Kubang Jela House Stay @ Terrapuri Heritage Village, Terengganu, Malaysia

Yeah‼️ From the recent travel 🚌🚍 to Terengganu πŸ‡²πŸ‡Ύ, SiennyLovesDrawing πŸ‘©πŸ» had an exclusive privilege to meet πŸ‘‹πŸ» & have a short chat πŸ—£πŸ‘€ with the founder of Terrapuri Heritage Village, Mr Alex LeeΒ πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ’ΌΒ He is a Chinese Peranakan, born & grown up in Marang, Terengganu πŸ‡²πŸ‡Ύ

She πŸ‘©πŸ» is gonna sharing πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ’»πŸ“βœπŸ» here about all she πŸ‘©πŸ» has learnt from her chat πŸ—£πŸ‘€ with Mr Alex πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ’ΌaboutΒ the ups ⬆️ & downs ⬇️ in pursuing his passion ❀️ towards the conservation & restoration of Terengganu traditional Malay architecture 🏑🏘 He πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ’Ό has proudly told that he loves πŸ’— each old houses 🏑🏘 that he has collected thus far & each 1️⃣ is unique to him with a story behind respectively πŸ˜€

Question❓: Can you spot SiennyLovesDrawing πŸ‘©πŸ» in below photos πŸ“ΈπŸ“Έ album? She πŸ‘©πŸ» was having a nice πŸ‘πŸ» pre-dinner chat πŸ—£πŸ‘€with Mr Alex @ Sesayap Courtyard, Terrapuri Heritage Village during her recent stay

 

 

 

Ha…Ha…She πŸ‘©πŸ» actually thought that Mr Alex πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ’Όwas anΒ architect by profession. Mr Alex has confirmed that he is a tourism industry player with own tourism businesses in guest house 🏑 , boutique hotel, dining 🍽🍴, cafe β˜•οΈ, tours, souvenirs (batik) πŸ›πŸŽ etc.

Guess what❓⁉️

Mr Alex πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ’Ό1️⃣st started to learn about guest house 🏑 renting (i.e. used his grandpa πŸ‘΄πŸ» ‘s 2️⃣ shoplots 🏒🏒) at his young age πŸ§‘πŸ» with initial intention to save for his education fund πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸŽ“He used to drawing βœπŸ»πŸŽ¨πŸ–Œown brochure to selling the rooms at bus stations 🚌🚌 & received great responses from many backpackers πŸ‘«πŸ‘­πŸ‘¬back then. He πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ’Όalso learnt how to package his room with simple breakfast β˜•οΈπŸ₯ͺ, yes βœ…, he can cookβ€ΌοΈπŸ‘πŸ»

 

 

Ended up he πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ’Ό continues his tourism business till now without further study βŒπŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸŽ“despite in years between 2006 to 2008 with a cross road πŸ”€ for his choice, whether IT vs heritage, nature & culture. Obviously he πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ’Όhas chosen the later. Ha…Ha…He has shared in his IG (refer above πŸ“Έ) recently that he wants to be a Youtuber (IT) now (2019) being inspired by his youngest son πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘¦, a famous gaming Youtuber

Also she πŸ‘©πŸ» is gonna sharing πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ’»πŸ“ about her wonderful overnight πŸ˜΄πŸ’€πŸ›Œ in Kubang Jela house 🏑 in this village.Β Hmm…A night πŸŒŒπŸŒƒ stay just too short, personally she πŸ‘©πŸ» recommends for a 3️⃣D2️⃣N to appreciating the layout of an inspired 17th century Terengganu Palace πŸ‘‘ as an great πŸ‘πŸ» output of restoration the Terengganu Malay old houses 🏑🏘 of at least πŸ’― years & above, as well as its peaceful village surrounding 🏞

 

πŸ’― years meaning easily at least with 4️⃣ generations before Mr AlexπŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ’Όbought the old houses 🏑🏘 Some of the houses 🏑🏘 were once belong to the royal families πŸ‘‘πŸ‘‘ Woowβ€ΌοΈπŸ˜² He πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ’Όhas shared thatΒ 30 years ago, a full Terengganu old house 🏠 each cost of RM30K to 40K approximately 😊

How about now❓⁉️

He πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ’Ό estimates RM300K & above each old house 🏠 at current. He πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ’Ό has no ❌ intention to resell any of his Terengganu Malay old houses 🏑🏘 collected, though he πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ’Ό was being offered with great πŸ‘πŸ» prices πŸ’±πŸ’°couple of times in the past πŸ˜ƒ

