|A nice outing, 26-5-2012
|My British friends Pat and Roger are back for some time in Malaysia with two of their Australian friends who had never visited Malaysia before.
Pat and Roger asked me if I was willing to be their guide for a "truly Malaysian" outing.
And of course I was..:-)
First we had a Malaysian breakfast at a mamak stall near my place. Dosai, Roti Canai, Teh Tarik.
Our first destination was Serendah, once a thriving tin mining town.
From one of the many tin mining ponds you have a beautiful view of the Serendah mosque.
Nearby an interesting structure can be found, the Seven Wells. To control the water of the Serendah river and use its water for the tin mines, the river flow was regulated by letting the water flow down seven artificial wells into a pond. It is a scenic location, but unfortunately the inlets of several wells were blocked by debris.
Not many people know that in WWII there has been a battle of Serendah. In December 1941 the Japanese army had invaded Malaysia from the North and was progressing fast to Kuala Lumpur. After destroying the railway and road bridges over the Serendah river, the retreating British forces tried to delay the Japanese front. The battle took place on 10-1-1942 and the villagers took refuge at the Chinese cemetery and other hills around the village.
We found this cemetery with a nice view of the village. So quiet now, difficult to imagine the turmoil of those days.
Next was the Serendah waterfall. Last time I visited this fall, the bridge had been swept away by a flash flood. It had been repaired, the place was quite busy, as the school holidays had started.
Then it was time for lunch. We went to the WK restaurant in Ulu Yam. The place is popular with city folks, who were curious to know how a group of Mat Sallehs had managed to find this remote place..:-) Lunch with pork belly, fish head curry and two veggies was delicious and value for money at RM 52 only.
On our way back we visited the Kuil Buddha Sakya Tharig Centre in Ulu Yam. It is a beautiful quiet place, where Tibetan Buddhism is practised. We lit a lamp for good luck and talked with a friendly volunteer. The center has a nice columbary, which might be a suitable place in the (hopefully far) future for my "third home"
Finally we had a short stop at the Batu Reservoir, where we enjoyed the view and had ice cream.
Quite a perfect day.