Crafting is the main theme of the trip to Terengganu, and the reason I went to Malaysia in the first place actually. Since the number of the participants got larger than before, Kak Ros invited me to assist her in giving craft-lessons for Malaysian ladies. It’s “All about Yoyos”, so no major worries there, I can do yoyos. And fortunately there is no real language barrier since Malay and Bahasa have a lot similarities between them although the lovely ladies of Terengganu would love to tease me for using nuance-differed words or my somewhat mixed-up Malay. Despite everything (there are some distasteful mishaps with the organizer that I won’t mention here but love to slander if given the opportunities), the five days were a blast. The Terengganu ladies are so awesome that our 9 to 5 workshop sessions were so much fun. And yes, we cried as we said our goodbyes.
After class Kak Ros and I would drive to Bandar Raya to grab a bite, or buy some supplies at the local market, and do a quick gander at local tourist spots before it gets dark. I would really like to go back Terengganu and actually do some serious sightseeing and snorkeling!
|the iconic Masjid Kristal|
|local delicasies at Pasar Payang|
|Taking it Easy Terengganu Style|
enjoying the sea-breeze while munching on deepfried seafood and slurping the ABC at the numerous food stalls near the beach. My favorite!
|homemade "Wau", Malaysian traditional kite|
Kak Ros loves to make quilts using Malaysian batik. So on our last day at Terengganu, we just got to visit a batik maker. Lucky that one of our workshop participants, Kak Lia, knows the right place to go to in such tiny space of time. I'm totally impressed with its near-to-neon colors I just had to have them. And no, I refuse to follow that lengthy "Where's your patriotism and Wear your Batik Day and what-nots" debacle. Read the history of batik if you want.
|look at that crazy colors!|