Monday, December 17, 2007

Cameron's Strawberry Fields

Continuing my show and tell week-long vacation in Cameron Highlands, after our Cactus Valley tour, our next stop was the Strawberry Farm.

That was interesting for us all simply because we had never seen strawberries still attached to its plant. Like most people, we only see these fruits nicely packed in a plastic packages in supermarkets.

As we ascended higher into the highlands, and after what seemed be endless but interesting maneuvers of corners after corners along the edges of the lush hills, we reached the farm. The fresh air was obvious to the senses.

Interesting because, honking would be considered rude in Singapore, but in the highlands, it was essential for the purpose of safety. With many blind-spots around corners and a one lane road going both directions, all drivers would honk to alert the oncoming vehicle that they were coming.

Even more interesting was the fact that people the thought that it was tougher to drive in the day then at night as Jaz, our Tour Guide for the day explained.

At night, the drivers switch on their headlights high to make themselves obvious to other vehicles from the opposite direction and especially visible around corners.

I could never imagined that was so until we actually took a cab and went out at night the day after to go the night market... but that is another story and tons of photos later.

Cameron Highlands is synonymous with strawberries. Thus, the famous Holland architecture -hotel name Strawberry Park that we were staying while we were there.

Truly so, because when we reached the farm, there were already a lot of visitors there, even though there were so many other strawberry farms everywhere, dotting the highlands.

With narrow pathways in between the rows and rows of propped-up strawberry planters, we had to take turns to be let-in to the farm.

They sectioned off parts of the farm and closed them once visitors had picked their strawberries themselves to purchase.

With the chilling climate, we braved ourselves to order and drank the strawberry shakes and ice-cream waffles there, made fresh from their morning pickings.

Fresh strawberries and dried ones were each sold for RM$6.50 per pack. There were lots of visitors there grabbing the packs like they were free.

There were pure strawberry jam in jars and strawberry syrups in bottles, to everything strawberry in the form of souvenirs could be found at Raaju Strawberry Farm shops after the farm walk-abouts.

Again, I was not the one to walk out of a tourist spot without getting a souvenir for myself.

So, I bought a mug with Cameron Highland and strawberry pictures on it for my touristy-mugs collection rack at home.

Strawberry fields forever.

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