Monday, January 11, 2021

9 Things To Do in Teluk Intan Heritage Trail

Heritage trail has become increasing popular these days in major cities and heritage towns, an activity that I often look forward to during my travel.
The Teluk Intan Heritage Trail (you need drive around for this, not doable on foot) that I partake is the standard historical sites that what we normally see and experience but the river cruise heritage trail (Yup! RIVER) is simply delightful, it was a heritage trail + eco-tourism combined therefore I highly encourage you guys to give a try. But of course, you need to be like me lah… ie. ask lotsa and lotsa questions else it will be just another river cruise.

Teluk Anson
During Perak British Resident; Sir Hugh Low proposed to rename Teluk Mak Intan to 1882 Teluk Anson. Teluk Anson was named after Major General Sir Archibald Anson, its town planner back then.

Teluk Intan Heritage Trail (both on foot and drive)

1. Old Police Station / Central Station

The earliest British colonial building built by the British and completed in 1882, back then it was used as a taxation and customs office for Teluk Anson. However, in 1941 the Japanese took over the building and used it as headquarters during the Japanese occupation. It was said that interrogation and tortures took place here. There were also saying that there’s a tunnel that linked the Old Police Station to the Old Court House.

2. Old Court House

Construction of the courthouse started in 1891, almost 10 years after the Old Police Station and was completed in 1893. This same building as also used as an Anglican Church for Sunday Mass prior to the completion of the St. Luke Anglican Church in 1912 of which is still being used today.

3. Post Office
The Teluk Intan Post Office is just a walking distance from Old Police Station, Old Court House as well as Hongkong and Shanghai Bank building. The post office in hay day remains as a post office in 2021. It was said that in the olden days, it serves as a place where the locals send mail, voter registration and where one kept his saving. Not only that, even lottery tickets were sold at the post office. How interesting.

4. Hongkong and Shanghai Bank Building
This standalone HSBC building in Teluk Intan existed for more than 70 years and still standing strong. You can reach the Church of St Luke the Evangelist from HSBC as it takes 5-7 mins walks across the field.

5. Church of St Luke the Evangelist
In operation since 1701 was the spiritual administration for the British Colonial Officials and civilians. And the locals that attended the service were largely the migrant workers from India. It was a wooden church with nave, chancel and its high ceiling roof that reminded me of Olaf church in Frozen. The church bell was brought all the way from England.

6. Madrasah Al-Ihsaniah
This semi wooden building was the home to the Tuan Guru Haji Muhd Salleh Bin Muhd Taib, a religious scholar from Minangkabau, Indonesia. The beauty of the mosque is that I was wakaf-ed by Sultan for the public to learn Quran and religious studies. The building was renovated and has seen stood still till this date.

7. Hock Soon Keong Temple
Just across the street from Madrasah Al-Ihsaniah is the Hock Soon Keong Temple where most of its worshipper are from Fujian. This 1883 temple was based on Ming and Ching Dynasties architecture. I exceptionally love the carving on the ceiling describe as ‘three concentric stepped octagons of intricately carved, three-pronged bamboo shoots surround two rings of painted circling bats, symbolizing prosperity, and a shallow central floral dome’ – Teluk Intan Heritage website.

8. Sungai Kerawai Elephant Memorial
I would say this is the most underrated story of Teluk Intan not known to many. The legendary story of train derailment that happened some 125 years ago between train and and angry elephant bull. The story goes that the matured elephant avenged its baby that was killed by the train at the same location. This incident happened in 17th September 1894 and no casualties reported. Talk about elephant memory. Phew…

9. Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan
The ever so famous - Chinese pagoda architecture Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan. Similar (the leaning part) to Pisa, Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan was originally built in 1885 and has tilted since the big flood in 1895. The tower has many purposed, namely :
  • Water management system of the British at times of draught
  • Water supply in event of fire
  • Clock tower
  • Commemorating the British Administration
  • Serves as Teluk Intan landmark for ships traversing the Perak River

There are a few more that we did not manage to cover due to time constraint, perhaps in another trip kot. Ideal days in Teluk Intan? 3D2N.

#TravelPerakLah Teluk Intan Media Fam Trip 2020 is in collaboration with Tourism Perak and all its sponsors with #GayaTravel Magazine as media coordinator.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Kuak Hill Resort | A Place You’ll Never Regret Visiting

I have mix feeling when I heard about this place, namely because it’s on a hill. Well, that’s about it. Hahhahah…. Lame excuse, yah yah… I know. Me being me, am worried nonetheless, for everything under the sun. Thou shall not worry fellow friends (gitew, cam medieval period pulak rasanya), all is well, all is safe. I am being overly concern (as usual). Ahaks.
I must say, riding the ATV downhill and uphill at that height was exhilarating! But oh boy! It was the best experience of this place, aside from having the bragging rights lah (our chalet was the biggest and bestest of all). Let me do this. I’ll share on things to do here, the chalets and some #traveltips, howabout that!

Things To Do In Kuak Hill Resort
3D2N trip here sounds about okay cos 2D1N will be way to short. And mind you, once you are here, to venture out is abit of a hassle so they make sure you are pretty much occupied here. And oh yah… Internet is not at its best, maka paham-pahamlah yea.

