Hip Hip Hooray! I am back from the East Coasts of Malaysia. I truly enjoyed my trip going sightseeing to so many exotic places in just 2 days covering 2 beautiful states - Kelantan & Terengganu. So I managed to reduce my bucket list for having visited all the 13 states of Malaysia, at last. Have you visited all the states in Malaysia???
There are over 25 temples in Kelantan itself but I managed to visit the 3 famous ones. I love the environment and the very friendly folks who are warm with big smiles everywhere. Their local food like Laksam, Nasi Kerabu, Nasi Soup Ayam Bakar and famous Roti Titab with thick black Kopi-O was heavenly. I will be sharing all the exciting photos of my temple visits, beaches and yummy food around Kelantan & Terengganu.
I waited for 3 long hours after my wife had flown off to catch the 5.00pm flight. It was my maiden try on this airline which gave me a terrible fright. The aircraft was so noisy and shaky until all the nuts & screws started to squeak all the way. I had never prayed so hard on board any planes - Namo, Namo, Namo, Namo until I fell asleep on my seat. The plane was full and the air con was blowing air from hair dryers until my forehead was wet. Many people had to use the manual cards to fan themselves. The return flight was a bliss as the aircraft was silent with its air con blowing cold air. Just perfect.
It was my first time using the services of a GRAB car from the airport. My wife texted me from KB to download this Grab's apps to my phone to get better deals. I was eating my lunch at Subang airport and promptly installed the apps. I tested it & suddenly I heard a lady's voice telling me that her car was outside the airport in Kota Bharu's Sultan Ismail Petra Airport!! Goodness! Stupid me quickly apologised to her and hung up. Wakakakaka I arrived the Renaissance Hotel which looked the grandest in town.
This hotel has a nice lobby to welcome guests with all its grandeur and luxury decors. The staff in attendance are all very polite, helpful and friendly too. This hotel is under the management of the Marriot Hotels chain and has all the facilities that live up to its name with quality services. However all the majority of the guests' reviews pointed out at their very dated finishing and blah blah blah.. Who cares, I stayed there for 3 glorious nights FREE! Our room was very huge with a King Sized bed suitable for my elephant size and comes with daily breakfasts too!
I woke up early to see the quiet streets below on a Sunday morning. It was their working day for the Muslim states which enjoy Fridays & Saturdays off instead. My wife had left the hotel to conduct her training elsewhere. This was our WORKation trip where "Wife works, Husband plays". My head was still debating where I should visit as they have several interesting old Royal Palaces and Museums that might interest me. Suddenly my twisted mind decided to visit the famous temples around Tumpat's district instead. They have over 25 temples there! The local government is very lenient and respects all the different faiths! Some rival political goons have been painting scary images about their government which is so untrue.
I simply hailed one GRAB car and I think God sent this particular driver to fetch me. I am so thankful that he agreed to come as Tumpat is quite far away and I would definitely have problems to get any GRAB cars around that remote kampungs around Tumpat. This young driver Mr. Rosaifuddin agreed to fetch me from temple to temple by just following the normal GRAB fares. He waited for me so patiently as I took my sweet time to explore the whole temple grounds to snap many photos. He was so kind, so I had to be nice too!
It was my dream come true to visit this Wat Phothivihan which I have been seeing over media photos since I was small. It is located at Kampung Jambu in Tumpat which is approx 21 km from Kota Bharu which costs RM22.00 by GRAB a single journey.
This famous statue of the reclining Buddha is the longest in Southeast Asia and measures at 40 metres long. I need to enlighten the readers about the common reference as The Sleeping Buddha which has created a misconception as the Lord Buddha was actually lying down on his final day when his soul entered into Nirvana. I remembered someone asked me "Why does the Buddha need to sleep?" I actually found the correct answer last November after seeing the Mogao Caves in Dunhuang, China.
This is the Dharma Wheel of Buddhism.
A close up photo of the Lord Buddha. You will be able to see many urns of ashes of the deceased persons behind the statue. I didn't walk behind there.
The hall beside has the main statue of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara with 18 arms and flanked by the statue of Guan Yin Bohisattva on the left and the DiZang Wang Bodhisattva on the right.
They have an altar for devotees to conduct merit making with Candle Light Offerings. I lighted up 2 candle lamps for both my late parents. My heart missed them so much and I felt grateful to them for bringing me up very well.
There are many instances in our life when we get carried away by our emotions. I often reminded myself to take the Middle Paths and discard all the greed and anger feelings that would harm my well being. All the Buddhist monks live by the Ten Precepts.
When I share my happiness with everyone, my heart feels lighter.
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