Tuesday, August 2, 2011

So Who's Comin' with Us?

I love this place. My husband Paul, my daughter Tammy, and I took my mother and mother-in-law here, a couple of months ago. I really want to make another trip! Who's coming with us this time?

This is just one of the several public hotspring pools in this one spot. The water in this one is so hot you can only dip your feet in. There's also a much larger pool with milder heat, where you can swim around. That was glorious! Sorry, enjoyed myself so much I forgot to take a photo.

That's my Mum in the black floral outfit, ever the social butterfly, chatting up a group that was there. She just plonked herself among them and made herself at home! The group was playing that Murder-with-a-Wink game, you know? the one where the appointed Murderer has to be identified as he winks at the others. You have to wink at someone else if you're winked at, so there's a lot of winking going on...the aim is to catch the Murderer who is the one who initiates the first wink....or something like that. Well, my mother was so amused with them winking at each other, I bet if she was included she would SO be taking part in this game. And what a massacre that would be! Cos my mother is cute like that (wink wink).

And, that's my mother-in-law (! ) thoroughly enjoying herself in the COLD mountain spring pool, also located here! See how it's ideal for people who wouldn't want to be seen in swimsuits? Heck, I bet they'll even let you in, saree and all. Isn't my mother-in-law cute? (wink wink). And no, I am not saying this with a murderous tone, though I know some people have Mother-Out-Laws.

And yes, now I know where my husband gets his signature pose....

As you can tell by now, I love teasing my hubbie (wink wink). And he loves it whenever I feature him on my blog. pfft.

Mother-in-law, thoroughly enjoying herself! Oh, I already said that?

This is the super-hot pool where you lower down eggs in a basket and have them hard-boiled. Some say the eggs taste different but it's actually the thrill of boiling them this way that is the novelty, if you ask me. You can buy the eggs there (not too expensive), as you're not allowed to bring your own in. Whatever you do, DO NOT fall in here! Cos I have a terribly vivid imagination and all kinds of things come to my mind....

Place: Felda Hotspring, Sungei Klah

Location: About halfway to Ipoh (from Kuala Lumpur, about 70km)

Directions: Take the North-South Expressway (PLUS), exit at Sungkai toll exit. Sungkai is between Slim River and Bidor. Look for the TRAP signboards (Taman Rekreasi Air Panas), Sungai Klah, or Felda Residence Hot Springs. It's about 20 minutes from the toll exit. The roads may look very rural but don't worry, you'll get there.

Travelling time: 1 hr 15mins if you're a mad driver, 1 hr 45mins if you're a careful driver - and if you don't get lost

Operating hours: 8am - 10pm

Cost: Entrance fee 10 ringgit per person, for free use of hot pools with varying degrees of heat, and large cold mountain spring pool with man-made waterfalls and slides, clean bathroom facilities, parking area

When: Saturday, 20th August, 2011.

Meeting time: 9am

What to bring: A change of clothes, towel, toiletry, some money to buy food and eggs for boiling, drinking water (I think it will be allowed). Swimwear unnecessary (shorts and tee-shirt will do - sarees, too)

What is a hotspring? Here's what the Felda website says:
Natural hot springs are a common occurrence in Peninsular Malaysia. This phenomenon occurs when water that seeps into the Earth is heated by magma; molten rock located beneath the surface of the Earth.The Earth’s pressure then causes the water to again rise above the surface, forming a natural hot spring.

If you don't know, hotspring water is supposed to have therapeutic qualities.

The water flowing from the hot springs has several therapeutic healing effects. Since ancient times hot springs have been claimed to have positive effects on ailments such as:
  • Stiff joints and stress related ailments
  • Rheumatism
  • Arthritis
  • Insomnia
  • Derma related complaints
  • Respiratory concerns
  • Spinal injuries and fractures

Other facilities:

1. villas (for families staying in)- Fully booked now, as it is half-price during this Muslim Fasting month

2. hotel rooms - still available, on offer RM110 (for 2 persons in one room).

