Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Juan Or's First Ferry Ride - to Pulau Ketam

This is an outdated post dating back to 20th September 2010. It was a Monday and Papa and Mommy were on leave that day. So we took Juan Or to South Port at Port Klang to experience his first ferry ride and that was to Pulau Ketam.

South Port has changed a lot since the last time Papa and Mommy went there. That time (in 2006), we were married already but Mommy did not plan to get pregnant yet. These are the changes since 2006: (i) the ferry tickets are no longer sold in the jetty building itself, instead they are sold via the ferry conductor when you are already seated in the ferry, (ii) a new extension jetty dedicated only to Pulau Ketam trips has been built and this new wing of jetty is something like 1km away from the old jetty building, and (iii) the old jetty building now becomes the waiting area for ferry trips to certain districts (Dumai in Riau and Tanjung Balai Asahan) in Sumatra, Indonesia (so you can expect to see a lot of Indonesian immigrants waiting there).


Papa parked at the new wing jetty (RM3 for parking), and we walked to the actual waiting area. Unfortunately, there was no signboard whatsoever to indicate the timing of the ferries, instead there was signboard indicating the ferry's fare! *Does that sound like Chinamen's way of doing business? Money, money, money only and no other proper information!* ^_^ The fare (one way only) for adult is RM7 and children RM4. However, the ferry operator did not define children of what age to be chargeable. There were other people waiting for the ferry too and when Mommy asked one of them whether she knew the timing of the ferries (perhaps she is a local?), she shrugged her shoulders and said she would merely wait until the next ferry arrived. So with an uncertain waiting time (it was 10am then), Mommy managed to take some photos at the jetty.

These are snapshots of the jetty. See the plump lady in light blue T-shirt and a little girl in pink dress? She was the lady that Mommy asked about the ferry's timing. This jetty looks 'funny' because shortly after the roofed walkway part, the large waiting area is built without any roof for shelter and shade! Funny, isn't it?





And of course, not to forget too are photos of Juan Or and Papa waiting at the jetty....



...and a scenary of the South Port itself.



Finally after about 15 minutes' wait, a ferry arrived at the jetty, and this type of ferry, the open-air type, is the one fancied by Papa to ride on (rather than the air-conditioned ferry). After asking the ferry man, turned out this ferry was not heading towards Pulau Ketam. But then, Mommy could see passengers coming out from the ferry, so how can it not be from Pulau Ketam?  So both Papa and Mommy hypothesized that this open-air type of ferry probably only catered to their Pulau Ketam locals and that maybe the open-air and air-conditioned ferry operators must have some sort of agreement  and arrangement about what kind of passengers to carry.



Finally at 10.30am, the air-conditioned ferry arrived and we hopped in. The ferry did not start to move until 10.45am. When going into the ferry, Mommy saw a signboard in the ferry itself indicating the ferry's timing. Apparently there is supposed to be a ferry trip in every 1 hour's time and the sailing off time is at 9.45am, 10.45am, 11.45am, 12.45pm and so on.


The ferry conductor came and Papa paid tickets only for two adults and Juan Or's ride was for FREE! Juan Or had a good time looking out of the ferry's window - looking at the ships, barges, buoys, and even the waves formed from the moving ferry!





The ferry trip to Pulau Ketam took only about 30 minutes, including various stops made at different points of the island itself because the ferry also carried some small cargo such as filled vegetable baskets, Pos Malaysia's mailbag and some odds and end stuff. So here we were Pulau Ketam's jetty.




We passed by the morning market area of Pulau Ketam, to which most of the traders were already packing up their stuff because it was almost noon already.



And turned out too, Monday is the worst day to visit Pulau Ketam if you intend to eat seafood there. We had hard luck - all the seafood restaurants were closed that day. What's left were only the small stalls and coffee shops that cater for the locals. What to do? So no choice, we ate char kuey teow and drank barley water for lunch, altogether for RM9. By the way, Juan Or refused to eat any char kuey teow, but only took some sips of the barley water.




