Homestay Kuala Medang – Part 2

It was our 2nd day in Kuala Medang. Eventually, we only have half day to explore the rest of the place before we depart to Raub. We woke up early in the morning and had our breakfast with our foster family before we left for our outing.

Good Morning Kuala Medang! Rise and shine!
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1st destination of the day. A visit to the IKS centre (for small and medium industry) on food processing for ‘Mee Sanggul’ and ‘Sambal Hitam’. We are then welcomed by the whole team and they did a quick demonstration on the products. Oh ya, they even produced and processed Salak fruit as well which is ¬†fruit juices and others too! Again, it all depends on the fruit season. ūüėÄ

‘Mee Sanggul’ in the making!
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Oven-dried.
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The end products. Voila! They even gave us a packet of ‘Mee Sanggul’ and a bottle of ‘Sambal Hitam’ as a complimentary gift! Nice! We’ve turned it to ‘Fried Mee Sanggul’ yesterday night and it taste good! You could even deep fry for a change and turning it into crackers too.

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The happy faces!
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We then stopped over at Kuala Medang campsite. Breathtaking view! It reminds us of Taman Negara Jerantut. Nature retreat! As mentioned by the homestay coordinator, the campsite comes with basic facilities such as toilets, multipurpose hall and etc.

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Deer Farm! All of us climb into a back portion of a pick up truck. To be exact, 7 of us. It was such a bumpy ride with a view of fruit orchard all the way.

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We hate this part the most but it’s time to say goodbye. It’s a wrap! Thank you Makcik Asiah. * Everytime I saw this, it reminds me of Azreenchan doodles. ūüėÄ
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For more info on Homestay in Kuala Medang
Address :
Homestay Kuala Medang,
Pejabat Penghulu Mukim Ulu Jelai,
Kuala Medang,26750 Kuala Krau,
Kuala Lipis

Website : go2homestay – Kuala Medang

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Simply us,
Zara AB & FF
The Province of Chroma

Homestay Kuala Medang – Part 1

Assalammualaikum and Hi there!

What? Homestay Programme in Kuala Lipis and Raub, Pahang? It all started when we received a mail from the famous doodler (with a microscopic eyes),¬†AzreenChan and PKBF whether we’re interested to join the homestay programme with other bloggers organized by Pahang Tourism. Without a second thought, we agreed to it! And we did not receive any itinerary at that point of time. So, we basically have no idea on what we’re going to overcome and endure during the programme.

With 6 AWESOME and AMAZING strangers (Azreenchan, LilyRiani, FieyAhmads, RAW and 2 other Pahang Tourism personnel – En Moni and En Shahrom) in a van, we left KL and headed to the destination. This is where the journey to the east started.

After 40 minutes of the journey via Lebuhraya Pantai Timur (LPT), we stopped over at Lemang To’ki near Kampung Chamang, Bentong and welcomed by the owner, Abg Man. This is definitely the best place to get ‘lemang’ on non-festival day. ‘Lemang’ will then been served with beef and chicken rendang. On average days, selling can go up to 60 and 70 no’s and on festival celebration, it can go up to more than 100 no’s.

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They have other varieties of food too!
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We then continued our journey to Kuala Medang. Our current view at that point of time – empty land, palm oil plantation, fruits orchard and etc. We just realized that we are almost there when we overheard En Moni telephone conversation. Again, we still have no idea what are we are going to do at the land that once known as one of the ‘Best Homestay in Malaysia’. Oh ya, if you are wondering what is Homestay Programme is all about, this is what it actually means:

A homestay programme gives tourists the opportunity to stay with a chosen family, interact and experience the daily life of their homestay family and learn the culture and lifestyle of the rural community in Malaysia. A homestay programme cannot be classified as a lodging facility. It focuses more on lifestyle and experience, including cultural and economic activities.

Source: http://www.motour.gov.my/en/faqs/144-program-homestay-malaysia.html

The hall of fame and media review in local newspapers.
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Our scrumptious lunch with signature dishes which is the Gulai Tempoyak Ikan Patin and Gulai Lemak Siput Sedut Sungai. That was our first time trying siput sedut sungai. Slightly bigger and darker that the normal siput sedut.

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And this are the highlights of all! The boat ride to Kuala Serau, Kuala Medang. For your information, Kuala Medang is a traditional village situated in the bank of Sungai Jelai in Kuala Lipis, Pahang. It is situated 50 kilometers away from Kuala Lipis and 38 kilometers from Raub.

Check out the excited faces (hint – AzreenChan. She was holding the boat tightly)!
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Welcomed with calm, quiet and magnificent river view in Kuala Serau.
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We then make way to the nearest Salak Farm. We just realized that Salak is also known as ‘Snake Fruit’ due to the reddish-brown scaly skin. Ewwww! It was told that the trees need a high continuous water requirement. So, good drainage is an added advantage. It does not tolerate to full sun coverage too. Due to that, young trees might need protection from sun. To harvest Salak, it needs hand pollinate to the male varieties to female varieties and the fruits take about 4 – 6 months to mature.

The male varieties.
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The female varieties.
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From the male and female varieties, this is what you get. The creamy yellow colour fruit with a sweet taste, crisp and crunchy.
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The fruit grows in clusters of 10 to 15.
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The so-called farmers.
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We then been demonstrated with the mengkuang weaving process. As far as we know, weaving has become a traditional craft among the village woman and it’s now one of the main products in the cottage industry. It really required patience, skills and determination. The spine and torn are removed in order to facilitate the weaving. The strip is then passed over a slight fire to soften it. Later, soaking and dyeing take place. ‘Lurut’ is then used to make it soft, smooth and even.

