Friday, December 30, 2016

To the Rainforest Again and More

So, we are down to one more trip back to the nature to journal down before we close the year. Mommy is giving herself a pat on the back for clearing the backlog logs this year, such a big accomplishment to achieve :D   

We are not the type of holidaymakers that will explore new destinations each time we plan for a holiday. We are OK to revisit places that we have been to before if they warrant a second trip. So when the guys were in the mood for water rafting last month, Adeline Villa came into mind again. We did consider Sungai Sedim but will save that for next round : )

The resort was fully booked during the holiday season resulting in a momentarily panicky situation for Mommy.
’Ya see, Mommy had mixed-up the dates and  booked our stay on a weekday instead of a Saturday last month. And when Mommy realized the blunder and wanted to change our booking, there ain’t no rooms available no more :O
But all was cool at the end, the Monday 2 weekends ago was a public holiday. Phew… crisis dodged!

It was drizzling a bit when we reached the villa but that was not a showstopper.
Rain or shine, we'd raft.....:O 

After a great lunch (the villa always serves good food), we promptly check-in. 

The guys went for the safety briefing 

The girls …

just hung around acting cool : )

Alaina has yet to reach the minimum height required for the white water rafting, thus not allowed onboard. She did not want to either as she is still afraid of water, so to speak.

So, while Daddy and Kor Kor were away, we leisured around and rested in our chalet. We did not go for the afternoon jungle trek as Alaina has already tried the it last round. We wanna save our energy for something different later in the night.

We sent the guys off

Shots taken by the rafting crew.
This year, they are charging 20 bucks per CD, a 100% increase from last year :O

There were around 6-7 rafts in a session

Some of the shots are pretty good.

Mommy remembers last year, the guide did ask us if we wanna experience the raft turning turtle. We declined then as we had 2 kids with us.
The guide offered the 4 gentlemen again this year, and all of them bravely accepted the challenge. The guide was skillful of course, he turned the raft just enough for the 3 older guys to ‘fall’ into the water but for Samuel to still hold on dearly onto the raft. Good good times!

Perhaps Samuel should start a collection of these certs.

The much awaited sumptuous dinner came (love the escargots) after that and with full tummies, we continued with our next programme; the Night Walk to see the glowing mushroom.

Only 4 of us signed up for the walk. Our guide, En. Halim was very polite and generous with his commentaries. We walked leisurely through the plantation to see many interesting stuff. We came upon; 

  • fireflies :O;this species does not blink, it is big and its bright green light is always on
  • local blueberries 
  • water pipe from the old British days 
  • and many more but no glowing mushroom …There were only glowing spores and dust on twigs. The mushrooms have yet to grow out. : (
And then on our way back

We saw this (cue to the top)

A close-up

The spider was not as big as the spider we saw at Jalan Kota Bahru but huge enough. The kids were very excited with their finds. And oh, they got to use their torch lights, it was pitch dark inside the plantation.

We are the Night Walkers…. errr….
that doesn’t sound right :p

It was not a daily programme but the resort will stage a fire show if the crowd is big. They had one the night we were there. It was a solo act but amusing enough for the kids. The performer swallowed fire :O

Siaran tergendala sebentar to let this ‘lil fella crossed the road on our way to the cafe

And then we had a cuppa at the café

We did not sign-up for anymore of the resort activities the next day as we planned to visit Kellie’s Castle. All of us have not been inside the castle before. The closest Mommy had been was a glimpse from far during one of the school trip years ago. All of us secondary school students couldn’t afford the entrance fee then :(

We started the morning with a walk in the nature

Samuel continued to work on his clicking skill.

Pretty lights

Managed to shoot the damselfly after several tries

Another good experience
We have a feeling that we’ll be back again when the gal is ready to try-out rafting.

And then on to our next destination,
Kellie’s Castle

Just like a castle in the medieval times, mortals are to cross a bridge to get to the other side :p

The roof top is not barricaded

Only greens surrounding the building. Nothing else

This is the type places with mysterious beauty and interesting architecture that the guys enjoy to explore. Daddy and Samuel tried a few of their ‘secret’ paths while Mommy and the gal walk though their main walkways. Not that we are not adventurous, but the crowd was too big that day for us to move around. There must be thousands of visitors there, hardly any pocket of free space for us to catch our breath!

And  ....... one more photo to close this post.

Leech bite! 
Samuel is very proud of his 'war wound', jolly showing it off : )

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