Yippee!!!!!! Finally...its a bright, sunny and a breezy day. Woke up 5.30 a.m. Its damn COLD!!! I was shivering all over!! The day before it was raining cat and dogs. So..I guess surrounding temperature drop to at least 15 degree Celsius. Packed my gears (NIKON camera & tripod) and get out of my room. Went to da main bus station. Was informed that I can catch an early bus (6.30a.m.) to BOH Plantation and Visitor Centre at Sg. Palas, Brinchang.
Waited...waited and waited..fuck that stupid bus...did not turn up. Later checked with some locals and was truly disappointed when I was verbally informed that da Regal bus service hopeless. No taxi wee hours in the morning. Brave myself and decided to walk to Brinchang from Tanah Rata.
Have to say, da long and winding walking trip is such a memorable trip for me. Cold breeze was blowing all over da place. But, along da way, I managed to see lots of small to large sized veggies farm and local settlement such as orang asli huts. Da view is breathtaking!
But after walking for nearly 2 and a half km, cannot do it anymore. TIRED!!! Da night before unable to sleep properly due to the excitement. So, flag down a taxi and took a RM 25 ride to Sungai Palas. He drop me at da lowest point of da plantation and told me that is da best place to start taking photos.
Trusted him and start my mini hiking to da top of da mountain/BOH's Visitor Centre. Refer to my hand phone and da time is 8.00 a.m. Da view of da plantation is HEAVEN! Watching da Sun rising on top of my head is something I will remember for life! Walk...hike...stop..take pictures..
Another long journey..walk another 2km up to da mountain.
Finally, reach da mountain! Saw some wooden living quarters for estate workers and their families . All of them painted in light blue colours. Two jolly gals were chasing a dog. Take da moment and snap some good photos. LOVE IT!
Interestingly da BOH Visitor Centre is a modern architecture design in da midst of mountain and old quarters. I have to say...I am PROUD of myself being a lonely hiker climbing up da winding road up to da peak of da mountain! 99% visitors are actually on van tours or driving their own vehicles to reach da peak. Even middle aged Indian local was shocked when I told him that I am hiking up and down da mountain with my legs!
My conclusion....Its a tiring experience...but...then again...its a BLISSFUL and HEAVENLY experience for me :)
The following photos are in random order of my trip. Having a hard time organizing photos in blogger.
Picture 3 - Another angle of da green mountain. Those gap in between of tea plants enable da workers to navigate their way easily.
Picture 4 - A Bangladeshi worker cutting tea leaves. Have to fill up da whole basket!
Picture 5 - A lonely dead tree in da middle of da plantation
Picture 6 - BOH Visitor Centre at da top of da mountain. Visitors can see da process involve in making tea leaves at da centre. A mix of modern and old day architecture. Also you can enjoy your cup of English tea with amazing scenery.
Picture 7 - Green leaves with a tint of sunlight. LOVE this photo!
Picture 8 - Capture this photo on my way hiking down da mountain. It was nearly 11.50a.m. Workers are busy packing tea leaves into gunny sack. An interesting moment to me.
Picture 10 - A worker trimming da leaves and put it into da basket. Have a short chat with him and was informed his working hours from 7.30a.m. to 3.30p.m. He was staying in low cost quarters provided by da BOH's management. Later, he was a bit curious about da price of my DSLR camera. I think he was a bit shocked to learn that my camera cost thousands of ringgit.
Picture 11 - These girls were chasing a young dogie. Took da opportunity to snap some pictures. They are da children of da estate workers. Have to say...happy go lucky fellas :)
Picture 12 - Da visitor centre at da top of da mountain. I guess, I am da only young fella hiking up to da top of da mountain.
Picture 13 - Some blue painted wooden huts overlooking da green mountain
Picture 14 - Cold breeze blowing all over da mountain. NICE!
Picture 15 - Another picture of an estate worker. Same uniform given to them. Notice da yellow boots? :)
Picture 16 - Basket full of green harvest. Hard work needed!
Picture 17 - Happy mongrel....WOOF! Da doggie was licking me all over.
Picture 18 - Packing da harvest. I wonder why da workers are wearing gunny sack?
Picture 19 - Another mountain view!