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    A trip down south

    by hopang Updated Jul 21, 2009

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    If you are having a vacation in Malaysia for a longer period particularly in southern parts of West Malaysia like Melaka, Pahang and Johore states, take a several days trip down south, i.e. to beautiful Singapore! Singapore has tremendous numbers of lovely and wonderful tourist attractions.

    Among the popular tourist attractions in Singapore are the colourful Chinatown, the Little India, Sri Mariamman Temple, Ann Siang Hill, Istana Negara, Peranakan Palace, Singapore Botanical Gardens, Singapore Zoological Gardens, Fort Canning Park, Raffles Hotel, Lau Pa Sat, cruise along Singapore River, Boat Quay, Merlion Statue and Arab Street just to name a few. Of course there are many old and lovely churches, mosques and temples that attract many foreign tourists.

    The other popular resort in Singapore not to be missed by any foreign tourists is Sentosa Island. Among its attractions are Fort Siloso, Musical Fountain, Underwater World and Butterfly Park.

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    Pulau Jerejak ..island of a sad past !

    by kenyneo Updated May 16, 2004

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    What is it like , to be confined in an island

    Pulau Jerejak, a small island just off the coast of Bayan Lepas, in Penang has a long and interesting history – much of which has been characterised by neglect and confinement. In the distance Jerejak looks a mass of virgin jungle. On the shores palms and coconut trees abound.

    Behind those natural beauty, it was actually a former leper colony where “a thousand Asiatic lepers, largely Chinese, have learnt to smile in the face of the most awful visitation of Divine anger.

    Subsequent to being a leper colony – now moved to Sungai Buloh, Selangor – the island was a centre for contagious diseases and later became a penal colony.

    In fact Jerejak first appeared in colonial records when Colonel Arthur Wellesley (later the Duke of Wellington who defeated Napoleon in Waterloo) proposed it as a possible alternative to Fort Cornwallis as a naval base in 1797.

    It is interesting to know that the lepers were segregated according to race. The biggest complaint of the Chinese lepers, he wrote, was the poor quality of opium they received from the authorities. There was also one white couple living with the lepers. The woman, most probably from Lancaster, England, lived with her Australian husband, When asked her what life was like on the island, she said: “There is nowhere to walk except over the short stretch of sand you see in front of the bungalow. There are no roads on the island – it is all thick jungle, and one cannot get from one part to another without using the rowing boat … in the evenings I sometimes accompany my husband when he goes in the sampan to some of the other settlements. It is a little change. Perhaps we may be provided soon with a motor launch – then the inspection will become almost joy rides.”

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    Tin Mining Country, Batu Gajah. Perak

    by gnh Written Aug 7, 2005

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    Tin mining was extensively in the Kinta Valley of Perak some decades ago. Today it is a sunset industry and most tine mines have closed down.

    You can still find many mining pools, but this is the only dredge you see. It's an exhibition item near Chendrong, Batu Gajah.

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    Who is the car lover at Bukit Tanku?

    by Faiza-Ifrah Written Feb 19, 2004

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    Bukit Tanku is the locality of the richest and most affluent of Kuala Lumpur. The residential villas can be easily mistaken for palaces.

    We visited the residential locality at night and were over-awed to see the elite of Malaysia. We saw a villa with 18 cars parked inside the compound. We found out that the villa belonged to a businessman whose wife held an important ministerial post in the Government. It explained it all hehehe.

    However, looking back, these elites deserve the very best of life after having developed the economy of ther country.

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    Inside the ferry ...on our way to Pulau Jerejak

    by kenyneo Written May 16, 2004

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    Just a bunch of accountants ..nope auditors to be exact , some armed with calculators while others equipped with abacus ...preparing to storm Pulau Jerejak ...
    ( all smiling , but apparently all busy calculating the return of investment of this trip )

    The fare cost RM15 , which I think is quite pricey, and journey errr...should be about 1 hour...

    From town take the Bayan Lepas causeway , all the way until you see Villas Mas ( a few orangey apartments on your left ) there is a turning right after this apartment , turn in.

    you will find the jetty inside somewhere there lah ! They have a few trips to and from the island !

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    Reincarnation of Pulau Jerejak

    by kenyneo Written May 16, 2004

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    reincarnation

    One of my fren informed me that the island is being developed as a tourist resort so a bunch of us decided to pay this island a visit.

