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Delicious Food from Trikora Kelong & Tanjung Pinang

A photojournalist with a taste bud for photographing the local food and cuisine of the countries that I visited, I would make it a feature for my future travel food photography collection, capturing as many local food photographs, for memories, sharing and review! For this Elly Kelong fishing trip, our main food dishes were from Trikora (Elly) Kelong and Tanjung Pinang.

One particular dish that caught my attention was their Bak Kut Teh that we tasted at Tanjung Pinang, take a look at the photograph below and observe the meat ingredients first ~

What do you see ? Their bak kut teh is cooked very differently from our Singapore’s Teochew or Hokkien style. This is herbal and similar to the ones you would taste in Kuala Lumpur and what makes it different is the meat parts! There is only 1 pork rib and the rest are different parts of the pig, liver, tendon, kidney, meat slices and some other parts that I wasn’t able to identify and name it! Even though it looks more like a mixed pork meat parts soup with bak kut teh soup base flavour, it rocks!

Another dish is the deep fried calamari that was served to us at Elly Kelong, it’s crispy, not too oily, crunchy, chewy, tasty and delicious! It was very nice and became addictive!

Hope you enjoyed looking at the different food that we tasted in Bintan!!

 

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Trikora (Elly) Kelong Adventure – Fishing & Getaway Trip

Fishing, a hobby that was influenced by my dad when I was a young boy, recently revived again after a long period of absence away from fishing. Since my return to fishing with my first kelong trip to Hot Boys Kelong in Johor recently, I was kind of looking forward to more fishing trips again and I was very keen to explore other kelongs nearby Singapore. One kelong that was recommended and quite widely discussed was Elly Kelong in Bintan.

During my recent Thailand trip with Sue, Amanda and Sue’s family, chatting with Sue’s dad, whose an avid fisherman, I got more excited to visit Elly Kelong and discussions went ahead to plan another short getaway trip to Elly Kelong! Finally, on the weekend of 8th and 9th October, the 4 of us, Clayton, Sue and Amanda, along with Sue’s parents and their friends, we began our adventure with a ferry ride from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal to Tanjung Pinang in Bintan. After reaching Tanjung Pinang, we had our lunch first nearby the town centre, tasted great local ba ku teh (more like many mixed pig meat parts herbal soup) that is yummy and delicious. Next up was a trip to the supermarket to stock up tidbits and drinks (mineral water & beer) before our 1 hour land transfer across to the other side of Bintan Island, from the west to the east. Where is Elly Kelong located, with reference to the map below, look for Trikora Beach and look up towards Teluk Bakau, it’s somewhere there!

Map Source : Welcome to Bintan.com 

Upon reaching, it was a quiet, peaceful and tranquil location, away from the bustling and hassle city life, tucked away facing the beautiful sea, clear water. The weather was very beautiful when it’s bright and sunny with clear blue sky along with white fluffy clouds formation. Clayton and I shared a room with air-con, simple yet comfortable and nice, with its own shower and toilet facilities. Kicking into action, I prepared my fishing equipment and was caught in no-man’s land because I replaced my fishing line in the wrong direction, Sue’s dad saved me by releasing the whole reel line and recoiling back in the correct direction, on top of that, my fishing weights and hooks were too big and heavy for the shallower kelong fishing here! Last but not least, I had terrible luck and couldn’t catch any fish for 2D1N ! Of course, I did try to fish as much as could over the 2 days!

Even though I didn’t caught any fishes, it was also a relaxing and fun getaway for me with Clayton, Sue and Amanda, from eating, chatting, walking around exploring the neighbourhood, playing with the lovely friendly cute cats of Elly Kelong, taking lots of photographs (glamorous and un-glamourous), swimming, sun-tanning, camping out at night with tidbits & beer, chatting under the moon. The getaway was awesome, relaxing and fun, with lots of making/poking fun at people (most of the time was directed at me since I am the “biggest target board”). Playing with fireworks at night, I love playing with fireworks since I was a kid playing with fireworks in Malaysia, at my grandma’s home!

The photographs will bring many memories for us, I am looking forward to go back again, more and better prepared for fishing, to buy more fireworks to play there, doing a 3D2N stay instead in order for us to visit the island across whereby we can do a day trip to enjoy the sun, beautiful sand and sea. Take a look at the photographs that I took of our Elly Kelong adventure!

