Perlis’ Hidden Gem: Jambatan Tuanku Syed Putra, Kuala Perlis

We live in a glorious age, where information is readily available through this thing called Google.

So I was stumped when I couldn’t find ANY info about this place that I went to in Kuala Perlis…apart from a few photos.

No location, no how-to-get-there, no ‘history of bridge’… nothing. That’s when I knew that it’s truly one of those spots that nobody but the locals know about. Ladies and gents: Jambatan Tuanku Syed Putra. 

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Named after the late king (father of the current Raja) the bridge can be accessed via a side road. It spans across the river mouth of Kuala Perlis, connecting one side of the bank to the other.

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First impression: This is a steep-ass bridge.

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You reach the top and there’s a platform where you can chill and take in the sights after the climb.

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Both sides of the river bank were lined with fishing boats. Most were already docked for the night. Our guide mentioned that you can see the hills of Langkawi on one side and Thailand on the other, although I got confused as to which side was which. I think this was the Langkawi side (?)

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Evening is the best time to come: lovely sunset!

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This is a hidden gem that you should try and locate, especially if you’re heading to the Masjid Al Hussain near the seaside area. As mentioned in a previous post, you can’t Google or Waze your way to the exact spot, so the best way to get there is to google Pasaraya Seri Utama Kuala Perlis and ask locals for directions.

Things To Do In Tamsui, Taiwan – A Seaside Town

We’re almost at the end of our trip to Taiwan! On our second to last day, we took a train from Taipei to the very last stop on the Red Line, called Tamsui. Literally translated to ‘fresh water’, this coastal town is located just next to the Taiwan Straits, and was once colonised by the Spanish and Dutch. It became a major trade and fishing port, but fell from grace during the Japanese occupation as traders moved to another port town, Keelung. Today, it is still known for fisheries, but also as a tourist attraction owing to the area’s rich history and culture.

Exiting the train station. 

Just nearby is Tamsui Old Street – a shopping district. While the shops don’t look very old, most have been around for decades; blending in with newer establishments. Like many of the spots we had visited around Taiwan, there were stalls selling all sorts of items: umbrellas, caps, clothing, accessories, food, etc.

A temple sandwiched in between the shops.

It was a long walk to the harbourfront. When we got there, we popped into a famous stall selling a local specialty called A-Gei.

Workers prepping bunches of glass noodles.

So wtf is A-Gei? It’s basically deep fried tofu stuffed with glass noodles and sealed off with fish paste, steamed in a sweet sauce. As you can probably tell from the picture, the sauce is very starchy, and the texture can feel quite gross to some. The flavour was okay; I liked the glass noodles in them and the tofu, but not the fish paste as it wasn’t bouncy.

Some sort of fishball, also serve in the same sweet sticky sauce. 

Other stuff that we ate. Everything else was kinda mediocre. Maybe it’s just not attuned to my Malaysian taste buds.

This is the shop famous for its A-Gei, just off Zhongzheng Road. It’s near a crescent waterfront structure so it won’t be hard to miss.

Unsatisfied, so I went for a giant choco/vanilla swirl. 🙂

Bing Tong Wu Lou; candied fruits/plums on sticks.

Took a ferry to another part of the city; Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf, which is famous for its Lover’s Bridge. Built in 2003, the bridge has a unique architecture and lights up with various colours at night.

Since its near the river mouth and the sea, the wind is also very strong here. My hair was a mess by the time I walked across the bridge. There’s nothing much on the other end, just a shop selling snacks/souvenirs and a small garden.

Whole fried squid, a common sight at street stalls in Taiwan. 

Wooden pier.

View of pier from bridge. Lotsa docked boats!

Love locks (? more like wooden plaques) hung on a structure at the park. 

GETTING THERE 

From Taipei, take the Red Line headed to Tamsui. It is the last stop and the journey takes about 40 minutes.

Travel Diaries: Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco

FISHERMAN’S WHARF in San Francisco is a charming tourist enclave located way north of the Bay Area. Founded in the 1800s by Italian fishermen, the place retains many traditional seafood restaurants, along with attractions such as an aquarium and several museums.

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Parking is a bitch and expensive, so I’d recommend taking the public transport. Buses and tram services stop here regularly.

It was early evening when we got to the wharf and there was a crowd milling about watching a street dance-off. They scattered once the performers started handing out collection cups.

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Fishing is still done at Fisherman’s Wharf. You can even pay a boat to take you out fishing, and the catch is all yours. There are also tour cruises and yachting activities.

Visitors can get a closer view of the infamous prison, Alcatraz, from the pier. It looked super foreboding and gloomy in the distance.

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The iconic Fisherman’s Wharf sign is surrounded by seafood restaurants, both the street-kind and bigger, classier establishments.

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The main street along the wharf houses souvenir shops, museums and cafes.

We popped into a Ripley’s Believe it Or Not, which I will detail in the next post because there are too many pictures. After emerging from the attraction, it was already dark. All the boats had already retired to their docks for the night.

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If you’re coming here in spring (or any time for that matter), bring a thick jacket and a beanie because the wind here doesn’t just scream.. it howls. Especially when you’re walking along the pier. While I enjoy being in a cooling place, the freezing gale was a little too much for my tropical blood lol and I quickly looked for a place of refuge…

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Said hiding place was the Boudin Bakery, which specialises in sourdough bread. Downstairs is the cafe and bakery area, while upstairs is the restaurant and mini museum.

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The animal-shaped breads are very popular. You can also join their daily baking classes for a fee.

Travel tip: Come during the night if you want to be a scrooge and not pay their museum entrance fee of 3$ – minus the tour guide and crowd. If you’re lucky, you’ll still be able to see some of the staff + machinery churning out bread.

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View of factory from the museum on the first floor.

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It was packed with people on the inside so we had to huddle under a heater on the patio seats with a bowl of clam chowder in their signature sourdough bowl.

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We also drove down Lombard Street, the place where Bruce Lee used to live with the zig-zaggedy stairs. The photos weren’t good because we were inside the car, but it was a good experience anyway.

Night time in SF is charming, with its tall buildings all lit up with lights. It feels like New York (or how I imagine NY to be). But until I earn enough to  go there, I think San Fran is just as fine a city as any I’ve ever been to.

Getting to Fisherman’s Wharf 

By Tram: Powell-Hyde line on Hyde and Beach Streets (Aquatic Park near Ghirardelli Square), and the Powell-Mason line on Taylor and Bay Streets

By F-Line Street car: between the Castro Neighbourhood and Fisherman’s Wharf. It runs the length of Market Street until it reaches the Ferry Terminal Building on the Embarcadero before turning west to the wharf.

More useful info here: http://www.visitfishermanswharf.com/parking