Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Kuala Terengganu, anyone?

Allow me to continue from my July's lazing and feeding time in the East Coast.


Today is 1st Syawal (Muslim calendar) so it's Hari Raya, a grand day for Muslims after a month of fasting, 2 days of rest for others. To celebrate, I'll start with pictures of the 2 grand p(a)laces of worship our money built. Best news: no entrance fees. This main attraction at the still new Islamic Civilisation Park was expected to attract at least 1 million visitors this year. Wonder where's the crowd. Oh that's another quiet mosque sitting across from this reflective mosque. Did not catch its name though.The RM200 million (or RM1 billion. Depending on who you ask) Masjid Kristal ie Crystal Mosque is just a namesake. Like most grand buildings in our beloved country, crystals only hang on huge chandeliars within. Not much effort went into washrooms.Tengku Tengah Zaharah Mosque, better known as Floating Mosque is located at Kuala Ibai Lagoon and water in the lake is fed by the sea.Locals informed that floatation scene happens during flood season, err towards year end? (-_-)" Guess the photographer of the official Visit Terengganu website didn't want to get wet either. =P

Now a jumble of other things we saw during a day trip. The taxi took us to Losong Village where every household are into small industry of producing Keropok Lekor (Fish crackers).
Here's a short snap I snatched from wiki:-

"In the Malaysia, krupuk are usually made by grinding fish, prawn or a vegetable into a paste, mixing with sago and then deep-frying it. It comes in three main forms: keropok lekor which is long and chewy, keropok losong (steamed) and keropok keping which is thin and crispy. It is frequently served with dipping sauces."

How can a trip to the East Coast be complete without a visit to a Batik factory?
And the most MUST do over there is ..

shop for beachwear at either Pasar Payang or the Waterfront shop for kenduri (Malay party) material at either Pasar Payang or the Waterfront
and local delicacies.
When I was there a new market just opened across from Pasar Payang. At all markets, enjoy the bargaining process. Oh just so you know, there's NO cinema in Kuala Terengganu and the only departmental store (Parkson) was still under renovation during my July 2008 visit.


If you have an hour or more to spend, why not take a bus ride to the outskirts? Taxi for a day trip to mosques, batik factory & Losong Village: RM60.00

28 comments:

Little Inbox said...

U use the "No kidding, there park benches ARE the bus seats!" to close up faces ar? LOL.
I always like those colorful beach wear.

Tummythoz said...

little inbox, What to do. Didn't get their permission for exclusive expose.

Kok said...

tummythoz,
RM200million and RM1 billion... How come the difference are so huge? So which is true leh?

And the Keropok Lekor are produced that way ah? Never know...haha! Interesting!

Tummythoz said...

kok, enjoyed any rendang ketupat yet?

obviously I'm not the only one bad with numbers. Actually common-la. Most times, same incident, different news source will quote a variety of figures.

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

What lovely buses!! Love the parkbenches! And your cute comments on all the pics, ofcourse. Made me laugh so much leh.

Christy said...

When I first saw the title, I was thinking that you're inviting people to join you for a trip...aisheh...mana tau, is to blog after the trip:p
Hahahaa.....anyway, you're funny...and your commentaries were entertaining!~:D

New Kid on the Blog said...

have never been to the other side of M'sia. think i should consider one day hor?

Nic (KHKL) said...

with benches, i hope the bus ride was not bumpy...ouchhh...hehehehe

interesting tour lar!

J2Kfm said...

LOL to the one bout the roof. c'mon ... are those even crystals? =P

lekor from T'ganu?! wah ... y din bring me some eh? =(

Andie Summerkiss said...

What an excellent day you had. Great shots.

backstreetgluttons said...

TQ for the update !

first time we see the pictures of the multi million ringgit places of worship, how dare these unholy men link these holy places to commercial devilish tourism !

wanna report to gomen
( Oh forgot , they builded them )

worldwindows said...

I always enjoyed Terengganu. The people is so authentic. Lazing on the sand and blazing in the sun. Buildings constructed with Petronas royalty I guess.

nicole said...

huh? i thought u r chinese, u can enter till the washroom? i thought chinese = non-halal...

sc said...

i was at KT during that time too.. the new building opposite the pasar was supposed to house half the tenants from the old pasar.. wonder when that'll happen? didnt see that cute bus though :)

Tummythoz said...

lyrical lemongrass & christy, my my you are such jolly people.

new kid on the blog, oh please make a trip soon. The beach there are REALLY next to a REAL SEA where the water is blue. Not like Pg. =P

nic(khkl), err we just climbed in for pictures. We were short of time.

j2kfm, can crystals stained? Lucky my pictures are not too sharp, else the various watermarks (or were they miniscule growth) will show.

Pack you some lekor? I was gobbling them down so fast I forgot to take pictures of them.
=P

andie summerkiss, holidays never fail to be excellent. =D

Tummythoz said...

backstreetgluttons,

worldwindows, time seems to move slower & everything's so laidback. Best when it comes with pristine islands nearby for day trips. A truly great getaway city.

nicole, haha. Confirm very non-halal. Toilet is outside the prayer hall. All are welcome to go unto the grounds except for certain parts of the prayer hall.

sc, we bumped into parked bus near the palace, on our walk to the Waterfront.

Hopefully the shifting will be successful. Inside Pasar Payang is way too hot & congested.

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Life for Beginners said...

"What to do. Didn't get their permission for exclusive expose."

Hehe, exclusive expose indeed. I love the idea of park benches in a bus!

Tummythoz said...

life for beginners, I prefer sofa sets.

jason said...

That's a real moving bus??? I thought it's just for display!

Andrew said...

hi there bro!! its me!! ANDREW!! The one you met in Overseas Restaurnt on Sunday!! =D haha.. interesting blog you have here though... LOL =D

just updated the overseas one.. LOL

-andrew wong-
drewnity.com

PureGlutton said...

Wow... i love those park bench seats in the bus - so unique! Cuti-cuti Malaysia can be so much fun, esp the East Coast where life is simple and so laid back...

wmw said...

Read about the park benches bus in the papers...obviously someone didn't do their homework before spending all that money on them. Got seat belts ah? Hahaha..

Tummythoz said...

jason, we didn't have time to go for a ride as the shortest trip would take about an hour to and fro. Yup. Saw several that service different routes.

andrew, err hi bro right back to u. How shd I say this. 1stly, me female and I've only been to that restaurant on weekdays.

pureglutton, hope to visit the other East coast state soon. Kelantan.

wmw, what will they spend on next!

fatboybakes said...

oooh, there was an article in papers recently about these buses...apparently not safe hor...

Tummythoz said...

fatboybakes, have you seen our 'cowboy' Metro buses lately? We could easily ace a F1 bus rally any day.

Tummythoz said...

fatboybakes, have you seen our 'cowboy' Metro buses lately? We could easily ace a F1 bus rally any day.

Tummythoz said...

fatboybakes, have you seen our 'cowboy' Metro buses lately? We could easily ace a F1 bus rally any day.

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