More esoteric pics of Batu Pahat by Dr Lowkp Pakar Sakit Puan, obstetrician and gynecologist at the New Putra Specialist Hospital in Batu Pahat. Batu Pahat or BP is a nice mixture of heritage buildings and country lifestyle. Dr Lowkp Pakar Sakit Puan is at https://www.facebook.com/obgy.lowkp on Fb.
Son Of A Hotel Owner.
I had a childhood friend whose family operated a hotel with the grand sounding name of Hotel De Luxe.
When he went to London to study, his reputation as a hotel owner commanded a lot of respect. His uni mates thought it must be a legendary hotel like the ones in Hollywood or Rome, housed in an art deco building. He told them the hotel had a casino.
In reality, it was a 'rumah tumpangan' or a budget lodging house above the family's coffee shop or kopitiam. The casino was the mahjong table in a corner. Lol.
I Saw A Stegosaurus With A Beer Belly, Man Boobs And Spine Plates.
I was driving in Port Klang town when I thought I saw a human Stegosaurus from the Jurassic period. I stopped my car and got down to have a closer look.
It turned out some form of ancient Chinese and Egyptian cupping therapy. According to the Malay 'medicine man', the bamboo tubes suck out bad 'wind" form the body.
There is a 'snake oil' salesman outside each of the three lottery shops.
Of course, you don't have to look like a dinosaur or flash your manboobs to the innocent public.
"What did you just say to my mom?" The wide eyed, startled and angry kid seemed to be asking me.
Me: "Told her she's really beautiful and have very nice features like that of a Bollywood star".
I wished I could tell her that but I don't think she'll understand me.
I must brush up on my geography, too. When I asked her which town she comes from in Myanmar, I couldn't figure out what she said and spelt. Not her fault. I'll carry a paper map of Myanmar next time.
The curry or laksa mee street food hawker at the connecting road to Jalan Tokong from Jonker Street. So awesome to be at so close to a tokong or Chinese temple built in 1645.
I always request for extra toppings of "tau pok" or tofu or fried soy bean curd puffs when eating curry noodles soup. It is always nice when the tofu puffs soak up the santan soup or gravy and become softly bloated. A sign at the stall proclaimed the dish as "Laksa Mee Hee Kiow Mee". Hee Kiow might possibly be Fish Mix in Hokkien.
Scrap collectors hauled in a discarded mattress or two. The faithful junkyard dog finds a comfy spot different from the usual rusted metal, cardboard and other junk.
Saw this dog during my exploration of Hulu Bernam area recently. The junkyard dog is a popular movie trope often used to set up a scene with impending sinister activity or hostility.
For all its movie reputation of aggressiveness and alertness, it possesses a less-recognised attribute in real-life. Unconditional loyalty to owners who provide scant creature comforts.
Colours Of Yonker.
While searching for images to illustrate the recent feature on Hotel Puri Melaka, I found a forgotten folder. It contains street photography (my favourite genre) images photographed in famous Jonker Street in Melaka. On that bazaar and ancient street, there are so many hidden nooks and crannies with delightful and very colourful subjects and backgrounds.
Nasi Padang in Jakarta was scary. Wanted to buy my local driver dinner since it was my last day. It was just me and him (seen here in blue) and the restaurant brought out enough dishes to feed a village. Was relieved they only charge for plates that were partially consumed or touched.
Nasi Padang gets its name from the West Sumatran town of Padang, famous for the culinary rice dish or buffet. Turned out to be an awesome experience.
Sakai is a local idiom to describe a person who is a country bumpkin or someone who has never seen common things. It is a somewhat derogatory term for the indigenous tribe it was named after.