We woke up at about 7AM or so. Which is considered very early for a Sunday. By the time we got ready, it was already ten past eight. So, while I dropped wife off at MacDonalds, I drove on to fetch my 2nd SIL. And after that, it was fun all the way!
Fun did you say?
Yes! Fun! Fun all the way!
Well, it was fun until I missed the exit for KLIA from the Seremban Highway. This was partly my fault because my Wife and her sister were conversing in Mandarin which forced my brain to work overtime trying to make sense of what they're talking about. But eventually, we still made it and rendezvous with the rest of the in-laws outside the Police Station. They commented we were quite fast since they 'just' arrived as well (and no, I did not speed). The original plan was to meet up at the KLIA Toll exit and proceed to the final rendezvous. Since we missed that, we used the GPS to guide us straight to the final point instead.
And where is that place? Tanjung sepat.
This is a small fishing place just southwesst of Selangor. A lot of tourists came not just for the fishes but also for the Longan, Dragon Fruits, the Ganoderma and mushrooms. Oh, and also the wonderful seaside restaurants too.
As you can see, the girls were very excited with the
early morning trip.
everyone shared their MacDonalds (except me)
Tanjung Sepat Market
After finding the tour guide, we were led to the first stop, which is the Tanjung Sepat market. Here, you can get the freshest catch as they were brought in straight from the boat.
the market about 11, which in terms of marketing
etiquette, we're very late.
weird fish caught by someone else
Aha, but you cannot just buy the yet.
Not yet, anyway, until I explain why.
and sent to the market. Here, you can see how it
is being delivered by those slightly irritated motor
cyclists who have obviously experienced too many
tourists blocking their way as they keep horning
us when we were standing near the ramp. I was so
tempted to just rush over and kick his bike over.
Then slap him with some fish.They prefer to horn
at open mouthed gawking tourists rather than just
tell since to move aside as this is already routine
for them. Why waste time?
and no, its not over yet.
can see these fish displayed on the counter
before customers can get their hands on the fish.
Here, you can see the tour guide slapping her
forehead because she missed out on the 12Kg
puffball and the white albino octopi in the auction.
being kicked for not sanitizing his hands
before tipping all the fish onto the floor.
a beauty contest was being held
outside where the winner gets to
have my MacDonalds burger
into the car and turned the aircon on. It was alright
until I placed an undergraduate at the driving wheel
Joo Fa Trading's Coffee Powder
Who would have thought that right in the middle of a narrow street full of houses, there is a shop making and selling coffee powder? Well, this is one of them and the aroma coming from it was heaven. Forget CoffeeBean and Starbucks, this is the real thing. One whiff of the aroma and you'd instantly regret spending so much on those pussy drinks.
Since everyone is using Mandarin, which is a challenge to me, I will do my best to translate the process that took place.
the place. And this is how it looked outside
would do; pick up the coffee berry and pretend to
be an expert by looking at it intensely
chuck the berries into this machine where it separates
men from...er, the beans. Its a stripper machine.
one would just spread the beans onto a table and
let it lie there until bus loads of unsuspecting
tourists come through the door.
splash it about with lots of water to create
those mysterious mists as seen in movies.
beans into it.
Due to severe manpower shortage,
it is now OK to use machines to stir
the beans as authorised by the local
Coffee Bean Association International
grinded into powder before putting into
bags for sale. Since a steamroller is too
big to fit into the house, a small grinder
actually a very bad idea to give them coffee.
The Longan Place
Next on the list is the Longan place. I am not going to name this place nor mention it too much as there is a story here.
land, and with no visible markings its easy to miss. Oh,
with so much 'traffic' the road is quite bad and sometimes,
you have to give way to other cars, unless yours is bigger
or you have a long convoy to back you up. But all bets are
off when you drive a bus.
