My Selangor Story 2016 An All-Expenses Paid Travel Blog Competition Brought Bloggers From China to Discover Selangor

Following the success of the My Selangor Story 2013, Tourism Selangor has launched another campaign, this time targeting travel enthusiasts from the Republic of China.

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“My Selangor Story” is a bloggers event organized by Tourism Selangor, supported by My Horizon Media Sdn. Bhd. to promote Selangor’s rich tourism resources and to enhance knowledge about the culture diversity and activities across the state.

In conjunction with Lotour (lotour.com), one of China’s biggest travel portals, “Lotour 12 Horoscope My Selangor Story” is a unique event in which 12 travel enthusiasts and bloggers from Lotour participated in a 5 days 4 nights Selangor tourism programme, and, subsequently shared their personal experiences from the tour with their fans and readers through their Lotour and social media platform.

My Horizon Media was the organizer and flew contestants from various destinations in China to Malaysia. Summerland Tours and Travel, one of the most credible and reliable Travel Company in the country, sponsored the domestic transportation. During the 5 days 4 nights My Selangor Story Trip, the bloggers explored downtown and the outskirts of Selangor, and managed to catch the 40th Bon Odori Festival, one of the biggest outdoor celebrations in Malaysia.

They had fun in the Sunway Lagoon featuring the world’s first SpongeBob theme park and the new haunted house, and were thrilled to discover that they did not need to travel too far to enjoy the sand and beach, right in the heart of Sunway Lagoon.Later at night, after the coconut steamboat dinner, the bloggers experienced some of the high fashion nightlife at The Roof in Bandar Utama, sipping cocktails in the rooftop garden with a view of the Twin Towers and KL Tower.

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Apart from the luxury and vibrant city life, they also discovered the untouched nature of Selangor. They were lucky to catch the last ship to the mystery beach near Sasaran, the Sky Mirror, a relatively new and undiscovered beach in the middle of the sea which only appears twice per month. Later, they ventured to Pulau Angsa for oyster hunting and set off to discover the beauty of Sekinchan while soaking in the beautiful sunset by the beach; the day ended with a memorable trip in the sampan along the river in Kampung Kuantan surrounded by the twinkling of fireflies.

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The fun didn’t end there; before they were sent to the breezy Genting Highland, the bloggers took their time to explore the world’s first Fashion Forest, learning how a lush green indigenous forest can cooperate with high technology and fashion.

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Fashion Forest, Resorts World Genting is a forest thst incooperates with high technology and fashion.

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Later, they made their way up to the highland via the skyway while enjoying the magnificent view from the gondola. Upon arrival, many were mesmerized by the neon lights and buzzing nightlife of the entertainment world at Genting Highland.

The trip would not be perfect without experiencing the local culture and food, and the bloggers had a durian feast in SS2, tasted Bak Kut Teh in Klang, visited the most beautiful Hindu Temple in Malaysia, Batu Caves, and tried banana leaf rice.

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Experiencing Banana Leaf Rice

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Indulging in durians, the revered King of Fruits

Before departing to the airport, the bloggers had the opportunity to visit the latest outlet near the airport, Mitsui Outlet Park for shopping. They also had the privilege of lounging in the KLIA2 Plaza Premium Lounge after enjoying a good quality lunch time in the Green Market, courtesy of Plaza Premium Lounge.

This unique travel campaign, which combined the vibrant city life, branded shopping destinations, eco-friendly tours and colourful culture, aimed to promote Selangor as an International travel destination, and raise the brand awareness for Tourism Selangor and all the generous sponsors who supported this event.

To read their stories about Discovering Selangor, please visit: http://www.lotour.com/dms/Selangor/starsigns/index.shtml#page5

Selangor International Indigenous Art Festival 2016

The Selangor International Indigenous Art Festival 2016 (SIIAF) was back for the second time at Taman Botani Negara Shah Alam, Selangor with a presentation of tribal dances, culture and a mission to accomplish.

