Memori Andalusia 4 – Cordoba

Driving in Spain

A day after the conference, we started our journey exploring Andalusia by car. As car rental was affordable – in fact, it was cheaper than in Malaysia – I rented a VW Polo for a test-drive (as I told my wife). We didn’t have a GPS and decided not to rent one. So, Hana served as the navigator, studying the free map that we obtained from the tourist information center.  Whenever we need help, we will communicate in one way or another with the locals, majority of them spoke very little English. I liked the experience.

1.2 litre Polo TSI - a good compact car with enough power for nice cruisine

1.2 litre Polo TSI – a good compact car with enough power for nice cruising

The first interesting experience I had with the car happened as we were leaving the airport, approaching the first traffic light. It was red and I had to stop. Since the car had a manual transmission, I struggled searching for the stick-shift with my left hand, only to realize that it was on my right hand side. It was really funny. Haha… You need to make mistake once, so that you’ll remember it for very long time… Rule No 1: stay focus.

The Normal Speed Limit is 120 km/h

The Normal Speed Limit is 120 km/h

It was a nice drive in Southern Spain. The drivers were courteous and majority preferred to observe speed limit, which is normally 120 km/h on the highway. The biggest challenge I faced was to avoid confusion in the roundabout, and I had to be alert every time.  Remember to look for traffic on the left,  and to go counter–clockwise. On occasions where there were too many exits with confusing signages, we have to plan ahead, all within seconds. Things got a bit more confusing when the signages were inconsistent – the information on the signboard before the roundabout was not the same as the small one on the exits to the streets. So, it is better to count the exits.

restaurant/coffee shop available in service area

restaurant/coffee shop available in service area – what’s that hanging???

Along the highway, there were a few service areas, distantly spaced. There were different than the one that we have in Malaysia. The service area had a gas station, and a restaurant and/or coffe shop with attached souvenir shop. There were  with plenty of parking spaces. I think, since intercity train services are good, there are less traffics on the highway.

First Stop : Cordoba

First Stop : Cordoba

Along the way, the views were beautiful. It reminded me of Southern Colorado, but the bushes that we saw here were mostly olives. The mixture of vast green farms (perhaps wheat), and nicely distributed patches of olive bushes cleared my mind from all the problems that were normally wandering around, waiting for solutions. Aaah, it was a great feeling. Perhaps I need to do this more often.

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Wheat, Olive and with wind-turbin for generating electricity on the barren mountain

Cordoba

After about two hours of leisure driving from Sevilla, we reached our first stop – Cordoba. It was made capital of the Muslim caliphates/emirates in Andalusia after Abbasiyah caliphate replaced the Umayyah and made Baghdad as their capital.  Member of the fallen Umayyah Caliphate, Abdul Rahman 1 moved to Cordoba and rule Andalusia from there.

Better to part and tour the city on foot

Better to part and tour the city on foot

As it is an old city with lots of historical sites, the streets were expected to be mostly narrow cobblestoned, and to find parking spaces would be impossible. So, the best thing to do was to park the car outside the area and walked to tour the tourist attractions. That’s exactly what we did. 

Streets in historic parts of Cordoba

Streets in historic parts of Cordoba

Similar to other cities in Andalucia region, the signature narrow picturesque streets were everywhere. 

Court yard in front of mesquita

Court yard in front of mesquita

Cordoba Mosque

We spent quite some time in the mezquita and I became a bit emotional (as I wrote earlier). In that short time, my mind was drifted away to recall the history of Andalusia in the limited knowledge that I had on the more than 700 years of Muslim civilization in the Iberian Peninsular.

Cordoba Mosque

Cordoba Mosque

The construction of this Great Mosque started during the rule of  the Emir Abd al-Rahman I in 785, some 74 years after the Muslims took the reign from the Visigoths. The Mosque was added to by Abd al-Rahman II in 833, before being completed by al-Hakam II and the vizier al-Mansur in the second half of the 10th century.

