Weekend Escape

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Mind your traveling companions. Pick them with care or your trip (however exciting the destination) would be an ultimate drag.

Personal experience has proven that time and again. Those that made me wish we had never set off in the first place.

And then, there’s the brilliant opposite.

The kind of company that makes any simple get-away a super fun one.

That only happens when you share the same travel ideals. Three simple ideals:

1. Explore

2. Get Lost

3. Relax

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The combination of the three always does it for me. I find myself discovering quiet gems. I uncover a bit of local beauty. And it ultimately makes me see a side of the place I never would have noticed.

Last weekend, we took a short trip to Port Dickson.

Why Port Dickson? I honestly don’t know. It’s nearby, and it’s a place neither of us had been.

We were just keen on some peace and quiet after many busy weeks.

And we did get our souls calmed. And I was happy. Even for just two days. Even though my last meal there gave me bad runs. It’s all part of the experience I guess ๐Ÿ™‚

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The thing about us that I love the most is our hunger for adventure, our inclination to the road less traveled. He’s always up for anything. Even if it sounds absurd. He’ll say yes. There is no ‘cannot’ or ‘impossible’ in our books.

After a mini nasi lemak breakfast and Dunkin Donuts (he happily downed three!) for brunch, we were rather famished.

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Thanks to his ability to speak Tamil, our Indian taxi-driver gamely suggested several local seafood haunts.

We said we wanted to eat at a non-touristy place. Preferably some place that’s popular with the locals.

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And our wish was granted.

Restoran Soon Huat became the highlight of our trip.

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It was indeed tucked away out of sight. One had to drive deep through muddy paths, past cows, and tall grassy patches before getting here.

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We arrived shortly after 7pm and was greeted by an enthusiastic lady who sat down beside us to discuss the grub we would be eating. I struggled with my lousy Mandarin but managed to order some of their signatures (i was seriously hoping for the best at this point!).

His Heineken was served by the son of the owners. His brother was also roped in. They are diligent workers.

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Guess which glass holds the beer?

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I really liked the condiment they served – ground ginger and chopped green chilli padi. I was not sure if which dish it was for, but added it to everything I ate that night.

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The last time I ate this vegetable, it was in Taiwan. I still don’t know the name. Erm, I didn’t exactly order this. I just asked the lady to give me their signature vegetable dish.

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We really liked the curly wurly stems.

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The star of the night – the fish. Hmmm, not sure what fish it was, but oh-boy was it fresh and tender. He really liked the braised spicy tau-seo sauce. The kung pao chicken dish (his favourite, and he has to order it at every Chinese place we go to) was fine but I found it a little too sweet.

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The fried rice was fragrant and had bits of fish cake. Lovely stuff. We also ordered battered prawns. They were pleasantly fresh.

Our entire 5-dish dinner cost only SGD 45. Amazing.

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Since I missed snapping shots of the cows on the way to the restaurant, I insisted we stop the taxi to capture them when we drove out.

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Couldn’t help it. My mandatory cow shots. Don’t laugh. I am from the city. I don’t see them often!

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After our very filling dinner, we took a stroll round the Saturday night market. There were plenty to see and eat.

And here, we ate some more. Our supper was settled. What we couldn’t finish, we packed back.

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I was curious about these seeds.

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The stall owners were munching on them raw!

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I took photos of these because I wanted to find out what they were. My colleague said they were fruits of the banana plant.

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Then I chanced on some dangerously looking brown mini-doughnuts. They had skins like wrinkly dates and looked old. Just when I said let’s go, he ordered 10. The daring fella!

And I’m glad he did. One bite and I was hooked. There was a mild caramelised taste that I really liked about it. It wasn’t as doughy as doughnuts but was slightly dense, slightly crunchy even, with a brown sugar aftertaste. All 10 were finished in no time.

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We were amazed by the sheer amount of food available.

And I was equally wide-eyed by this stall’s whole fried chicken.

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I watched the man dip an entire chicken in flour and fry it in the hot oil. No I did not give it a try.

The putu bamboo stall beside it had already gotten my attention.

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Similar to putu piring, these white bundles are steamed in hollow bamboo cups and filled with gula melaka.

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And he happily ordered all of 10! I did not complain of course.

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My attention was soon diverted to the apam balik. I ordered a decent five ๐Ÿ™‚

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Look at the steam. Was tempted to get them nuts, but practiced restrain.

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And bought a mushroom instead. Anyone recognise its origins? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Sold by a group of very young entrepreneurs at only RM4 a pop. And he even threw in a free mini piece.

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These boys will grow up to be successful businessmen I’m sure.

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I was a happy camper at the end of the night.

Flaky roti canai

Sunday morning brought about happy eats. Here’s the roti canai from a stall we chanced upon. They had three accompaniment choices – chicken curry, dhal, and sambal. As you can see, we picked sambal.

I love love love how it’s so darn crispy. So different from our roti prata at home.

Cup Ice Kachang

It was a hot day. We had a small cup of ice-kachang.

Former Port Dickson station

And we went to explore and we chanced upon an old train stop. I am not sure when it closed down.

Random locust

I spotted a locust!

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I am always fascinated by run-down buildings. I think they have a particular charm. A charm you don’t get with swanky new buildings.

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So much history, so many stories. If buildings could speak, I would have a nice conversation with them.

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Bright colours to end off a quick escape.

This is but just one of many travels we’ll be having.

I have no complaints about this traveling companion. He’s a joy to travel with.


Posted on 13th Apr 2011 in Holiday, Uncategorized

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There Are 8 Comments

 

Nour commented on January 4, 2012 at 8:28 am


Hi :)! Actually about the putu piring, those in bamboo are called putu bambu ๐Ÿ™‚ Rare find here in sg except in pasar mlm ๐Ÿ™‚


 

Miguel commented on July 29, 2014 at 3:49 am


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don commented on August 23, 2014 at 2:38 am


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good info!…


 

john commented on August 23, 2014 at 5:52 am


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good info!!…


 

jon commented on August 23, 2014 at 11:54 am


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hello!!…


 

matthew commented on August 23, 2014 at 1:43 pm


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good!…


 

Miguel commented on August 26, 2014 at 9:24 am


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tnx for info!!…


 

curtis commented on August 26, 2014 at 5:53 pm


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tnx!!…


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