Temerloh Esplanade, Pahang

I re-visited Temerloh town after such a long time. The last time was when I was a little girl visiting my sick Aki at Temerloh Hospital. Both my father and late grandfather was born in Kg Awah, Temerloh. I haven’t been here for such a long time mostly because my parents got divorced and my siblings and I were left in the custody of my mother.

Temerloh has been going under a lot of development. One of it includes Esplanade Temerloh situated by the Pahang River, Temerloh. My family and I dropped by the waterfront to check out the longest river (459 km in length) in Peninsular Malaysia, Pahang River.

The esplanade platform is nicely cemented and is equipped with orange-shaped seats for visitors to enjoy the river view. There is also a shaded area with seats. I think the platform floor looks quite interesting with Patin-shaped tiles. Patin is synonymous with Temerloh as Temerloh has been rebranded as Bandar Ikan Patin, which literally means Patin Fish Town. Patin ( Pangasius sp.) is a type of freshwater catfish found in the Pahang River. Patin is said to have juicy taste and is popular as local food; especially gulai tempoyak. I, however, do not like eating this fish. I tried but I just couldn’t get it down my throat.

In the vicinity of esplanade, there is also a food court as well as food stalls along the road. There is also a suspension bridge across the river.

The suspension bridge is named Kuala Semantan Suspension Bridge (Jambatan Gantung Kuala Semantan). Built in February 2011, this bridge connects the esplanade (Tower A) with Patin Square (Tower B) and 5 people are allowed at one go. The bridge measures at 86m in length and 40.22m above sea level.

Here are some pictures from the bridge:

Apart from the bridge, activities here include boating. I am not sure of the rate as we did not take the ride. We wanted to but the boat operator said he had wrapped for the day and was heading home.

I love it here for the old big trees along the road. Yay tree!

Here’s a Google map of Temerloh Esplanade.

 
Click to enlarge. Or search Google maps Malaysia for Temerloh Esplanade.

 *Gulai tempoyak – a gravy made from fermented durian.

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Suria Cherating Beach Resort

What is the best way to enjoy Cherating beach? To me, it is certainly walking along the shore and combing the beach to see and photograph things that have been washed ashore with the tide, while letting the gentle breeze kiss the face.

And where is the best place to stay after the excursion along the beach? Certainly going back to my choice of resort—Suria Cherating Beach Resort (Suria Cherating); the perfect spot to kick up my feet and continue to feel the breeze. I love it here.

Suria Cherating  is renowned for its Bali-inspired accommodations that spell comfort in style. Its 114 cozy guest rooms are decorated with stylish teak furniture with a touch of Balinese art. The room during my stay here was a two-bedded Superior room with a garden view. Choice of accommodations at Suria Cherating ranges from a variety of rooms with garden or sea view and amenities include TV with selected satellite channels, coffee/tea-making facilities, refrigerator, IDD telephone, ironing board upon request, wireless Internet connectivity in the room, safety box and more. Room rates are ranging from RM175 to RM345 (excluding tax), depending on type of room and time of year (normal day, school holiday, national holiday).

I love the corridor area where I got to view beautiful canvas paintings painted by local artist. At the end of the corridor there is an elevator and a gift shop and further down the steps is the swimming pool area, which overlooked by the Bunga Padi Restaurant. Right before the beach, there are dedicated areas for team-building obstacle course, mini playground, beach telematch and beach volleyball.

Buffet breakfast at Bunga Padi Restaurant was okay. There’s cereal with milk, toasted bread with jams or butter, sausages, baked beans, scrambled eggs, rice porridge, fruits and heavier food like fried rice and fried kuew teow. Alternatively, there will be nasi lemak or fried vermicelli or mee. Drinks include coffee, tea and orange juice. Breakfast is free for 2 persons. The rate is RM20 for adult, Rm13 for a kid. A-la carte is available for lunch and dinner and room service starts from 11am to 10pm. On arrival, all guests will be given a welcoming drink.

