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Monday, June 12, 2006

LAS Members' Day Trip to Kota Tinggi

LAS Members' Day Trip to Kota Tinggi

Organised by Programmes & Social Committee, Library Association of Singapore
Tour Leader: Ms Lau Siew Kheng, Chair, Programmes & Social Committee
Total No. of participants: 33 (LAS members and their family)

Date/Time of the event: 3 Jun 06, 8.30am - 9.30pm

*Shopping @ Johor Bahru Seafood
*Lunch @ Pengarang
*Dinner @ Kota Tinggi Orchid & Fruit Farms
*Visits @ Kota Tinggi after dinner: enjoy an evening cruise down Kota Tinggi River, welcomed by millions of fireflies!

Photos taken at Kota Tinggi Orchid & Fruit Farms

Charming Dragon fruit hanging on the branch

See the "loving couples" "enjoying" in the fruit farm!
(Caption and Photo: by courtesy of Ms Jennifer Kwong, NUS Library)

On the left: Christopher Lye (Mr Patrick Lye's son)
and on the right: Jessica Tay (Ms Jennifer Kwong's Daughter)
(Photo: by courtesy of Ms Jennifer Kwong, NUS Library)

A close look at the juicy Dragon fruit

(Photo: by courtesy of Ms Jennifer Kwong, NUS Library)

Tasting and enjoying the cooling Buah Kedongdong drink in the Shop

From Left to right: Dexterine Ho Soo Miang, Ng Chen Wee, Chong Yee Ming and Caroline Pang

Enjoying the Cooling Fruit Spa in the Shop

From Left to right: Caroline Pang, Dexterine Ho Soo Miang, Chong Yee Ming and Ng Chen Wee.

At the most cooling spot in the fruit shop

Left to right: Caroline Pang and her friend Aliena

Ms Caroline Pang said

"It is like Yang Ming Shan (Famous "Yang Ming" Mountain) in Taipei"

Yes! It is the Malaysia's version: just next to Kota Tinggi Water Fall

You need not pay for airfare to view it if you were to follow us on this trip!

In front of the "Yang Ming Shan" in our heart

From Left to right: Caroline Pang, Dexterine Ho Soo Miang, Chong Yee Ming and Ng Chen Wee

For the trip itself, how much it cost us?
Fees (includes transport, lunch, dinner, boat trip, insurance) was:

Adult (LAS member) $50
Adult (non-LAS member) $60
Child (age 3-11) $40

Value for money!

Meeting points before our departure : MRT Lavender or MRT Marsiling

For those leaving from Lavender MRT, we were there at 7.45 am as our coach's departure time was 8.00 sharp.

For those who meet at the MRT Marsiling, they were there by 8.30am.


Librarians always give clear instructions.

First start with Identifying the coach:

Coach colour: Blue

Coach license plate number: PA5410

Tour agent name: Superior Tour (Coach will also indicate).

Photo taken inside the Coach

In the Coach: First row: Dexterine Ho with Christopher Lye and Jessica Tay. Second row: Jessica Tay's Parents (Mr & Tay ? ?)

Jessica Tay and Christopher Lye harvesting Durian Mini from the fruit farm

First time to see Durians in miniature version!

Jessica Tay with double load of Durian Mini in her hands

Look how happy and joyful she is!

It is indeed a fruitful trip for her!

Here are some comments from the tour members:

From Ms Lau Siew Kheng:

"An interesting and relaxing trip. At the Desaru fruit centre, we saw the biggest mangoes ever, wondered if they were genetically altered !

Also, saw the unusual dragon fruit plant, it's like a cactus and we also had a chance to try the red variety - beetroot red and very sweet.

The highlight of the tour was of course the river cruise to see the millions of twinkling fireflies all along the river bank. It's like decorations on Christmas trees.

They were a beautiful sight and seems like a mirror image of the twinkling stars in the dark sky above us!

We also had a great time catching up with friends and colleagues and got to know their family members as well."

From Ms Lily Teo:

"The best happening for the whole trip is the fire-flies cruise. I have never seen such natural beautiful "Christmas trees" light up.

Highly recommended for anyone visiting Kota Tinggi not to miss this cruise. It really compensates for the held-up in traffic-jam for 3 hours and missing the waterfall visit."

From Ms Chong Yee Ming:

It was great, tiring but fun! The fruit farm and tidbits shop were both "delicious" and interesting - wish I had more time at the shopping centre!
Of course the highlight of the trip was the 'light-up' of the Johor River there at Kota Tinggi.

From all the tour members:

Thanks to Siew Kheng for the following thoughtful notes and reminders sent before the tour:

"As it is school holidays, long queues at Customs are expected and we want to be in JB as early as possible. Please remember to bring passports and water."

Many thanks again to Siew Kheng and Programmes & Social Committee, Library Association of Singapore for organising this trip!

Many thanks to all the tour members for making this trip fun, fruitful and enjoyable!


on behalf of all the participants

The report is drafted by

Dexterine Ho

With contributions from other tour members

(June 11 to July 11 2006)

Email me if you have any add-on: