We had a litte trip to Kelantan, me and my family. We intended to attend the wedding of my office colleague, Sheilla, but I thought: Hey why not take a few additional days as well and go enjoy Kelantan for our very first time!
We left PJ on Friday 17 July at almost 10 in the morning. I purposely took the PLUS highway to Perak to take the Grik-Jeli highway, planning only to take the Gua Musang route on our way back, just to maximise our sightseeing opportunities.
Stopped at Tapah for some teh tarik and to refuel, again at Grik for lunch, and then late afternoon at Jeli for salat.
Jeli has a nice masjid actually, but it is not visible from the main Grik-Jeli route. One has to turn right somewhere, and then turn left another somewhere… Well, so I was told by my GPS.
After Maghrib we arrived at our destination – Permai Chalet. Permai Chalet is located at Pantai Melawi, which is about half an hour’s drive from Kota Bharu. Cleaned ourselves up and went to dinner at Bachok. The satay was good and its beef was tender.
The next morning we headed straight to Pasir Mas, had breakfast and then went to look for Sheilla’s house. The GPS did not fail as we quickly got to Kampung Kubang Bemban. What we could not locate immediately however, was Sheila’s house. There was no ‘happening’ sight of a wedding, nor the sound of a wedding noise. Only after a while we realised that of course, this is Kelantan! Weddings in Kelantan are not as grand or loud as we have in the west coast.
There was only one canopy with a few guests underneath. Yeah, apparently we were early, since the aqad nikah (wedding solemnisation ceremonny) would only be had at 2 pm (we reached the house at 1). Sheilla invited us into the house where she was being prepared by the andam (bride maker).
The aqad nikah was held at Masjid Kampung Bemban, and alhamdulillah everything went OK.
We went back to the chalet afterwards, when we enjoyed the water and sand until dusk.
Pantai Melawi is a nice long stretch of beach. What I particularly like about it is that is not crowded (and probably not as desecrated) as, say PCB. So basically we could choose any spot we want to picnic and to play.
Yeah, the kids just loved the sand. But the water? Hannah needed some persuasion actually. But I don’t blame her. Blame her Ayah for living in the city.
In the evening we went to Tok Bali, saw an eatery by the road side which looked crowded, and we went in.
We were not disappointed. The grilled cencaru was very good. Sorry I forgot what the name of the restaurant was…
The following morning, we took the children (again!) to the beach…
… until the sun was up!
Then we went for breakfast at White House Kopitiam, Kota Bharu. The kids just loved the soft-boiled eggs, but for me the black coffee was just marvellous. And later we visited the Muzium Adat Istiadat Di-Raja Kelantan to show the kids how we were and what our roots – or rather, the Kelantanese people’s roots – were like.
Afterwards we went for salat (and to clean the kids) at Masjid Muhammadiah, did a little shopping (and oh, lunch) at Pasar Khadijah, went to Pengkalan Chepa.
There was this village by the river at Pengkalan Chepa which was quite nice. The masjid was pretty with lots of flower plants and functional pergolas.
We even stopped by the riverside to watch some mudskippers (wonders for the kids!).
Late in the afternoon we went to PCB for more beach activities. Stayed there until evening when we had our dinner and checked out their seafood satays.
Monday – time to go home. Time to say goodbye to Pantai Melawi and our chalet.
On the way out from the chalet we had to pass through some green fields with grazing cows in them. Apparently they were interested in our presence.
The journey home was largely uneventful, by the Gua Musang route. We only stopped at Kuala Lipis for salat and lunch. Again, the masjid became our favourite stopping place.
So there was our little trip to Kelantan. Most definitely, insha Allah, will not be our last visit there.