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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Friday, June 15, 2007

Again at Cherating Beach Resort

My kids playing with water..

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Cherating Beach Resort is one of most popular beaches in Malaysia even in Asia. This my another trip to the peaceful and beautiful with white sandy beach. Enjoy my video and photos here.

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Cherating is located about 45minutes drive from Kuantan. Once a popular beach with hippies and backpackers, Cherating's thunder has somewhat been taken by the islands that have opened up to tourism in recent years such as Pulau Perhentian, Pulau Redang and Pulau Lang Tengah. But when it comes to public holidays and festive seasons ~ all the resorts, hotels, motels and apartments along the famous Cherating stretch are booked up way in advance. Catering to the local holiday makers during these occasions and also the extreme sports enthusiasts during the high waves of the monsoon season (November until February), Cherating is by no means a has-been holiday town. The backpacker huts, bars and pubs remain in business - although not as crowded as it was before in the 80's but many expatriates gravitate towards the area during long weekends of partying or just to chill out.

There have been a fair number of big resorts sprouting up over the decade that have taken up good stretches of the beach but there remains nice, clean stretched where the surfing community swirls up a pretty good time...

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Terengganu : Handycaft & Dried Seafood Product

Along the way from Kuala Terengganu - Kuantan you will find stalls selling handicrafts and dried seafood. The handicrafts are mainly rattan products, weaved mengkuang and wood-carving and batik products, all at a reasonable price.

Among the dried seafood on sale are different dried fish, dried squids, anchovies, shrimp paste and fish and shrimp crackers.

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Friday, June 8, 2007

Masjid Tengku Tengah Zaharah : The Floating Mosque

"One of Terengganu's beautiful mosques, the Tengku Tengah Zaharah Mosque, which is also referred to as the Floating Mosque (Masjid Terapung), draws in not only local residents, but also visitors who stop by in their journey to perform their prayers."

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A state where religion is held close to it's people's hearts, the Tengku Tengah Zaharah Mosque, or also referred to as the Floating Mosque, is one of the icons of Islam in the state. Built from an idea birthed by the late Sultan of Terengganu, Al-Marhum Sultan Mahmud Al-Muktafi Billah Shah ibni al-Marhum Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah, this mosque was named after his mother, Tuanku Intan Zaharah binti Almarhum Tengku Seri Setia Raja.

The mosque is located in Teluk Ibai, just over 4km away from Kuala Terengganu town centre, quite close to the beautiful beach of Terengganu's coast. The white structure of the mosque gorunds covers and area of roughly 5 acres and serves a number of villages nearby. Construction of the mosque began in 1991, designed by celebrated architect, Raja Bahrin Shah Raja Ahmad.

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Terengganu : Dataran Maziah

Located in front of Istana Maziah, Dataran Maziah is a mini-park beautifully adorned with landscapes of shrubs, trees and paved walkways. In the centre of the park, stands an impressive replica of Betel Chewing instruments such as Gobek Sireh and Kacip Pinang.

Photos : My Canon Powershot A85

Great Photos along Terengganu River

"In the days before, there were roads, the Terengganu River was the only means of communication for the people living in its upper tributaries."

In the days before, there were roads, the Terengganu River was the only means of communication for the people living in its upper tributaries. These upper tributaries, the Berang, Tersat, Telemong, Kerbat and Cacing, formed a network of settlements going back to ancient times. One of the earliest finds of human settlement is at Gunung Biwas on the Cacing River. This is the site of one of the earliest human settlements on the Peninsular. The Batu Bersurat, an Islamic stone inscription indicating early Islamic influence, was found near Kuala Berang.

Up and down, river traffic has diminished today but there is still regular cross-river traffic at a few places particularly at Kuala Telemong and in Kuala Terengganu town. The cross-river boat service in Kuala Terengganu links the town centre with Pulau Duyong in the middle of the river. Commuters find the service useful notwithstanding the recent completion of a bridge spanning the river and linking the town centre, Pulau Duyong and the village of Seberang Takir across the river.

Other than the Kenyir Lake, with its visitor facilities, and Pulau Duyong, famous for its boat building industry, another attraction associated with the river is the Sekayu waterfall near Kuala Berang, Kuala Terengganu is the taking-off point to nearby offshore islands such as Pulau Redang and Pulau Kapas.

