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The Road to Old Terengganu

The Road to Old Terengganu

Anis Ramli takes a road-trip on one of a earliest-built highways in Malaysia to learn a old-world attract of Terengganu…

The low seas off Terengganu might be abounding in oil and gas reserves, creation a easterly seashore state among a region’s leaders in a oil, gas and petrochemical industry, though some disagree that a genuine treasures are all found on a mainland.

With a documented story reaching as distant behind as a 2nd century, Terengganu positively has amassed a resources of birthright shabby by a Langkasuka and Srivijaya kingdoms it was partial of, and a Majapahit, Khmer and Chinese empires it traded with. Despite complicated developments, a aged Terengganu still stays – and a best approach to try it? Via Federal Route 3 – coming a hundred years old, though still one of Malaysia’s many scenic highways.

At 739km long, Route 3 runs alongside a seashore of 4 Malaysian states from Johor Bahru, Johor, in a south of a peninsula, by Pahang and Terengganu before finale in Rantau Panjang, Kelantan. From here, it goes on as partial of a Asian Highway Network that connects Asia to a top reaches of Europe.

It’s mocking that 20 years after it was built by a British for mercantile reasons, Route 3 would move a ultimate tumble of a Allied Forces when, in 1941, Japanese infantry used it to quickly allege south on bicycles during a Battle of Malaya.

Having served for mercantile and domestic functions in a past, it contingency be pronounced that Route 3 currently is best matched for some-more resting pursuits. The comparatively prosaic and true two-lane singular carriageway highway provides an easy, scenic drive.

Traveling northwards, a South China Sea with a festive blue waves in a midday object would be your consistent messenger – and daze – on a east. Some sections of a highway run alongside sensuous pockets of mangrove forests along a coastal estuaries.

There’s no evading a panorama attract of Terengganu, even as a bigger towns try to strew a rural picture with petrify buildings and unfamiliar authorization retailers. Fishing villages only on a hinterland of towns pronounce of a population’s aged source of income; fishermen move their boats ashore on open beaches; chickens and cows ramble about openly along categorical thoroughfares; while many of a wooden homes here are still built on stilts in a devalue of coconut trees.

Even a widen of highway from Kerteh to Paka – where Malaysia’s oil and gas refinery activities are formed – creates for stately night driving. As a object sets, a outrageous formidable of pipes, steel tanks, fume stacks and gas flutes lights adult spectacularly like a space hire about to launch a rocket ship.

Chukai
A good approach to get to know Terengganu is by a food and what improved place to start than in Chukai (in a district of Kemaman), among a initial towns we confront along a Terengganu territory of Route 3 northwards. Kim Wah (also famous as Kin To Wah) Restaurant is a plain dilemma investiture on Jalan Masjid with an even easier menu, offered zero else though duck rice. It opens daily from 11 am to 2:30 pm, though a plates of fry duck over rice with a side of soy salsa and chili drop mostly run out by 1pm.

One of a fast legacies of a Chinese encampment in Malaysia is a kopitiam. Usually determined in smaller towns, though increasingly franchised in civic centres, these old-style cafés are famous for their Asian coffee (usually thicker and some-more sour than a European version) and charcoal-toasted bread easily slathered with butter and kaya, a coconut cream-based jam. Kemaman’s really possess – Hai Peng Kopitiam on Jalan Sulaimani – has been enjoying a good repute given a 1930s. Besides a toast, their other specialty is a standard Terengganu plate nasi dagang – beautifully steamed rice with a portion of abounding tuna curry wrapped in banana root parcels.

In a evenings, join a locals during Pantai Geliga beach for normal easterly seashore tea-time treats of satar (fish cakes wrapped in banana leaves, skewered in threes, and grilled over impassioned charcoal), keropok lekor (fish crackers) and sotong celup tepung (deep boiled squid). Down it all with uninformed coconut juice, served true from a husk!

Kuala Dungun
About an hour’s expostulate north of Chukai is Kuala Dungun, a city that once enjoyed a resources of a iron ore mining activities. Nothing many of a stately past stays solely for a prosy petrify post in a sea that some contend was partial of a railway line that ecstatic iron from Bukit Besi to Kuala Dungun. About 30 km inland, in Bukit Besi, are a few some-more of these legacies – a save buildings, tunnels and chimneys used during a tin-mining days – left by a Japanese who initial detected a cache within a area.