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Organised by Tourism Selangor and Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS), with collaboration from Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), this year’s theme ‘Back to the roots, #Landrightsnow!’ is in conjunction with the worldwide Land Rights Now campaign.

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The Selangor International Indigenous Art Festival is aimed at bringing awareness to the public on the culture and heritage of the Indigenous people, as well as giving the indigenous tribes across Malaysia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, The Philippines and Vietnam, a platform to promote their culture and heritage tourism in culturally-rich Selangor. By promoting the culture and creating awareness of the indigenous people, it not only helps to attract tourists to the state, but also helps the indigenous people economically.

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Some of the highlights for this year includes -appearances and cultural performances by 21 domestic indigenous tribes, exhibitions and food tasting of traditional food of Peninsular and East Malaysia and the unveiling of the newest traditional home of the MahMeri tribe.

In many countries, indigenous tribes continue to remain a mystery, unknown to the larger population. In our quest to become developed and progressive nation, we should not forget these communities and Tourism Selangor is doing it right to literally get back to the roots.

Sekolah Bimbingan Jalinan Kasih Kuala Lumpur Fights for Stateless Children’s Education Rights

Who would have thought that there are plenty of children in Malaysia being denied education rights because they come from complicated family backgrounds? While I am aware of the issue where there are plenty of Malaysians did not receive formal education because they have no birth certificate or legal identification to enable them for registrations in school, I was not exactly aware of how huge the numbers are until I visited Sekolah Jalinan Bimbingan Kasih Kuala Lumpur during a CSR Program organized by Wonderland Primary Sdn Bhd.

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As part of their corporate social responsibility program, Wonderland Primary Sdn Bhd has organized a day with the students here along with their celebrity spokesperson and ambassador, Miss Reen Rahim.

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In conjunction of the festive season, the children are entertained by plenty of buskers performance and also given goodies as well as duit raya as a token of love and appreciation. There’s also clown appearance and fun game activities for the children.

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According to the Sekolah Jalinan Bimbingan Kasih Kuala Lumpur’s principal, the school accepts stateless children and children who came from problematic background or children who never had the opportunity to attend formal education before. While the school still cannot cater to children with special needs with similar background and problems due to lack manpower and volunteers with knowledge for handling special needs children, they do hope to be able to be able to do so in the future.

While we cannot do much about the politics and bureaucracy behind why stateless children are being denied entrance into schools, I believe that  education is basic children’s rights and they should not be denied that regardless of their backgrounds. I hope Sekolah Jalinan Bimbingan Kasih Kuala Lumpur will continuously be given the support to fight for the children’s rights to education.

Family Friendly Eco Adventure with Treks in Resorts World Genting: Herping

Once upon a time, not so long ago when I was just a little girl, a frog hid itself in the depth of my school shoe. I didn’t know that the creature was hiding in there and come morning when I was preparing to go to school, I unsuspectingly placed my foot into the shoe only to feel that it felt as if there was something soft and squishy stuffed inside. Thinking that my kid sister must have stuffed tissue papers inside again, I dug in to throw the offending object out only to find a frog pitifully looking and croaking back at me. I was so shocked and was so disgusted with my unexpected finding that I dropped the poor frog down. The frog jumped around in the house, creating chaos in the usually mundane morning.

Needless to say, I was terribly traumatized. What more I encountered a snake slithering at home on the same day later after the morning encounter with the frog. It was both on the same day and I have never been a fan of slimy creatures since. I don’t care if my kid sister thinks that they are cute and adorable, but I hate reptilians and I hate amphibians. To me they are just a slimy and a disgusting creature. Loathing these creatures, I avoid them like a plague and I would never go near them if I could help it.

Unfortunately for me, as a member of the media, my assignments sometimes involves those slimy and slithering little guys. I was sent to the zoo once back in 2010 for an event with Brady Barr and I practically cried in front of everyone just because I was so terrified of the harmless Albino Python they were showcasing.

