Deerland In Lanchang, Pahang

31st August 2010, Malaysia's Independence Day is a public holiday and I'm spending a day in Temerloh visiting my girl friend Alicia. Since its a holiday and there's nothing much to do in Temerloh, we've decided to go deer-watching in Lanchang.

If you're coming from Kuala Lumpur, you exit at Lanchang toll station, do not turn left into Lanchang town but instead, head right and drive through a narrow windy road. You won't see any cars around (I don't know why??), do not be afraid if u see a jungle on your left and right. You are on the right track. It takes about 15 minutes through that road before you see a colony of KL cars flocked along the roadside. That is how you know you have finally arrive.

'VISIT AT YOUR OWN RISK', why? Perhaps there's something dangerous waiting ahead of us?

Animals To Watch In Deerland
1. Deers
We immediately understood what it meant by 'VISIT AT YOUR OWN RISK' when this huge family of deers were all around me because I was holding their food.

Eventually I got kicked by some aggressive deers. Seriously, it was painful.

My girl friend Alicia is a smart one. She picked a young small-sized deer so that she wouldn't get attacked.  Indeed, it looks like a naive looking deer, cute and cuddly - BUT do not be decieved, for these can be the most aggresive deers around.

This is a Taiwanese deer but strangely the name given to it was 'Bintik' and it means dots in Bahasa Melayu. The ones with the horns are males.

This gigantic deer is the local Malaysian deer, aged 8 years old. Its at least 3x the size of the other deers we visited. Just amazing.

2. Wild Cats
These are no ordinary pussy cats. They are known as wild cats or jungle cats because of their aggressive attitude. Yes, they look so cute don't they. Again, do not be deceived.Wait till you see them in action.

3. Birds
Many types of birds can be found in Deerland but there were only a few species of birds that attracted my attention. This particular one has a majestic name- Golden Pheasant. According to the staff  there, Golden Pheasant prefers to run rather than fly. If it senses danger, it can suddenly burst upward at great speed. Look at how it stares at the camera in this picture. Perhaps it already sense danger now. RUN!

These little birds are locally known as 'burung puyuh'. According to Wikipedia, it is related to Quail, a kind of bird which is basically small and plump which can't fly.

4. Snakes
To be honest, this is the first time I've ever laid my hand on a snake. Its basically cold as expected. We were told that it has not been fed yet that morning. Alicia was anxious of course, afraid it would lay its teeth on any potential 'victims'. Close shot..

5. Wild Guinea Pigs
Bugsy! If you've watched Adam Sandler's Bedtime Stories, you will definitely know Bugsy. Something you have to know about these furry stuff. They emit low monotonous sounds, like an orchestra of cellos n basses. These sounds cannot be heard loudly, so pay careful attention when you come across any of these piggys.

6. Bear
This bear is definitely the entertainer of the day. We were lucky enough to visit it during its lunch time. Its job was to eat and eat and continue eating. What we see in this picture is the bear being fed with a bottle of honey. Reminds me a little of 'Winnie the Pooh' though.

It was too busy to entertain us, so we entertained it instead, by taking pics with it. Me and Alicia managed to have some photo shots with this grizzly black bear.

Food For Thought: Don't even bother to wear nicely if you're planning to visit Deerland. As I mentioned earlier, I got kicked by deers. So, if your Giorgio Armani shirt has a deer paw mark on it, don't regret.

Teo Chew Food In Kuantan

Thats my exhausted and sleepy face after a badminton game today and I had a really tough game that I think I've loss a few thousand kcal in those games I've played.

Of course under such hypoxic and hypoglycemic condition that I need to reward myself with some nice food and thus me along with William, Han Ping, Quek and Kheng Ying decided to have a Teo Chew dinner somewhere in Semambu and the restaurant is called "Zheng Kung Fu".

Well, Teo Chew food is basically simple but nice to eat. Here we have a 'man tofu'. I think the salty sauce goes well with the lack-of-taste tofu as a compensation.

This is something weird ordered by Han Ping. Erm... what do we call it.... errr... 'egg tea' if I'm not mistaken. I guess Han Ping is over excited that he beat me 21 - 20 in the final badminton single match and he decided to reward himself with this weird high protein juice.

Yuummm... this is my favourite dish: the crispy skin chicken. "Crunch!!!" This is how it sounds like when you bite the chicken.

Another high protein dish, egg with soy sauce. As usual, I'll discard the egg yolk and I only ingest the egg white.

This little bowl of soup is called piggy tummy soup, ordered by William. According to him, Klang's piggy tummy soup is 100 times better than this one. Whatever...

And finally, the dish of the day: 'honey vinegar baked chicken'. Yummy, your taste bud get to feel two distinct sweet and sour taste at your tongue at the same time and I think this dish had somehow stimulates our appetite towards the end.

Sri Jaya Pillow Pau: A Must To Try In Pahang

French bread, German bread, Irish bread... These are some of the world class famous bread we've always heard of. What about Chinese bread? Of course Chinese bread is famous as well.

Chinese bread is also known as 'pau' (包子) and its mainly white in color and is a type of steamed filled bun. Here we have an interesting pau that I've found in Sri Jaya, Pahang and this pau is known as 'Pillow Pau'. Sounds interesting aye?

