Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Cycle Malaysia Day 39 Batu Pahat to Muar

Selamat Pagi Batu Pahat viewing from the window of the hotel room
I decided to take a walk around the area and hoping to find a good breakfast. I was attracted by this corner shop Kedai Makanan & Minuman Kong Heng and went in to check it out.
The interesting part of cyclingng around the country is that you get to try the various type food. This lady is selling some kind of "Loh Mee" noodle with starchy gravy something like the one in Penang.
My share of the Loh Mee with a bottle of vinegar by the side for a tangy taste. Of course I love my local kopi "O" kosong.
After the breakfast I strolled back to The Silver Inn, prepared the bike and left the hotel.
I have read about this D.I.Y. Garden of Batu Pahat and wanted to see it before I leave BP. Here I was in the garden for a brief stop before moving on to Muar. Next to this place there is a Thai food stall, I will try it if I have a chance to come back here again.
My Oregon has taken me away from Route 5 and lead me to many Malay villages with beautiful scenery. The air was fresh and serene, most importantly the road was with super light traffic.
Once a while I will stumbled into Macik Macik on their bicycles.
I like the area some of the houses are nicely and carefully landscaped.
That was the lovely 4km stretch I rode on at Jalan Kampung Bintang, bye bye Kampung Bintang.
Have small wheels will travel as I said hello to these young boys on their small wheels at Jalan Simpang Lima / Parit Sulong.
Somewhere at Kampung Padang Sari I turned left (west bound) towards Semerah which was still in the lovely village set up.
Selamat pagi Kak with an excellent weather and easy ride ahead.
Along Jalan Sg. Nibong as I was about to reach Semerah town covering a distance about 29km of fantastic village route.
Semerah(圣模那)is a small town in Batu Pahat District, Johor, Malaysia. This small town is basically a main street with old shop houses and a road to Semerah wet market (Pasar Semerah). They are mainly of wooden structure with little or no civil foundation; some were rebuilt into concrete structure after fire damage or own effort.
Kedai Kopi Chop Mui Teng on the main road of Route 5 (Jalan Muar) and it's a double storey wooden structured building in a row.
The old stove charcoal burner cum bread toaster.
I enjoyed the charcoal toasted bread with kaya and kopi "O" kosong while I also enjoyed listening to the conversation from the next table of their involvement in a recent temple function.
I was trying my luck for more kampung road on the right side of Jalan Muar, it is basically filled padi fields but with stony access. I checked with a guy who was fishing at the road side canal and he advised me not to use this route but to go over to the opposite side of Jalan Muar for better connection to Muar. He told me to just "ikut tepi sungai bang". Thank you so much Dik for the information.
At the vicinity of Sg. Balang Kecil.
The road was so quiet that at time I got a bit worried with my Oregon asking me to turn back
It was another marvelous 15km on the route between Batu Pahat & Muar.  Basically it's just running along the river side and along a electrical transmission line.
It's back to Route 5 Jalan Muar and assam pedas was in my mind. Yes at Parit Jawa is popular for Assam pedas.
He was impressed with my story of cycling around the peninsula. I hope I have inspired him to take up cycling which he seems very keen. His wife helped to take this picture.
There were so many Ah Soh Ah Soh in the Gerai, guess it must be their usual gathering place in Parit Jawa.
This my second time visiting this spot, the last was during a wake service I attended and took the chance to come here.
I picked a simple mackerel fish for my assam pedas indulgence, a bit of stir fried cabbage with plain rice and two glasses of iced lemon tea. That was my Parit Jawa lunch.
The front of the gerai Gerai Asaam Pedas Parit Jawa. Crowded as usual during the lunch time.
See you again and I shall be back.
The road at Route 5 but it has a good motor lane and big canopy trees along it. It stretches for another 10km and it's ideal for cycling.
Finally I have reached the territory of Muar the Royal Town of Johor.
The roundabout near The Store departmental outlet.