Inside Cordoba Mosque

Inside Cordoba Mosque

Then we walked to the bridge, enjoying the scenery before walking back to the parking lot to continue our journey to Granada.

Saying good by to Cordoba from the bridge near the mezquita

Saying good by to Cordoba from the bridge near the mezquita

Since we have planned to spend the night in Granada, we didn’t have time to visit most of the historical sites including the administrative center and the palace (medina az-zahara), perhaps next time. Good bye Cordoba. 

 

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Memori Andalusia 3 – Seville

Every leader would want to leave legacies. Some prefer management revamps, or policy changes. Others focus in building infrastructures, or transforming the economy. And also true for many, monuments were built for one reason or another. Oftentimes, it was the monument that would be permanently associated to these leaders.

In my recent trip to southern Spain, I managed to accommodate a few days to visit some of these monuments – all of which were stunningly beautiful in their own respect. There were many places to visit within a short time, and only a few can be included.

Sevilla

We arrived in Seville after a long journey with an overnight stop in Doha. Sevilla airport was small and the public transports available were busses and taxis. We took a taxi. As the driver spoke only Spannish, communication was interesting. It got more interesting when the taxi swiftly negotiated the narrow cobblestoned street that fit only one car with some clearances. And I didn’t see any signage saying that it was a one-way street. They knew it anyway. But then, you start to wonder, was he going to your actual destination? He did.

We finally got to Miguel Manora 2, precisely as the address said, only to realize later that it means No 2, Miguel Manora. There was no sign saying that it was Suites Murillo that I’ve booked on-line. So, I had to ask around, and the address was confirmed by the nearby shop. I called the number  on the booking sheet and a lady answered and asked me to wait for 5 minutes. A friendly lady arrived promptly with everything that I needed and took us upstairs to the studio apartment that we booked. She warmly welcomed us and excited to show us the best part of the bargain – a nice view of the cathedral from the window.

View of the cathedral from the window of our apartment

View of the cathedral from the window of our apartment

The room was neat and nicely furnished and the view was great. What more can you expect. Despite being tired, we went for a walk and found a kebab outlet and had our welcome dinner.

Welcome dinner at Kebab stall near the cathedral

Welcome dinner at Kebab stall near the cathedral

Every evening after attending the conference sessions, we walked touring the narrow cobblestoned streets in the historic parts of Sevilla.  In certain ways, it reminded us about one of our favorite city in the world – Istanbul.  The narrow streets, the kebab outlets, the tram…  While Istanbul is beautifully blessed with the Bosphorous, Golden Horn and the surrounding seas, Sevilla has a river running across.

River that run through the city - with rowing boats enjoying the water

River that run through the city – with rowing boats enjoying the water

There are many interesting places in Sevilla, but since I was busy with my work, I had little chance to explore the city except of a routine evening walk.

Plaza Nueva - a nice place for family

Plaza Nueva – a nice place for family

In Sevilla, there were two major monuments – The palace (Real Alcazar) and the Cathedral. 

A Courtyard in Real Al-Cazar

A Courtyard in Real Alcazar

Real Alcazar

“Reales Alcázares de Sevilla” or “Royal Alcazars of Seville” is a royal palace in Seville, Spain, originally a fort during the Muslim rule in Andalusia. It is the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe and   was registered in 1987 by UNESCO as World Heritage Site along with Seville Cathedral and General Archive of the Indies. Originally, it was constructed in the 10th century as the palace for the Muslim Governor for the region. Today it is still in used by the Spanish royal family.

Flowing water is a must-have feature

Flowing water is a must-have feature

The palace is huge with delicately crafted decor, vast gardens and courtyards. The concept is somewhat similar with other palaces in the Andulusian cities.  It has calligraphy, wall decor, gardens with greens and flowing water, and bright courtyards.

Orange, tangerine, lemon etc, are common sights

Orange, tangerine, lemon etc, are common sights

In Real Alcazar, the garden is really beautiful, with plenty of citrus trees, dates and variety of flowers and mighty trees.