I never bothered to attempt to overcome my fear towards frogs and snakes, but there was a herping session during my most recent trip to Resorts World Genting with Treks Enterprise. Herping is a term used for searching for amphibians and reptiles at night. READ: Frogs, snakes and lizards are involved. Herping is definitely not for the faint hearted and definitely not for me, but I decided to try to overcome my fear and try it regardless. I thought, if my son is not afraid and is eager for it, then why should I? I’m his mother. I’m supposed to be the brave one and a heroine he can look up to.

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Our herping session was led by Steven Wong, the President of The Malaysian Nature Society (MNS). Our location; The vicinity of Awana Longhouse, Resorts World Genting. With his expertise, he shared interesting knowledge about nature and wildlife with us, particularly lizards, snakes and frogs and thanks to his lengthy explanation about those creatures I so fear of, they don’t seems to be so scary anymore. After listening to his stories about frogs and snakes, I felt that they are just misunderstood and not dangerous unless they are provoked.

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It was a successful herping session.

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We managed to catch a glimpse of a few kinds of frogs.

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Tiny frog spotted

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Another tiny frog sitting on leaves

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I wonder if this one will turn into a prince if someone kissed him?

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Steven shared with us something interesting about frogs which is their mating process. When Frogs mate, the male frog tends to clasp the female underneath in an embrace called amplexus. The male frog literally climbs on her back, reaches his arms around her “waist”, either just in front of the hind legs, just behind the front legs, or even around the head. The amplexus embrace can last several days. According to Steven, while in the amplexus position, the male frog fertilizes the eggs as they get are laid. Frogs tend to lay eggs single eggs in masses, whereas toads usually lay eggs in long chains. Some frogs leave after this point, but others stick around to watch over the little ones. Some have very unusual ways of caring for their young. Rather romantic, don’t you think? I’m a sucker for romantic things like this.

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That night we also managed to get a close encounter with a Siamese Viper.

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Yes. It is poisonous. But it was handled correctly and everyone had fun photographing the handsome snake.
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One for the album.

My phobia of snakes and frogs may not be cured in just one night. I think I am still afraid of them. I might need more herping therapy before I feel like touching them willingly, but it’s a start, no?

If you are looking for some slimy adventure, you might want to consider herping. Treks Enterprise is offering all sort of guided walks and eco-related programmes and herping is just one of them.

For more information on other programmes offered by Treks, go to Treks’s website and Facebook page or please call 03-27181118 or logon to www.rwgenting.com

Family Friendly Eco Adventure with Treks in Resorts World Genting: Jungle Trekking

I was raised by a family of academicians and grew up believing that nothing else matters as long as I do well in my studies. My childhood was pretty much routine and straight forward. Going to school and studying for exams occupies most of my growing up days and thinking back, I was brainwashed to believe that I couldn’t do anything outdoor or extreme stuff as I have a weak and sickly body.

As I grew up, I started to become rebellious and discovered that the things that I have been told by my family are mostly not true and I am actually capable of anything that I wanted to do as long as I put my mind to it. My life started to become interesting when I met my husband. He’s always been there to support me and accompany me to to do all the extreme and the crazy things I wanted to do, even if it defies logic.

Naturally, when I became a mother, I did not want my son to go through the same childhood that I did. My son has autism and is dyslexic. And because he does not achieve the academic milestone the same way as children his age, he is stigmatized. I did not want to restrict him from exploring the world and condemn him to a normal and boring academic life although he is a special need child and everyone around me keeps telling me that he is not capable of anything and so, I’ll bring him to explore the world with me at any chance that I got, in hopes that he will benefit from all the exposure.

