Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Things to do in Cameron Highlands

Mossy Forest
Make sure to prepare for climbing flight of steps as you traverse the path of Mossy Forest. Neat boardwalks are in place but wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Nature really provides cure for us. Our tour guide showed us plants to give relief from headache, stomach pains, and even for survival if you become lost in the forest. The loud “music” of cicadas will definitely catch your attention. 

BOH Tea Plantation
Ever wonder how white, brown and black teas were made? Well, they all come from the same plant but different parts were used or only different process is being applied. The tea look like a giant blanket that covers the mountain slopes and land. We also went to their BOH Tea Centre - Sungei Palas where we got to taste the nasi lemak and chendol cheesecakes. The former is not recommended as it is only a hype. But the chendol cheesecake is good for a try. You can sip tea as you enjoy the nature around you.

Cameron Lavender
No tour included this attraction as this is too far from the others. Thus we hired a cab for a round trip. Not that easy to book a taxi on that area; no Grab either. For RMB10, you can take snaps along with flower arrangements and stroll on the nursery. This is the first time I saw a real lavender. They smell so good and relaxing.

Things to do in Cameron Highlands
Cameron Lavender

Things to do in Cameron Highlands
Mossy Forest

Things to do in Cameron Highlands
BOH Tea Centre Sungei Palace
Nasi Lemak Cheesecake

Things to do in Cameron Highlands
Pizarella Menu

Things to do in Cameron Highlands
Restoran Mayflower

WILL: Cameron Highlands is always on my mind whenever you will speak a short travel from Singapore. Why? What could be the reason? Because of their famous tea plantation. 

Before heading to NEM Blockchain Centre at KL  Malaysia, we side trip to one of the cold part of Malaysia.. Cameron Highlands. 

Except for acres and acres of land by BOH Tea Plantation and it's cafe that hyped (not worth it) Nasi Lemak Cheesecake, you can explore the Mossy Forest. No mosquitoes in there but beware of green snakes. When fog is getting through, it feels like an eerie place! In that forest, thanks to our guide from Titiwangsa Tours, we were got educated by the wonders of nature. The real medicine just right inside our forests. 

That is half day tour for only RMB60 each and snack was provided. 

Because I really do love to see the Cameron Lavender. Abbey shelled out RMB80 for our taxi service and RMB10 each for the entrance fee. 

The blooming lavenders produces the natural relaxing scent. The distinctive smell plus the colorful flowers all over us definitely calm us down and appreciated the beauty of nature. 

From morning till evening, we just ate a piece of bread from cafe and from tour. When the supper came, I am sorry to say but we ate at the Restoran Mayflower like a pig. Hahaha! The  hot soup from our steambot soothes our rumbling stomach. And they served a generous amount of vegetable and meat for us to devour. 

Midnight snack, and I am craving for food again. Luckily, one of the famous pizza place is just below Avillion Hotel. We ordered at Pizarella and got a Tonno & Cipolla. Sauce is recognizably different from any pizza place I tried. 

There's so much to see at Cameron Highlands. Please join the tours, it will be too expensive for a taxi. 

Traffic is number one problem in Cameron Highlands. The locals told us that the best time to visit the mountains is on Ramadan season. 

Forget about Bintan and Batam. This is a cheaper way for you to spend a weekend.

Titiwangsa Tours

(F) https://www.facebook.com/Pizzarella.ch/

BOH Tea Plantation
(W) https://www.bohtea.com/

Cameron Lavender Farm
(F) https://www.facebook.com/cameronlavendergarden/ 

Friday, June 15, 2018

The One Travel & Tours Bus - Singapore to Cameron Highlands

ABBEY: We booked our night-rider Cameron Highland-bound bus at One Travel and Tours Bus (Golden Mile Complex). Be there on time and approach the counter to confirm the bus arrival. They gave us bottled water and then we boarded the bus. 

We’re seated at the upper deck. The bus has nice smell but I’ve seen a small cockroach near my window. 

We stopped at Kuala Lumpur for other passengers to alight and then headed to mountains. :) We reached at 9AM.

The One Travel & Tours Bus - Singapore to Cameron Highlands

WILL: 10mins before your departure is just fine. Do not be like us, we waited there for almost half an hour standing and waiting for the bus to arrive. Print out your ticket, on that the counter will write down your seat designation and hand out your free bottled water. 

At the bus, it is clean. Aha! The seat is reclining and enough space for my legs. I slept peacefully on our journey. I feel comfy and somewhat never bitten by any bugs. Haha! 

SG to Cameron Highlands! What a wonderful trip for only SGD53.455! 

The One Travel and Tours Bus
(W) www.theone.travel/

The One Travel and Tours Bus
(W) https://www.easybook.com

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

NEM Blockchain Centre

ABBEY: We visited NEM Blockchain Centre at Kuala Lumpur. It has massive space for hosting 100+ people events, project incubators, boardrooms meetings, teleconferences, and even a nap room when you get tired. 

It also functions as a co-working space for other startup/blockchain enthusiasts. We were also fortunate to meet one of the NEM advisors, then president, Lon Wong. 

Our visit was worth the while as we’re accompanied by NEM Malaysia team; Lance, Shin Tatt, Leroy, Anthony, and Sharmilla. Thanks guys.

WILL: Do you know that NEM is one of the friendliest blockchain community you will ever find? Well, how did I know? They accepted me. Hahaha! I am a volunteer in NEM and we need to learn more about the advocacy of the Foundation and deep dive with the technology itself. And on that, we visited the NEM Blockchain Center located at Kuala Lumpur. 

Got trained technically (still scratching the surface haha) and we witnessed the day in and day out of NEM Tech Team. 

What's inside the NEM Blockchain Center? They have rooms for incubators and startups, Pitching Room, Exchange Room, a cafe, nap area, a 150pax auditorium and conference room. Oh! They have privacy booths too, if you want to take calls or video chat. 

Do you need tech training? Arrange a group of 30pax and they will do it for you FREE! You want to integrate your business into the blockchain? Look for Sir Lance or Leroy and they will help you, don't worry, they will not bill you for consultation fee. 

For people who will be visiting KL, visit NEM Blockchain Center! You will be welcomed with a smile! 

Learn the blockchain. Be part of the future.

NEM Blockchain Centre 
(A)Lot 1.02 Level 1, GLO Damansara, Jalan Damansara 60000 KL, Wilayah Persekutuan Malaysia
(T) +603 8800 8636