Wednesday, February 25, 2015

BICYCLE TOUR with Captain Mokhtar in Tanjong Jara Resort. Amazing Experience!

HAVE A TASTE OF AUTHENTIC MALAY LIFE BY RIDING ALONG THE PATHS THAT WEAVE THROUGH DUNGUN'S FISHING VILLAGES, MEETING THE LOCALS, DRINKING KOPI KAMPONG, SAMPLING LOCAL SNACKS ROTI CANAI, AND DISCOVERING THE AREA SURROUNDS TANJONG JARA.

THE BICYCLE TOUR DEPARTS EVERY MONDAY, WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY FROM THE LOBBY AT 5PM.
COST: RM30 PER PAX INCLUDING REFRSHMENT
DURATION: APPROX. 2 HOURS

NG KUN TEK WITH CAPTAIN MOKHTAR
SAFETY FIRST!
DATO KEE HUA CHEE WITH HIS BIKE
I BELIEVE THESE BIKES ARE REALLY IN EXCELLENT CONDITION!
WEAVING THROUGH DUNGUN'S FISHING VILLAGE WAS SUCH A FANTASTIC WAY TO EXPERIENCE THE AUTHENTIC MALAY WAY OF LIFE. UNMISTAKABLY MALAY!
A MAN WHO REALLY EARN MY RESPECT
CAPTAIN MOKHTAR, WHO IS 70 OVER BUT STILL ENERGETIC AND HEALTHY

DATO KEE HUA CHEE LEADING THE TOUR!

FEW THINGS THAT I'VE LEARN FROM CAPTAIN MOKHTAR:
1. IF THE SAND SOIL AT THE BEACH BECOME SALTIER, IT MEANS HIGH TIDE IS COMING
2. WHEN THE BIRDS FLY LOW TO THE SEA, IT MEANS THERE ARE ABUNDANCE OF FISH
3. IF YOU HEAR KINGFISHER SINGING, MEANS THE PLACE IS ABUNDANT IN CRABS AND PRWNS!

ANYWAY, I'M STILL WAITING FOR CAPTAIN MOKHTAR TO SEND ME THE PHOTOS AND INFO ABOUT THE PAK ITAM LEGEND IN TANJONG JARA!

OUR DESTINATION IS THE TIP OF A FISHING VILLAGE CALLED SEBERANG PINTASAN THAT OPENED OUT TO SEA. HOWEVER WE DIDN'T JUST CYCLE NON STOP ALL THE WAY THERE THOUGH
THESE 'BOTAK' COCONUT WERE STRUCK OFF BY LIGHTNING, claimed by Captain Mokhtar
WINDY ROAD
COTTON TREE, BUT IT ONLY CAN BE USED AS STUFFING PURPOSE, NOT COTTON PAD
THE TERM 'BIDARA' IS REFFERING TO EITHER A TREE OR A VIRGIN OLD MAID
The main livelihood of the people living in TANJONG JARA and SEBERANG PINTASAN is fishing. Hundreds of fishing boats and trawlers dot the horizon. A typical day in the village would be men toiling at sea; women busy cleaning, chopping fish or carting away the catch and children and young men fishing from bridges
You see those alphabets on various boats?” asked Capt. Mokh. “A, B and C define what each fishing boat is allowed to do”, he added. It was really interesting to learn the economics of fishing, their rules and regulations and how price is controlled by the Fisheries Department Authority of Malaysia. He went on to describe each alphabet displayed on the boats and trawlers…
The main livelihood of the people living in Tanjong Jara and Seberang Pintasan is fishing. Hundreds of fishing boats and trawlers dot the horizon. A typical day in the village would be men toiling at sea; women busy cleaning, chopping fish or carting away the catch and children and young men fishing from bridges. The breeze from the sea brings in with it the scent of fresh catch in the air.
“A” Boats – Cannot fish more than 5 nautical miles out. Termed as coastal fishing without nets, they use a trap called a Bubu. Their usual catch is crabs, lobster and small fishes.

“B” Boats – Fish between 5 to 12 nautical miles. They are allowed to use nets which are cast manually at a depth not more than 5 meters deep.

“C” Trawlers – Deep Sea fishing from 12 to 30 nautical miles and until and not beyond the coastal state of Terengganu’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Trawlers are larger boats with more crew members and are equipped with radars and sonar equipment. Trawlers are fishing nets that are pulled along the bottom of the sea or in mid-water at a specified depth.

Though “C” trawlers catch many types of fish, they are only allowed to sell their catch based on the permit they hold. If it’s a tuna permit, then they can only bring Tuna back. Not to lose out, they conduct an open sea sale from trawler C to boat A and B based on what boat A and B can bring back to shore.
Once back on shore, the price of fish and shellfish are set by the Fisheries Department Authority of Malaysia.
A RUSTY COFFEE SHOP THAT MAKES THE BEST ROTI CANAI EVER. IT'S A MUST TRY, I WILL BE BACK AGAIN JUST FOR THISS!
THIS IS THE ONLY 'MAIN TABLE' THAT PEOPLE WHO ARE THE FIRST ONE TO SIT HERE EARLY IN THE MORNING WILL GET THEIR FOOD AND FRINKS FREE, PROVIDED THEY HAVE TO READ THE ONE AND ONLY NEWSPAPER OUT LOUD TO EVERYONE IN THE SHOP. WHAT A CULTURE!
REFRESHMENT IS INCLUDED IN THE BICYCLE TOUR PACKAGE IN TANJONG JARA RESORT. WHAT A SURPRISE AND DEFINATELY IS A GOOD DEAL!
THE CURRY THAT SERVES WITH THE ROTI CANAI IS THE BEST TASTING TUNA CURRY I'VE EVER HAD! THEY BLEND THE FLESH OF IKAN TENGGOL WITH CURRY CHILLI PASTE SO WELL INSTEAD OF GIVING A BLOCK OR PIECE OF FISH IN NORMAL MAMAK STALL
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JAMES NG KUN TEK WITH CAPTAIN MOKHTAR MOHAMAD, the Tanjong Jara Resort Naturalist
From left, IAN, KEN, CAPT. MOKHTAR and JAMES NG KUN TEK