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LiL¡¯s, Needles¡¯s and Pins¡¯s Adventures at the Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat... Part 1

October 25 2010 at 10:40 PM

LiL  (Login LiL888)

 
Needles, my darling albino hedgehog has been feeling restless of late. Other than his daily run on his wheel, his activities are fairly routine.

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He told his Mommy he wanted a change of scenery and so we packed our bags and made our way towards Ipoh city which is a two hour drive north of Kuala Lumpur. Ipoh is famous for its cuisine and limestone hills and what better way to spend a weekend enjoying both.

We checked into the Banjaran Resort which is located on a 56-acre valley fringing a cluster of towering limestone hills. Entrance to the resort

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We felt relaxed as soon as we stepped into the lobby.


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Needles loved the water features.

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We were greeted by the resort manager and then served our welcome drink of pomelo mojito. Pomelo is a Asian citrus fruit that resembles a thick-skinned grapefruit.

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Our butler then took us to our villa in a buggy whilst pointing out the us the many facilities we can enjoy in the resort

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On the way to our villa, we saw many Reflection Pools,

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chanced upon a family of turkey and oohhed and ahhed at the natural features of the resort

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Several minutes later we arrived at the entrance to our villa.

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No old fashioned key card in this resort. Each guest is given a magnetic wrist band which is easy to operate

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Our Living room. Spacious and equipped with a mobile phone. Also has a panic button which you can press in case of emergency. Instead of using mineral water bottles, every villa comes with a labu sayong, an elegant, gourd-shaped carafe that is used to keep water cool. The jug, with the characteristic double bulb design, is charred to give it the ability to cool its contents quickly. It is believed that the water stored in a labu sayong has healing properties. It is filled with spring water daily.


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Bedroom. We enjoyed every bite of the juicy pomelo.

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Roomy bathroom. One sink for Needles and one for Pins

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Needles trying to camouflage himself but Mommy has a sharp eye

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All 25 villas have their own plunge pool

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And our very own sunken Jacuzzi hotspring pool. Mineral water is piped from nearby springs. Strangely there was no sulphur smell but my skin felt soft and smooth after a fifteen minute dip. Given the hot and humid tropical weather we have in Malaysia, the best time to enjoy the hotspring is late at night before you go to sleep. Fortunately, you can adjust the water temperature of the pool but you have to be patient as it takes more than half an hour to fill the tub.


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The villas are dotted around a huge geothermal lake Three million litres of mineral-filled water bubbles to the surface daily. Its temperature ranges between 40¢ª and 70¢ª Celsius. The heat is enough to generate a natural sauna and create a steam cave.

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But we were encouraged to use the hot dipping pot. Hygiene purposes I think.

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After which you can immerse yourself in the Ice dipping pot

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Or stick your feet into the Garra Ruffa doctor fish pool. I wonder why the fish are attracted to some feet and not others. The reflexology pool was warm and inviting.

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One thing which differentiates Banjaran from other resorts are the 4 caves. Just follow the signs and you will come to the Meditation cave

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I can imagine myself doing a yoga or taichi class here

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Steam cave to open your clogged pores

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Crystal cave is the only airconditioned cave and I found myself seeking refuge there in the late afternoon. The juice bar is a nice venue for cocktail events

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For a bird¡¯s eye view of the resort, climb the steps up to The Balcony

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Jason Tan
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Thanks for the lovely pics.

October 26 2010, 12:50 AM 

Dear Li Ling, thanks for sharing the lovely well taken pics. Like a traveloque. Now I do not have to go. Just joking. I haope you had a great time. As usual the photos were excellent. I look forward to a book written by you of all these exotic memorable places. Please publish it foe charity so that I can contribute. An e-book is just as good lah.

Jason Tan

 
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LiL
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Re: Thanks for the lovely pics.

October 27 2010, 5:39 PM 

Hiii Jason...

Hahaha... i can publish a book but i doubt it will sell more than 50 copies happy.gif And so many reasons to visit Ipoh yourself ( again ) e.g. the opportunity to bite into the yummy Ipoh tau-geh and the sar-kok at Big Tree Yong Tau Foo place.

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Horr Wai
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Very nice pictures!

October 26 2010, 1:39 AM 

Very nice pictures Li Ling.

Thanks for posting.

I like the picture of Needles in 'camouflage'!

Horr Wai

 
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LiL
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Re: Very nice pictures!

October 27 2010, 5:50 PM 

Yup.. this Needles is such a rascal and everytime we go on a holiday, all my energy is spent trying to keep up with him.

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Helen
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Curious...

October 28 2010, 10:07 AM 

Lil,

Have you ever lost Pins or Needles or misplaced them at home or abroad?  They are so small, I bet they run pretty fast when your back is turned.

Enjoying your post,

Helen



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LiL
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Re: Curious...

October 29 2010, 12:00 AM 

Hiiiii Helen...

Welcome back to the travel forum. Long time have not heard from you. Was wondering why you have not been posting comments here.

Regarding my darling hedgies getting lost, touch wood i have not had any false alarms so far. Actually they do not run fast when they are outside their cage coz hedgehogs are cautious animals. They will sniff and and always on the lookout for potential danger before they take a step. Sometimes i put em inside their huge plastic ball and this is the only time they are allowed to roam about freely. I bought Needles a leash with a bell but he refuses to wear it. I wonder if it is because he does not like the neon colour

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Have never brought my hedgies abroad coz i don't think the customs will allow me to bring em onto the plane. It is illegal to keep hedgies as pets in Singapore.

 
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MTF
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Camouflage? What camouflage?

October 26 2010, 9:15 AM 

Thanks for the report.

I managed o be as sharp-eyed as Mommy to spot Needles but where was Pins?

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MTF


 
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LiL
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Re: Camouflage? What camouflage?

October 27 2010, 5:52 PM 

Am guilty as charged of paying more attention to Needles than Pins. I wonder if she feels left out. Here's another pic of my sweet dpcile Pinsies for your viewing pleasure

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Helen
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Needles is cute as a button, I mean

October 28 2010, 10:19 AM 

As cute as Pins!  The way she is posed in a ball with her little talons barely to be seen - is she timid?

Enjoying your travels and pets,

Helen 



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Helen
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Oops, wrong name ... Pinsies I'm sorry!!!

October 28 2010, 10:28 AM 



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LiL
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Re: Oops, wrong name ... Pinsies I'm sorry!!!

October 29 2010, 12:04 AM 

Her proper name is Pins. Pinsies is her nick name.

By the way, please add Needles Ong to your facebook. There are lots of cute photos of him there happy.gif

 
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LiL
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Re: Needles is cute as a button, I mean

October 29 2010, 12:03 AM 

Pins is a lot more timid than Needles. She does not exercise much and likes to look into space. She loves food though and will finish everything i leave in her bowl. The other day when i brought her to watch a musical, she bit my fingers. Sigh..

 
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Ling
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An excellent place for retreat and meditation

October 27 2010, 7:36 AM 

Liling,

Thanks for introducing this fantastic place to us. It will be my next holiday destination.

Regards
Ling

 
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LiL
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Re: An excellent place for retreat and meditation

October 27 2010, 5:53 PM 

Shall we organise a Malaysian Purists get together at the Banjaran ?

 
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Ling
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Good idea!

October 28 2010, 9:36 AM 

But RM1,800.00 per night will scare many purists away. We shall ask for promotional rate for group booking.

Regards
Ling

 
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LiL
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Re: Good idea!

October 29 2010, 12:05 AM 

U are right about Banjaran being pricey by Malaysian standards. Our short weekend there burned a hole in our pockets and i will be feasting on teochew porridge till the end of the month.

 
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