Thursday, January 31, 2008

Holiday 02: Langkawi

Mahsuri cursed.."padang jarak padang tekukur.."that was then...and now after 7th generation this Legendary Island has become tourist spot for many reasons..the sand, the beach,the natural beauty of hill side, the myth and legend...but this is not a good spot for those who thought that they could come here for a laid back kinda holiday, a hideout or a place to seek solace...for instance Cenang Beach is no longer what it used to be..no more vista to the beach except these new stores and restaurant that grows like mushroom..everywhere, just like in Batu Ferrenghi..and taking a stroll along that only road is no longer enjoyable..too many cars by the roadside..no more fresh breeze from the ocean..blocked by this new development just in the name of attracting the so-called tourist...there is no control at all.

This is the fact, in Malaysia we developed and revitalised certain historical area or interesting places just for the sake of having more tourist until we forget the meaning and essence of the place itself..do we think that tourist wants to see all those fake frontage of old shophouses, big malls, gigantic replicas of historic artifact...? If you pass by Jalan Laksamana in Malacca Town you'll notice that there are painted in RED..and the Stadhuys is also red, so does few other building nearby the hill....if we are talking about history, we should go back deeper, its not only about the colour...the shophouse originally painted not in red!!!...so why waste so much money on having a theme...this ain't a Theme Park...and what about those fake replica of Windmill..lame..

So, we go back to the island up north....I used to wait for school holiday just to spent few days by the beach, kutip biji getah..kutip siput where Taman Legenda is now...there used to be white sandy beach with sampan stranded nearby...and the water is clean...you could count how many bus and cab and big building...walking around was an interesting experience..and at night you don't see to much neon light and bright lights from condo's and apartment...that makes a perfect night to listen to any ghost story or myth of the island...and Telaga Air Hangat back then was surrounded by bushes and there were no high bricks or any building,...just the well, the trees and you...and if you are there after 6pm..that's the most perfect time to experience the real myth and legend....its not you gonna see glimpses of ghost or anything like that...but the feeling is different...same goes to the Famous Tomb..too many building and stalls selling minyak gamat, air gamat, souvenirs..etc etc.....

We used to have this natural beauty and it is best enjoyed at it's own state rather than redeveloping and enhancing until we lost the meaning of the place...

p/s this entry doesnt look like a holiday post right..? just expressing how sad it is now..

2 comments:

simah said...

no pics?

changes r bound to happen there.. i remember the changes i had seen from the moment i went to live there in form 1..and by the time we finally moved from the island (1st year degree)... even then..changes were quite rapid..

despite the changes that has happened in that island..i hope u had enjoyed the holiday...

how is sharmi?

i still remember i used to *naik gerek* everywhere... kalau nak ronda sampai kat padang matsirat dsb...tumpang motor member..memories..... rasa mcm balik mesia nanti pun takkan sempat pi sana (plus no budget)... but hopefully nanti kita bole jumpa yek? insyaAllah...

sue said...

nanti i upload ..

tapi too many changes yg tah apa2 la simah..but i do enjoy the trip even though penat,...dapat mandi laut kejap (tapi bukan kat pasir tengkorak) pun dah kira ok...but wish to go there again

when are r u coming home?,,...masa tu i dah due kot...boleh jumpa nanti..