Seemingly bereft of any traveller attractions, Kuala Dungun is an doubtful stop for those flitting by Terengganu if not for Tanjong Jara Resort. Despite a medium kampung location, a resort, partial of a oppulance YTL skill chain, has gained a worldwide repute for a singular pattern and welcome. Taking a evidence from a easterly seashore residents, Tanjong Jara Resort has adopted a suggestion of peaceful and common Malay use and hospitality. Its “Unmistakably Malay” tagline is reflected around a review – a Malay palace-like architecture, a internal menu that facilities a region’s singular cuisine, and a age-old Malay treatments during a award-winning spa.

The district of Dungun, generally a beaches during Rantau Abang, used to be a job place of hulk leatherback turtles who lapse yearly to a beaches here to lay their eggs. In a 1970s, as many as 1,000 leatherback landings were reported though these nesting giants are a singular steer these days due to complicated developments and tellurian interference; however it is still probable to perspective immature turtle landings in other tools of Dungun. Tanjong Jara Resort has a turtle examination programme exclusively for guest during Kerteh. The oil-refinery city of Terengganu might be an doubtful pier of call for these nesting turtles, though a midnight trips organised with a internal fisheries dialect are rarely recommended. Complement a knowledge previously with a outing to a Turtle Information Centre in Rantau Abang only 15 km north of Tanjong Jara Resort to learn about a supernatural tour done by these peaceful sea creatures to nest and a successive quarrel for presence by their immature hatchlings.

Kuala Terengganu
After a willing panoramas of Kemaman, Dungun and Marang, a discord of collateral city Kuala Terengganu takes a while to get used to. Pasar Payang is a executive marketplace where all demeanour of trade is conducted. It’s a place to get your fish and chicken, fruits and veggies, dusty fish crackers, some select wear, souvenirs, even your bullion jewellery. It would roughly be a impiety to leave city though during slightest purchasing a signature easterly seashore fabric, a batik, here. Or indulge in a Terengganu brocade – a weave of stately origins done regulating excellent bullion and silk threads.

Spend a discerning afternoon on a Terengganu River Cruise, from a Islamic Civilisation Park jetty, to learn about a story and growth of a area. Then, bound over to Pulau Duyong to travel within a walls of an aged fortress. Built in a 1920s, Kota Lama Duyong is a normal Terengganu residence with Greek Corinthian elements in a columns and Islamic influences in a musical woodcarvings.

Penarik
Continue northwards from Kuala Terengganu and we will shortly strech Penarik in a district of Setiu. This relaxed fishing encampment has a singular geographical landscape – a slight isthmus of casuarinas and coconut groves flanked by a Setiu River on a west and a South China Sea on a east. It is a environment of Terrapuri Heritage Village, partial charge project, partial boutique guest house, and persisting 20-year work of adore by internal entrepreneur, Alex Lee, to safety a authentic traditions of a Malay Terengganu house.

Here, guest are accommodated in hundred-year aged dwellings, any one privately sourced by Lee from several tools of Terengganu, dismantled, delicately easy and fabricated again on this square of beach-front land in Kampung Mangkuk. Rich in story and displaying a polished carpentry and pattern skills of highly-respected master craftsmen, any of these 29 houses might be a final legacies of a fast-diminishing Terengganu enlightenment and heritage. The liberality by locals employed from circuitously villages is genuine and unobtrusive – during a finish of your stay, you’ll be behest goodbye to friends and family instead of use staff.

Beaches
With a seashore that runs for 244 km, Terengganu’s beaches are some of a best and infer to be a good daze to those pushing along Route 3. There’s no indicate facing a allure; spin off from a categorical highway anywhere and delight a serendipitous discoveries not noted in any traveller map.

Teluk Bidara in Dungun is a brook circuitously Tanjong Jara Resort where one can try a cavern and beacon on Tanjung Api Hill during low tide. Kuala Abang and Kemasik beaches have some engaging sea-side stone formations on that to roost and suffer a miles of blue, while Penarik tears we in dual with a stream wetlands on one side and beautiful beach on a other, and a shade of casuarinas and coconut palms in between a two.

The prolonged Terengganu seashore might be mouth-watering though beware of a clever under-currents in certain places. Instead, lift a chair beach-side and taste on keropok lekor as we take in a views of a circuitously islands, listen to a waves violation on a seaside and dream of owning a beach-front skill here.

