7 Must Visit Places in Sungai Lembing


17 June 2014



Sungai Lembing, was once the richest tin ore producer in Pahang. Due to the drastic drop of tin price, the mining factory has to close down in 1986. Since then, this once glorious town has transformed into a nostalgic tourism places. Almost every weekend, Sungai Lembing is packed with people indulge to experience Mother Nature, mining information as well as enjoy local delicacies. The 7 must visit places in Sungai Lembing are as followed.

1) Rainbow Waterfall 

The waterfall is believed to be discovered by the local aborigine who was collecting rattan (Rotan). This undisturbed natural waterfall is located deep in the forest. We took around 1 hour on 4 wheel drive vehicle to the nearest base camp. Then, we hiked for 30 minutes to reach the waterfall.

To be able view the rainbow depends on one luck and weather. Around 9.30 am the first ray of rainbow appears in the middle of waterfall. Around 10am, a slight curve rainbow appeared link to the rock near the cliff. Around 10.30am, some visitors claimed to see double rainbows. At around 11am, visitors swim or walk toward the cliff. Here circular shape rainbow

2) Panorama Hill or Bukit Panorama

The staircase toward “heaven” was mended a few years back. Visitors can easily walk up to see the beautiful scenery.  Around 6.30am, face toward east, visitors can see the awesome sun rise. Getting bored with the sun rise view, turn around and face toward west. Ocean of white clouds blanket the hills below your feet. Tilted a bit, visitors can see the street light in Sungai Lembing Village. It is like the starry night on earth.  Hikers with good stamina take around 30 minutes to reach the peak. 

3) Hanging Bridge over Sungai Lembing

The houses are built by the bank of Sungai Lembing which are connected by a few hanging bridge. Visitors enjoy the soft breeze when crossing the bridge. Sometime, it may sway a bit, due to the multiple steps  of other visitors. 

4) Sungai Lembing Museum

A museum stands on the top of the hill, overlook the once Pahang’s richest manufacturer of  tin ore. In the museum, visitors can learn the history of Sungai Lembing and some old technologies to of  tin ore mining. It used to be free entrance. Now the entrance ticket charged RM2 for Malaysian. For Non-Malaysian is RM5.

5) Mining Tunnel Museum

Old mining tunnel is transformed into a museum. Visitor can experience the hard core life of mining worker when they were inside the mining tunnel. This museum may not be as lively as The Hobbit’s holes, but it is truly an amazing and informative experience.

6) Sunday Morning Market

There are many stalls selling different types of herbs and local delicacies in the Sunday Morning market.  

7)Sungai Lembing Noodle Factory

This factory has been established for 78 years. It has been passed down to the third generation. The owner uses fresh mountain water to prepare the noodle. Then he uses firewood to cook the noodle. The cooked noodle is left to cool before packing into sell-able sizes.

* This article is meant for Visit Malaysia Year 2014.Due to some unforseen reason, it was not selected.




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Trattoria Asiatico Italian @ Mount Austin, Johor Bahru

12 October 2014

Trattoria is an Italian-style eating establishment, less formal than a ristorante, but more formal than an osteria. There are generally no printed menus, the service is casual, wine is sold by the decanter rather than the bottle, prices are low, and the emphasis is on a steady clientèle rather than on haste cuisine. The food is modest but plentiful (mostly following regional and local recipes) and in some instances is even served family-style (Example. at common tables).
Extracted from Wikipedia

The chef explained the same thing. LerLer can wear casual smart attire to enjoy great Italian cuisines. Frankly speaking, I prefer to wear T-shirt and Jean to move around.

Home made pasta

I have tried quite a number of pasta before. However, I not yet tried home made pasta. Thank to Chef Lance's invitation, I got the chance to try out. Firstly, let start of with some appetizers.

18 Months Aged Parma Ham with Melon RM28

This dish remind me of the movie "Eat, Pray, Love". Parma Ham is abit too salty for me. Slice of ham need to combine with melon for the correct balance. Sweet and salty combination.


Blue Swimmer Crab with Watermelon RM22
Crab fresh is mixed with tomato, vegetables, yoghurt and mayonnaise into salad. The salad and watermelon is very refreshing taste

 Buffalo Mozzarella Cheese, Fresh Tomato & Presto Sauce RM25
The cheese has very light taste. It is very different from the cheese I eat before. With just a small bite, tomato juice will burst out. Mozarella has a very independent texture that go well with tomato.

Seared Hand Dive Hokkaido Scallops with Asparagus Ham RM25
The scallops is half cooked. This is to let diner to taste the fresh scallop texture. It is very chewy.


 Home Made Squid Ink Tagliolini Pasta with Crab & White Wine Sauce RM32
Home Made Squid Ink pasta is very light in colour because no artificial food dye is added. Home made pasta will become sticky when cold. It is best eat it while warm.

