I’ve been meaning to blog about this particular weekend spent up in Cameron Highlands for some time now, just that I haven’t really got the time to do it. You see, this particular trip was something that I’ve been looking forward to since I got back from Singapore. Not only that I’ve a soft spot for the highlands, but it was also the first weekend spent entirely with McCutie.
I remembered that it was pouring a few days before our trip and judging from the weather, our journey would also be a wet one. But surprisingly, the sun shined brightly and followed us until we arrived. Once we were up there, the cool afternoon air was a great welcome as much as the fresh smell of evergreens that greeted us as we brought down the windows and sticked our heads out.
After taking a short nap, we drove around and ended up at the Ol’ Smokehouse for their famed Afternoon Tea. It was McCutie’s first time and I’ve not been here in ages, so we snooped around its hallways and lush green gardens before deciding to pick a table in the greenhouse area for some tea. True to the spirit of Camerons, the hot and distinctively fragrant cup of Darjeeling was all we needed to calm our souls. Yup, we’re no longer in the city and we can take life a little slowly this weekend.
Then, an aroma of freshly-baked goods came from the kitchen and we saw our butler heading our way with our scones together with some lovely strawberry preserved, fresh whipped cream and pure butter. This was definitely one of the best scones I’ve tried in Malaysia. Crunchy on the outside, soft and bread-like on the inside without being dry, and a great smell of butter escaping from within. Topped it up with the preserved and cream…this was one great way to pleasure yourself for a sheer RM22 per order.
Our stay at Camerons continued to be wet and cool with its on-off showers, but who’s complaining. If anything, this was a perfect excuse to just cuddle up and be romantic. Really, it’s something about rainy days, cool air, cloudy skies and pine trees that helps one to loose oneself in the loving gaze of another’s. The cool night was also a great excuse to head out to Restaurant Hong Kong for some hot Steamboat (soup fondue), deep fried mushrooms and some sweet & sour pork. Actually, it’s just a great excuse to pig out before you retire for the night.
And what trip to Camerons will be complete without a trip to the tea plantation. Forget the strawberries. Tea is the main highlight here. I recently found a picture of myself (circa 1983) running around at the Boh Plantation.
This time round, we didn’t managed to find the Boh Plantation, but we managed to visit an equally stunning plantation at the Cameron Valley’s tea house stop. The tea house which sits at the edge of the valley, offers a breathtaking and unobstructed view of the entire plantation while you sip on a cup of Ceylonese Orange Pekoe tea and a piece of their moist Carrot Cake. Remember to take a nice stroll down the valley and walk through the hedges of tea leaves.
Here’s a recommendation, if you dream of a therapeutic vacation to detox yourself from the bustling city or just for a romantic weekend getaway, think Cameron Highlands! Cos I know I’ve had a lovely and relaxing time up here. And of cause, McCutie’s presence made the trip more memorable. And I would love to come back here again and again.
Some day, when I’m awfully low,
When the world is cold,
I will feel a glow just thinking of you…
And the way you look tonight.
Yes you’re lovely, with your smile so warm
And your cheeks so soft,
There is nothing for me but to love you,
And the way you look tonight.
The Way You Look Tonight | Performed by Tony Bennett