Archive for January, 2014

One piece, as short! – FAQs for Sekeping Serendah

Sometime in mid-January:-

Friend: Where are you visiting for the coming long weekend?

Me: Sekeping Serendah!

Friend: Sorry? Where?

Me: Sekeping Serendah!

Friend: Sorry but I still do not get you.

Me: One piece, as short! SE-KEPING SE-RENDAH!

So, that is my “wishful” translation for Sekeping Serendah! 😉

From the website of Sekeping Serendah, it’s stated that facilities provided are:-

Queen-sized beds with mosquito nets, outdoor shower, swimming pool, outdoor coffee table, and ceiling fans.

Cooking stove, kettle, oven toaster, BBQ equipment, cutleries, fridge, and kitchen sink.

Then in the reservation confirmation email, it’s stated that the facilities provided are:-

Beddings, hot water showerfans, soap, toilet paper, and mosquito coils.

Electric kettle, oven toaster, BBQ pit, charcoal & skewers, cutleries, fridge, plates and cups, and dishwashing liquid.

Being uncertain, I dropped an email to the management:-

Hi there!

I would like to find out more about the kitchen/cooking facilities for glass shed.

Is it correct that there would be:-
1) toaster
2) gas stove,
3) microwave oven,
4) fridge,
5) washing liquid,
6) bbq pit,
7) charcoals (how many is provided?)
8) BBQ skewers (how many?)
9) Cutleries (how many?)

Are there cooking utensils like pot, pan and etc.?

But the reply I received was just merely repeating the standard clause appended to the original confirmation email -_______-

Provided there are beddings, oven toaster, fridge, electric kettle, hot water shower, cutleries, plates and cups, fans, soap, toilet paper, mosquito coils n dishwashing liquid. Must bring your own bath towels, shampoo, hair dryer, toothbrush, torch lights, etc. Place is slightly better than camping.

There’s no TV, no wifi internet and no h/p service inside the retreat.

Can bring own food to do BBQ – provided also the BBQ pit, charcoal & skewers. Or the caretaker can assist to buy the cook food from town.  

Outdoor hot shower

Glass shed: Outdoor hot shower

BBQ pit

Glass shed: BBQ pit

The BBQ pit is located at the veranda

Glass shed: The BBQ pit is located at the veranda

I am not sure if there will be people out there who are keen to know the details like me, but I set my heart out to write a post to provide additional information to those who are interested in planning a retreat there!

sekeping serendah website screenshot

What is missing from the official website?
The FAQs!

Here comes the list of (not so) FAQs about glass shed compiled based on my observation at Sekeping Serendah, as well as some online research:-

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Oh! Found a comprehensive and yet lovely write-up about the glass shed here, do read up!

Q: There are xxx of us planning to spend a night or two at Sekeping Serendah, which shed should we get?

A: Refer to the following table to assist you to make a decision.

comparison

comparison

Notes:-

* Public holiday surcharge of RM100 for each shed

* Extra persons without overnight stay at RM40 per person.

* Children above 7 years old to be charged as adult.

* Info abstracted from http://www.sekeping.com/serendah/home.html

Q: Besides Sekeping Serendah, is there other Sekeping-themed retreat?

A: Refer to the following table.

comparison

Q: Can I pay for the remaining money using credit cards?

A: Balance of the money can be paid to the caretaker when you are there. Payment by cash only. So please make sure you bring enough cash.

Q: Tell me more about the kitchen/cooking facilities for glass shed.

A: There are cooking stove, kettle, oven toaster, BBQ pit & wire mesh (caretaker will help set up the fire for you), fridge, trash bin with bag, and dishwashing liquid, sink.

Assuming the caretakers will do quantity-check and replenish the utensils (which I suspect they don’t, haha! This blog stated that there were jugs and pot) during our visit, there are:-

–          8 Skewers

–          2 pairs of tongs

–          1 wok

–          1 spatula

–          1 chopping board

–          Bowls, plates, mugs

–          More than 6 forks and spoons

–          Complimentary instant Milo and Nescafe

–          Initially, knife wasn’t provided, but the caretaker provided one after we request for it.

Bring your own utensils if you have further concern. You might want to bring can- and cork-opener!

More than 6 forks and spoons

More than 6 forks and spoons

Gas stove, wok and trash bin with bag

Gas stove, wok and trash bin with bag

Sink with dishwashing liquid. I like this space-saving idea of constructing an external sink.

Sink with dishwashing liquid.
I like this space-saving idea of constructing an external sink.

Complimentary Milo and Nescafe

Complimentary Milo and Nescafe

Kettle and oven toaster

Kettle and oven toaster

Mugs, bowls and plates

Mugs, bowls and plates

Skewers, chopping board, tongs and spatula

Skewers, chopping board, tongs and spatula

Caretaker brought wre mesh & charcoal and set up the fire for us. He is the only caretaker who is showing friendly face at the retreat....

