Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Travel Bucket List

And so I was sitting in my office cubicle on a Friday evening, waiting for the break of fast so that I could join my colleagues dig into the scumptious buka puasa spread in the pantry.

Suddenly I had a flash of inspiration to complete a bucket list of travel stuff I wanna do before I'm unable to, if you know what I mean. So I started jotting down profusely all the places I wanna travel to and do the things that will make mamma proud.

So here my friend, I present to you my travel bucket list. Promise not to laugh.

Friday, 12 August 2011

Review: Eight Mentigi Guesthouse in Cameron Highlands

We stayed at Eight Mentigi in Tanah Rata during our recent Ent hunt trip to Cameron Highlands.

Eight Mentigi started business in early 2010 which makes its facilities brand new at the point of writing. The guesthouse is named after the road it's situated on.

Tip: If you don't have ideas to name your guesthouse, use the street name. But what if the street has names like "Jalan Haiwan" or some other weird name I can't think off at the moment because it's 4.14am?

Entrance to Eight Mentigi.

Essentially the guesthouse is made up of 2 houses: Eight Mentigi 1 and Eight Mentigi 2, as you can see here:

Eight Mentigi 1 (house on the left) and Eight Mentigi 2 (house on the right).
Eight Mentigi 2 was formerly Papillon Guesthouse which was extremely rundown until it was acquired by Smith, the owner of Eight Mentigi and renovated to become Eight Mentigi 2. I think he spent approx. RM250k for the renovations.

The reception area is in Eight Mentigi 1 which is clean and spacious:

At the back of the house is where the kitchen, common bathroom and more rooms are. That's not my red backpack in the corner.

I like it that both the houses have its own living room instead of travellers from both houses having to cramp into one living room. How sad would that be.

Living Room in Eight Mentigi 1.

Living Room in Eight Mentigi 2. Now, that is my blackpack and stuff on the sofa.

Eight Mentigi 2 does not have a super duper audio visual system like in Eight Mentigi 1. Instead it has a nice dining room where you have a comfortable place to write your journal, research for your next travel destination or surf the internet all day long. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that Wifi is FREE !!!

 Dining area in Eight Mentigi 2.

There are various types of rooms to suit different travellers - twin rooms, family rooms and even dorms. All rooms are basic and clean.

Some rooms have WC ensuite whist some don't. So make sure you specify whether you need this facility in your room when booking your room.

Like most guesthouses, Eight Mentigi offers transfers to Taman Negara and Perhentian Island. This is especially useful if you're travelling around Malaysia and need transport assistance.

All in all, I enjoyed my stay in Eight Mentigi because facilities were good, Smith the owner is extremely friendly and rates were reasonable by Cameron Highlands standards. So yeah, I would stay at Eight Mentigi again when I return to Cameron Highlands.

If you're interested to stay in Eight Mentigi, here's the brochure:

Eight Mentigi Cameron Highlands,
No. 8A, Jalan Mentigi,
39000 Tanah Rata,
Cameron Highlands, Pahang
Tel/Fax: +6 05 491 5988
Mobile: +6 016 566 1988

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