ESPLANADE, PORT KLANG:
TANJUNG HARAPAN: Known as the Esplanade among the locals, Tanjung Harapan near
Northport in Port Klang is a haven for seafood lovers. For those
who visit Port Klang, a visit to the esplanade, which is a mere
10-minute drive away from Port Klang town, is a must.
seafood cooked in various styles is said to be the Esplanade’s
ultimate lure. Restaurateurs offer reasonable prices for their
dishes as most of them get their fish, crabs and squids from
nearby fishermen. But don’t favor Restoran Ikan Bakar Muara as
the price is a real cut throat.
Most people enjoy the shady environment while anglers find
the spot a good place to fish. The sound of the waves lapping
and the cool breeze gives the place a sanctuary-like feel for
workers around the area. The local council has upgraded the
almost 300 meter walkway along the water’s edge. More trees,
leafy shrubs have been planted to complement the coniferous
Apart from the seafood restaurants there is a food court
frequented by freight truckers. Our favorite breakfast or lunch
time stall is the one opposite the Lotus Restaurant. The
afternoon grill fish is nice and we like to politeness of the
owner too. The kids will love to see the replica of Bugis ship
at this place. I really don't have any info on why there is a
replica of the Bugis ship been built here.
Best time to
visit Tanjung Harapan
Best time to visit Tanjung Harapan: Early morning 0630 – 0900a.m. but
not many stall open here at this hour. However you will enjoy
the morning breeze while walking along the walkway Or after 1600
hours to midnight. As most of the restaurant is open for
business. Not suitable to visit Tanjung Harapan during afternoon as it can be
very hot during this time. Unless, you are really coming to have
grill fish for lunch.
Tanjung Harapan is located at North Port Klang. You can
either drive towards the Federal Highway and heading to
Pelabuhan Klang ( Port Klang in local language)There is
another route through North Klang Valley Expressway ( NKVE)
toward Port Klang. Port Klang is not your ordinary port that
full of sailors. In fact, its had divided to 3 ports that are
North Port, South Port and West Port. The West is the largest
among these ports and South is the smallest and caters more on
bulk shipping and passenger ferry to Dumai, Indonesia. Some note
that, this port city has a seedy feel to it and most of its
buildings and structures are maritime-related, such as
warehouses, storage tanks and offices.
However, being working in this area for a few years in the
end of 1990’s I bet to differ on this opinion. What you are
going to find here are yacth club, seafood restaurant, angling
centre and family outing. This area is also a hub for various
factory and foreign shipping site offices.
Kuala Lumpur may not be
close to any coastal areas,
but there certainly is good
seafood to be found. Most of
them are Chinese restaurants
that have a specialised
cooking style blending in
Malay, Chinese and Indian
styles to produce
Yet another fantastic
seafood item to try is
steamboat – a Chinese dish
where heaps of raw seafood
is tossed and cooked inside
a boiling pot, heated by a
stove and placed right in
the middle of your table.
After that, diners help
themselves to the mass of
seafood with chopsticks. For
the best seafood, head to
Pulau Ketam in Klang or
Tournament in Port Klang
tournament in Port Klang with renown participants from all over
the world competing for glory. The Regatta was launched in 1990
as a sequel to five annual offshore series which linked 3 of the
most popular tourist island groups to the west of Penisular
Malaysia - Pangkor, Penang and Langkawi. Yachtsmen from Royal
Selangor Yacht Club in Port Klang had evolved these races over a
number of years, and enjoyed the challenge of combining
seamanship, navigation and local knowledge crafting a glorious
feeling of sailing and competing.
Learn To Fish: It's Fun!
by Travis Clemens
Fishing is a fun and tranquil sport that lets you spend quiet
time with your friends, family and with Mother Nature. Fresh
water fishing is a sport involving the catching of fish in
lakes, rivers and streams. It involves a lot of patience,
challenge and a lot of acquired skill over time. Anyone can
participate in this fun activity, including the kids. To start,
you have to check your State's fishing requirements and make
sure if a license is needed for you to fish. If it is required,
you must acquire one by checking with a sporting goods store.
They will help you how to get it, and some will even provide it
During the time that you are in your favorite sporting goods
store, you can look around and buy the right fishing equipment
that you will be need for your trip. Considering that you are a
beginner, make sure that you budget well the cost and your
spending on the equipment, not deciding on expensive equipments;
buy only the basic things you will need.
When in doubt as to what is needed, ask the help of the store
keeper, but do keep in mind that you need to stick to a budget.
Take your time and don't hesitate to ask how to use each piece
of equipment that is offered to you. Artificial lures for bait
can be used or you can simply look for worms from your back
An inexpensive fishing rod and reel will be enough along with
a fishing line, hooks, weights, a bobber (this keeps your line
afloat), fishing lures and net. A polarized sunglass is also
essential, as it will help to see clearly through the water and
lessen the glare.
