Day 3 Cameron Highlands Sunrise

Part of our itinerary is a Cameron Highlands Sunrise event. Daddy has always wanted to catch a sunrise but the “Z” monster always prove too compelling.

We heard the Sunrise at Cameron Highlands is spectacular and we woke up earlier at 0515. Daddy was suppose to bring only Wei along, but Yi (no3) refuse to go to sleep anymore.

It was really cold in the morning, and Daddy had to motivate the two boys to stay awake. It would be so nice to snooze in our bed ๐Ÿ™‚

We travel in pitch dark conditions for 45min up steep inclines, you need an experienced driver as our jeep is very near to the edge at some junctions !!

At the summit, we climb the watch tower slowly, the steps and handles are ice cold, and slippery. The cold breeze kept whizzing around us. At the top, we saw this Orange line across the horizon for about 20 mins.

Sometimes we saw the mist climbs over the distant mountain range in a slow motion manner, just like waves lapping the shore. But where is our Sun?

.. then suddenly at 0710, we saw something peeping over the horizon. Egg Yolk !

The sun rises faster than our eyes can blink, it was all over in 15 mins ๐Ÿ™‚
Waking up at 0500, taking a 1 hour ride, brazing the cold weather.. was it all worth it?

100% YES !!

Sunrise, and catching the egg yolk is always a matter of luck. If there are too much mist, the sunrise will be blocked. Camera setting must be ready beforehand, as we will not have time to explore midway.

A tripod and remote is necessary, and a filter will be necessary too. Otherwise the brightness from the sun will underexpose everything else. For additional sunrise tips, do pop by the links below :
http://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-photograph-a-sunrise
http://www.nicholsonprints.com/Articles/suntips.htm

Camera Setting on our Nikon D5000, 18-55mm lens, and a 10stop filter (GND filter will definitely fare better).
– Manual setting
– 15s exposure
– F11
– iso 200

Remember practice makes perfect, Daddy is still learning.

Daddy also love the moment when the Sun’s ray caress the green meadows (tea plantations). We can literally see the glistening tea leaves (heavy with dew) ! What a marvelous sight ๐Ÿ™‚

Cameron Highlands Sunrise makes Everything feels so ALIVE. Daddy wanted to have a picnic on the slopes !

As Brinchang town is the highest among the three towns (Ringlet and Tanah Rata), you often get mist flowing through the town, pretty cool sight !

We arrive back at our Resort at 8am, just in time for breakfast. We are still excited about our morning adventure, and we are famished. The boys enjoyed their 4wd ride on the jeep too ๐Ÿ™‚

Jim Thompson is our designated breakfast venue, and it offers good food and nice views.

You might noticed how our chef skillfully prepare his Roti Canai (prata) with his bare hands ! The plate is piping hot !

This ends our Cameron Highlands holiday. We enjoy gracious hospitality from our host at Strawberry Park Resorts, and the kids really love the farm visits. Do pop by our photos from Day 3 –> Fanpage album. Daddy would encourage you to visit Beetrice’s Cameron Highlands experience too ๐Ÿ™‚

Remember to climb tall for the Boh Tea plantation and Cameron Highlands Sunrise views.
Once again, we would like to thanks Strawberry Park Resorts and PR agency “Rouge Communications” for the invitation ๐Ÿ™‚

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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

Our 3D2N albums is already uploaded on our Fanpage.

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Next stop, we will descend from Cold Cameron to Hot Melaka.
Cendol please wait for us ๐Ÿ™‚

Day 2 Cameron Highlands family itinerary – Tea and Strawberry

Day 2 of our Cameron Highlands family itinerary.

On Cameron Highlands (้‡‘้ฆฌๅด™้ซ˜ๅŽŸ), 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 !

Cameron Highlands family itinerary
Cameron Highlands family itinerary

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 on our Cameron Highlands family itinerary, the 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Everyone agrees the Salmon steak is our favourite dish, yummy ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Our 3D2N albums is already uploaded on our Fanpage.

ps.. Cameron Highlands family itinerary and Meals are sponsored by Strawberry Park Resorts