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.
If you have been following my blog, you would know that I definitely prefer hotel stay, rather than budget or homestay.
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.
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.
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
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).
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.
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 Hulu Langat
Add: Lot 670, Batu 18.5, Kampung Jawa, 43100 Hulu Langat, Selangor.
Tel: +603-9021 2089
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