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Terengganu : Bukit Puteri

View from Dataran Maziah

Bukit Puteri

Bukit Puteri is situated at the mouth of Terengganu River. It covers an area of about 658 hectares and the height is about 200 meters from the sea level. Bukit Puteri was built to defend the Rulers of Terengganu from attacks by the enemies. Bukit Puteri is easily accessible as there are steps leading to the top. Bukit Puteri was said to have originated as a place of residence for Puteri Bunian. However, the princess left Bukit Puteri when the local residents borrowed her cutlery and did not return them to her. According to legend, this hill was opened by a chieftain from Johor named Tuk Raja Menteri who came to Terengganu to install Sultan Zainal Abidin I as the first Sultan of Terengganu.

During the year 1830, there was a struggle for power among the two royalty of Terengganu that is, Tengku Mansur, the Sultan of Terengganu who was conferred the title of Sultan Mansur Shah II and Tengku Umar, the Yang Di pertuan Besar. Tengku Umar had built a fort at the top of Bukit Puteri for defence. This fort was built of bricks and cemented with honey, lime and egg white. However Bukit Puteri was captured by Sultan Mansur Shah II and Tengku Umar was forced to flee to Besut. Bukit Puteri then came under the control of Sultan Muhammad I who ascended to the throne when Sultan Mansur Shah II passed away. However, Sultan Mahmmud was not able to defend Bukit Puteri when it was attacked by Tengku Umar army. Finally, Tengku Umar recaptured Bukit Puteri again.

A few historical artifacts still exists on Bukit Puteri till this present day. Among them are a big bell, cannon, a flag pole, light house, graves and a defence wall. However, long time ago there were many cannons at Bukit Puteri. The cannons were believed to have originated from Spain, Portugal and the Malay States and were given names such as Seri Jamlor, Seri Buih, Seri Johor and Laila Majnun. The bell that still exists today was built during the reign of Sultan Zainal Abidin III in the year 1908. The bell was made from yellow copper, the circumference and height of the bell were 228 centimeters and the weight was 175 kilograms. The bell was sounded when there were rampage, fire or enemies attacking the state. It was believed that the bell was guarded by a boy from the royal family. The boy job was to sound the bell if any emergency or natural disasters occurred.

A cave known as Gua Puteri can also be found here. It was used as a place to keep the gun powder, stone and iron bullets. The flag pole that is on top of Bukit Puteri was used to raise the royal flag when there were any royal ceremonies held. The weight of the flag pole was around 18 meters high. The lighthouse on the peak of Bukit Puteri functioned as a guide for fishermen and sailors that siles into Kuala Sungai Terengganu. During the reign of Tengku Umar, he built a palace called the Green Palace at the foot of Bukit Puteri but was burned down in 1882. He built a new palace near the site of the Green Palace and was named Istana Maziah which still exit until today.

Nowadays, Bukit Puteri is used as a firing range for cannon when royal ceremonies are held. Besides that, Bukit Puteri has been developed into a tourist attraction.

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Terengganu : Istana Maziah

Istana Maziah is the official Terengganu sultan's palace. It is located near Bukit Puteri in Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia.

The distinct deep yellow structure of the Istana Maziah royal palace is hard to miss if you're walking around Kuala Terengganu. Located right next to Bukit Puteri, Istana Maziah is believed to have been constructed during the reign of Sultan Zainal Abidin III in 1897 to replace the Istana Hijau, which was burned down during World War II.

Istana Maziah is the venue for royal birthdays, weddings, conferment of titles and receptions for local and foreign dignitaries. This distinct building is a product of the blend between modern and traditional architecture, which reflects the artistic skills of the Terengganu people. 20 craftsmen using limestone mixed with clay, coarse salt, egg yolk and honey constructed it. The palace has tall shuttered windows resembling those of a French chateau.

Located in front of Istana Maziah, Dataran Maziah is a mini-park beautifully adorned with landscapes of shrubs, trees and paved walkways. In the centre of the park, stands an impressive replica of Betel Chewing instruments such as Gobek Sireh and Kacip Pinang.

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