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janeyee Alor Setar - A travel report by Jane
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Alor Setar,  Malaysia - flag Malaysia -  Kedah
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The Paddy Field Experience

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A group of us drove north to Alor Setar to pay a visit to a Malay friend celebrating Hari Raya (Malay new year). She lives in a kampung (Malay word for village) surrounded by paddy field. Being so used to the urban live, visiting a rural area at times refreshes my mind and soul. It was a great day trip and we did really a lot in a few hours. From plucking coconut, drinking coconut juice straight from the freshly plucked fruit, walking in the paddy field to busy eating =) .... everything was just great !!!

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The paddy field!!! Kedah is the Northern state of Malaysia where rice is mainly produced. Nonetheless, this is my very first time visiting a paddy field in my life! So you can imagine how excited I was.

What's really great:
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Walking in the paddy field, full of mud!!! Luckily I didn't meet any leeches nor snakes, I am super afraid of bugs! Having lunch the very traditional Malay way is great too. I'm used to eating with hand but not sitting on the floor. This time it's in a Malay kampung, so it felt even better =)

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We did not stayed over night... ^^

Pic : Bright green paddy, will turn gold in a couple of months!!

No clubbing either ^^

Published on Monday December 1th, 2003

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Wed, Dec 03 2003 - 10:24 PM rating by downundergal

Having just come back from this part of the world myself I know what you mean about the paddy fields. When we were there they will still celebrating Ramadan so it was really hard to find anything to eat in the day. Yes, Malaysia & Indonesia are similar but there are still subtle differences.

Tue, Dec 02 2003 - 02:15 PM rating by whereisliz

That food looks delicious! What a fun day! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Mon, Dec 01 2003 - 08:18 AM rating by marianne

I love to see paddy fields, there are soooo many of them in Indonesia. it is usually grown on terraces , very beautiful to see. Do you also use the word sawah or is that only used in bahasa Indonesia?
The meal looks good and could have been an Indonesian meal. I suppose there is not all that much difference in culture between Malalya and Indonesia.

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