Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Teluk Batik

Roughly twelve years ago, I wrote an essay to be published in my annual school magazine.
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The title was "A Picnic"
I am not sure how I come to know about the name of Teluk Batik; perhaps it appeared somewhere in my textbook back then. I wrote that essay without knowing where is it located, yet alone having the chance to pay a visit to the place itself. It was just a fictional narration, not my real experience. Reading my essay again after such a long time gave myself a slight smile.
Somewhere in the middle of my last summer holiday, I got the chance to visit the place for real as my friend took me there.
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The road that leads to the beach in Teluk Batik.
The beach is located in between Sitiawan and Lumut, and it took us about thirty-minute drive from Sitiawan to reach there. Along the way, there were plenty of coconut trees with their leaves gently swaying in the breeze from the sea. The road is winding at times, but not too narrow as the road along Batu Feringgi in Penang.
At one point, we passed by Marina Waterpark, a small water theme park which faces the sea.
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Those dolphins on the left were welcoming the visitors.
We didn't visit those dolphins though. Not long after that, we arrived at the beach.
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Welcome to Teluk Batik.
It was a Saturday afternoon and it was still during the middle of the fasting month. So we didn't get to see many people there, but just a group of children on a school trip, two families and few more other people.
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Some kids having fun with the water.
Unlike other more well-known beaches in the country, the coastline of Teluk Batik is not that long. The water may not as crystal clear as what you get in Redang or Sipadan, nevertheless, it is still very much better than most places in the country. The beach is not bad either, with clear and golden sandy beaches surrounded by hills and forest reserves; it is a perfect getaway for holidays, family day outing, or just for people who are looking for a place to relax themselves.
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Coconut tree by the coastline.
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White sandy beach.
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The army base is at the far background.
However, there is one thing that visitors ought to pay attention when they visit this place. There are monkeys there which are brave enough to go near the visitors and steal things from them. One daring monkey went to search inside someone's bag and it took away a plastic bag when the owner was sitting right in front of the bag, when she was looking away from her stuff. After it got that plastic bag, the monkey climbed up a coconut tree immediately with the plastic bag intact. We saw that in front of our eyes.
That poor lady shouted at the monkey, but the monkey just smiled at her while making that annoying "ngek ngek ngek" sound. We overheard her and got to know that that plastic bag contained some body syampoo. Poor monkey must have thought it had managed to steal some food, only to find out that it was just some liquid to wash its body. Only if the monkey knows how to wash itself, that is.
We spent some time there sitting under the shades of the coconut trees and had some short chats. It might not be the best time to do it because it was noon when we were there. Despite so, the cooling sea breeze was something that gave us that relaxing feeling.
And we camwhored.
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Not a bad angle, considering how hard it was to find a flat surface there.
One Indian guy saw us using the self-timer mode when we were taking our pictures, and he offered to take picture for us.
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For once, Looi is as tall as me.
It was time for us to leave the beach to head to Lumut after spending about half an hour there. However, there is something which I feel it is not right here. Only if the local council do a better job in promoting the place, I am sure that Teluk Batik can turn into one of the main tourist spot in the country. However, this is one thing that I feel our country is lacking. We have all the natural resources, but not the right brains to fully utilise them. Our beach, mountains, highlands, sea, lakes, national parks are among the best in the world, just too bad that they are often overlooked because of poor managements and promotion efforts are still not sufficient.
Teluk Batik is an example. There are totally no public transportation for visitors who come without there own vehicle. Hence, it is almost impossible to gain access to the place unless you own a car or something like that. When you look at Japan, it is almost a total opposite thing. Most of the tourist spots in Japan are easily accessible by trains and buses. Take my summer trips last year as an example. Of all the places I visited, I relied solely on the train, ferry, bus, or bicycle. Yes, they can be quite costly, but the efficiency makes every yen you spend on them worth it. Hence, the authorities in our country should put those money into a better use, instead of using the budget for constructing something unnecessarily like this.
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There are more poles like this in the car park area, and I wonder what is the purpose of it.
This is a beach, not an istana.

