Photographer's Note

Pulau Aman is not a touristy island. I was therefore quite surprised to see this Mat Salleh (a local slang for a Caucasian & definitely not a disrespectful term) finding his way here - no doubt brought over by his friend piloting the boat. They were soon to be seated near me on the next table enjoying prawn noodle soup. The prawns were really fresh & big. The whole tasty bowl of prawn cost only RM5 (one Euro), a fraction of what it may cost in Kuala Lumpur. Anyway, the island is mostly frequented by the locals from the near mainland. It is only a 15-minute boat ride from Batu Kawan - the island you see in the background. And more are coming to visit with the construction of a new road & pontoon jetty in Batu Kawan. Before this the island was not really accessible. The inhabitants are fishermen & their families. I see the beginning of a small tourism industry here ... starting with ferrying people here on boats which I suspect were formerly fishing boats in addition to that one restaurant on the pier serving delicious food with freshly caught prawn from the sea here. I will have to back here again. I had only an hour there before the last boat leaves at 1800 hr ... only time for a meal. You would be amazed to know how far Malaysians would travel just to eat which is really a national pastime.

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