So why do we call it pillow pau? As you can see from the picture above, the pillow pau really looks like what its name has been given: a pillow. Its huge in size but is adorable.

This pillow pau costs me RM7.50 and you know what, it takes 3 person to finish it. The texture is soft, and what I like the most is its filling.

Due to its rolled-up structure of the inner part, pillow pau actually tastes good and not too dry. There are 3 types of fillings available: kaya paste, peanuts and tau sa (black bean). Well then, get a bite, get Sri Jaya pillow pau!

Best Roti Planta In Kuantan

Roti canai is a type of flat bread found in Malaysia and is often found in 'Mamak' stalls or many Indian restaurants.

The main composition of roti canai is flour, water and egg. These ingredients are simple but such combination will no doubt produce a great food.

Roti canai is cooked on a flat iron skillet with a lot of oil.

Sometimes instead of using oil, planta (butter) or margarine can also be used and it seriously helps in making the roti canai smells better and even makes it crispier.

So this is a small 'Mamak' stall Han Ping brought us for lunch and I would never notice the existence of such stall in Kuantan. This stall is located just next to the Fire Station near the general hospital.

What makes this stall so interesting is the roti canai especially the roti planta of its.

I've eaten many roti planta in different places (Kuala Terengganu, Kota Bharu, Johor Baru, Sri Petaling, Oversea United Garden...) but I find this stall produces the best roti planta ever.

Interestingly, there are a few versions of roti planta can be produced in this stall: roti planta with double planta, with or without sugar, non-crispy, medium crispy and super crispy. Thus if you happen to spot this stall, do have a try of its roti planta.

Things To Do & Food To Eat In Krabi

Krabi has been luring tourists relentlessly for decades. Its definitely one of the best places to visit in Thailand. The reason that I plan my trip to Krabi is because I manage to get a cheap flight ticket via AirAsia. Lucky me!

Place To Stay

There's no problem looking for places to stay because Krabi is a hot spot for tourism and it is so commercialized that you can find hotels, motels and inns anytime you want to. Thanks to Chris who help us to book Aonang Paradise with a cheap price. A plus point to be given to this hotel because they will arrange a transport to fetch you from / to the airport with a cheap price.

Thing To Do

When you talk about Thailand, you talk about massage. You can get a very good Thai massage, head and shoulder massage, foot massage and facial massage with a very cheap price in Krabi. A Thai massage for example only cost 25 baht per hour. That's me and my girlfriend in the photo.

If you're weak in sport or can't stand heat, you better don't go for kayaking. Its a very tough activity to do especially under the sun. Sun burnt and myalgia (I mean muscle ache) are common. Each pair of us will be given a boat and a pair of paddles. Behind Ash and Lily, thats Jeff, Siew Ling and Chris.

Toot toot is the main transporting vehicle in Krabi like any other places found in Thailand. I find toot toot in Krabi is more interesting because firstly, they are colorful and secondly, each of these toot toot will have their own power speaker and they play modern hip-hop songs when they travel around. It costs 40 baht per ride per persion. Of course you can bargain for a cheaper price if you have a big group traveling together. Thats Eric and Venny in the picture.

Just like Redang Island of Terengganu, snorkeling is something you mustn't miss in Krabi. Snorkeling is included in the package of island hopping. Each package may cost different depending on which island you're going to. Phi Phi Island may be slightly more expensive than others and it costs approximately 1400 baht per person.

Elephant sanctuary wasn't part of our main activity but the package that we've chosen includes it.

Riding an elephant can be quite scary because these elephants do not have suspension and thus it can be quite shaky. That's Hsio Ling and Kiat Seng in the picture. Hsio Ling was quite tension nervous about riding an elephant. "I'm scared because elephants are unpredictable. I don't know what it'll do to us", says Hsio Ling.

Motor-vehicles need petrol and elephants need fruits. After each ride, you'll be given a chance to feed your elephant. Don't forget to shake its hand and praise it for its good work. Thats Zen and Vivian in the picture.

This is a wonderful photo of Alvin giving the elephant a good bath captured by Jess. If you want to, you can request from the tour guide to shower the elephant with water hose. An elephant will never say no to shower.

Be careful when you walk around in the elephant sanctuary. These highly fibrous bombs are all around the ground. As you're riding the elephants, you can always hear them burping and farting. You can even see them shits around.

Things To Eat

Seafood and Thai food are a must to eat. But I'm gonna concentrate in the fun food to eat in Krabi. First of all, you gotta try its pancake. There are a few flavors you can find there such as chocolate, bananas, peanuts, apples and etc...

Interestingly, Pocky can be found in Krabi but not in Malaysia. Malaysia's version is called Rocky and its an imitation of Pocky.

Chang beer and Singha beer are the local beer brand. Its a must to try. Personally, I love Singha more than Chang because it tastes smoother. If I'm not mistaken, they're only 45 baht each.

Other than the local phad thai, the small stalls that you can find by the road side sell a huge variety of food. What Jess is holding in the photo is one of my favorite food: the simple but delicious roast chicken that cost 20 baht.

What To Wear

Make sure its short and light. Krabi is extremely humid and stuffy. Thus, a short pant and shirt will be sufficient.

Beach wear is definitely needed. Bikini, sun glasses, singlet, hat and short pants are the most suitable gear to wear for the girls.