Friday, July 9, 2010

Journey Malaysia

I love the writing of Journey Malaysia and the pictures in their site at

Lovely words used to describe Fraser Hill - ethereal, peaceful, calming

Lovely phrases
- soap bubbles floating on a breeze
- low, lingering clouds enveloping the rolling hills
- thin frail mist
- enchanting forest in the clouds
- sublime forest of moss-draped trees and filmy ferns
- forest looks, feels and smells prehistoric
- old colonial charm
- time stood still
- fading elegance

The story of the elusive Scotsman & discoverer of the hill, Louise James Fraser, how he built his wealth on tin ore (and indirectly through opium & gambling dens) to his mysterious disappearance is spell-binding.

I also liked the story of the Hainanese who were employed to cook and maintain the English cottages and bungalows. Their fierce loyalty is an admirable. When out of employment during British departure, they opened up now famous coffee shops in KL and other cities. Wonder if Old Town, Hainan Kopitiam, Nanyang Coffee, Kluang Station, 434 Coffee etc. are gifts of the Hainanese legacy?

Interesting to note that Ye Olde Smokehouse used to be a place for British army soldiers to rest and recover from their war injuries. The Smokehouse now serves English Tea and scones. Their rooms are the priciest of accommodation in Fraser's though.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Tiger Tiger Burning Bright

Tiger Tiger Burning Bright in the Forest of Fraser Hill although not at night!

Picture taken by a friend of Dure's, Mr. Tan Ah Kit

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Local Lavender Blooms in Fraser Hill?

These blue blooms were really beautiful. Grown just outside Shahzan Inn of Fraser Hill. Local lavender? Didn't smell like lavender though. If my nose had gone any closer to sniff it again, a bee would have ended up in my nostrils.

Fraser Hill has new amenities. My one-night trip was too short to fully explore the facelift this place has undergone. Enjoyed the rojak buah that the new food court offered. Tauhu bakar would have added a kick to this dish. Other dishes included chicken satay, nasi empit. Fair price of 50 cents per satay stick which included nasi empit. Peanut sauce was way too oily though.

Fraser Hill Sunset

Sunset at Fraser Hill. Shot taken right after my friend Kalpana and I spotted a Slow Loris mother and baby at Telekom Loop hill forest right after bungalow with milestone v3. Thanks to Dure. Lovely 28th March 2010.



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