When to go:
The state of Terengganu observes Sunday to Thursday as operative days while Friday and Saturday are open holidays. Banks, supervision offices and many businesses in Terengganu work from Sunday to Thursday.

Also, it’s value checking out a continue before going. Terengganu practice heavier rainfall and flooding in certain areas during a monsoon deteriorate when a north-east winds blow between Nov and January. Although a notice is that it rains each day during this period, there are ideally balmy days, too, in between soppy spells. Still, trips to a islands are not suggested during this duration due to capricious sea conditions. On a splendid side, a monsoon deteriorate is deliberate low season, and travellers get improved deals on hotels.

Driving tips:
Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Terengganu (approx. 455 km): Take a Karak Highway, afterwards a East Coast Expressway, and exit during Jabor toll. Continue towards Kuala Terengganu on Federal Route 3 around Chukai city in Kemaman.

Singapore/Johor Bahru to Kuala Terengganu (approx. 562 km): Take Federal Route 3 to Kota Tinggi, Mersing, Kuala Rompin, Pekan, Kuantan and Kuala Terengganu.

Penang to Kuala Terengganu (approx. 460 km): Take Federal Route 4 around Grik to Jertih, afterwards spin into Federal Route 3 to Kuala Terengganu.

Flights:
Fly to Kuala Terengganu Airport from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) around Malaysia Airlines or AirAsia; or from Subang Airport (Kuala Lumpur) around Firefly.

More info:
Check out an online leaflet on Terengganu (and a easterly seashore region) here: http://www.tourismmalaysia.gov.my/intl_en/ebrochure/pdf/8c26ea7d

 

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Spending A Day during MASiF 2011

September 30, 2011 during 2:00 pm

The Music, Art, Style International Festival (MASiF) 2011 is an eventuality that celebrates a 3 opposite categories of art – excellent art, conform and music. One of a activities organized as an bid to favour a improved bargain of Fine Art was a Public Programmes hold during Galeri Petronas. The 3 programmes that was hold on a 16th and 17th Sep were ‘An Evening with Amri Ginang‘, where participants were given an event to be adult tighten and personal with one of Malaysia’s colonize photographers, Amri Ginang and ‘Fusion of Passion : Walk With The Artist‘, where some of Malaysia’s best painters, photographers, sculptors and illustrators speak about their latest works that are now on arrangement during Galeri Petronas. The final programme that was hold on 17th Sep during 2.00 pm, was ‘Close and Personal : Soraya Ariff Awaluddin‘. Funny how this was a usually speak that hold my eye. Maybe it was since of her certification that done me curious, or it could have been a fact that she exudes a comfortable and accessible aura that done me wanted to listen to her story.

Close and Personal - Soraya and Ariff Awaluddin

Ariff and Soraya

Close and Personal - Soraya and Ariff Awaluddin

Soraya with Arif, a art coordinator of MASiF 2011 and Ir. Adam Salim carrying a brief discuss after a talk

As there was usually a few of us during a start of a talk, Ariff suggested that we all drew a seats closer to a speaker’s list for a some-more insinuate affair. The speak went on for about 3 hours, with both Ariff and Soraya pity their thoughts and opinions about everything, from photography to issues that many photographers face in Malaysia. And boy, were those thoughts and opinions of theirs really interesting! It was a small bit dampening to hear how many of a internal comparison photographers are not really obvious compared to some of a comparison artists. They also spoke on how changing times have done it easier for many to possess a digital camera. For them, it is not a emanate of how hi-tech one’s camera can be though some-more of a person’s bargain of a equipment’s functions and limitations. It was indeed an eye-opening speak for someone like me, who wants to make photography a critical hobby in a nearby future.

Close and Personal - Soraya and Ariff Awaluddin

Hanis, one of a participants of a speak vocalization to Ariff after a session.

Close and Personal - Soraya and Ariff Awaluddin

Soraya Talismail and Ariff Awaluddin posing with a mural taken by Soraya of Ungku Abdul Aziz

After a finish of a talk, we motionless to try MASiF’s outside activities for a change. As it is all about jubilee with everyone, some of a activities are hold outdoor so that everybody can be a partial of a festival. Though a skies threatened to soak everybody right to a bone that evening, it did not infer to be a dampener on their spirits as many of them went right forward with their agenda. With a song from Friday King Road, an eccentric rope that was behaving during a credentials stuffing adult a whole area, a sourroundings of a dusk is best described regulating photographs.

