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Taiping

16 - 17 Jan 2010 - Kuala Sepetang, Port Weld, Taiping, Maxwell Hill


Left sungai buloh toll at around 9am, arrive in Matang for seafood porridge.


The restaurant in front of the temple...


Grandfather clocks....


Lala and tofu


Seafood Porridge ... look at the prawns


Makan ... total about 11 of us... all girls....


Fish ball porridge


Mr Law joins us for lunch...... by the time he reach here food all finish already..
Left is Joey, Chia's colleague Taiping local, helping to book the accommodation show us around...


On the way to charcoal factory


In Mr Law's car...


Charcoal factory


Low tide....


Charcoal man Mr Chuah carrying a beautiful piece of charcoal....
Charcoal... used for many things.... charcoal pills, fuel, cooking, absorb gas, absorb unpleasant odor...


Coarcoal is made from mangrove timber ... it is very heavy because it is filled with water.... to turn this into charcoal, it goes through a process to remove water from the wood.... mangrove trees are very strong, used in construction for piling/foundation...because if it is immersed in water it won't rot...


Kiln... made of bricks and clay ....


Mr Chuah gives a tour of the factory ...
The Japanese love our charcoal... this factory established since the Japanese occupied malaya and started it, now the chinese learn and took over...
Japanese still buy the charcoal from them, to boil green tea...


Have a look inside the Kiln


Mr Chuah explains what the worker is doing... this guy can lift the mangrove trunk and arrange it side by side inside the kiln.


Cover the entrance with clay and build the fire, up to 85 degrees
and over a few days/weeks, the moisture will be removed from the tree trunks


Try smelling the smoke that comes out....


Workers packing the charcoal for export...


Buling the kiln...


Charcoal


Next, walking around the mangrove swamp...


Alot of people come here for wedding photoshoot


Small crabs


This is suppose to be the largest mangrove forest in Malaysia


Mangrove roots


Famous pau seller.....


Big pau.....


The prawns used for curry mee


Stop for makan


Ice kacang... and nice red bean drink......


Group photo at Port Weld ... the first railway in Malaysia or something


Stop at another restaurant to eat...


Small small seafood things that we never try before


Eat this.... Adeline pluck them out for me to finish... bandaraya


The chacoal factory at high tide, when all the activity starts...



Drive to Taiping


Lots of old houses here.... government quarters etc...
Back in the old days Taiping used to be the Administrative capital of Perak, before they moved to Ipoh....


Driving around Taiping Lake gardens... famous trees...
Suppose to go for a walk but raining...


Flemington hotel


Raining.. raining


Go to a house that Joey booked for us....


Beds... aircon... clean toilets....got 2 toilets and 4 rooms...


Dinner time, and we go to a hawker stall....


lots of varieties and crowded with people.


Charkwey teow, popiah, otak otak.... etc...


Visit the wild boars.. near an indian temple... touch it and you will get good luck and strike lottery.... Wild boar eating nasi lemak


Bunch of little pigs...


Makan again at CRC (Chinese Recreation Club) and have a few rounds of beer
Mr Law always comes here to play tennis...


Some fish slices and tofu


Fried brinjal ... like french fries....


Yellow pau with coconut inside.. and try the nasi lemak


Shop in front of KFC... crowded at night


Remember to come here to eat chee chong fun next time


Early morning, check out...


Go early about 8 to collect jeep tickets......


Joey takes us to Restaurant Kakak for breakfast


Breakfast.. some siew yok and hor fun at Kakak shop


After breakfast, city tour, jalan jalan


Min Yee buys magnum... hope for good luck after touching the pig


Clock tower


District & Land Office built in 1890's ...

Mr Law "By the way that is not court house but the first district & land office in Malaysia, probably. You go there to do land matters. Lighted blue at night it looks beautiful. The court house now is a new building behind this colonial architecture."


Buy food from the market to tapau up maxwell hill


Wait at bus stop for the jeep at 11am


You can walk up but it will take 4 to 3.5 hours to reach the top


Get on the jeep


Nice pine trees


Group photo


There's a bridge and watch tower


Nice view of Taiping ..


Explore the tower


Rose


Nice hibiscus flower


Makan


More food that we tapau to bring up here for picnic...
Pau, yam cake, orange....etc..


Chia our trip organizer


Walking around


Walking around


Take the jeep down


WWII Memorial


Makan again


Popiah


Makan


One of the churches in Taiping that kena molotov cocktail..


Biscuits


Buy heong peng biscuits


Go back to happy rest house to collect cars


Bye bye

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