On our Wesak Day holiday yesterday, we went on a day-trip to Sekinchan with our usual group of buddies and their kids. Sekinchan is a small fishing village in the outskirts of Selangor with luxurious fertile paddy fields.
First stop before we reached Sekinchan fishing village was the paddy fields. Though it was really SCORCHING hot with temps of 36C, we got down the car for a camwhoring session. I summoned the hubs to bring down the XL umbrella to shelter me, else I melt under the blazing sun's wrath!
Green green grass of rice...
The girls and their playdates since birth.
We spent over an hour at the Paddy Processing Factory and Paddy Museum. We bought rice grains and attended a short video presentation on how rice is planted, harvested and processed.
At the Paddy Museum...
At the paddy processing factory...
After the tour of the factory and museum, we had ice-creams sold at the paddy factory.
Next up, we adjourned to the fish products factory to see how salted fish and fish products are made.
Geez, the 'hum yue' (salted fish) sure smells fishy!!
Next, we drove to the nearby Pantai Redang Beach to throw red ribbons onto a wishing tree. The red ribbons are obtainable free from a Chinese temple situated just next to the wishing tree. Whether your wishes come true or otherwise, the red ribbons entangled all over the tall tree sure provides a gorgeous backdrop for photography.
Cass' ribbon was nicely flung and lodged onto a high tree branch with just one good fling! Bravo to this cili padi with good flinging skill, lol! Alycia and Sherilyn had to make a few attempts though.
After the ribbon flinging session, we walked across to the beach. We rented bubble makers for the kids to make gigantic bubbles!
Whilst the kids had fun under the burning sun, I sought refuge at a nearby gazebo and guzzled down a packet of Izumio Hydrogen water to hydrate myself. How I hate the sun and was waiting impatiently for the kids to finish off their bubbles solution.
We had just only gotten back a fresh layer of fair skin after 3 weeks of sun-grilling in New Zealand just 4 months back, only to lose the fair skin to the brutal sun again. Everyone spots a brand new tan now.
With everyone soaked in stinky sweat and a sticky body, we adjourned to an air-conditioned restaurant for lunch. Finally, air cond for all of us!!
The roe crabs were small and not meaty. We could get much bigger ones in KL.
Ho chien (oyster omelette)
Ikan keli spicy stew.
Seafood was not that fantastic and I would definitely not make a 1-hour drive all the way to Sekinchan to sample the seafood. And they do not come cheap too! We could get much better fare in KL.
Of all the dishes that we ordered, I must say that the Teochew Oo-Ni (芋泥 - a yam paste) was the best. It's absolutely one of a kind and really delicious! It's steamed pumpkin with yam paste and gingko inside the pumpkin. It's my first time sampling this Teochew delicacy and anyone visiting Sekinchan must try this delicacy. The kids did not fancy this dessert and we adults wolfed down both the pumpkins!
Restoran Guan Seng Loong, Sekinchan
After a heavy lunch, we strode across the road to buy some fresh fish. We were told that the fishing boats return from sea at about 2pm everyday. There was a small shop selling the fresh catches. But the selection was not many. Hubs and I personally still prefer to buy our fish from NSK as the selection at NSK is really HUGE and cheap! Still, hubs bought a pomfret (costing RM60+) and a packet of fish balls. We don't think that the fishes at this shop are that cheap, yet visitors were seen thronging and buying fishes without a batting an eyelid... like, are they really that cheap??
Baby sharks, anyone?
It was an enjoyable day-trip for everyone, especially the kids, who did not wish to say their good-byes :)