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Hay Dairies

Did you know there is an Italian Organic dairy farm in Singapore? It’s TRUE!!! Well I tried to search for it on Monday. Vaguely remembered it to be located at Lim Chu Kang. Alas, just could not find it so to make the most of the cross country travel, we stopped by at Hay Dairies instead to see the cute goats.

TO MY HORROR, we are no longer allowed to feed or hug the goats!!!!!! I recall visiting twice previously. All we had to do was pay $2 for the goat feed, and then we are let loose amongst the pens. The goats are still within the pens but they stick their little heads out to grab at the goat feed. Apparently, AVA considers this to be a health hazard and has put in place a ban for the last THREE years! Seriously, my first thought was that we are just going way overboard with all these precautions. The lady manning the cashier ( I think she owns the place) nodded sadly at me in agreement. I still have the photo of myself feeding a goaty 5 years ago 🙁

Still, we can walk past the pens and wave madly at the goats. They really are smart creatures and will look at you to see what you are up to. In India and lots of other places, goats are sometimes treated as pets! I definitely want to have a pet goat when I grow up.

If you desperately need a dose of goat hugging, you can trying going to the LA Goat Farm in Kluang, Malaysia (approx 2 hrs away from Singapore)

Hay Dairies

Hay Dairies (3) Hay Dairies (5) Hay Dairies (6)

Yes I know, I feel like that too sometimes. Stuck in a cage with no where else to go but to grit my teeth and not get shit upon.

Hay Dairies (9) AVA says NO caressing the goats!

Are you serious????

Hay Dairies (10)

$2 per bottle of milk. Lots of people can’t stand the goaty taste. I think it’s just a mindset you need to get over. After half a cup, you’ll be downing the whole bottle and installing a goat in your house.

Hay Dairies (8)

The long walk….

Kranji Countryside Map

Hay Dairies is part of the Kranji Countryside. If you’ve never explored this wonderful part of Singapore, you’re really missing out!

Biker Kitty

Biker Kitty disapproves of my encroaching into her personal space.

Hay Dairies

No. 3 Lim Chu Kang, Agrotech Park Lane 4

Singapore 718859

http://www.haydairies.com.sg

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.

Zenxin Organic Park Lunch

After the scary start to the morning which caused us to only commence our tour nearly 1 hour late (details to come later), we did not have time for a breakfast pit stop. So we opted to have lunch immediately upon arrival at Zenxin. Lunch was served in the VIP room. Wonder if we were given the VIP room after the morning scare, because it seems despite there being other tour groups, none others used the VIP room. The VIP room is just a private room with no other frills except that it is air-conditioned. Nonetheless, it was appreciated.

For lunch, we were served 8 dishes + rice. If I am not wrong, all the food served was organic.

Zenxin - Pumpkin Fritters

Pumpkin Fritters – This was one of my favourites! Pieces of pumpkin enveloped in a super crispy crust. I think the black dots are dragon fruit seeds. It was really nice.

Zenxin Lunch - Egg and fried seaweed

Fried puffy egg with ultra fried seaweed thingy – This was my favourite dish of all. I love egg as you all know. The crispy green vegetable tasted like seaweed. I had heaps of those, although it seems like the other people didn’t. Or maybe the dish was conveniently located nearest to lucky me. Went really well with the rice.

Zenxin Lunch - Sweet and sour fish

Sweet and sour fish – Sweet and sour sauce was nice but the fish was too dry.

Zenxin Lunch - Mushroom, vegetable and tofu

Green gourd looking vegetable with enoki mushrooms and tofu – This was a nice light dish. Tofu was very tasty.

Zenxin Lunch - Steamed egg

Empty plate……From my angle, I wondered why on earth the waitress set down an empty plate on the table. Only when somebody asked what it was did I realise that there was steamed egg in that dish. It looked so smooth I thought the surface of the egg was the bottom of the plate! Egg tasted a little on the bland side and had a powdery feel to it, despite looking so smooth.

There were also 3 other dishes I did not take pictures of:- Sweet and sour chicken, Broccoli soup and a last one I can’t remember.

On the whole, I thought some dishes were really good while some were below average. The other tables polished off everything they were served. For me, my 2 favourite dishes were the pumpkin fritters and the seaweed egg thing. I hate to say this but I thought some of the dishes were too bland for me. I wonder if food in Singapore has been so over seasoned and salted that I’ve become accustomed to all these bad things? I certainly don’t want to give the impression that organic food is bland. In any case, bland or not, I believe that we should all strive to eat more natural and wholesome foods, and we will eventually adapt to the taste. Taste is just a matter of habit, which is why we often like the foods we grew up with.

Read about the rest of my Zenxin Organic Park Tour activities.

Kluang Railway Station

As part of the Zenxin Organic Farm tour we were on, the tour guide brought us to Kluang Railway Station to sample the national tea-time favourite snack and beverage of Singaporeans and Malaysians. Kopi/Teh Tarik and Kaya Toast!

Having been to the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station in Singapore many times for Nasi Beriyani and Teh Tarik, I can now add Kluang Railway Station to the list of Railway stations I’ve dined at before. The Kluang Railway Station is nowhere as big as the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station because it’s not a terminus nor an interchange. Still, that doesn’t make having a cuppa here less rustic and enjoyable.

I love how laid back the whole place looks. Even though it may be uncomfortable sitting on hard plastic red chairs in the heat of the day, and even though the roads are riddled with potholes containing yesterday’s rain, I want places like these to still exist because they are so full of character and history. Too bad you can hardly find such places in Singapore anymore, but luckily, I now know where to go if I need a dose of nostalgia. Apparently this coffee shop has been in existence since the early 1930s. It seems they now have franchise branches, that serve a larger variety of meals, but this is the original one.

Kluang is about 1.5 hrs drive from the Malaysian Checkpoint. Or you can take the KTM trains. It’s the 4th station from Singapore.

Kluang Railway Station (2)

See from this angle, you can’t even tell it’s a train station.

Kluang Railway Station - Diners

It was crowded when we got there at 3.30pm.

Kluang Railway Station - Diners (2)

No outside food allowed….who brought in those sushi? Wait a minute, those are donuts dressed to look like sushi!

Kluang Railway Station - Kaya Toast (2)

Kaya toast, or Roti Bakar with Butter and Kaya as how they would say it in Malay. Only 1 ringgit. They also have the square toast too.

Kluang Railway Station - Kaya Toast

Teh Susu (Milk tea) RM$1.20 – Tasted quite good. It isn’t as sweet as the ones we get in Singapore, which is not a bad thing considering how much we ate that day.

Kluang Railway Station - Mee Siam and Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak RM0.70 and Mee Siam RM0.70 – These are placed on every table and you just help yourself if you want one. The mee siam here is the dry version. I’ve no idea this version existed until yesterday.

Kluang Railway Station - Kopi Menu (2)

You can also get Coffee Powder, Kaya and even yogurt.

Kluang Railway Station - Kopi Menu

Kluang Railway Station - Indoor Seating

The inner seating area

Kluang Railway Station - Railway  Tracks (3)

Kluang Railway Station - Railway  Tracks

Kluang Railway Station - Railway  Tracks (2)

Commuters waiting for the next train

 

Read about my other Zenxin Organic Farm Tour activities.

 

Kluang Railway Station

Kampung Masjid Lama, 86000 Kluang, Johor, Malaysia

Operating hours: 6.30am-12.30pm, and 2.30pm-6.30pm daily except Tuesdays.

Directions to Kluang Railway Station

Read about my post on Tanjong Pagar Railway Station in Singapore

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