Saturday November 17, 2012
About 25km from Kuantan is the Sungai Pandan Waterfalls. Spanning 11ha, it is easily accessible by main road and a 10-km stretch of paved road. The falls is a popular recreational spot with a spectacular waterfall. It is about 100m high and consists of a series of cascading rapids.
Take a glimpse of the former residence of Malacca governors at the Governorís Museum. It is next to the St Paul Hill in Banda Hilir, Malacca. The 17th century building served as the official residence until September 1996 before it was relocated to Istana Melaka in Bukit Beruang. Parts of the house are on exhibition including some of the personal collections of each governor. Admission is RM10 per adult and RM4 per child. MyKad holders are entitled to 50% discount.
The Pahang Arts Museum ó adjacent to the Pahang Tourism office (Jalan Masjid, Kuantan) is housed in a beautifully refurbished colonial-era mansion. Opened in 2000, it is situated nearby the State Mosque and has six galleries as well as an audio-visual room and a library. Admission is free, and opening hours is from 9am to 5pm (closed on Mondays). For details, call 09-516 1328.
In the southern parts of Pahang, about 100km from Kuantan and 60 km west of the Royal Town of Pekan lies another of Pahangís unique attraction ó Lake Chini, where 12 freshwater lakes are filled with white and pink lotuses. A host of activities can be enjoyed here such as boat rides and for a fascinating experience, visit the orang asli settlement and take home a unique hand-crafted souvenir.
Calling all bookworms this school holidays to the Berjaya Megamall shopping centre, Kuantan as Popular Bookstore is having a stock clearance fair with discounts up to 70% on selected books. Also available are offers on stationery and gifts, as well as book signing until Nov 18. It will be held at the mallís Cempaka concourse from 10am to 10pm. Admission is free.
Senior citizens who want to learn line dancing may do so at the Johor Baru Senior Citizensí Association at JKR583, Jalan Petrie. Classes take place every Thursday from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. Fee per person is RM17 per month. For details, call Chee Chwee Kim at 016-717 4345.
The Kuantan tourist cycling route is open every Saturday and Sunday from 7am to 10pm at Taman Gelora, Kuantan. Open to all cyclists with different types of bicycle. Riders must wear their helmets for safety. Bicycle rental services are also available. Additional activities include medical check-up, physiotherapy treatment, cycling tips, aerobic and guided introduction on the cycling route for tourists. For details, call 09-517 7111/7115
Free laughter yoga sessions are taking place at Jalan Rusa 4, Taman Century, Johor Baru, every Tuesday (7am to 7.30am) and Friday (6pm to 6.30pm). Those who wish to join the sessions, please call T.C. Lim at 017-745 5093.
Volunteers are needed for the Iskandar Johor Open, which will be held at the Horizon Hills Golf and Country Club from Dec 13 to 16. They must be 16 years old and above. The closing date for registration is Dec 1. For details, call 07-238 2830 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoy this school holidays by visiting the largest waterpark in East Coast, Bukit Gambang Resort City (BGRC) in Kuantan, Pahang. Holiday packages start from RM296 nett (2 persons) with various activities for the family. For reservation and details, call 09-548 8000 or visit www.bgrc.com.my
Craving for cakes? Step in to the Strawberry Moment Dessert Cafe at Brinchang Point in Cameron Highlands, Pahang. Well known for its Chocoberry or Strawberry juices, strudels, mousse cake, chicken spaghetti and more. Call 05-491 2061.
Manja Coffee House at Grand Continental Kuantan is offering a grand value set lunch and dinner. Choose either the Chinese or Malay Set Delight or the Western Set Delight with a glass of iced lime juice at RM18 nett per order. For reservations, call 09-515 8888.
Italian food lovers can drop by the Crocodile Rock, located at Lot 4360-B, Lorong Datuk Mahmud 1, off Jalan Telok Sisek (not far from Annexe Resthouse). It offers a spread of Italian food such as pizza and pasta. Its speciality is the Sunset Pizza with toppings of turkey ham, capsicum, mushroom, olive, garlic and oregano while the popular drink is the fruit punch. For reservations, call 09-567 5707.
Chicken rice treat
New Capital Chicken Rice (non halal) at Jalan Bukit Ubi, Kuantan is a family run stall for over 40 years and still does brisk business during lunch hour. One can enjoy the sticky and aromatic rice with braised and steamed chicken. The accompanying chilli sauce is spicy with a bitter edge from the addittion of calamansi lime zest. Wild boar rendang is also available. Open from 8am to 4pm while the days off are not fixed.