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Reelity Showdown at Genting Highlands!

Thanks to the folks at Reelity.tv, Nuffnang Singapore and Resorts World Genting, I had the opportunity to go on a trip to Genting Highlands again despite just being there in end June this year!!!

All of the awesome bloggers I had the privilege of traveling with!!!  L-R: Benjamin (roomie), Juli, Beatrice (roomie), Jayme, Myself, Diana (team mate), Amanda and Ziwei! I miss everyone on this trip :’) Everyone got along super well and we shared food, laughter, hotel rooms and even secrets despite most of us being strangers when we first stepped into the coach bus to Genting together.
I had a fantastic time the last trip in June, Sam went along with me and we went to the theme park, had AMAZING food at various restaurants, visited a freaky haunted house and strawberry farm and one of the highlights was literally FLYING in an indoor skydiving tunnel at First World Plaza. Read my 2 part travelogue on Genting Highlands here: Part 1, Part 2. They are picture intensive entries, and this one isn’t much different!

However this time, my objective at Genting wasn’t just to explore its grounds, but also to take part in filming for Reelity Showdown!

Omfg you’ll never guess it but the blue hooded monster in this promotional banner above is actually me. LOLOL HELLOOOO FUGLY.

Reelity TV is a cool website that lets you watch several hilarious online shows all produced locally. Reelity Showdown itself is about online personalities / bloggers battling against each other with random tasks the producers throw at them. The idea is to WIN and be the ultimate champion, of course! Nuffnang has chosen 4 bloggers and 4 participants to pair up in teams of 2 and take each other on as we partake in wildly INSANE tasks around various parts of Genting. It was CRAY CRAYYY and I am soooo excited just thinking about the first episode being released!!! Have you ever wanted to see me attempt stupid looking tasks and fail miserably? Well your wish just came true. Catch me in the yet to be released new season of Reelity Showdown, only on ReelityTV.com!!! Our season airs 30th November, 2012, so keep a look out for it! 

Or, read on to the end of the post where I have embedded the video! I bet I look wonderfully bonkers and totes unglamorous as we get mercilessly tortured by the producers and their masochist ideas, but who cares!!! The show will be so much fun to watch! My suffering, for your entertainment. I can’t reveal too much information just yet, but this post will show you some exciting teasers about the time us bloggers & the filming crew spent at Genting Highlands! ;)
On our way there.. 7 hours on a bus together is a lot of time to get to know each other better! Had the whole bus to ourselves, much to my delight, I don’t like the weird stares from strangers I get every time I hop onto the bus.
Seating behind me is Juli, a beauty blogger. She’s so petite and cute!!! You will never guess her age coz she maintain super well wtf. She is actually significantly older, but probably looks even younger than me. 
Having a girly chit chat with my roomie, Beatrice, after we checked in at First World Hotel! Got to know her better during this trip since we’d talk about random stuff every night before we fell asleep, like places we wanna travel to and our relationships with our boyfriends… she is such a sweet, sweet girl! Hardworking and beautiful to boot. What a gem. 

We didn’t do very/ much the first day after arrival because everyone was exhausted from the long traveling from Singapore besides being treated to this nice meal at Genting Palace restaurant:
So after dinner, we decided to have an early night and woke up early the next morning to commence filming!!

All of Reelity Showdown’s contestants gathered at the Outdoor Theme Park waiting to start our first challenge! We took the challenges very seriously because teams will be eliminated one by one. Game face onnn, beeyotch.
That is my game face btw. LOL I am the ultimate photo bomber in group pics!
I wish I could tell you guys about the challenges but I’m not supposed to spoil too much leh. All I can say is the first challenge involved the outdoor theme park and this ride in particular – pirate ship!!! 
Proudly brought to you by Ziwei Sandy, I post her face big big on my blog because she was so kind as to send me many pics we took from Genting :P 
A shot of us together
Huge thanks also to Diana, Benjamin and Beatrice for sending me your pictures for me to use too!!!! ♥ Especially Benjamin who took the time to do so even though he was in Taiwan haha. And Diana for sending me the very next day omg. So if you find that the picture sizing / cropping / colors is a little all over the place, its because I’m using pictures from 5 different cameras, lol.
My chosen outfit of the day. 
I thought the Penguin shirt would be rather apt because Genting gets quite cold towards the end of the year but it was in fact very warm that afternoon and a few of us got sunburnt. Cheat me one!!!
This is my team mate, Diana!!!! She was an awesome companion throughout the trip, and humored me all the way as I told her lame jokes after another lame joke. She’s so easy to talk to!

Its amazing how much 2 girls can bond over 5 days. 

We took the initiative and gave ourselves a group name for easy identification………. And it’s called….. *drumroll*

Jedi.
Because Jessica, and Diana. LOL I see a face palm incoming.
My face after finding out what the challenge was for the day. You’ll just have to stay tuned to see why I was so upset…. @_@
Another teaser of the challenge!!!!! Can you guess what we’re trying to achieve yet?

My sneakers were brand new from H&M’s sale and it gave me a lot of problems during first day of filming coz they hurt so much when I walked! Thank goodness I got it fixed (with a lot of plaster and tissue paper stuffing donated by people) other wise the other teams might have to give me a handicap due to my limping, lol.
Team Jedi after the first challenge looking quite pleased with themselves because they did well!!! (first round anyway..)

So far, so good! #notbad.jpg face.

The second and third challenges were unfortunately not a piece of cake. The second was WTF and the third one was REALLY WTF. As you can tell from their expressions, they were next in line for the challenge hahaha!!!

We had helmet cameras attached to our head to capture our every word uttered and epic facial expressions during the big drop on Space Shot. One of the bloggers actually cried (cannot say who!!) because she was so terrified of the ride…. Poor thing!!!! The ride is really very scary indeed, especially if you’re not comfortable with heights O_O

But I can’t wait to watch that part on video LOLOL #evilfriend

Oh hai Typicalben and Diana!
Us taking group shots inbetween filming segments. I realized filming takes so much more effort than a photo shoot. I thought photos were difficult because you had to set up lighting, pose, do make up, change outfits… for filming you have to do all of that and more and it often takes the whole damn day!!!! We were all knackered by the end of filming day 1.

One day down, three more to go!

Happily walking back to our hotel rooms…. and Beatrice trying to bite my hand off for some reason. She must be hungry!
She need not worry too much because dinner was SUCH a spread. I cannot stress enough how the people at Resorts World Genting never fails to spoil their bloggers every single time!!! ♥ ♥ ♥

You would have realized this if you read my previous posts on Genting, and you will realize it again now. 

Our beautiful dinner at Imperial Rama to reward ourselves for a tough day of filming. Thai green curry, wasabi / salted egg prawns, steamed fish and so much more. 
Imperial Rama is my favorite place to eat at Genting and I dare say, one of the best Chinese restaurants I’ve ever been to in my life. It serves astounding Thai-Chinese fusion food… check out more pictures of their yummylicious food as I review their food in my Genting Post 1! Over the moon that they served their famous durian tempura this time around, I’d been raving to everyone about it prior to this meal and most of them LOVED the fried crispy durian custard dessert too.
After a sumptuous meal at Imperial Rama, it was time for a luxurious spa treatment at M Spa & Fitness.. 
And the girls, Juli and Ziwei couldn’t be any more excited ;)
I was filled with so much happiness that night,  almost on the embarrassing brink of tears… because I got to have TWO of my favorite things one after the other in a single night!!! Imperial Rama + M Spa I MUST HAVE WENT TO HEAVEN instead of Genting. Not even exaggerating….. it doesn’t take a lot to make me really happy!
The last time Sam and I did a very unique Hot and Cold Stone massage in a couple’s room, this time I went for a full body Swedish massage which was utter bliss.
M Spa Stress away was the package I chose!

