace from 1931-1933 while the present palace was built. It is closed for renovation for many, many years already. Nothing has been renovated, really a shame.

We took the Simpang Pulai road to the Cameron Highlands and first went to the Boh Sungai Palas Tea house, near Brinchang, beautifully located in the middle of the tea plantations. There we had lunch, with tea and scones and cakes...:-)


Ubudiyah mosque, Kuala Kangsar
 

Inside the mosque
 

Don't laugh!
 

The main prayer hall
 

The ceiling
 

The Royal Mausoleum
 

The old Royal Palace
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In the tea plantations
 

The Sungai Palas Tea House
 

Inside the tea house
 

Tea with scones of course
 

VIew from the tea house
 

Another view
 

Tea fields, so green!
 

A tea flower
 

When I say that the lady caretaker of the Lutheran Mission Bungalow is not an easy person, that is an understatement. A larger contrast with the hospitality of Aziz and his family at Suka Suka is hardly thinkable. I had warned Paul and Yolanda that the lady could be very unfriendly, and this time it was even worse, she almost did not let us in, although I had booked in advance. When I insisted that I had booked, she took us grumbling to our rooms.
We thought it better not to ask for a pot of tea...:-)

The gardens of the bungalow are well-kept and the view is about the best you can have in present-day Cameron Highlands, which are increasingly spoiled by development. For our dinner we went to Brinchang, wher we had a traditional steamboat dinner. The next morning, after an English breakfast, I had a quick look at the Moonlight Bungalow, from where Jim Thompson disappeared in 1967. It has been for sale for years, but now renovation has started.

After a visit to a plant and strawberry farm, it was time to go back. We took the new road from Ringlet to Sg Koyan and Raub, where we had a delicious lunch in restaurant Sentosa. A name to remember!


The Lutheran Mission Bungalow
 

Enjoying the view
 

Giant hibiscus flowers
 

And many others
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Cool temperatures
 

Even cold!
 

The traditional steamboat dinner in Brinchang
 

English breakfast in the LMB
 

The Moonlight bungalow under renovation
 

Visiting a flower farm
 

Of course with strawberries
 

Sentosa restaurant in Raub
 

Colonial style interior
 

Lunch
 

As we were a bit early we stopped for a while at the Chamang waterfall near Bentong. It is a powerful (and dangerous) waterfall, almost every year people drown here. Finally we visited the Batu Caves, where Yolanda had not yet been. It is a tough climb up the many steps, and you have to be careful with the many monkeys, never keep food visible in your hands!

Well-spent days, full of variety.


Very nice food
 

Chamang waterfall near Bentong
 

Enjoying the view
 

The Batu Caves
 

Still many steps to go
 

Father macaque
 

Mother and child
 

Inside the cave
 

Temple detail
 

Another detail
 

Hindu gods
 

More gods
 

Me and my headcover
 

Temple music players
 

The monkey god
 

Detail
 

lightlingmk2 wrote on Mar 2, 2014:
3rd home! v beautiful indeed.

lightlingmk2 wrote on Mar 2, 2014:
From the look of it - yes.

lightlingmk2 wrote on Mar 2, 2014:
enterprising old man. Don't mind myself.

lightlingmk2 wrote on Mar 2, 2014:
don't think this is orchid

lightlingmk2 wrote on Mar 2, 2014:
typical of a traditional Malay house - beautiful I like.

lightlingmk2 wrote on Mar 2, 2014:
This the man, Aziz, who maintain and built all these ?

lightlingmk2 wrote on Mar 2, 2014:
Year of construction ? 500 years ago, 1BC,

lightlingmk2 wrote on Mar 2, 2014:
v nice

Kwai Loh wrote on Mar 2, 2014:
Yes, he is...:-)

Kwai Loh wrote on Mar 2, 2014:
You will be surprised. It was actually built in 1926!

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