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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Brunei Trip Cookbook

This trip was unplanned. We just had a glimpse of air ticket prices two days before, with no specific destination on mind. We clicked almost all SEA destinations and found that Brunei had the cheapest air fare among all. Anyhow, two days after, the return ticket was up strike that made us turned to AirAsiaGo.com for flight + hotel.  Still, the total amount was pretty handsome, but who cares, I NEED A VACATION! Pfft!

And so we forced ourselves to buy this combo THOUGH it came with few hiccups here and there. The trip cookbook was done in ONE DAY and believe it or not, for the first time ever, I did the itinerary BY MYSELF! *flip remos* 

It was an end-to-end road trip with different kind of experience, I must say. It SHOULD be a "santai" trip but knowing us, we WILL explore this place! Haha! When others claiming that "Brunei has nothing...", for travelers like us, will definitely find SOMETHING in all of our trips.

So stay tune for Brunei entries. Highlight is "Don't mess with pregger!"

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Friday, November 8, 2013

A History of Port Weld, Taiping, Perak

I grew up following my dad to fish at the back of fisherman’s boat owned by Chinese. The hot spot was called Port Weld or Kuala Sepetang, just few kilometers from Matang. This fishing village is fully occupied with Chinese fishing community, whom specialize in fishing breeding. The type of fish that we caught back then was Sembilang, Pari, Duri, and Belukang. They were tasty in curry, especially those with mouth-watery eggs!

That was not the point that I would like to highlight.  
  
Recently, hubby and I watched one documentary, where the host went to Taiping and explored those interesting places, such as Taiping Zoo, Taiping Museum, Maxwell Hill, Taiping Lake Garden, Fireflies Spot, Taiping Railway Station, and many more. But what caught our eyes was the old railway at Port Weld!

“How come we didn’t visit this place?” Hubby pointed out.

“Ya, we should!” I agreed no more, since we were going back to Taiping that weekend.

I told my dad of what we’ve seen on TV and he kept on telling me that the old railway had been demolished, including the rail tracks. I argued with him hardly, and repetitively saying that it is still there. So, right after we took a delicious breakfast at Kedai Kopi Kari Ikan Sembilang atMatang, my dad directed us to head to Kuala Sepetang.

On the way, my dad pointed the place where old rail track used to be. It was along the swamp by the federal road side where we can clearly see no rail was laid. We then proceed to the end of the Kuala Sepetang small town where Chinese community operates their daily business such as clamp processing and fish selling. They do open seafood restaurants as well, with one huge eagle head, pointing out from the roof! Hahaha! No dancing crab meh?
My dad tried to remember hard on the old station of Port Weld. He told us that it should be somewhere in between those Chinese’s houses. We drove slowly towards one old classic-look warehouse and saw “Jalan Kereta Api Godown Kuala Sepetang”.
“There! There!” I shouted happily and almost had hubby a huge heart attack! Hahaha!

My stepmom was laughing out loud and enjoyed the exploration, for she always admires us who have a huge love and interest in history. She then asked me to get out from the car and snapped few pictures of the old warehouse. The presence of the rustic tricycle and antique cart lighted up the mode.
 
I went back into the car and asked, “So, where is the memorial?”
My dad instructed hubby to drive further into the village and then there was…“Port Weld” with three other languages and KTM logo underneath it.

“HA! TU DIA! TU! TU!” I shouted even louder. Hubby slammed on the break pedal and all four of us laughed like hell!

“Could you please stop giving me heart attack?!” Hubby warned me.

My dad and my stepmom waited in the car while hubby and I then stepped out from the car and had a quick photoshoot using my Lenovo Ideaphone S890. (Yeah, we didn’t bring the camera. Pfft!) 

The rail between Taiping and Port Weld was the OLDEST railway in Malaysia. It was built to facilitate the tin mining industry and transport them to Port Weld, before being exported to Penang. Before train was used, tin was transported by elephant. Remember my entry on Kota Ngah Ibrahim, whom his father, Long Jaafar, found silvery tin stuck on his elephant’s feet?

My dad asked hubby to just park in front of someone’s house, where he then, went to see the house owner to get permission to do it. See, how cool my dad is! Sesuka hati dia je! Hahaha!