My therapist was not only polite and professional, but she managed to give me a gentle massage while still exerting enough force to take away the stress out of my shoulders and back, my main problem areas. I really don’t appreciate forceful massages that make me feel WORSE after the treatment. The coach ride and long filming day had tired me out so much I fell asleep during the massage…. and felt much more relaxed when I woke up!

No more aching back and muscles! If you ever visit Genting, you have to trust me when I say Imperial Rama and M Spa are world class attractions you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find at Genting Highlands.

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Second day of filming – GO!!!!
Typicalben, Shiberty and BeatriceTan are ready for battle! :P
I quite fancy the weather in Genting actually – it only drizzles and hardly rains for long and its always cool + sunny!!! Makes for good photos.

Filming location this time was at Bubbles & Bites – a relatively new Western food restaurant and it was my first time here!

Their food was surprisingly reasonably priced and Yummmeeh. To satisfy your red meat and pasta craving in Genting, this is the place to look for.

Their cute in house crossword puzzle decor on the wall!
Of course, if our shoot set was at a restaurant, naturally, our challenge had to involve FOOD… and we were forewarned it was going to be messy, and mildly embarrassing. Messy, it was. Embarrassing? A little, for some. Most important…… was it funny? Absolutely!!
Let’s just say I never ever want to work in a restaurant. EVER.
Even as a participant I couldn’t help laughing at the plight of the other contestants!
A lot of waiting around had to be done as we waited for the filming crew to set up, so us bloggers do what we do best. Camhoes are out to play!!!

These two bloggers are ridiculously good looking. 
And also ridiculously fun to hang out with. ☻
When we’re not busy being bloggers, some of us try to be models. LOL. Wait actually Beatrice actually is one, oops…
LOVE this shot of us!!! Everyone looks so good and the lighting is perf!
Had some time to walk around and go shopping at First World Plaza as filming ended early that particular day and I bought more items than I’d prepared enough Ringgit for!! Debit card to the rescue! Genting actually has a fair bit of Cheaper-Than-Singapore shopping for you to do – I bought a stack of Sasa masks at ONLY $1 each – whatta steal.
I would never allow myself near an actual credit card…. I know myself too well.

Went back to the hotel to nap after I shopped to my hearts content and checked on the others as they were filming! We happened to finish our segment earlier than the rest so we had the free time to do whatever we want.

Someone taking a picture of me taking a picture of something.

Joshua and Finn working the cameras!

KPO-ing behind the scenes!!!!

Noel Boyd is Reelity Showdown’s host, and that’s Rudy, being the sound guy… Build those arm muscles, boy!

Pretty desserts and a pretty girl. LOL wait, what did I just say??
The girls goofing around during buffet dinner time!!! 
With our awesome Nuffnang managers, Gabby the hot babe with violet hair on the left and Jayne the cutie pie on the right. :)

Big L.♥.V.E for them pretties!!!~~~~

Ohhh Diana you crack me up so much. This is our #secret #handsign, do not even bother trying to ask what it means because we will not tell you. It’s actually a pretty stupid inside joke but it makes me laugh EVERY TIME Diana does this hand sign and looks at me!!!

What do you mean I look stupid?

With Joshua Ang, director of Reelity TV. You might recognize him as a child actor from Xiao Hai Bu Ben / We Not Stupid / We Not Naughty, some absolutely funny local films that were mad popular back in its time. This job is perfect for him (I think) since he has so much experience with movies and filming!

The filming crew were very nice and patient with us the whole time. Not too overly demanding as it could easily become. It was funny seeing him in real life as opposed to on screen. Speaking of which I think I might go download those films to watch again, I LOVED We Not Stupid. Coincidentally enough he’s the boyfriend of a pretty girl named Clara whom I know through Nuffnang since 2008. Singapore is so darn small!

The gang unwinding by having some beers and screaming along to popular songs. KTV-ing is obviously one of my favorite hobbies! ;)

At Genting, one large room like this was only 25 RM per person. Can you say… CHEAP!!! Singapore KTV why you so expensive? Just one room and a stereo system only what :(( But still we get charged like $50+ for 2 people.

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The last activity highlight we experienced at Genting Highlands after filming was completed, is the newly revamped multi-million dollar Snow World! It was closed for renovation for about a year and the new version looks sooo pretty. Perfect for touristy shots, especially intriguing for people who have not been to snowing countries before I suppose!

Couldn’t be bothered with make up on the last day so I woke up, put my hair in a ponytail and headed out immediately. Ziwei’s all like “GET YO ASS HERE” and I’m like “Wait!! Still zipping!!!”

Suited up and ready to freeze our faces off, early in the morning. As soon as I stepped into Snow World I was like “OH MY GODDDDD COLD COLD COLD” and couldn’t really manage to utter any more sense than that. This was MUCH colder than Singapore’s snow city as far as I can remember… 

OoooOoooO psychedelic lights!!! Almost resemble an aurora in the arctic circle. I said almost.

Team Jedi having fun at Snow World! 

It was difficult climbing those steps in the boots and trying not to slip on slippery ice, so watch your step. Its like they’re going for a European winter feel with the decorations!

I know I complain about Singapore’s weather on a regular basis, but truth be told, I’d still take Singapore’s scorching heat over this unbearable cold any day. Unless I am on holiday with my family during Christmas then I wouldn’t mind if it snowed.

Otherwise… I might just die.

Seeking refuge in a warm igloo!

Pretty lights and soft snow at our feet!!! :) To a Singaporean, it was some kind of magic.

People said Snow World would be dirty but I didn’t find that was the case at all! It was a very pretty place to be, although there isn’t a whole lot to do besides stand around & be cold and take pictures of the uniquely decorated surroundings.

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Thank you Resorts World Genting for hosting yet another fabulous trip at Genting Highlands!!!!

And Reelity TV for having us star in the highly anticipated web series, Reelity Showdown.

I just hope they were kind and didn’t use TOO ugly footage of me. A bit or some ugly is okay, too much ugly and I might just bury a hole in the ground and go live in it, lol. Even if you’re not interested in watching me on the show *glares* there’s plenty of other female (and 1 male) eye candy bloggers for you to ogle at.

….SO!!!!
ARE YOU READY TO WATCH THE NEW EPISODE OF REELITY SHOWDOWN? 


Reelity Showdown Genting Ep.1
from reelitytv on Vimeo.

Each team had to keep a tall heavy cup full of water steady in our hands while spilling as little as possible throughout several bumpy and slippery Genting Outdoor Theme Park rides!!! It’s really not as simple as it looks, I promise you. Thank god the next challenge is indoors and relatively simpler! And yes, I am a clumsy doofus. T___T I also scream extremelyyyy loud….. It was a wild wild ride in Genting, what can I say? I guess I got thirsty.

Remember to tune into Reelity TV next week for a brand new episode! Where we take stupid, funny and crazy to a whole new level. ;) Perhaps I’ll make a worthwhile comeback to redeem myself to you viewers……… lol.

If you’re looking for a cool weathered, fun-filled place with lots of good food and exciting activities for couples or the whole family, do consider planning a trip to Genting Highlands! A place where you can experience a bit of snow, a sunny day, some New York City vibes, asian culture, western food, an outdoor and indoor theme park all in one day.