A nice place for a walk

A nice place for a walk

The gardens are nicely separated for nice walk, any time in the day or night.

Walls decorated with calligraphy and tiles

Walls decorated with calligraphy and tiles

Typical of an Andalusian palace, the walls are decorated with calligraphy and tiles of common motives.

Seville Cathedral - built on a mosque

Seville Cathedral – built on a mosque

The Seville Cathedral

Founded in 1403 on the site of a former mosque, the Cathedral, built in Gothic and Renaissance style, covers seven centuries of history. Majority of the mosque was demolished to make way for the cathedral. The Giralda, which was formerly the minaret of the Great Mosque was turned into a bell tower after the Christian king conquered Seville in 1248.  The only other part of the cathedral that preserves the memory of the Great Mosque is the Patio de los Naranjos on the north, a marvellous interior garden.

Seville Cathedral

Seville Cathedral

 

 

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Memori Andalusia 2 – EHEC2014

Nostalgia Chowkit and Initiatives for Clean Energy

It was lively in Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, as I hopped out the minibus no 40 that took me from Taman Maluri to Chow Kit. Not only that it was lively, the air was suffocating due to dust and black smoke gushing out from the exhausts pipes of busses, taxi, cars and not to forget the motorcycle – even if they were small, the smoke was total black. Well I was used to it and it didn’t bother me a bit. I would then walked to another bus stop, waiting for mini bus No 20 or 19 to get to Jalan Gurney (now Jalan Semarak). It was a routine for quite some time. That was 1986.

It is now 2014, close to 30 years later. The city is now almost free for the sound of car honking, but the number of vehicles on the road had multiplied by many folds. Although it is much less dusty than it was before, the air is far from clean, not anywhere near the standards that we desire. We have made some progress, especially on public transport in Kuala Lumpur with Rapid KL LRT train, KTM Commuter train (although lots of improvement needed, especially the frequency of services), KL monorail. I would love to see the RapidKL buses operate using electricity (overhead supply, battery or fuel cell). As a whole, I think we haven’t done enough to combat air pollution. 

Various different approaches have been made elsewhere. People talked  about the NGV policy on the public transport in New Delhi and its impact of air quality. As I walked through the old city of Spain a few weeks ago, it was nice to see electric vehicles used in the historic areas where pedestrians are plentiful. It was both quiet and smoke free.

smoke-free taxi in Granada

smoke-free taxi in Granada

EHEC 2014

I belong to a group of researchers who try to help clean the world by developing a source of energy that can be applied without polluting the environment. Yes, using hydrogen and air, electrical energy is produced with water as the by product, much of which can be recycled and reuse. It can be applied for both mobile and stationary applications on small or large scales. This was the subject discussed in the European Hydrogen Energy Conference held in Sevilla in March 2014, and I delivered a talk on the safety aspects of hydrogen energy.

As usual, I prefer to stay in the old the historical parts of a city and use public transport to travel for the meetings or conferences that I attended. So, the first thing to do was to look for the train station and buy a season ticket. This time, it was a 10 Euro discount ticket for multiple use, and it came with 33% discount compared to tickets for single journey.

Seville Metro

Seville Metro

A number of promising applications of hydrogen energy have been demonstrated and developments of the much needed infrastructures are growing in various parts of the world including Europe, Japan, North America, Korea and China. As early as 2015, we might be able to see hydrogen fuel cell vehicles on the road at various parts of the world.  Most major car companies have successfully tested prototypes of their own, and governments in collaborations with the car manufacturers and energy companies have agreed to build infrastructures.

Last year, I visited an application of fuel cell as a back up power supply for telecommunication tower near Yokyakarta, Indonesia. Interestingly, there have been over 200 similar installations in Indonesia, with more coming in Timor Leste, to be installed by the same company, strongly driven by the needs of good communication services in the environment of electrical energy supply grids that are susceptible to instability.

