Port Dickson Fishing and Photography trip

11 08 2008

Last saturday Tzy Wen and I were playing around with our cameras and lenses when someone suggested a photography trip. “Let’s plan a photo outing”, “Ok, where?”, “How about PD? Then Mark and Tan could come along and do some fishing”, “Port Dickson? You serious?” , “Yup why not?”
And so we found ourselves driving down to Port Dickson early, very early, 5.45 a.m early, on Sunday morning. Legend has it that this is the earliest hour Tzy Wen has ever been seen awake. hahaha! Fishing rods, bait, hooks, water, cameras and lenses were all packed into the car and we were off. (more about the trip later once I have finished processing the pictures I took. Preview photos can be viewed at Tzy Wen’s blog)

Tanjung Tuan Light House

Tanjung Tuan Light House


The light and weather vane

The light and weather vane

Information board

Information board

We reached Port Dickson or PD just after sunrise and had some breakfast at a roadside stall. Our first stop was the lighthouse. The Tanjung Tuan Lighthouse is built on a promontory which is about 100 metres above sea level. It’s original name was Cape Rachado Light house which it took from the cape it stood on.

The walk up the road to the lighthouse could be quite challenging to those not used to hiking. But Tzy Wen somehow managed to summon inner strength to stop and straighten a tree that was about to topple over. Here he is taking a picture of the grateful tree. We found out from information board below the lighthouse that it was first commissioned in 1863, some 145 years ago! If you look carefully you will find that it still has an old style weather vane to tell the direction of the wind. The Lighthouse also houses a modern primary radar to detect ships using the Straits of Malacca.

The beach at the bottom of the promontory was very nice. Mark and Tan had already set up their rods and cast their lines when I got there. There was nobody else but us. I could have stayed there on that beach the whole day if I had brought a book and food.

The Rods

The Rods

I tried my hand at casting a line with a rod but failed miserably in my first few attempts. After half an hour I finally got the hang of it but I will need more practice if I decide to take up fishing. I realised later that I had not taken enough pictures of the beautiful beach. Sadly, there were rubbish strewn around in the treeline behind where we sat. Evidence that Malaysians do not really appreciate the gift of nature.

Ais Batu Campur time

Ais Batu Campur time

After about an hour of casting Mark and Tan ran out of patience and concluded that there were no fish around the cape that morning. I thought fishermen were patient people? Ok, nevermind. We spent the next half an hour taking some pictures, packed our stuff and walked back up to the lighthouse. Boy,was that even more tiring. We drove the car to the nearby public beach and treated ourselves to Ais Batu Campur, a favourite dessert with many Malaysians. have a look at the link I provided you and you can find out about the other Malaysian desserts. For bubur Chacha, I suggest you ask my new friend Yong Hua. I am betting he named his blog after his favourite local dessert.

looking for bait

looking for bait

Will this fool a fish?

Will this fool a fish?


lead wieghts

lead wieghts

To hook the Fisherman

To hook the Fisherman

After a quick lunch in town, we decided to try our luck at a beach behind the Shell Club north of PD town. We first went off to look for bait and ended up at this shop which sell all sorts of fishing equipment. The pictures above hardly do it justice. The were lots more equipment on display. After buying the bait and some floats we headed back to town and parked the car in the house of a friend. he then took us around the Shell clubhouse and onto the beach which was littered with rocks. After spending 10 minutes clambering among the rocks Mark and Tan found a suitable place to try their luck once again.

A Mark of pride, a parrot fish

A Mark of pride, a parrot fish

Mark caught the only fish of the day but in the end he decided to let it go. My friend told me that a good fisherman’s motto would be “To release anything that won’t be eaten”. There is already a drastic shortage of fish in the world’s oceans due to overfishing.

Abandoned projects

Abandoned projects

PD is a nice idyllic resort town which fills up with people on the weekends. On weekdays it is practically deserted and life goes back to it’s normal slow pace. Abandoned buildings from failed hotels and resort projects can still be found along the water front reminding people of the economic downturn of the late 90’s. It also reminds would be developers to think twice before investing in mega projects without doing proper research. (watch this space, I shall write more on our trip to PD soon)

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4 responses

12 08 2008
nenebubuchacha

wah. fun!

will let u know when im free to join! hehe

wait till keith get an alpha. very soon. hahahhaa.

poisoning him*

12 08 2008
virtualmystic

How about the coming weekend? maybe on Saturday so we get to rest on Sunday. With a little more planning, an overnight trip is possible too. Keith getting an Alpha? Not if TzyWen and I can turn him to the Darkside of the Force.

12 08 2008
keithkyp

great outing …

i wander do you cursed f*** when you caught no fish? haha

yeah … sony alpha rocks!! :)

13 08 2008
nenebubuchacha

hahaha. no the orange side will defintely beat the dark side.

haha..

eh not free this month! hehe

next month! sure.. sorry.yo.

keith will be getting it end of the month.

u guys have fun first lah.

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