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Kerling Hot Springs

Create: 04/17/2015 - 15:33
Kerling Hot Springs In Selangor

Met a Chinese family swimming in the river and they asked me where I am from. I told them KL and they asked: "How on earth did you manage to find this place?". They said even though they are locals, they got lost getting here the second time around.

Since it is a weekday, the place is almost deserted. I was told on crowded weekends, it is also visited by locals mostly. Nice that the locals have their own secret and very remote hideout for recreation and picnics. Maybe not (so secret) anymore.

Ulu Yam In A Nutshell

Create: 04/10/2015 - 16:20
Shrimps In A Coconut From Ulu Yam

Chinese folks from elsewhere go to the Ulu Yam area for one main reason. To try the famous Hokkien 'lor mee' there. It is a dish of yellow noodles cooked in a sourish vinegar broth. Although the dish originated in Ulu Yam Lama, several other restaurants at Ulu Yam Bharu serve it.

The Watermelon Brothers

Create: 04/08/2015 - 17:38
The Watermelon Brothers Of Batang Kali

One of the things I like about this trip is the chance to chat with local small traders. They are an important component of a small town's economy and that role is seldom acknowledged. I asked Yusof the watermelon trader and native of Batang Kali about business at day's end. He said he was breaking even. Yusof, who is 21, started trading when he was 11. Perhaps it is a family tradition as the younger brother who is helping him is now also 11. Small town people are friendly and are happy to chat with out-of-towners. There is one special quality about them that you will notice right away.

The Roadside Teddy Bear Shop

Create: 04/08/2015 - 17:29
The Roadside Teddy Bear Shop - Batang Kali

Federal Route 1

The Roadside Teddy Bear Shop.

The new Batang Kali town is about 6 kilometers from Ulu Yam Bahru and is now considered a foothill town of Genting Highlands, albeit on the back side. Out of curiosity and to see if I can include a child's input, I asked a little girl at a fruit stall what she considers a local attraction or an interesting place for me to photograph. Without hesitation, she yelled: "Kedai Teddy Bear!".

Route 66: The Other Road To Genting Highlands.

Create: 04/06/2015 - 17:30
Route 66 to Genting Highlands from Ulu Yam

If you see Genting Highlands clearly while driving on Federal Route 1, you know you are near Malaysia's own Route 66. Few people realise how close the mountain resort is until they see it from this location. This moonlight-like shot was photographed with a 600mm lens and polarizer from the roadside of Route 1.

First World Hotel, the colourful complex on the left most, once held the record as the largest hotel in the world with a total of 6,118 rooms. It was dethroned by two other slightly larger casino hotels: The Venetian Las Vegas + The Palazzo and the MGM Grand Las Vegas.