Some time in December, my friend Edward from Singapore was visiting KL for the first time ever, and i told him that i’d try to take him to Awanmulan so he could get a taste of Malaysian nature. I’m adamant that if visitors come to KL, they can’t just explore the city… you gotta get out and see how beautiful it is a mere hour away too!
I was having a crazy busy time at work… and it wasn’t the best time to go away, but i felt like i needed to shut off for just a day. (The thing about running your own show is there IS no break. And as long as i’m within a whatsapp message or email away… i can’t seem to run away.) But hey, Edward around was a great reason to: 1) be a great host. 2) get away myself.
I’ve stayed in every single room in Awanmulan, save for Durian Runtuh and Rahsia – their latest addition to the nature retreat. It’s built on a slope facing West so you can watch the sun set over the distant hills.
There are two floors – on top is Durian Runtuh, and below is Rahsiah. If you book only Durian Runtuh (2 bedrooms that sleep 4 pax) it will be RM1330; Rahsiah below sleeps 5 for RM1140. If you take BOTH rooms, you sleep 9 pax for RM2100.
The words on their door sign are formed from nails being hammered into it!
Kitchen with full amenities and living area
Love the pink and mint wooden window panes that complement the colours of the sunset rays so the whole room will glow in those tones in the evening!
Didi told me about Earthlings some time back and i finally watched it today.
“EARTHLINGS is a powerful and informative documentary about society’s treatment of animals, narrated by Joaquin Phoenix with soundtrack by Moby. This multi-award winning film by Nation Earth is a must-see for anyone who cares about animals or wishes to make the world a better place.”
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One in Heart, One in Hope
My friend Julia contacted me recently to shed some awareness on donating towards the upgrade and maintenance of the Mar Thoma Day Care Centre in Pandamaran, Klang which is an institution (kindergarten) that aims to provide affordable education to the poor children living in the surrounding community.
Short background of the home:
The Mar Thoma Day Care Centre was established in 1995 to provide free education for the poor community of Pandamaran and its surrounding areas. The Centre accommodates about 30 children and two staff. Students are provided with learning materials, food and transportation to and fro their houses.
Due to rising costs, the Centre faces shortage of funds to meet expenses of about RM50,000 per year. Transportation for some children had to be stopped due to lack of funds which resulted in a drop of attendance as the children had no means of reaching the centre.
At present, a minimal fee of RM50 is charged per student for the entire year which is hardly enough to cover the cost of running the centre. The fundraising is an opportunity for members of the public to help contribute towards sustaining this centre which seeks to equip poor children with the education they very much deserve.
Alternatively, you can do so to the account below and email proof of transaction to firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a receipt.
Account name: MAR THOMA YOUTH FELLOWSHIP
CIMB Account No: 1203-0389-351-52-1.
Four out of our seven nights in Siem Reap is spent staying at The Purple Mangosteen, a tiny boutique hotel in The Alley West off the very active Pub Street. Owners Polly and Simon are really friendly and informative with the what and hows of sight-seeing. Polly worked on the impressive renovation of the hotel which is originally shaped at a funny slant, but she’s managed to make it work wonderfully.
Even when i’m served the soup at a wedding or family dinner, i’ve just left it aside and not eaten it. It’s to a point i don’t care if it seems rude, i WANT people to know that i refuse to consume it and for good reason. If more and more people refuse shark’s fin soup at events/dinners, then eventually the organizing family may realize that it’s OFFENSIVE TO SERVE IT. I find it extremely offensive and i’m sorry to say this, but my opinion of someone who orders this DOES drop a few notches.
This is a vid from 2011 but don’t know how i managed to miss it… it’s horrifying and eye-opening. If you’re still someone who eats shark’s fin soup, please watch the whole vid below and THEN tell me if you still can bring yourself to eat it.
We did this crazy short trip last weekend, where we arrived in Cameron Highlands at 3pm Sat, and left around the same time on Sunday. Clem and i agreed it was too long a drive (3 and a half hours) for a one night stay. Still, we had heaps of fun with the others and are just more semangat to look for other places to visit on the weekends now!
Stretching my legs like a boss. Leggings from Topshop London.
One of the others found Moonriver Lodge, a basic guesthouse filled with pretty flowers. They’re planning to build a park next to a stream in the coming year, so if you wanna visit, do it then. The staff are super duper nice (thanks Misha!), helpful, and didn’t mind us making noise when we partied – big plus!
Clem and i waited around for the others cos their car broke down in Cameron’s… So we started making cocktails. Well-deserved ones after the long drive and getting lost!
Myra wanted to spend her hen’s night doing something different from the typical tramping about bars,
so a dozen girls gathered to have a BBQ at Awanmulan,
a new forest chalet that’s in the same area as Dusun.