Overall, my stay here was great. My son enjoyed playing at the beach, the swimming pool and the playground area. And as for me, I mostly enjoyed walking along the beach and sitting outside the restaurant watching kids playing while taking pictures. I wanted to draw but I left my pencil somewhere and was not much in the mood to draw.

Because I enjoyed the stay so much, I want one of my lucky readers to have the chance to stay here too. Suria Resorts & Hotels management has kindly agreed to sponsor a 2D and 1N stay in a Superior room!!

To stand a chance to win, you need to:

Easy 4 steps!  The lucky winner will be selected based on the most creative comment. Judging will be done by Suria Resorts management. Closing date is 11 September 2012, 11.59pm.

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About Suria Resorts & Hotels:
Suria Resorts & Hotels is a Malaysian – based resort and hotel operator and management company founded in 2003. Suria Resorts & Hotels presently managing a chain of hotels in Merang, Terengganu; Cherating, Pahang; Johor Bahru, Johor; Janda Baik, Pahang and Cambridge, London.

For more information, please visit: http://www.suriaresorts.com or visit  Suria Resorts & Hotels on FB.

For inquiries, please contact 03-7806 4752 or e-mail: sales@suriaresorts.com.

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Kuala Gandah National Elephant Conservation Centre

Visiting Kuala Gandah National Elephant Conservation Centre at Lanchang, Pahang last month was a great opportunity for my family and I to learn more about elephants as well as to meet and greet them up-close and personal. Reaching the place around 12.30pm, I went in the reception area with my son to find out more information about the place while my husband takes a quick nap.

National Elephant Conservation Centre is a base for Elephant Relocation Team dedicated to locating, subduing and then trans-locating problem elephants from areas where their habitats are constantly being encroached by plantations, to other suitable habitats throughout Peninsular, including Taman Negara National Park.

We found out that admission is free and in order to get in the sanctuary, we need to register; full name, IC, address and phone number. Later we were given sticker passes to stick on our shirts.  By having done all that, we’re free to visit the sanctuary already but activities with elephants only starts at 2pm, so we use the extra time to visit the exhibition near the reception area to learn more about elephants.

 

At around 1pm, we went into the area where the elephants are. Although activities have not started yet, visitors can go in and see and feed the elephants.


Here is Yassin feeding an elephant with sugarcane.

Some of the elephants here were found injured in the jungle of Malaysia while some were brought in from Thailand and Myanmar under the trans-location program to ensure their well-being and continued survival.

The Peninsular Malaysian elephants (Asian elephants) are listed as critically endangered species as there are only 1,200 wild elephants existed in Peninsular Malaysia. Protecting these elephants help safeguard thousands of other species within its habitat. The elephant creates vital natural pathways by knocking over trees, allowing smaller species to feed, as well as dispersing plant seeds in its dung. However, due to habitat loss, elephants are forced to hunt for food in convert areas surrounding forest such as plantations, where they raid crops on a massive scale. This is why the trans-location team has such a dire responsibility to move these elephants, to prevent them from otherwise being shot by farmers, or simply dying of starvation.

The activities kicked off at 2pm with an introduction of 6 elephants.  These elephants are highly intelligent and delightful – each one has a different character, personality and temperament. All of them showed off a bit of their talents.


An elephant saying thank you.

Later, we got to interact with elephants by touching and feeding them. Yassin was so happy to be able to do that.


Touchy moment.

After the feeding session, all visitors were allowed to ride naturally on the elephants; without seating basket and all. The queue was quite long…we waited almost an hour.


Long queue.

Yassin with Ali and Uncle Helmy. Whaddaya know; of all the places, we bumped into them here at the sanctuary. Ali loves elephant.

Last activity of the day was bathing with elephants! Everybody; young ones and old alike, were very much excited. Yassin and Ali was having a blast washing the elephant. I did not join the the fun as I like being dry and just take photos. My husband joined in to take closer pictures in the river.

The bathing activity ended around 5pm and just before we could get to our car, rain fell down. So, my clothing was wet in other way. Ah well, hujan rahmat. Been quite a while since I last got soaked in a rain.

Here’s a video to sum it all up:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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