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Friday, June 30, 2017

Permaculture Perak Jungle Farmstay: Day 3

On our third and final day of our jungle farmstay at Permaculture Perak in Lenggong, we had pan-baked bread for breakfast with passionfruit and nangka (jackfruit) jam and some ulam (edible herbs) - daun kadok, ulam raja and misai kucing.

[Justin's bear head-shaped bread]

[Pan-baked bread with edible herbs]

As we readied to leave the farmstay, we bought jars of passionfruit and nangka jam, and candied nutmeg.

[Passionfruit and nangka jam, and candied nutmeg]

At about 11.45am, we left the farmstay to return to Lenggong town. After retrieving our car from the rest house, we headed to Lata Kekabu - a popular waterfall. It was already 12.30pm when we arrived. Instead of playing in the stream closest to the parking area, we took a 10-minute walk and were rewarded with the sight of the waterfall. Here, we had the whole place to ourselves.

[The waterfall at Lata Kekabu]

[View looking away from the waterfall]

We left Lata Kekabu at about 2.00pm for lunch at the Restoran Tasik Raban. They are famous for ikan bakar (grilled fish) and various traditional Malay dishes.

At about 3.45pm, we bid farewell to Ladia, Amy and their two kids, and headed back to Penang.

Overall, it was a very interesting experience for all of us. Being an off-the-grid farm with intermitent solar electricity power, it was a welcome change to be less occupied with electronic devices for the three days we were there. It's not a holiday resort. It's more of a permaculture-driven, back-to-basics, sustainable-living farm. Hence, there's a certain "jungleness" feel to the whole place, bearing in mind that Ladia and Amy run the whole place by themselves, save for the occasional volunteers. Truly an experience we and the kids will remember.

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