I thought it was a brilliant idea…
the whole point of having a hen’s night is to SPEND TIME with all your girlfriends anyway, before the whole shebang of marriage gets you so excited to stay at home that a girlie holiday is not high on the priority list.
In fact, i think if i were to have a hen’s night, i’m just gonna have a girlie holiday!
The rest planned to leave at 9:30am… as did i.
Till i had such a tiring week that i decided to go later.
It’s my first proper chance to sleep more than 6 hours and i really need to catch up on some kip!
So Didi, Sueann and i left at 2:30pm.
Ok fine, we left at 3:30pm.
Before we even got on the highway,
Didi and i exchanged a semi-sharp sentence with each other,
and i exclaimed, “Oh god, we haven’t even been in the car with each other for 15 minutes and we’re fighting -_-” [shit i just thought about how we're going to spend FOUR DAYS with each other in Singapore this weekend for F1...]
Anyway it started storming like crazy and all our GPS stopped working,
resulting in a slight flurry of are-we-going-the-right-way.
Didi was navigator… while Sueann… studied the blue ball moving on the map in fascination like a cat.
Finally arrived at destination at 6pm.
The whole block above is for guests.
Top floor has 8 beds for RM800. RM75 per extra mattress.
Bottom has a couple of bedrooms (i may be stating it wrongly here!)
As you can see, the top floor has a huge patio for BBQ and sunbathing.
One of the top floor bedrooms on left,
corridor on right.
Bedrooms are in dorm-style,
so Awanmulan is the sort of place you’d go with a group of friends,
not to get it on.
Hmm unless you took one of the lower bedrooms below.
Love the dry bathroom concept
Rain shower, no less!
Just liked this pic of the corridor so much i had to put it up
Communal pool for guests
I reckon it’s the private quarters on right
Lots of space for wild people
First time i’m seeing these people being so domesticated…
Sueann. Fashion Directors can chop garlic too yo
Ming was posing at lightning speed while i tried taking natural shots.
Oh yeah, i mentioned this was a girlie trip.
Well Ming’s one of the girls anyway.
Many pictures in my cam of Ming being a domestic diva
Btw, these were all authentic pictures of him while he did chores in the kitchen!
Myra was so sweet to give us personalized jars with M&Ms inside
Jia Wei doing the chicken.
We heart the easy electrical BBQ tho i’m sure manly men will protest.
Just half the food
Didi, Bride-to-be Myra, Clouds, Sueann
Me and some red. Sarah and some choc cake.
Btw Sarah and i will be playing with Deer Society at Daikanyama on Oct 1st! *end plug*
Hmm ok there’s this story about the choc cake that i will just ADMIT here cos i’m shameless like that.
Everyone was just GOING for the cake after dinner,
whereas i prefer having it later at night as if it’s supper.
Jiawers and Sarah suggested i wrap it in tissue and HIDE it in the fridge so no cake monster will get it.
The next morning i opened the fridge somehow expecting to see the piece still there…
but it was gone! “Who took my chocolate cake?! SOMEONE took my chocolate cakeeeee!” i lamented.
Sarah: Your chocolate cake..? Didn’t you eat it last night? Joyce. I SAW you eating it last night!!!
Me: *hazy drunk memory returns in bits* hmm…. you may be right…. :p
We played some games after dinner.
- asking Myra rather embarrassing questions about Fahmi that even *i* didn’t want to know the answers to
- getting everyone to say “WOOHOO” everytime someone said Myra’s name
- Claudia farting way too much
- Sarah having to drink through a scuba mask
Ming saja want to try posing with mask
Poyol la Claudia ni…
The tequila finished
Like Didi says, Claudia is so lucky she’s so pretty cos she’s like a haiwan (read: animal)
Everyone started passing out one by one…
Last 4 standing…
I went looking for Sueann in one of the rooms and thought she was sleeping in bed,
was about to poke her when Sarah JUMPED in front of me and whispered, “NO! It’s Didi! She’ll PUNCH YOU!”
Fect, damn scared we both ran out quietly haha.
Turned out Sueann was in the bathroom and entertained us with a pole dance after.
No videos were allowed.
Next day i woke up to see a slickly-oiled Ming in the tightest skimpiest swimming trunks i’d ever seen strutting into the bedroom.
I was last to wake up… at 9:30am (these ppl are crazy!)
Wish i could have slept longer zzzzz but felt like i was missing out so i got up.
Water was cold so i took my time… let the toes and fingers in first
Ming. Forever posing.
Clem saw the picture and exclaimed, “SO many girls! -_-”
Check out Didi har har
Sorry Meesh but i just HAD to put this pic up…
Look, i can even see the water splashing happily off your cheek
Claudia trying some Little Mermaid pose or something.