Kickin-back with Tiger White in… Bentong

I’ve always liked Bentong, as well as the other little towns northeast of the Valley. Famous for durians and that killa ABC / ice-cream shop, Bentong district was where Tiger White found a great little spot by the forest for a weekend getaway, with some glamping arranged for its competition winners.

For me it was a much-wanted break, after spending months setting up Locker & Loft.

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Typo?

Glamping is basically camping for sissies, aka ”glamorous camping”. The resort Caravan Serai has many such tents, with attached bathrooms, and Tiger was kind enough to fit ACs to all tents. How nice. Turned our tent into a party spot.

Not our tent obviously

Not our tent obviously

This is like the fourth ‘surprise’ excursion done for Tiger White consumers, including a trip on a yacht out of Port Klang for other winners. I wasn’t invited for that, probably coz i would have commandeered the yacht and stormed Cenang Beach. Wouldn’t be a day-trip anymore.

The resort is very chilled, cozy and welcoming, with lots of green and an airy cafeteria, which also housed the bar with an unlimited supply of ice-cold Tiger White, which is a Malaysian-created wheat beer (abv 5%). It also contains clove, coriander, and orange peel for a hint of extra flavour.

Day 2; Tiger White winners, their guests, and members of the media strike a pose before leaving Caravan Serai, Bentong

The crew

Besides downing cold ones, the other exciting activity we got tangled in was quad-biking! This was on the evening we checked-in, although trying to create a drink holder on the vehicle was a challenge. I lost my Tiger to the forest. Haha

Paulie losing it. In his sexy shorts

Paulie losing it.  In his sexy shorts

We also got to enjoy some mischief in the forest – paintball. Unlike the urban version, bush paintball is another level altogether. Many variables, and uncertain terrain. I found a great sniping spot, but had to maintain, as insects and shit crawled all over me.

Me and Paulie wanted to enter the river and wade upstream to flank the other team, but we disallowed from doing so. Damn. Would have whooped them and eaten their leader.

Either way, each team won one game apiece, and most participants were too emotionally drained and exhausted to play a finale. Or too thirsty.

Ready

Ready

The night that we arrived, guests were treated to an outdoor movie as well.

Garden party

Garden party

Not sure what all those official photographers were doing there but we hardly received 10 photos of the entire weekend. Haha.

Unlike most alcohol brands that do same ol stuff in the city, Tiger White has been a lot more adventurous and daring. It provided guests with stuff they would normally not do, and for some, probably never would have done. Hats off to the brand for that.

 

Brain damage: 7.5/10

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Beware, your beer has a clandestine enemy

I learnt something new today. Keeping your drinks cold has another enemy that is little known – condensation.

While i always assumed condensation was natural and quite harmless, it’s in truth a goddam cold-sucker. The droplets on your glass, can or bottle, are actually the main cause of your drink warming up.

Once you grab a can or bottle of beer from the fridge or esky/ice-box , stopping it from warming up quick is a losing battle, unless you have some protection. (Thirsty Blogger post on booze storing systems and ice-boxes here.)

The important part is why. The researchers studied how much of an effect the water droplets that collect on the outside of the beverage — condensation — have on the temperature of the can, glass or bottle.

NOOOOooo....

NOOOOooo….

The effect is huge: the formation of those damn droplets sucks heat from the surrounding air, and delivers it straight to the drink.

It was sumtin i saw on Business Insider, an article called Science Proves It: Koozies Keep Beer Colder. Among others, the koozie stops the formation of these water drops, thus slowing the heating process.

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Koozies by huggaz – handy drinkers’ gear

Works for wine bottles too

Works for wine bottles too

Says study researcher Dale Durran, atmospheric scientist of the University Of Washington, “Probably the most important thing a beer koozie does is not simply insulate the can, but keep condensation from forming on the outside of it.”

I didn’t know that. I assumed it’s role was merely the insulation from the surrounding heat.

Will use huggaz koozies a lot more now. Haha.

