Staycation, Travel

Dolce Far Niente @The Shorea

September 27, 2013
Most of the time
we do what should, what must and what planned.
Some other time it’s
about entertainment: watch movie, attend hobby classes, or even meet up with some
old friends over coffee/dinner…. no matter what it may be, there is still
something to tick on that to-do-list checkbox.
An Italian phrase
from Eat.Pray.Love just spoke to me recently:
Dolce Far Niente
which implies the
sweetness of doing nothing.
Exhausted from
our routined life, we set sail on a
journey of Dolce Far Niente to The Shorea, a perfect
place for short getaway from the city of KL with no attraction to tick off the
travel list. 
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We got ourselves theVilla Bougainvillea
with ample space to fit 5 adults, equipped with private kitchenette, bathroom
and balcony of forest view.
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Those were the
fond memories of us squealing and wincing over the burning sensation imposed by
hot sun on the wooden bridge that link our villa to others.
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My favorite spot
would be the cave pool, directly under the plunge pool where I can hear echo of
water dripping from the pump nearby and felt totally secluded in my own
enclosed space.  
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Swimming at the
pool couldn’t be more pleasant with the infinity view as if nothing stands
between me and the nature.
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I immersed in the
chilly river water that felt exceptionally light and gentle, the 2 qualities a chlorinated
water pool could never offer.
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This carrot cake
topped with cream cheese and embellished with hazelnut was from no other but
our very own Yen.
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No food review
here but pure gratitude towards the cooking effort these 2 friends of mine, Yen
& Agnes had made in turning raw ingredients to edible pasta.
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Uniqueness of The Shorea lies not only on their location within the Berembun Forest Seremban, but also
the way it is presented so differently during day and night. It was as if I’ve
entered a new place and started taking photos of every angle again.    
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The high possibility
of having a starry night at suburban area has made this trip worthwhile. It was
indeed a blessing for this city girl to lie down on that wooden bench, gaze at
the stars as long as I could while enjoy the night breeze and let the
crickets sing to me. We then had some girls talk and I felt asleep on the
daybed in our room. It gave me this inexplicable sense of security within the
solid structure while being embraced by the nature.
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On the next day,
the sun shines through those glass doors and warmed my daybed. I went explore
the area again with my camera hoping it would be different on the morning and I
was right.
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Sunlight went
through the slit of Villa Shorea giving the illusion of it glowing. I may know
nothing about architecture but at that moment, it was stunning.
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As if time halts in its tranquility.
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We had Nasi Lemak
as breakfast which included in the room rate and it was prepared by Kak Su, the
Indonesian housekeeper that keep her smile intact.
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The owner Elaine
was kind enough to show us a waterfall nearby along with her family and dogs.
It has been long since I step foot into the wild after those days of school
camping. That walk reminded me the beauty of our nature again.
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Reserve a room at The Shorea and may you find yourself at the best destination the world could ever offer: this small piece of land called “me”. 
The Shorea
Kampung Kolam Air, Mukim Pantai, 
Jalan Jelebu, Negeri Sembilan,
71770 Malaysia. 
Tel: +6 (017 338 5698)