Monday, December 28, 2009

Gerai Mesra Ria Yong Tau Foo,Melaka









Ini kali pertama aku mencuba Yong Tau Foo versi melaka. Kalau di sebelah KL dan utara secara amnya Yong Tau Foo akan dimakan bersama sos rojak . Tapi kalau di melaka cara memakan yong tau foo agak berbeza sedikit . Yong Tau Foo disini dimakan dengan mee , bihun atau kuew tiay berserta sup dan bahan2 biasa yong tau foo seperti fishball , sotong , kangkung dan bahan2 seafood yang lain.
Cara penyediaannya lebih mirip kepada cara menyediakan bihun sup cuma yang berbeza ialah seafood dan fishball menjadi isi utama hidangan . Dari segi rasa , aku lebih menggemari Yong Tau Foo versi melaka sebab aku tak tahan bau tengik kuah rojak.Sebenarnya tempat ini dicadangkan oleh pakcik aku yang tinggal di melaka . Lokasi sebenar aku pun tak berapa jelas sebab aku dibawa oleh pakcik aku mengikuti jalan short cut yang berbelit ditambah pula dengan keadaan jalan yang tidak berlampu . Tapi kalau tak silap lokasinya ialah di Medan Selera Puteri , Pantai Puteri , Tanjung Kling Melaka . Medan selera ini terletak di tepi jalan dan tak jauh dari pantai.

Mengikut cakap orang tempatan , Yong Tau Foo disini memang popular dan daripada jumlah pengunjung yang agak ramai , mungkin ada kebenarannya kenyataan itu.

ps:- for those of you out there who recognised this place , appreciate if you could share the exact location of this place with me

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Air Terjun Chamang (Chamang Waterfall),Bentong ,Pahang

an over excited xplorer jr at the kenduri









myself at my best friend wedding in RAUB

My trip to Raub took me two hours from KL.Raub is just a small town in Pahang .It is located around 20 km from Bentong and approximately one fifth in size from bentong. Although small in size , the town is well kept and clean . It was raining heavily in Raub and i didn't have the chance to truely explore Raub and Kuala Gandah . Along the way i only made a pit stop in Lurah Bilut ( the first Felda Settlement in Malaysia) and Air Terjun Chamang.Xplorer Jr had been quite active(over excited) in the car and it's quite difficult to control her inside the car.I had decided to cut short the trip and went back home early.

AIR TERJUN CHAMANG
Set up by the Pahang Forestry Department, Hutan Lipur Sungai Chamang (Chamang River Recreation Park) is just one of over twenty of these small and accessible forest parks in the state. As part of the Bukit Tinggi Forest Reserve, large tropical rainforest trees surround the river provide a peaceful retreat for city folks.
From the main road , the journey to the waterfall is around 8 km . Unfortunately the road is not well maintain which made the journey unpleasant .The ferocity of waterfall is just amazing and honestly this is the first time that i had witness massive volume of water gushing with a thunderous sound . Initially i plan to climb the side wall of the waterfall for better angle but hearing the thunderous sound of the waterfall alone is enough to make you tremble , furthermore there is a sign board nearby reminding you of the lives that the waterfall had taken . It is truly a sight to behold.


I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO CONGRATULATE MY FRIEND , AMILIN ON HIS MARRIAGE , MAY YOU LEAD A HAPPY LIFE IN THE FUTURE WITH YOUR WIFE

Friday, December 18, 2009

Cleaning and harvesting my fish pond


patin fish
my father assisting

my arrowana fish
a total of 25 kilogram of fish was harvested from my fish pond
myself gutting the fish
fresh tilapia being prepared with garlic and tumeric powder
after frying
my favourite dish - steamed patin with sweet and sour sauce

kali terakhir aku mencuci kolam ikan aku ialah lebih kurang 7-8 bulan sudah.Memandangkan ikan2 yang aku bela semuanya sudah gemuk-gemuk dan entah macam mana pagi tadi semasa sedang asyik membaca surat khabar di tepi kolam , kedengaran seperti ikan-ikan di kolam memanggil-manggil nama aku :- "Xplorer ! xplorer! meh ler goreng kami , kami dah gemuk!".
Tanpa membuang masa aku terus menukar seluar dan terjun kedalam kolam untuk mencuci dan menangkap ikan2 dikolam.Secara keseluruhan hampir 25kilo ikan yang terdiri dari ikan lampam , keli , tilapia dan patin telah ku tuai , 3/4 dari ikan-ikan tersebut aku telah sedekahkan pada jiran dan selebihnya akan menjadi lauk untuk malam ini. Antara ikan yang aku paling gemari ialah ikan patin , kerana isinya yang lembut dan manis apabila di stim.

I shall be going to Raub tomorrow to attend my friend wedding and will took this opportunity to xplore raub.I had never been to raub before and i'm quite excited , along the way will stop at kuala gandah elephant sanctuary.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Why i wrote this blog?


