Thursday, May 11, 2006

Useful spots

Directory of places in Mersing (Yellow Pages)

Tour Operators

Internet Caf├ęs
Eddie Internet
WiredSpot Beach Office Suites +6 019 704 8624

Post Office

Hotels

Restaurants

Clinic

Pharmacy

WiredSpot

When away from home, its difficult to find your own space. For visitors that need a quiet place to work, WiredSpot Beach Office Suites is a shared office facility available for long term or short term rental. The space offers wireless access, air conditioning, secure office space, and is located above a lively coffee shop in the heart of town. Facilities include a conference room, clean restrooms, and a kitchenette.



Rental information

Rates
Day rentalRM20/day
Weekend (Fri, Sat & Sun) rentalRM50/weekend
Weekly rentalRM100/week

- All rates include desk space, and secured storage space.
- WiredSpot Beach Office Suites is a non-smoking facility.

For additional information, please call +6 019 704 8624.

What to bring

Mersing has a tropical climate, with lots of sun and humidity. During the monsoon, it rains periodically, and the weather is cooler. We recommend for you to prepare these items so that you get to enjoy Mersing to the fullest. If you forget to bring some of these items, you can always purchase things in town.

Light clothing
You should bring clothes that are light in weight and color. That way, you won't feel uncomfortable under the hot sun. Consider t-shirts, shorts and clothes with breathable fabric. For women, a sarong can be extremely handy in the evenings when the mosquitos come out.

Beach wear
You'll be by the beach, so don't forget your swimwear.

Sunblock
You will get a tan here, so to be safe, bring sunblock.

Hat
Pick a hat that's light and gives plenty of shade.

Insect repellant
If you're not used to mosquitoes, this is a must.

Sandals
The cheapest way to move around is to walk, and there's plenty to see and do while on foot. Sandals help because they keep your feet dry when it's sunny, dries up easily after it pours, and are easily washed so you won't worry about getting them dirty.

Camera
Mersing is a beautiful place, so don't miss the chance to take pictures.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Advertise

Mersing.com can help you gain new customers by turning tourists into clients. With a feature about your company in one of our sections, such as Where to stay, Cool things to do, or Where & what to eat or a web page of your own, such as WiredSpot.

For more information on rates, please contact us at si @ mediasc.com.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

How to Get There

You can see the roads entering Mersing here. For a more detailed view of Mersing, see our town map.


Below are the roads to Mersing from Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru/Singapore.


From Singapore
Take Jalan Wong Ah Fook and this will lead you through Johor Bahru City passing City Square shopping mall on your right. Look out for the overhead Bridge with the sign 'Kota Tinggi - Desaru'. Follow this sign leading you to route 3 . Route 3 will take you towards Kota Tinggi and Mersing. Just follow the signs.

Approximate travelling time : 2 hrs from JB

From Kuala Lumpur
Take North-South Highway, head south towards Johor. Exit at Ayer Hitam (exit 244). After toll gate take a right turn at the traffic junction and head towards Kluang. Before entering Kluang town, there’s a roundabout, take 3 O’clock. Follow signs to Mersing or Route 3.

Approximate travelling time : 5 hrs from KL

There are two major bus lines that go from KL to Mersing. The first is the Transnasional, and the second is S&S. S&S is faster and the seats are more comfortable.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Town Map

Google now has a decent road map of Mersing.
One can only wonder why the state government doesn't make
decent maps available to the public.




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Here's our original self drawn map circa 2006:


Click for a larger version (about 70K).

A bit of trivia:

This map above shows Mersing Kiri ( Mersing left, bottom of map), while across the river is Mersing Kanan ( Mersing Right, top of the map). The two sides of town were named from the perspective of a boat as it sails into the mouth of river Mersing.
Right being the north side and Left Mersing being on the southside as seen from the sea.

My grandad told me a story of how he came to Mersing by steamship in the 1920's and this must have been the way that coastal towns were connected, not by road but by sea.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Cool things to do

For a couple of days...


Visit the Islands
There are a variety of tropical islands with white beaches and azure seas near Mersing, Tioman being the largest among them.

According to MariMari.com, Tioman is considered one of the world's ten most beautiful islands. The Island was the setting for the paradise island of "Bali Hai" in the film "South Pacific." For seven years, it was also the setting for a European reality TV show "Expedition Robinson" (which is the show that inspired "Survivor").

Tioman island has steep slopes of lush green vegetation and a wide variety of flora. Extensive coral reefs make it an excellent place to go diving or snorkeling. Popular beaches include the ones around the villages of Tekek, Genting, and Salang.

Getting There:
Tioman is accessible by passenger boat services from Mersing. By air, Pelangi Air and Berjaya Air operate daily flights into Tioman from Kuala Lumpur. Pelangi Air also flies daily from Singapore.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Loke Tien Yuen Restaurant

55 Jalan Abu Bakar, Mersing
Open for lunch from 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Open for dinner to 9:00pm

Loke Tien is a Chinese seafood restaurant that serves the best steamed fish in Mersing. The owner, Margaret, runs this bright and clean establishment, which was first opened by her grandfather. When dining at Loke Tien, ask Margaret what is fresh, and she generally recommends a couple of dishes. All of the steamed fish is brought in fresh from the day's catch. We haven't once had to look at the menu.

What to order:
-- Steamed fish (the red grouper is the best!)
-- Prawn dumplings (a specialty of Loke Tien)
-- Whatever is fresh or recommended

Friday, May 05, 2006

Where & what to eat

Malaysian Foods

Cendol (pronounced Chen-Dole) is a type of dessert that consists of white coconut milk, thin pandan-flavoured green-coloured flour noodles, palm sugar (gula melaka), red beans, and shaved ice. Sweet corn could also be added. Cendol is a wonderful complement for a hot summer's day.

Ais Kacang (pronounced Ice Kah-Chaang) is a type of dessert for a hot summer's day, consisting of shaved ice served with sweet flavoured syrup and jelly. Kacang is a malay word for bean, and ais kacang also comes with a helping of sweet red beans. Often, a large serving of attap chee (palm seed), sweet corn, grass jelly, cubes of agar agar and cendol form the base. Evaporated milk is drizzled over the mountain of ice.



Where

Al-Hamid Cendol

Hassan owns Al-Hamid Cendol, which is the local coffeehouse that serves the best cendol in town. Years ago, Hassan had started off with a small cendol pushcart, and gradually the number of customers grew. Now he owns a mamak shop that sells an assortment of food and drinks, such as tosai, and teh tarik. However, his original cendol pushcart still stands in front of his shop, where the cendol is still made.


Mersing Cafe

Mersing Cafe is located around the corner from Public Bank, a short distance from the old market. An original kopitiam, it serves the best kaya toast with real butter! Their bread is freshly baked each morning, and Mersing Cafe grinds their own coffee!

What to order at Mersing Cafe:
- Kaya toast with butter (in malay: roti bakar dengan butter)
- Kopitiam coffee, with condensed milk on the bottom (kopi)
- Tea mixed with evaporated milk, with condensed milk on the bottom (teh)
- Half boiled eggs (telur stenga masak)


Loke Tien

Lok Tien is a Chinese seafood restaurant that serves the best steamed fish in Mersing. The owner, Margaret, runs this bright and clean establishment, which was first opened by her grandfather. When eating at Lok Tien, ask Margaret what is fresh, and she generally recommends a couple of dishes. We haven't once had to look at the menu.

What to order at Lok Tien:
- Steamed fish (The red grouper is the best!)
- Prawn dumplings (A specialty of Lok Tien)
- Whatever is fresh

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Photos

Here are sample photos from other sites. Do browse them to see what they have experienced.