  • ATV – A must must must. I have to admit that the slope was scary for me to ride downhill (get someone to do it if you are penakut, having said that I managed to ride down on my own at a slow speed). As for uphill, I ramp up selaju-lajunya ler. Hahhahaha….
  • Swimming – They have a swimming pool (natural water source/air gunung) overlooking Tasik Raban, the view is simply majestic
  • Trampoline – I saw but did not manage to try, with my current weight nanti orang ingat gempak bumi pulak.
  • Trekking – Yes, they have this but you will need to inform them upfront as permit need to be obtained.
  • Karaoke – Night activity… It’s public area by the way, I habaq awai-awai na…
  • Petting zoo – Peacock, cats

And here are my #TraveTips!
  • Make sure your stay is a 3D2N for you to fully embrace the smell of the nature
  • Unless you plan to go here and write a book, make sure you come with friends/family (takut mati kutu pulak nanti)
  • Shops/resto are miles away, bring snacks/Maggie and all
  • Bring your own food for BBQ (for glampers) and rent the pit, or alternatively take their BBQ package
  • Ask for their full board cost (ie. all meal included, no shop nearby remember)
  • Bring sunblock
  • Bring swimsuit
  • Bring own toiletries
  • Slippers/flip-flop jangan pulak lupa
  • It gets pretty cold night, bring proper pyjamas (Long John tuh takyah ler)
  • Sneakers of you plan to trek/ride the ATV (additional charges for ATV)
  • You can do morning yoga… nice view and air
Accommodation at Kuak Hill Resort
(do take note that despite that some of the units are of pax capacity, the price is due to the location/view)

Villa 1
- RM549 per room/night (including breakfast)
- 1x Queen bed + 2x sofa bed (4pax)
- 1x bathroom
- Fan + Air-con
(Room photo credit : Shahevanddy)

Villa 2, 3, 5 
- RM249 per room/night (including breakfast)
- 1x Queen bed + 1x sofa bed (3pax)
- 1x bathroom
- Fan + Air-ncon
(Room photo credit : Mek Onnie)

Villa 4 (duplex)
- RM699 per room/night (including breakfast)
- 2x Queen bed (4pax)
- 1x bathroom
- Fan + Air-con

Villa 6, 7, 8
- RM299 per room/night (including breakfast)
- 1x Queen bed + 1x sofa bed (3pax)
- 1x bathroom
- Fan + Air-con

- RM199 per room/night (including breakfast)
- 4x Sleeping Bags (2x Sleeping Bags for each tent)
- 2x Tent
- Dining table/chair (for 4pax), Sink, Light (each tent), Fan (each tent), 3-way extension cord, Dustbin
- Hammock
- Common toilet/shower
- Common surau

Kuak Hill Resort
Kg Lata Papan, Kuak

#TravelPerakLah Lenggong & Royal Belum Media Fam Trip 2020 is in collaboration with Tourism Perak and all its sponsors with #GayaTravel Magazine as media coordinator.

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Ikan Bakar Sepuh | A Lenggong Delicacy

I have heard of Lenggong being a place where unique delicious food being served but am yet to experience it, the most was ikan pekasam (my absolute favourite, ikan pekasam over daging pekasam anytime for me). As for ikan pekasam (nak gak mention), it must be fried with bawang and cili api, and to be eaten with air asam and nasi panas2. Sumpah sedap giler hokkay.

Anyway, back to my unique Lenggong delicacy shall we. This time around, our lunch was at Warung Nasi Talam Ikan Bakar Sepuh in Lenggong (obviously) and I tried this 3 unique dishes :
  • Ikan Bakar Sepuh (Ikan bakar disaluti air kerabu) – I was made to understand that this is a Kampung Beng delicacy. Betul ke? Can anyone share some insights please
  • Sayur Kerabu (pucuk paku, taugeh [crunchy], bawang)
  • Sambal kelapa eaten with ulam (pucuk putat, timun, lambuk keladi)

And I fell in love with all this 4 delicacies (kat KL mana nak cari yek?).
Since it is so hard to find them in KL, I googled and asked around. Tadaaa…. Sharing the recipe with you guys, so if ada salah or pernambahan/kekurangan do inform and share yah.

Before we start, perhaps I should explain what is ‘kerabu’ to the non-local/Malaysian. Kerabu is usually associated with local salad, it is eaten with kerabu paste or sambal/chili paste. There’s many type of kerabus in Malaysia, some are just mix veges, some are mangoes with anchovies, and some are eaten with rice (Nasi Kerabu), so on and so forth.

Grilled/fried fish coated with kerabu gravy/Ikan Bakar Sepuh

Grilled/fried Fish
  • Turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Banana/turmeric leaf
  • You can use/fry either Tilapia, Jelawat (Sultan Fish or Hoven's Carp) or Loma fish
Kerabu Gravy Ingredient
  • Onion – slice thinly
  • Fresh chili - slice thinly
  • Birds-eye chili – slice thinly
  • Vietnamese coriander leaves – slice thinly
  • Coconut milk - mix with warm water
  • Kerisik (fried [without oil] grated coconut paste)
  • Salt to taste
Grilled/fried Fish
  • Coat fish with turmeric powder and salt
  • Use banana/turmeric leaf to wrap the fish
  • Grill/deep fry the wrapped fish
Kerabu Gravy Ingredient (No cooking required)
  • Mix all the ingredients together

To serve

  • Plate the grilled/deep fried fish
  • Coat fish with the kerabu gravy and ready to serve
Ok ok… jom try masak, tengok jadi ke tak.

By the way, these are Warung Nasi Talam Ikan Bakar Sepuh other flavoursome dishes that you mush must try - Sayur Kerabu (pucuk paku, taugeh), Ulam Mentah with Sambal Kelapa (pucuk putat, timun, lambuk keladi), Gulai Kawah Daging with Umbut Pisang and Sup Putih Sayur Lemak Labu.

Warung Nasi Talam Ikan Bakar Sepuh
Kantin JKR, Kg Batu Dinding

Mobile : 017-567 4329

#TravelPerakLah Lenggong & Royal Belum Media Fam Trip 2020 is in collaboration with Tourism Perak and all its sponsors with #GayaTravel Magazine as media coordinator.

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