One of the things that I’ve dreamed of doing as a child but never got the chance to do was jungle trekking. My first jungle trekking experience was with both my husband and son during Resorts World Genting Back to Nature Eco Retreat 2015. It was a 2km trek in the jungle of Genting Highlands and I was practically sweating by the time it was done. It was a memorable experience, to say the least.

We started our exploration just after our birdwatching session. You may read our experience HERE.

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Still all hyped up, we trekked down a very steep slope.

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As our guide back then were pretty strict, we did not really get to leisurely take our time in the jungle but our second time around with Treks Enterprise was another story altogether, we get to trek into the jungle at a pretty much leisurely pace and we were allowed ample time for photography as well.

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Due to the steepness of the path and for safety reasons, only a maximum of 5 people were allowed to go down at one time.

My family and I went down with a guide especially assigned to us. In my humble opinion, this time the path is much more challenging than our first time.

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Walking sticks and hiking shoes is advisable should you decided to trek a challenging path like this. Unless you are equipped with shockproof or action camera, I wouldn’t advice any photography session during any jungle trekking or hiking session.

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After about 30 minutes, we were rewarded with such a beautiful view.

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A sight to behold for nature lovers, I must say. And if you ask me if I would do it again, the answer is a definite yes.

Treks Enterprise is offering all sort of guided walks and eco-related programmes and a guided hiking or jungle trekking session is one of them.

For more information on other programmes offered by Treks, go to Treks’s website and Facebook page or please call 03-27181118 or logon to www.rwgenting.com

Family Friendly Eco Adventure with Treks in Resorts World Genting: Birdwatching at IBA, Awana Genting

I was first introduced to the joy of birdwatching back in the year 2014, where I was invited by Tourism Malaysia as a member of the media to do coverage for Wings of KKB: Selangor International Bird Race 2014 and I have been providing coverage for the said event since then. Basically it is a birdwatching event that embed the element of amazing race in it. Participants were required to identify various kinds of birds from different altitudes, starting from Kuala Kubu Bharu and ends in Awana Genting.

As a member of the media, my job scope was merely to provide coverage and not experience the whole thing as a participant, and therefore, I never had the opportunity to really enjoy birdwatching, but fortunately for me, during my family’s most recent eco-escapade with Treks Enterprise in Awana Genting, we were brought to IBA in Awana, Genting Highlands to experience some real bird watching session.

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IBA (Important Bird Watching Area). This place is located nearby Awana Longhouse and is a home to various birds, including migratory birds.

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We kicked off our birdwatching session fairly early, under the guidance of a birding expert, Mr. Henry (the guy in the middle).

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Going deep inside IBA for some serious birdwatching.

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Spotted some birdwatchers patiently waiting for some rare migratory bird sightings.

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Serious birdwatching going on here

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We were quite lucky that morning. Unlike the birdwatching session with the participants of Wings of KKB: Selangor International Bird Race 2016 back in April 2016, we spotted quite a number of rare birds this time.

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We not only get to see rare migratory birds but also flying squirrel and lizard as well.

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One of the birds that lives in the virgin forest of Genting Highlands.

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Lovebirds

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Can you see the bird? It’s hanging upside down.

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Another resident bird in the vicinity of Awana Resort.

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Other than birds, we managed to captures pics of other creatures too. And here’s a cute little squirrel.

It is unfortunate that I do not own a pair of binocular. I guess it is time to invest one. It is certainly useful during birdwatching session.

Treks Enterprise is offering all sort of guided walks and eco-related programmes and birdwatching is one of them.

For more information on other programmes offered by Treks, go to Treks’s website and Facebook page or please call 03-27181118 or logon to www.rwgenting.com

Family Friendly Eco Adventure with Treks in Resorts World Genting: Cable Car Ride

Getting to Resorts World Genting has always been a pretty straight forward affair for me and my family. We have been to Resorts World Genting for more times than I bothered to count, but we have never experienced a ride on their famous cable car as my family and I usually drives up and riding the cable car at Genting Skyway is not a necessary mode of transport to get to the top of the hill.Obviously my family and I did not know what we have been missing all these while.

