Fraser’s Hill Day Trip

After having lunch in Damansara last weekend, my husband asked me, “where to next?” Instead of saying “home”, I said, “anywhere but here.” He replied, OK. Let’s go to Fraser’s Hill.” So, off we went.


Road to Kuala Kubu.

We took the Kuala Kubu Bahru route— E1, Route 1, Route 55 and Route 56—to reach Fraser’s Hill. We stopped by at Kuala Kubu Bahru town to buy USB phone cable; one of the things that we should have a spare in the car during spontaneous trip like this. Lucky our car has USB port, so charging is easy. The phone dubs as GPS.

 
Kuala Kubu Bahru town.

We drove across Sungai Selangor, passed by Selangor Dam and Chiling Fall and later found ourselves surrounded by thick forest of Selangor and Pahang. We wound down our side screens to smell the refreshing cool air filled with scent of trees and soil and perhaps Streptomyces too.

 
Aerial view of Sungai Selangor seen from the bridge on Route 55. Did you know that On 6 October 1951, Sir Henry Gurney was shot to death by the Communist guerillas on Route 55 while on his way to Fraser’s Hill for a meeting?


Empangan Selangor.


View on Route 56.

 After driving for about an hour from Kuala Kubu Bahru, we reached Fraser’s Hill.


Yassin and his cousin, Wanda. 

It was a bit gloomy when we reached here and temperature was around 17°C, just nice to go for a walk around the hill—thanks to its 1524 m elevation. First place we visited was the clock tower, the British-looking little stone building covered with creeper vines. This most photographed clock tower was designed by Malaysian Landscape Architect Z. Jaal for Frasers Hill Development Corporation in 1989.

So…, what’s Fraser got to do with this hill station situated in Pahang? Who is Fraser? I bet the history is familiar to some of you but I love to write about it again as you might missed some of the facts that I found while doing my reading online and offline.

Fraser’s Hill is named after Louis James Fraser, a Scotsman who prospected for gold in Australia but eventually struck tin here instead in the 1890s. In 1900s, he went missing but only few years later, a big search for him was conducted by Bishop Ferguson Davie of Singapore. It was an unsuccessful search and some believed that his opium and gambling business got something to do with his disappearance (read: murder). I could not help but think that maybe he was attacked and eaten by tiger. Or, fell down from a ravine.

Anyway…Bishop Ferguson Davie, on the other hand discovered a perfect hill resort and suggested to the authorities to develop the area.  By 1922 a road had been cut through the mountains to the valley, which soon sprouted bungalows and even one of Malaya’s first golf courses. Since then, Fraser’s Hill retains a wonderfully weird mixed-up character, where locals eat curries off banana leaves in an English cottage next to a golf course while the call to prayer sounds from the mosque.


A colonial building converted into a bar and restaurant. A Scottish one. To commemorate Fraser, I suppose.

Ok, enough with the history.

After the clock tower we visited Allan’s Water; an old dam which was converted into a lake. The dam was formerly served as a reservoir supplying fresh water to Fraser’s Hill. Since it was no longer used, it is converted to a recreational lake, providing boating and picnic activities for visitors. The name Allan’s Water was a tribute to Mr J. H. Allan, an assistant engineer who surveyed the area and mooted the idea of building a dam there.


We did not went on the boat but we walked along the trail at the right side of the lake. It was here that a LEECH decided to make me a victim. Tolong!! I was screaming like crazy but my husband and son laughed at me. While my niece was comforting me saying to just let it fall by itself, I took a twig and get it OFF me. Crazy la, such a scary experience. LOL.

After Allan’s Water, we visited a flower nursery next to it. Previously, it was a flower garden but had been closed down for four years previously. A new owner took up the space and the nursery has been opened for almost 10 months now. It is still in its stage of adding more plants but one thing for sure, they have a mini strawberry farm here. We got to taste it and it was sweet! Unlike those sour strawberries I bought from supermarket. My husband bought a pot to care for. The nursery worker told us that a pot of strawberry plant can make up about 50 more and he later taught us how to go about it.

