Too Much Time On My Hands

I just found out that I have too much time on my hands when I read The Playlist’s 50 Best Sci-Fi, Foreign Language, Action¬†and Animated movie lists and managed to tick at least more than half of each. You don’t believe it? I know, there will be a lot of people with their own views on which movie should be in the list but hey, you can make your own.

Foreign Language

  • 42. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000)
  • 38. Irreversible (2002)
  • 30. Blue Is The Warmest Colour (2013)
  • 20. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
  • 9. City Of God (2002)
  • 5. In The Mood For Love (2000)

Sci-Fi

  • 47. The World’s End (2013)
  • 44. Serenity (2005)
  • 43. Coherence (2014)
  • 42. Cloverfield (2008)
  • 41. The Martian (2015)
  • 39. Signs (2002)
  • 37. Star Trek (2009)
  • 35. The Prestige (2006)
  • 33. AI : Artificial Intelligence (2001)
  • 32. Interstellar (2013)
  • 31. Edge Of Tomorrow (2014)
  • 28. Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)
  • 27. Star Wars : The Force Awakens (2015)
  • 23. Wall-E (2008)
  • 21. Ex-Machina (2015)
  • 20. A Scanner Darkly (2006)
  • 19. Minority Report (2002)
  • 18. Looper (2012)
  • 17. Gravity (2013)
  • 16. Attack The Block (2011)
  • 15. Inception (2010)
  • 14. Snowpiercer (2014)
  • 12. District 9 (2009)
  • 5. Mad Max Fury Road (2015)
  • 4. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)
  • 1. Children Of Men (2006)

Animated

  • 48. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs (2009)
  • 45. Zootopia (2016)
  • 44. Kung Fu Panda (2008)
  • 37. The Adventures Of Tintin (2011)
  • 29. Mary & Max (2009)
  • 25. Rango (2011)
  • 22. Monster House (2006)
  • 21. How To Train Your Dragon (2010)
  • 20. Finding Nemo (2003)
  • 19. Monsters Inc (2001)
  • 18. Toy Story 3 (2010)
  • 16. Coraline (2009)
  • 14. Ratatouille (2007)
  • 11. Wall-E (2008)
  • 6. Inside Out (2015)
  • 3. Up (2009)
  • 2. The Incredibles (2004)
  • 1. Spirited Away (2001)

Action

  • 50. Man On Fire (2004)
  • 49. Sicario (2015)
  • 48. Django Unchained (2012)
  • 47. Spider Man 2 (2004)
  • 46. Avatar (2009)
  • 45. Drug War (2012)
  • 44. Lucy (2014)
  • 42. Non-Stop (2014)
  • 40. The Revenant (2015)
  • 39. 300 (2006)
  • 36. District B13 (2006)
  • 35. Dredd (2012)
  • 33. Unstoppable (2010)
  • 31. The Avengers (2012)
  • 28. Shaolin Soccer (2001)
  • 25. Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)
  • 23. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
  • 22. Ong Bak (2003)
  • 21. Fast Five (2011)
  • 19. Gravity (2013)
  • 18. Crank (2006)
  • 16. Casino Royale (2006)
  • 15. Apocalypto (2006)
  • 13. Hero (2002)
  • 12. Star Wars The Force Awakens (2015)
  • 10. John Wick (2014)
  • 9. The Dark Knight (2008)
  • 8. MI: Rogue Nation (2015)
  • 7. Edge Of Tomorrow (2014)
  • 6. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
  • 3. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000)
  • 2. Kill Bill (2003)
  • 1. Mad Max Fury Road (2015)

 

 

48 Hours At Cameron Highlands (Part 3)

Sungai Palas BOH Plantation

Cameron Highlands is not complete without a visit to the famous BOH Tea Plantation at Sungai Palas. To complete the tourist walk of fame. Anyhow, there is a lesser known and easily accessed Tea Plantation, if you want to give it an authentic try.

The one at Sungai Palas is located deep in the mountains and the only way to travel is on a one-way narrow strip of road. This will become grid-locked in a matter of hours. So be there early.

BOH Tea

BOH Tea

The only ‘wow’ factor is the overhanging eating/dining area which is sometimes closed off for special functions. If not, you will get to stand at the edge of the overhang and take photos to your heart’s content.

Breakfast is served based on a menu which will be accompanied by any of BOH’s array of teas. From the thick to the thin, to the diversely flavoured ones. You make your choice. These are accompanied by scones and cakes.

English Breakfast

English Breakfast

The price is a little steeper here as compared to those in town but you do get these views:

Tea Plantations

Tea Plantations

You can hike here if you want to or cycle. And you get follow their tour guide which will give you a detailed insight into the production of tea. You could also go down into the plantations and touch the tea leaves or take some home with you (secretly).

This concludes our tour of Cameron Highlands.

You might be wondering why I didn’t mention the strawberries. The month that I was visiting (May) is not their season yet although you still get to buy them from the stalls, they aren’t the sweet and juicy ones. So do your homework before traveling if you intend on harvesting your own strawberries for consumption.

48 Hours At Cameron Highlands (Part 2)

Following our hot and sunny outing at the MARDI Research Centre, we decided to retire for some scones and tea at the Smokehouse. The Smokehouse is a British-era remnant, built in the same way that most British houses were built back in those days, you can’t find anything similar nowadays. It might not be the best place or the most affordable but the ambience and setting is next to nothing. Do note, that you could also stay here if you want to. They have hotel services too.

British era Smokehouse

British era Smokehouse

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48 Hours At Cameron Highlands (Part 1)

Finally, we were able to go on a trip, albeit a local one. We had a long weekend and decided to go to Cameron Highlands, 300km away from our hometown.

Cameron Highlands is famous for its tea and vegetable/fruit plantations, although unscrupulous developers and farmers are fast ruining the pristine ecological system there, and yet locals still flock there during the hot summer months.

Tip: Try to stay around Brinchang and Tanah Rata areas

There are plenty of hotels, B&Bs and inns to choose from so there is no lacking of place to stay. All you need to research is, where you want to stay at. Cameron Highlands in the name of the whole place, much like the Bernese Oberland in Switzerland.

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