It’s not too far away from Singapore, and yet some times, when I’m there I feel like a whole world away from home. I always have a good time there. :)

xoxo,
Jess

Heaven in the hills

I’ve been to Perth so many times now but I’m still discovering new fantastic places to be every single time. Tourism Western Australia, you should honestly just hire me like right now. What are you waiting for?
My visit to Araleun Botanic Park was peaceful, serene and beautiful. There were very few other people in the huge grounds besides Sam & I so it was incredibly romantic to boot. It’s like we had this all to ourselves and we’d left the rest of the world behind. The weather was also thankfully being kind to us – after days of thunderstorms and hail, when I was at the park we had a little bit of sun, light breezes.. not too cold or hot. So happy to be surrounded by fields of gorgeous tulips, lush greenery and to breathe in the fresh, crisp air. I absolutely love how you can find natural gems like Araleun Botanic Park and Cottesloe Beach less than an hour from the city. We came at just the right time – in the middle of Winter and Spring, so the tulips were out and about. I hear in the summer, the tulips are replaced by beautiful rose blooms.

Araluen Botanic Park
362 Croyden Road Roleystone WA 6111

xoxo,
Jess

Snippets from a typical day in Perth

Whenever I tell people I’m going to Perth (again, I know, I was just there in February this year), they’d be all like…. “So soon? Back to Perth? What do you do there, anyway? It’s so slow paced…”

I admit, I have a slight obsession with this Australian city. And yeah, it IS slow paced, precisely why I like it so much.
Well, when I’m not watching Taylor Swift in concert, swimming with wild bottlenose dolphins, riding horses on the beach, taking overnight road trips and the likes…. I do the things normal people do, in Perth. They’re not especially glamorous or particularly exciting but I love it anyway, because its still so different from Singapore. Even something as mundane sounding as taking a walk in the park makes my day because the weather is so beautiful (when it doesn’t decide to hail).. and yes, the grass IS greener on this side. So is the sky, it is infinitely bluer. I guess it also depends on what you make of the situation. Whenever I’m in Perth, I’m spending time catching up with family and friends that I haven’t seen in a long time, so I have heaps of fun no matter where I’m at! So here’s what I do on Perth, on a normal day

My chosen get up of the day to frolick around Perth.


Uniquely Perth 1: Hello, overpriced Chinese food.
Your average Chinese restaurant in Perth is nowhere near as good as Singapore’s (Well duh. Sidetracking a bit, SWEE CHOON IS THE BEST SUPPER PLACE TO HAPPEN TO SINGAPORE) but we’ll make do.. Because what the heck, everyone gets sick of pastas, steaks and burgers after a while, and chinese food is a welcome change after having Western consecutively. 
Apparently everyone else agrees because it was 11am on a Sunday and ALL the Chinese restaurants offering dim sum were crazy packed!!! We’re talking 20 people waiting in line outside a fullhouse restaurant kind of packed.
After driving around for 30 minutes, we finally found a quiet stretch of road with a restaurant that actually had seats.
Happy whenever I can have a meal with my mum. I really don’t see her enough, she’s always overseas.
A lot of people have commented recently that my mum and I look alike. I don’t really think so?! The only similarity is our long faces… her nose is wayy sharper than mine, and our eyes and lips shapes are totally different! I don’t exactly look like my Dad either (not pictured above). Makes me wonder if they picked me up from a rubbish bin like they used to joke about.
After dim sum, we head straight for desserts. Mum couldn’t stop raving about this place and insisted we come here!

Loving all the low rise buildings with individual, unique, family-owned stores. Simple things like that fascinate me… like how much land they have in Australia compared to Singapore. I’ve grown up living in one of the smallest countries in the whole world.
The place is called Theobroma Chocolate Lounge, if you guys would like to check it out.
Choosing your dessert is serious business… 
Uniquely Perth 2: Indulge in sweet stuff. I love how almost every Western cafe and restaurant offers cakes and yummeh desserts in Perth, something we don’t have enough of in Singapore. Sure, we’ve got just a few niche cafes specializing in some chocolates and desserts mostly in obscure locations popping up recently… but we need to have em more readily available!!!

Raspberry cheesecake *_______* Super light and fluffy, not heavy at all, which was lovely. I noticed they always serve cheesecake with a generous dollop of whipped cream. I think it’s an Australian thing.
Holy cow…. melted warm Belgium milk chocolate drizzled over freshly made crepes, with 2 scoops of vanilla bean ice cream at the side. GET IN MY BELLY!!!
The chocolate was sooo rich and wonderful. Normally I’m not even that big a fan of milk chocolate (I’m a white choc kinda girl) You know with all the crazy amounts of mad food I stuff my face with in Perth, its a miracle I don’t put on weight whenever I go there. I weigh myself before I went, and after I came back, I wasn’t any bit heavier.. which was shocking. I was like :DDD when I saw the scale. I reckon it is coz of all the walking I do in Perth, which I don’t bother with in Singapore because the weather is too unpleasant. I come back with largely developed calf muscles lolol.
Uniquely Perth 3: Awesome number plates on vehicles!

I saw Jessie once. My friend said this Leonardo car plate would be worth up to 5k….. In Singapore you can only bid for nice sounding numbers like 8888.

You’ll see quite a lot of unique and vintage cars in Perth. Vehicles in Australia are so cheap and aplenty, you can get a second hand one for under 5k. And for the record they don’t have a 90k COE price tag that Singaporeans have to pay….

This one is so funnily shaped and its called A Minor!!!! Cute maximus. Actually now I’m wondering if its A Minor as in music or…. A minor as in underage?! 
Uniquely Perth 4: Go grocery shopping in their larger than life supermarkets. Holy guacamole.
Look at that fully stocked deli. I have died and gone to housewife heaven. If I lived in Australia I would cook wayyy more often than I already do in Singapore. SO MUCH fresh produce in Australia….. back home the supermarket doesn’t even stock steaks…. or sometimes even minced pork…. or basic fruits and vegetables like lemons. -___- 
*stabs self in the heart and dies* Nothing is more frustrating than finding a great recipe only to find you don’t have access to the damn delicious looking ingredients!!!
Back to the apartment for a change in outfit, Mum lent me her Abercrombie & Fitch track suit….. and somehow persuaded me to take a one hour brisk walk / jog around Burswood Park, 10 minutes from where we stay.

While jogging along the Swan River…. Not bad for a candid shot hey?!

Just my hair…. swaying in the wind. Went to touch up my fiery tresses at Shunji Matsuo a few days before my flight.

Good thing I did because it got me countless compliments from Perthians!!! Been 2 weeks and its still blood red. I still can’t understand how they got my hair so red without bleaching it! I’ve never been complimented this excessively by strangers and honestly having complete randoms suddenly come up to you, exclaiming excitedly “I LOVE your hair!! Where’d you get it done?” while almost rudely reaching out to touch your hair without permission is something I haven’t gotten used to yet. Cuz then I have to tell them I did it in Singapore and they look all disappointed like…. well at least you peeps in Singapore know who to go to for awesome hair coloring.

Uniquely Perth 5: Strolling along the Swan River and taking in its beauty.
It is ever blue and sparkling, and home to many different animals as well! A lot of people in Perth have told me they spot dolphins happily cruising this river frequently – I have yet to see one myself!! The Swan River runs along most of Perth’s landscape…. and it is a stunningggg backdrop for the city. I LOVE looking out for birds that live around it, such as these boastful black swans which the river was named after. They’re everywhere!!!