Initially i had wrote this blog to document all my travel. I had been travelling extensively in Malaysia and all over the world . Sadly i did not document most of my travel previously and most of the info and picture is lost somewhere . Now i feel that this blog meant a lot more to me rather than just documenting all my travel . this blog is a legacy to xplorer Jr and hopefully when daddy and mummy is no longer in this world , this blog will still exist and Jr could read and relive back the joyous moment when daddy , mommy , atok , opah , opah mama and tok abah is still around.Hopefully Jr will realized how important Jr is to mummy and daddy .


To Xplorer JR,

There will come a time in the future where you will read this and just want you to know that mummy and daddy loves you so much.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Istana Lama Seri Menanti / Old Palace at Seri Menanti










If you had been to Padang Indonesia , you will notice that this palace bears the same resemblance to the Pagar Ruyung Palace . I had been to Pagar Ruyung palace in Padang and i will post in my blog in due time. One cannot fully understand Negeri Sembilan without reference to Pagar Ruyung:its cultural , spiritual and political predecessor.The history and the people of Minangkabau began at least eight centuries ago with the migration of Minangkabau people from west sumatra and settled alongside orang asli settlement in the west of the malay peninsular.

Set in a a quiet green valley and surrounded by padi fields and forest, the Istana Seri Menanti is a strikingly unusual structure, an unabashedly traditional building in this rapidly modernizing state. The current building was constructed between 1902 and 1908 for Tuanku Muhammad Shah, the 7th State Ruler or Yang Di-Pertuan Besar of Negri Sembilan. The Istana served as the official residence of the royal family until 1931, before it was converted to a Royal Museum in 1992.

Do visit Seri Menanti as you will be mesmerized by the grandeur of the palace and the serenity of its surrounding area . You will feel as though you are in a different era whilst being there as the surrounding area seems to be encapsulated in a time capsule.

Admission: Free

Weekdays: Daily: 9.30am - 6pm; Fridays: noon - 2.50pm

Weekends & Public Holidays: 9.30am - 6pm

Thursdays (From 1pm onwards) : Closed

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Trip for this weekend

I plan to revisit negeri sembilan this saturday. Will xplore Kuala Pilah and Istana Seri Menanti .Along the way will sample daging salai and if possible will visit a duck farm along the way .If time permits , will continue my journey to malacca. Wait for my posting.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Istana Kenangan @ Perak Royal Museum , Kuala Kangsar





myself and my niece

I was a bit frustrated to saw the gate to Istana Kenangan was closed on friday . Will definitely come again to see the royal artifacts displayed inside Istana Kenangan.
Istana kenangan is also known as Istana Lembah or Istana Tepas.Originally it was built as a temporary mausoleum for Duli Yang Maha Mulia Sultan Iskandar shah, while awaiting the completion of Istana Iskandariah . The building has now been converted into the Perak Royal Museum that exhibits the history of the monarchy and houses the heritage of the Perak State and the personal collections of the sultans who once govern the state of Perak.
The building was built in 1926 and is unique in its local architecture for its design and fine built as well as its construction which was without the employment of a single nail.The plan or view from the top of the building shows the shape of a sword in its scabbard.The handle of the sword is where the sultan's bed chamber is located . The scabbard is the BALAI RONG SERI of the istana.Although small in size , it possesses a beautiful Sultan throne .The facade of the walls is made of diamond shaped plaits , while the structure of the roof is said to inherit the combined styles of the five ridges(perabung lima) and the ridge of a row of bananas(perabung pisang sesikat) .It original roof was made of wooden plank.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Laksa Kuala Kangsar

my parent



my niece



Sebenarnya dah lama aku dengar pasal laksa kuala kangsar tapi tak pernah berpeluang untuk mencuba sebab tak pernah menyangka yang sebenarnya laksa kuala kangsar sebenarnya berbeza daripada laksa penang. Berbeza dengan laksa penang , laksa kuala kangsar di perbuat daripada tepung gandum berbanding dengan tepung beras.Tekstur laksa agak keras sedikit tetapi kuahnya tiada beza dengan laksa penang.Terus terang aku lebih menggemari laksa penang tetapi laksa kuala kangsar pun sebenarnya boleh tahan jugak.

Sebenarnya memang salah satu tujuan ke kuala kangsar ialah untuk mencuba laksa tetapi boleh dikatakan hampir 95% kedai makan di kuala kangsar tutup .Aku bernasib baik kerana ada satu kedai laksa yang di buka di sebelah kiri jalan menghala ke istana bukit chandan.Aku tak pasti alamat sebenar gerai ni tapi boleh tahan gak gerai laksa ni sebab ada "old school feel".Makan laksa di gerai sebegini di tambah pula di pekan lama seperti di kuala kangsar terasa seperti berada di zaman sebelum merdeka.Harga semangkuk laksa ialah RM2.50 dan yang unik tentang laksa ini ialah ianya dimakan dengan telur goreng.

I had always love kuala kangsar.The town is well kept and quaint . These quality had made kuala kangsar a very unique place to visit . Obviously the royal family had a significant impact to the developement of the town.Almost everywhere you go in kuala kangsar you will feel that it had a royal touch. Kuala Kangsar is really a peaceful and laidback town.Time almost stand still here....