Thursday 31 December 2015

Breakfast And Walkabout In Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands.

After our short visit to Lubok Timah Hot Spring, we continued our drive up to Cameron Highlands. 
We were using the new road from Simpang Pulai instead of the old road from Tapah town.
Since we were using the new road, we will reach Kampung Raja first which is the highest point. 
Our friend suggested that we go straight to Tanah Rata for a tea break. He wanted "roti telur" and "teh tarik". And then visit the places along the way as we drive uphill.
We passed the towns of Tringkap and Brinchang.
It was sunny but cool. The car air-con was off and the car windows wind down.
We were here at Restoran Sri Brinchang, Tanah Rata.
What should I order? Roti canai or Naan?
3 teh tarik (pulled tea with milk) and 1 tea with lime juice (without milk)
The one with extra foam has extra pull (tarik). Lol!
To find out what is teh tarik, you can click here to watch.
Roti Telur or Indian flat bread with egg, dhall curry for dipping.
Plain Roti Canai, mutton curry for dipping.
Roti Naan with garlic, mint and curries for dipping.
And my Roti Naan with cheese. mint and curries for dipping.
After we have eaten, we went for a walkabout in the nearby garden/park.
Passed by this mama to be. I stopped to take a snapshot of her soundly asleep.
Saw this nice clock tower, but the clocks were missing.
Couldn't resist these pretty yellow blooms.
Creative fence?
Children's playground.
Pine trees and bridge over river or big drain.
A family of picnickers.
White and black fence.
Another white fence.
Public Library.
Inside the library.
These I found outside the library.
Pejabat Kesihatan Daerah (Health District Office), Cameron Highlands.
Near the bus terminal.
Tanah Rata Bus Terminal.
Took this picture behind the bus terminal.
This and following pictures were taken near the car park by the main road.
Purple leaves
Purple bloom.
Maroon or blood red coloured rose and bud.

Linking to Good Fences & Skywatch Friday.

With His own blood - not the blood of goats and calves -
He entered the Most Holy Place once for all time
and secured our redemption forever.
(Hebrews 9:12, NLT)

Wednesday 30 December 2015

Growing Aglaonema 'Gold Dust' In My Garden.

Aglaonema 'Gold Dust' is another variety of the Chinese Evergreen plant. I have one pot growing in my garden.
At one time, my Aglaonema 'Gold Dust' was infested with mealy bugs.
Mealy bugs infestation is a common problem to Aglaonema plants.
 Here are 2 closed up view of mealy bugs on my Aglaonema leaves.
I cut off all the infested leaves and left behind the very young and tender leaves.
 My pot of Aglaonema 'Gold Dust' looked so miserable I thought I was going to lose it but one by one the leaves started to grow.
More and more leaves appeared and it was back to its bushy form again.
The new leaves are free from mealy bugs. They are now healthy and glossy.
 With reference to the plant in my garden, the leaves can grow to about 10 inches long excluding its stalk and 5 inches at the broadest.
And the leaf together with its stalk can grow to a height of 16 inches.
 This pot of Aglaonema 'Gold Dust' is under my porch and away from direct sunlight. This plant makes good indoor plant but have to be exposed to bright light for it to be healthy and bushy.
It is easy to care for except for the mealy bugs problem. I water it once a day. I try to feed it fertilizer once in 2 to 4 weeks.
To view other varieties of Aglaonemas in my garden,
you can click on the names of plants to view them,

"O Ephraim! Stay away from idols! I am living and strong!
I look after you and care for you. I am like an evergreen tree,
yielding my fruit to you throughout the year.
My mercies never fail."
(Hosea 14:8, TLB)

Tuesday 29 December 2015

A Short Visit to Lubok Timah Hot Spring, Perak.

Starting our one day trip to Cameron Highlands.

Early last Monday morning, we drove to Bercham to pick up a friend and we had breakfast in Restoran Hin Fatt. We are not familiar with the food in Bercham so our friend suggested this place.
Hubby ordered "kai see hor fun", a non spicy flat rice noodle with prawn and chicken soup.
I was more adventurous, I ordered spicy curry noodles.
These were our breakfast. I forgot to take picture of my friend's breakfast.
She ordered a bowl of "pan mee" which is wheat flour noodle with non spicy soup.
My cup of hot coffee.
The place where we had our breakfast.
After breakfast, we returned to our friend's house to wait for her brother.
We will be going in his car to Cameron Highlands.
As our trip is a leisure one, my hubby suggested that we stopped at Lubok Timah Hot Spring on the way to C. Highlands. We passed by this cut hill. None of us have been there before.
There are chalets and hostels for rental.
A replica of a kampung house.
Ample parking space. The place looks clean.
Resting places.
The midday sun was hot.
I should have taken my umbrella!
Hot spring pools.
The water doesn't looks clear. Could be due to siltation upstream?
It was a Monday, and the place was not crowded.
Looks like a nice place but its a pity the water is not clear.
Bathing here can be fun but can be dangerous too.
Waterfall - water overflowing from both sides of an abandoned reservoir/dam once used for tin mining.
We didn't walk all the way to the waterfall, halfway we turned back.
We need to be on our way to Cameron Highlands.
Anyone wants a pony ride?
How nice if they are free to roam about in a bigger space (my thought).
Oil palms .......
Two monkeys chained to the tree.
One is showing its acrobatic act.
Chalets and ice cream stalls.
We took a short rest under a big shady tree, freshen up in the washrooms and continue our journey to Cameron Highlands.
The LORD alone guided them; they followed no foreign gods.
He let them ride over the highlands and feast on the crops of the fields.
He nourished them with honey from the rock
and olive oil from the stony ground.
(Deuteronomy 32:12-13, New Living Translation-NLT)
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