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During our little eco-escapade with Treks Enterprise, we were given a chance to ride the South East Asia’s longest and fastest cable car, as part of our journey to exprience the true beauty of nature from bird’s eyes view.

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The Skyway Station operates from 7.30am – 12.00am daily.

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The staffs on duty are very friendly and helpful, so if you have any questions, just fire away.

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Each gondola can load up a maximum of 8 person. But please note on the lugage requirement. Luggage with size exceeding 56cm x 36cm x 23cm are not allowed to be brought onto the Genting Skyway Gondola. Oversized luggage must be checked-in at the hotel’s front desk or Luggage Handling Counter.  Luggage storage for large luggage is available at Genting Skyway. Guests are advised to make use of this service and to only carry a day bag for the duration of their stay. Kindly ensure that all valuables and important documents are transferred into your day bag as well. Luggage handling counter operating hours is 7.00am to 8.00pm.

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The ride was 3.38km is it was 15 minutes of sheer ecstasy as the gondola travel through 100 years old tropical rainforest from the station at Resorts World Genting to the base station in Gohtong Jaya.

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A zoomed view from above.

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Lovely, don’t you think?

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You can get to the Skyway Station by express bus,  limousine or luxury coach and car.

For ticket pricing please refer below:

Ticket TypePrice (per person)
Normal One-Way: RM 6.40
Normal Two-Way (Return): RM 12.80
Express One-WayRM 31.80
Hotel Guest Leisure Ride (Return)RM 10.60*Price is inclusive of 6% GST. 

*Children below the height of 90cm are eligible to ride the Genting Skyway for FREE. 

For more information on Genting Skyway or enquiries on planning your journey to Resorts World Genting via their cable cars, visit www.rwgenting.com

Family Friendly Eco Adventure with Treks in Resorts World Genting: Fashion Forest

Being an Adrenaline junkie who hates staying home, especially on weekends, I enjoy outdoor activities the most. While I hate walking around in the city, the same thing could not be applied to taking a stroll on the beach or jungle trekking.

A couple of weeks back, my family and I went for a leisurely trek in Fashion Forest in Genting Highlands.

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Here’s following our guide, Eddie into the fashion forest.

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The entrance to Fashion Forest is somewhere nearby Awana Longhouse, Resorts World Genting. Fashion Forest is quite a funny name for a forest, don’t you think? Whenever one talk about fashion I will only think of frilly and colourful clothes that models showcase on the runway. But then I was told that it is just a concept where Treks aims to showcase the forest to visitors in a safe and fashionable way.

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Eddie, briefing us about the Fashion Forest.

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Here in Fashion Forest, there are celebrities.

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Or rather, celebritrees. The trees are named after celebrities here in Fashion Forest, and here’s a lovely and sensational one; Mariah Carey.

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And here’s a transformable celebritree, the Optimus Prime Pergola.

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Visitor posing at the Santana Stage.

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A family with a baby chilling under the Mariah Carey Pergola.

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Eddie telling us that sightings of Hornbills are not uncommon here in Fashion Forest and if we are lucky enough, we’d be able to see one.

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Our guide spotted an area where some orangey fruits are grown, and he told us that the fruit is actually one of Hornbills’ favourite.

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And if you can spot this fruit, you are likely to spot a Hornbill around here.

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Hornbills will crack this fruit open and devour the black seed.

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And here’s the seed that Hornbills will feed on.

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One thing interesting about this Fashion Forest is that there’s WiFi available. Yes. You are reading that right. There’s WiFi available. Which means you can go online and have a social media party while you are trekking in the Fashion Forest. Awesome, isn’t it?But the purpose is not just for you to be glued to your gadget nor merely post your selfies and wefies in your social media accounts while you are spending your time in the forest.WiFi is made available for a purpose. An educational purpose. Treks hopes that technology will help create and spread awareness on the forest’s conservation.