Spagetti with Sea Urchin RM48
This is LerLer favourite dish. How deep is your love? After we finish this dish, I just feel like licking off all the sea urchin sauce. NO, I do not lick off. I use fork to scrap it off. Jennifer almost laugh out.
Delizioso!!!

Home Made Fettuccini Pasta with Beef & Truffle Veal Jus RM38
Truffle is one of the highest prised food. The truffle smell is very unique and fragrant. Well done beef may be a bit hard to chew. The fettucini is very nice to chew. 


Braised Wagyu Beef Cheek with Creamy Mash & Truffle Beef Sauce RM48
This is the first time I see dish served in tight glass bottle. The truffle smell is kept tightly in the bottle. The moment the cap is open. Poof the fragrant will hit your nostril. Interesting right? After 4 hours of stewing, the beef cheek is very tender and soft. MELT is the right word to describe the beef texture. It is very suitable for old folks and children. Mash potato is very special too. It is in molecular form. It is so creamy. I can't differentiate it from whipping cream.

Pan Roasted Sea Bass With Beetroot Mashed & Seafood Caciuccio Sauce RM38
Cacciucco is an Italian fish stew native to the western coastal towns. When pan roasted sea bass, some cacciucco will sprinkle on the fish to increase the favour. Every bite of the fish is very juicy.


Creme Brulee RM15

Hazelnut & Chocalate Cake with Vanila Ice Cream RM16
There are many chocolate cake sold in Johor Bahru. The spcialty of the cake is hazelnut. The taste of hazelnut is very strong taste. I almost mistaken it as nutella.


Ler's Reviews:
Halal?: Non-Halal
Service: 8/10
Delicious: 7/10
Parking: 4/10
(It is near to Sunway College Johor Bahru. 
Thus, driver may take some time to find parking lots)


Trattoria Asiatico Italian
G-07, Akademik Suite,
Jalan Austin Heights Utama,
Taman Mount Austin,
81100 Johor Bahru
Johor

Operating Day: Monday to Sunday
Operating Hour: 12:00noon to 10:00pm

GPS: 1.558980,103.779556




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Ladies Outing Day with Uber

28 September 2014

Ladies have dreamed too. Like the ‘Royals’ lyric, I imagine myself as Queen LerLer. I don’t need to rule others. I just need the power to rule my life.


And we'll never be royals (royals).
It don't run in our blood,
That kind of luxe just ain't for us.
We crave a different kind of buzz.
Let me be your ruler (ruler),
You can call me queen Bee
And baby I'll rule, I'll rule, I'll rule, I'll rule.
Let me live that fantasy.
Extracted from Royals - Lorde


 In this hectic city, I dream to be a rich "Tai Tai"/Lady Boss. My driver will fetch me everywhere I want. I don’t need to worry about finding a parking lot or parking fee. The most important factor is safety.

Uber service fulfilled my requirement. However, Uber Malaysia is clearing some doubts with Ministry of Transportation. When the situation is better, I will share my wonderful experience.


Ladies Outing Day Itinerary

12:00pm  Pick up by Uber
01:00pm  Reach City Square
01:15pm  Visit 100 Doraemon Secret Gadgets Expo
02:00pm  Chill out at Doi Chaang Coffee Cafe
02:00pm  Pick up by Uber
03:30pm  Late Lunch at Lemon Tree Restaurant, Taman Melodies
05:00pm  Pick up by Uber
06:00pm   Fruitti Spa at Cres Wellness, Taman Mount Austin
08:00pm   Pick up by Uber back home

Thanks to Kim's invitation, we got the chance to visit 100  Doraemon Secret Gadgets Expo. There are many Doraemon models there.  Have you ever wonder?

  • Why Doraemon does not have ears?
  • Why Doraemon is blue color while his sister is yellow colour?
  • How do Nobita look like in the adulthood?
  • Have you seen Nobita room before?
  • Are you Doraemon fan?
Answers for the questions above can be found in the expo.

Sandwich club  from Lemon Tree Restaurant. Girls just chat for hours in this cosy restaurant. That is why I choose sandwich. Sandwich can still taste good when it get chill. 

To end the day, we relaxed ourselves at Cres Wellness.
How is the experience of SPA? Read : http://goo.gl/ZNd5nm

To conclude, ladies need to pamper ourselves too. 6 working days, house chores, bills to pay are hectic tasks indeed. Please spend some time with your love one and yourselves. Relationship need maintenance. Not to forget, rest is for longer journey. Once recharge, we can walk toward our dream again

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Fruitti SPA with Cres Welness @ Taman Mount Austin, Johor Bahru

28 September 2014

Once in a while, lady should spend some time to pamper herself too. Eryn, Kim and I were invited to Cres Wellness to relax ourselves. I was given princess type service, Fruitti SPA.


