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Pangkor Newsletter No. 72: Teluk Rubiah, Christmas gift, cooking in the Islamic Museum and more
December 06, 2010
Hello,

December 2010 and another year almost has past. Plenty of things have happened in this part of Perak. Depending on your interests, you can argue it is good or bad. The sad news is of course that Teluk Rubiah is lost forever to a Brazilian iron factory. The building process has begun and although finally some locals get concerned, it is too late to stop it. Together with the fast expansion of the Lumut harbor, I wonder when Pangkor will start to see the changes in sea water quality..

At Pangkor island the population prepares for the annual Christmas celebrations. Some hotels still have room, so be quick to make bookings. Some readers of the pulau-pangkor.com seem to have the impression I personally own a hotel or resort. There is no reference of this whatsoever at any place on the website, but should you want to book a hotel, use the Pangkor Hotels page.

What rest is to wish you a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

  • Teluk Rubiah is lost forever
  • Pangkor Hotels
  • Give yourself a Christmas gift
  • Nazlina's cooking class expands to the Islamic Museum in George Town
  • Facebook and Twitter
  • Direct bus from Sitiawan (for Pangkor) to KLIA
  • My recent bicycle journey to Cambodia and Laos

Happy reading!
Peter van der Lans
Sitiawan

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Teluk Rubiah is lost forever
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In the last edition of the Pulau Pangkor newsletter, I already mentioned that Teluk Rubiah would be closed to make space for an iron factory, Whoever is responsible for such a crazy idea to build an iron factory with the additional increase of ships to a tourist destination, I can not tell. I can tell the building process has started.

Another pier is being build a few km outside in the open sea because the waters around Teluk Rubiah are too shallow to bring those big ships directly to the Teluk Rubiah beach. The pier will be a transfer of cargo to smaller ships which will bring the cargo to the factory.

Teluk Rubaih
Teluk Rubiah beach, from October 2010 only available for the
lucky who will work at the iron factory.


Some locals have their concerns, Otai Manjung, you can check his Facebook page for photos: http://www.facebook.com/otai.manjung

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Pangkor hotels
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There are some hotel rooms available ... but you better be very quick...

- http://www.pulau-pangkor.com/Pangkor-Island-Beach-Resort.html
- http://www.pulau-pangkor.com/Swiss-Garden.html
- http://www.pulau-pangkor.com/Coral-Bay-Resort.html
- http://www.pulau-pangkor.com/puteri-bayu.html
- http://www.pulau-pangkor.com/Teluk-Dalam.html
- http://www.pulau-pangkor.com/Pangkor-Laut.html

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Give yourself a Christmas gift
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People keep asking me how they can build a website like pulau-pangkor.com to earn money. Is it possible? How much work is there involved, someone even asked me to advice him how to build massive traffic overnight.

I am using for my websites, Sitesell. The reason is simple, the package is worth every single cent. Building a website is building a business. Setting up an offline business will cost a lot of money, even here in Malaysia. You need an office, store, place to work. You need facilities, things in stock, licenses etc.. Online it works different. To create an online business you need to be visible in the search engines with search terms people use for your products.

So, what do you do? You get a free website, make a page and hope for the best? Of course not. You get your domain, write 4 sales pages and you become rich! Right? Wrong!

An online business is just as much as an offline business. The more solid info you offer, the more reliable you are in the eyes of your potential customer. Like in any shop you need to build trust. And you build trust by offering excellent information. No, you don't build trust by offering all kiinds of products. If someone wants to buy something they'll go to buy.com or other big sales sites. So you need to offer high quality info that makes people feel confident YOU have the right stuff.

Sitesell is a system that help you in every aspect building such a website. It helps you finding the right search terms, ALL of them. It helps you distributing the new pages to the main search engines, creating a blog, RSS and sitemap automatically to help the search engines finding you. But this is only the so called tip of the iceberg, I wrote a whole page with a lot more info about how we SBI'ers work and what the results are:

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

Proof of course is essential, you know my websites... but there's many others being even more successful then the Pangkor site is...

