Moment of truth…

It was 1986 and I was doing a one-year in-service specialist course at the Language Institute at Lembah Pantai, KL, now called IBA (Institut Bahasa Antarabangsa) when my missus took leave from work and flew over to join me and we went on a holiday together at this place

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I remember we joined a MAS Golden Holidays package which cost around RM500 per person only, inclusive of air fare, ground transfers and tours, hotel and meals. It certainly was very cheap…and we did not spend much. I think I brought over another RM500 and came home with most of it.


Perhaps things have changed by now but there wasn’t much to shop at the time. My missus bought a few very nice batek dresses but at first wash, the colours ran so it really was not worth it at all. Other than a few odds and ends here and there, I don’t think we bought much else.

It was a very nice, relaxing holiday though. The place was cool and peaceful…


…and all in all, we had a great time. So where was this place? The answer is: Lake Toba in Sumatra, Indonesia…and the specific place where we had the horse ride was Berastagi or Brastagi.

We have two winners who gave the most specific correct answer: Gratitude and Claire…and I have decided to send prizes to both of them instead of picking one by lucky draw. So if you two will give me your mailing addresses via the inbox on Facebook, the postman will be on his way to you soon. Congratulations.

To the rest, thanks for your participation…and hang around! Who knows I may hold another competition soon? In the meantime, if anybody is interested in going to Lake Toba, you can click on this link and see the many photographs taken during a tour of the place.

Have a great weekend, everyone. Cheers!