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Sunday, October 29, 2006

The Crawl Up The Highlands

Six and a half butt numbing hours of drive is how long it took to get to Cameron Highlands over the Weekend. Foolishly thinking that most people would have left on Fri, a friend and I decided to check out YTL Cameron resort over the Deepavali weekend. The jam started around Sungai Buloh, the North-South Expressway looks like Federal Highway during peak hours. Never again will I make the same mistake!!

Was surprisingly mellow and calm throughout the journey, not a single expletive or curse came out from my mouth! A rare feat! Of which I was rewarded with the spectacular view enroute to the resort. The road leading to Brinchang from Simpai Pulai is fairly new and pretty easy to navigate through. It offers some magnificent view of the valley set against the setting sun with refreshing breeze gently caressing your face as you ascend. The drive reminds me of the drive from Cape Town to the Cape of Good Hope; the sheer drop of the valley and the cool fresh air.

The Resort was formerly the Merlin and was refurbished by the YTL group. There are only 56 rooms, a Spa village, Function rooms, several F&B outlets (including Gonbei) and a Jim Thompson Shop.

Dinner on Sat was good but the drive up took its toll on me. Was suffering from massive headache throughout the dinner. The starter of steamed Asparagus with smoke salmon was pleasant. The Asparagus were excellent, steamed to perfection, it was fresh and crisp. The smoke salmon wrapped on the base of the asparagus wasn’t spectacular, I didn’t think it brought any new dimension to the vegetable. Next came the French Onion Soup, I’m a sucker for this dish, then again when I’m ill… soup is my comfort food. The broth was rich and wholesome with generous servings of caramelized onions. Main course is a decent serving of tenderloin served with 3 different sauces/condiments (béarnaise, Peppercorn and mustard) and vegetables. Dessert was apple pie, which I found too sweet for my liking. With a full belly and a headache… bed beckoned! (mental note to self:- must do more cardio to burn it all off!!)

After breakfast, headed off to BOH plantation, the drive there is a nightmare! Part of the roads are only as wide as a lorry. Traffic were bad both ways, there were times when there were deadlocked. Twenty cars and trucks on each side stuck on a single lane road with hills on one side and tea slopes on the next. BOH should have put in more thoughts when they put in the visitor centre, a shuttle service from designated venue would have avoided that and reduce all the emissions from the vehicles.

The weather was pleasant! No haze, fresh air and clear blue sky!! Was hoping to visit other flower and vegetable farms but again… the holiday traffic were horrendous!! Ended back in the resort early for a scrumptious Sunday Roast instead :p After stuffing myself with Roast Beef &Yorkshire pudding & loads of the totally yummy corn, I parked myself in the reading room with my book until…

TEA TIME!! :p walked to the Smokehouse for afternoon tea. The scones were crumbly, cream was decent and strawberry preserve was a tad too sweet. The set of 2 scones + condiments and a pot of tea cost almost RM 30. As I was finishing the treat, it started to pour…… whilst waiting, I ordered an apple pie ala mode (RM 25). Prefer this to the one I had the night before, it’s not too sweet and has a little tartness in the pie which I like. The rain seemed endless, instead of waiting and running the risks of spoiling my dinner appetite by me ordering more cakes, I braved the rain and walked back to the resort. Pretty pleasant and brings back memories of student days back in the UK.

Dinner at Gonbei is as part of the package. The set comes with Potato salad, Sashimi, Sukiyaki and Macha/Goma Ice Cream. Had an extra order of Gindara, tori syoyaki and Sake. Sashimi’s fresh and sweet! Loved the amaebi and maguro ( would be fab it was ohtoro!) Am supposed to take photos for all the dishes… but I kinda forgot… to engrossed in eating! Hungry mah!!! :p Would have loved to take a walk after the meal but the rain prevented that. Early night it was!

The drive down was a LOT faster, took me under 3.5 hours to get back to KL!

11 Comments:

At 10:56 AM, Anonymous sunshine said...

Wowwww, something new at last....almost thought i clicked on a wrong blog....

I had made a mental note to check out the new YTL resort when it appeared in the papers one day,it looks so quaint painted in white and blue and the interiors looked so beautiful and inviting but the room rates are (ahem!)a tad posh posh, very un-Cameron Highlands like rates.

Crumbly scones and clotted cream and strawberry preserve,...mmmm, yum,yum

 
At 2:57 PM, Blogger fatboybakes said...

hmm, ambience aside, one day i bring crumbly scones with clotted cream and we eat after combat, with free fitness first coffee, can ah? well, maybe not clotted cream la, as it cost RM19 per jar, but good pure cream nonetheless....

yar, talk about FINALLY!!!!

 
At 4:23 PM, Anonymous sunshine said...

Am i included ar? (looking upwards again....)

 
At 6:36 PM, Blogger YOU! said...

:p bring bring bring! have a post combat carbo recharge! :p

i'll be attempting more classes this sat. Prob, pump, jam, combat and balance (TT with Klevin). Hope I survive!!

 
At 12:13 AM, Blogger Sleepy Lilo said...

Hibernation over lah..coz it's open season hahahaha ...time to hunt

 
At 11:37 AM, Anonymous yhsmom said...

Just reading this entry makes me all nostlagic for old Blighty!4 classes in a day? Should be no problem la. I did BS, BP, BC and extended Jam at Miracle in June. The next day I was still standing and could even do my normal Free Style Step and Cardio Dance classes!

 
At 12:17 PM, Blogger YOU! said...

wha! yhsmom very terror mah! :p

 
At 1:17 PM, Anonymous sidekick said...

You guyz really terror lah ..

I've did last week a back to back Pump,Balance + 3/4 Combat which almost killed me. My leg are shaking and i can't execute the kicks..where my sidekicks look so lembik..(-.-)~~

 
At 9:51 AM, Blogger fatboybakes said...

hmm, i only recall doing 3 classes once ever, and it must have been step, pump and combat...two's the max for me, too old to prove anything.

but sidekick, yeah, at your age, 3 classes should be wet wet water la. (sup sup soi)

who is old blighty?

 
At 3:15 PM, Blogger YOU! said...

Old Blighty? Good old England lo...

 
At 1:57 PM, Blogger Yzerfontein said...

I must try that road leading to Brinchang sometime, as Table Mountain National Park is the greatest

 

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