26 December 2011

Xmas 2011 in KT Day 3

Third and final day in Kuala Terengganu, and we decided against having breakfast at the hotel. We wandered around and found an antiquated shop in Kampung Cina (Restoran Sin Phin Siang, 136 Jalan Kampung Cina 20100 Kuala Terengganu +60123545966, Coordinates: 5° 20' 2.25", 103° 8' 0.00")

rustic or rusty?
their roti pa-ong was pretty good

We then headed to Pasar Besar Kedai Payang (Coordinates: 5° 20' 6.75", 103° 8' 7.50"), the market which has become synonymous with Kuala Terengganu. Interestingly enough, it literally means big bazzar store but there is no meaning to the word Payang. Locals believe in the old days, it was the site of a kedai tempayan (crockeries shop?) hence the word Payang. I was looking to buy a batik shirt and the choices were aplenty and varied.

oh the vanity!
a landmark!
colours of Malaysia
where do I start?

We had lunch at my childhood favourite joint, affectionately known in my family circle as Buyong! Located within Restoran Ramai at Jalan Banggol 20100 Kuala Terengganu (Coordinates: 5° 19' 53.50", 103° 8' 7.25"), abang Buyong has been running his nasi padang stall since I was in diapers! Again, while on the surface some things may have changed in Kuala Terengganu, Buyong’s Nasi Padang Istemewa (misspelling and all) remains untouched by time. This place brings back memories of cycling around town with friends, no money in our pockets but no cares in the world!

along Jalan Banggol
Nasi Padang 'Istemewa'
a postcard from my childhood
the variety J
mamma mia J
will you believe this?

lunch is served J
freshly caught fish J
padang chicken curry J
ooh lala, rendang padang J
let's dig in!!

After much bantering and reminiscing with abang Buyong, we headed back to the hotel and slept. All that food does put you to sleep.

We had dinner at another favourite joint (Kedai Makan Guan, Jalan Kampung Cina 20100 Kuala Terengganu, Coordinates: 5° 19' 56.0", 103° 7' 57.25"). I didn’t manage to snap some photos though, too hungry I guess.

another old favourite
right beside Kampung Cina's welcome arch

We then took a drive around Kampung Cina Waterfront (Coordinates: 5° 19' 52.50", 103° 7' 56.25") and were pleasantly surprised by the sights, no wonder it’s called the I-City of Terengganu.

lovely lights J
nice J
never thought I'd see these sights in my hometown
a change for the better in Kuala Terengganu
wish I had my tripod and remote..
.. to do justice to this place!
oh well, there's always next time

We went back to the hotel for spent some time at the hotel lobby before retiring for the night. Tomorrow will be a long drive home.

It’s still Christmas after all J
Brendan in his new Terengganu t-shirt
one last shot before we called it a night

Boo-hoo-hoo, we’ve going back to Kuala Lumpur tomorrow...

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