Thursday, February 17, 2011

Sekinchan - Nine Emperor Gods Temple, Paddy Field and Fishing Village

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On the New Year Eve of 2010, my wife and I planned for a roadtrip to Sekinchan bringing along my almost 4 years old son, it’s about 1 ½ hour drive (70km) from my home in Petaling Jaya. Main objective was to visit the famous rice producing area, fishing village and savor the fresh cheap seafood.

Our first stop was to pay visit the Nine Emperor Gods Temple. It’s located on the right hand side of the main road where there was a small road leading to the paddy field. If I’m not mistaken, it’s either one of the road name called Jalan Parit or Jalan Tali Air. From there, we drove almost one kilometer passing by the paddy fields and it’s immediately evident that we have chosen the wrong time to visit as most of the paddy fields have been harvested, no more luscious green scenery. From far, we saw two beautiful 3-storeys high towers.

I climbed up to one of the towers by using the narrow stairways which gave an awesome view of the surrounding harvested paddy fields.

In the middle of the paddy fields, some farmers also cultivating swiftlet nest for the bird nests

The temple roof is decorated with porcelain tiles which look quite new. Simply beautiful and breathtaking.

After spending 30 minutes on the tower enjoying the surrounding view and photo shots, I went down to the entrance of the praying hall. I did not take the photo of the deities’ statue.

While my wife and son have no patience waiting for me photographing the temple vicinity, they went into the car enjoying the air-cond.

I believed during the migratory season, flocks of migratory birds can be seen resting or flying over the paddy fields

Next destination was the fishing village located on the right side of the main road at the cross junction.

There are many restaurants right in front of the fishing jetties and that’s show how fresh the seafood could be. We settled for Jiann Chyi Restaurant, as recommended by Axian TV show, a famous local food critic when we saw the banner in front of the not-so-fancy type restaurant. It’s a family run business mainly patronized by local residents or regular customers.

A must try drink is the home made pear sour plum.

Asking what was the signature seafood dishes, the waitress who is the restaurant owner’s daughter recommended shark dishes. Unfortunately, my wife did not fancy it so we decided to give it a miss this time as I definitely be back next time to try the shark dishes. So we ordered a steam fish in Teochew style, deep fried squid, famous chili fried prawn and plain fried vegetable. The total bill was about RM40++, which was pretty cheap.

After the hearty lunch, we drove straight to the fishing jetties, about 1-2 km from the restaurant. It’s almost 12++noon and not much activity can be seen near the jetty, where most of the fishmongers have gone home or cleaning their boats.

I drove further down the gravelly road until I reached a shore

An iron-cast anchor near the shore

At the river bank of the fishing jetties

After spending 30 minutes at the shore, we headed back to the Sekinchan main road and we saw many stalls selling mangoes. My wife bought few kilos and it’s not cheap, RM8 per kilo. The mangoes we bought did not have any mango taste or sweet, a bit of disappointed.

We remembered we saw few green paddy fields near on the way to the temple and we both keep looking for a strategy spot to park our car along the main road. Finally we found a reasonably average luscious green scenery paddy field and we were overly-overwhelm.

After photographing the picturesque landscape of the paddy field, we headed back to Seremban, my hometown to celebrate New Year with my family. I will make an effort to return to Sekinchan again in near future.