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The other side of Malaysia



May 19, 2016


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By Lloyd Green

Like in any country, life away from the city is different. In rural Malaysia, village or kampung life is another beast. The Malays and Orang Asli here still practice their traditions, maintaining the old lifestyle of their people. It is completely different from the lifestyle in the city and you can see how different their life is.

To the locals it is more than just a home; it is a community where history and heritage lives on. From food, ceremonies and rituals to their connection and dependence on the land, there’s a sense of belonging — one not often found in the city.

Kampung life is sustained by agriculture; rice fields, fruit plantations, fishing and other types of farming. The family home in the kampung is well-kept and blends in with the surrounds of the village. Rambutan and rubber trees line the pathways with other types of vegetation providing shade from the harsh elements.

These shaded compounds are favourite places for school-yard games and social interaction as well as working areas. Attap and mat-weaving, drying, rice-pounding and carpentry are some of the common duties carried out. The space underneath each stilted house is also used to store food, fuel, building materials, farming equipment, bicycles and even cars.

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Dense bushland and forest occupies the area surrounding these villages, with the echoes of children enjoying the cool waters of nearby rivers a welcome relief from the persistent horns of the city.

Our driver had turned down a narrow, sandy path past some neighbouring compounds, shacks and gardens, via the large lake that formed the focus of the kampung and towards a traditional styled home that stood resplendent between the trees. The 150-year-old structure had been given a splash of colour and was vibrant in pink and green.

We followed our guide past more wooden huts and through a muddy swamp until we found our night’s accommodation: A bamboo hut on the bank of the river, equipped with veranda and scenic views. The hospitality we received that night and in the morning was overwhelming.

Dozens of banana plantations dominate the valley. Pak Angah, a well known farmer show us his property. He sells each comb of his bananas for just over RM1. It’s enough to make around 300 ringgit per month.

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His children often accompany him in the picking of the bananas, as well as friends in the village. Much of the village operates this way. The husband leaves early in the morning to work on the land and the mother stays at home with the young children.

The kampung is eerily quiet during the day until the roaring engine of the school bus returns in the afternoon. Swarms of teenagers rush through the village yelling, running and laughing — their mothers often scolding at them to return home.

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The roads here connecting the kampungs to the highway vary in quality. At night and during rainy season they can be quite dangerous. One particular section of road we took was diabolical at best. Not only did we have to navigate the large rocks and deep ruts, but also the twenty minutes’ of torrential rain, mud and steepness.

At least the ceremony we’d attend would be worth it. A fellow traveller best describes the events that unfolded:

“The ceremony is held in an enclosed dewan, which is much like my longhouse: made of split bamboo flooring and thatched bamboo walls, with rough tree trunk beams and a grass roof. From the ceiling hang bunches of broad green leaves.”

“From the darkness, one of the men chants the first line of his prayer, weaving his words to the beat of the bamboo. The women answer his prayer, repeating the line in unison, all the while making the beautiful percussive music with the bamboo. The man chants again, the chorus of women answer. Chant, two, three, four. One, two, three, four. Answer, two, three, four. One, two, three, four. And on and on. It is intoxicating.” ~~ Joe Byrnes.

 It’s this one ceremony that best explains kampung life. The simplicity of the people and the traditions they uphold make life out here very special.

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Al-Hamra Restaurant during Mataram

After a prolonged stretch roving from a jetty of Gili Nanggu, we reached a collateral of Lombok Island – Mataram. Our motorist directly expostulate us to a grill for dinner, yes…we were hungry!

Al-Hamra Restaurant (Arabian cuisine) (S8.58223 E116.10534),  we reached a end in a ideal timing! Because energy failure! The whole grill was aflame with candles and looks regretful in a way…haha!

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There were candles aflame in each dilemma in a restaurant, and all us were watchful in a room…for dinner.

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Fortunately a electricity resume in about 15 minutes…smile on everybody face instantly! Haha!

And we started to snap around…the grill is flashy in Arabian way…cozy, relax and comfort in each corner.

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One of a debate partner is a vegetarian, and her plate was a initial on a table…well, no criticism on it.

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After a while, everybody food was served on table, flattering fast! Everyone has same plate that was a duck soup, followed by their signature grilled lamb.

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The soup was tasty, and somehow a bit singular of a taste. we utterly like it.

