Cameron Highlands Tourism Malaysia: Newsletter 013

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Highlander Newsletter, Issue #013 – Latest Updates
December 16, 2008

Greetings!

Yea, yea, I know, it's been a looooong while since I last wrote my last newsletter. I've been meaning to, but one thing led to another and you know procrastination got the better of me. Yes, a few of you even thought that my newsletter sending when awry somewhere or perhaps your subscription was somehow deleted. Nope, it is still intact just that oh, well... so here I am, the latest edition of my irregular Cameron Highlands newsletter popping into your inbox. To my new readers, thanks for signing up, and to my regulars, thanks for staying on with me. I know it is very easy to give up any subscription especially if you have signup to many newsletters so I do hope you will stay on with mine.

My how time flies, it is already almost end of the year, friends are inviting for Christmas get-together and Churches are preparing their Christmas events and the shopping malls are going full blast in their Christmas decor despite the slowing down of the economy. I still see a huge crowd turnout in the malls though whether the sales are still being maintained or not is anybody's guess till it is published in the dailies. Though I have not been up to the highlands for awhile, I'm sure you would find some cosy corner with at least some kind Christmas decor. After all, the hoteliers don't have as big a budget as those shopping malls. With the monsoon season, I'm sure it is quite wet and cold up there. Cold enough I hope to have some sort of Christmas mood though if wishing for snowflakes would be a tad too demanding, no?

I may have not send out the newsletter for awhile, however I have not stop updating the website, so let's see what I have been up to with the web site.

1) Added some additional accommodation info
2) Other Highlands
3) The death of the Cameron Highlands Forum
4) Cosmetic changes to the web site and make your own web site
5) Driving tips for first timers
6) Year 2009 calendar guide for planning your holiday
7) Interesting contacts

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1) Accommodations

Though I try to list down as many accommodations as I could, I still do miss out some of them. Though I have all the biggies there are many smaller accommodation and bungalows that somehow get their vacancy filled through word of mouth. So my accommodation list still have gaps in them, and of course I can't review each every one of them as it is a lot of work, so sometimes I do get some help from you guys like the case of Desa Anthurium and Arrabella Apartment. Other times, the owners contacted me to showcase their accommodation on my web site, so in the end choosing the appropriate place to stay you will have to judge them yourself from whatever information that may come by.

Recent additions:
Arrabella Holiday Home Bungalow
Chua Gin Hotel Group

2) Other Highlands

Cameron Highlands is not the only highlands that I visit all the time. For a change I do visit other highlands like Fraser's Hill, Genting Highlands and Berjaya Hills Bukit Tinggi. I still haven't got a chance to visit Maxwell Hill (Bukit Larut) in the Taiping town. Though it just a small hill station, it would be an interesting visit, plus the Taiping area would with the beautiful lake and the sleepy town would be an interesting diversion too. Just need to find one day and take holiday break on an alternate location.

Bukit Fraser pages

3) The Cameron Highlands Forum

One of you inquired what happened to the forum, well, it didn't work. I guess forum is just not for every website. The one that I started ended up as a spammers' haven that in the end I had to uninstall it. Perhaps next time I will start up another one. In the meantime, I guess it is the old fashion "fill in the form" for comments and later compile them to be later published. I also noticed that some visitors put false email address thereby rendering my replies being bounced. Hey don't do that, I won't spam you. I render my assistance as best as I could and I can't help you if your message gets bounced. Just a note, if you are using free email accounts, sign up with Gmail, they have the best anti-spam features that I know of.

4) Cosmetic changes to the web site and make your own web site

Revamping the web site look, not much just a bit of cosmetic change, this is still ongoing so it is going to take awhile. I'm trying to make site wide changes to make the entire web site look the same including the news section. So if you do browse around you may find some pages look a bit different. I hope it would not be too disconcerting to you. With nearly 200+ pages, this is going to take awhile.

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However if you really like to tinker with codes and settings and such, a web hosting solution provider such as BlueHost would be the way to go. For example just recently my brother-in-law wanted to start a wedding photography web site, so I helped him out to set up one. You can visit his site at The Moments Wedding Photography; hey perhaps if any of you love birds are getting married and would like to hire wedding reception event photographer, do contact him! Check out his portfolio online!

