Hong Kong family itinerary – Bloggers’ review

1999, Daddy can still remember his delicious mango pudding from a decade ago.
Daddy and Mummy came to Hongkong (香港) 13 years ago, and SengkangBabies were not manufactured yet.

Our kids will be shopping and eating and enjoying themselves (we hope) this Sep holidays. Daddy ask a few friends to share the happening spots in Hong Kong (HK).

Daddy would like to show the kids why Ocean Park is still happening, even though it was constructed in 1977 !

–> If CheekieMunkies love it, we should too πŸ™‚

Be it shopping in the malls or in the famous Temple or Ladies’ streets, some degree of bargaining helps.

–> We have printed Ai Sakura’s instruction menu :p

When we arrive 13 years ago, the airport was brand new !
Who would have thought a cable car (Ngong Ping 360) would be constructed to reach Buddha?

–> Kelvin (nivlek) and family likes see-through cable-car thrills !

Why did Mickey and Minnie follow Disneyland to Lantau, which is a remote island?

We heard Toy Story has invaded the island too !

–> Listen to Daphne (MotherInc) and Edmund (EdUnloaded) tell us why Disney is a dreamland, where kids (and sometimes adults) live their dREAmS !!

Talking about remote, a Rockstar told Daddy there is a happening wetland_park deep inside New Territories !

–> Aileen’s kids (RaisingRockStar) love the idea of outdoor edutainment.

Did we mention our friend Mr Goose is also waiting for us?
Beef noodles, por-loh (pineapple) Bun, Daddy is salivating already.

Daddy’s No 1 list on the itinerary is actually a Robot cat, who is only supposed to arrive in the year 2112!

–> Yes, Grace (Working with Grace) told us Hong Kong is celebrating Doraemon’s birth 100 years before ! Click for Doraemon Fanpage.

If you have spare energy, climb The Peak and visit Madam Tussaud‘s residence. We can hug Lady GaGa, and say hello to the other famous Mr Lee (MM). If weather permits, we hope to catch the magnificent “Hong Kong and Kowloon skylines” flanking Victoria Harbour.

Thanks to our blogger friends, we can already anticipate the FUN awaiting us in Hong Kong ! Thank you for sharing your photos and magical experiences πŸ™‚

If you need more HK tips, discover http://www.discoverhongkong.com
In case the travel bug has bitten you, do drop by SengkangBabies’ travelling tales πŸ™‚

**updated 2012 Sep 14 – our 6d5N itinerary is up
–> http://sengkangbabies.com/holiday/hong-kong-family-itinerary/

Cameron Highlands Day 2 – Tea and Strawberry

[ Itinerary and Meals are all sponsored by Strawberry Park Resorts ]

On Cameron Highlands (ι‡‘ι¦¬ε΄™ι«˜εŽŸ), you will see farms everywhere, all sorts of vegetables, and spices, and the most famous crop must be Strawberry.

After our breakfast, we are ready for more exploration.
**it is not advisable to have a full breakfast. The food is good, but the winding road is unforgiving !

First stop, we visit an Orang Asli settlement. Orang Asli are the natives, people who live off the mountains and streams. From our hotel, it is a 45 min downhill drive (from Tanah Rata, near to Ringlet).

How about blowing a few poison darts for orientation? Daddy is joking, tourist’s darts are harmless but we still do not recommend you to run infront of the target board (which happens to be a cute teddy bear !)

After few practice sessions, everyone can be marksman πŸ™‚

We took a peep into Uncle’s humble house. Orang Asli do not need creature comfort like TV, toilets or internet.
Daddy is just curious why they build their huts so near to the winding roads ! Is it not a safety and noise hazard?

We bid farewell to our friend (ah-bak is goodbye)

Next stop, Cameron Highlands’ famous Boh tea plantations. We navigate uphill again. For those driving, do take note that there are only two petrol stations in Cameron Highlands (Ringlet and Brinchang). Do not attempt to drive up or down Cameron when your petrol is blinking empty.

We see a lot of jeeps from WW2 era. Although Jeep are old, you should see how they first tailgate, then overtake you at sharp bends! You can literally smell their diesel exhaust! GIVE WAY to other four-wheel drives who need to go faster. Cameron Highway is easily 30% more challenging than Genting Highland‘s.