    My childhood memory of this place is that , we are not allowed to visit this place at all, only stories about the lepers being kept there and subsequently a prison for certain type of convicts. This trip is like walking into history , perhaps childhood dream to see what its like to stay in this island and to live in confinement, to feel what the lepers feel - totally cut of from outside world .

    aren't we all very fortunate ? so I think we should all think of people in such situation when we are about to complain about this and that ...

    Of course what we see now is hundreds of time better than what it used to be.

    a beautiful and serene hideaway

    A nice resort have been erected, with cluster of chalets/ bugnalows perched on the hill, a beautiful and clean swimming pool ( simple and of course more can be done to beautify it ) and a lovely beach to stroll and relax ....to avoid the major touristy beaches or island.

    There is also a restaurant serving international buffet. We also spotted a bunch of girls practising traditional dance there ... traditional dance cool ?

    The road are all well cemented or tarred , unlik yesteryears ....

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    Caution/Awas: You are under watch.

    by Faiza-Ifrah Updated Nov 15, 2003

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    Please be careful and don't play over-smart. In Malaysia you are under close watch 100% of the time.

    And by this, I don't mean by Malaysian secret services, although that is also true. With so much of bad stuff going on in the neighborhood (e.g. Bali bombings, Phillipines, etc.), it is obvious that Malaysian secret agencies would be on their toes. This is good, because this would mean that Malaysia is very safe to travel these days.

    I was actually pointing out to our wild friends. Birds are always watching you while you eat a sandwitch for fallen crumbs of bread, dominant Long-Tailed Macque male is watching you for keeping his troop safe. Most critically, there are more eyes watching you from bushes and crevices than we can watch them.

    Here in the picture, Suhail took a snapshot of a Kanseel Rusa (Mouse Deer). But look carefully at the bottom left hand side of the picture. Eyes of a Deer in hiding are glowing under flash light. This Deer was not seen with ordinary eye. We only noticed it while seeing the picture.

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    Hear their laughters ...feel their sorrow ..

    by kenyneo Updated May 16, 2004

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    I guess there is always a blessing in disguise...it was qouted that ....

    The children of the island’s hospital staff or the island’s prison workers remember a lively beautiful island. “The sea was clean and the people were very friendly,” recalled a retired civil servant who used to live there with her parents.

    maybe you can hear their laughters and feel their emotions when you are there ..who knows ...

    but couldnt agree more with the above statement when I look at those pictures I have taken...

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    Plantations and Indian villages

    by Faiza-Ifrah Written Sep 17, 2003

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    While exploring roadside planations and Indian villages, we thought about Scott (herzog63 on VT) and Terrence (ecuriosity on VT).

    The temples of Indian villages would have really interested these two great VT travelers.

    Historically, while Chinese were brought to Malaysia for mining and business, Tamils were brought from India for working on palm oil and rubber plantations. The plantations labor force still consists of Indians.

    Palm oil plantations are encroaching on rain forests of the land. On the other hand, due to man made materials, natural rubber's use had reduced in the past, but is going up again.

    Caution: Plantations are owned by private parties and big corporations. Avoid tresspassing. Explore only in the company of authorized people. Local Indians are very helpful people. You can get lot of information from one conversant in English.

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    Visit Penang Bird Park

    by kyoub Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I am saying this is off the beaten path because you must drive across the Penang bridge to the mainland of Penang to reach it. Situated at Seberang Jaya on the mainland of Penang.
    It has specially designed aviaries which houses some 200 species of birds from all over the world. The park is landscaped with beautifully designed gardens, plants and also a small man-made island. It covers an area of 2 hectare and is about 5 minutes drive from the Penang Bridge. We could have spent much more time there than we did but the taxi driver was waiting for us.

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    Get close to Malaysian elephants.

    by Faiza-Ifrah Updated Sep 8, 2003

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    The climax and most enjoyable part of our trip to Malaysia turned out to be a very educating and entertaining visit to Elephant Sanctuary in Kuala Gandah, located near Lanchang, Pahang at the edge of the thickly forested Krau Wildlife Reserve.

    Malaysian elephants are on the list of endangered species, as there are only about 1200 left in the wild. They are losing their natural habitat to human expansion through construction and plantation. The Elephant Sanctuary provides shelter to orphaned elephants and also organizes catching and relocation of elephants posing threat to humans and in return causing threat to their own lives.

    Although we get to hear a lot about threat to African elephants, its actually the ones living in the dwindling rain forests of south east Asia that are endangered and need our attention.

    Please read all about the sanctuary in the two travelogues built by Ifrah.

