Monday, 27 April 2009

PASAR PAYANG - KOTA BAHRU, KELANTAN

A trip to Pasar Payang in October last year. Pasar means market in Malaysia and Indonesia language. This is a favourite shopping among locals for spice, textiles and many other things. Kota Bahru is the capital of Kelantan, a state situated in the North East of Malaysia, with it's border with Thailand.

A view from 1st floor of Pasar Payang.


A selller selling old coins as collectors items (left), and a close up of cake moulds
(right).

























Everyone was sure to buy some sort of spices here, they are used mainly for Malay and Indian cooking.


Dried chillies (left) and pickled fruits (right).
























Dried meat floss which was a favourite with locals.



Imported dates are a must especially during the fasting month.


Dodol or sweets made from brown sugar in many colours and flavours too.


I know on the previous post on Lankayan, many were concerned about the turtle eggs. Those eggs were protected and were released back to it's original hatching area. However, these were openly sold at Pasar Payang. It is illegal to sell them, but many still sell and buy them at the East Coast unfortunately.


The Malays call them 'mangkuk tingkat' meaning tiffin carriers, used to store food and rice when moving from one place to another. Though many probably will use the plastic version nowadays.


This 'songket' materials are expensive as they have gold thread embedded and used mainly for Malays wedding.


A pretty local selling silks. Here the silks are normally sold in 4 meters, which are the required amount needed to make a baju kurung, a local dress.


A big thank you to Gina of Gingerbread for this cupcake award. I pass this on to all my wonderful blogger friends on my list..and that cupcake is making me hungry now, so much for dieting. She's now busy with her '7 deadly sins' scrap challenge which I am looking forward to.


Something exciting is happening in blogosphere. My good friends, Tracy of Pink Purl and Elizabeth from About New York are hosting a haiku festival on the 11th May 2009. It's all about poetry and picture, but I think they explain it better than me. I would love to join in but eek..if I do poetry, many of you may not come back and visit me again...seriously. So, do hop over and join them :D




Have a wonderful week ahead everyone :D

Saturday, 25 April 2009

SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY

SSS with Hey Harriet.

Here at one of the top shopping center in Bangkok, Thailand - the Siam Paragon.





Enjoy your weekend everyone. I have a full battle with my weeds, such is a delightful weekend it shall be :P

Thursday, 23 April 2009

HAPPY

Happy EARTH DAY. I am a great lover of nature and it is sad how our poor Earth has suffered with all the polution, melting of ice and increased natural disaster everywhere. I do wish our Government will do more to control illegal logging and open forest burning over here with stricter environmental control. Let's enjoy nature, perserve our environment together.

We chose to live where we live now because of this lake.


To be able to enjoy simple pleasures of nature at home.






And one day, it will all change.

It is normally dark by 7.30 pm here and on this particular day, I was driving home against the sun and had my shades on. It was 7.40 pm and can't help noticing how blinding the sun was during sunset, and am seeing more of such changes everyday here. Hotter climate, increased rain and floods, landslides due to deforestation, decline in population of the orang utans,proboscis monkeys and sea turtles and many other protected species in Borneo. This vicious cycle never ends and it's all man made.



Malaysia has always been quite safe from natural disaster, until the Tsunami came calling in December 2004 an we had a taste of Earth's fury. Picture courtesy of Tsunami In Penang - After the first wave - Worldisround photo. What was left of a beach then.


Do your part, no matter how small it is - for the children's sake.

Happy Earth Day.

Monday, 20 April 2009

LANKAYAN ISLAND - SABAH, EAST MALAYSIA

I met my good blog friend Dany from A Garden in France for an early lunch last week. It was our second meeting, we had good food, too much fun, lots of talking and catching up but too little time. Dany is living a dream life. Her home is in France, and when she's not there, she'll be jetting around to London or Malaysia to see her beautiful grandchildren. Having stayed in Penang for more than 8 years, she knows Penang better than me. We have something in common this time, we both have just returned from Sabah, East Malaysia. Below set of photos belonged to Dany and her family during her trip to Langkayan Island in Sabah.

The beach! Say no more, me - want to go here!



This is what I like and what I want! Stay at this beautiful chalet which is just a few steps from the ocean.


She talked about hearing flapping and clapping sounds at night under her chalet...not knowing then that someone came visiting and was pretty busy the whole night. Can you guess?


Oh yes, those sea turtles came and lay their eggs at night. Too bad to miss those actions but they found many eggs the following day. Dany said that most lay more than 100 eggs a time, but only few have a chance of survival. She did get to swim with those sea turtles the next day, you lucky bunny!


Look at those fishes, say no more, I am already in love with Langkayan!


I am sure you are as brave as Dany to swim with this baby shark :P


My favourite picture of all, the starfish!!




I most certainly can imagine myself being here enjoying the sunset, anyone interested in joining me?


An aerial view of Langkayan, picture courtesy of Lankayan Island - Destinations, Sabah Tourism Board Official Website (Sabah Malaysian Borneo), you find everything about beautiful Sabah there.


Yes, wanting to swim with this guy too...I can almost imagine him talking to me like in the movie Nemo. Picture also courtesy from Lankayan Island - Destinations, Sabah Tourism Board Official Website (Sabah Malaysian Borneo)


Finally, merci to Dany for the pictures and I am quite sure we'll meet again soon. Meanwhile, time to stop day dreaming and go back to work :P

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

KOTA KINABALU, SABAH

I stayed at the Le Meridien at Kota Kinabalu on the last trip. Hotel was 5 star, good service and very convenient. Unlike in Kuala Lumpur, you can practically cover the entire K.Kinabalu town on foot as Le Meridien was very central and near all the shopping malls.


Just across the hotel was this well known Phillipinos stalls. Hundreds of little stalls selling many different types of souveniers and plenty of freshwater pearls on sale. However, still not exactly what I wanted as I was interested in the local souveniers, eg. handmade items from ethnic group - the Kadazans and many others.


Not something I often see over at KL, men repairing clothing just outside the stalls.


Just behind the stalls, you'll find plenty of fishing boats and this was also the place where fresh seafood are sold daily.


My mom called and said to buy dried prawns for her - 3 kilos to be exact and that's a lot when one was travelling light. Lots of dried fish, prawns and other type of seafood - all of good quality and half the price of what we used to pay back home.


On the first night, we had wonderful seafood in a very good restaurant nearby, however on the 2nd night, we decided to try something very local and opted for the stalls nearby. Again for those not familiar with the local culture, this teapot is for washing hands..


Yes, that was my dinner - a whole plate of seafood, totally yummy and very cheap too.


After dinner, we took a walk around the night market. You'll find the exact night market setting all over Malaysia actually.



Taking photos of children posing for me at the night market and finding sunset at Kota Kinabalu.



Bye for now :D

Monday, 13 April 2009

HAPPY

HAPPY birthday to Eli, she turned 11 last weekend.

Saturday, 11 April 2009