Thursday, July 17, 2008

Mersing Rest House (R.I.P.) - This Kinda Sucks

When it first appeared to me that I would be in Mersing for a day for work, the first thing that came to mind was the Mersing Rest House. As a kid on our way to Singapore in the 1970s, the Mersing Rest House was our midway point.

I can't remember much of the Rest House but what I do remember was the restaurant which had Hainanese cooks. Now if you are unfamiliar with hainanese cooks, these are the guys who can whip up fried beehoon, friend noodles, chicken chops and a host of other Malaysian staples which only the hainanese can. Silly me! I thought I could actually find the place and have some makan there. Well, 1 out of 2 isn't that bad.

However as you can see from the pictures sadly the Mersing Rest House has been abandoned and is no longer in operation. Sad because like many things in Malaysia, times have changed and things are not like what they used to be. Rapid growth in Malaysia and prevalent industrialisation have changed Malaysia and sometimes there will be collateral damage.

The picture of the sea is taken from the first floor of the 'ruins'. When the restaurant was still in operation back in the day, this would have been the view from the dining area

Rest in peace old girl. You are not forgotten.

1 comment:

Quico said...

Run from Babylon!!!