The Last Dredge, Tanjung Tualang No. 5

Feb 25, 12 at 12:30 pm

After our epic lunch at Lung Seng, my dad suggested that we should stop by the last remaining tin dredge in Malaysia for a quick visit. We all unanimously agreed and happily drove to the place. The drive took about 10 minutes from Tanjung Tualang and it is actually located near the village of Chenderong.

Now, the tin dredge is actually more like a floating factory, where the chain of manganese buckets at the front dig the earth for tin deposits, passes through a couple of machines to extract the tin and finally the waste material being disposed back to the earth at the rear of the dredge.

This dredge, called Tanjung Tualang No. 5 or TT5, weighs 4,500 tonnes was built in England by F.W. Payne & Co. in 1938 for a company called Southern Malayan Tin Dredging Ltd. It operated for 44 years until 1982 when tin industry in Malaysia collapsed due to low tin prices and escalating operating costs.

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Tua Pek Kong Temple @ Pasir Panjang, Sitiawan

Feb 8, 12 at 10:22 pm

Update: Direction with map (at the end of the post)

I love visiting all kinds of Chinese temples. Even in my travels, most of them include at least a visit to the temple.

Over the festive holidays, I took the opportunity to visit this particular temple located at Sitiawan, almost an hour’s drive from Ipoh. Truth be told, I have never set foot in Sitiawan for more than a decade, so I vaguely remember what we did the last time we were here. Lumut is another place I have not seen for a long time. Perhaps, another time.
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Back to the story, the temple is located deep inside a kampung by the coast at Pasir Panjang. The main attraction drawing crowds of local and out-of-town visitors are 98 statues of deities and animals from the Chinese lunar calendar on the well-landscaped three-hectare compound.

Tua Pek Kong Temple at Kampung Pasir Panjang, Sitiawan

Eat, Shop and See @ Macau

Jan 11, 11 at 12:53 am

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Macau didn’t really impress me on my first visit two years back. Blame it on my lack of research because I thought there isn’t much to do there since we were just spending a night. At the end of the day, I just wished we did not come in the first place.

But that was two years ago. This time, I spent quite an effort planning it and I’m just glad to say, although we only hit 70% of my planned itinerary, the outcome turned out pretty good.

Our first stop of the was Rua do Cunha, which is located at Taipa. This is the street famous with few things – Casa de Pasto Seng Cheong, Gelatina Mok Yi Kei and Pastelaria Fong Kei. Seng Cheong is popular for its water crab congee but we did not try as we had our lunch somewhere earlier.

Gelatina Mok Yi Kei is famous for its durian ice cream and sawdust pudding. I only tried the former as I did not aware of the sawdust pudding. The durian ice cream is full of flavour and they are quite generous with the amount of durian they put in.

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Star Ferry @ Central, Hong Kong

Dec 6, 10 at 4:24 pm

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Since we were on the island side, right after we were done with dried seafood shopping at Dex Voeux Road in Sheung Wan, we took “ding ding” tram back to Pedder Street and took bus to Central Star Ferry Pier (or take a 15 minute walk to the pier).

Star Ferry’s history is dated back to 122 years ago where it first established its first boat service to ferry passengers across the harbour. (read: Star Ferry)

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IFC Tower, HK’s tallest building as seen from Star Ferry Pier in Central.
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Law Fu Kee @ Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Nov 26, 10 at 3:00 pm

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Our third day itinerary was to visit The Peak which is located on the island side. For the sake of convenience, I brought them to this particular shop in Sheung Wan called Law Fu Kee Congee and Noodle Specialist.

Our tummies were already growling so we quickly put down some orders – lean pork with century eggs congee, fish slice congee, wan tan noodles and dumpling noodles. We also ordered a plate of boiled choy sum as well.

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Smooth congee

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Noodles and choy sum

All the stuffs were great. Smooth congee, bouncy noodles and crunchy greens made a great morning.

Apologies if the above photos lacked of quality – I had to fend off their hungry hands who were just as quick as me as they were not willing to wait further. Hence, I had to employ all-in-one tactic to save time.

If you happen to be there, remember to order deep fried fish ball with clam sauce as well. We did not try as we were not aware in the first place.

Bear with me for posting such a short article but stay tuned for the next article. Thanks!

Law Fu Kee Congee and Noodle Specialist (羅富記粥麵專家)
140 Des Voeux Road, Sheung Wan
Opens 8am to 10pm

Direction: via MTR Sheung Wan Exit E1


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HK/Macau in Summary

Nov 19, 10 at 12:43 am

Heelloo peeps, I’m back from my 3rd trip to HK and my 2nd trip to Macau. This time, I made the move by bringing my parents around on foot (without travel agents of course!), visited quite a number of places and more importantly, ate a lot of food. I shifted a lot of things which were initially planned as part of our itinerary due to insufficient time (aka shopping overload) and also to accommodate my parents as they were quite tired from excessive walking.

Here’s the summary of the things we did. Contents and links will be added later.

Hotel (HK): Stanford Hotel (118, Soy Street, Mongkok)
Hotel (Macau): Metropark Hotel (Rua de Pequim, Macau)

Day 1: Ocean Empire, Ladies Market @ Tung Choi Street

Day 2: Australia Dairy Co @ Parkes Street, Ocean Park, Kam Wah Cafe @ Bute Street

Day 3: Law Fu Kee @ Des Voeux Road, The Peak, Tsui Wah Restaurant @ The Peak Galleria, Star Ferry from Central to Tsim Sha Tsui, Chee Kei @ Lock Road

Day 4: Ocean Empire again, Ngong Ping 360, Tian Tan Buddha, Citygates Mall, Dai Pai Tong beside Stanford Hotel

Day 5: Kam Wah Cafe again, Rua do Cunha (Gelatina Mok Yi Kei, Pastelaria Fong Kei), Venetian Macau, Grand Lisboa Casino

Day 6: Wong Chi Kei @ Senado Square, Ruins of St. Paul, Yung Kee @ Central

Day 7: Tim Ho Wan Dim Sum

Stay tuned for detailed updates!