I was instructed to wear a clean white robe before massage.  The bed has warming function. The massage therapist will tune the temperature around 38 degree Celcius. Some customer may request for higher temperature. I prefer the temperature around 38 to 40 degree Celsius.

Full body massage scene is not suitable for blog posting. I will explain it in word.


The massage therapist will start the massage from legs to the upper torso. Relaxing aromatic oil was applied during the massage. Next, rose petal bath salt and yogurt mask are mixed together for body scrub.

When the yogurt mask is applied on my body, I feel like a plate was washing up in warm water. All the dirt is scrubbed away. Then, my whole body was covered with yogurt mask.  (Yes, whole body.  *shy). Massage therapist wrapped me in the hot blanket to relax my muscle. At this point, I imagine myself as hot dog bread. Yogurt mask has moisturizing and prevents hydration qualities. The wrapping process took around 10 to 15 minutes (Yes, hot dog bread is cooked too)



My favorite session is here, bath time. The luxury of soaking in a tub full with bubble is my small dream. The room is lit up with several small candles. It is very romantic. The first moment I step in,  lemon grass and orange fragrant capture my nostril. I feel like a princess this time. This reminds me of Princess Neverland. HAHAHA this moment, I transformed into Princess LerLer.  (I admit that I like to imagine)


Hungry? Don’t worry. Hot drink and biscuit were served.  I get very hungry after playing with all the bubble. ^^

I took my own sweet time to bath. After 30 minutes, I reluctantly left the bubble tub to get changes. A small bowl of lotion was placed in the spa room. I applied the lotion. This is to keep my skin moisture. 
I felt relieved and alive again.  NO lighting adjustment in the above photo. #SOOC


I got to enjoy a cup of hot tea after the SPA process. I bought my mum a facial treatment package. Stay Tune for my mum’s transformation.

Wish to enjoy Fruitti SPA? Check it out HERE

Cres Wellness
Block E-01-05, E-01-06, 
Tebrau City Residences, 
Jalan Harmonium 24/2, 
Taman Desa Tebrau,
81100 Johor Bahru,
Johor

Operating Day:  Monday to Sunday
Operating Hours: 10:00am - 8:00pm

Google GPS: 1.5515835,103.7953798




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Kathina 2014 @ Johor

12 October 2014



During the rainy season lasting 3 months from July to October, monks often stay at a single place to spend their vassa. Hence, Vassa is also known as the Rains Retreat. During this period, monks will practice intensive meditation and will not travel unless absolutely necessary.
The end of the vassa is often celebrated with the Kathina ceremony. Durig the Kathina ceremony, the lay devotees will make a formal offering of robe cloth and other requisites to the Shangha.
According to the Vinaya Pitaka, a group of thirty monks were journeying together with the intention of spending the Vassa with the Buddha. However, the vassa began before they reached their destination and they had to stop travelling. Immediately after the vassa, the monks continued with their journey to Savathi. But it was still raining and y the tome the monks r arrived at their destination, they were not only exhausted but their robes were also wet and worn down.
It was from this occasion that the Buddha consented to a Kathina cloth be given by the lay devotees to replace one of the three robes that is old or tattered for monks who have completed their vassa.
Kathina in Pali refers to the wooden frame which monks in ancient India used to sew their clothes on. The robe thus prepared came to be known as Kathina robe. From that time until now, lay supporters have made a point of offering Kathina cloth to the Sangha at the end of the Vassa period.
On this once a year occasion, Kathina CElebration, whatever is offered to the Bhikkus-Sangha is considered, in point of merit, productive of the highest good.
May we all rejoice in supporting the monks and celebrating the Kathina!
Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!
References Pali Chanting Book of Santi Forest Monastery

The possession of Kathina Celebration
07:30am  Pindapata route. It means lay supporters can offer packaged food to the Shangha group. The monks will accept offering from the lay supporters.

09:00am     Breakfast time at the food street. The food are usually sponsored by lay supporters. Tzu Chi volunteers will be there to promote recycle concept.

09:30am     Kathina prayer session.
10:30am     Lay supporters can offer items to the Shangha (monks group). The items usually are robes, tooth paste, tooth brush, soap, broom, medication ointment and medicine (Panadol).

10:45am    Offering of Food
10:55am    Merits transfer to the departed relatives and all beings or blessing prayer.
11:10am    Lunch time for monks, nuns or 8- precepts devotees.
01:00pm    Dhamma sharing by monk
01:05pm    Volunteers will help to categorised the packaged food from lay supporters. The packaged food will be donated to non-profit group or charity group.






Santi Forest Monastery 宁心禪修林
Lot 1413, Jalan Ponorogo
81800 Ulu Tiram,
Johor

GPS: 1.564916,103.874496


Dhamma Light Meditation Center 法光禪修林
Lot no.3106, Parit Haji Omar, 
Parit 3, Api-Api, 
82000 Pontian,
 Johor.

GPS: 1.5652814,103.3895764

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