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Feb 25, 2014

Tasik Takong, Pengkalan Hulu, Perak- Boats

This lake was said to come about 100 years ago when King Reman's hundred over elephants took their dips in a small river that used to run through it from Tasek. Pengkalan Hulu aka Kroh used to be under the Thai ruling until the British dragged the border stone past Air Panas and declared a new borderline to keep the Klian Intan Tin Mine for themselves. The main tin mine exists today even after the cable cars are long gone. Rahman Hydraulic Tin Mine is the major miner. Coming back to Tasik Takong, there is new attraction to this lake, a positive one. Boats...swan boats ... and cycle operated boats.

 It is a nice change considering all the garish buildings coming up around the lake... the natural beauty is on the way of being overshadowed. What brought the local authorities to build a hospital near a lake, beats the logic out of it. Now if they had built a park, a recreational facility ... maybe.

Well, let's hope this boating experience will urge everyone to keep the lake clean and appreciated at the least so that the future generation will come to see what pride we took in preserving this naturally gifted hilltown and its beauty for them..

The boats are priced at RM10 for half hourly open from 11am to 7pm.

Jan 9, 2014

Best Places to Stay in Pengkalan Hulu







Whether it is a lake side chalet, a hot spring chalet, a decent enough hotel for a small town or homestay.. or even camp out under the skies.. !

Jan 2, 2014

Air Panas, Pengkalan Hulu


It was after a heavy downpour today, we decided on the way back from our weekly Sunday tea at the local nasi kandar to revisit Kolam Air Panas.


The chalets under Chalet Air Panas were again open for business after a brief closure for maintenance.


It felt good to soak your cold feet in bubbling sulphuric water after rain.


The new channels built around provided ample sitting space..


More chalets in the design of old kampung houses adds choice..


Nice landscaping efforts..


25 years ago, i remember there were 3 main hot spring wells.. and 2 roughly built cement pools for boys and girls.


Now remains two wells, well cordoned off for safety and more pool area provided.


The dewan makan (hall) completes facilities for seminars or workshops.


The river running in the background where we used to jump in between dunks in the hot water. Nice place for weekend seminar or retreat.

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Dec 25, 2013

Restoran Terapung, Taman Tasik Pengkalan Hulu

By the banks of that century old lake formed by stomping elephants that belonged to a Siamese king, now sits a restaurant..that almost floats on it.


It is a Malay restaurant and opens in the evenings late into the nights..



..all tinged in green.. and you know not why.


Hey, even your satay may look green..


And that mee basah.. is really not that bad.


Sit a while and the place grows on you..


Call it rustic charm..the open air..the old tree that grows through planks ..


Or that lazy sunset over the hills.. if you are in time for it..


Or the dark waters you know that lurks below the wooden planks..occasional tortoise, pythons and iguanas taking a peek at you.. welcome to Restoran Terapung, Taman Tasik Pengkalan Hulu.



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Nov 14, 2013

Gerai Masakan Melayu-Warisan Selera, Jalan Air Panas

I absolutely heart Malay food, not the tomyam kacukan but the authentic kampung cooking. The deliciously fragrant herbs like serai, bunga kantan, daun kesum, daun kunyit..etc and drenched in thick coconut milk. I love the lemaks, the rendangs, the masak merah and the grilled stuffed fish in banana leaves. I love the pucuk paku, the ikan keli, the sweet sour pineapples, the pungent belacan and ikan masin...wow..it gets me drooling each time.

And right in the middle of Pengkalan Hulu town, i discovered a really gem of a food stall at the medan food court. The first stall on the right as you enter via the bakery entrance. I believe it is called Warisan Selera.





On weekdays and especially Fridays, the place will be crowded with government servants of all levels and the rest of the town. Their selection of dishes are awesome. You practically can get whatever you crave for. But you have to be early. You gotta be there by 12 to get to the prime selection. Food will disappear very fast.

Pricing is very competitive but for food using such fresh ingredients and that rich, you will willingly pay premium price anytime

Nov 28, 2009

Belukar Semang, Pengkalan Hulu

Post Hari Raya Haji, we decided to take a long drive into Tasek and came across these nature's miracles. Perfect picnic spots, you call it. With these sceneries, what else can you wish for.