Perak - Malaysia
Taiping was built on money, greed, power and was embalmed in civil wars, spilt blood and sufferings. In the late 1800's , Malaya was a treasure island dripping with riches off leaves of the trees with timber, tin and other natural resources...
Comfortably cradled in a crook of Perak River, Kuala Kangsar is a well preserved old Royal Town where its serenity and its well-maintained old palaces are worth a mention. This place must have had a strange effect on Sultan Yusuf Sharifuddin Mudzaffar Shah of Perak who ruled from 1877 to 1887. Unlike many rulers who protected their royal places and strongholds by selecting their vantage points carefully where they could detect enemy approach from afar, the Sultan had his first royal palace built beside the riverbank. He then named it 'Istana Sri Sayong'.
Ipoh is the capital of the state of Perak and is known as the town that tin built. In its early years during the tin boom, ipoh was the place to be for the clubbing scene and the wild parties. Today ipoh remains an old, jaded town with a hint of its glorious past
Lumut is the take off point to Pangkor Island and also Pangkor Laut. This little coastal town serves the local community which is largely made up of the royal navy and the power station boys.
Pangkor Island is a popular island destination for local and Singapore holiday makers. It gets extremely busy during school and public holidays
On Pangkor Island, in a piece of 12.5 acre virgin forest is hidden one of the best kept secrets of the island - Tiger Rock Resort. Since 1998, tourist (mainly from overseas) have been privileged to experience the allure of Tiger Rock. The inspiration of David and Rebecca Owen Wilkinson, Tiger Rock provides a haven for all those craving a back to nature holiday with luxury.
Maxwell Hill or Bukit Larut was founded in the 1880's by the then William Edward Maxwell was appointed Assistant Resident of Perak. So much has happened over time on Maxwell Hill that it's no wonder tales of ghosts and wandering spirits abound. The only spirits i got close to were the Buffy Owls. And they were a wonderous sight!
About 5,600 Orang Asli live at Temenggor, made up of the Temiar, the Jahai and the Kinchu tribes. The Jahai tribe is a sub-group of the Negrito. They are generally shorter, darker skinned and have very tightly curled hair. They lead a semi-nomadic life, engaging in a little bit of hunting, a little bit of gathering, a little bit of fishing and a little bit of cultivation.
Royal Belum Rainforest is Peninsular Malaysia's final frontiers into virgin rainforests where large jungle animals take refuge and hornbills fly over your heads in a flock of a hundred or more.
Terrapins were from the wild and some are still found in the wild. We had quite a number of fresh water and aquarine terrapins living in the wild some years back. But authorities believe that the wild population dwindled during the period of Japanese Occupation from 1941 to 1945. During these hard years, the local communities supplemented their tapioca meals with whatever they could catch.
Around and to the back of the main building, there's a large compound where cages of all sizes line the paths. An ongoing research is conducted on the various species of pheasants and other ground dwelling birds housed in these cages. But the purpose of this center is to create a sustainable gene pool of the endangered species kept here,
The last leg of the drive through 40km of the east west highway brought us to the jetty 45minutes later. The Belum and Temenggor Forest Reserve is home to a great variety of fauna and flora. All along the east west highway are Elephant Crossing signs. The jungles here are estimated at 130million years old - older than Amazon and Congo. There are some 3,000 species of flowering plants, many endemic to northern peninsula, 100species of mammals including large roaming animals such as the Sumatran Rhino, Malayan Tiger, Malayan Gaur, Malayan Tapir, Clouded Leopard,
The sizes ranged from small to large depending on the capacity of production in the area. TT5 meaning Tanjung Tualang No.5 was one of 7 tin dredges managed and owned by the Southern Malayan Tin Dredging Ltd.
For an historical site so important and so old in comparison to the age of civilisation in Malaysia, one would think that Gua Tambun be enshrined for eternity and that there wouldn't be a problem locating this historical milestone.
William Smith grew up in a little farm close to Dallas on the Moray Firth in Scotland. As the Victoria era blossomed for a new class of elite, spearheaded by innovative technology and inventions - the working class were pushed harder into poverty and frustrations. Perhaps it was the drive to escape from the droll of intense poverty that sent William Smith to far off lands looking for opportunities.
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