Like I said, I love being near to the sea; despite that I don’t know how to swim! Hahhaha! Well, why should I be ashamed because yes, I can’t swim and that’s the fact, so far? (,”) But I love the smell of the salty sea breeze and the scenery of the sun set or feeling the sands between my feet. It is relaxing. So, the nearest/most ideal seaside to Jitra would be Kuala Perlis (which by the way boasts its delicious seafood!) – so off I went there with Kord (who else? I mean, he is practically the only buddy in Kedah I hang out! Hahaha!). I have been to Kuala Perlis but that was 5-6 years ago when I celebrated my 24th birthday (https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2008/06/03/bday-the-moment-childlike-hits-24; luckily there is a BLOG to reminisce!) LOL!
The Al-Hussain Mosque a.k.a. Floating Mosque of Kuala Perlis. Enchanting construction!
Around 6.45 p.m., we arrived at the shore of Kuala Perlis. The journey was not that far. All you have to take is the straight highway from Changlun up to Kuala Perlis! There was an uncanny similarities of Kuala Perlis with Port Dickson & Bagan Lalang – I guess the Tropical ambiance was emanating the moment we arrived; I don’t know, it’s just psychological thing for me! Hahaa! So, parked the car and just roamed around waiting for Maghrib as twilight was approaching.
The interior design of the mosque.
A few poles of fans are erected; possibly to transform the wind energy into electrical energy – Science Syllabus for Year 5 in “Transformation of Energy”. I wish my pupils could relate this when they see the picture or come to Kuala Perlis! (,”)
Although the sea was in low tide in the evening but the sea breeze was strong! From at the point of pier we stood, we could see the mountains of Langkawi erected! Oh, how I miss of going there. The first and the last time was when I in Form1, which was in 1997; courtesy of Abang Nuar & Kak Hasni when Abang Nuar was the Secretary of Whatzisname. Anyway, I just realized that there is a floating mosque in Kuala Perlis named “Al-Hussain Mosque”!!!! The resemblance mimics the one in the Malacca! AND , I have to say that it is a beautiful construction and very comfortable inside with unique construction for the ablution section; which if I am not mistaken was housed under the minaret!
The ever strong sea wind screwed my frizzy hair! Arghhhh! Hahhahaaa…. no point of combing the hair.
According to the Malay Wikipedia, the cost of construction of the mosque was sponsored by Tan Sri Mohd. Ariffin Yusuf and the uniqueness feature of the mosque is the minaret itself (I KNEW IT!). It is said to have the hexagonal shape which is the FIRST IN THE WORLD; and every time the Azan is chanted as the indicator for prayer, there will be several varicolored beams of light cast out in accordance to the prayers per se such as blue is for Subuh prayer and Maghrib prayer whereas green is for Isyak prayer. The dome also boasts four beautiful calligraphy of 4 languages – Malay, Chinese, Indian and Arab. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the chance to snap much because the prayer has already commenced by the time I entered the mosque and everyone was thronging inside. Sigh. And as icing to the cake, there was a “hanging-out” boulevard-like area for people in the mosque’s compound with a Kebab stall erected there. The Arabian feeling was immense!
The delicious crabs cooked with salty eggs (“Ketam Masak Telur Masin”) – the so-called special recipe/dish only to be found at Mona Seafood, Kuala Perlis. DELICIOUS!!! Love it! If you happen to go, try this, aite?
Kord and I hurriedly went to the famous Mona seafood restaurant, which by the way is in the food arcade. The seafood stall Mona is famous and from the survey I conducted in Facebook, words-of-mouths and virtual realms, Mona Seafood stall is famous for its “Ketam Masak Telur Masin” (crabs cooked with salty eggs). So, I was dying to give it a try!! Kord did the choosing which I am of course a helpless soul; I don’t know much about estimation of fishes/squids in the rightful kilograms, etc. Hahhaha! So, we chose fish divided into half; first one was steamed and the other half was cooked in 3 flavours (“3 rasa”); and then the usual “sotong goreng tepung” (deep fried calamari/squids); steamed cockles; and then…. the crabs cooked with salty eggs! I can vouch that the crabs were THE BEST and YUMMIEST; but the rest are just mediocre. So, I guess the secret recipe as per claims by the Mona Seafood waitresses are true! (,”)
The steamed cockles. My favourite!
The first half of fish cooked in 3 flavours/sweet & sour (“Tiga Rasa”). The other half of steamed fish? Arrived a bit later but by that time, I was too busy occupied with EATING! Hahaha!
The usual “Kailan” as vegetable accessory coupled with seafood.
The Ais Kacang. Well, I have to say that although the “look” or facade isn’t as grand as the Ais Kacang in Penang, but the taste ain’t that bad. Bravo, Kuala Perlis! Love; especially the ice scoop! Hahaha!
Cikgu Mat’s “Laici Kang”! Seems so beautiful! Hhahaa! Is that frogs’ eggs???? Hahaha NO! Those are Selasih/Basil seeds.
We called Cikgu Mat, our KPLI fellow mate who the last time we heard is teaching in Langkawi but his wife is in Perlis. Surprisingly, he responded to Kord’s calls/SMS (since he has been off the radar and being practically non-existence!) and we had blast catching up!!! Hhahahaha! Imagine not seeing friends for 4 years and since we were in the same group together doing macro/micro teachings, we had so much memories together; in fact if all my KPLI class- The Science 1 gathered around, we just clicked instantaneously because leading hectic life for a whole year – now that really BONDED us! Imagine; the three of us talked and talked talked from 8.30 p.m. until 10.55 p.m????!!! Hhahahahahaa! It feels nice to reconnect with old friends.
Cikgu Mat, Kord and I. Look at the frizzy hair? Cannot be saved – blown by the sea breeze! Hahaha!
Dated 8th June, 2013, age 29 years old. Blog is a wonderful platform to dictate events that happen in life. I can refer to the jot-down and traced back the memories. It’s a great salvation valve for me.
On whole, it was another great Northern experience. Malaysia is truly Asia. Yes, travelling abroad is good and great and expands the horizon BUT it’s true, there’s no place like home. I love MALAYSIA, my beautiful home (,”)