Archive for the ‘Sights’ Category

Day 3, Bye Bye Ho Chi Minh

Posted: September 1, 2013 in Sights
Tags: , ,

Our flight back to KL was at midmorning and the plan was to leave the hotel at about 9 a.m, with that in mind, I decided to wake up a bit earlier and have a walkabout Ho Chi Minh city before we make the trip to the airport..

I noticed that compared to my first visit to HCM more than 10 years ago where halal food were kinda scarce, now I can see more and more halal stores to cater for the muslim tourists.champa

The Ben Tharn market had just woken up and the sellers are getting ready, if I could speak Vietnamese, I would have liked to take a seat and have a chat with the old lady and hear her story , but then again….maybe she would rather put her foot on the chair than have me spoil her day..morning

The fruit stalls were not yet open but the elaborate job of arranging the rambutans had already started…rambutan

A stall selling baguettebagutte

I walked into  a small morning market just next to the Ben Tharn

The fish seller skinning a frog.. bye bye my prince.. ribbiiiiittt…fish seller

The coffee stall..if I could speak Vietnamese I would have liked to have a chat with the old man and hear his story , I guess I could have ordered a cup of coffee but then again ….kopi seller

I walked and walked and bumped into a news vendor who was arranging the papers and magazines  and she kindly obliged to have her picture takennews vendor

I walked and walked and bumped into two security guards playing Chinese chess who kindly obliged to have their picture taken. A thought, if I was in Malaysia and someone asked to have my picture taken when I was doing what I was doing, what would I do ? Such an invasion of privacy, silly tourist!chess

My walk took me to the City Hall and the lush park areacity hall1

The statue of Uncle Houncle ho

There was a lotus pond behind Uncle Ho statuelotus

My walk took me to the opera house..what a lovely sightopera

.. and then it was already time to head back to the hotel..ahhh..

Kuih Akok is a sickly sweet dessert , some people described it as an egg pudding .The ingredients for making akok is simple  – santan, eggs, flour, palm sugar – but not all akok are created equal. Sometimes you see despicable and sad  looking akok at the stalls (especially at the pasar Ramadan)  – with the smooth surface, the too-light brown colour . And when you run into wrinkled akok with burnt bits at the edges- it might be your lucky day !

We usually get our akok from the stall at the market in Tumpat, but they sold out rather quickly and we were akok-less. Desparate, we asked our neighbour and a few Mak Ciks if they know of any akok sellers and they pointed us to the Akok-maker ! Wahhh, that is even better than getting akok from the stalls- which are just acting as the middleman  for the akok maker.

So we went for a walk…

We were told to take the road beside Masjid Ismali.  This  mosque was built back in year 1900 , you can read more about the mosque by clicking here P1020360

Walked past wooden housesP1020361

Yes, the Masjid was behind us now. I just noticed, what a lot of electrical wires we have in Tumpat…P1020362

Said Hi to Meow-meow, it doesn’t looked very pleased about being disturbed P1020363

After a few minutes walk ,the road stared to divide, take the right fork and you will see this view- coconut trees and allP1020371

Here we are – house number 66 C 66c

A pile of delicious akok ready for saleP1020368

The akok molds on top of gas stovesP1020365

Charcoals are placed on top of the covers, the covers will go on top of the akok molds.P1020366

The akok seller also runs a small convenience stall. The prices of the Akok Panas 1Malaysia as listed on a sign  : 5 pieces for RM2, 50 pieces for RM20 and 100 pieces for RM40Akok panas

Ah…this is what good akok looked like .P1020369

We bought 15 pieces of akok and headed home, saw a proud cockerel strutting his stuffcockerel

A sunny day for drying clothesP1020374

Said  Hi a second time to Meow-MeowP1020373

The akok are ready at about 9 am. The taste – Wonderful – these are good akok indeed.


Walkabout around Bagan @ Myanmar Day 4

Posted: February 6, 2013 in Sights
Tags: ,

Our itinerary for our third and last day in Bagan was – have a look at the market place then walk to the jetty and take a ferry. Have lunch and then catch the 3:30pm bus to Mandalay.

After breakfast, we started our walk around Bagan, our two navigator Chunny and W.Hoong checking out the maps to make sure that we were on the right pathP1010708

Interesting window decorationP1010705

A grocery stall selling various goods : from onions to cigarettes, various sauces, dried food and of course the betel leavesP1010710

These two helpers were counting the betel leaves and stacking them into the basketsP1010711

A tea stall equivalent to our mamak stallP1010713

We arrived at the market and after a brief discussion, we agree to go our own ways to explore the market and meet back at the starting point in 30 minutes time. I walked with AhPhenggg..saw some clothing stuff, lacquer wares, groceries, then eh..saw something that caught my fancy – a wind chime..and then…a wood carving, and then lacquer wares..and we were later joined by Chunny..and we ended up at the stall for close to 1 hour…P1010712

After happily parting with our Kyats…we guiltily walked back to the starting point ( 30 minutes late) and err..thought of excuses for being late. We waited for a few minutes and couldn’t see W.H, after a few minutes WH joined us, excitedly telling us about the fish market and also offered us some kuihs that he brought at the stalls..and err..the only thing we  saw was the souvenir shop..

We continued our journey to the ferry station…and on the way, we saw a barrel over an open  fire, seeing our kaypor faces, one of the guys took a long stick and lifted the contents..ah..they were boiling tarP1010715

We walked past the fire stationP1010716

The local public transport..that ‘tyre’ seat looked rather comfyP1010717

Road making in this was what the tar was for…this was very manual work…the ladies transport and spread the stones, then the steamroller run over that a few times to compact the surfaceP1010718

Peanuts being dried in front of a grocery shopP1010720

A clinicP1010722

Petrol kiosk , Ron 97 ? Ron 95 ?P1010723

Plastic bags free area…and Teapot condense milkP1010724

More interesting road signs ..the one on the left is about electrical safety , the others looked like religious related road signP1010725

A more modern grocery shop with the banners of familiar names : Lux, Pepsi, Colgate, Palmolive …P1010727

An interesting looking house..P1010728

Another beautiful looking house..P1010729

While our cameras were  busily clicking away  ,  the owner of the house came out to the gate ..OHH…is he going to chase us off ? But he was smiling and invited us into the compound of his house..and let us take photos around the the picture below is  the open kitchen area and the kitchenP1010730

Mr Saw spoke good English..and we started to chitchat with him, and we were then introduced to his mother, his sister, wife and son….and then chairs were brought out and tea was served …then we were offered palm sugar and crispy peanuts in batter .. Here we were, 4 strangers from another country ..a bunch of  kaypors…and Mr Saw and his family welcomed us into his house and extend his kindness to us..and answered our unending questions patiently..P1010732

Grandmother and  grandson…P1010733WH asked Mr Saw for the name of the kuih that he brought at the marketplace earlier and the next moment we know, Mr Saw started to talk to his sister and then he asked us when are we leaving Bagan, then Mr Saw said that his sister will go now to buy the kuih and drop them  at the guesthouse later while we go on our walkabout.  We declined the kind offer , and Mr Saw said that it was no trouble, there is a stall that makes this very well, and being local, they can buy it cheaply… Woooww….can you believe the kindness and hospitality of this family  ? P1010734

We were deeply touched and yes, I believe that there is kindness in this world, there is good in this world………someone please pass me a tissue..