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A story of BOH Tea at Sungei Palas Garden

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If you want to enjoy the cool weather and fresh air – 5000ft above sea level highland for a holiday, I would recommend  the Cameron Highlands. Relax and enjoy the beauty of nature and also don’t forget to go to the BOH plantations.

BOH Plantations owns four tea gardens with a total planted area of 1,200 hectares: Boh, Fairlie and Sungei Palas in Cameron Highlands, and Bukit Cheeding in the lowlands.

I always like to go to the Boh Tea garden at Ringlet whenever I am on holiday in Cameron Highlands. This time I choose to visit this Sungei Palas Garden.

After touring Cactus Point and Rose Garden in Brinchang it was almost afternoon, we took the road which is nearby Brinchang and proceeded to the BOH SUNGEI PALAS GARDEN.

The road is very narrow so we can’t stop along the way for photography. I don’t have many photos on this plantation and also I missed some photo opportunity when the workers were working, plucking tea leaves in the morning.

We reached and parked our cars near to a primary school and walked along a small path toward the tea centre. A tea sommelier led us to a small room for a video presentation on the tea plantation and explained the intricacies of tea tasting. 

In 1929, a man named J.A Russell obtained a tract of freehold land and transformed it into the first highland tea garden in Malaysia. He named it Boh. So begins the history of BOH Plantations.

Generally the process of tea is 1. Plucking 2. Withering 3. Rolling 4. Fermentation 5. Drying 6. Tea tasting 7. Storage .

Later we ordered a cup of Boh tea in the Tea centre and enjoying our cuppa while overlooking the valley.

Related article : Are we still getting cool and fresh air in Cameron Highlands?

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A last minute decision trip to MAHA Exhibition goes awry.

It was a trip that I didn’t plan properly and as a result my family and I were unable to get what we wanted. It was the visit to the Malaysian Agricuture, Horticuture and Agrotourism ( MAHA ) Exhibition 2008 in Serdang during the recent school holiday in August.

It was on a saturday morning when my wife suggested to visit the MAHA exhibition when I busy looking through some images in front of my computer. It was decided after the lunch when the idea pop up again on a hot afternoon at 2pm.

I was not familiar with the location so I took a hard time to find the way and reached the venue late. The place was packed and we were prevented from parking at the open car park. I had no choice but to park my car along the main road which took us almost another half hour walk to the entrance of the exhibition. By the time we reached the entrance of the exhibition venue it was almost 4.30pm.

A sudden drizzle and the disorderly crowd waiting for the free shuttle buses made us dash on the next available tram. It took us to its destination, the animal farm instead the flower nursery.

I wanted to take some photograph of the new orchid hybrid and the children wanted to see the rodeo show.

According the newspaper report, the new orchid is a crossbreed of a new specie, with pale yellowish-greenish flowers that slowly turn yellowish-white. It was officially named the Dendrobium Datin Seri Jeanne in honour of the Prime Minister’s wife Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah.

The children have only watched rodeo on television and on the big screen, may be this is the perfect time to catch a live one. The Bull Riding —most dangerous sport displays the cowboy’s courage and riding skills against the speed and power of a bull.

At the animal farm, however we missed the rodeo show as it was past the time schedule of the event. We walked around the farms to look at some farm animals like cattle, cow, rabbit, buffalo, goat of different species, I like specially the two years old Jamnapari goat.

It was a disappointed trip that we missed the things that we wanted to see. I should go in the morning as the venue was just too huge and it needs more time to explore . The only consolation was that my wife and children were thrilled sitting on the camel.

Kanchanaburi – Bridge on the River Kwai

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Thousands of Allied Prisoners of War (PoW) and Asian labourers worked on the Death Railway under the imperial Japanese army in order to construct part of the 415 km long Burma-Thailand railway.

Most of these men were Australians, Dutch and British and they had been working steadily southwards from Thanbyuzayat (Burma) to link with other PoW on the Thai side of the railway.

This railway was intended to move men and supplies to the Burmese front where the Japanese were fighting the British

Both the wooden and the adjacent steel bridge were were built by the Japanese, using prisoner of war (POW) labour, which spanned the Mae Klong river (renamed Kwa Yai river in 1960).

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Construction work started in October 1942. A year later the rail laying was completed. The wooden trestle bridge was completed in February 1943, and the steel bridge in April 1943

About 60,000 men consisting of Indian, Burmese, Malaysian, Indonesian, Chinese and Thai labourers as well as prisoners of war took part in the construction work.

The black iron bridge was brought from Java by the Japanese to Tamarkan in 1942.

Both bridges were subjected to numerous attacks by Allied aircraft during the period December 1944 to June 1945.. The curved spans of the bridge are the original sections. A daily train is still following the historical route from Kanchanaburi to Nam Tok railway station.

Japanese army engineers selected the route which traversed deep valleys and hills. All the heavy work was done manually either by hand or by elephants as earth moving equipment was not available.

The railway line originally ran within 50 meters of the Three Pagodas Pass which marks nowadays the border to Burma. However after the war the entire railway was removed and sold as it was deemed unsafe and politically undesirable.

The prisoners lived in squalor with a near starvation diet. They were subjected to captor brutality and thus thousands perished. The men worked from dawn until after dark and often had to trudge many kilometres through the jungle to return to base camp where Allied doctors tended the injured and diseased but many died.

After the war the dead were collectively reburied in the War Cemeteries and will remain forever witness to a brutal and tragic ordeal.

Click here to view video: The Death Railway in Thailand

Bangkok’s Chinatown

I took my family for a holiday in Bangkok and I took some pictures that would like to share with you all. It’s a worthwhile trip and we enjoy it very much, especially my wife. She says it is a shopping paradise where things are cheap and nice.

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I headed straight to Bangkok’s Chinatown or Yaowarat. Many major cities in the world have a Chinatown. However, Bangkok’s Chinatown perhaps is the largest. It is not only a major tourist attraction, but also a business and commercial center.

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Visitors should not miss out on experiencing the delicious food, the gold shops, the Thai and Chinese temples, and the Thai and Chinese-style massages while touring Bangkok’s Chinatown. Shop signs in both Thai and Chinese give the visitor a clear indication that he’s in Chinatown.

Yaowarat Road is at the center of Bangkok Chinatown. It remains a pretty interesting area to visit. Most people around here speak very little English. The Chinese in Chinatown have been living in Thailand for generations, and generally consider themselves very much as Thais and most can no longer speak any Chinese.

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The busy numerous smaller roads, narrow alleys and backstreets are amazing, and it is so easy to lose your way! The crowd, tut-tuts , food stalls – shops and shops! The street is lined with ubiquitous goldsmith shops, sharksfin and birds nest restaurants, shops and vendors selling Chinese herbal medicine, dried mushrooms, salted fish, roast meat, Chinese calendars, almanacs and of course, lottery tickets.

Watching the monks go about their food gathering and blessings, being looked at as a curiosity while people go about their business – and smiling wearily as I gesture and take their photos.

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We manage to have half day to wander around in Bangkok Chinatown.There were too many places to wander around but just have not enough time. We have to go to our next destination – the visit of Grand Palace temple. The tut-tut driver was waiting.

When I am on the way back and passed by here at night, there are so much food and so many things to buy.