Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Extraordinary Return Route From Ipoh Ep 1

NSE, North South Expressway, commonly known as PLUS highway is no stranger to Malaysian. It's the highway that links Northern to Southern of Malaysia, from Bukit Kayu Hitam to Johor Bahru. This is the common route majority uses to travel north or south, it just tax you for 2-hour route to reach Ipoh, the food heaven.

Nope, I am not gonna blog on Ipoh food, too many floggers blog about it, or may be next time if I found something extraordinary. Instead of Ipoh food, I want to be extraordinary to blog about the tourist spots in Ipoh and instead of taking the NSE route to return from Ipoh, I took the extraordinary route back to my hometown. Why so many extraordinary? I simply use extraordinary because this word is very popular these days i.e. Extraordinary General Meeting EGM. Hehe...

By help of MFM map, I planned the route to pass through few tourist spots (indeed, really very few around Ipoh) in Ipoh that I have never been before. The first one was Perak Herbs Garden or Taman Herba Perak. Very funny, it was closed, a tourist spot closed on weekend! Well, this could be the outcome of 2 different state governments - both busy killing "frogs" in the garden. Anyway, we moved on to another spot which is located on the same road but opposite direction...


The Kellie's Castle.

Nothing extraordinary about the building but its history is something interesting to read. I like its location, in particular it is at a hill with a river in front of the building, and very greenish surrounding. Few shots with the Jack Bond phone...


There's entrance fee of RM4 per pax. Cheap and I hope the site maintainer uses the $$ wisely to maintain the building properly, there were already few "bat men" habituated in the building...


With their faeces on the timber floor...


But who knows one of them was Kellie spirit...


There's also a tree labeled as "bear tree"...


People always say Ipoh produces many leng luis and I thought now Ipoh also produces koala bears, apparently it was the trunk that has something looks like a bear face...


After a 20 minutes stop at Kellie's Castle, we restarted the journey to return home, heading to Lumut-Sekinchan direction. On the way, we dropped by another tourist spot, the tin dredge museum...


As you can see, the gate was locked. Again, may be too many "frogs" in the dredge or the state government is still struggling what car to buy, Toyota Camry or Toyota Zambry.

That's the end of the tour in or surrounding Ipoh. A bit disappointed with the tourism board, that could be the result of the political instability in the state. Sigh.

It's lunch time, we needed a place for a good lunch, our stomach still filled with Ming Court's dim sum though.

To be continued...