Cruising the Island
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November 20th, 2008 – by: msparro
Today I called on Mr Kong, the crazy taxi driver, and asked him to take me on a trip around the island. We set off up the coast, but unfortunately the views weren't that good as it was raining. Our first stop was at a small factory where I saw the art of batik being carried out.
Our next stop was a little fishing village called Teluk Bahang. It is a very quiet place and has two jetties that stretch out into the water. The old one is a bit rickety to say the least, but that didn't stop someone driving along it on a motorbike at around 30mph! I didn't even want to walk on it, let alone get on a bike! From there we moved onto the Fruit Farm. They grow all sorts of fruits in this place and I was taken on a tour of some of the more unusual ones. A couple of my favourites were the Acerola fruit which is about the size of a cherry but has 32 times the amount of vitamin C that you'd find in a normal orange - great if you've got a cold.
On our way to Balik Pulau we paused near a very picturesque waterfall. Because it has been raining a lot today there was a lot of water flowing so some of the snaps I grabbed came out quite well. Balik Pulau is one of the other main towns on the island, but still only has about 30,000 people living in it.
I've eaten so much this last week and not done much exercise so I think I'm getting a bit unfit. I think a nice dip in the pool will help that so that's where I'm heading. I will write again once I reach Australia next week.
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