Recycling

Another interesting thing that I came across in Spain was the way garbage were disposed. In all the cities that we visited, we found these – garbage collection system. All domestic refuses were categorized at source. Very interesting, and I really liked the idea. The garbage bins in the hotel had various compartments and wastes are segregated at source.

Garbage collection center - wastes are segregated prior to disposal

Garbage collection center – wastes are segregated prior to disposal

On this, I have to admit that we in Malaysia are quite a distant behind. In our case, even the schedule waste management company must still preprocess the wastes they received  before feeding them to their kiln and the subsequent incinerator. In theory, the preprocessing should be minimal since the wastes had been classified according to the prescribed categories, but as usual, between theory and practice, there was a gap !

Hope that this will change. And we know very well, the fact that changes like this must begin in the mind of everybody. I just hope that more campaigns and educational efforts are done by the government and media companies through televisions.

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Memori Andalusia

Lukisan terpampang di dinding

Lukisan terpampang di dinding

Hatiku begitu terganggu melihat lukisan yang terpampang di dinding masjid Cordoba yang kini dikenali sebagai mezquita-cathedral. Suasana hening di dalam masjid yang nyaman itu, menambahkan lagi kegelisahan hati. Gerbang merah putih yang mewarnai ruangan dalamnya menyemarakkan lagi nostalgia. Aku berhenti sejenak…

Benar, memang sejarah merakamkan semua pertukaran pemerintahan, kerajaan ataupun tamadun.  Tetapi apabila aku merenung lukisan itu, hati merasa sayu kerana terbayang di fikiranku ketika itu bagaimana tempoh lebih daripada 700 tahun pemerintahan Islam sedikit demi sedikit disingkirkan dari semenanjung Iberia. Apa yang tinggal pada hari ini sedikit sahaja dari peninggalan satu era yang panjang.

Gerbang-gerbang indah menghubung tiang di dalam masjid

Gerbang-gerbang indah menghubung tiang di dalam masjid

Terlintas di kepalaku tentang kesungguhan Tariq bin Ziyad ketika dia mengarahkan kapal-kapal tenteranya dikumpul dan dibakar.  Semangat yang dibawa oleh mereka bukan semangat berperang semata-mata, atau atas semangat meluaskan kuasa sahaja tetapi peluasan bumi untuk berdakwah bagi menyampaikan risalah Islam, dalam merealisasikan apa yang dimaksudkan dengan “Islam  rahmat ke seluruh alam”. Ianya bagi memastikan semua manusia mendapat peluang untuk disentuh risalah, yang kemudiannya memungkinkan hidayah.

Maka terbinalah kerajaan Islam yang berkembang dengan pantas, bermula dari tahun 711 masihi  sehingga merangkumi sebahagian besar dari semenanjung Iberia yang merangkumi Sepanyol, Portugal dan bahagian selatan Perancis. Selepas kejatuhan Khilafah Umayyah, Cordoba menjadi pusat pemerintahan bagi Andalusia. Banyak kemajuan dibawa dalam pelbagai bidang termasuk sains, perubatan dan sebagainya. Namun, apabila tiba masanya, kerajaan Islam mula berpecah dan satu demi satu ditumpaskan musuh, dan berakhir dengan tumpasnya kerajaan Granada pada tahun 1492 masihi.

Mihrab

Mihrab

Jika dihalusi, apabila suatu pengaruh itu hilang, suatu kekuasaan itu itu ditumpaskan, mestilah ianya berpunca dari faktor-faktor kelemahan diri dan kekuatan musuh. Apa pun keadaan, kita harus menghayati apa yang difirmankan Allah di dalam al-qur’an, 

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Katakanlah (wahai Muhammad): “Wahai Tuhan yang mempunyai kuasa pemerintahan! Engkaulah yang memberi kuasa pemerintahan kepada sesiapa yang Engkau kehendaki, dan Engkaulah yang mencabut kuasa pemerintahan dari sesiapa yang Engkau kehendaki. Engkaulah juga yang memuliakan sesiapa yang Engkau kehendaki, dan Engkaulah yang menghina sesiapa yang Engkau kehendaki. Dalam kekuasaan Engkaulah sahaja adanya segala kebaikan. Sesungguhnya Engkau Maha Kuasa atas tiap-tiap sesuatu.

