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My 60th Birthday, 17 April 2004
When I was in Maxwell Hill last December, I realised that here was the ideal location to celebrate my sixtieth birthday. So I booked a bungalow and invited some friends. This is the report of a perfect birthday party

Lunch in Taiping
After leaving KL early with Pat and Roger, we met George and Stephen in Taiping. Both of them were born in Taiping and they still know where to find good food.
 

Buying Kueh
George and Aric buying traditional Malay sweets
 

The Lake Gardens
The famous Lake Gardens of Taiping with Maxwell Hill in the background
 

Admiring the view
For Pat and Roger it was their first visit of Taiping
 

The Jeep Station
Private cars are not allowed on the narrow road up to Maxwell Hill. Here we are boarding a Landrover which will bring us up.
 

On our way
Here everybody is still looking fine. More than 70 hairpin bends later, that was different, some faces were green!
 

Tea time
After arrival in the Speedy bungalow, it was time for tea.
 

Drinking time
The bungalow could do with some renovation, but we liked the nostalgic atmosphere very much
 

Dinner time
Having our dinner. Mr Guna, the caretaker, turned out to be a good cook.
 

Atlas Moth
At the back of the bungalow Mr Guna had placed a strong light, which attracted hundreds of moths, some of them huge ones, like this Atlas Moth (can reach about 20-30 cm wingspan)
 

Moth
There was an amazing variety of size, shape and color
 

Moth
Moths are nocturnal. Attracted by the strong light during the night, they just remain quiet during the day.
 

Leaf Insect
A brilliant green leaf insect
 

Leaf Insect
A beautiful Leaf Insect in broad daylight, size about 5 cm
 

Coral Snake
On a night safari with Mr Guna we had a surprise meeting with the (very poisonous) Blue Malayan Coral Snake
 

View Point
No, George is not afraid of the snake. Just inspecting his home town.
 

Speedy
The Speedy bungalow in the morning sunlight
 

View
Mr Guna, pointing out some details of Taiping
 

Flowers
The garden of the Speedy bungalow abounds in beautiful flowers
 

Lily
Detail of a Lily
 

Breakfast
A tradional English breakfast, with toast, fried egg and baked beans
 

What is in it?
What would be inside it?
 

A suitable birthday card
A very suitable card give by Pat and Roger.
 

With a warning
Mind the warning, however
 

Ready for a walk
Ready for a morning walk
 

Fern Tree
Everywhere these beautiful Fern Trees
 

Flower
 

Flower
 

color=aqua>Swiftlets
Some of the bungalows are deserted and in this case have been taken over by swiftlets
 

Giant Spider
Who is afraid of Red, Yellow and Black?
 

Fruits
These fruits are not edible, but nice to look at
 

Leech Control
Pat and Roger had to get used to the ubiquitous presence of leeches.
 

Maxwell Hill
The 'Center' of Maxwell Hill with a few bungalows and a small canteen.
 

Lunch Time
A Lunch Break at the Canteen
 

New Guests
When we came back to the bungalow, new guests had arrived
 

60!
A suitable gift from Pat and Roger: a small glass with "60" painted on it
 

Drinking Time
European Style Drinking. Wine, Whisky, French Cheese
 

Preparations
Aric preparing the barbecue
 

Waiting for food
George and Paul, getting hungry
 

Barbecue
We were lucky, it was not raining, only some romantic fog
 

Visitor from Heaven?
Roger in a spiritual mood..:-)
 

The Official Picture
From Left to Right: Paul, Pat, Mr Guna, Roger, Aric, Jan, Rahim, Edward, Stephen and George
 

Enjoying the wine
 

And the food
 

Cuban cigar
Roger gave me another present, a Cuban cigar. A dangerous present for a former chain-smoker
 

The lighting ritual
Edward, lighting the cigar in the correct way.
 

Hmm... not bad
It was a very nice cigar, but no risk that I will pick up the smoking habit again
 

Birthday Cake
No birthday without a cake! Aric had asked Mr Guna to buy one in Taiping
 

Blowing the candles
 

Cutting the cake
 

Taking a piece
 

And eating it
Eating the cake. Have a close look at Aric's face, while he is feeding me.
 

Breakfast
Sunday Morning. Almost ready for departure
 

Transport
We felt like sardines in a tin
 

The Tea Gardens
This is where the vehicles can pass each other
 

All those hairpins!
Edward and George, looking forward to the end of the rollercoaster trip
 

Finally back
Back at our cars and a normal road..:-)
 

Goodbye
A last goodbye picture at the Lake Gardens
 

Farewell Lunch
But of course not before taking lunch
 

Kuala Kangsar
On the way back to KL we showed Pat and Roger some interesting sights. This is the Ubadiah Mosque
 

Royal Museum
The former Istana Kenangan, now the Royal Museum in Kuala Kangsar
 

Surprise!
We had arranged to drop Pat and Roger at their friends place in Rawang. Surprise...! These friends had organised another barbecue to celebrate Roger's and my birthday
 

Barbecue
Nice food and wine again
 

So Big!
I have no idea what I am talking about here. But everybody seems to be impressed.
 

Birthday Cake
No Birthday without......
 

Thank you!
 

Blowing the candles
 

Cutting the Cake
 

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