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Genting Palace Chinese Restaurant

We originally wanted to try out Genting Palace for dinner on our first night at Genting Resorts World, ie Saturday. However, we were told that our meal card would not be valid because the restaurant was already pretty full! Imagine my disappointment because I was all ready to go try out some abalone and other Chinese favourites! Imagine the effort I had to make when the Partner suggested going to a Western restaurant instead. The Partner doesn’t fancy abalone you see, he thinks it’s tasteless!

Anyway, I managed to check out Genting Palace for dim sum brunch the next day. Just so that we would not be faced with another Full House, we dragged ourselves out of bed at 8am, which for me is considered a substantial feat. I’m not one to jam-pack a gazillion activities during my holidays. I like to take it slow and savour every single moment.

As with most of the eateries in Genting, Genting Palace was priced slightly on the high side, as compared to a similar restaurant in Singapore. Well I guess it’s to be expected for touristy locations.

The dim sum here is quite okay. There are several nice dishes, but also several very unremarkable dishes. An interesting point to note is that most of the dim sum that came in the metallic containers were not piping hot, which would have contributed to the average experience. Those dim sum dishes that were served piping hot were very enjoyable.

Genting Palace - (2)

Genting Palace looks very traditional, like the Chinese restaurants of yore in Singapore.

Genting Palace - Deep Fried Cheese Roll RM10

Deep Fried Cheese Roll RM10

This was one of the best dim sum dishes amongst all the stuff that we ordered. It was packed full of prawns and there was a nice oozy bit of cheese right in the middle. This came piping hot too. It seems that those dim sum served on the white dishes are made to order?

Genting Palace - Sliced Duck Roll

Sliced Duck Roll

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The Bakery at Maxims Genting Hotel

One of the places I liked hanging out at during my stay at Genting Resorts World was at The Bakery. I love peppering my holiday trips with visits to cafes and bakeries and the trip to Genting was no different of course. Of all the cafes that I visited or walked past, The Bakery at Maxims Genting looked the most cosy and inviting. It also had a huge array of mouth watering looking cakes and pastries, so I actually visited The Bakery a total of THREE times in my 3D2N stay. Beat that!

Of course, the FREE WIFI was another huge reason. There was no WIFI in my First World Hotel so I made sure to stop by The Bakery for my daily dose of Internet, Whatsapp.Twitter and Facebook.

The Bakery at Maxims Genting Hotel - Latte

My glass of latte. It’s necessary especially after a late night at the casino…

The Bakery at Maxims Genting Hotel (2)

The Bakery at Maxims Genting Hotel - Danish Pastries

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Genting Outdoor Theme Park

This is going to be a series of posts from the Resorts World Genting trip I partook in last week, courtesy of the Resorts World people.

First up, pictures of the Genting Outdoor Theme Park. For the record, I have not been to Singapore’s Universal Studios. However, I have been to the Universal Studios in both California as well as Orlando. If there’s one thing about theme parks, it’s that you usually have to do a lot of lining up. If the queues are long, they might even snake out into the open, beyond the shelter of the ride’s waiting area.

Genting’s Outdoor Theme Park obviously isn’t as awesome as that of Universal Studios and Disneyland. But most people aren’t expecting that anyway. It’s just a nice little Theme Park, good for tourists looking for a short getaway. It does have the thriller roller coasters to satiate the dare devils, as well as placid family rides for the kiddos. For me, I just loved being outdoors in the cool, crisp mountain air. It’s been a while since I’ve stepped into a theme park, the last being in 2007, Gold Coast Australia’s Movie World and Dream World.

Genting Outdoor Theme Park (6)

Always study the Theme Park map first so that you know how to maximise your time. Don’t want to spend half the day on something average, only to find out that you’ve missed the star attraction.

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Water rides seem to make up more than 1/3 of the rides at Genting.

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Kluang LA Goat Farm

As part of the Zenxin Organic Park Tour package, we got to visit the LA Goat Farm in Kluang. For me, this was one of the highlights of the trip because I just LOVE farm animals! The goats were so cute, especially the baby goats!!! Furry and fluffy, I just wanted to keep on hugging them! Several of the little ones were on the loose roaming around. I suspect they are small enough to get through the enclosures that keeps the adults in. Yay for me because see no touch is a hard thing to do when they are so ADORABLE!!!!

I know we have a Hay Dairies in Singapore where you can see goats as well. I’ve been to Hay Dairies several times but unfortunately I’ve never had the chance to carry a baby goat there before.

Apart from petting and hugging the goats, we also tried our hands at milking the mother goats as well as bottle feeding the kids.

LA Goat Farm (4)

This little one was a little wobbly on his legs after being carried for a while by me.

LA Goat Farm (3)

Hungry goats

LA Goat Farm (2)

The grooves allow for the poo to drop down and out of the enclosure. Goat’s poo are round like marbles and dry looking…

LA Goat Farm

Nowadays the kids start young.

LA Goat Farm (5)

Don’t ask me what those 2 are doing. And the old uncle in the checkered shirt is the boss of LA Goat Farm.

Kluang Tour by Zenxin Organic Park

I had a really exciting, eventful and memorable day on Saturday last week. Zenxin Organic Park organises day trips out of Singapore to their park as well as local sights in Kluang, Malaysia. On behalf of my company’s recreation club (where I am a volunteer member), I organized this tour for my colleagues. Look at the jammed pack itinerary below. At $65, I thought it was good value for money.

07.30        Participants board coach at Lavender
08.00        Arrival at Singapore Checkpoint
11.00        Arrival at Zenxin Organic Park
11.15        Special Farm-Guided Tour
12.00        Lunch at Zenxin Chef-Garden Restaurant (Chinese meal set)
12.45        Free & Easy Shopping at Zenxin Farm Mart, Flower Nursery & Fish Feeding Program
13.30        Proceed to Kluang City Tour, Buying local famous cookies- Tau Sah Piah, Handmade Noodle and coffee time at Kluang Railway station
16.00        Visit L.A Dairy Goat Farm
17.30        Back to Zenxin Farm – "Be an organic farmer" Program (Harvesting)
18.00        Dinner at Zenxin Chef Garden restaurant (Steamboat)
19.00        Leave Zenxin Farm
22:00        Estimated Time of Arrival back to SG Lavender MRT Station

We had an initial scare in the morning when the bus driver did not arrive. For some reason, we were unable to get through to his M’sian HP number and we thought he’d absconded! We only found him at 8.15am parked in some ulu location after a colleague decided to try his luck down some back alley.

Other than that, the rest of the day went superbly. I really enjoyed seeing Malaysia in the company of my lively colleagues. It certainly is very different from touring with my parents or the Partner. I am so inspired to do a grand tour of Malaysia. It is just next to Singapore yet I have experienced but a speck of it.

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