Sejarah seharusnya menjadi pengajaran, boleh diambil dijadikan panduan. Yang penting adalah apa yang mendatang, apakah sikap kita terhadap dunia hari ini dan apa pula persiapan yang harus kita buat. 

Ketika aku melangkah perlahan melihat keindahan masjid Cordoba itu, aku telah mendapat suatu inspirasi. Semoga ia akan mendorong aku mendekati rahmat Allah yang maha kuasa…

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When Idea become I-Dia

Many  years ago, an Italian Professor told me a joke about bridges in Sicily, some of which were leading to nowhere (read: not that useful). Some were even unfinished. There were also jokes in several other countries, saying that some of those projects were purposely left unfinished so that there’ll be additional works for others. That’s ashamed isn’t it?

Earlier this week, I flew to Alor Star from Johor Bahru with a transit in Subang, on Malindo Air. Well that was my first flight on Malindo Air, riding the ATR72 aircraft. Quite nice. The crews were friendly and the service was all right. Unlike the Airbus of Air Asia, we didn’t have to climb many steps to get into the ATR of Malindo. The seat was comfortable and the ride was smooth. I was served with water and biscuit. Not bad for a budget airline.

As we went past Gunung Jerai, I captured an interesting sight – a long bridge connecting the peninsular to a small island full of greeneries. I thought the island must be sparsely populated, if any.  So, it must be a resort island of some sort, but I couldn’t spot any building from the air. I like the view, though.

Later when I reached the hotel where I was to have a day-long meeting, I asked the secretariat about the matter. The two girls and a guy sitting at the registration desk didn’t have a clue, and things became more interesting. Was I dreaming or hallucinating? Even the local government officers seemed not to know. So, I googled my phone and got the answer. Yes the Yan-Pulau Bunting Bridge does exist. It was a long bridge of around 2 km, supposed to spur developments in Pulau Bunting, a failed project in the early or middle 2000′s.

Pulau Bunting Bridge. I think this might be a good spot for fishing ! Perhaps I should try my luck

Pulau Bunting Bridge. I think this might be a good spot for fishing ! Perhaps I should try my luck

The information that I got was also confusing. Some said that it was a JKR project, others said that it was a project by private sector. Perhaps the bridge was a JKR project and the island development was a private venture. Perhaps… but that’s not the point, and at this point, I’m not even interested with the details.  I’ll find that out later. The thing that triggers me to write during my coffee break today is something about planning.

Why do we have such a situation: a bridge that is not utilized, or a scenic crooked bridge that is unfinished? This brings me to what people joked about in the communities. Well, any development begins with an idea. Then the idea got accepted, and converted to I-Dia (read: I and him/her), what’s in it for me and what’s for him/her. So long as I and Dia is in close partnership, the projects are well taken care of. The moment I and Dia are somehow no longer supporting each other, then the deal might be off, leaving the project incomplete.

Sometimes, it is perhaps due to poor planning in the first place with a mistaken risk assessment. Or perhaps it was the victim of political differences – between pacts within a party or between opposing political parties that overtook the power. These are things that may happen when the interest of a score of the powerful people supersede the interest of the population at large. A victim of a situation when I and Dia consider only their own interests.

