1,300KM round trip to East Coast

We made a short round trip from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Bharu for the Qing-Ming Festival 清明 (Chinese Tomb Sweeping Day).

East Coast

With respect of the ancestors, it may not be nice to take pictures of this colourful and smoky festival.

Fish on Land

So, I rather showed you the original skeleton of the famous Perak Man. This is the oldest complete set of skeleton discovered in South East Asia. He lived more than 10,000 years ago. Note: Peking Man dated back to 300,000 years.

Perak Man

This skeleton has been relocated back to Lenggong Archaeological Museum in 2014 for Malaysia Tourism Year. Lenggong Valley has been crowned as the World Heritage Site.

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Spiritual Stop

We made a impromptu stop over when we passed by Sam Poh Tong at Ipoh just now.

Sam Poh Tong 2014 (4)

The trees in the hidden cave were serene and green.

Ling Sen Tong 2014 (2)

The endless curtain of pagoda inscent was mesmerizing.

Sam Poh Tong 2014 (5)

The twinkling candles sway with the cool cave winds. No word, no thought.

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Nine Emperor Gods Festival 2013 怡保斗母宫九皇爷诞

Today is the first day of the 9-day Nine Emperor Gods Festival.

Ipoh Tow Boo Keong Temple Nine Emperor Gods  Festival 2013 怡保斗母宫九皇爷诞 (5)

We made a day trip back to hometown for lunch, and passing Ipoh town. I made a short detour to Tow Boo Keong Temple (怡保斗母宫) where the largest celebration of this festival takes place around Ipoh region.

Ipoh Tow Boo Keong Temple Nine Emperor Gods  Festival 2013 怡保斗母宫九皇爷诞 (6)

I decided to show Christine the Red Tortoise Buns made for this festival. There are few stores making the buns on location. So devotees can buy steamed bun (ready to eat) or cold one (for prayer).

Ipoh Tow Boo Keong Temple Nine Emperor Gods  Festival 2013 怡保斗母宫九皇爷诞 (2)

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Searching for the legendary Elephant Stone (Batu Gajah)

I know the existing of a place called Batu Gajah, literally means Elephant Stone. You can see the signboard turning to this town from the North-South Highway (E1) in Peninsular Malaysia.

Clearwater Sanctuary

On my way back to Kuala Lumpur, I decided to clear the doubt once for all. What is this stone anyway? We passed by the famous Kellie Castle and dropped by Clearwater Sanctuary.

Goodbye Tin-Mining sculpture 1997

One can play golf or fishing at Clearwater.

Court House at Batu Gajah

When we started circulating the town, we saw some interesting heritage buildings.

Royal English School at Batu Gajah

There are easily over 20 buildings that are over century old, and still occupied by local residence.

Station Master's Quarters at Batu Gajah

The 2 traditional Malay houses are actually residence of the railway station master, still in used and owned by railway company.

Want to see the elephant stone? Read on …

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