Caretaker brought wire mesh & charcoal and set up the fire for us.
He’s the only caretaker who showed friendly face while we were there…

On a separate note, since I am at this, I have compiled a list of common BBQ menu and equipment needed for your reference. 

Meat

chicken satay
spicy otak
chicken wings
stingray/fish fillet in foil
chicken frank
cheese frank
taiwan sausage chicken
crab sticks
chicken fillet
fried fish balls

Vege

sweet corn
sweet potato

Misc.

marshmallow
fried beehoon
fried rice

Condiments

butter
chilli sauce

Equipment

plastic forks
plastic spoons
plastic plates
plastic cups
gravy bowls
aluminium tray small A4
satay sticks
serviette
BBQ brush
BBQ tongs
table covers
trash bag
wire mesh
charcoal
fire starter
matches
ice box

Q: Can we still do BBQ if it rains?

A: A big portion of the veranda where the BBQ pit is located, is sheltered by the roof above. If it’s downpour, you might get splashes of rain but BBQ should be able to continue still. Umbrellas are provided at the glass shed.

If rain is still a concern, the contingency is to pan-fry the food or even make good use of the oven 😉 Other than this, maybe you can ask if you can make use of the communal BBQ area.

The extended roof above

The extended roof above

The communal BBQ area

The communal BBQ area

Q: What’s the recommended 2D1N itinerary for a retreat to Sekeping Serendah?

A: This is what you can do:-

On the way to Sekeping Serendah, drop by this R Cheng Fei Chou Yu Wantan Mee Restaurant in Rawang

On the way to Sekeping Serendah, drop by this R Cheng Fei Chou Yu Wantan Mee Restaurant in Rawang.

6 of us, 6 fish, 6 different cooking styles! 金针、酱蒸、 油滑、干煎、curry & tom yam.

6 of us, 6 fish, 6 different cooking styles! 金针、酱蒸、 油滑、干煎、curry & tom yam.

Reach Sekeping Serendah around 2pm and check in. Unload food and drinks and start preparing BBQ food for a bit.

Reach Sekeping Serendah around 2pm and check in. Unload food and drinks and start preparing BBQ food for a bit.

Say "Hi!" to your neighbour upon checking in! ;)

Say “Hi!” to your neighbour upon checking in! 😉

Next, head to the Serendah Waterfall for cool splash and dip!

Next, head to the Serendah Waterfall for cool splash and dip!

Still have surplus of energy and time? Head to the pool at Sekeping then

Still have surplus of energy and time? Head to the pool at Sekeping then

Exercise a bit to dissipate the energy :p

Exercise a bit to dissipate the energy :p

As an alternative to a dip in the pool, have a stroll around the trails in Sekeping compound

As an alternative to a dip in the pool, have a stroll around the trails in Sekeping compound

Then, get ready the BBQ food!

Then, get ready the BBQ food!

Have a feast!

Have a feast!

Spend quality time with friends or family :p

Spend quality time with friends or family :p

End of day 1! Good night!

End of day 1! Good night!

Before checking out latest by 12pm, prepare breakfast, go swim some more and go take photos around!

Before checking out latest by 12pm the next day, prepare breakfast, go swim some more and go take photos around!

Before heading home, drop by at Tom Yam Restaurant at Serendah!

Before heading home, pay a visit to Tom Yam Restaurant at Serendah!

The seafood tomyam meehoon is yummy! The fried chicken is extra yummy!

The seafood tomyam meehoon is yummy! The fried chicken is extra yummy!

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Meow’s guide to life – Part 3

Else you tend to overbuy!

Else you tend to overbuy!

While encased in casing on the left, my phone fell from the desk screen on and the resultant damage is considerable. So if you are a careless person like me, choose casing with front cover so that the fall will be cushioned

While encased in casing on the left, my phone fell from the desk screen on and the resultant damage is considerable. So if you are a careless person like me, choose casing with front cover so that fall could be cushioned

Part 1 | Part 2 |

 

How to cheat for “Guess the Emoji”

My definition of cheat: not solving the puzzles with own light-bulb-moment, but with the help of tools, people, etc.

1) Print screen and send to (reliable) friends for help

2) Hit the “Ask Facebook” button

3) Log in and out of the app several times and print screen every time you do so. Identify the repeating letters and make guesses based on them. 

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4) Hit the “Use a Hint” button (15 coins to expose a letter or remove letters; 30 coins to solve a question)

5) Want to use a hint but run out of coins? Pay to get more coins! Or share about the app on FB/Tweeter.

6) Ask google! :p

If I were a town planner/ the local council…

I will name the roads and towns in a way that could give people a sense of…

hope!  (Photo taken at Launceston, Tasmania, Australia)

hope!
(Photo taken at Launceston, Tasmania, Australia)

And auspiciousness as well as positivity!

Let me present some examples!

love lane penang

Just another day in Paradise!

Just another day in Paradise!
(Photo taken at Launceston, Tasmania, Australia)

Jalan Bahagia, 幸福之路!

Jalan Bahagia, 幸福之路!

 

 


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