This is one of the challenges that we need to overcome in moving into a developed nation. The corporate class should somehow be reminded that it is the public that are supposed to be the final beneficiaries. Yes they can make money, but with clear conscience. Perhaps it is the policy maker or the one that decide that’s needing re-education… In the end every existence must have a purpose, just the way you and I were created with purposes to fulfill…

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When things become common

Many years ago, when I heard a news of the demise of one of my friend’s parents, it sounded like somebody is dropping a bombshell. I would quickly planned my timing so that I won’t miss the funeral, and offer the prayer for the dead. Today, I’ve heard too many of those, and within the last 2 months, there were a couple. Still, as required by the conduct of a Muslim, I tried my best to offer what is due as prescribed by the ethics of brotherhood in Islam.

But today, something else is becomming common. We start to see fellow friends being lowered down to the grave to meet The Creator. One after another. Some with sufficient notice, some with very short one or unexpected.

My late beloved mother used to tell me, “among all the coconut fruits, sometimes the younger one would fall first”. Yes,  younger than me, our beloved brother Abd Hafidz left us. Somebody that I would describe as the “unsung hero” has been resourceful in many respects since I knew him in the 1990′s when I moved to Johor Bahru from Kuala Lumpur.   I’ve worked with him in several committees and has witnessed his commitments. Always available and ready to serve. At the grave, on his burial day, I told a fellow friend, “Today we have lost a great secretary”. Yes, Abd Hafidz has always been the secretary or assistant secretary for many different organizations – dakwah organization, NGO, mosque committee and many others. May Allah grant him His forgiveness, and put him eternally in jannah.

Leaving UTM Mosque towards Kangkar Pulai Muslim Cemetry

Leaving UTM Mosque towards Kangkar Pulai Muslim Cemetry

Death is a fact of life, but it should also be an alarm to us so that the required preparation is made. Allah reminds us in the Quran

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O you who have believed, let not your wealth and your children divert you from remembrance of Allah . And whoever does that – then those are the losers.

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And spend [in the way of Allah ] from what We have provided you before death approaches one of you and he says, “My Lord, if only You would delay me for a brief term so I would give charity and be among the righteous.”

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But never will Allah delay a soul when its time has come. And Allah is Acquainted with what you do. 

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Kari Kepala Ikan

Bila sebut kari kepala ikan, sudah tentu anda terbayang kedai mamak atau kedai nasi kandar. Ada juga kari kepala ikan dari restoran melayu yang sedap. Yang pasti, tak ada siapa boleh lawan masakan isteri saya. Haha…, selera telah ditala supaya suka masakan isteri sendiri…

Tapi bukan itu yang saya maksudkan di sini. Apa yang menarik ialah, bila kepala ikan dijadikan umpan ketika memancing. Percaya atau tidak, ianya juga mendatangkan hasil. Rupa-rupanya ikan pun suka makan kepala ikan. mmm… itulah yang kami pelajari di Pulau Aur. 

Aur dan Dayang - dua pulau yang cantik

Aur dan Dayang – dua pulau yang cantik. Dayang hanya terdapat chalet manakala Aur mempunyai kampung

Pulau Aur merupakan pulau berpenduduk yang paling jauh ke tengah di perairan Johor. Berdekatan dengannya terdapat Pulau Dayang, Pulau Lang dan Pulau Pinang. Kesemuanya terkenal kepada penyelam kerana pemandangan di dasar dan terumbu karang di situ dikatakan amat cantik. Jadi tidak hairanlah jika setiap kali kami ke sana, terutama di hujung minggu terdapat kumpulan-kumpulan penyelam terutamanya dari Singapura yang memeriahkan perairan itu. Ada yang menaiki kapal layar, ada yang datang dengan feri, tetapi kebanyakannya menaiki bot. 

Taman Negara Johor 

Dalam lawatan kami kali ini, perairan itu lengang. Sedang kami memancing hanyut, mencari kerapu (teknik memancing yang paling saya gemari), datang sebuah bot laju yang tertera di atasnya, Taman Negara Johor. Mmm…, sejak kebelakangan ini, setiap pemancing atau sesiapa yang memasuki perairan Johor dikenakan RM5, manakala penyelam pula dikenakan RM 200. Mungkin itu agaknya kenapa perairan itu agak lengang. Sambil mengampiri bot kami, mereka mengambil gambar kami, dan kami pun mengeluarkan kamera mengambil gambar mereka. haha… lupa nak minta address email untuk bertukar gambar.