We reach the Boh Tea factory after 60min. We advise drivers to leave their cars behind and engage well seasoned guides to bring you up πŸ™‚

After our van has reach the carpark, it is another 15min march up slope. The steps are steep, and gradient is easily 30degrees.

Surprisingly, our boys dashed up the hill with gusto, but Daddy manage to catch up halfway. Please do not detour from the footpath, as the steep slopes are often concealed by the tea bushes.

Let us introduce our friendly guide cum driver, Mr Muthu.

What can you see from the top? Endless tea leaves ! Love the shade of greens carpeting the whole mountain range.

We must be very friendly, a caucasian kid decided to “join” our family photo haha. At the peak, kids make new friends haha.

The wind keeps blowing at the top, and we wonder how cold it will get when day breaks. It must be an amazing experience to camp overnight and let the mist and dew wakes you up in the morning !

Daddy is happy to declare all kids pass the endurance test, let us take more photos.

Every corner we turn, we see more rows of tea leaves ! Picturesque background.

Going downhill is tricky too, we keep reminding kids not to run too fast as they might lose their footing and fall.

We visited a Bee Farm, but rows of flower and strawberries greeted us πŸ™‚

The bees are in the backyard. Kang enjoys the sweet honey, Daddy ask him Honey comes from where?
We open a box which shows the cross section of a beehive. It is amazing to see the bees buzzing here and there so busy !

The caretaker told us these bees are harmless, as long as we keep our prying fingers away from their hive!

Are you hungry by now? SengkangBabies were starving, our breakfast was fully digested by the time we scale Boh Tea plantation earlier.

Back in our resort, our host has prepared a sumptuous and nice-smelling smoked lunch to indulge our tummies. Did Daddy mention he loves the garden setting, which is perfect for dating your beau.

Are you still wondering why the F&B is called Smokey Bear ? Daddy brought the kids to witness how our food is prepared (no pan, nor microwave, just smoke heated chicken chop and salmon !

The SALMON steak is a must-try! The juicy flesh and the crispy skin just melts in our mouth ! Daddy is hungry just looking at the fish. Even the smoked corn looks so appetising.

Boon Kang ordered fish and chip but he prefers the salmon.

Boon Xin just need fries, and she will not share them with anyone, easily :p

Chicken Chop for Daddy. The F&B outlets in Strawberry Park Resorts are halal, so no pork chop πŸ™‚

Everyone agrees the Salmon steak is our favourite dish, yummy πŸ™‚

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3D2N Itinerary :
— Day 1 – Strawberry Park Resorts amenities
— Day 2 – Strawberry Farms and Tea plantation
— Day 3 – Glorious Sunrise at Brinchang

* Driving tips for Malaysia

We are recommending that you pop by Melissa’s fasionista blog for more Tea and Orang Asli photos πŸ™‚

Our 3D2N albums is already uploaded on our Fanpage.

Holiday recommendations during school vacation

In one week, kids will enjoy their school holidays again. We hope teachers will not pile too much homework for kids before the break :p

Let SengkangBabies share our “Holiday Fun” with you.
*** Click to view our recent holidays.

School holidays does not mean we need to travel, our fanpage photo albums are packed with adventures to keep your kids occupied πŸ™‚
–> http://www.facebook.com/SengkangBabiesBlog/photos
You might wish to pop by some of Singapore’s interesting places.

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If you need Holidays, maybe Taiwan and GoldCoast ?

Somewhere nearer, Malaysia is always value for money.
Penang lok lok
Melaka Chendol, we just discover a kid’s haven !
Genting themeparks

What about Cameron Highlands?

Traveling in Malaysia is definitely cheaper then Singapore πŸ™‚
We were in Resort World’s Festive Hotel earlier (yet to blog).

Counting down.. we got a date with Minnie Mouse and Doraemon soon πŸ™‚
Stay tune for more Fun from Sengkang’s Babies.

All Holiday albums can be found at our Fanpage, except for GoldCoast and Genting (which is under Daddy’s facebook)

* Driving tips for Malaysia