The Orang Asli Of The Gold Coast

Me and Alex tried to enter Pantai Cunang beach in Tanjung Sepat and found the sandy track accessible to only motorcycles. While looking at the map, we saw an Orang Asli Village (indigenous or aboriginal people) nearby. Further reading revealed they are of the Mah Meri tribe and many are fishing people like the town folk.

Not too long ago, I met a Chinese man in Morib who is married to an Orang Asli woman with a daughter in tow (inset). When the woman told me she is Mah Meri, I instinctively asked if she is from Carey Island. They told me they are from Sungai Pelek near Tanjung Sepat. Thanks to the friendly chat with the couple, I found out there are many interracial marriages between Orang Asli and the Chinese farmers in the area.

According to them there is a big Orang Asli community in Sungi Pelek and the modern Orang Asli town has a fried chicken outlet in the middle now, as I was to discover later. Sad. Hehe.

Sungai Pelek has a checkered history with British Field Marshal Sir Gerald Templer accusing the residents of supporting communist insurgents at one time and the town’s pig farming industry was tragically wiped out by the JE virus epidemic in 1989. The town is back on its feet.

I hope this Orang Asli family by the roadside near Cunang Beach were not walking back from Sungai Pelek. It is quite a distance by foot.

#tanjungsepat #orangasli #mahmeri #goldcoast #sungaipelek #rural #smalltown

The Gold Coast Model

My former colleague and long time friend, the statuesque Simp Lee sent me a bunch of pics she took at the Avani Goldcoast Sepang, where she recently stayed and was a happy camper. Thank you, Simp. She’s regularly seen in television commercials, is also a model, a yogi, homemaker, chef and was the beautiful Mrs Asia Supreme Earth 2015. As I discussed with Penang advertising legend Kenny Song many years ago, the water on the West coast of peninsular Malaysia, be it Penang, Pangkor or Langkawi, is rarely cobalt blue unlike the oceans of the east coast islands and in Borneo. The resort provides electric golf carts to transport guests and luggage to the far flung chalets. The palm shaped and branched out chalets of the Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort was featured and can also be booked through here: All pics here copyright and owned by Simp Lee. Please do not use without permission. #baganlallang #chalets #goldcoast #selangor #seaside #model #avanisepang #nature #travel #resort #holiday #goldcoast #chalets #avanisepanggoldcoastresort #sea #model

Need Your Support

Since my hospitalization last year, I have been trying to develop a new revenue stream to be financially independent. Getting revenue from usual source is a struggle and that was why you saw me pleading for help for me and my cats. Many kind and generous people did help and I appreciate it greatly.

Many photography related websites rely on an affiliate partnership with an online camera store located in the US. It will be tough as our currency’s value is diminishing and the shipping costs from the US are astronomical.

I thought about it and think a hotel and accommodation booking partnership may be better.

Everyone seems to travel nowadays. I recently signed up as an affiliate partner with Agoda since I have so much travel and geographical related content on the web. If you travel, be it for business or leisure. you will usually need to book a hotel in advance. I know many of you travel regularly both for business and leisure.

Be it a weekend trip to Penang, a trip to Nepal or Japan or even a trip to London or Paris. Last I checked. Agoda has over 500,525 hotels that are located in every corner of the world.

I have used them myself when I traveled preciously. It is reliable, is competitively priced and used by millions.

No matter where you are going, why not help me out at the same time by booking through the Agoda links at my page.

No obligations and I will get a small commission and it won’t affect your rate. You probably might get a cheaper price because of ongoing promotions. I won’t know who booked what and where. I won’t have my commission registered until you checked out. It will be nice if you let me know you did but it is completely optional and all up to you.

Thank you for your support and for helping out. Bookmark or save the link or this post or if you lose the link, please PM me to ask.

If you forget the url you can go to and find the link on the sidebar of any page there. You can book from anywhere in the world to anywhere, as long as you have a valid credit or debit card.

It is my first time trying out such a venture and may not have the answers to all your questions. Feel free to ask me and I will direct your questions to Agoda if necessary.

I am still learning the ropes and will improve its implementation where possible.

Wish me luck and thank you for your support. I am kicking off this announcement with a suggestion to book Avani Goldcoast Sepang since I was featuring the gold coast in recent days.

Here is also a dedicated page where you can book or see the location of Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort. Didn’t realise it looks so beautiful on a map too:

Twilight Ambush

Found one of my images of Bagan Lallang beach frrom 2013. Maybe it was my overactive imagination and I spooked myself. Standing there at twilight, it looked like the lalang (weed grass) were creeping up silently and surrounding the unsuspecting family, before strangling them on the white sands.

#baganlallang #beach #goldcoast #selangor #seaside #sand #beachcombers #nature #travel #twilight

Bagan Lallang Beach

My first trip to Bagan Lallang, was as a young man in the 1980s, courtesy of Texas Instruments Malaysia of Ulu Klang. I went there to shoot some pics and videos of their Family Day and they brought a few thousand employees and family members there. The beach was virtually unknown then and was very deserted on a normal day and was nicely undeveloped. Even finding the remote and secluded beach was a problem as there were no GPS or Waze then. My fondest memory was walking in low tide and climbing up on a skeletal boat wreck not far from shore. Today the wreck is gone and there is the beautiful and luxurious Avani Gold Coast Resort. dotting the coast. Seen here in the background, its beautiful palm frown shaped design protrudes into the ocean. It is best seen as an aerial view. The beach is still serene and deserted on a weekday. Love the neat rows of casuarina trees on the sand. There used to be plenty of lalang (weed or cogon grass) on the sand, true to its name. The foreground old exposed brick wall or rustic pillar, iron fence and creeper plants were created by a filter in Smart Photo Editor. The software has a suite of thousands of bizarre and weird effects and filters which you think you will never use and will scoff at. Depending on the picture, if it works, it works amazingly well. The resulting picture reminds of the time I was having a drink by the beach side at the covered concourse or foyer of another faraway seaside resort. It was the Spanish inspired design of the Awana Porto Malai (now Resorts World Langkawi) in Langkawi island. Anyone remembers or knows the enterprising event organizer Vincent Joseph from T.I.? Would like to get in touch with him. #baganlallang #beach #goldcoast #selangor #seaside #awanisepang #texasinstruments #nature #travel #smartphotoeditor