Hmm…Does Mr Alex πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ’Όregret❓⁉️

Personally SiennyLovesDrawing πŸ‘©πŸ»can confidently said “No ❌” from her observation, Mr Alex’s achievements from Terrapuri Heritage Village & chat with himπŸ—£πŸ‘€ about his journey

Why❓⁉️

You will be impressed as Mr Alex πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ’Όis very knowledgeable & passionate ❀️ in what he is doing for Terengganu old houses restoration & conservation 🏑🏘

 

Over the years, he πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ’Όhopes to continue & enhancing his project as a tourism products, currently he πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ’Όis running this Terrapuri Heritage Village as a boutique hotel resort space 🏑🏘 Owned a museum cafe dining 🍽🍴 (with advanced booking πŸ“žβ˜ŽοΈπŸ“±for event etc.) & an upcoming Terramalai, a collection of traditional Malay houses 🏑🏘 from all over the states in Malaysia πŸ‡²πŸ‡Ύ &Β will be based in Batu Rakit, Kuala Nerus district of Terengganu 😁

After bought each houses 🏑🏘, all will be dismantled & then rebuilt. All Terengganu old houses 🏑🏘 were built without ❌ a single nail πŸ”¨, it’s using the traditional “tebukΒ pasak” aka peg & joint technique with theΒ help from the professional skillful Malay carpenters aka “tukang rumah” in Malaysia πŸ‡²πŸ‡Ύ ‘s national language πŸ˜€

He πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ’Όemphasised few times in his sharing “We have to always go back to our own root. Culture is so beautiful & unique not to be shared to next generations πŸ‘ΆπŸ»πŸ‘§πŸ»πŸ§’πŸ»πŸ‘¦πŸ»πŸ§‘πŸ»

He πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ’Όhas shared that he was struggled πŸ˜’β˜ΉοΈπŸ˜”to communicate, convince the house owners πŸ‘¬πŸ‘¬πŸ‘¬ to sell πŸ’±πŸ’°their houses 🏑🏘 to him when he 1️⃣st started his heritage collection. Reason being he is a Chinese Peranakan, not a Muslim ❌β˜ͺ️ He also proudly shared that he speaks fluent Terengganu Malay & this has helped a lot 😊

Once he πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ’Όhas indentified βœ… the old house 🏠 that he is interested, he willΒ slowly get to know the local house owner 1️⃣st. He is very persevere in his collection passion, he patiently kept visiting, communicating πŸ—£πŸ‘€ Then, after knowing him better & appreciate his passion ❀️towards the Terengganu Malay old houses 🏑🏘, the house owner will sell their old house to him πŸ’±πŸ’° eventually

Guess what❓⁉️

There was an old house 🏠 that actually took him 15 years βœ…πŸ‘Β after many many communications with the owner πŸ—£πŸ‘€Β Wowβ€ΌοΈπŸ˜² It’s named as Rumah Pulau Bahagia in Terrapuri Heritage Village & yet to be ready as guest villa currently ☺️

Mr Alex πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ’Όhas actually collected the old houses 🏑🏘 for 18 years (all being dismantled & stored at the backyard of his parents πŸ‘΅πŸ»πŸ‘΄πŸ»house, on top of stones & covered with zinc to protect the chengal wood) before he bought this 4 ha land in 2005 which surrounding with islands 🏝🌴 & Setiu mangroves wetlands (Safe from tsunami 🌊 & chance to view fireflies πŸ’«βœ¨at night) in Kg. Mangkuk

He πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ’Όwas discouraged πŸ‘ŽπŸ»by family members & friends πŸ‘«πŸ‘­πŸ‘¬ at the beginning that he shoud invest in other investment & not ❌ in restoration project. Also not in Terengganu as the location πŸ“that he has chosenΒ βœ…πŸ˜ƒ

Restoration requires for a long time frame & huge sum of money πŸ’°πŸ’΅ to maintain. He actuallyΒ πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ’Όsold off his luxury cars πŸš—πŸš™ & properties before just to continue this restoration project. No any ❌ bank loan/ Government grant has obtained becasue this is a non profit/ business investment 🏑🏘

His passion ❀️ in Terengganu old houses 🏑🏘restoration that motivates him to continue his journey till now, future & never end 😁

