Monday, September 13, 2010

Selamat Hari Raya

To all of Mersing's residents and visitors, we wish you all a happy and safe Eid Mubarak.

Nothing  says Raya like homemade cakes and good food.

Here's Cikgu (teacher) Kiah's famous pineapple tarts. Oh so tasty !

in the kitchen
finished pineapple tarts with homemade jam

Some rendang and ketupat palas. Too yummy to describe.

Hope everyone is enjoying this festive season ! Go visit a friend celebrating Raya, 
chances are you will get to enjoy some of these treats.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Sungai Jemaluang a hidden gem

If you love to fish bring your fishing rods to Sungai Jemaluang. It's a small clean river about 8km south of Mersing. It is not connected to a town and has good fishing according to villagers. If you do visit, be a good citizen and keep the area clean by picking up after your selves.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Organic Farms

Avocado tree at Iskandar Inn

Organic foods are not popular in Malaysia as in other parts of the world, but the change to more organic sustainable farming is coming. It comes from 'demand' and as a consumer you can ask, 'is this organic or pesticide free ?'

Already quite a bit of stuff in Mersing in grown organically which means no pesticides and the ground is free from poison (such as mercury from illegal gold mines) and other commercial chemical fertilizers.
I know its more expensive, but who wants to put chemicals and poisons into our own bodies.

For example, Gucharan our local dairy farmer, rears his cows in a sustainable and hormone free way.
The cows produce milk that is delicious and the tairu (yogurt) is some of the best to be found, as good as the best french yogurt and definitely much better than things like Yoplait.

Then there is the organic farm in Kluang, run by Zenxin, which grows organic fruits and vegetables. There is even a store there that sells their organic produce. Stop by when you drive from KL to Mersing through the Kluang road. Kahang is another town where organic farming is taking place. I have ot nconfirmed it yet but its seems they grow organic rice.

A friend's sister is involved in this positive movement on the Virgin Islands. Maybe we can learn from our distant cousins there, after all its another tropical paradise.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Happy Chinese New Year 2010

We wish all our visitors and residents
Gong Xi Fa Chai.
Happy year of the Tiger. May it bring peace and prosperity to all.

This year, because of the El Nino weather pattern, there are strong winds but not much rain. Enjoy a cooling escape from the
hustle and bustle of the city.

(photo courtesy of