In the early months of 2013, I asked my colleague, Ruth, to suggest a place for our disabled people outing. She suggested a two-day trip to Cameron Highlands. I told her it was too difficult. First of all financially and secondly man power shortage. However, I finally agreed to it.
Thanks and glory to God in the highest - the trip was a success. We were able to take 31 adult disabled people (6 wheelchair users), 6 mothers, 2 fathers, 8 staff and 4 volunteers. The total was 51 people. We hired a big travel bus and also used our new van from Berjaya Cares Foundation.
On the 3rd October, we moved from our centre at 7.20am and reached Cameron Highlands at 10.10am. We stopped at Green View Garden to see the plantations and strawberries. After that, we moved on to Lavender Garden which was a new attraction. We thank Mr. C.L. Cheah, the owner of Lavender Garden, for giving us free tickets. It’s a very beautiful place, full of various coloured flowers. We had lunch at an Indian stall near Kea Farm. At 2.30pm, we moved from our big travel bus into a small school bus that took us along the narrow road toward Boh Tea plantation at Sungai Palas. During the journey it rained very heavily but somehow it stopped when we reached the plantation. We visited the factory. We are thankful to the Boh Tea management for providing us nice tea and sandwiches.
At 4.30pm, we checked in at Barre IJ Centre (Catholic centre) at Tanah Rata. At night, we went to Brinchang for steamboat dinner. We enjoyed ourselves very much. We occupied 5 tables in the restaurant. ESDA paid a very reasonable price for the delicious and satisfying food. On that night, unfortunately, the night market was not open. We went back early to Barre IJ Centre.
On the 4th October, we woke up early and gathered at the hall for a short devotion and gave thanks to God for this wonderful trip. After breakfast we went to Mardi Agrotechnology Park. We spent an hour there because it was a big place. Before lunch, most of our disabled friends wanted to do some shopping. We stopped at an open air market – Kea Farm. After shopping we walked across to the same stall where we had lunch on the first day and again had lunch there. On the way down from Cameron Highlands, we stopped at Last Stop Shop as our final shopping venue before we moved back to Taiping. We reached ESDA Centre at 4.30pm.
All of us had a joyful and fruitful trip to Cameron Highlands. A big thank you to all donors who made our trip come true.
10月3日上午7时20分，我们从太平社区服务协会动身，抵达金马仑高原是早上10时10分。我们停在翠景花园(Green View Garden)参观种植园和草莓。之后，我们到Lavender花园。这是个新的景点。我们很感谢Lavender花园的主人谢先生给予我们免费入场参观。这个花园相当漂亮，种满了各种颜色的花朵。我们在靠近Kea农场的一间印度摊格享用午餐。下午2点30分我们在Sg Palas从大型巴士改乘小辆的校车，以便越过狭小的路到Tea Boh 茶园。途中雨下得很大，但当抵达茶园时雨就停了。我们参观了(制作茶叶的)工厂。我们很感谢Tea Boh茶园的管理层为我们提供好茶和三明治。
下午4时30分，我们在丹那拉打的Barre IJ中心(天主教中心)住一晚。到了晚上，我们去碧兰璋的火锅店享用晚餐。我们非常享受。我们占用了餐厅里的5张餐桌。我们付出了合理的价格获取美味和令人满意的食品。那天晚上，不幸的是夜市没开档。我们很早就回去Barre IJ中心。
10月4日，我们一早就起身，聚集在大厅里进行了短暂的宗教仪式，以感谢神带给我们这个美妙的旅程。早餐后，我们去参观Mardi的农业科技园。我们在那儿逗留了一个小时，因为这地方很大。午饭前，我们大多数的残障朋友想购买一些东西。我们就停在一个露天市场 – Kea农场。购物后，我们便走路到第一天印度摊位用午餐的地方。我们就在同样的摊格享用午餐。从今马仑高原一路下来，我们停在最后一站店(Last Stop Shop)作为我们最终的购物地点。之后，我们就返回太平。我们抵达太平社区服务协会是下午4时30分。