32 comments:

chaiei said...

the beach is so-look-alike the one near my house back in terengganu ...natsukashiii..;)

Miss said...

why u dont want to show ur six pack........

Endoru said...

Haha, cute essay.
Should take pics of my very own masterpieces of those school mags.

I thought the pics were familiar but actually seen on FB. :D

=chuan guan= said...

beauti...bravo...omg

elaine said...

I love the blue sky!! It's so beautiful..

elaine said...

I love the blue sky!! It's so beautiful..

calvin said...

@ chaiei:
that is a hint for you to go back during your next holiday ;)

calvin said...

@ miss:
err, that is just not right for me to put such obscene pictures publicly xD

calvin said...

@ endoru:
i bet you have quite a number of essays in your school magazines too, don't you? by the way, i already posted some of the pictures in facebook before this, but i only have the time to blog on it now :)

calvin said...

@ =chuan guan=:
thank you :)

calvin said...

@ elaine:
you must be loving the sky very much that you posted your comment twice, don't you? xD

specialhuman said...

miss:

Coz he doesn't have any :P

Calvin:

Well I have been there once and it was crowded with people.

Trust me. One golden rule in Malaysia:

As long as a tourist spot is commercialized/publicized, it turned into something totally unbearable.

I used to write essay like that about Port Dickson (and it is always a 3 hour ride from Penang to Port Dickson! lol) and until I saw Port Dickson with my own eyes, I couldn't believe that this was the heavenly beach I used to believe.

I rather those tourist spots stay unknown among the people.

Well I guess the next post will be about visiting turtle conservation centre since u r in Lumut already? ;)

miss said...

to special human : how u know wor.....

specialhuman said...

miss:

Well, judging from his lifestyle:

eat, drink, sleep, play ---> blog ---> eat drink sleep play ----> blog ----> ........infinite loop

:P

and you can get the hints from his photo. hahaha

miss said...

to special human : dun say like tat wor , maybe when he open shirt got pecs lo

miss said...

to special human : unless u have seen him naked la hahahaha

calvin said...

@ specialhuman:
very well said, and i cannot agree more. ohhh, i was referring to your first comment, just in case you get me wrong.

too bad you had a wrong guess on my next post. i was rushing that day, that i didn't know such place exists in lumut =(

p/s: only three hours from penang to port dickson? are you trying to fool your poor teacher? lol xD

calvin said...

@ specialhuman:
on the comment regarding my lifestyle, you forgot to add one more thing in between the cycle. if i only eat and drink, but don't shit, how can i have any more space to fill up my stomach in the next cycle?

so, it should be: eat, drink, shit, play =)

calvin said...

@ miss:
sorry to interupt the conversation between you two, but do you think i will ever post a naked (half naked, i mean) of mine in my blog? lol =P

whether he has seen me naked or not, nobody but only the two of us know it xD

p/s: i have seen him naked though ;)

calvin said...

@ miss:
anyway, can i know who is this, if you don't mind revealing your identity. either way, it is still okay if you prefer to remain anonymous :)

miss said...

to calvin and special human : okok lo , since both of u have seen each other naked , i really dun wanna disturb , but it make me think of a lot of naughty thoughts .....:)

miss said...

oh and u guys can make a god couple ,lol

miss said...

*good

specialhuman said...

.......

calvin said...

@ miss:
ohhh, yes. thanks and i will take that as a compliment ^.^

calvin said...

@ specialhuman:
hey hippo, you better don't give such reply. later people will say you agree with what is being said above.

miss said...

ok la , it was just a joke , dun get angry or offended, and dun pressure special human , he maybe agrees with what i say , lol

calvin said...

@ miss:
no worries, he is always like that. just wondering, do you by chance know any one of us personally? thanks :)

miss said...

sorry , i have never met u guys before just read ur blog only :(

calvin said...

@ miss:
i see. but who knows, we could bumpy into each other one day :)

miss said...

no la , i really feel not comfy meeting u bcoz im not pretty at all..... , im quite overweight , sorry :(

calvin said...

@ miss:
don't worry, i don't eat human xD