Friday, April 27, 2012

Seberang Takir @ Kuala Terengganu

Before I went to Terengganu, I did some little 'homework' to find out where to visit just to fill up our free time during the weekends thus I stumbled upon this website that introduce Seberang Takir that is famous for its batik industry and keropok lekor.
“ Seberang Takir is a small fishing village on a tiny peninsular with Terengganu River and South China Sea as its waters that has lots of interesting thing to be discovered. Most of the villagers in Kampung Hujung Tanjung earn their living from cottage industry in producing the famous Terengganu Keropok Lekor (a kind of fish cracker), batik printing, and drying salted fish under the sun, all by manual. To the end of the village is shallow sandy beach which will be flooded by sea water during monsoon season. A walk to this little peninsular village is interesting and worth. — Source.
Since I've never seen how batik and keropok lekor are produced in real life I told myself why not give this place a try! After all, this may be my first and last trip to Kuala Terengganu :P But I was wrong, I'll definitely go back there again cause there are still so many places that I didn't get to explore.

So back to the main topic of this post.. After visiting Pasar Payang and Chinatown earlier, and since we still had so much time to spare, I brought the girls to Seberang Takir. Unfortunately it was a Friday afternoon (cough* y'know they have Friday prayer) and we waited for an hour plus for the speedboat. Imagine waiting under the hot sun with no proper shade besides a few trees, I was terribly sunburnt after that. So the boat trip took about 5 mins from the waterfront that is located just beside Pasar Payang and a boat ride would cost RM1 per way.

This small gate is located beside the Syahbandar Jetty (normally for those who are going to Redang Island) and on its right is the KT Floating Restaurant and Pasar Payang. 

Us on the boat (: The boat ride was actually kinda relaxing with the gentle breeze caressing my face LOL 

Here we go! I actually recorded a video of the boat ride but then I guess it would take ages to upload so yeah forget about it :P 
As you can see, life jackets and life buoys are provided on the boat, so no worries (;

Some random artsy shot #likeaphotographer

The villages by the KT river. 

We're almost there! :DDDD

Colourful speedboats by the jetty (: I wish I could drive one and shout all aboard!! #thingstodobeforeIdie

After disembarking, we make our way to the batik factory first! We are really lucky that we get to meet friendly and nice villagers that showed us the way and even brought us for a walk-in tour in the batik factory. Too bad they are not working on a Friday, so we actually failed to see how batik are processed and produced. Super wrong timing -__- once again a gentle reminder, you can visit them on any days except Friday kthanksbai
This is the copper stamp that is used to produce the pattern on the batik, of course they have many other different stamps as well.  

The bits and pieces of the factory; doesn't look that hygienic.. IKR, I was kinda shocked too. I wondered if those wells filled with water has mosquitoes breeding inside ಠ_ಠ
These are the colourings that are used for the batik printing. 

The  plain clothes are first coloured *see those at the most bottom* before being stamped and waxed *those hanging in rows*. 

These are batik that haven't been waxed. 

And tadaaaaa! The end result; ready made batik that are sold at the shop opposite the factory :D 

Love the one at the bottom left and maybe the right one too HEH Price range is about RM18-24 depends on the pattern and type of clothes, not cheap I would say. 

This is the shop that I've mentioned, the only shop that sell batik in Sebrang Takir. Since it's located at the other end of the village, you have to walk further down from the jetty. Besides that, they sell salted fish as well! *points down*
The reason why you can smell different types of smell floating in the air as you walk in the village :P

Pakcik, buat ape tuh? 
Some cute random cat sleeping high up on a concrete wall :3 

Next, hunting for keropok lekor! There are a few shops that sell keropok lekor actually but we chose this one cause it looked somehow cleaner than the others.  

60 sens each; the cheapest you can get in the entire Kuala Terengganu. Even those in Pasar Payang sell it for RM1 each. We bought a few home and fried them, delisssssssssh indeed! I saw one of the locals actually ate it raw, he literally took it out from the box and chew it O_O Btw, no matter what it's a must to eat keropok lekor in KT! 

If I'm not mistaken, those are fish crackers being dried under the sun.

Then, it's time to say goodbye! (: 

Putting a dot to this post! Anyways, have a great weekend guys \( ̄︶ ̄)/


~Joeanney~ said...

Weee, Happy weekend!! spotted that "chou kan" face again..haha! :P

Jessy said...

i think the one they ate already steamed, but not nice one, tried. yucks! fried one best!!!!

Kian Fai Koh said...

although is abit geli by eating while directly take out from the box lol

still it is one of the best food in KT hahaha

Nikel Khor said...

nice place

Small Kucing said...

eh the 2nd pic ...the 2nd indian girl from the left looks like my son's teach.

Not keen on that keropok lekor shop.

Keropok lekor have you tried at losong? cheaper.

Adrian said...

Kuala Terengganu seems nice ! Never been there before tho :(

Tony Teh said...

interesting.. dont look like the kind of place that i could even last a day lol Bersih 3.0 experience

Eunice said...

Kuala Terengganu..not a bad place ...cuti cuti Malaysia~~

Camy said...

wooo! so nice get to visit batik facotry! nice experience!

FiSh. ohFISHiee said...

such secluded place indeed! but full of goodness :D

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Charmaine Pua Li Ping said...

Sounds so fun despite the bumpy ride! I wanna feel the cotton-ish sand!!