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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Trip to Pangkor Island : Teluk Dalam

Teluk Dalam (Dalam Bay)

Teluk Dalam Resort is your paradise by the sea. The delightful, rustic ambience here is made more exquisite by the chalets, bungalows and villas. These feature kampung - styled architecture, and are furnished and equipped in a manner to help make for your total comfort and pleasure. Teluk Dalam Resort has always been a favourite among the locals and foreign visitors alike.

Trip to Pangkor Island : Pasir Bogak Beach

Pasir Bogak video from my Digicam

This is the most popular seaside resort of Pangkor. It has been described as the biggest swimming pool in the world. The water is shallow and crystal clear, offering endless hours of fun and frolic in the sunkissed sea along the vast coral reef. It is accessible by road from Pangkor Town. The 2 km crescent shaped beach offers a host of facilities such as sailing, fishing, snorkelling and wind surfing (available at Sea View and Beach Hotels) making Pasir Bogak Beach a more popular recreation spot for the local population.

Trip to Pangkor Island : Nipah Bay

Nipah Bay 360 View

Nipah Bay (Teluk Nipah)

Further down the road, is the increasingly popular Teluk Nipah. Accommodation here caters much to the middle to lower-ranged budgets and can be a little dissapointing to those who have something of a romantic notion of island getaway in mind. Chalets, restaurants and motels line the streets and even the small alleyways and during the peak seasons, it's jam-packed with tourists. The main road lies between the beach and the motels and chalets so don't expect to get any rooms on the beach itself.

Trip to Pangkor Island : Giam Island

Giam Island can be seen from Teluk Nipah Beach. From the beach, you can also take a short boat ride to the nearby islands of Pulau Giam and Pulau Mentaggor and if you're really for some exercise, you can rent kayaks for a paddle out to these islands.

Trip to Pangkor Island : Tortoise Bay

Tortoise Bay, Pangkor is located beside of Nipah Bay. You can walk from Nipah Bay or rent a car, motorbike or taxi anywhere from Pangkor Island.

Trip to Pangkor Island : Fishing Village

Trip to Pangkor Island : Sacred Rock

A short distance from the fort is Batu Bersurat (Sacred Rock). On this massive rock, drawings of a tiger mauling what is believed to be a child can be found. Local history has it that the boy was the son of a Dutch dignitary who disappeared and was believed to be attacked by a tiger.

Trip to Pangkor Island: Dutch Fort

Kota Belanda /
Dutch Fort

At Teluk Gedung lies the 330 year old stone foundation of a Dutch Fort built in 1670. It was one of the Dutch strongholds against pirates and local Malays. Actually, during the Dutch occupation in the 17th century, tin supplies from Pangkor and the mainland were stored for protection in this fort. As time goes by, the locals were unhappy with the treatment of the Dutch. So, they managed to destroy the fort sometime in 1690. This is not the end because the Dutch then returned in full force to rebuild the fort.

After which, 60 soldiers were commissioned to protect the fort until 1743, when it was finally abandoned after a local warrior, Panglima Kulub, and his followers attacked it. Later in 1973, the National Museum undertook its reconstruction to restore as much as possible the remains of the fort for the benefit of tourists. Located at Teluk Gedung village, slightly south of Pulau Pangkor. Just ask the village folks for directions and they will be just too glad to oblige.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Islamic Science University of Malaysia

Just came back from Islamic Science University of Malaysia (USIM) for my sister in law's registration on 30th June 2007 for new intake. Read more info about USIM below:


Islamic Science University of Malaysia (USIM) or formerly known as Islamic University College of Malaysia (KUIM) is the 12th Public Higher Education Institution (IPTA) in Malaysia. KUIM was approved by the Cabinet on 11 June 1997 and made public on 13 March 1998. KUIM started its operations in January 2000 at 5th Floor, Faculty of Islamic Studies Building, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi. The first enrolment for KUIM began on 18 June 2000 in our temporary location at Institut Professional Baitulmal (IPB), Kuala Lumpur. In January 2002, KUIM moved to another temporary campus in Tower A and B, Persiaran MPAJ, Pandan Indah, Kuala Lumpur. Currently, KUIM is operating in stages at a permanent campus in Bandar Baru Nilai starting 15 July 2005. KUIM was officially upgraded to USIM on 1 February 2007, in line with the government’s aim to upgrade the development of higher education to an international level.

Among the objectives of the establishment of USIM are to uphold and enhance Islamic studies, bring Islamic Studies into the national main education stream, emphasize the use of information technology in education and research systems. Focus is also put in mastering Arabic and English language as well as the national language.

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