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Ghost Town

With the starting point in Thailand, after the collapse of an investment bubble, the 1997 asian financial crisis swept through most parts of Southeast Asia, not leaving Malaysia uneffected, altough not as bad as Thailand, Indonesia or South Korea. Still it was bad enough to wipe out a couple of construction firms, and scrap a couple of ongoing highrise projects and residential projects, leaving them unfinished. Yes, that’s right, they took their tools, machines and just left the constructionsites, leaving them either totally unfinished, or when dealing with projects of larger residential areas, leaving patches of unfinished areas.

Taman Sri Lambak, or Bandar T6 as the locals call it, is a residential area that was built from scratch and was completed in 1997, or more precisley the work was halted in 1997, to never be resumed again, due to the crisis mentioned above. Luckily Bandar T6 was almost completed and only a few areas in the outskirts were left uncompleted.

While living in Taman Sri Lambak I thought that it could be a fun little project to document some of these areas, so I headed out for a photo hunt in Taman Sri Lambak’s own ghost town. The rampant growth of weeds and bushes in the neglected areas made me thread carefully, since I was wearing regular shoes and not the kind of boots that plantation workers wear, to protect them from snake bites. I actually remember wishing I had a pair, especially thinking about the encounter I had in Langkawi, with a monocled cobra, which was one of the most awesome wildlife encounters I had in Malaysia. You can read more about it here. At the end of this ghost town excursion the only wildlife encounter I had was finding thousands of rodent bones and skulls in one of the houses. Most likely a barn owl, which I had spotted around our area, was residing in this house.

Entering the ghost town in Taman Sri Lambak T6, Kluang, Malaysia.Ghost town in Taman Sri Lambak T6, Kluang, Malaysia.Ghost town house in Taman Sri Lambak T6, Kluang, Malaysia.Ghost town house in Taman Sri Lambak T6, Kluang, Malaysia.Sewer pipes not yet unpacked at a ghost town construction site in Taman Sri Lambak T6, Kluang, Malaysia.Helmet left at the ghost town construction site in Taman Sri Lambak T6, Kluang, Malaysia.Entrance to a ghost town house in Taman Sri Lambak T6, Kluang, Malaysia.Derelict interior of a ghost town house in Taman Sri Lambak T6, Kluang, Malaysia.Cement sacks left in an abandoned ghost town house in Taman Sri Lambak T6, Kluang, Malaysia.Derelict doorway in a ghost town house in Taman Sri Lambak T6, Kluang, Malaysia.Opening in the wall on a ghost town house in Taman Sri Lambak T6, Kluang, Malaysia.Rodent skull from barn owl droppings in Malaysia.Droppings from a Malaysian barn owl.Melastoma malabathricum in Malaysia.Ghost building complex in Taman Sri Lambak T6, Kluang, Malaysia.Rebar and concrete from a ghost building complex in Taman Sri Lambak T6, Kluang, Malaysia.Ghost building complex in Taman Sri Lambak T6, Kluang, Malaysia.

 

Kampung Melayu Night Market

As a visitor in Asia a visit to a night market is one of those things you must do, otherwise you have never truly been in Asia. It is an institution and in denser populated areas there is one going on every day of the week. Where we resided, Taman Sri Lambak, an average sized residential community, there is one every two weeks. In the larger town of Kluang, about 10 kilometres away, there is one every day of the week. Although it is not on the same location, as it moves around to different parts of the town and surrounding neighbourhoods, which is good if you are learning the layout of a town you’re not so familiar with.

Market Schedule in Kluang:
Kampung Melayu on Monday 7AM onwards (Farmers market)
Kampung Melayu on Monday 4PM onwards
Taman Kluang Barat on Tuesday
Kampung Paya on Wednesday
Taman Seri Impian on Thursday
Taman Sri Kluang on Friday
Sri Lalang on Friday
Taman Desa on Saturday
Taman Muhibah on Sunday
Taman Lian Seng on Sunday

The pictures below are taken at the Kampung Melayu night market, which was one of our favourites, and also the last night market of this kind we went to before going back to Sweden. The absolutely worst part in getting to know these markets is that when you don’t have access to them you will miss all the yummy snacks they offer, such as apam balik, coconut milkshake, putu bambu, jagung kukus, putu piring, murtabak, satay and all the other delicious foods, beverages and snacks.

And almost as a gift to bid us farewell Kluang offered us a spectacular last minute lightning storm, which you can see in the last picture.

Milkshake vendor making coconut milkshake at a night market in Kluang, Malaysia.

Coconut Milkshake

Milkshake vendor mixing coconut milkshake at a night market in Kluang, Malaysia.

Mixing Milkshake

Vendor selling steamed corn on the cob in Kluang; Malaysia.

Steamed corn on the cobb and steamed peanuts

A vendor slicing apam balik pandan at a night market in Kluang, Malaysia.

Slicing Apam Balik Pandan

A man browsing a night market

Dried Fish

sate sticks on a grill

Satay

Woman selling putu bambu in Kluang, Malaysia.

Putu Bambu

Putu bambu and piring vendors in Kluang, Malaysia.

Putu Piring

Night market beverages in Malaysia.

Night Marktet Beverages

Seafood vendor in Kluang, Malaysia.

Fresh Seafood

Little girl buying street food in Malaysia.

Assorted Fried Food

Happy street food vendors at a night market in Kluang, Malaysia.

Cheerful Apam Balik Vendors

Vendors and customers around a steaming pot at a night market in Kluang, Malaysia.

Steamy Pot

A praying man at a night market in Malaysia.

Sembahyang

Vendor tents at kampung melayu night market, Kluang, Malaysia.

Colorful Vendor Tents

Kampung melayu night market in Kluang, Malaysia.

Night Market Scene

A lightning flash at kampung melayu night market in Kluang, Malaysia.

Lightning Above Kluang

 

 

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