Bukit Tinggi

Friday, January 27, 2012

After a million and one years, I’m finally going to blog about my trip to Bukit Tinggi, which in a nutshell, is the place for people who want to relax and do absolutely nothing taxing or strenuous whilst breathing in fresh cool air. Or it’s the place for vain vain people to take lots and lots of pictures! :)

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Bukit Tinggi (which directly translates into High Hill?) is ridiculously beautiful!

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How is it that such a colourful wondrous place exists? And in Malaysia too!

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This picturesque town tends to become overlooked when compared to the likes of Genting Highlands or Cameron Highlands but it really is worth a visit!

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The more I look at the pictures I took, the more I wonder as to how our country can have a place like this.. and HOW COME I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF IT BEFORE!!?!?

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I went late December so that explains the Christmas tree.

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The buildings are all so gorgeous that I can snap anyhow cincai also and the picture still looks (sorta) cool and artistic!

We went to Bukit Tinggi for an overnight stay which is just the right amount of time to explore the whole area. There aren’t many things to do at the hill (besides taking pictures) so if you stay too long, you’d find yourself getting bored out of your mind. Plus, everything there has a ridiculously hiked up price.

A tourist trap, basically.

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BUT A PRETTY SUPER COLOURFUL TOURIST TRAP. Open-mouthed smile 

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It even came complete with a knight in shining armour!

Uhm.. without the knight.

Despite what the critics say, Bukit Tinggi isn’t only expense and scenery – there are other things to do as well!

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All you have to do is hop on the borderline dangerous tram that comes every hour, pray to God that you won’t fall off, and hold on tight as you’re brought from attraction to attraction.

If you’re an animal lover and the thought of cuddling a plethora of free roaming rabbits appeal to you, then the Petting Zoo is definitely where you’d want to go.

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They were so soft and fluffy that even a normally sullen teenage boy cracked a smile when cuddling the little balls of fluff!

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AND OMG SO EMBARASSING.

I was trying to hold a rabbit to take a picture with it but they kept hopping away from me. And they hop super super fast, okay! It’s as though all the rabbits were conspiring to not allow me near them but everyone else was alright.

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Even my GRANDMOTHER managed to lure a rabbit to her. And that random guy in the back! The rabbits looked so quiet and gentle and not hyperactive at all when everyone else went to them..

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See the rabbits are so still when my mother touches them!

But when I want to reach out to them..

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They all hop away.

Omg, rejected by bunnies. T.T

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But as you can tell from my super disgusting sweaty hair in the above photo, I did not give up and managed to hold onto a bunny!!!

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While my brother made it look like a piece of cake. ==’

To be honest, I was quite upset lor that my whole family found it so easy to take a decent picture with the rabbits (and there were SO MANY TOO!) and all I got was that ugly sweaty shot.

So I tried again.

And again.

And again.

AND FINALLY…

*drumroll please*

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SUCCESS!! DECENT PHOTO WITH RABBIT!

After that, taking photos with all the other animals were a piece of cake.

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Actually, it was easier than a piece of cake. The donkeys seemed to like me as much as the rabbits disliked me. They kept flocking to me! I felt like a donkey whisperer or something. –.-‘

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Ew my face.

But even though the donkeys liked me so much, I really really liked the deer!

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Look, it’s BAMBI! Open-mouthed smile 

Once you’re done with the Petting Zoo (which I think is RM3 per person for entry), you could head to the Japanese Tea Garden for a change of scenery. At the time I was there, there was construction going on at the area, forcing us to have to walk up the craziest slope in the entire universe.

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It was like a 60 degree slope! And I’m not even exaggerating.

Thankfully, the cool air of the hill makes everything much more bearable. In fact, if the air were to be like that down here, I wouldn’t mind going jogging every day. But here, not only do we sweat while/after we jog, we’re sweating already even before we start our first lap.

At the top after walking some ways into the forest-like garden, you’ll find this beauty of a place.

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For a fee, you could partake in the Japanese tea ceremony held at this tea house, complete with kimono and the works. On the day we were there however, the tea place was closed. Nonetheless, the sweet fragrance of tea was in the air.

In fact, as we’re walking through the forest itself, we could smell the tea. It was absolutely delightful because it was the sweet kind of tea, the one that smells really light and fresh and yummy and omg I would love to have perfume that smelt like sweet tea!

Ahem.

Anyway, we took opportunity of the more-or-less vacant tea house to take plenty of pictures!

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Nearby the Japanese garden, there was also a Botanical Garden. Unfortunately, due to poor planning, we didn’t have time to head there. :(

INSTEAD, we went to the arcade! Which was a total waste of money – I implore you, do not be like us. Resist the temptation and content yourselves with phone games.

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Another reason why an overnight stay is suitable is due to the performance. Every day, they hold a couple of performances. And by couple, I mean the exact same performance is repeated a few times in one day.