The grilled lamb was good marinated, though not proposal enough…maybe due to a energy failure…maybe…but we enjoyed a lamb really much!
It ambience differently review with Arab cuisine in Malaysia, we trust all since of a opposite spices and spices were use to prepared.

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Everyone was served for a Arabian boiled rice after a lamb. We like a special ambience of it, went good with a sambal chili. Excellent!

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I’m not good to outcome in Arabian cuisine, though a cooking was ambience above average. It’s value to try if we are occur in Mataram, Lombok Island.

The grill has plenty parking lot, even for demonstrate bus…we satisfied it after a electricity resume.

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After a dinner, we had another 45 mins on highway roving behind to Senggigi beach where a review located…let’s rockz!

Related post for Lombok island outing :-
Airasia media FAM outing to Lombok Island – Indonesia on Jul 2014

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Wat Chayamangkalaram Thai Buddhist Temple

The Reclining Buddha is a steer to behold. ‘Reclining’ for about 33 meters in length, a large Buddha is also a gold-plated statue. The Reclining Buddha in this Wat Chayamangkalaram is deliberate to be a 14th biggest recumbent Buddha in a world.


According to history, Queen Victoria has postulated a land for a Thai church to be built in 1845 and even until this day about over a hundred years later, a Thai church still attracts throngs of devotees and visitors alike, both internal and from abroad.




With good fact in a architecture, a church and a recumbent Buddha within is really value a visit. The church opens from 6am to 5.30pm daily and a opening is giveaway though it is always good to present to minister to a maintain of a temple. There are also books for sale here where deduction will go towards a temple’s funds.



This colorful Thai church is situated usually conflicting a Burmese Temple. As we set feet into a drift of Wat Chayamangkalaram, dual ‘guards’ of dual fabulous dragon-headed serpents on their feet hail and acquire we into a temple. Upon looking around a temple, we will see that a church drift have many shrines along with brightly colored statues of Devas as good as other fabulous creatures in Buddhism mythology.




As we travel serve inside a pagoda, you’ll find a gold-plated statue of a Reclining Buddha and on walking behind a statue, we will see copiousness of urns containing a remains of devotees behind a statue. With a pacific and smiling face, this Buddha lies on his right side with his conduct resting in a palm of his right hand.


The recumbent Buddha represents a chronological Buddha during his death. It is pronounced that a Buddha knew genocide was coming and asked his disciples to ready a cot for him in a grove. Having a singular mix of Chinese, Thai and Burmese architectural designs and was built in a 19th century and announced open in 1956 by Thai King Bhumipol Ayudayej, Wat Chayamangkalaram even has a 12 idols representing a animals in a Chinese zodiac. As a Reclining Buddha is simply a stately sight, we could take a design with a statue as visitors are given a accede for photography. Remember to take your boots off before entering a church and honour a monks who go about a church with their eremite duties.



How to get to Wat Chayamangkalaram Thai Buddhist Temple

To get to a temple, there’s an easy RapidPG train float from a core of Georgetown. Be certain to take a one that’s streamer to Burma Road (bus series 103 should take we there). Every cab motorist knows a place, though it competence be formidable anticipating a motorist that agrees on regulating a meter. If we are exploring Penang by rental car, we can park it directly in front of a temple. When we leave a parking man comes to collect a few ringgits.





Opening hours opening fees

The church is op daily between 6.00am and 5:30pm and a opening is free. The best time of a day to revisit a church is early in a morning before other tourists arrive. We had a illusory time during a temple, as we were roughly a usually ones there (around 7.30/8am). While we are there, we could also conduct to Dhammikarama, a Burmese church usually a stone’s chuck divided (directly conflicting a Thai Temple), for another sip of learning. During Buddhist festivals like Wesak Day (in May) it is generally engaging and fun to revisit both temples.

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Map of Thai Buddhist Temple


Got any good tips to share with us? Do we know of any good things to do in Penang, or tips on a best places to eat? Let us know by withdrawal a respond below!

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Close encounters of a monkey kind – visiting a Semenggoh Rehabilitation Centre

Close encounters of a monkey kind – visiting a Semenggoh Rehabilitation Centre

Borneo is famous for a orangutans and a prominence for many travellers here is to see them in a wild. While it is probable to join trips going low into a jungles of Sarawak and Sabah, these can be costly and while there are an estimated 20,000 or so orangutans in Borneo there’s no pledge you’ll indeed come opposite them.

