Monday, February 14, 2011

A day at Kuala Selangor

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Phoenix Mountain Temple?

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It was the 3rd day of the Chinese New Year. Me, my fiancee's family and her relatives went for a day's trip to Kuala Selangor. The weather was very unforgiving; it was hot as hell. We traveled from Petaling Jaya - Klang - Kuala Selangor which took about 1 hour 30minutes.

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A friend helped to translate the chinese characters in the first picture which would mean Phoenix Mountain Temple. I have been to this temple a couple of times. My fiancee's parents and relatives will normally offer up some prayers before proceeding to some awesome seafood for dinner. The difference is, I brought my dslr with me this time. Some shots were deleted because I wasn't supposed to take those photos. It wasn't on purpose so I hope they Gods and Deities would understand.

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The temple is kinda old and goes a long way back I guess. Infact, this place of worship is beautiful in its own way.

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But I guess these fellas are there for some time

It's also a "custom" to have some fresh young coconut before leaving the temple. There is a stall which sells coconuts near the temple.

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The only drawback about the coconut is, its not cold but it does help with scorching heat.

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Our next stop was D Tours Kuala Selangor which was barely 5 minutes drive from where the temple was. This is an Eagle sight seeing tour. Tickets are sold at RM25 for adults while babies/kids would be free( I didn't check the age group for this as I was busy taking pictures)

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With our life jackets on, it was time to move out!

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Decided to snap another shot just to test shutter speed lol

Once we were near the spot to view the eagles, our tour guide started to throw some food to bait the eagles. He was also whistling to get their attention. I think the eagles around the area are used to this "business" because they started to show up within minutes.

Okay my camera can only zoom up till 50mm so these are the original photos + cropped ones. If you would like to know my camera settings, the ISO was set to 200, shutter speed ranging from 1000 to 1250 and aperture is 7.1.

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A shot of the eagle's nest

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Time to head back to shore.

Even though I didnt have any longer zoom lens like 70-200mm, I was able to take clear shots of the eagles. It was a good experience nevertheless.

Next stop, dinner at Restoran Kuan Hwa Kuala Selangor.

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This seafood restaurant is HUGE. The usual one we used to go to was just around the corner but my fiancee's relatives decided to have dinner over at this restaurant.

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It must have a tough life

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Oysters anyone?

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Simple decoration which includes traditional fishing equipment

 The orders were handled by others so I didn't know what was gonna be served. Just spent some time catching up with my fiancee's cousins and stuff. The place isn't air conditioned by the way. I was walking around snapping pictures as you can tell.

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Even snapping a photo of this measly chilli padi

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Oysters with eggs

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Tofu and crab meat soup prepared in a way to resemble shark fin's soup

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Lai Liu Har(mantis shrimp)

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Cat fish?

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Deep fried squid with salted eggs

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Assam Fish

All of the dishes tasted okay but the Assam fish wasn't fresh. The gravy was fine but the fish had a fishy smell which was a downer. Kuala Selangor, being a spot for good seafood, this would be bad for business. Nevertheless, I hope its just for that day because everytime we pass by this restaurant, they are always packed with customers.

Dishes which I find really nice was the soup and fried squid. The squids were deep fried in a light batter with salted eggs; simply delicious. The soup was really tasty and had loads of crab meat and tofu. Although I did add some vinegar for that extra flavor. The fried oysters with egg was good and luckily they were fresh as it was the first dish.

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With our stomach filled, the final stop was a visit to Bukit Malawati. So what does one gets to do at Bukit Malawati? Monkeys. Its all about the monkeys. You get to take pictures as well as feeding them. They're so laid back that they won't be afraid to come close to you if you're munching on something.

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Or just simply monkey around.

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Hope you guys had an awesome Chinese New Year holiday

2 comments:

  1. Thanks! hehe

    More photos will uploaded to facebook :P

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