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Friday, August 23, 2013

Day 3 ~ Lawatan Sambil Belajar -- Kelantan & Terengganu

On the third day, as usual, the morning bath, prayers went on. After that we bought famous Laksam at the roadside stall and headed for breakfast. We tried the local Nasi Dagang as well as Nasi Kerabu and it was a great one!


Nasi Dagang

Taman Tamadun Islam and Masjid Kristal are the next 2 destinations which located in the same compound. Taman Tamadun Islam Monument Park provides us a unique experience with the 23 featured Islamic Monuments from all over the world. We were all taken to the Jetty for river cruise before visiting TTI itself. A brief explanation and safety instructions were given before we went on the boat.

Interpretation by Mdm. Duzaimah Kamaruddin

Before & After River Cruise

We went in to TTI but only a few monuments are consider as interactive monuments where explanation through amphitheatre shows were shown. We were traveled by tram throughout the whole journey in the park.

The 23 monuments are:
  • National Mosque, Malaysia (Interactive)
  • Kudus Minar, Central Java, Indonesia
  • Pattani Central Mosque, Thailand
  • Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin, Brunei Darussalam
  • Taj Mahal, Agra, India (Interactive)
  • Badshahi Mosque, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Kubbah As-Sakhrah, Baitul Muqqaddis, Palestin (Interactive)
  • Great Mosque of Samarra, Iraq
  • Sheikh Lutfallah Mosque, Iran
  • Abu Nasr Parsa, Afghanistan
  • Al-Haram Mosque, Mecca, Saudi Arabia
  • Aleppo Citadel, Syria
  • Mosque of Mohamed Ali, Egypt
  • Nabawi Mosque, Madinah, Saudi Arabia
  • Suleyman Mosque, Turkey
  • Great Mosque of Qairawan, Tunisia
  • The Palace of Al-Hambra, Granada, Spain
  • Kalyan Minaret, Uzbekistan
  • Great Mosque of Agadez, Niger
  • Kut Sharif Mosque, Kazan, Russia
  • Xian Mosque, China
  • TTI Waterwheel
  • Sultan Mosque, Singapore
 Among those 4 monuments

Departing for the next station!

Crystal Mosque located not far away from the park. It is the icon of Kuala Terengganu and is the very first and only mosque built from steel and glass. Muslim students and teachers did their Zohor prayer in the Crystal Mosque.

 View of Crystal Mosque from the river

Noor Arfa Craft Complex was our next destination. We were welcomed warmly by their staffs. Demonstration on how to paint a batik was given by the senior officer. Besides that, we were shown how to make different designs/stuffs using crystal. It was really an eye opener trip!

 Demonstration of Batik Painting

Interpretation by Ms. Joyce Tan

 The making of Crystal Crafts

Next ~ Chukai, Kemaman!! Turtle, we are coming!! Everyone were so excited in seeing turtles. The journey towards Chukai took us around 2 hours 30 minutes from K.Terengganu. We only arrived at 9.00pm and were warmly welcomed by Ah Long and his gang from Pusat Penetasan Penyu Geliga, Pantai Teluk Mak Nik. Brief explanation on turtles and what to be aware off while seeing turtle laying eggs were given by Pak Su, the person in charge of Pusat Penetasan Penyu Geliga. Everyone were given a chance to hold the baby turtles before heading towards the beach to witness turtle eggs laying process.

Holding the little fragile ones

There were 2 turtles on the beach that time. We managed to get closer to one of the turtle half way through the egg laying process. For each season, a female turtle will be coming back to the same venue to lay eggs for around 7-8 times and each time there will be around 100 eggs delivered. The female turtle dug a considered safe hole for her to lay the eggs and after finish laying, it covers up the hole using her super strong 'front legs'. During the process, we saw it's 'tears' but were told it was the same thing as human 'sweat', is a process of eliminating the extra 'salt' in its body. We witness the very whole process from where it laid eggs till covered up the hole and make her move back to the sea. It was an inspiring visit for the students as well the teachers! Amazing!

Half way through the egg laying process

Releasing little turtles back to the sea is another activity packaged for the visitors. Everyone were given a little turtle to hold on and for your information, turtles will move following the source of light. We were asked to arrange ourselves in one straight horizontal line and give each turtle a name. Before releasing, we did our own silent prayer for the turtle we were holding so that they will be safe and managed to grow up successfully. 1~~2~~3~~, released! Seeing the little life trying so hard to find their way back home, we just waved a little hoping they will be the ones laying eggs on the same beach after 25 years! 'Little ones, you all must be safe and come back to this beach, promise!'

After the visit to the beach, we got the permission to visit the turtle sanctuary which located not far from the beach. We were given another opportunity to release another batch of little turtles! We were praying hard hoping that in the future, the next generation will still be able to see what we had seen! Thanks to all the rangers, it is really a great experience! Indeed the best experience throughout the whole 3 days' school trip.

Turtle Sanctuary

And guess what? All of us had our so called dinner at 1.30a.m!

 Tired but excited faces!

Good night everyone, stay tune for the next day!