Orangutans are naturally bashful creatures and live singular lives mostly adult in a trees so it can be tough to come opposite them.

Orangutans are mostly arboreal, definition they live in a trees. Pic: Joanne Lane.


So many brief on time that wish guaranteed sightings will revisit places like a Semenggoh Rehabilitation Centre, customarily outward Kuching (Sarawak) or a Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary circuitously Sandakan (Sabah).

I visited a former during my revisit to Kuching as we was really penetrating to see these “people of a forest” – a approach interpretation of a name orang utan. What’s critical to note about a orangutans during Semenggoh is that while they aren’t utterly vital in a wild, they are mostly giveaway to come and go as they please.

Food is supposing twice daily to addition their needs as there simply isn’t adequate stable timberland left for them to roam. Apparently vast adults will naturally ramble a vast area of timberland any day customarily to find adequate to eat, so though a supplemented diet during Semenggoh there wouldn’t be adequate food for them all.

Orangutans are of march an involved class and thankfully stable by law in Malaysia. Authorities have been perplexing to negate their detriment of habitat, and a live animal trade, that has decimated their numbers, by environment adult these reconstruction centres.

Feeding time during Semenggoh. An orang-utan reaches down for an egg. Pic: Joanne Lane.

We had a automobile and motorist to take us to Semenggoh from a hotel in Kuching as there were utterly a few of us. This saved us a 20 notation travel from a gate, as a open bus, series 6, customarily drops we during a entrance. It also earnings during 5pm so we have to watch a time if we go in a afternoon.

It is best to revisit during a feeding times that take place daily from 9-10am and 3-3.30 pm. There’s customarily a substantial throng collected for these so it’s not a totally singular or camera giveaway experience, though once a orangutans start nearing we forget about all else.

Around 9am workers during a refuge started putting out fruit for a primates. This seemed to be primarily bananas and pawpaw though apparently they are lustful of figs, eggs and even a sharp durian. For awhile we all stood there with a gawk skyward to a trees anticipating to locate a glance of them.

Before prolonged a initial of a primates seemed – a prolonged reddish hair graphic opposite a immature leaflet of a trees. It was a assured youth masculine and it worked a approach along a good placed wire with implausible lively until it could strech down and collect contentedly during a offerings. It seemed unfazed by a throng collected nearby.

Minutes after a mom and baby arrived. The youngster seemed roughly dumbstruck by all a courtesy and gazed during us with far-reaching eyes, stealing intermittently in a mother’s hair. Meanwhile silent herself hardly blinked during a watchful assembly while she took a offering bottle of divert and sucked away. They seemed roughly tellurian in some of their mannerisms and it was easy to see where a name “person of a forest” had come from.

A mom and baby during Semenggoh. Pic: Joanne Lane.


By this theatre some-more and some-more orangutans began to appear—1, 2, 5, 10… we mislaid count—and what had creatively been a vast organisation of 30-plus tourists began to waste as people wandered off to follow a sold primate.

We had been educated about how to act around a orangutans and not to give them food, fume in front of them, hold them or get in their way. At times it was unfit to follow a final of these instructions as spasmodic one of them would simply seem within metres of a done paths, above we in a trees and spasmodic on a trail with you.

When they did come to belligerent they lumbered along in an roughly laughable way, babies retained to their chests, though would afterwards unexpected pitch gracefully adult by a bend and disappear above you.

There was a notice house in a closeness that listed a names of any one and some of a park wardens forked them out when they appeared. There was Ritchie, Rose, Anaku, Selina, Murray and many others. Their date of births were given and their age and mother, if known.

When a food ran out shortly after 10am, and they were delighted with a feast, they began to leave customarily as they had arrived. One by one they flitted off into a trees; there would be flashes of red hair here and there and afterwards they would disappear behind a leaves, accurately like people of a forest.

For some-more information we can hit a Visitors Information Centre during a National Parks Office, tel: (+6) 082 248088 Fax: (+6) 082 248087 or a Semenggoh Wildlife Centre (+6) 082 618423.

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Race a Best during a Malaysian Formula 1 Grand Prix

Race a Best during a Malaysian Formula 1 Grand Prix

The Malaysian Formula 1 Grand Prix competition is a prominence of a general automobile racing circuit. Thousands of constant fans are captivated annually to a competition that has been hold during a Sepang International Circuit given 1999, overdue to a stability recognition of a 56 path 192.878 mile race.