Then if you don't know the good locations to fish, ask about
local "hot" spots, or check your State's fishing regulations for
information about fishing locations around your State.
The time will surely come when you will be a better
fisherman; then you may decide on upgrading your equipment. In
the meantime, keep things simple. It is always advised that you
avoid fishing alone. Always be with a friend, as when emergency
strikes, there can be someone who can call for help.
It is wise to start fishing in shallow waters. Aim your cast
in shady or rocky areas where the water is deep, as this is
where the fish is expected to be found. Keep in mind that this
is all practice first.
As your skill level develops and increases, you can then
attempt into deeper waters. But before going, take the time to
practice casting to familiarize yourself with your rod and your
What better place to practice than your back yard. To do so,
mark off an area using a rope and use this as your guide in
aiming your cast. Rehearse and study your movements to discover
a method that will work for you. Bear in mind, cast with your
wrist, and not with your arm.
Fishing hooks are very sharp and needed to be handled with
care to avoid injury. Before casting, it is important that you
should look around you and stay unobstructed to avoid hurting
other people with your hook. When the right time has come and
you go fishing for real, keep in mind to cast your line always
ahead of the fish, making your bait land slowly, with as little
splash as possible. The fish will see well at a close point, but
cannot see behind.
If your casts are going in a disorganized manner, move closer
to the water so you can gain better accuracy.
Watch the bobber closely for any movement. If and when a fish
grabs the bait, the bobber will be pulled under water. This
signals that you got a fish on the line. Don't get too excited.
Keeping your line tight, slowly reel in your catch. Place the
net near and use it to bring the fish out. Remove the hook from
the fish with great care. If you got an undersized fish (as
noted in the state's regulation book), quickly return it to the
water. Likewise, if you have no intention in eating your catch,
do not waste it and return it to the water. Releasing the fish
will supply the water with more fish, giving future fishermen
the thrill to experience a catch.
Lastly, look around you and feel the calm, restful and serene
view of the river.
Fishing is the activity of hunting for fish. It is an ancient
and worldwide practice that dates back about 10,000 years with
various techniques and traditions and it has been transformed by
modern technological developments. Fishing continues to be a
favorite pastime in the United States, in 2001, 16% of the U.S.
population 16 years old and older (34 million anglers) spent an
average of 16 days fishing. Freshwater fishing was the most
popular type of fishing with over 28 million anglers devoting
nearly 467 million angler-days to the sport.
Stewardship of our Waterways:
You can help to
take care of our lakes, rivers, and other waterways so that
others may enjoy these areas for years to come by practicing
some of the following actions:
Litter... take along a trash bag or other receptacle for
collecting your trash so that you can deposit it in the
proper trash receptacle. Use proper dumping stations instead
of tossing refuse into the water.
that you use the correct type of bait and fishing gear
permitted in that area. There may also be limits on the
number, size, and kind of fish that you can keep. Check with
your destination ahead of time to see what the local
regulations allow. If you use a boat or watercraft when
fishing, check to see what kinds of watercraft are allowed
at the body of water where you are going to fish.
attention to local procedures and cautions for cleaning your
watercraft after you leave the water so that you don't
encourage the spread of npn-native species, such as the
Zebra Mussel, to the next body of water you may visit with
in areas where it is not permitted. These areas have been
declared "off limits" to fishing to protect wildlife,
vegetation, or for your safety.
If using a
boat to fish, wear your life jacket and make sure that your
passengers wear theirs, too !
when baiting and removing hooks
Do not fish
on unauthorized waterways
operating a houseboat, be careful of carbon monoxide
build-up around the boat
posted speed limits and wake warnings if using a watercraft
extra safety items such as water, flashlights, maps, and a
cell phone or radio
people of southern Sulawesi are bearers of an ancient heritage
of maritime practice that for millennia supported the spread of
Austronesian peoples throughout the archipelago. The Bugis still
participate in what is arguablythe largest and most vital
commercial sailing tradition in the world.
Eugene Ammerell, Department of Anthropology at Yale University,
apprenticed himself to some of the best of these indigenous
Bugis navigators. He has written a fine, detailed ethnographic
account of the indigenous system of navigation
used by Bugis seafarers on Balobaloang, a tiny island located
about halfway between southern Sulawesi and Sumbawa. Based on
more than 17 months of ethnographic fieldwork carried out in
Indonesian and Buginese languages, Ammarell's study consists of
data gathered while residing in the village and while at sea on
various motorized and non-motorized craft en route between
southern Sulawesi, Balobaloang, Bima, and various ports in
eastern Indonesia. Although most Bugis seafarers now must run
their auxiliary engines continuously in order to deliver their
cargos profitably and on schedule, Ammarell was able to
culminate his study with an extended chartered voyage through
eastern Indonesia captained by the island's most senior
navigator, a voyage during which minimal use was made of the
Drawing on these experiences, Ammarell's ethnographic account
provides a careful description of the Bugis system of spatial
and temporal orientation, navigation, piloting, the role of the
navigator, and the social impact of technological change. In
addition, the book contains an appendix of economically
significant flora and fauna in the Balobaloang area, plus eight
maps, including four large detailed maps contained in a special
map envelope in the back cover of the book.
