Instead, a friend a.k.a colleague offered me a place to stay, at her house in Balik Pulau. It was indeed such a great experience, being able to stay at a local's house, instead of those boring hotel. Considering myself a nature trip instead. Been into some village places, tasted the local food at the local market place. Most luxurious, is to have an every ready tourist guide explaining every single places of interest, including her old home. :)
First and foremost, we greeted ourself with Balik Pulau famous Assam Laksa, located next to the old market.
|Kim Assam Laksa @ BP|
Durian, the king of fruit was in fact the major attraction for us to hit Balik Pulau. Earlier intention was to have our deal at Bao Sheng, a durian food village. Instead, since my friend's family used to be durian farm owner, it was so easy for her to call up ordering from their usual stall or relatives.
The feast started with an entry trial at the market stall, owned by the relatives. According to the durian expert, one needs to taste durian based on a sequential manner, and she even labeled the next 9 fruits for us. We then brought home to enjoy.
|Durian stall @ BP maket|
|1st Durian of the year - 林鳳嬌|
|Nicely labeled for sequence tasting|
|Paddy field @ BP|
Next morning, its food time once again. We settled ourself for central one-stop food hunting, the food stalls at BP new market. I think we had 5 dishes to share, char kuey teow, wan tan mee, Penang Hokkien mee a.k.a. prawn mee, prawn paste chee cheong fun. We missed the kuey teow soup, heard its nice, but the stalls were not open that day.
|Breakfast @ BP market|
|Nutmeg and Umbra drink|
Our tour guide then brought us round the corner of Balik Pulau, explained every single inches of the places and her childhood. It was a great pleasure to learn more into nature's place. She brought us to her family's Durian orchard too. A picture snap with durian still hanging on the tree.
|Durian on the tree|
Overall, it was a nice short trip for getaway and nature's retreat. Wonder when will the next trip be? Hoping to taste more local foods, i.e. seafood as well as some exciting photography trip (for me), while my friends could have enjoy their biking around.
Along the journey home, we stopped by Matang, near Taiping for seafood porridge @ Lighthouse restaurant.
p.s. oh, just realized I missed out explaining the Jerejak Resort experience, which I was glad I missed that. In fact, the deal was then passed on to my friend's sister. Apparently the resort has been horribly maintained, bad service, dirty, even has spider webs in the room. Gosh, thank god I didn't had my stay there. This groupon deal was just a lousy one.
Coming up with more travel posts along, July had been a busy month for me :)