MASiF 2011 Day Three

Graceful dancers behaving on theatre during a Suria KLCC Concourse Area

MASiF 2011 Day Three

Though a skies looked like it was about to pour, it did not deter a crowds from unresolved around and carrying fun during a Esplanade area

MASiF 2011 Day Three

Whether we are there to check out your favourite indie rope or only to spend time with your family, there’s no doubt that everybody enjoyed themselves immensely

MASiF 2011 Day Three

The lead thespian of an indie organisation called Friday King Road belting one out of their strike songs

MASiF 2011 Day Three

The band, Friday King Road

MASiF 2011 Day Three

A organisation of performers distinguished adult a fun poise for their fans

MASiF 2011 Day Three

For some reason, everybody seems to be captivated to this golden tellurian statue that was there during a MASiF event

MASiF 2011 Day Three

Anyone wish to try their hands during staying still for as prolonged as we can while standing?

As we can see, MASiF is a arrange of festival that is best gifted first-hand, since a best tools of it contingency be seen, listened and gifted by ourselves in sequence to entirely conclude it.

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Royal Malaysian Police Open Day 2011

September 30, 2011 during 4:00 pm

The month of Oct will start with a crash as a group in blue of Malaysia invites a open to attend a Police Open Day 2011 during Dataran Merdeka this Saturday, 1st Oct 2011. a eventuality is one of several events hold via a year to build closer ties with a ubiquitous open and is also partial a police’s jubilee for Hari Raya.

The eventuality will start during 8 am and finish during 6 pm. Among a activities designed for a day are travel soccer matches, sharpened simulations, informative performances by ASWARA and of course, a propitious draw! As with other open residence events, food will be served via 11am compartment 3 pm for those who attend and a day will finish with a special opening by a Royal Malaysian Police Band.

Royal Malaysian Police

The Royal Malaysian Police Force will be organising an Open Day on 1st Oct 2011

While this eventuality is focused on internal Malaysians, visitors from any nation are acquire to attend and knowledge this elementary village affair.

As a eventuality will be hold during Dataran Merdeka, several roads in a city will be sealed to motorists on Saturday, commencement during 12 am compartment 12 pm. The roads influenced are Jalan Kinabalu/Bukit Aman exit, Jalan Kinabalu/Hishamuddin Roundabout, Jalan Raja/Jalan Hishamuddin, and Jalan Leboh Pasar Besar/Jalan Hishamuddin.

Other roads untouched to motorists will be Jalan Leboh Ampang/Jalan Tun Razak, Dato Onn Roundabout/Jalan Parlimen, Jalan Parlimen/Jalan Raja Laut, Jalan Leboh Pasar Besar/Jalan Mahkamah Persekutuan and Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman/Jalan Raja.

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Fusion of Passion

September 29, 2011 during 12:00 pm

This year’s Malaysia Day was distinguished on a grand scale, distinct a years before. Various activities were hold by many organisations, including state and a sovereign governments, as good as other entities, all joined in a jubilee of a nation that we live in. Chief among a celebrations was MASiF 2011 – a Music, Arts, Style, International Festival – during Suria KLCC. Among a highlights of a festival was an art muster during Galeri Petronas that has recently come to a tighten entitled Fusion of Passion.

Fusion of Passion

Chin Wan Kee – Beyond Mind and Words Series No 29

Fusion of Passion

Tew Nai Tong – Happy Life

Fusion of Passion

Clement Ooi Kit Meng – Together

So for those of we who were not in Kuala Lumpur during this year’s Malaysia Day and missed out on a exhibition, here is what Fusion of Passion was all about. The muster is a reverence to a farrago of a nation and to uncover how differences can be distinguished and not feared. The muster strove to accumulate a series of artists and design fabricated within one gallery to symbolize a alloy of several passions, and a farrago of artistic passion was shown in a abyss of a works of excellent art, sculpture, photography and illustration. Both determined masters and rising artists were given equal event to showcase their work, so that a assembly would improved conclude a loyal value of a country.