Unlike the sailors of the Micronesian atolls, whose daring feats
of indigenous navigation were chronicled in Thomas Gladwin's
East is a big bird: navigation and logic on Puluwat atoll
(Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press, 1970),
most Bugis navigators are seldom out of sight of land for long,
and generally tend to hug the coastlines of the much more
densely packed archipelagoes of island Southeast Asia. This
strategy also ensures access to food and water, since crossing
open ocean carries the risk of becoming calmed in strong
currents, which can carry a ship out of its way, and can cost
them time and money. Where the Bugis navigators excel is in
piloting their relatively large, heavily-laden sailing vessels
(sometimes with a draft of two meters) through the treacherous
reefs, dangerous currents and changing tides of the Flores sea.
To determine their proximity to land, they interpret cloud and
weather patterns, and distance between waves, and the presence
of certain species of birds and fish. One of the main signs for
reading the direction and force of current is the presence of
kala-kala 'turbulence'. Other strategies for interpreting
current include reading the inda 'phosphorescent plankton.'
Reading all these signs simultaneously, they must be able to
find a way to land a fully loaded ship safely at a busy pier,
and then anchor it offshore safely. Where and how to anchor the
ship turns out to be crucial decision, and often a source of
arguments. The depth of the water, the condition of the ocean
floor, the clarity of the water, predictions of the weather,
goals of the trip, all play an important role in these decisions
and can be a source of intense discussion: among other things,
where the anchor is placed affects how long it will take the
crew to load or unload the ship.
Planning the timing and course of a voyage also requires
elaborate local knowledge. Ammarell shows that knowledge of the
tides, stars, and weather patterns can be quite sophisticated.
For example, in addition to paying attention to the sun's
journey across the sky, the Bugis navigators also keep track of
where the moon is by describing its position in the sky using a
solar idiom: e.g. as "noon" "midnight" etc. This knowledge is
essential for Bugis navigators because they know that the
position of the moon helps them predict when the tides will be
high or low - crucial information for deciding how and when to
pilot a vessel through shallow waters, reefs etc. These
calculations also vary by the season, as monsoons have an effect
on the height of tide. The disposition of the tides is also
crucial to calculating the current, and is a key factor in
piloting close to shore. Ammarell nonetheless makes the
observation that even though the captains often made accurate
predictions of the direction and strength of tidal currents, it
was the strength and direction of the anticipated wind that
always trumped the tidal current as a factor in decisions about
the timing and course of a journey.
In the Bugis system for describing wind direction, there are
several systems that overlap: one kind of wind refers to one's
own orientation e.g. tailwind, headwind; another kind refers to
the direction of the wind in relation to a land mass: e.g.
shore wind, sea breeze; a third kind of wind refers to the
cardinal direction from which it comes: e.g. southeastern wind.
suggests that all three systems can overlap in the course of
discussions, and the sailors are able to keep these orientations
straight, although he does not provide any detailed examples
from actual on-board conversations. Ammarell lists how sailors
are able to predict the direction of the winds from the color
and intensity of rainbows, the smell of a coral reef, the call
of the buring bird, the configuration of the clouds. A conch is
sometimes used to 'call the winds' in times of calm, and there
are taboos against carrying breadfruit aboard ship, or playing
music in the bow of the ship for fear of conjuring up a head
wind (as Ammerell himself was once reminded).
Ammarell also provides some fascinating descriptions of the
interaction of modern navigational devices on traditional Bugis
sailing ships. Compasses are standard devices on Bugis ships
(required by law on larger ships), but in practice are only
occasionally referred to, especially among more experienced
navigators. The latter tend to rely on wind directions, wave
swells, and (at night) the location of stars. When the night is
cloudy, sailors consult the compass by the light of a
Ammarell gives a brief history of motorization on the island,
and outlines some of it effects, which include changes in hull
design, crew size, cargo capacity and mast length. Motorization
results in improvement in the steering and speed of the vessel,
and in handling the vessels in a storm. Bugis sailors generally
keep the engine running even when the wind is strong in order to
keep the propeller from dragging in the water. Ammarell believes
the rise in mechanization has resulted in increased cargo size,
number of trips, higher revenues, and a general labor scarcity.
Captains now bemoan the difficulty involved in recruiting a
crew, particularly for a non-motorized vessel. In situations of
labor scarcity, captains must be more mindful of the feelings of
their crew members, who are aware that they have other options.
With mechanization and improved literacy and education, the
captain's knowledge is no longer so specialized and esoteric: as
Ammarell states bluntly, with a compass and a map, anyone can
navigate. While the authority of the Bugis navigators has
declined, the standard of living has improved.