Location : Pulau Pangkor, Perak, Malaysia.
We made our second visit to Sea View Resort at 7am on our final day in Pangkor to make sure we could catch the feeding. There was no feeding the day before on the usual 5pm schedule. Datuk Tan Yee Khan the boss was there sitting at the table waiting for the hornbills to come.
Greeted the famous giant and hardest smasher in badminton of the 60s. Sat next to him to hear him talk about his heydays in which he and his partner Datuk Ng Boon Bee ruled the badminton world. The photos of his heroic days proudly hung behind his hotel reception counter. More than 5 decades and the man still looked just as great. Respect.
The moment I came here for finally came true when a pair of Oriental Pied Hornbills landed on a wooden beam about 3m away from the feeding table, somewhat cautious looking, probably because of a white cat that was nearby. With a little bit of verbal coaxing from Datuk Tan, the pair finally dived toward the sausage discs that was laid out in replacement of the usual papaya as the fruit was getting scarce in the market. Just as reminder, visitors should bring along fruits as the hotel do not charge for the entrance to watch the feeding. Hornbills are omnivorous so sausage was fine. There were only two that morning although I was expecting more like 10 years ago when I first visited the hotel for the feeding. There were at about 10 then including the bigger rhinocerous. I had to accept the fact that time had changed. Perhaps, in another decade there might be none left and only then will Pangkor folks realize what a treasure these beautiful birds were in their backyard once upon a time.
After fulfilling the mission I came here for, we left early for the ferry ride to the mainland.
We took a taxi to nearby Sitiawan, a Foochow town, to have a taste of its famous ‘kongpia’ a unique and chewy sort of bagel.
It tasted far from the ones from Sibu, it was surprisingly sweet and disappointing……after purposely catching a taxi and walked a few kilometers in search of the shop. Oh well, time to hop onto the bus for the ride to KLIA 2….home sweet home.
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