The Moments Wedding Photography
Bluehost web hosting
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5) Driving tips for first timers

For those who just recently started driving, I wrote a piece about tackling the winding road of Cameron Highlands. Having been a season driver going around doing sales and travelling to various destinations for holidays, I thought it would be good to provide some driving tips for first timers. Idil also shared some of his tips being long distant driver from Singapore to who knows where; he has quite a bit of interesting tips to share too.

Driving tips to Cameron Highlands

6) Year 2009 calendar for your holiday travel destinations planning

It's that time of the year when my company would be distributing calendars to customers to keep the relationship. So as for me, I would provide a digital version instead earmarking some of the general national and school holidays of both Malaysia and Singapore. Do note that when both countries holidays occurs at the same time, Cameron Highlands will be totally jam up, so try to avoid those period if at all possible, though I know, I know, it is not easy to take leave sometimes on off peak period with work commitments and school going children.

Year 2009 Calendar for your travel destination holiday planning

7) Interesting contacts

Running this travel destination web site sure is interesting. I get to converse with many people not just in Singapore and Malaysia, but sometimes all the way to the other side of the world. This year, I was contacted by a Dutch who wanted to seek out would tulip growers, and recently a war veteran retiree from the Malayan Police force who did battle with CT during the emergency. The internet sure makes the world seem like a smaller place.


Forcing Tulips Bulbs
The Jungle Beat by Roy Follows and of Fort Brooke and Cameron Highlands

8) Wrap up.

So that's all for now. I hope I post up the next newsletter too long from now, have to stop myself from procrastinating too much and keep going. Even my visit to Cameron Highlands this year was postponed so many times due to last minute booking and not able to find any vacancy. Well, finally I managed to get a room booking on the New Year's Day itself so hope find out what changes has occurred and test out my new DSLR camera too!

Meanwhile keep dreaming planning your next best relaxing travel destination and make your next one Cameron Highlands! So without much ado, I bid you adieu!

Cheers!
Jan.

P.S. Right, as usual, if you find this newsletter useful, do pass it around to all your friends and family. If anybody asks for info about good ol' Cameron Highlands, point them to this web site - Cameron Highlands Cuti-Cuti Malaysia Travel Destination

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P.P.P.P.S. Yep, that's it for now and have a blessed Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Comments/Replies

From: chan cheeguan
Sent: Tuesday, 16 December, 2008 11:23 PM

Hei,

Thank you for the update, at least you're awake now, otherwise now thinking this is going to be another domain website. Merry Christmas and happy new to you and family. Keep up the good work.

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From: chleong
Sent: Tuesday, 16 December, 2008 12:05 PM

Hi Jan,

Thanks for newsletter; it's sure good to hear from you as I thought that the newsletter had stopped.

Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones.

HO! Ho! Ho! Santa to coming to spread his joy and happinesss to ALL LIVING BEINGS.

Rgds.,
Greg.

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From: Roger Loh
Sent: Tuesday, 16 December, 2008 11:50 AM

Hi Jan,

Thanks!

Oh yes… been a long time since I heard from you.

In case you’re still on my list, I’m sure you’ve been hearing from me :-)

How’s everything, friend?

Roger

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Dear All,

Thanks for your encouragement and funny anecdote. Take care all!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Cheers!
Jan.


From: Jaya Sarathy
Sent: Wednesday, 17 December, 2008 1:39 PM

Jan,

Thank you for your newsletter - based on the information, we spent a very nice holiday in Cameron Highlands with my family last December.

If I may suggest something, places to eat is one of the Malaysian past-time. I found myself sticking to the main streets and paying tourist prices. I am sure that some local knowledge could give travellers tips on value of money and delicious food. Two members of my family are vegetarians - again any tips would be useful.

Keep-up the good work - I know how hard it must be, but remember, some of us do appreciate it.

Regards

Jaya

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Dear Jaya,

Thanks! Will do. Cheers!
Jan.


From: AMIRRUDIN YUSOF
Sent: Wednesday, 17 December, 2008 3:43 PM

Hi Jan,

My Club (KELAB JUARA ATRAC MALAYSIA) will be making our second visit to Cameron Highlands on 20 DEC. 2009. I will forward yo u a review/report soon.Hopefully, you may want to post it for the benefit of our members Cheers

-- AMIR YUSOF---

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Dear Amir,

Sure! Waiting for your review! Enjoy!

Jan.

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