A beer is typically served at 5 Celsius. With condensation, within 5 minutes it can double and warm up to 10 Celsius. Condensation is an exothermic process. Heat is released into its surroundings, in this case, the beer.

Liquid absorbs heat to turn into gas; thus gas (in this case H2O) releases heat when it turns into liquid.

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Condensation = bad news. Gas turning to liquid and causing shit

When u see sweat on your can, beer or wine bottle, or glass, it’s no good. And the more humid the air is, the worse the condensation. And we have a high 80% humidity.

So watch out for that condensation. And if you dont have a koozie/huggaz, a napkin will have to do. Just make sure you don’t allow that evil condensation!
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KKB

Hit it for a quick visit. Been too long.

Was happy to see a bunch of dogs welcome me. And had a great dinner at Antares’s neighbour’s place Mary.

Was a chilly nite. Temperature must have dropped to 18C.

Some vino. And lemang too

Some vino. And lemang too

 

A painting in my room

A funky painting in my room

 

My two escorts, Bonzo and Freckles, when i trekked upriver

My two escorts, Bonzo and Freckles, when i trekked upriver

 

An ol ass bridge

An ol ass suspension bridge

 

They were constantly screwing about. Quite distracting

They were constantly screwing about. Quite distracting

 

A calmer section downriver

A calmer section downriver

 

One of my fave sec of d river

One of my fave sec of d river

 

My personal spot. Skinny-dipping available

My personal spot. Skinny-dipping available

 

Freckles chillin

Freckles chillin after a swim

 

On one of my earlier, longer-term stay at KKB, Freckles was just a kid.

Where?

Where?

 

A clearer view

A clearer view

 

... and me too

… and me chillin too

 

Later!

Later!

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The Glenmorangie House, Scotland

.. is a chilled pad. Was there last year courtesy of Moet Hennessy, but never wrote about it.

Posted about the trip here and here before tho.

 

The rear of the house

The rear of the house

 

The Glenmorangie House is where we hung for a few days. It has its own website too.

The house is elegant and traditional, quite large, with big grounds.

 

My crib in the attic

My crib in the attic

 

A welcome dram awaited. Yea, screw d fruit basket

A welcome dram awaited. Yea, screw d fruit basket

 

The view towards the sea. Waaay to cold to dip

The view towards the sea. Waaay to cold to dip

 

The hall’s got a bar stocked with liquors, liqueurs, and ales. The best part is, it’s open 24 hours, coz it’s help-yourself.

 

Stocked

Set

 

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Braveheart eh? My first drink on arrival

 

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Pre-dinner bites

 

Double-parking

Double-parking

 

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Douglas layaning after-dinner drinks

Douglas layaning after-dinner drinks

We were also very fortunate to be entertained by a father-daughter pair of traditional musicians.

I asked if they could play the soundtrack for Last of The Mohicans, and she made a great attempt.

 

Enroute to the beach

Enroute to the beach

 

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A farming plot next door

 

The beach area

The beach area

 

Lighthouse

Lighthouse

 

Lunch at a castle round d corner

Lunch at a castle round d corner

 

Castle grounds

Castle grounds

Caste window

Castle window

 

Castle guests

Castle guests

 

Paradise never smelt so good

Paradise never smelt so good

 

Indulged in shotguns n clay pigeons

Indulged in shotguns n clay pigeons

 

I partied quite furiously with these 2 clowns, who're based at the house. Gave them my sound system too, coz they were fascinated by it

I partied quite furiously with these two clowns, who’re based at the house. Gave them my sound system too, coz they were so fascinated by it

 

More ale

More ale

 

A hot bath, a cold beer, and cool tunes. Yessiree

A hot bath, a cold beer, and cool tunes. Yessiree

 

More food

More food

 

Food at the house was great

Food at the house was just great

 

It might be quite a distance, but i’d hangout at this pad again in a flash. Fortunately, they accept guests. However, unlike me, you’ll need to pay for it!

 

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