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THE WONDERS OF PULAU DUYUNG, TERENGGANU

 

Terengganu, situated on the east coast of Malaysia, is well known as the cultural state of Malaysia, rich in practising traditions, a seafaring history and platefuls of delicious cuisine.

In the state capital of Kuala Terengganu, a riverside city facing the South China Sea, you will find a village community that lives among a maze of inlets and islands such as the one at Pulau Duyung.

Pulau Duyung – literally, Mermaid Island – is not short of wonders as its name suggests. The small village surrounded by rivers is just a 10-minute drive from the city of Kuala Terengganu. In this calm oasis of shady trees and labyrinth of narrow lanes, ordinary village folk, fishermen, event artists and talented craftsmen call it home and welcome visitors into its sanctum.

Artisan boatbuilders

Accessible by road or by boat, the area is well known for its boat-making heritage. At least three main boatmakers remain much sought after on the island, namely, Pak Lah, Pok Awi and Hassan Ali. The craftsmanship of these fine carpenters is much in demand not only among Marang fishermen, but also by boatmen from around the world including Italy, Denmark, Australia and Algeria.

Touted as a vanishing legacy, the result of modernisation, vanishing forests and lack of interest by the younger generation to learn the trade, boatmaking is very much alive in their hearts. It is believed that there are only three boatbuilding yards on this island when just a few years ago, there were a thriving 38!

Working without any physical plans, these craftsmen rely only on their decades-long experience and skills taught to them by their forefathers. Traditional methods and local materials, such as the tree bark of the gelam tree for caulking and water-proofing the vessel, are used. Throughout the year, domestic and international tourists seek out these artisans in their boatyards to admire how they turn sturdy cengal timber into fine handmade boats that cut through the rough South China Sea effortlessly.

Today, these old hands still take in orders to build entire 40-foot boats by hand. You may want to book a handmade yacht once you see their skillful handwork, but mind you, the waiting list is a few years long, and the price is not for ordinary sailors!

Art for the times

Art lovers will be enthralled with the existence of the relatively new Pulau Duyung Gallery in the area, which is as much a cultural commune as it is an art gallery.

Modest in size but not short of talents, the jetty-front gallery organises exhibitions and conducts art workshops, as well as houses many works by local artists.

One of their core successes was in organising the Duyung Art Festival from 2015 to 2017. The festival has since been regarded as the force that connects and welcomes people through culture and arts.

Their previous exhibition entitled “Postcards to Duyung” in 2017 attracted participants from Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Australia, France and Sweden to exhibit about 800 postcards made from original art works. The upcoming one held until January 2019, “Duyung: Kenangan Lalu Mengusik Jiwa” (“Memories of Old Duyung”) is a nostalgic look at Duyung Island in the 1990s and earlier through photographs, artworks and oral expressions.

Built to Last

Among the collection of wooden houses in the area, one building stands out for its unique architecture, the Duyung Old Fort.

Built originally in the 1920’s by the owner and local leader Dato’ Biji Sura, the building curiously combines Malay traditional wooden architecture with European influences. Marvel at the sturdy pillars with Greek and Egyptian influences, the tendrils of Islamic motifs cut into the wooden lattices on the verandah, and the thick walls surrounding the building, believed to have been constructed of bricks and cemented with a concoction of fine sand, lime, honey and egg white.

Within the wall is a complex of houses interconnected in various styles of the Terengganu architecture such as the gabled roof, the five ridge roof, and the Dutch roof. Elements such as rain-water harvesting through ingeniously simple architectural planning, and how the morning light casts shadows through the woodcarvings, are just some of the admirable features to be admired.

In 1986, though, a big flood destroyed much of the house but the Terengganu State government took the effort to restore it to its original glory and opened it as a heritage museum under the auspices of the Terengganu State Museum.

The entrance is free, but do not expect a full-fledged museum as you enter. The display is modest, but enough to give you a glimpse into the lifestyle back in theolden days.

Note: Pulau Duyung is accessible either by the water taxi, car or the Heritage City bus. The water taxi departs from Shahbandar Jetty with the crossing taking less than 10 minutes.

Duyong Art Gallery
Venue:           GP 5, Pulau Duyung Kecil, 20100 Terengganu
Email:            duyongartgallery@gmail.com
Tel:                 +6019 6340214

Entrance fee: Free

Duyung Old Fort
Open:             Every day except Friday
Time:             9.00 am to 5.00 pm
Fee:                Free
Address:       Pulau Duyung Kecil, 20100 Terengganu
Contact:        National State Museum
Tel:                 +609-622 1444

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Joe Flizzow @ Mystical Eve – ENCORP Strand

December 16, 2011 during 2:59 pm

Joe Flizzow is an award-winning Malaysian hip bound artist and businessman. He is one half of a internationally eminent Malaysian hip bound duo, Too Phat – a many successful hip bound act to ever emerge from Malaysia. He is also owner and CEO of Kartel Records.

President Joe Flizzow will be behaving during ENCORP Strand this 31st December!

Joe Flizzow started his career as one half of a groundbreaking twin Too Phat. With sales of over half a million annals sole to date, a group’s multi-platinum albums have won countless awards locally as good as achieving approval from MTV Asia and Channel V. International collaborations with artists from Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Australia, Sweden, Canada and United States have authorised for an all entrance pass on a tellurian stage.