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And as part of the educational bits over here in Fashion Forest, the trees are barcoded.

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You can actually scan the barcodes by using apps on your smartphone and information on the plants or trees in question will appear. Interesting way of learning, I must say.

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Apart from learning about trees by scanning on the barcodes, Treks also take the educational fun to a higher notch by providing barcodes with quizzes in it and you can participate the quiz by scanning the barcodes and answer the questions via whatapps and plenty of surprises awaits you if you managed to hunt down all barcodes with quizzes and answers correctly.

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Visitors participating in the barcode quiz game.

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While the questions are pretty simple, spotting the barcodes can be quite tricky at times if you don’t look closely.

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Sometimes the barcodes are camouflaged by leaf and whatnot.

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Visitors are also given a frame and encouraged to find interesting plant subjects and take a photo via the frame and share it on social media.

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Here’s one of mine.

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A mossy subject. I was told that these moss could glow in the dark.

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Someone spotted this flower and it is definitely a sensational star.

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A visitor taking the opportunity to snap a picture of a plant and share it on her social media account.

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Our little trip to the Fashion Forest is definitely fun and educational one, and who says the jungle is all dark and scary and is only for hardcore adventurers? Here’s one that is beautiful and family friendly. Fashion Forest is a must visit, especially family with young kids. It is a great place to nurture kids into loving nature and conserving them for the next generation.

Treks offers plenty of eco-related programs for people from all walks of life and I’m sure there is something for everyone.

For more information on programmes offered by Treks, go to Treks’s website and Facebook page or please call 03-27181118 or logon to www.rwgenting.com

Family Friendly Eco Adventure with Treks in Resorts World Genting: The English Garden

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The English Garden is a beautiful garden located just right in front of Theme Park Hotel in Resorts World Genting, Genting Highlands.

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I’ve been to Genting Highlands countless times, but as I usually go to Genting Highlands for the live shows or just to simply chill out at my favourite cafe, taking a leisurely stroll in the English Garden has never been on my agenda, but fortunately enough for me, my family and I were brought there by the good people from Treks Enterprise for a visit.

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There’s a small water fountain here and occasionally, you will be able to catch birds taking a sip or two here before flying away.

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Bench for you to sit on, and I reckon it is perfect for dating couples.

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Couple spotted chilling out with each other on the bench.

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Gazebo

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One of the latest eye-catching attraction here in the English Garden is the Nepenthes’ Wall where various kinds of pitcher plants are actually grown in a natural environment, making a beautiful addition to the garden’s population.

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The Nepenthes’ Wall in the English Garden is a part of Treks Enterprise’s effort to educate people about the beautiful plants and conserve the pitcher plants that they found in the jungle.

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Eddie showing us how to differentiate a male and female pitcher plants.

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A closer look at a pair of pitcher plant.

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Unlike the Nepenthes Conservatory in Awana Hotel, the pitcher plants in the English Garden grows in riot over the wall and besides taking pictures here, visitors are also allowed to ‘adopt’ one of the wild pitcher plants grown here and fashion decorate the wall of the English Garden to their liking.

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Adopting a pitcher plant and tying it to the wall.

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I couldn’t draw to save my life, and I could only immortalize them through the camera, but if I’m a painter, I’d sit here for hours and paint them on a canvas, with immense pleasure.

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Some interesting looking pitcher plants that I managed to spot during my visit.