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The weaving.
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The main tools – ‘Lurut’, 3 different sizes of ‘jangka’ and knife.
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The ladies.
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Not to forget, we are given a chance to try to experience the traditional games of ‘gasing’ (spinning top) too! Gasing are made from several types of hard woods such as Keranji, Tualang and others.
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The group of professionals!
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We headed back to the jetty and it started drizzling! We jumped into the boat and was given a fish pellets. There were actually ‘lampan jawa’ which is naturally breed in the river. Amazing! Nasib baik tak hujan lebat. But the whole boat trip was totally awesome. There goes our first day at Kuala Medang.

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We will continue our journey on Homestay Kuala Medang – Part 2.

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Simply us,
Zara AB & FF
The Province of Chroma

Sungai Lembing, Pahang

Salam and Hi there,

Ya, Sungai Lembing. I was in Sungai Lembing last March’s. I took the chance to give myself a visit to Sungai Lembing as insisted by my hubby. This place is actually located 40km away from Kuantan town with approximately 40 minutes¬† to 1 hour time of driving to the northwest. It can be easily accessible by local roads.

Guess what, every time people’s asked me around where is my hometown,¬†I definitely told them that I’m from Kuantan¬†and on the spot they will¬†asked me whether I’ve been to¬†Sungai Lembing¬†before or not. Definitely “YES” since one¬†of my Aunt is working in the local govt clinic there. But, ya there’s a big BUT there. I think the last time I was in Sungai Lembing was way back in primary school. Lama kan? I would say, 20 years back? At that point of age, mana la nak¬†tau any good places around in Sungai Lembing. The only things that I could remember is when my Uncle brought me up mandi¬†sungai. Tempat¬†tu pun dah tak ingat kat mana dah.

Right after they asked me whether I’ve been to Sungai Lembing before or not, my gut tells me that this place might be special and interesting. Started to Google around and oh my! Found out that it’s famous!¬† There’s a few places that¬† you can visit¬†and¬†do some interesting activities such as the Panaroma¬†Hill Sunrise Watch, rainbow waterfall (the highlight of all, unfortunately I still didn’t get a chance to visit this place. Insya¬†Allah, already plan for it with the family), Sungai Lembing museum, the mine tunnels (currently it’s closed for renovation and refurbishment works), Charas Cave and hanging bridge.

Sungai Lembing is famously known as  a tin mining town. They had the longest, largest and deepest tunnel in the world during the tin mining era and they are the major producer of the underground tin. The mine was managed by the Pahang Consolidated Company Limited (PCCL) and controlled by the British. The pits were closed in 1986 due to the high operational cost and slow demands of tin mine . And not to forget, it was once the richest town in Pahang and known as EL DORADO of the east.

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Since it was a last minutes plan, we reached there somewhere around 10.00am. Spend a few hours there and the first stop was definitely the town itself.

The first building we saw just after we enter the main arch of Sungai Lembing, the Masjid Jamek. DSCN4150-2

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The overall view of the small town. We really don’t need a time machine or Nobita¬†‘pintu¬†suka¬†hati’¬†at all to get back to times time. Old school habis town nie.

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And this is where we had or light breakfast. Actually, we already had our heavy breakfast at home, tapi¬†we just stop here for a cup of drinks and kuih. Gile murah! If I’m¬†not mistaken, they said that we should get a signature local dishes here which is Mee Jawa. Seriously, I don’t any idea where the place is.
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Oh ya, they used to have a cinema here as well.
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After we strolled down the small and quiet town, we asked around and they told us that we shall proceed to the Sungai Lembing museum. It’s open everyday throughout¬†the years except 1st of Hari¬†Raya¬†Aidilfitri¬†and Hari¬†Raya¬†AidilAdha. And it’s free! We even found out how does Sungai Lembing got his name here.

” The name Sungai Lembing ¬†is said to have derived from the word ‘lembing’ (spear), a weapon used in hunting. A group of hunters are said to have hurled a spear towards a deer. The deer is said to have jumped into a river with the spear embedded in its body. After a long time, a group of miners arrived at this area. While panning, they had found the spear that was believed owned by the precious hunters and since then, the area has been known as Sungai Lembing. However, there was no evidence to support the myth” – SOURCE – Muzium Sungai Lembing

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They had almost everything related to the tin mining activities. From the clothes, shoes that they normally where, the model of the tunnel, the production and the overall process of tin mining, the end products, the model of the PCCL staff quarters, and even the equipments that can be found during those era.  Basically, the building itself was formerly a residence of the mine manager before it being converted as a museum.  In overall, this place is definitely a place for you to understand the story of the glory day of EL DORADO!
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After a 1 hour solid period of history and science class in the museum, we then headed further up to¬†discover another tourist attraction here which is the suspension bridge. One of it are the Jambatan¬†Gantung¬†Kolong¬†Pahat¬†Sungai Lembing. We crashed the suspension bridge with a few other visitors around. I might said that it’s quite difficult to balance yourself and to take photos around when people are coming from another opposite direction as well. But, it’s definitely a must try experience to all visitors.¬†DSCN4204-2

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Since it’s super hot on that Saturday afternoon, we didn’t get¬†a chance to explore more on the village at the other side of the suspension bridge. But, we did had a short chit-chat with some of the visitors who came from the opposite direction where they told us that there’s a Chinese shop selling a traditional coconut biscuits there. You can actually experienced the whole process of the biscuits making and to try out the end products as well.

Well, I¬†do find that Sungai Lembing was such an interesting place. As mentioned, you don’t really need a time machine to experience those era in the pass. This is the place. With just a few hours here, you can actually SEE, LEARN, EXPERIENCE¬†and¬†FEEL what you have actually miss. I’ll definitely come back for the rainbow waterfall trip and Panaroma Hill Sunrise Watch. Insya Allah.

Simply me,
Zara~AB & FF
The Province of Chroma