The BMW went up for sale last Wednesday through the Carsome process. An interesting, largely online, process where we took the car in for an inspection after which they put it on their site for 3 hours for dealers to bid. Basically watched the site for 2 hours and 58 mins to see no activity only to then see, in the last 2 minutes, bid after bid to reach a price we were happy with based on various valuations.
Anyway this meant a rushed road trip to Sekihan and Ipoh last weekend before we settled the car on Monday morning.
I will not write much on Sekincahn or Ipoh as numerous posts already on these places. Instead I will just cover some of the things we did this trip with the key note being what I thought would be a highlight, but not really appreciated by Kerrie, being the probably illegally Disney themed apartment we stayed at in Sekinchan.
This place was over the tope with 3 Disney bedrooms each with full wall murals. The TV area and Lounge ceiling had Mickey motifs and all sorts of Disney gear was displayed in locked cabinets throughout the apartment. Ruby (our Beagle) did appreciate the choice of 3 beds and the fact they were all low to ground for her old self to easily get onto.
Although the apartment was not a hit with Kerrie the view certainly was as this was a new 17 storey apartment complex rising out of nowhere in what is a relatively rural and simple town in Sekinchan.
The drive to Sekinchan was of course via Kuala Selangor to not only say goodbye to the monkeys that many years ago put us in a hospital rush as one bit my young niece, but also to get the last taste of the delicious seafood restaurants that line the river. When we first went some 8 years ago there were only a couple of places. Going back we now see well over a dozen along the river.
Sekinchan is now a very popular place with local weekend holiday makers and to go there on a weekend can be very busy. As such the place has grown with many more restaurants and things to do. Unfortunately, like most tourist impacted places in Malaysia, they do not plan well and as such do not set themselves up to handle this and so Sekinchan also looks very worn and tired.
Pantai Redang Beach was a good example. Years ago a lovely little place with little tree house setups where you could get some food and a beer and just relax in fishing nets in the trees and watch time go by. Most of these are now in poor condition and the number of food places tripled with the focus on push the holiday makers through and make money. Of course there was also the rubbish and more rubbish that you expect in Malaysia.
From Thursday night in Sekinchan we then drove onto spend the Friday night in Ipoh. 27 Concubine Lane was our stay for the night. A restored 2 story place right in the middle of the old town and its markets, cafes and shops.
We did the original must do’s in the Gerbang Malam night market area. This included Chicken Rice and Ipoh Bean Sprouts which were much enjoyed by Ruby as pieces of chicken accidently found themselves dropped in her direction.
Plus we did some newer cafes and bars with our favourite find being Cafe Bareeseta in the renovated old town area. They served probably the best espresso coffee I have had in my time in Malaysia – as close to Melbourne perfect coffee as you can get (outside of Melbourne).
Another great find and highly recommended was The Tiga Bar in Market Lane. Perfect for late afternoon when you are trying to escape the heat.
But all was back to the old and original Saturday morning with breakfast at Nam Heong White Coffee (2, Jalan Bandar Timah) and their absolutely fabulous Egg Tarts much enjoyed by Kerrie.
Finally it would not be a successful Ipoh trip without the drive through Tau Foo Fau at Funny Mountain Soya Beancurd. I have been going there since our very first trip to Ipoh back in 2011 when this place was just a small almost hole in the wall place. I have watched it grow over the years as its popularity is now over the top – so much so that we saw them bring in large vats of Tau Foo via truck with a winch system set up in the shop. It has grown from the tiny place I first saw but lost none of its charm and flavour.