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I don’t know how everyone else felt when they paid the English Garden a visit, but personally, I felt as if The Secret Garden came to live and I was the protagonist, Mary Lennox. For those who is not familiar with this title, The Secret Garden is a classic novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett and it tells the story of a sickly 10 year old Mary Lennox. She’s an unloved 10-year-old girl born in India to selfish, wealthy British parents who kept her out of their way as much as possible. Upon her parents’ death, she was then sent to live with Archibald Craven, an uncle she has never met, at his home called Misselthwaite Manor. Mary then discovered a Secret Garden that used to belonged to her uncle’s late wife and she tended to the garden and made it her sanctuary. As the story progresses, she met her bedridden cousin and they both started to grow things in the garden and started to become happier and healthier. To cut the long story short, the author explores the healing power inherent in living things.In a very literal sense, Mary Lennox “comes alive” as her garden does. The same goes for Colin and Mr Craven. As they tend to something outside their own sorrow, they find joy and new life and looking over the Nepenthes Wall in the English Garden, I felt the same. Being outdoor and close to nature made me feel not only healthier, but liberated and happier too.

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I’m grateful that the good folks from Treks brought me and my family there during our last visit to Genting and moving forward, I’d be sure to make a point to just take a stroll there every now and then and smell the roses. The view in the English Garden is simply breathtaking and I couldn’t get enough of the picturesque view over here and it was indeed a novel experience.

For more information on programmes offered by Treks, go to Treks’s website and Facebook page or please call 03-27181118 or logon to www.rwgenting.com

Family Friendly Eco Adventure with Treks in Resorts World Genting: Nepenthes Conservatory

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Treks’ Nepenthe’s Conservatory is one of the latest eco attraction in Resorts World Genting.

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Located in Awana Hotel, the place aims to showcase all sort of nephentes and is an information centre for Treks’ activities and entrance is free.

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Here is where we can see all sorts of nephentes or the common name for it, pitcher plants.

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Part of the live speciments in the conservatory.

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More live speciments

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Young visitor posing with the speciments.

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Visitor taking photos of the speciments. Yes. Photography is allowed in here.

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Children being taught how to take care of the pitcher plants.

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Visitors listening to explanation on the pitcher plants.

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We were told that pitcher plants comes in varieties of sizes and colours. We learned quite a few things about the pitcher plants here. One of them is that the pitcher plants are not exactly carnivorous, dangerous or poisonous. It is a misconception that pitcher plants hunts small animals for food. The fact that it is known as carnivorous is only because the shape of the plants trap insects in it’s pitcher and they get their nutrients from there.

Foraging, flying or crawling insects such as flies are attracted to the cavity formed by the cupped leaf, often by visual lures such asanthocyanin pigments, and nectar bribes. The rim of the pitcher (peristome) is slippery, when moistened by condensation or nectar, causing insects to fall into the trap. Pitcher plants may also contain waxy scales, protruding aldehyde crystals, cuticular folds, inward and downward pointing (retrorse) hairs, or guard-cell-originating lunate cells on the inside of the pitcher to ensure that insects cannot climb out. The small bodies of liquid contained within the pitcher traps are calledphytotelmata. They drown the insect, and the body of it is gradually dissolved. This may occur by bacterial action (the bacteria being washed into the pitcher by rainfall) or byenzymes secreted by the plant itself. Furthermore, some pitcher plants containmutualistic insect larvae, which feed on trapped prey, and whose excreta the plant absorbs. Whatever the mechanism of digestion, the prey items are converted into a solution of amino acids, peptides,phosphates, ammonium and urea, from which the plant obtains its mineral nutrition (particularly nitrogen and phosphorus).

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Like all carnivorous plants, they all grow in locations where the soil is too poor in minerals and/or too acidic for most plants to survive. Rather than relying on photosynthetic glucose to survive, pitcher plants supplement available nutrients and minerals which plants normally obtain through their roots) with the constituents of their insect prey.

Interesting, don’t you think? Well, these things are much more interesting in real life, and if you are looking for something interesting and educational at no cost at all, you should visit the Treks’ Nepenthe’s Conservatory.

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Treks offers plenty of eco-related programs for people from all walks of life.

For more information on programmes offered by Treks, go to Treks’s website and Facebook page or please call 03-27181118 or logon to www.rwgenting.com