和妈一起去吹吹风 Sekinchan

Whenever I am home, my siblings take their ‘annual leave’ ….. and parental care falls to my shoulders. Back home, for me, is sort of like going to ‘work’: looking after the elderly and sometimes, helping with the young ones.

I understand that elderly tend to doze off during the day. That’s normal, as ‘compensation’ for lost sleep at night.  Restorative nap is nothing to be alarmed of. But. Not. When they sleep the whole day due to lack of interest in life, due to sheer boredom.

Wishing to inject some colors into mom’s life, where can I take her on short outings all by myself? Where can I bring her to 吹吹风?

Hello Sekinchan
Hello Sekinchan
I decided on Sekinchan 《适耕庄》, since I have been there before. A fairly simple straight route that is familiar to me; less chances in going down the wrong road. The journey that

took me around 1.5 hours from home, 100km in distance.

Sekinchan is located at Sabak Bernam, Selangor. A rice and fishing town, thrown into the limelight because of a TVB-Astro drama Outbound Love 《单恋双城》. I, of course, know nothing about this drama series, but read about it on blogs.

It's time for new signage wei
It’s time for new signage wei
The town was quiet on Thursday when we were there, and some restaurants were closed. Relying on Waze, I took her to Cha Po Tion Restaurant, recommended by bloggers. The restaurant signage was faded; had to drive around to locate it.

No menu proper. This is all it is, all in Chinese!
No menu proper. This is all it is, all in Chinese!
It was empty when we walked in, but customers started trailing in. Lady boss speaks no Cantonese .. and she was rattling off the dishes name in rapid Mandarin. Mom saved the show … and that says a lot for an indecisive person.

Steamed fish
Steamed fish
I thought the food was rather good. Mom commented that the fish is not salty enough, and prompty add soya sauce to it.

Fried bittergourd with egg
Fried bittergourd with egg
Fried bittergourd with egg was bitter … Not a fancy of bitter taste, mom was surprised that I agreed with the dish. I do eat a lot of things, whether I like it or not.

Thanks mom for lunch treat!

The famous Wishing Tree
The famous Wishing Tree
Take your pick, but remember to donate
Take your pick, but remember to donate
After lunch, I took her to the Wishing Tree at Pantai Redang … She got one of those red ribbons from the temple located next to the wishing tree.

Throwing up the red ribbon
Throwing up the red ribbon
Wishes in Vietnamese
Wishes in Vietnamese
She chose the one with health wishes, for her health. It was quite hilarious. She didn’t write any messages on the red ribbon, and she also forgot to make her wishes.

Too hot to sit in this rustic swing
Too hot to sit in this rustic swing
It was scorching hot; we didin’t stay long. I then drove around the paddy fields.

Love the greenery
Love the greenery
Lost among the greenery
Lost among the greenery
She told me that she likes greenery, as it’s good for eyesight. But the famous Sekinchan paddy fields didn’t manage to impress her much.

I tried finding Mango King to buy some Sekinchan home-grown mangoes, but they were closed.

Not long after that, we proceeded to drive back to KL.

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Travel opens up a whole new world, which is cliche but true. I am a strong advocate for independent and solo travel. I was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia but now live in Bangkok, Thailand, resulted from a chance encounter in 2009 with my why-are-you-Thai bf. I am now split between two countries. One country for my bf, another for the family, for the occasional weekend together.