At Teluk Gedung lies the 330-year-old stone foundation of a Dutch Fort (Kota Belanda) built in 1670 to control the tin trade on mainland Perak. It was one of the Dutch strongholds against pirates and local Malays. Historically, Pangkor was a refuge for local fishermen, merchants and pirates. Actually, during the Dutch occupation in the 17th century, tin supplies from Pangkor and the mainland were stored for protection in this fort. As time goes by, the locals were unhappy with the treatment of the Dutch. So, they managed to destroy the fort sometime in 1690.
The Dutch then rebuilt it in 1743 and placed 60 soldiers to guard it. But this lasted for only 5 years before the Dutch decided to abandon the fort all together after a local warrior, Panglima Kulub, and his followers attacked it.
A partially completed house was standing at the end of a terraced garden. It looks kind of creepy!
#12 The foundations of the fort remain to this day, and you can visit the grounds to see the original cannons used during the Dutch occupation of Pangkor Island!
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
First of all, THANK YOU!!! These are the two simple words I'd like to say to all (too many to mention) those who sent me birthday wishes via SMS, email, twitter and Facebook; they are really appreciated. That was so nice and unexpected!
I am so grateful for the online friends I have met through the blogosphere. These friendships are all of equal importance to me; they all add warmth and color to my life.
When I started this blog, I never thought anyone would read my crappy blog because just like what David said, "...when you see a title like that for a blog, you may not want to go back to visit. But..." click here to read it. In my 2 years of being a blogger, I consider myself very fortunate to have a wonderful relationship with my readers and other bloggers because, to me, friendship is one of the most glorious things on God's green earth.
And big thanks to Mariuca, LJ, David, Lily, Bill and Ane for the beautiful posts (click here, here, here, here, here and here). You guys are awesome; thank you for making me cry my eyes out (in a good way of course) and I had to go back later to comment! I am so touched and I just, don't know what to say.
After crying and feeling touched, here I am now, blogging about a bunch of people who have always made me feel loved. I'll blog about my birthday week and I'll be posting tons of pictures (Ooh la la... more than 100 pics ) so be sure to keep an eye out!
I've been eating a lot like a... "oink oink" lately.
And now, everybuddy sing!
Thank you, thank you.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Day 1. Part 1.
The journey to Pangkor takes about 3 to 4 hours from Kuala Lumpur.
#1 somewhere along the highway for a toilet break, but I can't remember where this place is.
From Kuala Lumpur to Lumut is about 250 km. Upon arrival in Lumut, you can see a ferry service counter there. Lumut is one of the smaller towns of the state of Perak and it is also the gateway to Pangkor Island.
#4 Lumut Jetty Terminal.
To reach Pangkor Island, you will have to take a ferry from Lumut jetty.
#5 The return fare costs RM10 per person.
#7 That's Ralph walking towards the yellow ferry with my trolley luggage.
#8 The ferry was quite comfortable, with air conditioning and the journey took about 30 minutes.
Note: Get off only at the second stop!
#9 We have finally arrived!
#10 The fishing settlement.
At the entrance of Pangkor you can rent bicycles and motorbikes for going around the island (you can hire them at the hotels too). But you can also hire a taxi.
#11 These vans are taxis. All taxis here are pink!
We took a taxi to Nipah Bay and it cost us RM12.
We stayed in Seagull Beach Village Resort on the first night and we had to stay in another resort on the second night. I'll save that for another post.
Soon after we checked-in, settled down and freshened up, we went looking for food near the beach. I was looking forward to having a meal at the beach; a nice seat facing the sea to enjoy the nice view and meal.
#12 Teluk Nipah (Nipah Bay) on a Friday afternoon.
#13 Nipah Beach.
I had seen many other beaches; I thought the beaches here would be the same as any other beach. The Pangkor beaches proved me wrong! Again, I'll save that for another post because I took A LOT of pictures here.
#17 The Tom Yam was superb!
It was a really delicious meal, or maybe we thought so because we're so hungry?
Tips: Do not swim right after eating. Ralph did this once and became very sick.
#19 Relax and have fun because that's what the beach lifestyle is all about!
#20 “The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach”
Next post: Where to stay in Pangkor or Nipah Beach?