See the propeller-like thing that Juan Or held in his right hand? Well, when Juan Or and Mommy passed the morning market area just now (Papa was already far ahead of us), Juan Or's itchy hand went and grab one candy stick-cum-toy thing and refused to let go. And when Mommy tried prying his fingers open, he started to fret and cry. Not wanting to end up having a fretful and crying child alongside (Papa's mood was already not good upon seeing the seafood restaurants closed!), Mommy didn't want to stretch Juan Or to his limit - no, not in this kind of place! So Mommy paid for the propeller-like thing that comes with chocolate candy (RM1). *So you see how smart these traders are. They purposely put this kind of kiddy things on low shelves so that kids can easily reach out and grab them and then the parents are 'forced' to pay for it!* ^_^



Here are some snapshots of Pulau Ketam. We didn't really walk our way deep into the island because the sun was very, very hot and Juan Or already showed some sign of sleepiness when we got out from the ferry just now.




We saw a big slithery lizard too.




Very fast, by 12pm, we were back at the jetty to wait for the next ferry.  So it's waiting time again.



The Pulau Ketam jetty's structure has more sense than the new wing jetty at South Port. This jetty has roof (and seats) all over the waiting area. Now, that's better......

By the time we were back home, Juan Or slept in the car ride while Mommy's head start to ache because Mommy is the kind who cannot stand being exposed to the hot sun. Of course, the 'cannot-stand-the-sun' effect will not show immediately, but it will show itself very clearly after all the fun and enjoyment....hmmmm....

12 comments:

smallkucing said...

Been to Pulau Ketam when I was small. Hmm..how is it ah? Everything is within walking distance? What is good there? any recommendation?

mNhL said...

Would love to bring the kids for this ferry ride too. I myself never been there.

Ahh..I also cannot tolerate hot sun. My head will ache too.

Alice Phua said...

Small Kucing, P. Ketam is pretty much the same as when I went there during my childhood, only thing now is that there's proper jetty already. Long time ago, it was all the open-air ferry type or tongkang and then small sampans will carry the tongkang passengers up to the island, right? Yes, everything is within walking distance. It seems, P. Ketam is known for its fish ball or noodle-like fish paste. Seafood dishes-wise, if according to last time we makan one was OK only lah, nothing outstanding. But the crab we ate was big loh.

mNhL, hahaha....we are puteri lilin! LOL! High-five!

Alice Law said...

I still prefer Pulau Pangkor over Pulau Ketam, the only thing I could recall about Pulau ketam is its bouncy fish ball, it's superb delicious!:)

It's very obvious that papa's facial expression changed 180 degrees if compared the 3rd picture with the last one.:p

Great outing for Juan Or!^-^

Alice Phua said...

Alice Law, yes, P. Ketam is known for her fishballs. I agree, P. Pangkor is anytime better than P. Ketam, only thing is that P. Pangkor is too far a drive considering that the next day hubby and I would be back to work again.

reanaclaire said...

Never been there, Alice.. gosh, i also cannot stand the hot sun nowadays.. it can cause my temper to shoot up for no reason too! talking about meno-pause.. haahaa...

eugene said...

Never been to Pulau Ketam before, it must be the haven for seafood, right.

you know looking at the picture of the header and the photos of Juan at jetty, man i tell you children can just outgrow us in no time, so must enjoy them as long as we can,,right?

take care now

Alice Phua said...

Reanaclaire, LOL, me the same here, if the weather is extremely hot, plus a lot of housework waiting to be done, then yes, my temper can flare up easily.

Eugene, oh, yes, am enjoying and cherishing every moment of it (that's why this blog serves as record too) before the day comes when he may not even want to go out with me anymore. :-D

prince n princess mum said...

Enjoyable trip..

Alice Phua said...

Prince n princess mum, yes, we still enjoyed ourselves despite not having to eat seafood there.

Mom Daughter Style said...

hi mommy, thanks for sharing this wonderful experience and photos with us. I love all the pictures, your boy is getting bigger.

Alice Phua said...

Mom Daughter Style, it's my pleasure! Yes, he is getting bigger, and naughtier too! ^_^