Later we just wandered around the hill taking pictures. We passed by some of the nature trails; namely Bishop Trail, Mager Trail, Kindersley Trail but as we were not ready for long trails, we skipped the idea. Trail’s length are ranging from 500m (Abu Suradi Trail) to 5km (Pine Tree Trail). While passing by the latter, I saw that it was sealed with no-entry tape, almost certain that it was closed for the day or perhaps for good. Do check with the information counter at Puncak Inn near the Clock Tower if you wish to go on one of the trails.

Before we get home, I captured some photos of flowers. I’ll cover more about flowers found in Fraser’s Hill in another post. we did drop by Smokehouse for coffee/tea but too bad that it was just closing for the day. It was around 6pm. But I did take some pictures.

 

Bibliography:
http://wikitravel.org/en/Fraser’s_Hill
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malaysia_Federal_Route_55
http://www.thesmokehouse.my/?page_id=2
http://www.fraserhill.info/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraser’s_Hill

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Drawing from memory

Oscar Wilde once said, “Memory… is the diary that we all carry about with us.”

True enough. Can you believe that  I drew this based on memory only?

pen and watercolor on moleskine sketchbook

I did not have underwater camera so I use my memory to record things I saw during my trip to Tioman few years back. To me this was quite an accomplishment as I don’t always remember things. I guess when we really want to remember, we can really remember. But this could not be compared to what Stephen Wiltshire can do. Really amazing! Watch this video: Drawing from Memory. I want his brain (in Sylar tone).

P/S: I must visit them fish soon. But on upper part of East Coast. Perhentian is on my mind.

 

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Genting Highland

We went up to Genting Highland last Wednesday. Yassin has been wanting to go there for quite sometimes already. We took the family package tickets (RM192) for 2 adults and 2 children. This package covers both indoor and outdoor parks except for some areas.

 

It was fun visiting this big theme park with over 40 rides. There’s so much of excitement and fun loads of thrilling adventures. At the outdoor park, Yassin and his cousin Marina got on a tea-cup ride as their height does not permits entry.

Known as the ‘Fun City Above the Cloud’, Genting Highlands is the only legal land-based casino, Casino de Genting, in the country and is owned by Genting Malaysia Berhad, a subsidiary of Genting Group.  The resort has three theme parks which are Genting Outdoor Theme Park, First World Indoor Theme Park and Water Park. There are over 20 signature attractions which include Flying Coaster, Genting Sky Venture, Haunted House, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum, SnowWorld, Space Shot. There are fees to enter these attractions.

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Tioman illustrated *

My son and I have few things in common and below is one. Notice the similarity?

I drew this:


Tioman Island map | Prismacolor on Moleskine
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And Yassin drew this:

He did drew Tioman map as well:

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Annyboo again! 3x in a row! wow!

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Tioman Island Retreat – Part 3 *

The next two days was fun; we went to the Marine Park, duty free shops, walked along the beach, swam, snorkeled in the crystal clear water, took pictures and what not. We wanted to stay for another night but as we have commitments on Monday, we just stick to our plan and left Tioman on Sunday taking the last ferry ride at 12.00pm.

From Mersing, we took Kluang-Ayer Hitam route and later the North-South Highway to KL. We dropped by at Kluang to visit my husbands old school and Pagoh to have our dinner. We finally reached KL at 10.00pm.

Below are more pictures from the holiday. Please wait while it loads. Thank you! Hope you enjoy looking at them!

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Tioman Island Retreat – Part 2 *

We finally boarded the ferry at 4.30pm sharp and the journey to Tioman Island took another 2 hours plus.


View from inside the ferry


Yassin busy playing gameboy in the ferry


Beautiful Mersing sky – can you see the rainbow?


Floating lighthouse


Fishing boat


Tioman from far


Tioman sunset

In the ferry, my husband and I discussed on where to board off (lol, everything was last minute!) We referred back to a flyer that the ticketing agent gave us. After a quick look at the map, we agreed to board off at Tekek Village. Tekek is a big village of ’em all as there is an airport there, no to mention the Marine Park Centre, as well as duty free shops. We knew we made the right choice as two local girls told my mom that Tekek is a good place to stay.


Tekek Jetty

We booked a ride to the beach area and was guided by a local man. We went to three chalet operators and chose to stay at Coral Reef Holiday. We booked 2 rooms; one for us and the other for my mom and aunt.


Coral Reef Holiday


View from our chalet; pen on Moleskine
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There will be more beautiful pictures in Tioman Island Retreat – Part 3.

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