Taman Negara Johor - Patroling the islands

Taman Negara Johor – Patroling the islands

Keluhan pengusaha pelancungan kami dengar dengan rasa simpati. Sukar bagi mereka menggarap keperluan perlaksanaan cukai itu. Kata seorang yang saya temui, “kerajaan tak cukup kaya lagi ke, sehingga nak ganggu punca rezeki kami…” mmm… Kami juga diberitahu bahawa beberapa chalet telah ditutup. Bagi mereka, percukaian baru ini mengganggu pendapatan mereka. Itu persepsi mereka, sama ada betul atau tidak kajian perlu dibuat, namun, kos bercuti telah meningkat dengan wujudnya cukai ini.

Lurah Pulau Aur

Di Pulau Aur terdapat banyak tempat memancing yang saya gemari. Namun, di kebanyakan tempat, airnya dalam. Tidak jauh dari situ ada lurah yang sedalam 90 m. Menurut pengalaman, di situ banyak ikan dan saiznya juga agak besar. Namun, anda boleh keletihan kerana apabila batu dan kail dibawa arus, panjang tali yang perlu dihulur mungkin menjangkau 150 m atau lebih. Jika arus deras, lebih baik anda berehat atau berpindah ke tempat lain, kerana batu yang besar perlu digunakan dan tali yang perlu dihulur terlalu panjang. Dalam keadaan itu, menarik ikan seberat 1 kg sudah cukup meletihkan atau merosakkan peralatan. Bayangkan jika batu 1 kg diperlukan, anda hanya akan merosakkan kekili.

contoh ikan sisek 500-1000 g yang ditangkap tanpa henti selama 7 jam. Walaupun kecil, tapi meletihkan kerana air yang dalam dan arus

contoh ikan sisek 500-1000 g yang ditangkap tanpa henti selama 7 jam. Walaupun kecil, tapi meletihkan kerana air yang dalam dan arus

Dalam Trip kali ini saya berganding dengan Amran selama 7 jam tanpa henti menaikkan ikan, seekor demi seekor. Rakan-rakan yang lain semuanya terbaring, sama ada mabuk laut ataupun keletihan. Pelbagai spesis diperolehi dari kategori ikan sisik dan ikan karang – ungar (yang paling banyak), tambak, tanda, kerapu dan lain-lain. Oleh kerana alun laun telah mula datang, walaupun angin tidak kuat gelombang dirasai. Sesuai dengan masa, tengkujuh semakin hampir kerana trip kami itu di awal november.Wah memang menarik tempat itu.  Bertambah satu lagi tempat kegemaran selain lubuk ikan mayong dan ikan cermin yang tidak dapat kami pergi kali ini kerana alun tengkujuh sudah mula dirasai. Lain kali kami ke sana lagi insya Allah.

Boya Sembilan

Boya sembilan terletak di belakang Pulau Aur. IAnya dahulu diguna sebagai tempat latihan menembak bagi tentera laut. Dahulu kami pernah suka memancing di sana dan tangkapannya baik kerana ikan kerapunya bersaiz lebih besar. Namun sekarang ianya hanya boya 3 kerana 6 yang lain telah hanyut. HAsil di sana juga baik tetapi alunan ombak menyebabkan kami cepat bepindah.

Boya9 yang tinggal hanya 3

Boya9 yang tinggal hanya 3

cupak@GT walaupun kecil tetap menggembirakan

cupak@GT walaupun kecil tetap menggembirakan

cermin - menjadi juga apolo buatan sendiri

cermin – menjadi juga apolo buatan sendiri

Kepada Pulau Aur dan Pulau Pemanggil, jumpa lagi di bulan April.
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