Up Close & Personal in Pasir Penambang

Posted by shloke 13 December 2009
Title: That's ME :)
Location: Pasir Penambang Village, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 26 November 2009 (Thursday), 12:12pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/9.0, ISO Equiv.: 100

It was another HOT afternoon. A perfect day for drying the sliced crackers.

Title: Pringles Anyone?
Location: Pasir Penambang Village, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 26 November 2009 (Thursday), 12:10pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/11.0, ISO Equiv.: 100

These crackers will 'stand up' by iteself under the hot sun :)

Title: Dried To Perfection
Location: Penampang Pasir Village, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 26 November 2009 (Thursday), 12:05pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/10.0, ISO Equiv.: 100

These crackers are ready for packing. A small packet of fried crackers cost RM2 (about 4 - 5 pieces of fried crackers). It's expensive but delicious.

Title: Tofu? Fish Fillet? Nope!
Location: Pasir Penambang Village, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 26 November 2009 (Thursday), 11:20am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.3, ISO Equiv.: 1600

These are chunks of crackers. The machine cuts them into thin slices.

Title: YUMMY!
Location: Pasir Penambang Village, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 26 November 2009 (Thursday), 11:22am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/8.0, ISO Equiv.: 100

I bought two big packets of fried 'keropok' (crackers). Delicious and crunchy crackers with prawn aroma.

Title: I Stumbled Upon 2 Golden Monkeys With Pink Face :)
Location: Pasir Penambang Village, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 26 November 2009 (Thursday), 10:39am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/9.0, ISO Equiv.: 100

There are two Chinese temples in Pasir Penambang. The second temple has a pair of large-sized golden monkeys. They look like real simians!

Title: The Dragon of Heaven
Location: Pasir Penambang Village, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 26 November 2009 (Thursday), 10:26am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/8.0, ISO Equiv.: 100

Two pairs of pillar complete with blue clouds and two beautiful dragons.

Title: This Way To Heaven
Location: Pasir Penambang Village, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 26 November 2009 (Thursday), 11:17am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/9.0, ISO Equiv.: 100

A kind of ceremonial stage.

Title: The Manmade Cave Temple
Location: Pasir Penambang Village, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 26 November 2009 (Thursday), 10:25am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/9.0, ISO Equiv.: 100

This the first Chinese temple in Pasir Penampang. The interior of the temple resemble a cave. It was eerie, dark and creepy.

Title: Meet The High Priest
Location: Pasir Penambang Village, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 26 November 2009 (Thursday), 10:43am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.3, ISO Equiv.: 200

OK.....this the high priest from the second temple. We had a long............ chat.

What were we talking about? Read my story....

Title: Headlines - OH NO! It's Land Grab!
Location: Pasir Penambang Village, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 26 November 2009 (Thursday), 10:53am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 200

Halfway chatting, the high priest brought out a piece of newspaper highlighting the 'land grab' on the temple's ground. The temple caretakers later joined us. I try to understand what really happened. It's a complicated and mind boggling thing.

Title: The Yellow Flag
Location: Pasir Penambang Village, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 26 November 2009 (Thursday), 10:37am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/9.0, ISO Equiv.: 100

Please translate that for me :)

Title: The Guardian
Location: Pasir Penambang Village, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 26 November 2009 (Thursday), 10:58am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.0, ISO Equiv.: 200

A unique door guardian at the second temple.

Title: Pirate of Pasir Penampang
Location: Pasir Penambang Village, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 26 November 2009 (Thursday), 11:26am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/9.0, ISO Equiv.: 100

The headgear reminds me of a pirate!

Title: 'Keropok' Galore
Location: Pasir Penambang Village, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 26 November 2009 (Thursday), 12:11pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/10.0, ISO Equiv.: 100

I see 'keropok' everywhere!

Title: The Village of Crackers
Location: Pasir Penambang Village, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 26 November 2009 (Thursday), 11:11am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/9.0, ISO Equiv.: 100

Pasir Penambang was formerly a fishing village. But the fishing industry has died (long time ago).....Today, the residents are making crackers to supplement their income. During my visit, I saw loads of tourists - local and foreign.

Title: A Reminder of Glorious Past
Location: Pasir Penambang Village, Selangor, Malaysia
Date: 26 November 2009 (Thursday), 11:11am
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/8.0, ISO Equiv.: 100

A 'bubu' to trap fish. Now, a deco in a seafood restaurant.


