Thursday, January 11, 2007

Free wireless provided by WiredSpot

WiredSpot has set up a free wireless access point at Al Hamid Cendol (opposite Mersing Hotel) for residents and visitors to Mersing. Surf the net while enjoying an ice cold cendol or ABC!

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Macam-macam goreng

Translation: things fried, or fried things.

One of my favourite places in and around Mersing is Penyabong, which is a small town centred around a jetty. A fishing town, you can purchase fresh fish straight from the boat at 4pm. The best part of going to Penyabong is the fresh macam-macam goreng. There's a small stall situated across the jetty owned by a boisterous Malay woman, who serves up a fried storm: fried crabs (ketam goreng), fried prawns on a skewer (head included, udang goreng), fried banana (pisang goreng), and fried fish cake (keropok lekor). You can purchase her dried keropok, and chilli sauce in a bottle.

Penyabong is located north of Mersing. The directions are convoluted, so ask for directions along the way. Penyabong is approximately 30 minutes drive away.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

New market

The new pasar is up and running on the other side of the river now! Reports say that the market is bigger and better, though upon talking to stall owners, it appears that the new construction didn't quite take into account their needs. Not enough adequate drainage in the wet market, space still seems to be limited, traffic congestion to and from the market. We went to check out the market the other day. Tthere still are sellers using the parking lot as commercial space. Capitalism moves on! On the other side of the river, the old market has been demolished.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Floods & Severe Weather Warning

Although the Star has quoted a severe weather warning for Malaysia, the sites quoted do not affect Johor.
"Seven northern and east coast states are bracing for thunderstorms, heavy rain and possible floods as strong winds may develop into a cyclone. Severe weather is expected to hit Perlis, Kedah, Penang and Perak in the north, and Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang in the east from today till Monday."

Thankfully in Mersing we didn't experience too much flooding, with the exception of the R&R Parking Lot. Hopefully we're also not hit with the storms coming after this weekend. For those with family members outside of Mersing, be safe! Before traveling, call the local police stations (dial 103) for Rompin, Kluang, Kahang, and Kota Tinggi to find out local road conditions.