Monday, September 26, 2016

Road Trip to Penang Wedding: Raub and Kuala Lipis enroute to Kota Bharu.

After leaving Bentong, we soldiered on the Raub and Kuala Lipis, our next 2 stops. Both these two towns I have not been before too, although my old colleague form Batu Pahat who taught with me in Parit Sulong is from Kuala Lipis.

the alternative route to Kota Bharu is Raub, the sign says. 
And Kuala Lipis will be our next stop too.
We sought out the Raub rest house which is right in the heart of Raub town.
We found two schoolboys chilling out here under the shady tree.

But we came here to "date" and take photo!!! 
hahaha! we are two old retirees who have all the time in the world!

 The town is fantastic, serene and peaceful, with beautiful landscapes

 From the hill here you can see the bustling town on a hot afternoon.
 Other pensioners too, come here to read.

 We are now going to check out the rest house (in colonial days, resthouses are popular as hotels were scarce back then)

 Gentle arches hark back to the days when Malaya was colonised.
 bit of history on the walls and old colonial style drawing room.

 Time stood still here.

 The price is quite steep, no wonder there was hardly any guests here, soon resthouses will be a thing of the past.

Raub was the El Dorarado of Malaya (Raub was a gold mining town but nothing remains to remind one of that, except his newspaper article)

 Raub is also well known for its groundnuts so we visited a kacang goreng sempalit factory.

 shopping for Raub's milk tea and ginger drink

 And had coconut for a refreshing break

 Milk Tea
Ginger Tea

 Moving on, we reached Kuala Lipis!

 Kuala Lipis Town!

 Lipis Jetty

 Abandoned shophouse

 Beautiful government offices

It being a public holiday, I could pose and take photos!  However we missed the famous St Clifford School of Kuala Lipis.
Next: Gua Musang.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Road Trip to Penang Wedding : Bentong Dim Sum, Market and Mokie Home Baked Pastry

Our funny road trip to Penang wedding was a roundabout route: We headed east and reached Bentong for lunch. We found this shop: RESTORAN SHL 
 We wanted something quick and the lady opened the cover to show us this!!!! YUM!!!! such a larger steamer full of small plates of dim sum!!!!!!
 She took out the choices that we pointed at.
 Then she opened the second layer!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Steam wafted and gave this picture this effect!!! We chose chicken feet, pork ribs and siew mai with roe.

 And I had one of these woo kok (yam puffs)

 This is our bill for 2
 Try this corner shop : SHL  Shuang Shi Lou (Double Happiness Inn) since 1988

 It is right in the market are and after lunch, we went for a stroll among the stalls looking for Mok.
 The crowd has gone, because it is already past noon. 
 Everywhere there is Bentong ginger for sale.
 So I bought only half a kilo's worth as they would be baking in the car while we travelled.

 We found Madam Mok  among the roadside makeshift stalls shaded under colourful umbrellas.
 Mokie Home Baked Pastry Big; RM9.50, small: RM5.70 for the packets of kaya and pineapple pastries. 

 We bought two packet to eat on our journey.

 I was excited to find Mok herself selling the pastries that she made herself, I thought she would get foreign labour to man the stall for her.

 Then we went round Bentong town; this is a large chinese school in the middle of busy township
 arched walkways of shops are still seen here.

 The Chinese Assembly Hall.
 Beautiful and ornate, festooned with red lanterns and the Malaysian flags, for Merdeka and Mid autumn festival.

 He made me pose under this minister who is a Bentong boy and the banner says "Bentong Walk" launch and this road is Jalan Chui Yin.

 Colourful lanterns for sale for the mid autumn festival, you don't get to see this in Kuala Lumpur now.
 This reminds me of my childhood days, when trays of chinese herbs are put out on the five-foot way to sun.

Last view of the market.  So there you have it, our tour of Bentong town.  Next we will look for Kow Po for our ice cream dessert!