Great short getaway, great companionship, peaceful, tranquil and a break away from the city life. It’s something that I would strive to have, hopefully every quarter in the future, a short 2D1N  or 3D2N getaway nearby …

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Day Trip to Batam

For quite a long time, I haven’t really have a proper break and travel overseas. Going to Batam, Indonesia on a day trip with my team colleagues, it was a great time to head overseas, bond together, relax and have fun eating and shopping. Meeting early at 0745 hrs at Harbourfront McDonald, had a quick breakfast with some colleagues before meeting up with the rest of them at the cruise centre.

Soon, we were boarding Penguin fast craft and heading towards Batam for our day trip of eating, shopping and some sightseeing ! Batam is quite near to Singapore, about 1 hour by fast craft and on our way there, we passed by Sentosa Island, with a good view of Sentosa Cove and also the Marina Bay district too. Upon arrival, we were met by our friendly and pretty tour guide, sorted out the return tickets arrangement and timing. Once completed, we were off for our sightseeing and shopping, stopping at Polo shop, Kueh Lapis Home Factory and Tidbits store at Bengkong Dry Market. A short “pit stop” at all 3 locations before heading to our seafood lunch at Golden Prawn 555 Seafood Restaurant.

Since we went on a weekday, there wasn’t much people at the restaurant, my colleague mentioned to us that, on the weekends, Golden Prawn 555 Seafood Restaurant is very packed with guests. Before having our lunch, we were mesmerised by their fish tank of giant cuttlefish, shark, tortoises, crabs, crayfish and mussels, taking photographs and viewing them since it is not a common sight in Singapore. Soon after, we commenced out seafood lunch and had a fun time eating, relaxing, chatting and getting to know more of our colleagues better. Check out our seafood lunch photos !

After a hearty and wonderful lunch, we proceed to Nagoya Hill Shopping Centre, whereby we split up into different groups, some went massage, while some went shopping. For me, I chose shopping and eating, slowly shopped for tidbits, factory outlet clothes and shoes, and of course, not forgetting, A&W Root Beer Float and waffle !

With the rest of the colleagues joining us back, we hopped back into our tour bus, collected our kueh lapis that we ordered earlier and for me, in big and small bags (For once), we returned back to Batam centre for our ferry back to Singapore !


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Indonesia Adventures (Puncak & Jakarta) ~ 7th May 2007 to 11th May 2007

I was part of a team of awesome friends/colleagues, namely, Charles, Kelly, Shannon, Cindy and Vianne, that were selected to follow our BIG Boss, Mr Hoo to Jakarta, Indonesia, assisting him in his regional training. It was a great honour and I was really proud and happy to be part of this unique and specially selected team.

We left Singapore on 7th May 2007 on the early morning 0740hrs flight and reached Jakarta, in about 1hr 15mins. Upon arrival, we were picked up and took a 2.5hrs of driving to reach a beautiful resort called Hotel YASMIN, in Puncak, whereby we stayed for 4 days. Do check out their homepage below:

Hotel YASMIN

As we were there to help out in training, I did not manage to take a lot of photographs of the resort. Just some simple photos…..


Feng Shui Waterfall that can be seen from our Hotel Room


Our Hotel Room


Villas in the resort

It was an eye-opener and humbling experience for me especially and I learned a lot from this short trip, from the participants and my fellow special team mates. It was heartwarming, intense sharing and building special bonds were created between our team and making new friendships with our friends in Indonesia.

On the fourth day evening, the training seminar ended. It was a unbelievable 4 days of learning, sharing, participation and training. Many new friendships, a great atmosphere of joy, singing and strong bonds were laid down forever in my heart and soul.

After that, we went down the mountain range, for a 2hrs drive back to Jakarta. On our 5th day, we had about half day of R&R, and we had 2 lovely friends, Fano and Niken to bring us around. We had a really fun time shopping and looking around …. especially the 5 ladies.

Soon, it was time to return back home to Singapore. Looking back over the past few days, the experiences that I went through would always be a part of my heart and soul. I would always treasure the time I spent with my team mates and my new friends made.