Nattukottai Chettiars' Temple at Jalan Meriam.
At the Glutton Street for a cold coconut drink.
At the end of Glutton Street.
My stay in Muar was at this hotel, Muarar 99.
After I have finished with my chores and I cycled to MCA Bentayan Food court for dinner.
I ordered a pepper Bak Kut Teh but ate in the front of another Bak Kut Teh stall nearby, where the lady boss bad mouthed her rival BKT. I told her I will try hers next time.
On the way back I stopped by at this kopitiam Wang Lye for a beer before I called it a night.
Day 39 As I was getting closer to Melaka and this route was one of my favourite ones.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Cycle Malaysia - Day 38 Pontian to Batu Pahat

Good morning Pontian and good bye The Corner House. We were ready to roll, the weather was fine and good.
Feeling jubilant and fresh to start off the day, Johor flags seen flying everywhere in the state.
A stop at this warung at Kampung Ayer Baloi, GPS : 1.592348, 103.330497 for breakfast.
Baki showed me his mum's relative house as we were riding on Jalan Pontian.
We stopped by this coffee shop for a drink and I ended up with a bowl of porridge after being enticed by the food at the counter. The name of the coffee shop is Restaurant Gao Feng at Rengit GPS : 1.679485, 103.158046
Welcome to Rengit  (龙引). This small town is in between Batu Pahat & Pontian Kecil.
Tin Leong Keng Temple of Rengit is popular with their celebration of 9 Emperor Gods festival.
Never before I have seen so many shops dealing with second hand goods even used bicycles are sold here, you just name it I bet you can find it here. In fact the whole road is Pasar Karat Rengit. I understand that most of these goods are recycled from Singapore.
Still on the road at Kg. Parit Amat Rengit Laut.
The river beside Kg. Parit Amat Rengit Laut.
My dear friend had to stopped the ride at Rengit and rushed back to JB for work. Thank you so much Baki for your encouragement and effort to accompany me. See you again in Melaka.
From Route 5 Jalan Tanjung Labuh I took a turning on the right to Jalan Sungai Suloh with a propose to visit a Chinese temple at the western side of Batu Pahat. The route at Jalan Sg. Suloh is rather undulating with a series of dragon backs to tackle.
After 9km on Jalan Sg. Suloh I reached a "T" Junction at Jalan Minyak Beku where I spotted a coffee shop at the junction I went straight in for a couple of cold drinks. It was very hot indeed and this stop was very much desired and appreciated. I had a good conversation with a gentleman in the coffee shop he was having his beer. Thank you Mr. Gentleman for some good information of the area.
Kedai Kopi Hai Chuan Wee the coffee shop where I took a good rest and had a good chat with a local.
The edge of Batu Pahat Chong Long Gong Temple 柔佛峇株海口石文丁崇龙宫 at Kg. Segenting located about 8km away from Batu Pahat town centre. 
Huge statue bearing the God of Prosperity arriving and arising from the sea is one of the prominent features seen at the temple.

A peep at the statue of Ma Zu, the Goddess of the Sea
Segenting (石文丁) is in the west zone of Batu Pahat is a small fishing village. Chong Long Gong Temple 柔佛峇株海口石文丁崇龙宫 has attracted many tourists to flock to this corner of BP.
Minyak Beku is a seaside village lying on the west coast of Johor, Malaysia. Kampung Minyak Beku is where the famous chiseled rock is located, a big rock about ten feet in size. The big rock was chiselled by the Siamese (Ayudhya) to contain fresh water. It was said the Siamese soldiers came here by boat to attack Malacca but was defeated by Tun Perak back in the 15th century. The chiselled rock became famous where it later replaced the name of Bandar Penggaram to Batu Pahat.
From Segenting I rode down using Jalan Pantai and arriving at Jalan Shahbandar.  I saw this attractive 3 storey old shop houses opposite the Customs Office.
At Jalan Enggan I patronised this cendol shop and I told myself I must try it especially on a hot sunny day. 

Akbar Cendol
12, Jalan Engan can be located at GPS : 1.848929, 102.926239 for a refreshing cold dessert.
While I was searching for a hotel I accidentally stumbled into this hawker selling Char Kuay Teow at a road side. I took a seat and order a plate.
In deed the Char Kuay Teow was delicious with an added fried egg on top.
Fully satisfied with the CKT and drink is F.O.C. It is sited at Jalan Pengkai GPS : 1.854646, 102.927699. It was easy to find a hotel in Batu Pahat, I checked into Hotel The Silver Inn.
It was laundry time. In the evening I took a walk to a food court near HSBC for dinner. Good night and Muar is my next target.

Day 38 from Pontian to Batu Pahat covering a distance of nearly 90km with a detour to Kg. Segenting.