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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Day 8: Genting Highlands (Chin Swee Temple) - Batu Caves - Kuala Lumpur - Singapore

Finally we were on the last day of our road trip. Time really flies when you are on holiday. :) Since holiday was not enough, hubby said he was going to squeeze in one more destination before going back to Singapore hehehe.. He even thought of staying overnight in Kuala Lumpur which I didn't agree. We would be wasting a lot of time if we didn't have a concrete plan.

But first of all, we dropped by Chin Swee temple on our way down.

Chin Swee Temple
This temple was commissioned by Lim Goh Tong, the founder of Genting Highlands resort. The temple was built in a very nice location with panoramic view of the mountains. We joked that after a gambling frenzy, those people would probably come here to atone for their sins.

Lim Goh Tong, the founder of Genting resort

Let's play chess

View from Chin Swee Temple

After the temple we stopped at Gohtong Jaya, a town nearby for our lunch. We had Mao Shan Wang durian after the durian sellers tempted us many times.

Mao Shan Wang, well known for its buttery and creamy texture.

Batu Caves
Located just outside Kuala Lumpur, it is the site of a famous Hindu cave temple with the giant statue of Lord Murugan at the entrance.

We had to climb up 279 steps to reach the temple inside the cave. Our daughter was game enough to climb with us.

Let's start
Halfway up

We reached the top

Inside the cave and more stairs to climb

A small temple, what an anticlimax.

Ask Daddy to carry her on the way down
Mommy and baby monkeys

More pictures of Lord Murugan from different angles.

From Batu Caves, we drove by Kuala Lumpur to get into the North-South Expressway. As a bonus, we saw a few of KL landmarks from afar.

KL Tower
Petronas Twin Towers
KTM Building, HQ of Malaysia Railway

That was the end of our road trip. Glad that everything was running so smoothly. Since it is a success, next trip we might drive along the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Bye bye for now.... :)

Friday, July 26, 2013

Day 7: Genting Highlands Theme Park

It was a great day at the theme park. The sun was shining brightly but the temperature was still cold. I think this is the advantage of going to a theme park in highlands. You won't get hot and sweaty.

Genting Theme Park

Our daughter was very excited, she wanted to try all the rides including the roller coaster. We told her that she had to wait for another ten years. LOL!

Not for the faint hearted.

Genting Theme Park is great for toddlers. The park has a lot to offer for their little guests. Yeah, they don't need exciting and hi-tech rides, just a merry-go-round in many versions will make them smiling from ear to ear.

She was crazy about the Flying Dumbo ride since she could move the car up and down, and did it all the time till I got sick. Daddy took turn to ride with her. In total, she took this ride more than ten times.

Spaceship ride, similar to Flying Dumbo

Next, she went for the free fall ride. I thought she might cry but she had no reaction at all hehehe...

Adult version
Kids version

After this ride, we had a quick lunch and sent her back to the hotel room for a nap. Well, that is the benefit of staying next to the theme park, we could come and go as we like.

Now it was time for us to try out the adult rides.


Boating was the most popular ride in the theme park, we waited for about half an hour for our turn. That was fun and relaxing.

The bumper boat ride was equally popular. We had a great time crashing into our fellow riders. The navigation wasn't easy though, some people just lost control of the boat and kept spinning on their own. 

Bumper boats

Hubby went on to take all the scary rides while I was picking up daughter at the hotel. The roller coaster rides are definitely not my favourite. I don't see the point of getting myself scared silly. :P

While we were waiting for Daddy to finish, we took the Pirate's Train. The train ran slowly and brought us into a dark tunnel full of many scary creatures. While we were in there, I was waiting for her reaction but she remained quiet. Finally we completed the ride and she asked me blankly, "What is this, mommy?" I burst out laughing hehehe.., this is supposed to be a ghost ride, but it can't even scare a toddler.

Pirate's Train, the lamest ride ever

Mommy, I want to take picture with this!

Antique car ride

She had so much fun at the theme park and took the rides non stop till closing time. I guess this must be her best holiday so far. :)

Hubby went on to try the Archery in the First World Hotel. It was only RM 9 for 12 arrows. Worth trying!!

Archery in the First World Hotel

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Day 6: Cameron Highlands - Genting Highlands

We only stayed one night in Cameron and made our way to Genting Highlands. This time we took the old road out of Cameron Highlands since it is a more direct way to Genting. The good thing about this route is it also passes many places that we plan to visit.

Big Red Strawberry farm
No trip to Cameron Highlands is complete without a visit to the strawberry farm.

The strawberry farm

What a huge strawberry!

Tried a fried strawberry ice cream but didn't buy any strawberries since they were not very sweet. Their vegetables were pretty fresh though.

Fried strawberry ice cream
Fresh butter lettuce for sale

We stopped by a park near Century Pines Resort at Tanah Rata. Nice place for kids to run about.

Continued our way down to a bee farm.

Bee farm

Close-up look of the bees behind the glass door

Before reaching the highway, we had one last stop at Lata Iskandar waterfall.

Lata Iskandar waterfall

We stopped by the petrol station for a quick lunch and continued our way up to Genting Highlands. Compared to the road to Cameron, I think the Genting road was more dangerous. The road is wide but there are many sharp corners and very steep elevation, especially the last few turns before we reached the top.

The road to Genting

Genting Highlands
We were staying at the Theme Park Hotel, just next to the Theme Park itself.  Well, that was the one and only reason we came all the way to Genting, to introduce her to the themepark hehehe...

Miniature of Genting Highlands
Our room

View from our room

We had our dinner at the First World Hotel. Everything was expensive like Singapore. Ah...I missed Ipoh. :P

First World Hotel

Our daughter was so excited when she saw the amusement park inside the First World Hotel. We didn't let her play and she started wailing hehehe... I had a hard time explaining to her that she would have one whole day at the "big playground" tomorrow.

The culprit that made her cry

We all had an early night sleep to prepare for the big day tomorrow.