Daily.

Watching it once is entertaining, but I can’t imagine watching it more than once.

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Doesn’t the one in blue look like Cameron Diaz?

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At least a little bit?

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Pervy men in the front row!

Despite everything I’ve mentioned, we all know the real draw of Bukit Tinggi is its perfect environment for photographs!

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The pictures look as though they were taken in another country! I mean, look at those coniferous plants! Surprised smile

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So if you ever decide to come by Bukit Tinggi, dress for photographs because taking pictures is the absolute best thing to do there! The cool air also naturally makes everyone look better and smile a little brighter.

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Look, even this cute little girl is all accessorized for pictures! And yes, I noticed. Don’t say a word, you pedobears.

Oh, and pack a jacket along as it definitely gets cold!

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Pros: Gorgeous pictures, fresh air, super relaxing, amazing architecture

Cons: No wi-fi anywhere, not many attractions, hiked-up prices for food

How’s college?

Sunday, January 22, 2012

The first week of college at Taylor's, Subang has been an amalgamation of old experiences mingled with the fresh air of a new environment & new faces. A reader has bid hello, the door of the first toilet on the fourth floor has oh so politely asked me to 'go to hell', and my limbs have begged for mercy countless of times as I force them up the horrible four flights of stairs every morning for classes. But as soon as it came, it passed by in a flurry of introductions, new challenges, and a mess of assignments.

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The toughest challenge yet! Absolute silence? Really?

Then week two came.. AND WOOH PARTY IN THE HOUSE!

Okay, no.

Instead, there was a complete shift as I moved out of my room and into a hostel which is a mere 5 minutes away from the college. The infamous Subang traffic jam has left me late to school twice on the first week alone, which was not exactly the best impression to make on the new teachers who for some reason, insist on calling me Stephanie.. or worse, Stiffany. STIFF-any. (Oh, my condolences goes out to whoever had the poor fortune of being named that but really, is it that difficult to get my name right?)

Now that introductions have been made, to make this post easier for digestion, here’s bite-sized portions of my two weeks!

1. LAB

Back in high school, Paper 3 was comparatively a breeze. All we had to do was write lengthy procedures of infinite apparatus rinsing and that oh so famous line: “Repeat steps 1-5 by replacing this-and-that with so-and-so.”

In college however, we actually have to conduct these experiments on our own. A simple neutralization experiment can take hours when the burette & pipette you’re using has to be rinsed with distilled water over and over and over again.

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On the bright side, fancy labcoats and new friends make the process a lot less painful. Winking smile 

And those fancy copper wires?

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Who knew they were so malleable? Open-mouthed smile 

2. FATTIFY


With Chinese New Year around the corner, cheers of Gong Hei Fatt Choy is heard resonating in the air.

Sometimes, these sayings get taken a little too literally.

With the help of the Fattify app found in the AppStore…

We present to you:

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Gong Hei Fatt Choy indeed! Winking smile 

3. CLASS

College classes differ from high school for a few reasons.

For starters, we’re taking only six subjects in total, inclusive of Thinking Skills & Malaysian Studies which is an absolutely ginormous contrast to the eleven subjects I took back in KDU.

Secondly, despite it being only a few subjects taught a day, the amount of work that has to be done for each subject is practically triple the usual amount done in highschool. We definitely aren’t being spoonfed this time around.

And thirdly, there are only 3 girls in my class including myself in a class of roughly twenty-five. It goes without saying that the boys in class probably aren’t too happy about that. :P

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Which of course explains this photo.

4. CLUBS

Five.

That’s the maximum number of clubs I’m allowed to join at Taylor’s. Right now, I already have six on my plate. Oh God, please help me with my priorities. :(

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My motives for choosing each club is entirely different and I find it almost impossible to choose between them. But then again, I’m not exactly superwoman. How am I going to juggle A Levels and six clubs?

For now, I’ve narrowed them down to Christian Fellowship, WACKY (A charity club), Rotaract Club, Debate Club, TAYMUN, and Sky Adventure (some super cool adventure physical activity thing).

If I’m not mistaken, some of these clubs do have interviews and are rather selective of their members so there’s a likelihood that I won’t even have to make a choice. They’ll eliminate me before I can eliminate them. :(

But in the event that doesn’t happen.. any advice, dear readers?

5. FRIENDS

In the whole circus that is college, it’s important to not lose sight of high school companions.

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On Friday, a couple of us headed to Jade’s place for a little pre-CNY gathering. It wasn’t a big hullabaloo but with pleasant conversations amongst old friends and a long windy car ride with HILARIOUS Azri & Wu Ping, I had a great time.

Thanks for the invite, Jade! :)

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And that, folks, was my two weeks.

Not the most exciting & not exactly very entertaining, but it is a great start to a wonderful year ahead. Happy Chinese New Year, everyone! May the year of the dragon bring you prosperity and joy!

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