Orchard Santika Homestay

1. welcome to Orchard Santika Homestay

As part of the delegation of Eat Travel Write Selangor 2.0 where we were on a quest to discover the hidden gems of Hulu Langat, I had the opportunity to spend a night at Orchard Santika Homestay.

Orchard Santika Homestay

2. the green garden of Orchard Santika Homestay

Orchard Santika Homestay

3. a traditional house

If you have been following my blog, you would know that I definitely prefer hotel stay, rather than budget or homestay.

Orchard Santika Homestay

4. playing sepak raga

Orchard Santika Homestay

5. angklung performance

Nevertheless, I was open to try new offers and am glad to say that Orchard Santika Homestay is one of the better homestays that I have experienced.

Orchard Santika Homestay

6. Kompang presentation by award-winning troupe, AJAS

Orchard Santika Homestay

7. mock wedding

Coincidentally, when I was there, Orchard Santika Homestay Hulu Langat was the venue for the Selangor Mini Craft Carnival (Mini Kraf Karnival Selangor) 2015, so there were plenty of chances for me to get hands-on in various traditional crafts.

Orchard Santika Homestay

8. frying tumpi

Orchard Santika Homestay

9. cooking dodol

I’m quite embarrassed to admit that this was where I finally figured out how angklung, the traditional musical instrument, works. Oh-oh, I didn’t figure out, I was taught. LOL

Orchard Santika Homestay

10. making the green jelly for cendol

Orchard Santika Homestay

11. rubber-tapping demonstration

We also witnessed the “cukur jambul” ceremony, an important rite of passage for a Muslim baby, usually held at the end of the new mother’s period of abstinence (pantang).

Orchard Santika Homestay

12. visitors learn how to play angklung

Orchard Santika Homestay

13. Cukur Jambul ceremony

This was also where I had my second Nasi Ambeng. I remember the first time I tasted this speciality was in Terengganu. This time around, it was of a different variety, Javanese-style.

Orchard Santika Homestay

14. a demonstration on how nasi ambeng is shared

Orchard Santika Homestay

15….and wrapped

Nasi Ambeng is a huge rice-dish with four portions of food. It is eaten together to promote unity among family members (or friends). I find it to be a really meaningful custom, unless someone takes double share.

Orchard Santika Homestay

16. there you go…

Orchard Santika Homestay Hulu Langat
Add: Lot 670, Batu 18.5, Kampung Jawa, 43100 Hulu Langat, Selangor.
Tel: +603-9021 2089

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