Me and Alex tried to enter Pantai Cunang beach in Tanjung Sepat and found the sandy track accessible to only motorcycles. While looking at the map, we saw an Orang Asli Village (indigenous or aboriginal people) nearby. Further reading revealed they are of the Mah Meri tribe and many are fishing people like the town folk.
Love the power of social media networking. My long time Instagram follower @jaschintaz sent me an old pic of her wedding day at the old jetty in Tanjung Sepat, 10 years ago! What a sweet couple, weren't they? Her husband CS is a native of the town. If you remember, I mentioned that the old jetty collapsed. See how charming the old jetty was albeit being quite rickety then. Thanks Jas for sharing. Now my story about the new and old jetties is complete. See my earlier post about the new jetty titled "Time And Tide Wait For No Man Or Woman".
Time And Tide Wait For No Man or Woman.
At the seaside of Tanjung Sepat, the rustic old wooden jetty was gone, to my surprise and disappointment.
It is being replaced by a 300m long, RM 3.2 million modern pier jutting out into the Straits Of Malacca. It had little character from a photographer's standpoint. It was reported that the frail old wooden one collapsed. I did feel nervous when I walked on it previously.
We drove into this street in Tanjung Sepat by accident. It was very long and is flanked by wooden shops on both sides. My first reaction was "I have only seen such long streets in Cambodia" Alex who recently returned from Cambodia. nodded his head in agreement.
I think it was the seemingly endless Charles de Gaulle Boulevard in Phnom Penh Cty that I rode a motorbike on. Could be another, It was confusing. No romantic colonial name here though. Just plain vanilla Jalan Besar - a common or generic Main Street name in many small towns in his country.
At Tanjung Sepat, I wanted to get shots of fishing nets and related paraphernalia since we were in a fishing town. Alex Wong MF, my helper and driver for that day was extremely accommodating in his willingness to help me get to places we both weren't familiar.
Can't stress enough of the importance of a travel partner who share the same vision and who is understanding and flexible. Am grateful for the shots I got and can't thank this kind, generous and patient man enough.
A day trip destination like the fishing village of Tanjung Sepat benefited from the then Facebook boom, I hypothesised.
Many Facebook users do not or can't write or produce original content. Which was why sharing became popular. It may be second nature for us old bloggers and we forget not everyone are as prolific.
For Chinese Only.
Alex is Chinese. Thus it was not surprising his eyes light up when the boss at the restaurant suggested Mui Choy Kau Yoke (梅菜扣肉) or braised pork belly steamed with preserved mustard greens - a kind of Chinese cabbage or bok choy.
The dish will always make a Chinese drool not just because it is a delicious porky dish but because it is from an ancient recipe. People are always happy to make a connection with tradition or heritage, I think.
Might as well look at the Oh Chien (oyster omelette) dish again through the GM-1 camera. Also many were asking for the address and specific directions.
There are like a million seafood restaurants by the seaside and it can be confusing. Finding a good and fairly priced one may be like finding a needle in a haystack. We were simply lucky acting on gut feelings. Pun unintended. Address given below.
He correctly noted that the original image of Lala or clams fried with bee hoon or vermicelli from the Asus phone (on Facebook) could do with more DOF or depth of field. It was his polite and tactful way of saying it was not perfectly focused. Nice guy. :-)
I looked at the image back home on a big screen and try to figure out what went wrong. We sat at a table at edge of the restaurant, where there was too much sun spilling in. While the free lighting was appreciated, it also meant one thing.