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Pulau-Pangkor Newsletter #003
March 15, 2005

Welcome to the third edition of the Pulau Pangkor Newsletter. We would like to give a warm welcome to our new readers. What do we have in this edition of the Pulau Pangkor Newsletter?

  • Tsunami
  • Diving around Pangkor
  • What is RSS and why do you want it?
  • Learn language: Malay
  • Recipes
  • Great dinner places at Pulau Pangkor

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The Tsunami slowly fades away out of the memory of people who were not involved. Let's not forget them. If you haven't donate some, do it NOW. Go the the International Red Cross website and make your donation.

For those who missed the information in our first newsletter, Pangkor was not affected by the Tsunami so there's no reason NOT to come! Have a look at our back issues


Diving around Pangkor, Sembilan Divers

When people talk about tropical island, there is always the question: "can you go diving there?" In the case of Pulau Pangkor, it is no different. But since we have no experience in diving, we had to search for the experts.

We found them at Sembilan Divers. Sembilan Divers is basically Oliver and Claudia, both Germans, who have set up a diving club with some local divers from Seri Manjung, Lumut and Kuala Lumpur.

From the first moment we spoke with them it was clear, Oliver and Claudia knew exactly what they were talking about. Pangkor was a reasonable spot for diving but for the real thing you had to go a bit further away to the Sembilan Island. Not for nothing they named their diving club "Sembilan Divers".


What is RSS and why do you want it?

Have you seen the orange buttons at the top of the Pulau Pangkor Newsletter and wondered what it was? Maybe you did, maybe you didn't. Feeds are another way to market your products. But what are feeds? And how do you use and read them? The answers you will find here

Our feeds you can find on the website and on top of this Pulau Pangkor Newsletter. We do regular updates on the feeds. So if you want to have the latest up to date activities and information, add our feed to your feed reader. How it works you read here

Feeds can be used to increase the traffic to your website. And thus you can make money with your feed. How it works you can read at this page.


Learn language Malay

As a traveler in Malaysia, it's not really necessary but it might be fun to pick up some of the language. The people in Malaysia (and wherever you go in the world) are always happy to hear someone saying a little in their own language.

The Malay language is a member of the Western Group of the Austronesian Family, and is the native language of the Deutro-Malays, or modern Malays (Hassan 1). People in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Brunei speak Malay as their first or second language. Like English and other languages in the world, it has many different dialects, ranging from Batavian to Kelantanese. Each dialect has its own way of sounding, and a native speaker of the language can usually tell a dialect from another.

So if you feel you want to pick up more then a few phrases, this course might be for you:

Malay English
Apa nama kamu? What is your name?
Apa Khabar? How are you?
Selamat Pagi  Good Morning
Selamat Petang Good Evening
Selamat Malam Good Night
Bolehkah saya tanya? May I ask?
Berapa harganya?    What is the price?
Dia    He/She
Mereka They
I am sorry Maafkan saya

Malay for everyone is a great book to start with, click here to learn more.



The last Pulau Pangkor Newsletter had some excellent recipes. Did you miss them? Click on MORE RECIPES page to see them again. You will find also two new recipes of dishes you will able to get at Pangkor island.

This month, we feature two recipes involving bananas. Bananas are great fruit. All over South East Asia you can find bananas. But did you know there are more then 20 different kinds of bananas? We are not going into that discussion although we set up a page with some interesting facts about bananas. Check it out here.

This edition of the Pulau Pangkor Newsletter, we have two interesting deserts for you. The first one is a dish you can find not only in Pangkor on the roadsides but all over South East Asia. It's called "pisang goreng" or fried bananas. From Hanoi in Vietnam to Kunming in China and Bangkok to Pangkor, you will be able to taste pisang goreng.

This recipe will bring back the memories for the fried bananas you have tasted when you traveled in South East Asia. And if you have never been there, it's a great way to get your first bite. Check it out here.

We are interested in stories of people who have tried the recipes. Let us know about your experiences. We will publish them in the next edition of the Pulau Pangkor Newsletter.


Great dinner places at Pulau Pangkor

In the previous editions of the Pulau Pangkor Newsletter investigated some good places to eat in the surrounding towns of Seri Manjung and Sitiawan. But we got an e-mail asking us why we didn't gave an advice on great places to eat at Pangkor!

Horizon Restaurant

So here we go. A restaurant I come back at Nipah Bay is the Horizon Restaurant. It is located at the circle road in the middle of the Nipah Bay. Upstairs is the Horizon Inn.

It's a complete open air restaurant although there's roofs in case it's raining. The staff speaks excellent English and the menu's are nicely designed. Dishes include rice and noodles with chicken and beef. Fried beef was good done as was the fried chicken.  Fried chicken with cashew nuts was tasty, not spicy.

Two interesting and cheap dishes is fried rice. Fried rice? Interesting? I can hear you frown. There are two fried rice dishes at the Horizon Restaurant. One is what they call "Yong Chow", the other is "Indonesian". The difference is that the Indonesian is red coloured of the spices used. Also the Indonesian fried rice is including some prawns. Recommended.

Fish dishes we tried we all good, freshly made and tasty though not spicy.

The Horizon Restaurant has western dishes as French fries and sandwiches on the menu.

Ye Lin

The Ye Lin is located at Pasir Bogak next to the Coral Bay Resort. The restaurant offers some excellent seafood the Chinese way. But there's other fine dishes. The on Pangkor famous tofu dish is one of them. The Chinese name is "chao bai dou fu". It's basically fried tofu, crispy outside and silky smooth soft inside. You get it served with brown sauce. Combined with one of Pangkors' specialties dried fish you have a great meal.

The Ye Lin is slightly higher prices then some of the beach stalls but the service is good and friendly, so it's a good deal after a hot day at the Pangkor beach.

Around the Ye Lin restaurant you will find some fried banana sellers. Fried bananas are always freshly made and an excellent desert after a copious meal at either the Horizon Restaurant or the Ye Lin.

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