Monday, November 16, 2015

Candy floss homes of Pulau Ketam

I bet you didn't know neh....
For those that have set foot here, I bet you are wondering...
Got meh?
Sure or not...!?!

Right! The thing is that, you saw it but never took notice. Or perhaps you noticed but never gave it a second thought.

I was walking with Wahidah when we soon realised all the houses on Pulau Ketam are colourful which left us thinking, is it govern by the community there ie insisting that the houses must and should be colourful; as tourist attraction. Or has it been like this all the while and the next generations just follow suit, perhaps there are no colour blind people in Pulau Ketam, being able to see all shares of grey, I mean colours, tones and hues, they decided to paint the town red, I mean rainbow *wink*. I could have sworn My Little Pony And Friends own this quaint little island. Don't you just think so? Hehehheee....

Well, whatever the reason was or is, we simply love it and I set on taking every coloured home I can find. So far I failed to get a purple and orange coloured home respectively. I told also Wahidah that the next round we should stay here for a night, I bet taking a picture and exploring here at night would be more fun.

Any tips on yummeh Halal restaurant on this island, anyone?

Next entry?
It'll be on MOPAD! Ahaks.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Lebah Kelulut = stingless bee - Now I know....

I never knew that madu kelulut is called stingless bee.
I never knew this bee I have seen before is called lebah kelulut.
And guess what, you can suck the honey with a straw directly from the bee hive.
Ahhh…. Curious aren’t you?!?

You wouldn’t believe the extend of research I did before arriving to Kampung Alor Limbat’s Madu Kelulut Farm – a Surahanjaya Koperasi Malaysia (Malaysia Co-operative Societies Commission) initiative to help, guide and educate the locals for the betterment of their community. What I noticed and learnt from Jom Jelajah Koperasi Media Fam Trip is that the locals (kampung folks) have the resources, skill sets and are success driven but at times are lack in opportunity and guidance. Aside from this, some of their products are of world class standard and have been exported around Asia and beyond. 

Few health benefits that one can obtained from consuming its honey regularly (also mentioned in the Quran - chapter called An-Nahl which means bees by the word of God in verses 68 and 69 means: "And your Lord revealed to the bees: Make hives in the mountains and in the trees and in the created human. "From the belly of bees came out drink (honey) of many hues, wherein is healing for men. Verily in this is really a sign (the greatness of Lord) for people who reflect. ") :

  • Its honey is clear in colour and its taste sweet with a tinge of sourish. The honey comes from the nectar of flowers, it increases one’s metabolism, libido, beauty, strengthen women after childbirth and treating various diseases and injuries.
  • It is rich in nutrients and acts as an antioxidants.
  • Illness cured through traditional healing methods (reporting by Utusan Malaysia May 20, 2011) is diabetes mellitus (diabetes), stroke, hepatitis (liver) cancer, Hipentensi (Hypertension) and Coral.
  • A study carried out by Food Technology Research Center, Mardi show fenilpropanaoik acids, amino acids protocatechuik and 4-hidroksifenilasetik are among the main ingredients that have been recognized in the stingless bee honey. These materials belong to the group of free phenolic acids and its presence in the stingless bee honey gives a total of g / g dry weight.
  • Free phenolic acid is the active ingredient yangm300 can act as anti-cancer and antioxidant and is easier to be absorbed in the human body than other active ingredients such as flavonoids.
  • Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) has also been recorded that honey has the efficacy of medical terms. Laboratory studies were conducted showed the honey is able to lower glucose lever other than that it was able to reduce the damage of kidney function and oxidative stress.

Aside from learning its benefits, I also found out that these bees are attracted to a certain kind of flowers, popularly known as air mata pengantin (literally translated as brides tear or Antigonon leptopus) of which we see it at some houses – a very common plant.

After asking the bee farm owner, I gather that currently honey fast gaining popularity due to its benefit thus increase in demand but low in supply despite that there are approximately 200 bee farm in Terengganu. This is also where one can drink from the honeycomb via straw (the nectar is converted to honey by the honeybee and stored in the wax honeycomb). 

Coming to Alor Limbat Kampungstay has educated and opened my eyes on the local delicacies and natural produce. SKM not only trained and build a self-sustainable community in amongst the kampung folks, it also developed and grew the rural tourism.

Jom Jelajah Koperasi Terengganu Media Fam Trip is in collaboration with Surahanjaya Koperasi Malaysia (#SKM) with #GayaTravel as media coordinator.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Lost Craft of Selangor - Tribal Mask Carving and Wooden Ring Making

Two crafts that we visited was traditional and tribal craft.
The two that intrigued me the most thus far :
Mask carving and leaf origami from Mah Meri Tribe (one that I long to visit and yet fail to plan thus materialize)
Wooden ring-maker (of which I haven’t heard of such craft before, enthralling heh)

And here is my experience, discovering the lost art of Selangor.

Mask carving and leaf origami from Mah Meri Tribe 

Moyang Puting Beliung
Spirit of the wind

The wind especially the tornado and tsunami are some of the calamities they avoid. The spirit of the tornado is carved to remind them of the danger.

There are no two mask or sculpture the same. I have read and asked, there seems to be 2 reasons why they carve such a unique sculpture.
  • Sculpting mask or figures of their moyang (ancestor) from folk stories were used in spirit huts and left in the jungle, as offerings to the forest forces
  • There is also a story saying that they will carve base on their dream and the figures will be left in the jungle.

Three motives that the Mah Meri tribe usually base from; animal, human and spirit as they still practices animism. 

Leaf Origami
As one knew, the art of paper origami originated from Japan, Mah Meri tribe has taken it to the next level by using a palm leaf which is commonly used for making village houses’ roof, local traditional cigarette and wrapping of food (ketupat). Their expertise with making leaf origami is astounding, I ranges from headgear, hat, decorative item, ready-to-wear outfit and etc. The complexity and detailing is to shout about, one tribal and traditional craft that we should be proud of and share with the world. 

I will share more detail information in my next entry specifically on Mah Meri tribe and their cultural village. Stay tune.

Wooden Ring-maker

I never knew such right existed, let alone a wooden ring-maker. How interesting and unique. Visiting and learning on this traditional craft form is refreshing and enlightening, Not all woods are suitable for ring, different wood gives different colour and texture, price differs base on wood, intricacy and metal use to hold the ring together. Also, some of the wood are not readily available and one have to make reservation since the quantity required a small, normally ring-maker would just share among their friends. The other thing I learnt here is that some wood gives certain health benefit, able to ward off evil or even dangerous animals. It is not as simple as it seems. Apparently.

Encik Sabri, a famous wooden ring-maker inherited his skill from his late father helped by friends of the same passion path his way to be one of the popular ring-maker in Selangor. Skilled in cleaning silver plate, ring and bangle repair, wood and semi-precious stone grinding and etc. I was told that in order to hold the wood, a metal is being used, which ranged from platinum, silver or as requested by the buyer. This leads to the price of ring. Encik Sabri’s clientale goes as far as middle east and as near our neighbouring countries; Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia.

An authentic craft is phasing off as not many are interested in learning this unique and traditional craftsmanship.

Kembara Kraf Selangor Media Fam Trip is in collaboration with Tourism Selangor and UPEN with #GayaTravel as media coordinator.

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