My recent trip to the Cameron Highlands was a much-needed one, and certainly it will be one worth remembering. It was only the beginning of January and I was already feeling so drained with the mountain of paperwork on my work desk. Throughout the month of January I excused myself from choir practice and most social activities, the hermit in me just needed some alone time to recuperate from Christmas’ fun and exhaustion.
The moment Angie suggested we should head to Cameron, without hesitation I was the first to say yes. Yes to Cameron! Mark with his ever-wide network managed to get us three rooms at the Father’s House, which is also the residence of the parish priest of the Chapel of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Two rooms for the boys and one for the girls.
25 January 2015
We drove in two separate cars up to the highlands, manoeuvring along the long and sinuous roads. About noon we reached our peaceful house, befitting for retreat. It is located right next to the church, on top of a hill. The chilly weather was inviting for an afternoon nap.
Feeling refreshed, six of us then squeezed into one car for a short hike to Mossy Forest.
The fabled Mossy Forest grows near the highest elevation point of Gunung Brinchang. The view along the boardwalk was simply fascinating as we see rich layers of moss covering the tree trunks giving them the soft green appearance. Just as the boardwalk zig-zag its way through the forest so does the boundary of the states of Perak and Pahang. We were told that on a fine day one can spot Ipoh city from here.
We then stopped by at the Lord’s Cafe. It is a great place for a good cup of tea and a delicious scorn on a rainy afternoon. I ordered a strawberry cheese cake, scorn with strawberry jam, and chamomile tea. They are closed on Sundays though. The shop is located at the first floor, same row as Marrybrown in Tanah Rata.
Evening came, we returned to the Father’s house for a steamboat dinner prepared by the residence’s caretaker. Bountiful of fresh vegetables and slices of pork meat to sweeten the soup, certainly feels home-cook. After getting our tummy filled, we went to the market to get strawberries for our supper.
As for our night time entertainment, we played Act-It-Out and the Game of Life card game. Feels like being a kid once again.
26 January 2015
We had few glasses of wine the other night, at least that helps me to sleep and keep me warm and fuzzy. If not for the wine I would be tossing and turning over the plastic-covered bed as I take time to adjust to new mattress.
Awaken to the smell of freshly made scorns and nescafe, heavenly!
Right after breakfast, we headed for mass. Mass was celebrated by Fr. Eugene Benedict. If you’re here, there’s only one Sunday mass at 9.30am at the main chapel. Sunset Mass on Saturday are held at 5.30pm but rather irregularly, any announcement will be posted on the notice board.
No trip to Cameron Highlands is complete without a trip to the tea plantations.
“Memories, even your most precious ones, fade surprisingly quickly. But I don’t go along with that. The memories I value most, I don’t ever see them fading.” – Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go