 My favorite past time in car rides is to look out for unique birds flying around. Western Australia’s wildlife is truly astounding, even in the city and urbanized areas. Wildlife is definitely something I feel deprived of when I’m in Singapore. My hometown is a fantastic super rich super modern super safe super clean city with super infrastructure etc etc but its lacking these simple basic things that makes life extra beautiful. I love animals! Not in the “I love puppies / kittens / bunnies and all things cute” or dog lover kind of way… but I love WILD animals, being around them, learning about them in documentaries, observing them up close.. :)

In this small park alone I spotted black swans, swifts, silver gulls, great comorants, crows, magpies, three different types of ducks, willy wagtails, HUGE PELICANS, rainbow lorikeets… and others I don’t even know the names of. They filled the air with all sorts of animated happy chirping and calls, and it was fun to see bright colors zooming right above my head, barely inches away from me. Some even walked right up to my feet (hoping I’d feed them?)….. no fear man.

I have this new found fascination with birds since frequenting Australia because they have so much of them. Who knows, in the future I might be one of those weird bird watchers going to nature reserves with binoculars and a notebook lol.

While we’re on the topic…. check out this strange lady feeding all the birds. 
We walked over in bemusement and said hi to her but she shot us a strange look, then turned her back and ignored us. I guess she prefers birds to humans by a long shot. You can’t see the rest of the birds outside of this shot but there must have been 100+ of them O_O
Sam being wonderfully childish and scaring them off after the lady got up and left. I love how he too thinks chasing after sea gulls is hilarious. I enjoy doing that way too much for a 20 year old… sea gulls are so annoying and funny at the same time hahahaha
This is what I mean when I say the Swan River really completes Perth’s beauty.
Uniquely Perth 6: King’s Park.



Panoramic views of the sky line you won’t get anywhere else, and velvety lush gardens!!! I’ve been here every single trip to Perth, and I will continue making it a point to visit in all my future trips. No trip to Perth is proper without checking out King’s Park, one of the largest inner city parks in the world… even bigger than Central Park in New York! I would have loved to have taken more pictures but it was just too damn cold and windy, I was literally shivering. I have more pictures in my archive taken years ago if you wanna have a look.

It is Spring in Australia now, wish means wildflowers galore!!!!!!!!!! Fields and gardens blossom with an assorted array of flora. If you take a few hours drive outta Perth you will be amazed at all the wildflowers you can see. These lavender bushes smelled like heaven…. or rather just like the body lotions and bath soaps I pay $20 a bottle for. 

These Instagram (@shiberty) pictures were taken around the neighbourhood, with the purple one literally being right outside the door step.

Bel and I!!! Right before we went to have yummy pizzas at Little Caesars for dinz.
Very appreciative of friends who take time off their busy schedules to hang out with Sam and I and bring us around to cool new places when we came to Perth on a last minute decision :)

Bel, Conan, H, Robert, Gwen, Denise… you guys are all awesome ♥

Despite it being Spring, it felt A LOT like Winter.. hence we were dressed for the occasion. It’d be like 9 degrees in the day time. When the wind blew I felt like dying.

For some reason the whole week I was in Perth happened to be a freak week of unforgiving thunderstorms, hail (yes, muthafuckin hail!!! god was basically taking a cold poop on perth) when I was told the week Before AND After I visited, straight days of warm sunny perfect weather. Someone up there doesn’t like me.

At least that gave me a valid reason to wear my cute beanie. I hope the next time I visit it is during summer so I get to go to Ningaloo Reef… which I’ve been planning to for agesss. 
So so so much of Western Australia I’ve yet to explore. I feel like I’ve barely uncovered the tip of the iceberg. 
xoxo,
Jess

Genting Highlands Part 2!!

If you haven’t read my Genting Highlands Part 1 Post yet, click here!


Rise and Shine!!

….Not really. We’re not morning people at all :P So knackered from the day before we were, that we only managed to drag our bottoms out of bed when breakfast was over, so we missed out on the buffet breakfast! That’s alright though, because in two hours, lunch was gonna be ready for us.

But first, we venture into the Outdoor Theme Park! Tickets are priced at RM 50 per adult.

We got there a little past 11am and there was already a whole lotta people… it filled up even more as the day went on. It is always a popular place, so your best chances at short queue lines would be just when the park opens or when it’s about to close.

The first ride you’ll see upon entering the theme park – the spinner!!!!! It looks like it might give you a bad headache going in so many circles, but it’s not so bad. Way better than the pirate ship kind of ride.

My older brother used to LOVE this one. He hates roller coasters and heights, but he doesn’t mind spinning stuff, probably coz it’s not too high and the wind in hair feeling is quite enjoyable. :) I can still hear his excited wails going “WooOOooOOo!!!” in my head as I picture us going round and round, in the sky.. I was probably just 11 years old then.

Good times.

Waiting in line for our turn!

Cup corn – my must have whenever I’m in Genting!!! The corn is sooo sweet..  although the amount of melted butter at the end of the cup is quite alarming (and addictive o.O)

As theme parks go, the outdoor theme park wasn’t huge, but it was quite big, with all sorts of different rides. The kiddy ones are adorable! I’VE BEEN ON EVERY SINGLE RIDE IN THE THEME PARK!!! (in my life, not during this trip only) Can I get a medal please?

My favorite one used to be this horsie thingy that would go up and down…. I like the feeling of my guts in the air hahaha. Imagine one of those cute kids up in the air was me….. at 9 years old…. yep.

You can see the rainbow First World Hotel this prominently from the theme park – that’s how close it is!

If I had to use only one word to describe the aesthetic appearance of Genting Highlands, I would say…. Colorful. Everything is so brightly colored. I mean… just look at First World Hotel.

The queue for this hang gliding flying coaster was insanely long – had to wait something like over an hour!!!!! It reminded me a lot of a smaller version of the Manta Ray we sat in Sea World, Orlando.

It was brain-mashing fun of course, got the adrenaline pumpin’ going, by the time we finished this, we hardly had any time left for other rides before lunch came along. Anyhoo, some of my other favorite rides were either under construction or under maintenance, so we didn’t get to go on the other thrill rides.. but that was okay with us.

We managed to squeeze in just a teeny bit more theme park time at night, right before dinner, and we got through my favorite ride – the Space Shot!!!!

It slowly lifts you up into the air 185 feet off the ground, then DROPS you right down at 67km/h – NOT for the faint hearted!!!!!!  :D

Because Space Shot is located on the edge of a hill top, it feels a lot higher than it actually is when you’re dangling in the seats, with nothing below you and overlooking the whole theme park with the best bird’s eye view of it.

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Nothing makes you hungrier than roller coasters and cold weather.

We welcomed yet another amazing meal by Resorts World Genting with open arms!!!! They seriously spoiled us rotten.

Happy Valley Seafood Restaurant @ Lobby Floor, Theme Park Hotel

What’s for lunch this time?

Yesterday for lunch, we had abalone, king prawn tom yum, the nicest steamed fish I’ve had… Next day, we’re having lobster, crabs with salted egg, and live prawns……..

I APPROVE. :P

How do you know your seafood is as fresh as possible? When it’s still swimming in front of you when you enter the restaurant! We saw someone use a net and catch a fish out of the tank right in front of us – we were so near, tank water almost got onto me.

Nice.. I think.

Sam found this seafood specimen hilarious. It’s called a geoduck. I was sort of glad it wasn’t on our menu, although it would’ve been interesting to try.

It looks like a……..

A………… ***PG-13 Rated Blog Post*** Normally, I’d say it, but this is a sponsored post, and I must be professional. LOL.

Sweet Corn with Crab Meat Soup - I would’ve liked the crab meat soup better without the sweet corn, but maybe that’s because I already had sweet corn before lunch. :P

You’ll find rather generous chunks of crab meat floating in the thick soup…. why is seafood in Malaysia (and Genting in particular!) always so cheap and gooood?