3. private family bath (this is a hot pool to yourselves, no need to share) - 75 ringgit
per hour, 6 - 8 persons

4. larger private family bath - 150 per hr, 6 - 8 persons

5. large private family pool - 15ringgit per person, total 3 hours

If you plan to stay the night, we'd have to book early so please respond quickly. In any case, we'll be going for a day-trip if we don't manage to get a reservation.

Here's the website for more information:


It's a great way to bond!

So who's coming? Please send me a message here, in the comments section.


  1. from facebook, Chun Hua Jia 4th August 2011:


    from Ngomezulu Abel, 4th August 2011:

    I have to play a month long football tournament in MMU cyberjaya-starting this weekend and for the next four weekends.but I twisted and injured both my ankles @futsall after church. so i will check(with the coach) and see If i can miss the Saturday on the 20th and I'll let you know.ASAP

  2. from facebook, Victor Yu 3rd August 2011:

    looks great!
    should be okay!
    i might be going solo tho.. depends on siew lee's schedule. might have to work on a sat.

    from Boago Khumoetsile Matshuba

    ok i will

    from Kevin Tan

    ok, read edi.
    i'm ON!!

  3. from facebook, 3rd and 4th August 2011:

    Tony Willis:
    OOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH YEESSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! please give info as soon as possible so I can plan accordingly :) We gonna stay overnight??

    Only if you want to, Tony. others just want to spend a day there.

  4. from facebook, 4th August 2011:

    Tony Goh:

    Count me in first, not too sure on my schedule but till make time :) we gonna party !

  5. from facebook, 4th August 2011:

    Jeremy Phun:
    Should be ok with me Val. Thks 4 the invite.

  6. from facebook, 4th August 2011:

    Mahesh Krishnan:
    any klangites going? who can I follow? :)

    hey, Mahesh. Can you ask around?

  7. from facebook, Tobore Oru 5th August 2011:

    liked the signature pose part :)

    Tobore, hmmm...I figured you would..

  8. from facebook, Nya Okon Odepe, 3rd August 2011:

    Sounds and looks like a really fun place to be. Will be there in Spirit :) u know d pic dat made me laugh rite?

    Can't post comments on d blog. Tried to click 'post a comment' but d hyperlink wasn't activated :(

    Oh, so sorry, Nya. I know others have problems, too. Never mind, I've done all the 'scrapbooking', cut and paste cut and paste. Which pose made you laugh? The naked chicken or the I-believe-I-can-fly pose?

  9. from facebook, Thelma Lim, 4th August 2011:
    Meow! sorry Val - alredi have somethin on - The Hot Springs in Sg Klah looks like a great place for families and frens to hang out (boil out? muahahaha!) - perhaps u can arrange one for the CPR Loopy-Loop too - I think they need it - what with all them rickety bones (skulls included!) ....muahahahaha!

    Thelma, anyone can come on this trip, loopy or not :) And yes, it's really relaxing for tired old bones and invigorating for younger bones...

  10. Bwahahahaha! The pics of MIL (mum-in-law) and YOH (your other half) cracked me up! ...(the pics with the outstretched hands!) Made me want to sing the 'Kumbaya' song ... lol! I think your MUM (mother) has the best-looking pair of legs....Bwahahahaha! See? Your blog has made my day!

  11. Patricia Boo, glad it made your day! Thanks!

  12. Looks like the mothers enjoyed themselves (in or out of water). Great place, sorry won't be able to join on your next trip. Your posts always make me smile esp when you write about Paul :)

  13. Allycat, I know, right? everybody loves it when I write about my husband. hmm...

  14. Hi Aunty Val,

    Woww! All the fun! Wished I could join in. Can't get the day off. No one to replace me in my Saturday classes (10am-6pm), wth only 30mins break in-between!
    Pls keep me posted of future adventures.

    Hv a wonderful time <3

    Phoebe T. Lim

  15. Phoebe, oh...too bad. And yes, I will keep you in mind for future adventures. The number is now at 26...

  16. Hehe, Aunty Val, Uncle Paul's famous pose "Paul was here" :) three pictures same pose. hehe.

  17. Roxsta Pam - yah, now he realizes just how often he poses like this, hee hee heee.