Question❓: Do you spot a smiling πŸ˜ƒ craving in below photoπŸ“Έβ“β‰οΈ

Terengganu Traditional Malay Old Houses 🏑🏘

From her chat πŸ—£πŸ‘€ with Mr Alex, she πŸ‘©πŸ» has learnt that the balance βš–οΈ is important in Malay belief, hence the height & wide of each house 🏑 is required to have good πŸ‘πŸ» ukiran rumah aka house 🏠 measurement as it also meant for good πŸ‘πŸ» feng sui. To Mr Alex πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ’Ό, life is a balance too, not just about making money πŸ’°πŸ’΅

The houses 🏑🏘 built with high legs to protect from flood & with aims to scard away the animals πŸ˜πŸ¦πŸ…

The stairs (i.e. “tangga” in Malaysia πŸ‡²πŸ‡Ύ ‘s national language) to each Malay house 🏠 must with an odd numbers eg. 3️⃣, 5️⃣, 7️⃣ etc.

She πŸ‘©πŸ» has learnt that there is meaning for Terengganu house 🏠 gate. She was told if you have bad intention (e.g. to rob the house owner) when you step πŸ‘£ into the house 🏠 , you may end up unable to see the house gate to exit thenπŸšͺ

Generally, the Terengganu Malay old houses 🏑🏘 are with beautiful 😍😍 wall craving, Islamic β˜ͺ️ influences, more to flora designs, some stupa are more towards Buddhism β›© No ❌ devil craving motives

There are 29 houses 🏑🏘 in this Terrapuri Heritage Village since 2012 i.e. 20 houses 🏑🏘 have been restored as guest villas & the remaining 9 houses serve as the resort reception, courtyard, spa, meeting room, library etc. ☺️

Actually he πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ’Ό has bought πŸ’°πŸ’΅πŸ’― over houses 🏑🏘, only 29 units in this village while the rest serves as spare parts as most houses 🏑🏘 bought are only 70% able to be used due to extensively damaged & had rotting wood

Read more via 🌐 http://www.terrapuri.com/terengganu_classic_house.htm

Stay @ Kubang Jela House 🏑

As promised, SiennyLovesDrawing πŸ‘©πŸ» is gonna sharing her awesome 1️⃣ night stay πŸ˜΄πŸ’€πŸ›Œ in this house 🏑

It’s 1️⃣ of the biggest house 🏑 (Super Grand Deluxe) with RM1.2K/night for 2️⃣ pax (RM106/extra pax). This house 🏑 is named with its place name i.e. Kubang Jela

Read more via 🌐 http://www.terrapuri.com/rooms_villas_rumah_kubang_jela.htm

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@siennylovesdrawing πŸ‘©πŸ» has learnt so much more about great πŸ‘πŸ» #sustainability #tourism for next generations ( #heritage #culture #architectural #art community ) personal journey from Mr @alexleeyunping πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ’Ό, the founder of @terrapuri & @cafe_terradala #cafe in #Terengganu, Malaysia πŸ‡²πŸ‡Ύ He passionately #sharing his love ❀️ to Terengganu old houses 🏑🏑 (without ❌ nails = "pasak" in Malaysia πŸ‡²πŸ‡Ύ national language & with beautiful πŸ˜πŸ’—meaningful wood cravings) , the ups & downs of his pursuing journey. Old = above πŸ’― years & some 200 years++ πŸ˜²πŸ‘€ . . Guess what❓⁉️ He πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ’Όhas actually collected old houses 🏑🏑 for 18 years by communicating several times to the owners before they agreed to sell the houses to him. 1️⃣ of the house took him 15 years of communicating πŸ—£πŸ‘€ before he successfully bought it βœ…πŸ‘, wowβ€ΌοΈπŸ˜²) . . He πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ’Ό found this piece of land @ Penarik & buillt this heritage village in 2005. He actually bought 100++ old houses 🏑🏑 as some are using as spare parts for the existing 29 units in the village. No intension of reselling any of his collection though he was being offered with great πŸ‘πŸ» attractive prices πŸ’°πŸ’° as he πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ’Ό proudly told that he loves πŸ’— each house that he has collected & each 1️⃣ is unique to him with a story behind respectively . . She πŸ‘©πŸ» had a wonderful overnight in Kubang Jela house 🏑 during her recent trip, do swipe left ➑️ for more photosπŸ“ΈπŸ“Έ in this album of her heritage stay, also clips πŸ“ΉπŸŽ₯about frying fish 🐟 crackers with sand, not oil, yes βœ… ancient heritage cooking style ~ so healthyπŸ‘πŸ» & the beautiful beach πŸ–πŸ with tall coconut trees 🌴🌴 right opposite the entrance of #terrapuri villageπŸ˜πŸ’— . . Hmm…Stil thinking πŸ’­πŸ€” to expand her caption here, but but words limit by #instagram, so do stay tune her stay #vacation #blogging πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ’»πŸ“ via #blog link at bio ya πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ . . πŸ“Έ special thanks πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’— to housemates for a night πŸŒƒπŸŒŒπŸ˜΄πŸ’€πŸ›ŒπŸ›ŒπŸ›Œ @snfad_diela & @kariwamegumi @beautifulterengganumalaysia @gayatravel @gayatraveller #TerengganuNOWand4ever #BeautifulTerengganuMalaysia #TourismTerengganu #CutiCutiMalaysia #VM2020 #VisitMalaysia2020 #GayaTravel #BeautifulTerengganu #travel #travels #travelling #blog #blogging #blogger #bloggers #influencer #influencers #siennylovesdrawing