Australian Lobster baked with cheese – Fat Lobster. ’nuff said.

Sorry for the difference in photo quality as compared to pictures taken on the first day, I switched from my DSLR to an outdoor compact camera as I didn’t wanna lug a DSLR through the theme park.

Live Prawns fried Hong Kong style – I don’t know what hong kong style is, never been to Hong Kong. What I do know is that the stuff on top of the prawns is delicious, and so is the fresh prawn meat!!!

Live Crab fried with Salted Egg - To DIE for.

The salted egg sauce = super gao. Crab meat was firm (not soggy like gross old / unfresh crabs) and succulent. My favorite word to use on seafood is “succulent” LOL if it’s succulent then it MUST be good!!!!!!! The salted egg sauce beats any I’ve tried in SG hands down… but then again, I haven’t had a lot of salted egg crabs in SG – can anybody recommend me good restaurants with big crabs? :)

Deep fried chicken with Plum Sauce – tastes like sweet & sour chicken. Simple and satisfying.

Stir fried baby French Beans with Belacan – Tastes just like home.

Every dish has been at least a 7/10 so far.  Even though Happy Valley restaurant has a more humble layout and concept than Imperial Rama, the food was still great. You can’t survive just on abalone and durian tempuras everyday, anyway! :P

Steamed Soon Hock – It was the same type of fish as the day before, but tasted completely different (equally as awesome though) because of the way it was seasoned! Soon Hock, you are my new favorite fish to have at a restaurant!!!

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Sadly, we didn’t have time to stick around for dessert, because Sam & I had to rush off for our appointment….

We were going to do INDOOR SKYDIVING!!!!!!!



Genting Sky Venture @ Level T2A, First World Plaza

2nd time I’m doing this in my life, and Sam’s virgin attempt! I’d raved about this unique activity to the bf time and time again, I was glad he’s finally going to try it himself. I’d first did indoor skydiving also at Genting with my cousin more than 6 years ago!!!!

We bought the DVD filming of us “flying”... And here it is, for your viewing pleasure:

Sam helped me edit the video (his choice of captions ahaha), and I requested for “I Believe I Can Fly” as the theme song. LOL. The first part of the video, you’ll see Sam struggling to stay airborne, a random cute chubby kid doing swimming movements, and towards the end, at 2:13 you’ll see me. Acting completely retarded. I commented, “I dunno why my hands look so weird!!! I had no idea I was doing that action with it. So stiff.”

I have my hands spread out in this stuuuuuupiiiiddd “CLAW” position all the way till the end of the video…. My friend Nicholas burst out laughing when he saw it.

He said, “You look like you’re drying your nails!!! YOU’RE DOING THE SALLY HANSEN POSE!!!!

………….OMFG.

We both laughed and laughed so much I think I had a tear in my eye. I really WAS doing the “dying my nails” pose – that’s EXACTLY how my hands look like when I’m having a manicure done, waiting for my nails to dry. Hey…. I wonder if I paint a fresh coat of nail polish then air dry it at the indoor skydiving wind tunnel, how fast it’d dry, since wind speeds go up to 193km/h.

How stupid I look aside, indoor skydiving was BOMB, just like I remember it to be. You feel an instant sense of weightlessness when you enter…. you somehow immediately float up the moment you lean forward. I tried to smile for the camera because I knew it was rolling, but couldn’t, because the wind speeds were so strong, it felt so forced!

 My favorite part was how at the end the sky diving instructor came and grabbed me then spun me up and down and up and down. I have no idea how he manipulates his movements so easily. The wind is so strong, it’s deafening. I think I did not bad though!!!!



Mission accomplished babe!!!

Who is this girl and why is she not afraid of looking stupid?!?

Another one to check off the list of crazy things we’ve done, and are going to do together :)

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The perfect way to end a crayy crayyy day like the one we just had…. is with a BLISSFULLY relaxing time at quiet spa. Hell yesssss!!!!

M Spa & Fitness @ Lobby Floor, Maxims Genting Hotel

A nice place to get away from the hustle & bustle, which is all about in Genting.

Okay… I’m ready to be pampered, M spa, so let’s see what you’ve got!

Carol sweetly pouring tea for us as Sam looks on in bemusement… CAROL!!!! DON’T NEED TO KNEEL PLZ. Lol.

I happily snap vain pictures as I wait for hot tea to be poured. Why my life cannot everyday like this ah??

Thanks to Carol & Christine, Sam and I got the couple room for our massage treatment that is to come. However, there were separate sauna & jacuzzi rooms for males, and females.

You get to enjoy 1 hour usage of this area before your treatment starts!!!

 Unwinding begins in three…. two……

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Hot bubbles melting all my worries and troubles away. Err, not that I had a lot at that moment in time. Except, how was I going to eat more abalone for dinner? I was still full from lunch.

The steam and sauna room… which I couldn’t last more than 3 whole minutes in. Too hot to be considered relaxing for me! I know it’s meant to be good for you because it gets out the toxins in your skin etc etc but I eventually gave up torturing myself and just sat in the warm jacuzzi chatting with the PR girls from Genting.. which was a lot easier.

Can you tell? I’m as relaxed as relaxed can be.

 Do I look like I just went indoor sky diving and sat on roller coasters and screamed my lungs out on thrill rides? No? Good.

I was led to our couple room for the massage to begin :D

We were not naked, ok? I know confirm someone’s gonna ask if I don’t have this disclaimer up… We’re wearing disposable shorts / undies / bra underneath our towels.

BUT SO WHAT IF WE WERE??? Lol.

Our treatment was called the Hot & Cold Stone Therapy - like the name suggests, it uses stones soaked in either cold, or hot water, rubbed with massage oil all over your body. It really is quite lovely and unlike your usual massage with bare hands.

I prefer the texture of smooth, curvy rocks on my skin – soothing, and it works better for me because some times I feel uncomfortable when human hands touch me.

They lay hot stones on the bed for you to lie down on, covered with a towel (so it doesn’t jab into your skin). It sounds painful, and it kinda is a little sometimes, but most of the time it’s very very very relaxing. The mixture of hot and cold stones on your skin takes some time to get used to, but once I did.. I relished every single second of it. Probably one of my most favorite spa treatments of all time because it was that special. It was about 1 and a half hours long – to my liking.

The longer the treatment, obviously the better… n_n

Here’s some other treatments they offer if you’re interested in checking M Spa & Fitness out!

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Everyone’s happy and rejuvenated after their spa treatment. We walk over to have our dinner at

 Genting Palace Restaurant @ 2nd Floor, Maxims Genting.

Which proved to be overwhelmingly popular – the entire restaurant was packed with people and the lines outside of it was pretty atrocious!

I think….. the spa therapy was very good. In fact, just a little too effective. Because somehow, taking a picture of the menu slipped my mind, and I dug in without even asking of the names of the dishes. LOL. I was both sleepy and hungry at the same time. Oops!!!

But since I already have such an extensive coverage of food above… I figured you could do with mouthwatering pictures of the food without captions this time. :)

It was fabulous, in case you couldn’t already tell. Once again taken aback by the stunning quality of food we’ve had in Genting. Judging by the amount of food photos I have in this post, this is turning out to be a food tour of sorts!!

We had a friendly chat with the chef, who danced a little for us (hehehe really) and slowly talked the night away over a 2 hour dinner…

That, was the end of our wonderful second day of adventures in Genting.

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Next morning, we were all packed and prepared (but very reluctant! T_T) to go home the next day.. but not after some breakfast at

The Bakery @ Lobby Floor, Maxims Genting.