The prototype to a Malaysian Formula 1 Grand Prix was a Formula 2 that was hold from 1962 – 65, though it was hold in Singapore who after gained autonomy from a Malaysian Federation, so during a break-up of a Federation Malaysia hold 4 reduce impact races during a Shah Alam circuit from 1968 until 1995 when a stream competition lane was non-stop in Sepang. These were a Tasman Series, Formula Pacific, Formula Atlantic, and a Formula Holden.

Formula 1 movement during Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia. Pic: Craig, WikiMedia Commons.

Formula 1 movement during Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia. Pic: Craig, WikiMedia Commons.

The Sepang International Circuit, where a Formula 1 competition is held, is located usually 60 kilometres from a collateral city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, and is situated usually 10 mins from Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Selangor State. The circuit was designed by a German named Hermann Tilke in 1995, who also designed a Shanghai, Turkish, Bahrain, India, Korea, Valencia, and Singapore circuits that are also in a Formula 1 competition calendar. The Sepang circuit is famous for a brief and parsimonious hairpin and scarcely prolonged behind straight.

Crowds arrive during Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia, on competition day. Pic: Craig, WikiMedia Commons.

Crowds arrive during Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia, on competition day. Pic: Craig, WikiMedia Commons.

Petronas (Malaysian: Petroliam Nasional Berhad), a Malaysian inhabitant oil and gas company, has sponsored a Malaysian Grand Prix given a coronation into a racing calendar given 1999. The appetite association finances a maintain of a lane and a witness stands, they supply a oil and petroleum for a racing cars, and they are obliged for a confidence of a race.

The many famous racer during a Malaysian Grand Prix of all time was John MacDonald who won races in a years of 1970, 1971, 1973, and 1975. John was English innate though changed to live in Hong Kong during his inhabitant service, where he continued to live and set adult a garage business that done him successful and authorised him to turn a successful racer also.

The many successful racing group to contest in a Malaysian Grand Prix is Ferrari interjection to a successes of Michael Schumacher in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2008, and 2012.

Michael Schumacher graphic during a 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix. Pic: Whiz Kris, Flickr.

Michael Schumacher graphic during a 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix. Pic: Whiz Kris, Flickr.

The annual race, hold each year towards a finish of March, attracts approximately 50,000 spectators from all around a world, some usually to see their favourite racing star, though others to feel a fad and enthusiasm of a conduct to conduct competition between male and man, nation and country, unite and sponsor.

Most Formula 1 racers unanimously determine that a Malaysian Grand Prix is by distant a many highlight inducing and physically perfectionist competition in a whole Formula 1 calendar. Temperatures are torturous and frequently strech 30 degrees Celsius and when total with a humidity, that is frequency reduce than 75%, a meridian alone drains all drivers of appetite even before putting in any bid to race. Malaysia, though Kuala Lumpur in particular, is famous for a astonishing complicated sleet downpours that mostly interrupt a automobile racing, causing crashes and serious automobile damage.

The tangible competition lane has been called “the many environmentally accessible competition lane in a world” by several commentators since of a contentment of palm trees. The lane was built on a former 260 hectare palm oil plantation, so to recompense for a detriment of plants a owners planted hundreds of palm trees around a competition track, spectator’s stands, and spectator’s distraction areas.

In a latest Malaysian Grand Prix, a 2012 season, that was hold on 25th March, a personality of a driver’s championship, Fernando Alonso with his Ferrari team, came initial after a monumental and infrequently unsure race. Just 2.2 seconds behind Alonso was a reduction good famous Sergio Perez with his Sauber team, and afterwards came a former universe champion Lewis Hamilton and a McLaren-Mercedes not prolonged after. It done for an memorable competition in a pleasing nation of Malaysia.

Many people, generally those entrance from Europe and a Americas mix examination a Malaysia Formula 1 Grand Prix with a relaxing holiday elsewhere in a country. The Malaysian Government praises this as it brings in most indispensable tourism income in a form of taxes, emporium purchases, ride income, and accommodation income. Kuala Lumpur International Airport as a country’s categorical airfield is also kept bustling during a races. The Malaysian Formula 1 Grand Prix could be an memorable experience, so because not give it a try and book your tickets in time for a subsequent race?

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