Day trip to Pulau Ketam

Pulau Ketam (Crab Island) is a small island located about an hour’s speed boat ride from Port Klang, in the State of Selangor, Malaysia. Ferry services are readily available from the Port Klang Jetty.

Pulau Ketam was inhabited around 1880 and the residents are predominantly of the chinese dialect group of Teochew and Hokkien descend.

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Kusu Island

Kusu Island, one of the southern islands of Singapore is located about 6 kilometres to the south of Singapore. The name means Tortoise Island or Turtle Island. From two tiny outcrops on a reef, the island was enlarged and transformed into an island holiday resort of about 85,000 square metres.

Story has it that a magical tortoise turned itself into an island to save two shipwrecked sailors – a Malay and a Chinese. On top of the hill on Kusu Island stands three karat (or holy shrines of Malay saints) to commemorate a pious man (Syed Abdul Rahman), his mother (Nenek Ghalib) and sister (Puteri Fatimah) who lived in the 19th century. Devotees will have to climb 152 steps to reach the top of the rugged hillock  if they wish to offer prayer to the shrines.

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Road trip to Kampar

Before the existence of the North South Highway, I used to pass by Kampar on my drive back to Ipoh (my hometown) from Kuala Lumpur, where I work and live now. But since the opening of the North South Highway ages ago, I have not been to Kampar.

One Sunday (recently) we set off from Klang at about 11am to visit Kampar. We exited the North South Highway at the Rawang exit to drive to Kampar via the old trunk road – a single lane carriageway. It was a big mistake to exit at Rawang as the traffic in Rawang, even on a Sunday morning, was horrendous. A better alternative would be to exit at Slim River.

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