This is where my family and I normally have breakfast when we’re at Genting too, my grandmother sits and sips coffee here.. but now they’ve renovated the whole place and updated their menu – it looks so much more modern.

What a spread! We had everything on our table, from smoked salmon sandwiches to beef focaccia to mango cupcakes to cheesecakes to hot chocolate to latte… that was about half the table’s worth only. Yummy!!!

A good breakfast set the right mood for the rest of our day – which mainly consisted of a 7 hour coach ride back home to Singapore. We gave Carol & Christine hugs, said our goodbyes, and begrudgingly left the mountainside for our concrete jungle once more. I hope this won’t be the last time I’m back here!

A shout out to Resorts World Genting for their generosity, giving me the opportunity to revisit this nostalgic place and relive memories, Nuffnang for arranging this for their lucky bloggers, and the rest of the people who made the whole experience mega awesome!!!

Sam & I had immense fun! I’m glad he ended up enjoying himself that much considering the last time we were in Malaysia, we didn’t have such a good time at another popular tourist spot that failed to live up to expectations.

This has changed the way I look at and feel about Genting – now, instead of just precious memories with my family & friends, I have some with other bloggers & my boyfriend! And to be honest, I’ve never quite associated Genting with  good food… but now…… I clearly will. :P

I will continue to have dreams of durian tempura and abalone and indoor skydiving for weeks to come.

xoxo,
Jess

Genting Highlands Part 1!!!

At the end of June, Sam & I had the wonderful opportunity to go on a sponsored trip to Genting Highlands, courtesy of Resorts World Genting and Nuffnang. Genting is nestled on a mountain peak (maximum elevation about 1,860 m) in Malaysia, about 40 minutes from Kuala Lumpur.

I was really psyched for the getaway despite having been to Genting more than 10 times in my life because it was Sam’s first time there, and I wanted to take him to see places I used to hang out at when I was a kid and tell him stories about all the times my family spent there. I jokingly said I could walk around Genting blindfolded, and turns out, that was true for the most part. Genting actually has a very special place in my heart. My immediate & extended family used to come here for our annual trips together, so at every corner of Genting I turn to, I look at this place and go

“Oh, this eatery is familiar. Mum used to buy us breakfast at this place in the mornings” and a few minutes later, I’d be like “Hey! This is where my brother and our cousins used to hang out at night. And that over there would be their favorite place to buy snacks from.”

My tales of Genting are quite endless.

 From old childhood friends to aunties to cousins to maids to ex-boyfriends, Genting is my own personal treasure chest of memories. Before this trip I hadn’t gone back in a few years, so it was very nostalgic to be there again. Like I’ve said, I’ve been to Genting many times – but I’ve never experienced it the way I did this time. I stepped into fabulous restaurants that are new establishments (wish they were around during my time of frequent visits!), was brought to attractions I’ve never been to before, and of course… re-visited old ones.

The first thing I noticed when I got off the coach bus and stepped onto mountain soil was how much warmer it had become. Probably good for people who can’t stand the cold, but coming from Singapore, wearing a jacket outdoors is somewhat of a fascinating luxury. I recall having to don thick wind breakers whenever I was in Genting to face the teeth-clattering cold at night and during colder days, when I wanted to visit the outdoor theme park. This trip I was walking around in shorts and T-shirt without a problem, some times even breaking out in perspiration. Is this the result of global warming? :(

Nevertheless, I also realized it was noticeably cleaner than the last time I visited it. They’ve maintained the grounds quite well considering Genting Highlands has been around for a long, long time! At least 20+ years.

We were given complimentary rooms at First World Hotel, which had hordes of people waiting at the lobby,  the most people I’ve ever seen at a hotel, with good reason – it is the fourth LARGEST hotel in the world, going by the number of rooms. A whopping 6,118 number of rooms!!!! source: wiki

Lucky for us, First World Hotel was extremely near the outdoor theme park and other attractions, boasting an indoor theme park of it’s own, so while we had to walk around a lot during this trip, thanks to the proximity of our hotel to everything else, walking time was cut back by quite a lot.

The first place we were whisked off to was Imperial Rama, our pit stop for lunch on the first day. We only had 2 nights, so there was no time to be wasted napping even though we felt pretty battered from a 7-hour bus ride from Singapore to Genting Highlands.

Highlands hotel, as seen above, was normally our choice of accommodation for my family, but  I never got the chance to dine at Imperial Rama because it only opened for business after we stopped making our annual trips here!

Imperial Rama @ Level 2, Highlands Hotel is a Thai-Chinese fusion restaurant that serves amazinggggg mouth-watering food!! I crown this my new favorite spot in Genting. Even when we were just walking in, I got all excited because I could tell this was going to be a good meal… the place looked so fancy!

We were ushered into a private room tucked away in a quiet corner, which is a nice touch. I hate over crowded and noisy restaurants, but not that I noticed Imperial Rama had that problem.

This is the general public dining area, equally elegant and inviting :)

Sam is like…

“I am SO ready for my first proper meal in 12 hours!!!” Or probably more than that since our coach left at 6am for 7 hours, and before that we were sleeping.

Feeeed me!!!

My favorite thing about chinese restaurants? Their lazy susans! Otherwise known as a turntable. I like the concept of sharing food but find having to get up and awkwardly reach over half the table to reach the food terribly hassling.

I looked through our menu that was about to be served. Raised an eyebrow.

Jaw dropped to the floor. Did a little happy dance without anyone noticing. Are you freakin’ kidding me?!?!!?!?!? This is our LUNCH? All of that for 6 people (2 other bloggers Miyake & Yutaki, Sam & Myself, and our 2 guides & PR people from Genting)…

 If this is what our first meal looks like, I can’t WAIT to see what else Genting has in store for us. O_O

Lily Bulbs with Emperor Sprout Orange Salad - my first time trying a chinese salad. Surprisingly not bad and I ate more of this compared to the other dishes because it was refreshing and cuz I wanted to save stomach space for the main courses hehe.

Smoked Duck Roll – anything smoked duck is good to me.

Thai Fish Crackers – this did not impress me as much as the rest of the dishes, since crackers are just crackers to me, but Sam liked it.



Spicy Mango Salad with Dried Squid – Nice, but a tad too spicy for my liking! By the time I attacked this with my cutlery, the other dishes were already being served so my attention quickly diverted to…

King Prawn Tom Yam Soup - Like Sam is suggesting, THUMBS UP!!! (Y) I would give them a whole hand up for this dish if I could.

When I saw this on the menu, “K lor, tom yum soup only. How good can it be? Sounds quite boring actually, I’ve been to Thailand so many times before, have had tom yum soup as authentic as could be so how is this going to impress me?”

I was (happily) mistaken. This tom yum soup is surprisingly different from everything else I’ve tried and it’s currently my favorite variation – it is less sour, much more sweet and prawny tasting, still has a spicy kick.. and a thicker consistency compared to the clear Tom Yum Goong typically found in Thai restaurants. I LOVE IT! The king prawns were obviously huge as well, they looked more like crayfish or small lobsters to us. I finished the whole bowl with a grin on my face, which was a generous serving held in a heated bowl.

I made it a point to point out to the chef how delicious I thought it was – when they could, the PR people arranged for the talented chefs to seat down with us and have the meal together, it was interesting being able to meet the people behind our food personally and ask them questions about it, which they were more than willing to answer!

