Batu Pahat Monument
Hammer and nail? Batu Pahat means "Chiselled Rock".
This is the monument that we came across when we drive into Batu Pahat Town.
Climb the stairs and you will be able to see a big field where the local held their soccer games and sports.
The petrol station is located nearby where you could top up some petrol before you continue your journey.
Batu Pahat Port
Batu Pahat Port is located near the rows of pre-war buildings.
This is where the loading and off loading of goods were taken place. The imported goods are then transported to the shops for sale.
Bukit Banang Golf & Country Club
The 18-holes par-72 golf course is designed by Michael Coates & Associates... Its fairways are surrounded by designed bungalows within the country club... The first nine (called the Valley Nine) plays to 3,204m into the hilly undulating terrains of Bukit Banang with picturesque winding fairways and sloping greens... The second nine (Lake Nine) playing to 3,100m is comparatively tougher due to the numerous lakes and streams that cut across the fairways... Course management and accuracy is of paramount importance here in roder to keep the score down... The club has the usual men and ladies changing rooms, a pro-shop as well as a driving range... For F&B, there is the airy Golfer's Terrace and the air-conditioned Indah Room... Besdies golf, there are also other sporting facilties including a swimming pool, tennis courts, squash courts, badminton court, table tennis and others...
The course is open every day, except Monday mornings for maintenance...
Return to my roots in Batu Pahat, Johor, Malaysia
"Balik Kampong--Back to my roots"
I grew up in Batu Pahat and left in 1967 after completing my Senior Cambridge at TIGS. I went back for the first time in October 2010 with my husband. We stayed at the Rest House, which is next to two of my childhood houses and overlooks my Alma Mater TIGS.
We had lived in five houses in Batu Pahat. My father used to work for the DID, a Government body so these were Government house. My first house, Malay style houses on stilts was in Pasir Tinggi, next to the Power Station which is still there. The house is now one of a row of dilapidated shells filled with childhood memories.
"My houses in Batu Pahat--Simpang Rantai Hilton"
I had not expect to find all five house...but did..or almost. The second house at what used to be the end of Gunong Soga, backing the Golf Course is still there and occupied as is my third house, also in Gunong Soga, facing Jalan Kluang.
My 4th house was at the Simpang Rantai Roundabout; the compound is still there, overgrown with trees; I recognise some of the trees. The sign says it is now an UMNO property where the famous Lontong stall known as "Hilton' operates in the morning. The Rest House we were staying in is round the corner. So we had breakfast at 'Hilton' every morning...right there in my former compound
The owner of the Lontong stall and her family embraced us ever so warmly after hearing my history in Batu Pahat and that I used to live in the compound where they now operate; I left in 1967, they moved there in 1970, they used to operate a block away, and the house burnt down in the 90s I think...thanks to their warmth and affection, excellent breakfast and coffee every morning from them, I felt I was back home
"Batu Pahat Boleh--Batu Pahat Can"
For a trip down Memory Lane, this trip surpassed all expectations. The town has grown but retained its old charm and apart from my houses. the Rest House where we stayed, and my Alma Mater TIGS, the old part of town was intact as well, as I had left it...Bee Bee Bakery, the Assam Pedas next to Cathay, Ah See Noodle House on Jalan Jenang, the Hainan chicken place, the shops on Jalan Penggaram, the river side hawkers..
Mr. Haji Abdullah, the husband of the owner of the Lontong stall, heads the Batu Pahat historical society and we spent some happy time exchanging nostalgic notes...he knew many of my father's friends...sometimes a trip just takes on so much more meaning at the turn of a corner...
I am sure I will go back....
Batu Pahat - More on The Big House
"My Pictorial Travelogue"
Ok I have to mention/highlight this. If you really want to experience the kampung lifestlye, this is the place! You see, in the past, the toilet is detached from the house. This is due to the poor sanitation systems at that time where all the "poop" will drop into a big drum....eeeewwwww!!!! So for obvious hygiene reasons, they detached the toilet and put it far, far away from the house (good luck to those who wants to do it in the middle of the night...hehe!) But now, times have changed. The toilet have been upgraded to the normal flush toilet. Buttttt..... to keep the heritage of the old kampung life, they have decided to keep the toilet where it used to be...far, far away from the house....heh! And as you can see here...its a rainy day!
Oh, and i just got updated, I was also informed that a Japanese soldier's skull was once found here, somewhere near the toilet.....spooky!