Fusion of Passion

Izzati Shahrin – Dua Tiga Kucing Berlari, Mana Nak Sama Tikus Seorang

Fusion of Passion

Amiruddin Ariffin – Cosmic Symphony Series III

Fusion of Passion

Carlyn Chua Yuin Lim – Deafening Lights

The farrago of art in a muster acted as a thoughtfulness of what it means to be Malaysian, a honour and pride, and a possess interpretation of what creates us Malaysians. Each work of art in a muster is an countenance of a artist’s feelings and views towards Malaysia. This is engaging as it mirrors a notice about associate Malaysians, as there will be times when we remonstrate with a artist’s vision, though there will really be times when we share and emphatise with what we see. The muster strives to use art to move an bargain in ourselves about a multitude we live in, and a people we share this nation with.

Fusion of Passion

Cindy Koh – Symbiosis III

Fusion of Passion

Jasmine Kok – Silver Bloom

Fusion of Passion

Rasid Yusof – Malaysian Interior 2

And nonetheless there is a deeper definition in this exhibition, a many opposite pieces that make adult this collection come together to emanate a agreeable and pleasing knowledge even for those of us who feel we do not know art.

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FUSED during The Actors Studio

September 29, 2011 during 2:00 pm

The Actors’ Studio ends a month of Sep with FUSED, an initial behaving humanities series. FUSED will run from 29th Sep compartment 2nd October, and any night will offer something opposite in terms of artists, ideas and performances.

Here is what’s lined adult for this book of FUSED:

29 Sep – BACA: Rehearsed Reading
Is reading only reading? You’ll learn there’s some-more to a oral word during this small experiment. A rehearsed reading array focused on internal plays that have nonetheless been staged, baca serves as a height for playwrights to showcase their scripts, as good as a hide look to entertainment for a public. baca, ‘where we make scripts come alive’, is one of a projects helmed by The Actors Studio’s Actor in-Residence, Inessa Irdayanty.

Baca: 2 by 3
1. Apple Mint Jelly on Burnt Toast by Adeline Ong
2. Pabila Bulan Mengambang by Adeline Ong
3. Either/Or by Joshua Chong
4. Pastikan Lorong Anda by Joshua Chong
5. One for a Road by Nandang Abdul Rahman
6. Sudah Makan? by Nandang Abdul Rahman

FUSED during The Actors Studio

BACA – Rehearsed Readings during The Actors Studio

30 Sep – Strumming to a opposite beat: The Electronic Issue

Electric is in, during slightest on 30th Sep when guitarists all barter their acoustic guitars for electric. Be prepared for some engaging sounds as a riffs of electric guitars combine with some-more informed sounds of a keyboard, wail and saxophone.

Featuring:
Kuning Sudar (Tears for Alaska), Phang, Tan Hwang (Citizens of Ice Cream), Brendan Angelo (Tic), Fadil (The Great Metropolitan Expressway) Fairus (Blur) on visuals

1 Oct – MyDance Alliance presents Dancebox

Dancebox offers a total package of initial dance to a assembly during The Actors’ Studio this October. This time around, a box is set to offer something some-more spontaneous nonetheless entertaining, while maintaining a possess singular temperament from prior offerings of bellydancing, ballet, Latin and butoh. Let’s open this box and find out what’s in store this October!

2 Oct – We Are Malaysian Made Movies

It’s film time with a slight turn this 2nd Oct with WAMM screenings. Known for screening things that never ends adult on internal TV or a cinema, and with a gusto of removing news about things that trip by internal publications, WAMM will shade dual brief films this time around.

“Love and Luksaah” by Mei (A Malaysian in New Zealand)
A finalist for Best Short Film in a Asian 1st Films Festival 2009 in Singapore, this is a story about dual men, a girl, and laksa, lots of it.

“Damaged Kung Fu” by Juliane Block (A German who creates films in Malaysia) *Debut Screening
The film will entrance during a Actors’ Studio and offer a assembly an movement comedy satire reverence to days of Bruce Lee.

Oh yes, that’s not all for a night, as WAMM will also underline a internal rope with a really engaging name, Once Upon A Time There Was A Sausage Named Bob. Formed on 25th Nov 2009, a band’s line adult includes womanlike vocalist Esty Richards, Jared Lee and his hermit Lee Wei Chen on guitar and drum respectively, followed by Anthony Lee on lead guitar and JC Lam on drums.

All performances start during 8:30 pm and takes place during The Actors’ Studio @ Lot10. Entry is by concession of a smallest of RM10.

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