Gurdwara Sahib Tampin

At its entrance, I noticed two lifesize stone sculptures of Sikh warriors on horseback. One was a woman warrior (right). I hope a person familiar with the background can fill me in on the history.

The first Sikhs arrived in Tampin around the late 1920’s. Most of them were employed as policemen, railway workers, bus and lorry drivers, cattle owners or rubber estate workers. Since border town Tampin straddles two states, their religious and prayer needs were taken care of by the neighbouring Gurdwaras of Malacca and Seremban.

It was only on 12th July 1967 that the present site of the Gurdwara Sahib Tampin was obtained. I thought I lost the original album for good and am glad to have found it. Feeling blessed.

Mr Gurdev Singh and his dog Rajoo, from the earlier story, can be seen sitting on the steps. There are reports coming in, stating he is hale and hearty.

Find a hotel in Tampin and Alor Gajah here:

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Hotels In Seremban

When I was in Seremban, I drove around the suburb town of Taman AST where I saw so many pubs, bars and nightclubs. Seemed like the capital of debauchery in Seremban.

Similarly, Kuala Lumpur has the Jalan P Ramlee area where gullible white male tourists fall n love with transvestite night workers and send a text to his mother the next day. “Mom, I fell in love with the girl of my dreams and may marry her” One Brit did.

.Anyway in the center of AST, I saw a huge building named Wisma CK or City Kingdom. I thought it was a Mega Church at first. Driving closer, I saw it advertising a convention hall and ballroom from outside but strangely there was no indication it is also a hotel  – the Fame Hotel inside. We KLites know so little about hotels in Seremban because KL city is so near and we can drive home or drive to the beach hotels of Port Dickson or PD.

I have only stayed at the Seri Malaysia hotel in Seremban previously and it was moldy and aging .There was also the Allson Hotel that changed its name so many times I don’t know its name anymore. It is now the Klana Resort Seremban, as I was to find out. Many new hotels have came about since. Many are in the new satellite township of Seremban 2.

There are some 36 hotels of varying price listed here. Click this link.

You may also want to consider:

The Royale Bintang Resort & Spa Seremban
Sri Mutiara Hotel Seremban
Sutera Hotel
Palm Seremban Hotel
Carlton Star Hotel
D’Sora Boutique Business Hotel, Bandar Sri Sendayan
Hotel Rasah
Smart Hotel Rasah Seremban
Hotel Lavender Lavender Heights Senawang
D&F Boutique Hotel Senawang Seremban
Uptown Hotel Seremban 2
Hotel Seremban Jaya
Lodge Ten Hotel Seremban 2
Pelegong Homestay Labu
OYO Rooms Seremban KPJ Kemayan Square
S2 Hotel Seremban 2

Julio Iglesias Could Be From Kuala Pilah!

If you are in Kuala Pilah and a suave Latin stranger asked you “Passar Di Mano?” Don’t panic as the Mat Salleh was speaking loghat Nogori (Negeri Sembilan) dialect and wanting to know directions to the market. Tell him the famous cendol stall is outside the market. Anyway, I think he was singing in Italian it may have meant passing through Mano.

Saw this post on Instagram by Zet (@zeti__) and thought it was quite cute and humorous.

I shall ask my Italian friend Elle Effe (@ellecina) what it means and where is Mano. Mano isn’t the name of an Indian actor either.

#negerisembilan #nogori #julioiglesias #spanish #italian

Burping All The Way To Timbaktu

At the small town of Simpang Pertang in Negeri Sembilan. The junction town leads to either Titi or Simpang Durian. The latter is a small town that bears the last signs of civilization before a long, lonely drive to Karak in Pahang. The deserted road is rarely used unless Karak Highway is cut off by a major accident or landslide.

Pleasantly surprised to to find out I have a friend originating from the pit stop town of Simpang Durian. It is the frontier town before heading to remote Telemong or Malaysia’s own Timbaktu.

Stopped to drink at a roadside stall operated by a Malay village girl in Simpang Pertang. If you have been to a remote village grocer inside big rubber plantations or FELDA settlements, you would have tried the strange sodas available only in rural areas.

You know they are made in some backyard factories somewhere and contain generous colourings. Always suspect they use recycled soy sauce (kicap) bottles. Yet, they are awesome thirst quenchers under the hot sun.

I love the sarsaparilla and orange flavours because they are super gassy and the caustic soda tickles your throat violently. I burped repeatedly on the way to Timbuktu and that is what a good road trip is about.

Sony Alpha a7R, ISO 100, f6.3, 1/640 sec.