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. 😀

‘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. 😀
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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.

TourismPahang

Simply us,
Zara AB & FF
The Province of Chroma

Now Featured in Tourism Pahang

Assalammualaikum and Hi there!

It’s all started way back in Mid July’12 when the Tourism Pahang web administrator, Azah dropped a short messages on our comment box. After a few conversation via e-mail, we then decided to contribute 2 of our Pahang entries in the official website for Tourism Pahang which is Tanah Aina Farrah Soraya and Sungai Lembing (These are the original entries).

Basically, in the Tourism Pahang website, there will be an articles / blog based posts by bloggers and travel journalist and this is where they will feature some of our experience.

By end of July’12, both of our articles has been officially featured in the website. You can read both articles in the Tourism Pahang website here:

Raub – Tanah Aina Farrah Soraya 

Sungai Lembing

We would like to thank Azah (Tourism Pahang Web Administrator) for her personal approached by giving us the opportunity and chances to be featured in the website. We’re very much happy and glad to share our experience with the Pahang Tourism readers and viewers out there. Furthermore, i’m a Pahang breed as well.

Insya Allah, we hope that we could feature more Pahang location soon as we’re actually planning for some eco tourism holiday in the future such as a visit to Taman Negara Pahang, Cherating Island Hopping and mangrove boat ride, Pekan, Kuala Lipis and Janda Baik town and others.

Simply us,
Zara AB & FF
The Province of Chroma