Three weeks ago, I visited the fishing village in Sekinchan. It was an amazing trip! So, I decided to visit another fishing village in Pasir Penambang, Selangor. It's a small village with less than 300 residents.

Upon entering the village, I saw two Chinese temples. It was another hot afternoon. But the blue mackerel sky was AWESOME! A great day for photography.

I visited both temples. The first (at the main entrance to the village) is pretty interesting. The interior of the temple is dark and eerie - very similar to the cave temples in Ipoh, Perak.

After that, I walked 400 m to visit another temple. As usual, I was having a great time snapping pictures. Halfway, I was stopped by the temple high priest. He was half naked. He was curious upon seeking my Nikon D60 camera. I told him I needed some pictures for my blog article.

Luckily, he allowed me to take pictures. In addition, he granted me special access to the temple. AWESOME! At first, we had a brief friendly chat. Moments later, he was complaining about the land grab on the temple's ground. He brought out a folder containing newspaper clips about the land issue. Even the temple caretakers joined our conversations and poured out their grouses.

In addition, he proudly shares some articles highlighting the miracles that happened in his temple. He sounds so convincing and believable. I nodded my head.....many times. At one point, our conversation was getting nowhere. I had to say goodbye to him. I wanted to explore the fishing village.

Along the way, I stumbled upon an old Chinese lady. OMG! She was throwing a bucket full of prawns shell into the river. What the H***? A young man was standing right next to her with a big fishing net. I chatted with her. She said the prawn shells were used as baits to attract fish. Again our conversation lasted for 45 minutes. She told me the fishing industry in Pasir Penambang had 'died' a long time ago. What a BIG LETDOWN! Later, she invited me to stay until 6:30 p.m. to observe the beautiful sunset. I rejected her politely.

After that, I explored the rest of the village. Almost every household or shops in Pasir Penambang were making prawn crackers or 'keropok udang'. It's a small but profitable industry. I bought two big packets of 'keropok udang' and some freshly baked biscuits. My mom and brother LOVE IT! The crackers are crunchy and tasty. The aroma is simply heaven!

Overall, Pasir Penambang is a quiet village. Nothing to do and not much to see. But, it's a great place to savor delicious seafood and nice crackers :)

Pasir Penambang - Google Maps:

7 comments

  1. fufu Says:
  2. i wanna a packet of keropok =p FedEx to frankfurt... while waiting... i think i will have my pringles german paprika flavoured :)

    ok it's time for me to go back and cook my dinner... see you!

     
  3. Roger Says:
  4. Another place to visit in Malaysia enters my notebook. I love keropok.How long does it take from KL to this place?

     
  5. eunice Says:
  6. Lovely village. The temple looks big and colourful. Is this place near KL City? Ha those keropok pics remind me of Mersing which is a fishing village. Also nothing much to do there but it's a great place to get disconnected. haha

     
  7. shloke Says:
  8. fufu

    The 'keropok' will be 'lembik' by the time FedEx delivered the package to fufu :) Good to eat it fresh. Come back to Malaysia and I'll 'belanja' fufu.

    Oooh! Paprika flavored pringles. That's delicious!

    Study hard fufu!

    Roger

    It's about one hour and 30 minutes. Roger, try using the Google maps in this article to chart out the best possible routes.

    1) Look for 'Get Directions'
    2) Click 'From Here' and type your starting point. I usually start from Sungai Buloh. It's a one way road to Sekinchan and Penambang Pasir. Only turn right when you reached Tanjung Karang.
    3) Google Maps will draw out the best possible routes for you and put in great details - including time needed to travel by car and also other alternative routes.

    Travel safe!

    Eunice

    Actually, Penambang Pasir is located in a remote area in the state of Selangor. Not difficult to locate the place.

    There are two beautiful Chinese temples over there. Honestly, I prefer Sekinchan than Penambang Pasir. Both places are located not too far from one another

    Cheers to all!
    mylo

     
  9. Ha ha... I miss our keropok!
    Do we still have those long lobster keropok?
    Those are my favourites!!!

    Can't find them in London...

    Hanya di Malaysia!?!

     
  10. shloke Says:
  11. 1ondoncaller

    Where got lobster 'keropok'? Those are fake lobster flavour :)

    But, you can really get the real 'keropok udang' in Pasir Penambang. The best cracker in Malaysia...by far.

    Pastinya di Malaysia.

    Cheers!
    mylo

     
  12. xplorer Says:
  13. i go to penambang once every two weeks to buy fresh fish

     
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