Safely crossing the electric railway
During my solo bicycle ride today, I try to climb the main railway over bridge travel by car, I also try to use the pedestrian and motorcyclist over bridge which is a shorter way linking Taman Pekan Baru and Pusat Bandar to ease the residents of both places.
As the double tracks railway soon to be operated is electric train, safety precaution is one of the most important factor. The railway in this area is jacked up as the area common has flood. It is well fenced up too.
The zig zag over bridge has shorter distance thus become more steep campare to taking the main bridge. At the half way I have to get off to push the bicycle, later I found regular users push their bicycles uphill too. The pedestrian may use either the stair case or take the motor path. There are at least 6 bends, so at some difficult points there are convex mirrors to watch for safety. Obey 20km/hour especially going down, or keep pushing your bicycle if your break are not working well.
As I am local, I met a few familiar faces and say " hello " to them.
Licence, police report and postal ? Where to do ?
You can do this matters in a short while although they are not related as their buildings are located nearby at one intersection.
The MDK act as the local government to ensure development and maintenance of local infrastructure. The residence in Parit Buntar normally go to MDK or Majlis Daerah Kerian for their local business licence, local authority fees and signboard fees register and renewal.
In front the intersection is the Post Malaysia Parit Buntar Office, beside postal matter, the residents can pay many kind of bills, renewal of motor vehicle licence and many type of share investment also can be done in this post office.
Normally, one prefer to avoid go to the police station. If needed to, it means you need to lodge a police report of theft or road accident involved you. If so, goto the Blue and white building, that is the Parit Buntar Police Station.
What can I see on top of the railway bridge ?
It is the 2nd day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri holiday, I did an early morning bicycle ride, I had many stopages to take photos of Parit Buntar landmarks and offices to share in VT.
I cycle from school area along Jalan Sempadan ( the border road ) straight up the over bridge and stop to see clearer the surrounding buildings.
As it is a holiday, less traffic allow me to walk easily across the both side. Across the four lanes road is normally not allow and danger while the road is busy.
On top of the bridge, I can see many buildings. Among them is the Parit Buntar Buddist Association, some old shop houses built since 1960's, looking further is the Parit Buntar Hospital blocked by a few trees. The Parit Buntar Railway Station is in front of our view if we are at the top, To the other side, we see the double tracks extend to the north.
The last picture show the road under the bridge devided Penang and Perak. It is part of the Jalan Sempadan, Penang at the left, Perak at right.
The Clock Tower Illuminated at night
The landmark clock tower roundabout at the meeting point of Jalan Padang, Jalan Taiping and Jalan Teh Peh Kong is illuminated with neon light at night. Sometime when there is state event or national event organised in the town, even buidings and the trees near the river bank are illuminated.
Latest update : Early 2014, the round about has been converted to a "C" turn and an "U" turn to smooth the traffic flow come from USM and Jalan Taiping.
Giant Vegetarian Karipap
This Malay lady is a moving hawker selling a special food which I named it Giant Karipap or Sfera Gandum. Its skin made by flour mixed with oil, egg and butter, then wrap in the vegetable and an egg, after that deep fried to make to the giant karipap. You can either choose beef or chicken flavour if you wish. This Malay normally set up her stall at pasar malam at different places.
Wednesday : Pasar Malam Bandar Baharu
Thursday : Pasar Malam Kerian Permai
I normally call to order, when I arrive, the karipap are ready for collection.
- Food and Dining
The Na Tok Kong Temple - Oldest Chinese Temple
The Na Tok Kong Temple in Parit Buntar is the oldest Chinese Temple in town. The temple opened daily. It is normally busier during the 1st and 15th day on Chinese Moon, when local Chinese come for their prayers. It yearly festival is during the Chinese 11th Moon, the organising committee will engage Chinese Opera from China or Thailand to present an opera for about 8 nights from the early month. The 11th day of 11th Chinese Moon is the peak celebration of the Na Tok Kong birthday.
As the temple is the highest rank and oldest temple in town, newly born and newly wedding couple would normally arrange a prayer session to the Na Tok Kong for a brither future in life and family journey.