- http://proof.sitesell.com/webselling64290.html
- http://case-studies.sitesell.com/webselling64290.html

Of course Facebook and Twitter are used by us SBI'ers to communicate...

- http://facebook.sitesell.com/webselling64290.html
- http://twitter.sitesell.com/webselling64290.html

If you want to make your next year a year online, it's Sitesell you need. You don't need to be an internet guru to be successful, you don't even need to use html, if you don't want it. What you do need is BAM
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http://www.sitesell.com/webselling64290.html

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Nazlina's cooking class expands to the Islamic Museum
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Recently Nazlina's cooking class in the Tropical Spice Garden has been expanded to the Islamic Museum in George Town Penang. Nazlina informed me that her main dish this month will be laksa. As there are many different types of laksa (check this page... http://www.pulau-pangkor.com/malaysian-food-laksa.html ), you can have the choice what to make...

Trust me, if you want to understand something about Penang, the food has to be explored, No place in Malaysia has the original variety that Penang has.

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

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Facebook and Twitter
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Become fan of our fan page on Facebook:

Peter's travels on Facebook

No interest in Facebook, you're using Twitter? Great! We have our own Twitter too, follow us here: http://www.twitter.com/psychling

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Direct bus from Sitiawan (for Pangkor) to KLIA
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Good news for travelers to Lumut/Pangkor who arrive by flight. Recently a new service has started. Starshuttle operates 6 (yes, SIX) times a day from KLIA and the LCC terminal a service to Sitiawan. Useful for the Pangkor traveler? You bet! Sitiawan is only 9km from Lumut and a taxi from Sitiawan to Lumut will cost you only RM 12. The bus takes 5 hours depending on eventual traffic jams and skips Kuala Lumpur city center! International travelers can therefore directly travel to Pangkor without having the hassle of going into KL and find a bus or try to find a taxi at the airport. Personally I am very happy with the service.

Oh, the time schedule... yes of course:

- http://www.pulau-pangkor.com/transport-in-perak.html

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My recent bicycle journey to Cambodia and Laos
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It was time for some more cycling. I left home in Sitiawan to Penang for some repairs on my bicycle and then took the train to Bangkok. I prefer the train as it 1. brings me overnight to the heart of Bangkok and 2. I have no hassle with bike. Flying takes even more time for me as I have to go to either KL or Penang airport, wait, get transport in Bangkok to the city etc. No, give me the overnight train with comfortable beds and the next morning I can start cycling.

Angkor Wat 2010
Cambodia's National Symbol, UNESCO monument and masterpiece of the Khmer civilization, photo from my 4th visit in 2010


And that's what I did. In 3 days I arrived at the Thai/Cambodian border and two days later I arrived in Siem Reap, my 4th visit (first one was in 1994). Siem Reap is the base for exploring Angkor, the legendary and in my option, the most spectacular remains of an old civilization in south east Asia (even beating Borobudur, Bagan or any Thai temple complex).

After a week I continued cycling eastwards to Kampong Thom, Kampong Chaam and further to Kratie and Stung Treng. Much had changed since I was here in 1994. Nowadays the roads are excellent and safe. The road continues to the Lao/Cambodian border where you can get on the spot both a Lao and a Cambodian visa. If you have the time, this is certainly a road worth the time to spend.

On the way I met several cyclists. Some imagine cycling is only for young people, but this is not true. On the way I met several older people, Hugo, 68 on a renumbering bike, a Belgian couple in their early 60's, two more Dutch couples in their mid 60's, even a couple on tandem, 69/71 years old. No younger people, sure, but not that many,

It was a very cool ride from the border to Vientiane, on mostly flat roads with occasional slow hills. It was the 3rd time on this road, once by bus, once on the bike but this time was nicer then the previous journeys.

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

I keep saying... everyone can do what I do, not everyone wants it...

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