Tuesday, October 13, 2009

APM retreat 2009 - Cameron Highlands

After coming back from Kuantan... i had just a few hours to rest ... Early the next morning wife and i packed up ... and joined the gang for the APM retreat to Cameron Highlands....

Amazingly our 6 car convoy was on the road by 6.30am. Stopped at the Tapah rest stop about 8.20 for breakfast. Then proceeded towards Cameron's thru the old Tapah road... As usual I took position as 'sweeper' (Belakang mari) ..taking up the rear of the convoy....

We took another break at Latar Iskandar (waterfalls) on the way up to Tanah Rata.............



Took a slow and easy drive up the twisty roads without any problems.... but somewhere before Ringlet town i drove over something on the road... looked at the rear view mirror and saw a small plank but thought nothing of it... until i noticed that the car was a little heavy on the left side when making the corners around the bends.... found a safe place to stop to check ...and found a nail in the left rear tire.... Alamak!!!... So i radioed in to Gerard and told him to meet me in Ringlet town......

We all met at the Ringlet Shell station....checked on the tyre again. ... but didnt find the tyre any more deflated then it already was....so I pored some soapy water on it to confirm that there was no air leaking.... We continued the convoy towards Tanah Rata without anymore hiccups....


We managed to reach IJ Convent in Tanah Rata before 11am.

The weather was cold and crisp... and windy too........ We checked into our dorms and unpacked........ The dorms were very decent but i noticed that the blankets give were really thin.... it was close to noon and it was so chilly .... i wondered how cold it would be later at night...



...the caretakers took care of lunch....... they will also manage breakfast too



...After our tummies were full ...we then had praise and worship and general briefing for the retreat.... Then we headed out to the MARA institute of agriculture/english garden????...... it was ok only lah.... they had everything in camerons in one area.... but if you are advanturous and have the time... i would suggest you drive out to individual farms in camerons to get the full experience..

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After visiting the 'English Garden' we drove to Boh Plantations.... the road leading there was very tight and in some stretches two cars cant pass along side.... there were many cars coming from the opposite direction... and only half way there did one of the people in those cars inform us that the BOH plantations closes at 4pm.... it was half pass 4.... it was very tricking turning around on that road.... as usual there were drivers who were clueless and couldnot manure around that road... causing a hell of a jam....
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....made our way out of there... informing every other car heading to BOH that it was closed.... and when we got to the exit to the main road we saw a huge sign with the opening hours of the plantation.... kekekeke whose the clueless once now??....

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Headed towards Brinchang town in Camerons to visit the night market... which is said to be the highest night market in Malaysia.... You can get really cheap vegetables and flowers..... oooo and the steamed corn was very nice....

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Took a short walk to the main street and had SteamBoat for dinner.... its amazing to see so many Seafood and Steamboat restaurants around this area.... We ate at Silver Fish.... and the food was fresh and delicious.

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.......waiting for our charcoal burner steamboat pot thingy..........

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... couldnt resist taking a shot of G' taking a shot of the food....



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...the steamboat pot thingy has arrived!!!!....


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.... You Hoo streamboat..... kekekeke....... anyway it wasnt Silver Fish... we actually ate at Silverstar Restaurant...

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It was really really cold at night and the sound of wild animals (snoring bunk buddies) kept me up most of the night... that thin blanket was not helping at all so i wore two t-shirts and a sweater with a long track suit... brrrrrrrrrr....

The next morning we had the blessing of the chairs ceremony..... kidding im kidding... we had a few 'getting to know each other sessions'....



.....after that we headed out to the BOH tea plantation/tea centre .....again.... this time it was definitely open...



The tea centre was beautiful.... very well laid out and the architecture was amazing....... The cafe over looked the whole tea plantation.... very nice....






The view from the cafe was simply breath taking lah .... you can see the little village on the left where the workers and their children lived, shopped, go to school,played and prayed.... everything is provided for them...



after taking that long walk down to the car park.... we had a lot of time to spare.... so we visited a few shops along the main road.... then went back to the night market ....... it was then that it just rained and rained and rained.... i got caught in this rain when i went to get some art supplies in town.... I wanted to make some souvenirs for everyone... and i also wanted to buy my wife a dozen cream white roses...... I waited for awhile but i knew this rain wasnt going to let up .... so i walked all the way back to the car in the heavy rain.... and found everyone waiting for me.... kekekeke..... i had a jacket, a cap and a dozen roses.... it only helped a little.... brrrrrr cold.......

We had a number of sessions that nite.... and i was in a bad mood... cos i was FREZING..... throat was scratchy too....

I did feel a little better the next morning ...... We went for Mass at the chapel at the IJ convent....



Mass was nice and pleasant and amazingly the sun came out when mass ended... and the sky was this amazing blue.... it was so blue it looked like we weren't in Malaysia anymore..






Above is before Mass.... and below is after......... soooo blueeeee...



Anyway..... after Mass... we rested... then had a number of sessions... Irene's Fruit session and Cathy's music sessions were very very interesting....

Irene asked the question "What fruit do you think best describes you?"..... well i dont know about you... but i thing u all are a bunch of coconuts......!!!!!!!



Above is the retreat committee of 2009.... good job guys..... looking forward to next year.....

The drive back was slow... cos everyone was tired and some even had car sickness.... but we all reached safely back home just before the sun went down......



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2 comments:

sabrina said...

Wow the church looks amazing!!!

Dude what is APM???

Pixelated Mo said...

Well.... thats Infant Jesus Convent School.... and the chapel is upstairs...

APM = Assumption Praise Ministry .... its one of the band/choir groups in Assumption Church..