Prayers can come to ask for their fortune from the Na Tok Kong. If you have success and to give your appreciation, you can give a donation, the temple keeper will help you to some the Gong and convey your wish to Na Tok Kong.
- Arts and Culture
The big house at Weng Cheang Lane
The big house at Weng Cheang Lane has many painting on wall, some are engraving arts on wall. Many photographers had been here for some good photos. Among all houses in this lane, which was busy during 1970ies, only this house still has occupants.
Muslimin and Muslimat is fasting during day time for a month in Ramadhan before the arrival of Syaawal and Aidilfitri. In most of Malaysian township, holding of a Pasar Ramadhan to sell the cooked foods and drinks for breaking the fast has become very common. In some big town, they are even more gathering around for the people.
It has been many years the Pasar Ramadhan in Parit Buntar is held at Taman Kerian Permai near Taman Wawasan. The market started at around 4.30pm and end at about 7.30pm. Some 200 traders come for this gathering. The food and beverages on sales here are all local verities and delicious.
Group Exercises at Dataran Sg Kerian
Come here if you are free to join them for a group exercises. Every morning, there are Tai-chi group ( different styles ), street dance or group morning walk to keep enjoy a healthy life. Every Saturday and Sunday morning, a group of instructors lead the aerobic dance. Come here to exercise yourself to get a sweat morning.
- Budget Travel
Children Playground at Dataran Sg Kerian
The Children Playground at Dataran Sungai Kerian is located behind the Dewan Merdeka. The local authority has rebuilt the site recently with all the facilities are new. Come here with your kids as the facilities are all limited for the underage group.
- Family Travel
The Dataran Tepi Sungai Kerian
The Dataran Tepi Sungai Kerian is a well organised recreation park. People come here for gathering, sport activities, family outings. Some organisations rented this area for their activities like exhibitions, colouring and drawing contest and even fishing competitions. Sometimes, you will meet some newly wed couples are here for their most memorable photo shootings. Come here at any time, remember to bring along your camera.
- Family Travel
The Na Tok Kong Temple - Chinese Opera is On
The old temple - the Na Tok Kong temple has at least 300 years of history. The Chinese community celebrate the Na Tok Kong birthday during every Lunar 11th day of 11th Moon. The birthday, being the climate of the celebration whereby local and outside Chinese would come with the offerings. The celebration would normally last for 8 days and nights. Beside offerings and praying, the Teochew Opera is played for the Na Tok Kong.
Older age people would normally follow the story played, from 8pm until the end at mid night. Younger generation would normally come for praying and gathering to meet old friends.
- Theater Travel
The Friday Night Market - at old town
Plan your trip to Parit Buntar on Friday, over night at Friday night to visit the Friday Night Market. A market by local traders that offer anythings from fruits, raw food, cooked foods, local delights, clothings, young plants, sundry goods, hardware, cd, dcd, toys, medicines, shoes, slippers, I mean anythings. Do spare at least 60 minutes to have a walk and bargain for what you like.
The weekly event starts at 4.30pm and usually ends before 10pm. The most difficult thing is to find a good car parking if you drive. If you are not in hurry and do not mind to walk a distance, the mosque parking lot is the most convenience place for you.
Remember to look for many local food available for your dinner. You may chose from laksa, satay, yong tau foo, cha kuew teau, roti canai, jagung panggang, kacang rebus, Malay kuih....Don't forget to pack / take away some more for supper.
The Parit Buntar Friday Night Market has been exist since 1970ies. It grow from a gathering of hawkers occupied only one street until now it cover the whole old town area of Jalan Teh Peh Kong, Jalan Menteri, Jalan Pasar, Jalan Syarikat and Jalan Syed Hamid. Now, about 700 - 800 hawkers come for this weekly assembly.
- Family Travel
- Budget Travel
Mini Perak of all districts
The Mini Perak is located at the Dataran Sungai Kerian. All 10 districts in Perak built their miniature representable items here. Take a photo of all districts if you like.
- Family Travel
- Budget Travel