Friday, July 14, 2017

[JB] Fun Day Trip to UK Farm Agro Resort @ Kluang

Our first close encounter with the sheep was at CingJing Farm in Taiwan. The weather was cooling and the children enjoyed feeding them and being up close with the sheep as they roam around the farm freely. We missed that memorable experience and with Taiwan being over thousands of miles away, we can only look out for farms nearer to home.

During the June school holidays, we drove across the border and visit UK Farm Agro Resort. Don't be misled by the name. the farm is not located in UK but in Kluang, Malaysia. UK Farm is about 6km away from the main road, slightly further ahead from Zenxin Organic Farm. You will see a big signboard to direct you to make a left turn. We stopped at the gantry to register our name and vehicle number on the booklet before taking the 6km drive on the gravel road into the farm.

UK Farm offers various Farm Tour and Stay packages for visitors. At the recent Travel Malaysia Fair at Singapore Expo, we tapped on the promotion and purchased 4 farm tour tickets at S$36.

What does the package includes?
- 2-3 hours tour around the farm on a mini bus
- An in house guide
- Free feeds to feed the animals
- Free sampling of goat milk

Photo captured using mobile phone

UK Farm Map
Photo captured using mobile phone 

Before the start of our tour, we took pictures with the Lucky Aries (许愿羊), also called Etawah Aries. The owner of the farm brought it all the way from Indonesia. It was said that in 1974, Indonesia's former president went to a small town in India, called Etawah and brought pure breed Jamnapari Etawah goats back to Indonesia, and then breeding with the local goat. Surprisingly, only the village located at the foot of the Senduro volcano can nuture it, and weigh up to 170kg. Etawah Aries not only provides high nutritional value of local lamb and goat's milk, it is also consdiered to bring good fortune. In the 1956 volcanic eruption in Indonesia Senduro, while more than 1000 people died, only the 30 over farmers who reared Etawah Aries were left intact and survived.

The mini bus that took us on our farm tour. There is an in house guide that goes along with us on our tour. 

Station 1: Sheep Grazing - The herd of sheep was released and guided to the field for their meal time. Do note that there is a fixed schedule for this and the time is 10am, 1pm and 4pm.

Station 2: Feedstock Processing Factory - We were the led to the feedstock processing factory where the guide gave us an introduction on how more grass feed is mixed and produced.

Station 3: Goat Pen - Our favourite stop as we get to feed and carry the goats! Even though there is a foul smell, we got used to it very soon. Everyone was given an packet of dried grass and the goats immediately popped their heads out ready to chew on the food.

It was our first time feeding the goats with milk. They must be very thirsty as they suck very hard and fast! Soon, the bottle was empty before I can take more pictures. 

There are many goats in the pen but this one caught my eye. I thought it has a very nice feature and sharp looking.

The workers carried a few young goats out of their enclosure and visitors who like to carry the goats can give it a try. We wasn't very confident at first but the goats are very gentle and its really easy to carry them.

The young goats feel warm and not heavy at all! 

Station 4: Goat Milk Processing Centre- Hopping back onto the mini bus, our next station is the Goat Milk Processing Centre. This is where goat milk is expressed and processed.

After viewing, we are given goat milk sample to taste and visitors can purchase bigger bottles if they like it. We bought a few bottles without needing to worry to carry them with us on our tour as we can collect the bottles of goat milk that we purchased when we are back at the main entrance. Goat milk ice-cream is also available and it comes in three different flavours - vanilla, strawberry and chocolate. Personally, I prefer the chocolate goat milk bottle instead.

Station 5: Duck Pond - Next feeding station - the ducks. Initially we were just throwing the feeds down into the waters without realizing that you can also drop your feed through the long tube. I guess this will prevent food wastage?

The ducks gathered around the end of the tube and gobbled on their food

Station 6: Chicken Feeding - located slightly further ahead of the duck pond, we met the more aggressive group where they were busy and engrossed pecking food on the ground.

Station 7: Ostrich Enclosure - The last time we were so up close with the ostrich was during the visit to the Ostrich Farm in Desaru years ago.

The children placed the corn feed on their palms and the ostrich swiftly poked on it. The kiddos got a shock and was a little intimidated. Hubby took the lead to demonstrate how to feed the ostrich without even twitching his eyes.

Compared to the ostriches, children prefer the deer. It feels a little ticklish and be prepared to have some saliva on your palm.

Station 8: Rabbit Farm - Another favourite spot at UK Farm. Who can resists the cute little furry bunnies! Plus, the cages can be opened where you can feed and carry them.  Don't worry about running out of feed as you can purchase extra packets.

This brown furry bunny stood out among the rest of the rabbits.

The rabbits are so adorable that children and adults could not resist carry them. 

Station 9: Jakun Village - We watched a traditional dance performance and see how the performer shoot down a balloon from the tree top. We spent most of our time taking pictures around the village while waiting for the mini bus to pick us up.