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    Patrosains - learn all about oil and petroleum

    by Faiza-Ifrah Updated Sep 20, 2003

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    Petrosains Museum, built by Patronas (National Petroleum Company of malaysia)and spread over 7,000 square meters of exhibit area, is located on 4th Floor of Petronas Towers. It is an interactive science discovery center that presents a story of science and technology of petroleum industry in a very engaging way.

    As you enter the museum area, you find that it has a smaller 'Dino Walk' section to your right. Tickets are purchased from the same window as for the Museum. 'Dino Walk' has moving Dinosaurs that can surprise the parents and shock your children.

    The trip to the museum itself begins with a Walt Disneyish ride and then you move on in a linear sequence in such a way that you begin to understand how petroleum forms, is drilled out and supplied. You get to interact with several experts through 'Arif' the interactive console placed at convenient locations.

    There is a fantastic heicopter simulator that takes you from shore to an off shore drilling platform, of course after negotiating terrible weather conditions.

    You get to know many unanswered questions this far in your life - for example, why is that Middle East has so much of oil deposits.

    The Museum is quite a favorite with children. Children from several schools were visiting the Museum as were many older groups. It soon appears that Patronas has taken upon itself the responsibility of educating the young generation of Malaysia in science and technology.

    Warning 1: people will tell you that it is 2 to 3 hours routine. Wrong. Soon you discover that the activities are too engaging and you needed at least 5 hours to explore everything. We spend nearly that much time - 5 hours.

    Warning 2: Not many tourists, travelers and hotel people know about this Museum. We were simply lucky as Ifrah found it out on the web.

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    A spooky walk in Taman Alam

    by Faiza-Ifrah Updated Sep 9, 2003

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    There was a spooky effect here. No matter how much the light, there was no picture that came out right on this particular spot.

    The family was divided 50-50 on making a trip to Taman Nagara, the National Park. However, Taman Alam turned out to be a win-win situation. We decided to hike in this nature park spread over 800 acres, because of its rich wildlife even though it is located within easy reach of Alam Shah, the capital of Selangor State.

    The park is home to smooth otters, leopard cats, silver-leafed monkeys, long-tailed macaque, about 100 species of resident birds and 57 species of migratory birds. In the lake, there are also 15 species of crabs, butterflies, many insects, mud-skippers, etc.

    However, we were only able to see some waders, silver-leafed monkeys and mud-skippers. We had a weird feeling though - there were more eyes observing us than otherwise.

    The park has 6 natural trails. The one going up to and on to a boardwalk looked most promising, but we decided to head for the one with a hide by the lake. On the way we crossed visitor center and chalets. There were several watch towers that gave eerie view of the forest canopy drenched in sun light.

    But as darkness fell, the whole forrest started simmering with insect life. Then when we concentrated, the one big sound of forest began to divide into individual sounds. We began to pick defferent kinds - the humms, the buzzes, the chirrups, the peep-peeps, the tonk tonks, the clitter clatters. When we began to see some insects that appeared from outer space, we decided it was time to leave.

    A must visit off the beaten path forest.

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    Hidden from human eyes

    by Faiza-Ifrah Written Aug 29, 2003

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    In the wooded areas even of Kuala Lumpur city, there is an unceasing game of life and death being played between the hunters and the hunted. Here, when Suhail was taking my picture, his attention was diverted by a lizard coming down quickly from a tree and grabbing an almost foot long milipede from right behing me. As I ran away screaming, Suhail was only able to get this shot before the lizard hid in the tree again. The milipede tried desparately to get out, but lizard held on.

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    Nature's wonder - Fire Flies

    by Faiza-Ifrah Updated Sep 20, 2003

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    We traveled to Kampung Kuantan, Kuala Selangor to witness one of the nature's wonders.

    The mangrove forests become home to Fire Flies at dusk till 10:30 p.m. at night. Each family of the fire flies takes a mangrove tree. The males' bodies glow to attract the females and the females return the signal, although a weaker one. The rate for female is once every 3 glows from the male. It seems that the whole tree is glowing on and off as if it is Christmas.

    The story goes that there was a local villager by the name of Jaffer who discovered the fire flies colonies. He started running his private eco-tourism packages. But soon the success got to the Government, who took over for better management purposes. Jaffer, it is said, got broke and went mad.

    You have to sit in a traditional oars driven wooden boat and keep quiet so as not to disturb the fire flies. You cannot take any picture, because if you use flash light, the fire flies recede into the forest. You can use video camera though.

    The picture here is actually a view card.

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