the cactus valley


we found a cactus heaven.

stepping up some stairs from the main entrance, we were greeted by a vertical field of flowers and i thought, it couldn't get any better than this.

cactus larger than anything i've ever seen before. ^

^ wandering around the little paths and stopping every now and then when a weird cactus caught my eyes. 

^ there's a statue of moon cactus, littered with initials of people who have been here before. 

we got a little lost looking for this spectacular place, without any signboard pointing us to the right direction, we stumbled across it by mere luck. with a map in hand, sometimes it just gets more confusing, yes? something that should be there, isn't there. i'm obsessed with cactus and succulents, and seeing them growing wildly and not in teeny-tiny vases just made me smile -- i'm told some of these huge cactus are more than 60 years old. fascinating.

location: Cactus Valley \ Pekan Lama, 39100 Brinchang, Cameron Highlands (ask the locals, they'd point you to the right direction)

unwind / the lord's cafe, cameron highlands


the small town of Tanah Rata in Cameron Highlands promises delightful surprises for anyone seeking good food and quaint little cafes to relax in. though food-talk aside, the cool wind and beautiful scenery had me from the beginning, i never wanted to leave.

tucked on the upper floor of one of the shop lot, this little cafe is intriguing from its name and shy entrance, up the welcoming short flight of stairs, the smell of freshly baked pastries and its wicked scones. we had to 'barge' in and try some!

^ a rather aged sets of menu, the cafe is quite old but with a lovely ambiance. i watched strangers walking the streets below and the mountains through the huge windows.

24 weeks of instax - week 6 & 7 / roadtrips


There’s nothing like deep breaths after laughing that hard. Nothing in the world like a sore stomach for the right reasons. -- Stephen Chbosky

week 6, left - Ken @ the rolling hills of Sg. Palas Tea Garden
week 7, right - me leaning against the outside gate of Sam Poh Buddhist Temple

i'm a little behind with our Instax challenge, we've been travelling this month -- so here's me trying to catch up! these are two of my favorite shots of us in week 6 & 7. on the left is Ken taking a picture of me, taking a picture of him, and on the right - me in the rain, before we rushed back into the car to escape the next heavy pour.
ah, roadtrips <3

dark morning


I hadn’t known that a light could be a feeling and a sound could be a color and a kiss could be both a question and an answer. And that heaven could be the ocean or a person or this moment or something else entirely. 
-- Megan Miranda, Fracture

i found myself lingering around thoughts of moving out of this house, sometimes -- the mornings i woke up to Norah Jones on my playlist and beating around the fact that it's a brand new day all over again. which is a good thing, of course. we spoke of new beginnings, blessings and insecurities, but these go on, don't they? i lived for a week in the mountains and i didn't want to leave. i lived by the sea half of my life, and i left. perhaps anticipating the holidays to come is what makes it all worthwhile. this is home, this feeling that we belong, regardless. (we might move to the mountains though, who knows :)

teas and the green rolling hills, Cameron Highlands


it's taking me sometime to write something along with the photos in this post, though i guess no words would suffice. we spent a morning walking in the tea plantation hills of Cameron Highlands, and it was breath-taking. i'd wish it was for sunrise, or sunset but at 9am the sun isn't high up yet and the cool and clean air got me gasping and turning and everywhere i looked, these rolling hills were just too beautiful beyond words.

^ these land rovers were our ride -- the guides drove us up to a lookout point, before we hike a little for the view.