Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Penang Island | Lorong Kulit | Rock Walk

Weather was not good the day I went to Rock Walk in Penang Island.

I started my journey from Butterworth bus station at the mainland and took ferry into the island. Ferry's fare is only RM1.20 for an adult and you only have to pay for entering the island.


The ferry trip took about 15 minutes and you can enjoy the view of the straits while on it.


 Once landed on the island, I tried asking taxi (red & white coloured) fare from jetty to Rock Walk and the driver asked for RM15. There is another cab which is metered but I just went to ask the bus fare.

Well… better off with the Rapid Penang bus at the station next to the jetty. The fare is just RM1.40. You can either get on bus no 201, 202, 203 or 204. I sat next to the driver and asked him to drop me once reached the area.


It was still drizzling when I reached the spot. It is actually situated at Lorong Kulit.

You won't see any signage mentioning the word "Rock Walk" but somehow that is the famous name for this area. It is open daily from 9am to 1pm on weekdays and starts around 7am on weekends.

There were only few sellers left. Maybe they've packed-up earlier due to rainy weather. I was lucky enough to meet some of these unique sellers. As I entered the fence area, I approached the first seller on the right. I stopped and snapped some pictures of the goods they sold.




Next, I stopped at another spot right in-front of the previous seller and then got to know the owner.

He called himself "Mamu Razak" and claimed that he had stayed in Indonesia for quite some time and also in Thailand for 20 years.


While chatting with him, a Chinese man approached and conversed in Chinese. Amazingly, he speaks the language fluently as if that's his mother's tongue language. He later talked with his son in Siamese as if they are real Siamese family.


He also has a regular customer who happens to be a seller at the Amcorp Mall, in Petaling Jaya, Selangor.


I snapped some photo of his items but he said that he has something with price of more than RM40 thousand and kept it safe elsewhere.

One of it is the antique Rolex watch. He'll only bring it out on demand. He also publish his items through the Facebook Page called "Mamu at Lorong Kulit".

Then I moved on to another table nearby and walked around the area until some of these sellers started to pack their stuff to go home.




Saturday, October 23, 2010

Selangor | Petaling Jaya | Amcorp Mall

Amcorp Mall, situated in Petaling Jaya, Selangor and can be seen on your left hand side if you are driving on Federal Highway towards Shah Alam from Kuala Lumpur. If you are travelling by the Kelana Jaya line LRT, you can get off at the Taman Jaya LRT Station which is just about 150 meters away.

Here, you will see lots of regular flea markets almost every day as you reach the main entrance and there will be more booths inside at the hall area. If you are lucky, you might be able to see some fashion show too.

If you come here on Saturday or Sunday, you will be able to see a special flea market inside the mall. This flea market is only during weekends and only open from 10am until 6pm.

The main area is at the lower ground. Just enter from the main entrance, turn right and then take the escalator down to LG.

As you reached the lower ground, you'll start to see most of them are selling antique items which are rare and hard to find nowadays.

Some of these items aged more than a thousand years old and they are selling it with a very low price.



When you go in further, you'll see some other things being sold in here. Old music disk records, house items, gem stones and many more.
When I was wondering around, I got to know some of these sellers and one of them is Uncle Raj who sells gem stones as men's and women's accessories which he made himself.

He was happily to explain some technical parts of how to make them and why certain parts are needed in the makings.


After I had some chat with him, I went on wondering around further in and see some other tables and they were happy to let me snap photos of their items.






I stopped at another table and had a chat with Mr. Eric, former journalist for Karangkraf group and an antique items collector.

Like other sellers here, he is very friendly and he shared quite a lot of his knowledge about his collections, their age and history behind them. Some of the items aged between 1,300 to 3,500 years old. Most of his collections came from China and some are locals.

He also showed a ceramic bowl that has invisible painting which only will be visible when you see it in front of a light source.



Moved on towards the back and you'll see more items that may catch your attention.



Excited with all the items here, I later realised that I have spent more than three hours wondering around this area. I'm pretty sure some may spend time longer than that.

I left this place with some knowledge in history, some experience and made some new friends. Wish they all are well and have happy life always.