As an particular Joe Flizzow arguably a nicest Malaysian MC to ever hold a mic, is a gifted writer, lyricist and producer. Forever pulling his bounds and dexterity into new areas of development; a settlement informed given a late 90?s, where he revolutionized a Malaysian subterraneous Hip-Hip stage and forced a strain attention to commend it as a critical strain genre. After 10 years as a member of Too Phat, Joe Flizzow set out to start figure a career as a solo artist in 2008 with a recover of his entrance solo manuscript called President.

Joe Flizzow, Malaysian Rap Star, before of Too Phat

Rap along with Joe as he performs an all new strain during Mystical Eve 2012 @ ENCORP Strand’s New Year’s Countdown celebration this 31st Dec 2011. The celebration will start during 6 pm and usually finish during 2 am as we chaperon in 2012. So put on your celebration hats and make your approach to ENCORP Strand for Mystical Eve 2012!

Don’t know how to get there? Check a map out!

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Hope Comes A-Floating

October 19, 2011 during 4:30 pm

It is not bland that a chairman can exaggerate of vital on house and being a partial of a stately boat for week or a month, what some-more dual years. Unless that particular skeleton to offer in a Navy or has an unconstrained supply of supports that enables them to transport on a journey endlessly, it is a singular event for a people to live a life on a ship. This once-in-a-lifetime trust is what creates portion on-board a Logos Hope so noted for volunteers who have selected this rather singular trail of life.

Logos Hope

The ship, Logos Hope docked during Port Klang

The story of a boat named Logos Hope…

The Logos Hope was initial built in 1973 and was creatively built for a purpose of a newcomer automobile ferry. Before it was famous as Logos Hope, it was called Gustav Vasa and it sailed along a North Atlantic routes. A decade after it was built, a boat altered hands to Smyril Line and was renamed Norröna. The vessel afterwards plied a track between a Faroe Islands and Denmark. It came into a hands of GBA Ships in a year 2004 and underwent vital renovations to perform her arriving role. She performed her stream name, Logos Hope, in 2005 and after outfitting in Kiel, Germany; Køge, Denmark and final dry wharf in Sweden, Logos Hope finally became an active boat in Feb 2009.

The boat is manned by a organization of 400 volunteers from 45 opposite nations. The village is diverse, from retirees to children of families portion on house and has an normal age of 25 to 30 years old. Most of a volunteers offer for dual years, that is a longest duration of time accessible for service. Volunteers not usually get a possibility to give behind to a people around a world, they are also given training programmes, that when total with a work trust and a cross-cultural encounters, provides them with an event to learn new skills and rise their characters.

Visitors browsing by a many titles that is accessible onboard a Logos Hope

“Mommy, look… it’s a floating library!”

The association that is behind this prophesy is GBA Ships e.V, a non-profit organization that is formed in Germany. GBA Ships operates ships that cruise around a universe with a purpose of bringing knowledge, assistance and wish to those who are in apocalyptic need of it. Their prophesy is to yield entrance to high-quality novel to those who need it, providing unsentimental adore and compelling assent by embracing diversity, as clear in a ships’ crews. Since 1970, a swift of ships owned by GBA Ships have determined a name for themselves as floating book fairs. These ships have done over 1,400 pier calls in over 160 countries and territories and have welcomed over 42 million visitors on house their ships.

The floating book satisfactory offers a preference of over 5,000 titles for visitors who come to a book fair. The far-reaching preference of books on arrangement are suitable for each member of a family as it covers a good operation of categories such as cookery, sports, hobbies, science, medicine, dictionaries, languages and philosophy. The books are donated by publishers whose books have been private from dissemination in first-world countries after a latest editions have been released. This gives Logos Hope a possibility to offer these books during a fragment of their costs to people in building countries.

Visitors can see cinema of a ship’s story on a walls as they conduct to a book arrangement area

A boat full of angels in disguise…

One of a many things that volunteers of a Logos Hope find suggestive is a initiatives and projects that they do for a communities in need. GBA Ships trust in peculiarity life for all, regardless of personal credentials and circumstances. As a boat cruise from pier to port, a organization contributes to a society’s needs in each approach probable – be it a elementary charge of pity and exchanging practice with locals to donating reserve or even building schools or houses. Some of a projects that have been undertaken by a Logos Hope’s communities embody hosting over 80 genealogical chiefs on house in Ghana, building orphanages and donating over 50,000 books to village groups and colleges in Liberia, using HIV / AIDS Awareness projects in West Africa and charity giveaway eye examinations for a people in Malaysia.

Some of a book titles that are accessible for sale during a floating book fair

Where will they go next?

The Logos Hope is now docked during Port Klang until 24th Oct 2011. The boat will afterwards be streamer to Kuching, Sarawak where it is approaching to arrive on 27th Oct and will be there compartment 15th Nov before it moves on to Kota Kinabalu. The Logos Hope will afterwards continue to make a approach to Singapore and Philippines. The satisfactory is open to a open from 10 am to 10 pm from Tuesdays to Saturdays, and 3 pm to 10 pm on Sundays. It is sealed on Mondays. Entrance fees are labelled during RM1 per chairman and acknowledgment is giveaway for children underneath 12 who are accompanied by an adult.

Though it was roughly 5pm when this design was taken, there were still many people queueing adult to house a floating book fair

For some-more information on a Logos Hope and a destiny pier of calls, record on to their website here.

Logos Hope is now looking for donations for a generators. Interested parties might impute to a above website or pronounce to any of a staff on-board Logos Hope for some-more information.

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