Everyone knows that they grow on trees
which is a bit funny. Later on, I found out that some of the
crab apples I bought were not that tasty.
as I imagine this would be how I would do up my house if
I do get the chance to buy a warehouse or a studio building
ground which Kristine and her cousin played
went and picked some longans across the fence even
though there were some notices telling everyone not
to do so. what came next was unexpected. The owner
scolded him for being "takda moral" and promptly
snapped the whole branch of longans clean off to let
it fall off the ground, as though it was tainted. Most
surprisingly, the guilty fellow held his temper. My
told me about this later and I thought they were
talking to the owner since I know jack about Mandarin.
I told my Wife, "Thank goodness I did not understand
Mandarin or else." They he scolded was very uncouth
bordering on being an uneducated lout.
Road side Pineapples
One more stop before lunch. A roadside stall selling pineapples. And this is not just any stall too. They have pineapple chili sauce (or was it just pineapple sauce?) and even pineapple jam. I was more interested with the mangoes until the man came overe and invited me to have a chunk. Wow. it is sweet! There is no sigh of sourness or any reaction to my tongue. So, I wanted to have some. As they're selling Rm5.00 for one, it took me quite some time before Wife agreed. Since she predicted she would be the one doing all the peeling which she hates. (Well, she was right about that. Ha ha ha!)
so, its not going to be easy to look for them outside here
Lunch at Ocen Seafood
Finally, it was time to have lunch and the tour guide brought us to Ocen, which I think, is again, hidden away in the residential area but its actually a seaside. What is so nice about this place is that it has a jetty.
A lot of customers came to this place.
of us decided to explore the jetty.
food arriving on time can be bothersome. Ha ha ha ha!
delicious. If you're there, do order the ohjen
which is basically oyster with fried egg. If
you have eaten the ones in Penang and other
places, this one is really different. Very very
different as its basically full of fresh oysters
and bits of eggs (usually, its the other way round)
the jetty which I gladly took them.
and then toward the end, wooden planks. While we
were walking towards the boats, Kaelynn looked down
at the planks, saw the deep water between the cracks
and got frightened. So I distracted her with getting her
to sing some songs and random "la's".
photos. As the girls were in a very good mood, I got
some very good ones.
sucked at Photography. Yeah, I tried my very
best to take bad photos all the time. And with
years of practice, I think I have become an
expert. You could even say, I am a pro.
got stuck with the circular polariser. So, you
can see them on the four corners.
different WB to try some HDR but I forgot
about it since it was time to get back to the
Ganoderma (Ling zhi)
Here, at the mushroom farm, we get to see how mushrooms are cultivated and then harvested. The most important is that I finally get to touch a ganoderma. It was all very interesting and informative but after we left, I realised I did not buy any ganoderma powder.
in the bikes. They charged Rm30 for 30 mins
and Rm50 fo one hour. Where to bring these
bikes, I have no idea.
you've seen them all and so, with the lunch in my
stomach, I was too lazy to go out there again and
not only that, I am starting to notice the sun-burn
on my neck from the first jetty.
to full effect, staging their own shows. Later on, it
was swamped with other children who also loved
the idea, same as when we were with the bikes.
own shops as well. Here, we bought a lot of weird
This is a very interesting place as this where they make those potato chips. Tapioca plants have their skin removed and then thinly sliced before being processed. I did not take any pictures here as I don't think its appropriate to do so as its very easy to 'steal' their technology. Anyway, we bought a lot of chips and it has nothing to do with the World Cup. Its actually meant for my colleagues. While we were there, we got the opportunity to eat fresh crispy chips.
Dragon Fruit Farm
Another farm by Arowana Malaysian Food just like the Tanjung Chips above. By now, the kids are sleepy and so, I stayed put to look after them and this is the last stop anyway.
its not easy to spot.
OVI Maps gave me this detail. No
one updated the map to show the
direction to the place nor even
put its name.
Garmin XT was even worse. I'll
bet no one from MalFreeMaps
came here to do any mapping.
So, I'll just save the coordinates
instead. But if you ask me, I don't
even know how to help map GPS
we realised that its not possible to fold
the rear car seat anymore as we have
bought a lot of things.
half-past six. With a slight sun burn to the neck and
a great tired feeling, I really enjoyed this trip. Oh and
yeah, my wife was right; seh ended up doing the
Pineapples. ha ha ha ha ha!