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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Agarwood, Sam Poh Tong, and Papan Outing

On 31 August 2012, as an extension of our holiday, we visited an agarwood (or gaharu) plantation in Gopeng, Perak. Agarwood, after being infected by a type of mold, produces a valueable resin. The company which owns the plantation in Mukim Sungai Teja, Gopeng, manufactures tea, herbal soup, nougat, cookies, and other health products made from gaharu. Visitors can tour the plantation to see the oldest gaharu tree before listening to a talk on the health benefits of gaharu and buying stuff from their factory outlet. Gaharu ice-cream is also on sale.

[Gaharu hug: Apparently, hugging a gaharu tree brings good luck...]

[Gaharu plantation]

After the agarwood plantation, we drove to Sam Poh Tong. It's a popular cave temple in a limestone hill. We took the boys there mainly to walk through the cave and to feed the tortoises.

[Julian and Justin feeding the tortoise with kangkong (water convolvulus)]

On 1 September 2012, we drove to Taman Herba Papan in Papan, Perak, The herb garden was closed. So, the kids played in the stream.

[Jianna and Daddy having a dip]

[The boys at the stream at Taman Herba Papan]

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