41: Malaysia > Perak > Kg Kelantan in Ulu Perak

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Yes, there is a ‘Kg Kelantan’, tucked in Ulu Perak between Kuala Kangsar and Lenggong. It was founded by my grand-uncle more than 100 yrs ago, as he traveled by foot from Kelantan (where else?), via Siam, to Perak looking for a long-lost uncle.

Reaching the village of Kuak he must have felt tired, and decided to settle down with a local girl. So he founded Kg Kelantan, and eventually became a wealthy rubber plantation owner. Btw, the uncle he was looking for actually lived in Sabak Bernam, still a long long way away from Kuak! Yes, I do have a bunch of long-lost relatives somewhere in Sabak Bernam too. Now I know where I got my travel-bug from.

Saturday morning, 15th December 2007

Along PLUS Expressway to the north, exit here.
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Then take brand new Route 76 towards Gerik.
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About 25km on, and you hit Kg Kelantan.
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We are here for a double-wedding, both boys are my cousin’s kids, all working in KL.
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Big Groom’s POV.
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The village is on the banks of Lake Chenderoh, formed by a power-generating dam opened in 1930.
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Metal bridge connecting parts of the village.
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Commercial fish-rearing is big business here, premium fishes of various types.
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First house in Kg Kelantan, built by founder grand-uncle Saad more than 100 yrs ago.
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Next to it, remnant of a huge Merbau tree, felled to build the old house above.
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Underneath the house, a multipurpose area.
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Inside house, a thoroughly knackered kid (my nephew actually :-)).
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Cocoa tree next to house.
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Sick cocoa – the motionless ants seem high on something.
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Cocoa innards.
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Flesh on white pods can be eaten (taste so-so lah), and the hard seeds contain the real cocoa stuff.
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Old gear to press rubber sheets, after being processed from rubber milk.
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Finished rubber sheets must be grooved, to prevent them sticking to each other, I guess.
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Pickled fish is also a Kg Kelantan specialty.
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If you have time, drive further up Route 76 towards Lenggong/Gerik, and you’ll come to a very scenic spot of Lake Chenderoh … Image

… and the photogenic Nazrin Bridge.

The photogenic Nazrin Bridge across Lake Chenderoh
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