I hate surprises so I made sure to know where our holiday destination is. Mr Husband said we would go to Cameron Highlands during the long Lunar New Year break. The land of tea plantations and strawberries. We were expecting the crowd because CH is always full of tourists but we overlooked the fact that it will be raining a lot there, this time of the year. January, 2023 – raining season.
Hence, it was not only cold but very wet. The high humidity is felt in our rooms and to an extent quite uncomfortable. I under-packed. I should have bought a few more jackets or long sleeves, throws/blankets and a portable dehumidifier.
Mr Husband booked a room at the Heritage Hotel although it went viral in Malaysia some time ago for its supernatural sightings specifically LEVEL 4. It is a 3-star hotel with a nice view, and a strategic location to the nearest bustling, lively area. We were in Room 438. meh. Ours was a Superior Triple Room with 1 Queen Bed + 1 Single Bed & Breakfast/ Free WIFI. Mr Husband said he paid over RM300 for the room. We booked it for 3D2N. It has a shower and bathtub which delighted our daughter very much. The hotel has a very English Tudor design and is situated at Tanah Rata – a place where all the good food is.
We checked in at 3PM at the very red, prosperous lobby. I really love this mini snowing decor. I found it on Shopee. Search for ‘Spot New year’s lights’ – shipped from China. Seller is jkczyy521.my.
The breakfast spread was simple yet fulfilling. I was careful to try and follow my DSSS regime. I do not want to pile on too many kilograms during this trip. The decor at the restaurant was very festive. Then, we had a walk around the hotel and checked out its facilities.
There was a mini library that has lots of Chinese books that I do not know how to read yet, a play area for children and a gymnasium.
At the lower ground, there was a fish pond with a goth-like garden that needs more maintenance to it. There were a few massage chairs available too, a laundry area and basically a lounging space with a fake chimney to just relax. We had a chilling stay but still fun nonetheless. We did not do much in Cameron Highlands due to the heavy rain and I will share it with you in the next post.
It was an odd choice but I was glad I made it. We needed a place to stay overnight before we go to my sister’s house for Xmas brunch. Our usual staycation spots are Putrajaya and Cyberjaya. This time, I thought ‘why don’t we find somewhere else’. Agoda led me to this hotel, Zones Hotel.
It is a two-star hotel but with facilities good enough for a comfortable stay. There are water dispensers and an ironing board on both floors. Guests get complimentary drinks on arrival – packet drinks (iced lemon tea). I booked a premium quadruple cause the kids are getting bigger. A normal King is not going to fit all of us. since it is a premium, the price is of course on the premium side. I paid RM317.80 / night including tax. We have Free WIFI, a hot shower and the usual.
There was no breakfast included but there is a MAMAK downstairs. There are also loads of eating places just down the road within walking distance. I have to mention LAKSA BUMBUNG. It is now my favourite laksa. Costs RM7/bowl because of it’s telur sarang. The gravy is to die for!
This place is roughly 10 minutes away from the hotel. I made a reservation online for 4 people. It serves Western as well as local delicacies. I loved their grilled lamb. The kids loved to take photos there though. It’s very English and cute. Price-wise, my lamb grill was about RM37 which has two cuts, mashed potato on the side with salad. The salted egg croissant is RM11, and the pizza was RM24 with cake slices ranging from RM12 to RM15. You can browse through their menu by clicking on the link in their bio on Instagram.
I hit my target of reading more books this year. I wanted to read more than eight. Much of it is bought from Google Playbooks and of course Shopee. Indonesia apparently has several toko buku that sells reprinted books at a lower price. I’d usually go to them for titles that are difficult to find at a proper bookstore unless I go to Kinokuniya or something. Indonesia is like Litte China. Semuanya ada if you look hard enough. Some of the books I read this year and have completed are;
Atomic Habits – it is very clear why it is a best seller. You find it and buy it.
Why we eat (too much) – it makes you understand why you get fat and remain fat and why it is so hard to slim down. But having read this, it empowers you to manipulate your body’s metabolism with the knowledge of it
Almond by Won Pyun Sohn – this is translated from the Korean language. A book recommended by Kim Namjoon.
HOw the paper fish learned to swim – tak payah baca. bosan. pelik.
Unfollow the flow by Aiman Azlan
Penat by Dr Alizi Alias
Books I am currently reading
Range – I initially bought an audio version because I thought I might listen to it during my work commute. But the voice is so boring. I might as well read it out loud and hear my own voice. So I restarted my read and is halfway through
The cat who saved books – started this on a bus, ongoing read
Perempuan perempuan berbudi dalam Al-Quran – let’s see if this is as what I expect the book will be
Creativity.Inc – cause it’s got to do with Pixar
Elon Musk – trying to understand how he can become a man s0 powerful yet socially awkward
Books I plan to read
Liar yang murung – birsilah bakar
Ma OOn – Hasrizal abdul jamil
How I learned to understand the world – Hans Rosling
This hotel looks so majestic and radiant at night. I did not get to take a photo because it was raining and I just wanted to check in as quickly as I can. As usual, I booked my stay through Agoda.Com. I chose the non-smoking Deluxe Room (28m2 room) with 2 double beds at RM339.20 per night including tax and fees. It comes with FREE Breakfast and FREE Wifi. I wished I could stay longer but we had to return to Melaka the following day. We were staying there for the night because we plan to try their hi-tea buffet at the restaurant. It’s a get-together to celebrate Haneem’s birthday and my brother, matin. They are birthday buddies.
The breakfast spread was wonderful. I really loved their dhal. Ym god, it is just dhal but it’s like really good dhal. Vegetable dhal pulak tu. With the roti bom. The 24 hour gym is also very inviting but I did not bring my gear. I did not know that they had a pool or I would have brought my kids swimming suits.
I managed to complete part of my OUM assignment at the hotel too.
At night, we slept like a Tetris game. To fit onto the Kingsize bed. My kids should be grateful that their mother is petite. I can snuggle anywhere between them.
The next day after check out we headed to the RPG Restaurant. At the hotel lobby. A few weeks ago, I’ve already made a reservation for 7 adults and 5 children. Payment details were :
RM52.90nextt x 6 adults = RM317.40 (1 FOC)
RM31.70 nett x 3 kids = RM95.10 ( cause 2 kids were below the payment age)
My sister bought cakes and presents for the meet-up. The hi-tea spread was OK. I really loved their western options, the kambing soup and of course the dessert table. I had lots of rojak buah. Fully recommended.
The best sunscreen to use is whatever brand or type you like.
Recently I bought a new sunscreen from a local brand, Cuura. It was recommended by a few of my younger friends who are on social media for most of their life. The founder of this brand is Sarah Shahnor. Millennials would probably recognize her from the times of Modvier. She was a business icon and it seems that after all this while, she has developed her skincare line.
I know I know.. I have said it before that I’m very sceptical of products from our local celebrities. But she is an entrepreneur, it doesn’t count. Ha ha.
I bought their sunscreen and the glo nectar product. These items seem to have very very positive reviews from their clients. At least two of my colleagues are consuming the nectar as well. Perhaps it is because apart from it’s rich vitamin C content, it also has hithion which is an antioxidant. It should work well as an adjunct to my glutathione supplements.
Each sachet is 27kcal and certified Halal. Well, buah kan.. takkanlah tak halal.
The nectar has a very strong prune taste and needless to say, the sunscreen is a bomb. It is on par with Beauty of Joseon. The cream does not feel sticky after application and it does not leave a white cast. Sesuai dengan kulit orang Malaysia. Kinda explains it’s rather steep price but with such quality, I think it is worth it.