Sunday, September 2, 2012

Travelogue: Bukit Tinggi Day 2

Here's the long awaited Day 2 of the Bukit Tinggi travelogue! Response from the Day 1 post was not really surprising, most people are like, "If you didn't blog about your trip, i wouldn't know such a place exist in Malaysia!" Yea, I KNOW RIGHT! LOL I myself didn't know about this place either until i read about it on Groupon and did a bit of research online. After reading this Day 2 post, you might feel that 2D1N is kinda rushed but trust me, 3D2N would be too long i think ;)

Early in the morning self timer shot at the balcony. #camwhore

First thing first in the morning, the most important meal of the day! Breakfast was included in the package. Come to think of it, this is the first time i traveled overseas and spent no more than 50 bucks (i think i spent more than $50 when i visit JB!) Mainly because dinner for Day 1 and breakfast for Day 2 is already covered plus we are scheduled to leave Bukit Tinggi back to Singapore at 12.30PM. (which is why i felt that it was kinda rushed. Less than 24 hours!)

Breakfast buffet spread was alright. Not really awesome but okay.

A bit of everything here and there, that's it for breakfast!

As mentioned earlier, our bus is scheduled to leave Bukit Tinggi at 12.30PM. We woke up at about 8AM+ which leaves us with about 4 hrs to complete whatever we want to do - for us would be to visit the Japanese Village (which is definitely a MUST to go since we didn't had time to go the previous day and it's one of the main attraction in BT), pack our luggage (was too tired the previous night) and have lunch before leaving. Does it sound like mission impossible?

Had a bit of time before the shuttle bus fetch us to the Japanese Village so we roamed around and continue taking photos after photos! Doing the typical "Welcome to _________ (insert destination name)" pose, LOL

One of the "remote controlled" shot. Can't see right! Definitely a right decision to get a remote for my camera.

- Oh, a horse carriage. I guess i will just lean on it and take a photo since i can't enter it -

I have seriously no idea what i was doing in the photo above.

The magnificent entrance of Colmar Tropicale resort. Grand enough to wow you for about... 10 mins or so?

Another shot with Angela at the entrance of Colmar Tropicale. Couldn't think of a better caption.

Say hello to flawless skin, sparkling eyes and defined jawline! Ok, i admit - Photoshopped. LOL

Photo bombed by the blue horse at the back. (Bet you didn't notice the horse until you read this!)

Finally the shuttle bus service is running even though there is a stipulated time stated that is arranged to fetch guests to the different areas of the resort but no idea what happened that day, the timing that the drivers gave us doesn't tally with the 'official' timings. Made us wait and roam around aimlessly for about an hour. WHY LIKE THIS ONE! :(

The highly anticipated Japanese Village! I read online that the place is designed according to the gardens in Japan. Our mission that day was to rent the Japanese costume and take photos with the gardens as the backdrop! By the way, the shuttle bus will only bring you to the bottom of the Japanese village. After which, you have to climb up this rather steep slope all the way up and walk for about 10 mins before reaching the gardens. Not really suitable for old people (:

Smile for the camera! You are in Japan! NOT!

Welcome to Japanese Village. What you can find in this village would be waterfall, Koi ponds and also a tea house (where you can spend a 30 min tea appreciation session for a fee) From what i read online, this Japanese Village is planned and designed by a Japanese architect, Mr Kaio Ariizumi and built by a team of 22 skilled craftsmen from Japan.

Just look at the details of the garden! It gives you a rather serene and peaceful feel when you are there.

One of the houses that sells Japanese souvenirs and snacks. Throughout our walk, there isn't a sign which lead us to the place where we can rent the kimono to take photos but we managed to find it in the end. 30 mins for about RM20.

The shop keeper helping Angela to put on her kimono. After which, all you have to do is to pass your camera to them and they will direct you to different parts of the house and help you to take different shots for 30 mins. If there's customers and they are busy, you can expect to take photos yourself. I wished we took for ourselves instead though...

I realised we should have took off our watches! Too 'modern' already! TROLOLOLOLOL

Throughout the 30 mins, the shopkeeper was like, "Here here, okay. Pose" *switch position* "Here here, pose and smile." *switch position* We basically ran around the house for 30 mins squatting and standing, smiling into the camera. She is damn kan chiong. AS IF their kimono will burst into flames if we didn't take them off after 30 minutes -__-

Heng, just when i thought we gonna spend the whole 30 mins in the house. But then, another problem arise. My camera settings are set for indoor so when we moved outdoor, the exposure went totally off. Had a hard time photoshopp-ing the outdoor photos so that they look nicer. This is what i meant by i wished we took the photos on our own...

The 2 outdoor shots which i really liked. Would be better if they are not overexposed, oh wells.

Another camwhore shot by the gardens

Here's something you guys don't see in the photos. For camwhore shots or shots with the 2 of us in it, there's a high chance it was taken with a wired remote control that i got for my camera before this trip! When i edit these shots, i will crop our the bottom part so that it looks natural. Never expect it right! Wished it was wireless though but ex!

Cleared the Japanese Village in less than 2 hours! Went back to the resort to visit the swans again.

The white swans and the black swans. They are quite cool actually

Our legs were tired after walking at the gardens so we went for a 15 mins/RM5 massage chair session at the resort lobby. Took a random photo with the armored guy too, he must be really tired standing the whole day. LOL

Had a bit of time left before 12.30PM so we decided to try their pizza store! The first day i came, i so wanted to try it so we told ourselves we must try it before we leave this place! So glad that we tried!

Regular Hawaiian pizza which was baked on the spot, super fresh!

Ordered these chicken wings which was SUPER DELICIOUS and presented so nicely!

The food took quite awhile to prepare so by the time the food come, we had to gobble down everything within the shortest time. (Did i mention we haven't really pack our luggage?) I wished we had all the time to enjoy the food! :(

Rushed back to our room and did our packing within 10 mins and met up with the rest at the lobby.


Bought really sweet sliced mangoes at just RM2 at one of the stopovers on the way back

Little kittens! They are so tiny and cute! Meow ~

Just like Genting trip, the coach will stop by one of these places that sells local products for us to bring back to Singapore! Had quite a lot of ringgit left so decided to see what i can get for myself and my family (:

The sampling counters are always crowded with these aunties that wants to try every single thing.

Random shot: Some of the products that i bought back.

Mad crowded. It's like every coach that is going towards the checkpoint will stop by here for tourist to buy things.

Basically in these 2 days, we had covered the main attractions in Bukit Tinggi which is why i said 2D1N would be more than enough for this getaway. If we reached earlier on the first day, we might even manage to cover both the animal farm and the Japanese village, which leaves us with the 2nd day to roam around to take photos and enjoy the food.

Would i recommend 3D2N? Well, there are other activities such as the flying fox and such so i guess there's no harm staying another day? Even if you have nothing to do, i guess it would be nice to get away from hectic Singapore and spend a couple of days at somewhere peaceful and nice with such a cooling weather. But if you ask would i visit Bukit Tinggi again in the future, i think the answer would be no. All i will say is, i'm happy to discover this place (:

DAY 1 | DAY 2