Port Dickson or PD to locals, is a beach and holiday destination situated about 90 km from Kuala Lumpur. It is located in the state of Negeri Sembilan in Peninsular Malaysia. It takes just over an hour to travel by car along the North-South Expressway from Kuala Lumpur to Port Dickson.
Fasting month for Muslims started last week Wednesday. Most events and activities come to a halt during this period and feeling bored, we decided to spend a weekend in Port Dickson. If you do not like to compete with the crowds, Ramadhan is a good time to travel as the highways in Malaysia are relatively free of cars and resorts record low occupancy.
We started our journey around noon time on Saturday and passed Lukut town less than an hour later. Feeling famished, we popped into Lucky Seafood Restaurant which is just opposite the Chung Hua Lukut Primary School
to feast on their famous Curry Chicken Lucky King Bun. They bake the Chicken Curry inside the bread. I love how they slice the bread to shape it like flower petals. Eating bread with chicken curry is common in Malaysia but baking the curry inside the bread is not.
For those who have never been to Malaysia before, this is what a typical Chinese coffeeshop looks like.
Other than Curry Chicken flavour, they also serve Herbal Chicken and Sweet and Sour Crab bun. However, you need to place an order 48 hours in advance.
Feeling refreshed, we then continued our journey to Eagle Ranch Resort in Port Dickson. Accommodation wise, I have to say it is not a luxury resort. The resort however does have its charms.You can choose from a host of room categories such as
Larger sized rooms in the Paddock Chalet
And Kampung House ( Kampung = Village )
Most people however stay at Eagle Ranch Resort for the activities. They cater to individuals and large groups so this is a good place to organize your Management Outing or company trip. If you prefer more comfy place to sleep, you can book at room at the Avilion Resort which is just 10 minutes away because Eagle Ranch welcomes visitors to use their facilies ( for a price of course ) even if you are not staying overnight.
I mentioned in my previous photoessay that I recently adopted a albino hedgehog, Needles.
Darling Needles came to live with me 5 weeks ago, and he too needed a change of scenery from Kuala Lumpurs hustle bustle. Needles had lots of fun conquering the obstacle course at Eagle Ranch
We tested his balancing skills
His first time at the beach.
I give him a bath everyday and make him do his daily swim as hedgehogs tend to get obese from overeating and lack of activity. He put up a brave face when he got drenched by the waves
Needles enjoyed viewing the sunset at Port Dickson beach
Made friends with some of the fellow animals at the Resort such as Mr Horse
But was not too friendly with the resident black cat
Us homo sapiens also had a whale of a time playing Paintball
It was my first time playing Paintball and I was kind of deadweight to my team. I was afraid of getting bruised by the paintball shots and did not make an effort to grab the opponents flag. I did look kinda cute in the protective gear didnt I ?
We occupied our time with other activities such as Canoeing
For a small fee you can also whizz around their GoKart circuit
Enjoy a pony ride
Or sun yourself at the swimming pool
Feeling tired from the days activities, we decided not to drive out and had our dinner at the Watering Hole restaurant on the Resort.
The restaurant serves both western food and local cuisine such as Kampung Fried Rice
Cantonese style noodles
The room rate comes with a buffet breakfast at their Melting Pot restaurant. The quality of the food is acceptable so long as you are not expecting Michelin star preparation.
Needles had a fun time running exploring the grounds
and poked his head in every nook and cranny
and soon it was time to say goodbye to Eagle Ranch Resort
Not ready to end our short vacation, we decided to pop into PD Ostrich Show Farm which is a ten minute drive from Eagle Ranch.
Typical of Malaysians, we headed straight to the cafeteria and ordered ourselves their signature dish, Ostrich Satay (skewered meat served with tangy peanut sauce and fresh cucumber - Malaysian version of the kebab )
Satay is cooked over a charcoal grill
Very reasonably priced
Needles enjoyed every bite
Did a bit of shopping at the gift shop whilst waiting for our Satay to cook
After eating our fill, we decided to explore the show farm and eventually made our way to the Ostrich Ride circuit. We were apprehensive about the safety aspects of riding the ostrich so the keepers gave us a demo. Instead of a saddle, they place a cloth towel on the ostrichs back so you wont feel ikky with the feathers poking your butt.
The keeper mounts himself with the help of the fence
3 seconds later, he is sitting comfortably on the back of the ostrich ! Easy as A B C !
One of the visitors decided to give it a go
Oopsss. He slipped off
He gives it another go and second time lucky !
So far the keepers claim to have a 100% safety record cause they are always there to assist the visitors.
For this bravado, visitors who ride the ostrich are rewarded with a Certificate
Photo opportunity for little boy on top of a ostrich
Ostriches have very large and sharp talon shaped feet. Due to the fact that the Ostrich are flightless birds, their primary means of locomotion is running, so the feet have developed into feet fit for frequent, and very fast running especially to escape predators.
There are many signages dotted around the farm to enlighten visitors on Ostrich FAQs
The Ostrich is the largest living species of bird and lays the largest egg of any living bird.
A female ostrich can determine her own eggs amongst others in a communal nest. I was shocked to discover that the shell of the ostrich eggs is strong it can bear the weight of an adult man
Needles wanted to have a go also
The following is a list of ostrich eggs facts:
An ostrich hen lays one egg every two day, from the middle of March till the middle of August.
In favorable conditions, an ostrich female can remain productive for 25-35 years.
Average incubation or hatching period of ostrich eggs is of 42 days.
The shell of the ostrich eggs is strong, and is 0.06 inches thick and can bear the weight of an adult man.
On an average, the weight of an ostrich egg is close to 1 kg.
The color of the ostrich eggs range from a pearl white to cream color.
Ostrich eggs are approximately 6-7 inches in length and 15-18 inches around.
If you are looking for nutrition facts for an ostrich egg, you will be surprised to know that it can provide a whopping 2000 calories.
Another ostrich egg fact is that the contents of the ostrich eggs in dry form contain 47% of proteins and 44.3% of fats.
The ostrich eggs also contains calcium, phosphorus and vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin E, riboflavin and thiamin.
Trace elements such as magnesium, manganese, selenium, zinc copper and iron are found to be present in the contents of the ostrich eggs.
Eggs laid by the elephant birds of Madagascar (now extinct) and the giant moa of New Zealand were bigger than that of the ostrich.
Apart from ostriches, the farm has other cute animals
Needles sniffing a grey rabbit
He did not want to go too near to the monkey
But he liked the pretty flowers on the farm
Needles is so adorable the kids cant take their hands off him
Well, he was exhausted after so much activity, he slept soundly the entire drive back to Kuala Lumpur.
He is now well rested and told me that he is ready for his next adventure, so please stay tuned for the next installment of LiLs and Needless Adventures in Malaysia