Braised Abalone with Pumpkin Sauce – This converted me into an abalone eater. ♥

During Chinese New Year, whenever my mum gleefully brought out abalone for her kids to enjoy, I would frown disapprovingly and not understand what the fuss is about. I thought it tasted like rubber. Expensive, edible rubber, lol. Guess I wasn’t eating the good grade ones, or it wasn’t prepared properly. BUT THIS… I think I had 4 thick slices all to myself, because the others didn’t seem that interested – lucky me!!!

I asked the waiter what the yellow colored sauce was, because it accompanied the abalone so well.. he looked confused then replied, “…Yellow sauce.” #okcan

Never mind.

Then when the chef came and joined us, I asked him what the yellow sauce’s main ingredient was… and I found out it was pumpkin!!! Which is why it has a subtly sweet taste to it. The chef also told me their abalone is from Australia, which is why it tastes so dang good.. everyone knows food from Australia is amazing!!!

Steamed Marble Goby Fish with Crispy Ginger and Garlic – man this fish was huge!!!

Don’t think I’ve ever seen this much fish on a plate. :o I’m not sure if I was extraordinarily hungry that day or something, but the food blew my mind. At least the tom yum soup, abalone and this fish really did. I couldn’t stop raving the entire time. The fish was fresh, succulent, and like the crispy ginger & garlic pieces on top, it was done to pure perfection.

 Around this time I made a mental note swearing to myself that if my mum ever visited Genting again, I’d convince her to dine here.. Even better, if I go with her I will personally bring her to Imperial Rama myself to try the dishes I’ve had the utmost pleasure of devouring! And hopefully the chef would still remember me. :)

Guinness Stout and Coffee Pork Ribs - Alcoholic ribs? Eh? That didn’t sound too great to me, so I had the coffee one. Regrettably, now I’m sitting here in front of my computer, 12am, wondering what the Guinness Stout one tastes like… *drools* Sam said it didn’t have any particular alcohol taste, it was pretty tasty.

The coffee sauce ribs were tender and topped off with a sweet, sticky glaze.

Green Curry Chicken with Golden Sweet Corn Fried Rice – “No way I’m going to have room for rice in this tummy”.. before the rice was served.

“WHY IS THIS RICE SO NICE?? I wish I could have another bowl. Why must I be so full?!” -

 after I had my first spoonful of rice. #truth I don’t even eat rice normally, I probably only have it 2 times a week, tops. Which is very little for a Chinese person. I loved the way Imperial Rama incorporated Thai food elements into chinese cuisine!!! It goes together so well.

I looked Sam dead in the eye and said, “Eh, even if we came on a 7 hour bus ride just for this meal, I don’t mind. It’s ridiculously good.” 

He laughed… but I was serious. LOL.

Last, but definitely not the least dish. Deep-fried Durian Tempura with Sour Sop – Ok.

 THIS SEALED THE DEAL FOR ME!!!!!

I am not a fan of durian, or its pungent smell. I will give my mother an earful if she buys durian back because it stinks up our whole house. I think it looks like yellow stringy gooey poop. If it smells like poop, then half my mind is already convinced that it tastes like poop.

I don’t know how… but the chef worked his magic and made this dessert into something I’d eat again, and again, and again. You’re about to be very, very jealous.

This durian tempura is flaky and crispy on the outside, without being too oily or crusty. On the inside is smooth custard heaven. It tastes like sweet creamy durian, except it has NO stench at all, in fact it smells quite pleasant. Just look at the picture, ok??? Cuz I have no words. I can’t even think. I’m salivating so much I am swimming in a pool of saliva. Someone throw me a life vest.

Like Miyake said, “How can this be so yummy?!?!” I don’t know how. All I know is I will never eat durian again until I come back to Imperial Rama in Genting :( Because nothing will ever match up, and I know this for a fact.

Sam, Myself, Le Amazing Chef, Yutaki, and Miyake pose for a group photo!!! #takemeback

Thank you Resorts World Genting for feeding us so well throughout our trip! It was quite literally food for kings.

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With our tummies now filled to the brim with all sorts of happy food, we return to our hotel rooms for a short break before scooting off to our next destination about a 15 minutes taxi drive down the mountain…. a Strawberry Farm!

I have heard about this place before, but it was is my first time here. Mum never bothered taking me to farms, she doesn’t like outdoorsy stuff.

Mandatory tourist shots ;)

Sam digging the Genting trip so far. He says this is definitely one of the better parts of Malaysia he’s been to.

This is Christine on the left, and Carol on the right!

 They are the sweet PR personnel from Resorts World Genting who attended to our every need and made sure our trip went smoothly. Thanks to them we had such a fabulous time!!! ♥

Strawberry farm – here we come!!

Upon first sight – I was kinda disappointed.

I was expecting Strawberry Fields Forever (did you read that in a Beatles voice?) but… it wasn’t the right time of the year, unfortunately. I was informed that most of the crops had already been harvested for souvenir and products sake. Nevertheless, the premises still looked pretty and there were fresh and plump strawberries waiting to be plucked if you look a little harder!

This is me scanning the rows of plants in the distance for strawberries….

Not really, just me being vain. :P

Oi people come here to pick strawberries, not flowers la!!

A farmer (I dunno what else to call him. An Indian strawberry farm helper?) saw me snapping photos then offered to help me take a few. He instructed me to hold a hand out, dangled a strawbie in front of my DSLR lens and then….

LOL. Genius!!!!!!!! How come I didn’t think of this?

And the Guinness World Record for largest strawberry in the world goes to…

I’m so happy I got my DSLR fixed up (it was totally unusable before) for this trip. I love how the photos turned out :)

Our basket of juicy goodness ♥ Strawberries are one of my favorite fruits!

With Carol, she & Christine picked most of the strawberries actually… I just pranced around like a fairy admiring the pretty strawberries. Don’t like to do the gritty work :P

I purposely picked a red flowery dress for this farm visit… only to look like a giant strawberry myself.

Only 100g for RM 6!

After picking our share of strawberries, we take a short walk over to the lavender and flower farm, just a few minutes away.

A mushroom and vegetable farm was also very nearby. I didn’t know there were so many farms in one area – I thought there was only strawberries!

An accidental shot of beautiful lavender blooms. Aren’t they beautiful?

I say accidental because I was using manual focus, but I only half-bent down to snap a picture of the plant on the ground without really knowing what exactly I was taking a photo of, hoping the pic would turn out nice… and it did!

If you think these don’t look like lavender at all, then you have the same thoughts I did when I first saw them. They look nothing like your usual lavender but upon intense googling, I found out that there are approximately 39 different types of lavender, and the scientific name of the type found in this farm is called Plectranthus Ecklonii Mona Lavender.

…Right. Let’s just call it lavender.

This just makes me want to frolic in a field of gorgeous wild flowers and take frivolous photos all day.

 I’ve been dying to visit Australia during spring time but I haven’t gotten the chance.. this will be my fix for now! I liked this place even more than the strawberry farm, because it was quieter and blooming flowers were littered everywhere.

Me snapping away with the iPhone to tweet pictures of later. Do I ever stop taking pictures? No.

Look mom!!!! I’m matchy matchy with the pretty flowers!

Then I spotted this WALL of… morning glories? Perfect backdrop for all your picture taking needs!!!!

 Too bad I was so iffy about all the insects flying around that I freaked out after a few snaps and went into the souvenir store, giving up on photos. Miyake & Yutaki soldiered on, a caterpillar even got onto Yutaki’s hat… but they weren’t fazed at all. That’s true dedication. LOL.

We moved on from the lavender & flowers farm… to a vegetable & mushroom / assorted plants farm! They don’t seem to stick to any particular theme.