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Do click in to her IG photos πŸ“ΈπŸ“ΈΒ album posted above to view the beauty of Kubang Jela house 🏑

Kubang Jela house 🏑 was built withΒ chengal wood & with 2️⃣ big roofs. However, Mr Alex only maintained 1️⃣ roof due to another was damaged

This house 🏑 is meant for triple 3️⃣ stay with beds πŸ›πŸ›πŸ› & mosquitoes net, ceiling fan & air conditioning πŸŒ¬πŸ’¨

It’s fully equipped with writing ✍🏻 desk, toilet 🚽 , hot & cold shower 🚿 , a wooden bathtub πŸ›€πŸ» , towels, batik sarong, Pandanus slippers πŸ‘‘, fridge, hair dryer, indoor electric mosquito killer, umbrella πŸŒ‚

Also with complimentary πŸ†“ toiletries (soap, shampoo & shower gel) & mineral water bottles.Β You may request for iron & iron board from the reception counter upon of availability βœ…

She πŸ‘©πŸ» loves πŸ’— her back to nature stay πŸ’šπŸŒ³πŸ‘without ❌ tv πŸ“Ί , radio πŸ“» , IDD phone πŸ“ž & wifi connection πŸ“Ά

It belongs to the head of the village πŸ‘³πŸ½β€β™‚οΈ where used to host lots of ceremonies e.g. “Pelepas” meaning a traditional ceremony to to let go bad spirits before the stay of a house 🏠

Not just that, it also hosted for many performances, similarily to langkasuka tradition from the old kingdom πŸ‘‘ i.e. with lots of cultures to influencing both Malay & Chinese communities including the Malay healing 😊

Ohh ya…She πŸ‘©πŸ» also has learnt from her stay here to fry fish 🐟 crackers with sand, not ❌ cooking oil

Yes βœ…,Β ancient heritage cooking style ~ so healthyπŸ‘πŸ»

Do enjoy a vlog πŸ“ΉπŸŽ₯ captured for sharing ya

Advanced booking πŸ“žβ˜ŽοΈπŸ“±is advisable especially in the months of July & Aug as lots of foreign guests ya πŸ‘«πŸ‘­πŸ‘¬

She πŸ‘©πŸ» loves πŸ’— the beautiful beach πŸ–πŸ with tall coconut trees 🌴🌴 right opposite the entrance of this resort 🏑🏘

You may opt for visit with a RM22/ pax (min. 2️⃣ pax) entrance fee with guided tour, refreshment, coffee β˜•οΈ / tea 🍡 10.30am or 3.30pm to visit this beautiful 😍 heritage village 🏑🏘

Highly recommended πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘†πŸ»for 3.30pm, so that you can end your day with a beautiful 😍 sunset πŸŒ… @ coconut trees 🌴🌴 beachside πŸ–πŸΒ of Kg. Mangkuk

SiennyLovesDrawing πŸ‘©πŸ»Β wishes to revisit this village 🏑🏘 again to learn more about the Terengganu traditional Malay architecture 🏑🏘 from Mr Alex πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ’Ό, it’s a pleasure to have a chat with him πŸ—£πŸ‘€Β , he loves to share πŸ˜€

AddressπŸ“: Terrapuri Heritage Village, Kg. Mangkuk, Penarik, 22120 Setiu, Terengganu, West Malaysia
Website🌐: http://www.terrapuri.com/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/Terrapuri/

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