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Willowbank park- nature place in Christchurch family must go

Fantastic place for an entire family to visit!

Fantastic place for an entire family to visit!

You should bring your family to Willowbank! Yang Yang would love it there!‘…those were the first recommendation of place to visit by one of Yang Yang teachers the first day we visited his pre-school. Weeks after weeks the name of the place kept popping in my head. I asked a few Kiwis I met and it seems to be a popular enough place that most of them have been to the place at least once in their life. So, when Meun’s dad came over for a visit, we decided that its time we paid Willowbank Wildlife Reserve a visit.

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A cyclist paced drive to Akaroa; Part 1

It was a beautiful and perfect day for a drive through the back country of New Zealand

It was a beautiful and perfect day for a drive through the back country of New Zealand

Akaroa is the name of a place we keep hearing from friends. From a few short conversations, I gathered the place is a charming and perhaps a romantic place not too far from Christchurch that many would go on weekends and extended holidays. We promised ourselves we would go for a ‘treat’ once I get my first pay. It was payday on the Wednesday and we were on our way to idealistic Akaroa on Saturday. It was an exceptionally beautiful morning for a drive. We cruised through some really nice ‘rural’ parts of Canterbury and made a few quick stops to take pictures. Everything was going so well…until…

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Cameron Highlands Terra Farm Tree Houses

Rachel (right), a nature lover, bushcrafter and good vegetarian cook too!

Rachel (right), a big nature lover, bushcrafter and good vegetarian cook too!

I would not have agreed to visit Terra Farm in Cameron Highlands if it is not because of my friend Rachel Lee who (at that time) was working there. Actually, it seems more like she is ‘running’ the entire place on her own! There is so little (good) information about Terra Farm tree houses available on the internet. I was relentlessly pursuing Rachel with questions after questions and she patiently came back to me with information that I need.

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Our 3D2N experience at Terra Farm, Cameron Highlands; Pt 2

The elevation on Cameron Highlands.

At least I know the altimeter on my 4WD is working!

 

On this trip to Terra Farm in Cameron Highlands, we decided to have our young hero and Sox along. It’s been many years since we last visited Cameron Highlands. The last we both could remember was the visit to Gunung Irau with a friend from Thailand. This recent visit brought even better memories than we could ever hope for.

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Tree houses at its best- Terra Farm with Rachel; Pt 1

One of the few tree houses at Terra Farm, Cameron Highlands

One of the few tree houses at Terra Farm, Cameron Highlands

We have been mulling over the idea of visiting Terra Farm houses in Cameron highlands ever since we read about the place in the news papers some time back. With Li-Yang in tow, we weren’t sure if tree houses were the best idea to go with. Meun insisted that it is time to bring the young boy out on an adventure. We agreed to try it out. So…an adventure on tree houses on the mountains of Cameron highlands we went.

NOTE: This trip came way before Li-Yang’s first overnight camp. I totally forgot to post this trip up sooner. 

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A waterfall in Tg Malim; Gerehang revisit

Mr Tee leading the way to the trail head

Mr Tee leading the way to the trail head

When a new acquaintance of mine, Mr Tee invited me to join him with some friends to explore what he assumes is a new waterfall in Tanjong Malim, I decided why not. It’s a day trip and Meun is able to handle our boy without any issues. I like it when people say it’s a ‘no one else knows’ and ‘secrets’ kind of waterfall. To be honest, I am not much of a waterfall person but if there is an opportunity to do some jungle trekking, why not.

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Fish, cook, cut & paddle; Lake Temenggor

Finally get a chance to really try out my LBT pouch

Finally get a chance to really try out my LBT pouch

 

So….here we are camping in Lake Temenggor. It’s been a few long months of waiting and finally we made it. I was determined to do several things on this trip. Naturally I will be testing some new bits of kits, fishing and probably not take a shower for the entire duration. Hey…its camping. Everyone deserves to be dirty.

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3D2N camping in Temenggor Lake, Perak

 

A road sign very rare indeed

A road sign very rare indeed

It’s been a few years since my last visit to Lake Temenggor in Perak. This is probably one of the last few places that will still send a feeling of awe down my spine. While the last few trips here were limited to Orang Asal villages and boathouses, the possibility of camping in the wild of Temenggor is simply something that I cannot miss.

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The last days of Perting waterfall.

This picture was taken on a trip several years ago

This picture was taken on a trip several years ago

Perting waterfall, also known as Lata Hammers near Bentong is one of the nicer camping spots we enjoy visiting. It is less than an hour drive through Karak highway and has been a rather well kept place due to its inaccessibility. Off the old trunk road that connects Bukit Tinggi to Bentong, the road leading to the trail head to Lata Hammers is unpaved, sloppy, extremely muddy during rainy season and littered with pot holes. All these ‘features’ and the fact that it is another hour hike in to the waterfall has kept the place rather pristine…well…until recently.

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Sox’s visit to Lake Chini…a short getaway

Our first time visiting Lake Chini

Our first time visiting Lake Chini

When there’s opportunity for us to bring Sox out to the jungle, we usually don’t say no. JC’s invitation to go visit Lake Chini, even for a 2D1N trip is a the first time for all of us. So, we stocked the car full of gear with Sox in her usual ‘I am excited to get out of the house’ mood on a calm Saturday morning.

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