These cacti are so brightly colored & cute!!! Wanted to buy one home because apparently they don’t need much taking care of, but I wasn’t sure how to take it home safely :3

Candid funneh pic of Sam gawking at something ahahah he is sometimes so primitive looking, like an orang utan. :P

I didn’t take any pictures of the mushroom farm because as interesting as it was, it wasn’t exactly photogenic. They weren’t growing out of the ground like you’d expect, they kept them in dark, cool, moist plastic bags in rows and shelves of different mushrooms.. which all emitted a musky smell.. so… no photos.

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After spending an hour ish at the farms, the sun started to set and we made our way back for dinner.

Dinner was buffet fare at Coffee Terrace @ Maxims Genting, Lobby Floor.

Don’t be fooled by its name… this is not just a place for coffee – it boasts a very impressive selection of buffet food!

I liked their octopus ball better than famous brands like Tako Yaki :) #craving

At Coffee Terrace, you get Chinese, Indian, Malaysian, Indonesian, Japanese, Western.. all sorts of food, with many stationed chefs ready to whip you up a piping hot bowl of Assam Laksa (my fav!!) or grill you some fresh seafood!

This is what Sam looks like when he’s starving but I’m forcing him to pose for a photo before he can take his food and eat it. Life of the boyfriend of a female blogger.

They’re either forced to take lots of photos for the girlfriend, or exploited for content themselves… HAHAHA. Anything for true love, right?

Christine and Carol patiently waiting at the table for us while we get out food first! They’re always so accommodating and patient, I felt right at home at Genting with them taking good care of us.

Here’s my plate – Round 1.

Think I went for 2 rounds, and was going to go for a 3rd round for dessert, but most desserts were already wiped out as we got there rather late… Kua kua! The food was surprisingly decent quality considering it had such a huge variety. I’ve had breakfast buffets at Coffee Terrace before, which was ok, I find their dinner much better. At buffets, I’ve learned not to expect too much and that most of the time, you either get 1) Quantity or 2) Quality. Most of the time it’s the former without the latter, but when you happen to get both, rejoice.

I especially enjoyed their indian and local fare. BBQed sting ray… chicken tikka.. get in ma belly!!! Too many different types of food to name individually!!

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We probably shouldn’t have eaten at a buffet considering what we were going to do next…

Run around and scare the living daylights outta ourselves in a haunted house experience located at First World Plaza!!!!!! O_O

This is what it looks like from the bottom and outside, you have to take an “elevator” up to an enclosed room, where the terror begins.

I think the elevator totally elevates the frightening atmosphere because it kept squeaking and moved so slowly… Check out the huge poster for the haunted house on the elevator!

We look very happy but actually we were quite apprehensive..  We almost had to force Miyake to go in with us, because she didn’t want to in the first place.

Hahahah she clutched onto my arm, going “SHIBERTY, why are we doing this???” Or was it, “Shiberty, why are you doing this to me?!?!?” I about pissed myself laughing, and shat myself in fear at the same time.

So.. what was it like in there?!

No photography or videos allowed (too busy running for my life to record anyway), but basically, A LOT of screaming and shrieking involved. Before we even stepped into the maze, someone in a disguise suit scared us and we jumped about 3 meters back. LOL. I remember going into the haunted house several times before when I was a kid, freaked the hell out of me.. this time? STILL DID.

It was almost pitch black dark, with narrow passages throughout the confusing maze. Half the time you can’t see where you’re even going. Loud noises and bright flashes going off everywhere. Things popping out at you from nowhere. At first we formed a single line, me refusing to go first, so I clutched onto Miyake’s back and Sam was the last one with Yutaki being brave in front… but when the creepy men in scary suits started chasing us, tailing dangerously close behind, we broke up formation and started pushing each other in order to get to the front so we won’t be the last person behind to get ?murdered? by him. Things got pretty rough and I stumbled a few times, but I was determined not to be the last person!!! I can’t believe how caught up in the moment we got!!!

You don’t think it sounds scary?! Wait till you’re in a dark dark room in a foreign country with these shady, possibly dangerous masked men in dementor outfits going “AGHHHHH” and chasing you at top speed from behind ya. Trust me, YOU’RE GOING TO RUN, whether you say you’re afraid of such things or not!!! Sam was all “I’m Not Afraid” like Eminem, but when they chased him, he screamed like a girl and ran like a bitch. LOLOL. They actually REACH OUT AND GRAB AHOLD YOU, it’s not like they stand behind glass walls and pull silly faces. My heart was pounding so fast it threatened to burst right out of my chest!!!!!! That’s some good cardio right there. I (we) screamed so much, my throat went hoarse for awhile. Miyake & Yutaki even developed bad sore throats the next day, poor them.

That was possibly the most fun I’ve had in awhile. I would do it all over again if I could!!!

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When we finally calmed ourselves down (took a good whole 10 minutes), we had a stroll around the rest of First World Hotel’s indoor theme park.

The shops at the plaza and indoor theme park rides mostly close nearing 12 midnight, which left plenty of time for us to do exploring even though it was already 10+pm!!! Gotta love late night activities.

The First World Plaza features a whole range of clothing brands, souvenir & gift shops, and it looks SOMEWHAT like a Malaysian New York City, it has a statue of liberty of it’s own and it never sleeps!!!

Or maybe it wants to be more like Paris… lol ;)

Indoor roller coaster tracks running through the mall. When you’re walking below and the coaster zooms past right above you, you’ll hear screams of exhilaration echoing through the building. Quite fun to watch.

We came across this Glow In The Dark bowling alley that blasted clubbing music the whole night, and decided to have a go at it.

Genting Bowl @ Level 2B, First World Plaza

Yutaki posing like a bowling runway model. LOL. Werk it!

I’m not a very good bowler, but since they say they don’t play much, it was a confidence booster for me :P

The most happening bowling alley for sure. Neon lights & all – all they need is a dance floor beside the bowling alley and Yutaki will be the first one jumping and grooving to the beat on it.

At the end of our game, I ended up getting… 2 strikes? And I eventually won with the highest points!!! Yipee yay!

Miyake & Yutaki went back to the hotel room to sleep, while Sam and I pressed on through the night with some archery. Whenever we go on overseas trips, we tend to pack as much in our itinerary as possible. I like non-stop action!!! Bring it!

This is the where you’ll find the small archery range in.

Gearing up!!! Safety first.

An instructor teaching Sam how to work a bow and arrow. Turns out it’s not that difficult after all, even I could do it… and if I can do anything relatively sporty, that means even children can.

Katniss Everdeen would be proud. I got close to a bullseye on my very first shot. ^.^

My biggest problem was letting go of the arrow… the finger gloves we were wearing made it difficult to let go of the arrow smoothly. In the end my aim was thrown off because it would rebound quite a bit.

The boyfriend looks sexy as an archer ;)

I love it when I get to spend quality time with him. We bond so much when we’re overseas together.

Genting is a suitable place for families, couples, and friends to visit – simply because there’s soo many things to do on one mountain – there will be an activity for everyone.

Most people will only think of it’s casinos. Sure, there’s a casino for the risk takers, but there is also the outdoor theme park for thrill seekers,trendy night spots for the young couples… and family orientated activities everywhere.

A slow walk back to our hotel room…. the lobby looks strangely empty and serene compared to the chaos that it is in the day time.

And with that, we retreat to our hotel for a well-deserved good night’s rest to prepare for the day’s worth of exciting activities in Genting that awaits us the very next day. I almost couldn’t fall asleep thinking about tomorrow.

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…. To be continued with Part 2 very soon!!! :D

xoxo,
Jess
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