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Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival

19. preparing to spin a traditional top

Surprisingly, almost every dinner, Terengganu Menteri Besar (Chief Minister) Dato’ Seri Ahmad Said and/or his State Exco for Tourism Dato’ Mohd Jidin Shafie joined in our meal, chatting with delegates, receiving feedback from various perspectives.

Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival

20. pukat tarik (pulling in the fishing net)

Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival

21. weaving demonstration

All in all, it was a one-of-a-kind press trip, where we had the opportunity to relive the age-old tradition of “fishing for squids” using a line and hook only, which surprisingly, some fishermen are still using and despite this traditional way, can still bring in more than a hundred squids per outing on favourable nights.

Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival

22. songket weaving demonstration at Noor Arfa Batik Craft Centre

Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival

23. canting batik demonstration at Noor Arfa Batik Craft Centre

We were able to mingle with the locals, and get hands-on experience in local crafts such as weaving with mengkuang leaves, songket weaving and batik printing.

Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival

24. closing dinner awaits at the official residence of Terengganu Menteri Besar (Chief Minister)

Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival

25. the lighted garden of Seri Iman

And to wrap up a week-long familiarisation trip to Terengganu and celebrate awesome friendships forged, we were treated to a scrumptious meal hosted by the Menteri Besar at his official residence, Seri Iman, on our final night in the state.

Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival

26. joint first place winners in the best videography competition (international category): 2nd from left: Brian Cox of The Travel Vlogger and Chile’s Canal 13 team of (L-R) Mercé, Rodrigo, Pepe and Alfredo

Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival

27. Dominic proudly holds his prize for being the first to suffer from seasickness

Prizes were presented to those who caught the longest squids, the ones with the biggest hauls, best videography, top Instagrammers and even to the one who was the first to get knocked out by seasickness. This honour went to Malaysia’s Dominic Loke! Congratulations to all winners.

Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival

28. my travel buddies from Malaysia and Singapore (standing L-R): Ryan, Ted, JC, Yuki, Tiffany & Joven. (Seated L-R): Kelvin, Steven, Dominic & Malcolm

Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival

29. participants join in the joget

As for me, my tally stands at three squid jigging outings for zero squid! Well, at least I was consistent in every outing, right??

Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival

30. To’ Ku Paloh Jetty at Islamic Heritage Park (Taman Tamadun Islam)

Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival

31. river cruise, stopping at Kompleks Nur Zahirah

The many photos and their captions I am sharing in this post will give you a visual gist of our trip.

Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival

32. highlight of the river cruise, Crystal Mosque

Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival

33. one of the replica mosques in Islamic Heritage Park (Taman Tamadun Islam)

For more information on some of these places of attractions, check out my archive of posts (in random order) from my previous visits to Terengganu, “Beautiful State, Beautiful Culture”.

Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival

34. Terengganu Floating Mosque (Masjid Terapung)

Squid Jigging @ Pulau Kapas, Terengganu
Kompleks Tuanku Nur Zahirah, Kuala Terengganu
Cruising Along Terengganu River
Terengganu River Cruise
Crystal Mosque, Kuala Terengganu
Taman Tamadun Islam, Pulau Wan Man, Kuala Terengganu
Kuala Terengganu Chinatown
Pasar Payang, Kuala Terengganu
Terrapuri Heritage Village, Penarik, Setiu, Terengganu
A Visit To Setiu Wetlands
Muzium Negeri Terengganu
Taman Tamadun Islam (TTI)

Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival

35. Kuala Terengganu Chinatown

Other interesting attractions in Terengganu:
Peladang Setiu Agro Resort, Terengganu
PrinzPark Resort Terengganu
Restoran Kuah Singgang, Kuala Terengganu
Turtle Watching and the Release of Hatchlings
Restoran Baiduri 2, Monica Bay, Chukai, Terengganu
Firefly-Watching: Yak Yah River, Terengganu
Warung Otak-Otak Che Wan, Kemaman, Terengganu
Kedai Kopi Hai Peng, Chukai, Kemaman, Terengganu
Mehram Hotel, Kemaman, Terengganu
Terengganu Food Trail
TUMEC: Turtle and Marine Ecosystem Centre
Turtle Alley, Kuala Terengganu
Terengganu Trade Centre (TTC)
Payang Walk, Kuala Terengganu
Pulau Gemia (Gem Island), Terengganu
Teluk Ketapang Homestay, Kuala Terengganu
Terengganu Equestrian Resort (TER)

Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival

36. the seven buses ready to ferry delegates of the 2014 Terengganu Squid Jigging Festival

Event: Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival 2014
Venue: Terengganu, Malaysia
Date: 11th – 17th April, 2014
Time: full day

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