Nan and Walt's 1999 - 2000 Sabbatical
Report #10, May 10, 2000 - Part Ib
Day Trip into Malaysia


As I mentioned we found the pristineness of Singapore a bit much, so after three days of it we took a day trip across the bridge into Malaysia to visit a fishing village Kukup.

  

On the way, we visited a pewter factory, where, of course, we had a chance to shop and we stopped at a rubber farm.  Rubber sap is collected much like maple sap for making maple syrup, although instead of using a spigot, a piece of bark is removed and then the tree is scratched to get the rubber sap to run into the collection cup.

  

The first thing we did in Kukup was to take this boat out to a fish farm.  (The woman sitting next to me is from Rochester, MN! :-))

The fish farms are seemingly precariously constructed.  Notice the narrow planking.  We were shown several of the types of seafood that they are growing.

  

Lumber is being delivered on the left and I've made friends with the family's children on the right.  Digital cameras are great for breaking the ice.  Being able to show the photo that was just taken is fun for me and the subjects.

  

The fish farms are only reachable by boat as you can see above.

At the end of the boat trip, we had a superb seafood lunch at the restaurant in the red building shown above.  Then we had time to, you guessed it, shop!

On the way back we stopped at the orchard farm that I mentioned in the pages on the Singapore Botanical Gardens and also at a batik factory, where I did shop.

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Nan C. Schaller
Rochester Institute of Technology
Computer Science Department
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10 May 2000