Station 10: Tropical Arcade/Fruit Farm - Our resting point. We bought coconut drinks and it was absolutely heavenly! Meat is soft and the coconut drink is sweet!

Photo captured using mobile phone

Station 11: Mini Zoo (Sheep Challenge) - We are finally back at the main entrance area and visitors can explore the Mini Zoo and Lavendar Garden at their own pace on their own. The children wanted to take on the Sheep Challenge at the mini zoo zone - an optional activity that cost RM5.30 per person (purchase at the main counter). The objective is simple - catch a sheep and win a UK medal.

The task sounds really easy but it was tougher than it looks. Denver and Gladys ran around the enclosure with the sheep for minutes, yet they can barely even touch them. Thankfully I brought along Canon Powershot G9X camera to help me capture the fast moving shots of the sheep running about!

Whenever the children tries to get up close to them, the sheep ran off. 

It was an unsuccessful attempt but I believe the children had a great experience and workout. 

Enjoying every bits of nature and fun in the midst of lush greenery. 

UK Farm is great place where children can get a closer touch to the animals and enjoy the beauty of nature. Away from the city buzz and get more insight about farms. Thankfully I brought along Canon Powershot G9X camera with me and was able to capture many moving shots clearly. The animals would not be able to stay still and pose, and wait for me to take their pictures.

All photos taken using Canon Powershot G9X unless otherwise stated. 

Address: Plot 8, Project Pertanian Moden Kluang, KM13 Jalan Batu Pahat, 86000 Kluang, Johor, Malaysia. 
Tel : +607-759 7555 Fax : +607-759 7991 H/P : 013-778 7235 / 013 - 722 2299 
Website: www.ukfarm.com.my 
Email: info@ukfarm.com.my

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Review - Easy and Affordable Printing with GogoPrint


Nowadays, printing services is no longer restricted to corporate usage. Many times, we find the need to print - invitation cards, posters but find it difficult to identify one that provide convenience, affordable pricing, flexibility and speed of delivery.

Recently, I got to try an online printing service through Gogoprint. Startup in Thailand in November 2015, Gogoprint has extended its markets to Malaysia and Singapore. The online printing company offers quality printing at a lower cost.

How does it works?

Simply visit http://www.gogoprint.sg and follow through the simple and user-friendly steps to print online. In case customer has questions on how to make their orders, there are videos available to help customers visualize Gogoprint's process. Alternatively, a message can be sent to the support to respond to the queries.

Step 1: Register an account with Gogoprint

Set up an account with Gogoprint and update the delivery address.

Step 2: Choose and select your product to print

Gogoprint offers a variety of products - Business cards, stickers, tags, flyers, leaflets and more. Upon picking your selection, customer can customize the format (print on both sides or single side), paper type and type of finishing accordingly.

Customer can proceed to select the quantity required and the delivery date to receive the product. What I like about Gogoprint is the pricing is clearly indicated online based on the selection. Delivery in Singapore is FREE and there are no hidden charges.

Step 4: Upload your files

Gogoprint strongly encourage all uploaded artwork to be in PDF format. Why? Read more here. Alternatively, customers can also contact Gogoprint with their design requirements for a quote.

Step 5: Make a payment

Upon configuring of product, customer can choose to upload their artwork file later and proceed to checkout the items. 

Payment can be completed via bank transfer or credit card.

Step 6: Receive your product

I was very tempted to try out the various products to print on Gogoprint. After much consideration, I decided to print posters, stickers and bookmarks as they can be gifts to my friends as well as for personal usage. Delivery is pretty prompt and email notifications are sent to update customers on the status. I was very delighted upon receiving the final products! Print quality is great and it came in good condition.

Let's take a look at what I have printed through Gogoprint!

Initially, I thought of printing inspirational posters and frame it to hang in my home, but changed my mind as I thought 2018 Calendar will be more practical to use through the year. It took me some time to collate the design together and get the dates right. Looking forward to put my personalized calendar up next year!

Bookmarks are also simple gifts for everyone and I picked the format to print on single page so that I can personalize my message and doodle at the back of the bookmark.

It feels special to see my doodle drawing on stickers. I drew our family doodle image many years ago when the kiddos are still young. Now that they have grown much taller, this may not be a good physical representation but still an icon that represents our family identity - BPDG.

Initially I struggled a little with finding the images for my artwork and having it in PDF format. Took me some time to sort it out and eventually got it sent for printing. I was also satisfied with the service received as support will email me to check if I encounter problems with the printing. My initial bookmark image was out of the required size and Gogoprint emails me to notify me of the different sizing, I was allowed to re-upload my image before it was good to send for printing.

Overall, the whole process is easy and hassle-free. If you have printing needs (e.g. Stickers, cards, business cards), you may like to check out Gogoprint printing service.

Contact: +65 3159 0484
Email: info@gogoprint.sg

Disclosure: All comments and opinions are personal and no monetary compensation was received. Coupon code was received for review purposes only.


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