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Pangkor Newsletter No. 64: New videos, cooking classes, Tune Hotel and more
December 03, 2009
Hello,

December is always a busy month in Malaysia. The schools have the summer holiday, and with Christmas and New Year coming up many locations prepare for a lot of tourists. The east coast islands are mostly closed due to the monsoon season, so for example diving in this time of the year might be difficult.

We get regularly questions about the rainy season in this time of the year. And as I am writing this email to you, it has been raining quite a bit. But that said, it rains mostly over night. It should certainly NOT stop you from coming to Malaysia. And I think Pangkor is around Christmas time a really good place to be. (check our Pangkor weather page)

In this edition we pay a bit of extra attention to the extremely successful cooking classes of Nazlina Hussin in the Tropical Spice Gardens. Further we have added some new videos about Pangkor and Teluk Batik. Hopefully you will like them

  • New videos
  • Request for old photos of Pangkor, Lumut and Sitiawan
  • Teluk Rubiah will disappear
  • Cooking classes in Penang
  • Tune Hotel opens in Penang
  • Cycling in Malaysia
  • The Pangkor search boxes
  • SBI! Now Available At $29.99 Per Month

Happy reading!
Peter van der Lans
Sitiawan

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New videos
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A picture says more then a 1000 words, cliché or not, it is very true. Thus I have been digging in my photo collection and sorted out some photos which are not yet on the website available but which show Pangkor and other areas in more details:

- Homepage:
- http://www.pulau-pangkor.com

Teluk Batik jungle:
- http://www.pulau-pangkor.com/jungle-trekking.html

Historical postcards and photos
- http://www.penang-attractions.org/historical-photos-penang.html 

Teluk Bahang Lighthouse:
- www.penang-attractions.org/teluk-bahang-lighthouse.html

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Request for old photos of Pangkor, Lumut and Sitiawan
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Yes, we are still looking for more photos of Malaysia. Over the last few years I have seen Lumut, Sitiawan and Pangkor developing. I can't help thinking what it used to be like here. So I need the help of you! Do you have any photos of Pangkor, Penang, Taiping, Ipoh, Lumut or Sitiawan that can show us what it was here in recent years of much longer ago?

Pieter Kruger did send us some photos of the time that he worked in Lumut, already almost a decade ago.

- http://www.pulau-pangkor.com/lumut-photos-overview.html

But we would love to see photos from much longer ago and from Pangkor island. Do you have any you want to share? Great,  please contact me here:

- http://www.pulau-pangkor.com/contact-us.html

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Teluk Rubiah will disappear
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Unfortunate news arrived last week. Teluk Rubiah is sold to a steel factory (although it seems the final contract has yet to be signed).  One can only imagine what consequence this will have for the tourist industry of Pangkor island, Lumut and Teluk Batik. A steel factory will have the need for roads, which most likely will mean that a new road through the hills in between Teluk Batik and Teluk Rubiah has to be build too.

It is even more amazing if you realize that the Marina Island is still being build at Teluk Batik. With a steel factory next door, who would want to buy an apartment at the Marina Island? And we haven't even discussed the potential pollution of air and water!

The hills in between Teluk Batik and Teluk Rubiah are already heavy "eaten" away. There are several quarries that make the sight of the hills even more sad. My guess is that within a few years the hills are gone and with the building activity in the Seri Manjung area one can only imagine that Sitiawan, Lumut and Seri Manjung will become a new Butterworth in the next 5  years.

If true, this will have a huge negative effect on the tourist industry in this part of Malaysia.

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Cooking classes in Penang

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Last month I already explained that Nazlina's Cooking Classes in Penang were starting to become very popular. It seems the classes seem to explode in popularity. Nazlina does classes for groups of 8 people or more with locals and international travelers have resulted even in an article in an Australian magazine. Here's the article:

- http://www.pickles-and-spices.com/support-files/tra-2009-07-18-pg013-1.pdf

Others have written about their experiences with Nazlina:

- http://www.pickles-and-spices.com/great-outdoor-cooking-experience.html

I have witnessed Naz' class several times, and I have to admit, it is impressive what she does. So why not sign up with Naz:

- http://www.pulau-pangkor.com/cooking-traditional-food-class.html

Don't forget to watch Nazlina's video on the cooking class page: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKQkOOuFfg4

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Tune Hotel Penang
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Airasia is a popular and cheap company to fly with. Recently Airasia opened their own hotel in downtown Penang. It is convenient located in the vicinity of everything you can possibly want, a few minutes from Komtar bus station, a few minutes from the ferry and Little India and the Armenian Quarter are also within your grasp.

Quality of the hotel is, especially for the price, excellent. Like with booking flights, the more in advance you book, the cheaper it can be.

Tune Hotel

Here is more about the Tune Hotel in Penang:

- http://www.pulau-pangkor.com/george-town-hotels.html#tune

- You can, of course, book through us:

- http://www.pulau-pangkor.com/tunehotel

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Bicycling in Malaysia
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Malaysia does not have the name as a great cycling destination but I disagree. If you look beyond the typical tourist destinations, there's a lot to explore for a traveler on bicycle. And no, I am not talking about racing. Speeding through a country is not the way to see something. After all, you can speed cycle around your home town! In Perak there is plenty to explore, plenty of backlanes, small towns in beautiful sceneries, beautiful people always willing to help you out when necessary. And of course there's the food, in abundance.

Here's where you start exploring the possibilities of cycling in Malaysia

- http://www.bicycle-adventures.com/cycling-in-malaysia.html

But don't forget to check:

- http://www.pulau-pangkor.com/Taiping.html
- http://www.pulau-pangkor.com/kampar.html
- http://www.pulau-pangkor.com/Ipoh.html

We have many pages about possible destinations in Perak. Check them out and use our global map for ideas:

- http://www.pulau-pangkor.com/map-of-perak.html 

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The Pangkor search boxes
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The Pangkor website is quite extensive. It might be that you will not immediately can find something. To help you we have two searchboxes available on the website. The first, in the upper right corner of every page is build in a way to search the whole Pangkor website. The results will show you every page about the keyword you type in. It's a handy tool, which I am using myself often as I too do not always remember where a specific page is to be found. I am sure you will find it useful

At the bottom of every page you will find a second search box. This box will do searches on the whole internet. Very useful, if you ask me. I hope you find both search boxes useful.

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SBI! Now Available At $29.99 Per Month
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There is a first time for everything, The "first time" in this case is a monthly possibility to start with Sitesell, the same system we use for our websites. And it is proven successful so why not giving it a change...
SBI! Monthly Billing Option

Of course you will want to read and hear more about Sitesell before you even consider working with it. Here are two pages that help you making up your mind:

- http://www.pulau-pangkor.com/editors.html
- http://www.pulau-pangkor.com/complete_site_build_it.html

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