We walked to a newly built flyover that connects the main land to the other side of the island. During old days, whoever smuggled anything cannot be chased by the authority due to no connecting bridge. But now, no more excuses. Hahaha! 
From the top of this flyover, we had a beautiful and serene atmosphere of the fishing village. The scene was interrupted by one passenger boat which transfers the villagers to the both sides. 
 
After 10 minutes of enjoying the surroundings, my dad then walked us to one of the clamp processing factory, where he explained on how the clamps being separated and categorized, just by rolling them in the cylinder cage. Amazing huh?

So, if you ever have a chance to go to Taiping, please spend your extra time to visit this forgotten place, besides Kota Ngah Ibrahim, Matang Mangroove, Mee Udang Mak Jah, and other places located in Matang and Kuala Sepetang.

Note : All pics are taken using Lenovo Ideaphone S890.  
 
 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Kedai Kopi Kari Ikan Sembilang Matang, Taiping, Perak

Benda paling best bila balik Tepen adalah...MAKAN! Dari breakfast, lunch, tea, sampai la dinner or sometimes supper, semua best. Sebab kat Tepen BANYAK gile choices of food. Slalunya breakfast mesti nasik lemak. Lunch plak nasik campur. Tea karang cari laksa and cendol, tak pun pi Cashier Market cari mee combat and popiah. Dinner pegi lepak kedai satay Pak Ein sambil makan nasik goreng ayam or koew teow koboi. Kalo larat supper, pegi mamak cari roti canai. So, bleh budget tak bape kilo berat bleh naik kalo balik bercuti seminggu? Hahaha!

Ok, awal tahun ni, abah aku a.k.a Pak Ein introducekan satu kedai kampung untuk breakfast. Kedai ni namanya Kedai Kopi Kari Ikan Sembilang yang dimiliki dan dimasak sendiri oleh Pak Ya Roy. Uih nama tak agak-agak! Terletak betul-betul di pekan kecil Matang, berhadapan dengan pasar ikan Matang. Kedai ni bukak waktu pagi sampai petang jer. Yang makan pun orang-orang kampung area situ yang keja nelayan. Ye la, nelayan, pagi-pagi dah mintak nasik kan. 
Kedai ni HANYA masak kari saja...dan ikannya samada siakap, bawal emas, sembilang, atau beberapa lagi jenis ikan yang dijual kat kedai tu. Tapi yang glamer sah-sah la ikan sembilang. Mungkin ada yang geli tengok sebab kepala dia cam ikan keli atau ular, tapi aku kalo dah nama ikan, aku no hal la pikir benda tu ikan. Sedap gile weh! Ada jugak orang yang pegi beli ikan kat pasar, patu suruh Pak Ya ni masak kari. Satu lagi benda yang special kat sini adalah cara makannya. Kari ni hanya dihidangkan panas-panas dan dimasak bila order jer. Patu makan dengan nasik panas dan sambal belacan yang digaul dengan nasik. Ha menceceh tak air liur? Ko nak sayur ke apa ke, TAKDE ye!
Memandangkan aku pegi dengan abah aku, dan abah aku member kamceng Pak Ya, kitorang dah call order siap-siap before datang. So kalo sampai tu, tak sampai 3 minit dah terhidang. Hehehe! Kalo tak, kena la tunggu jap dia masakkan. Uihhhhh sedapnyer la sampai menghirup kuah kari tu! Ha, rempah dia buat sendri tau, campur apa aku tatau, tapi sedap gile! Kepala ikan plak jangan cakap la, abis tinggal tulang. Hahaha!
Ok ni part paling best! Since kecik aku SUKA gile makan telor ikan, so aku request kat abah aku untuk order telor ikan sembilang skali. Korang penah tak tengok telor ikan ni? Dia bukan jenis telor ikan yg kecik-kecik tu tau, dia besar skit. Tapi tak la sebesar telor ikan plotan atau ikan duri. Mungkin ada yang tak pernah tengok. Macam rupa telor alien pun ada. Tapi untuk aku yang dari kecik dah biasa tengok abah pi mancing bawak balik telor ikan sembilang cam alien ni, memang tak sabar nak menyambar la kan!
Sapa yang tak makan ikan macam Supermeng tu, rugi la. Tapi sapa yang suka ikan sembilang ni, rasa macam heaven on earth gitu :)

Notes : Semua gambar aku snap guna Lenovo Ideaphone S890.

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