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

Yeahโ€ผ๏ธ From the recent travel ๐ŸšŒ๐Ÿš to Terengganu ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ, SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป had an exclusive privilege to meet ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป & have a short chat ๐Ÿ—ฃ๐Ÿ‘ค with the founder of Terrapuri Heritage Village, Mr Alex Leeย ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ผย He is a Chinese Peranakan, born & grown up in Marang, Terengganu ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ

She ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป is gonna sharing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“โœ๐Ÿป here about all she ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป has learnt from her chat ๐Ÿ—ฃ๐Ÿ‘ค with Mr Alex ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ผaboutย the ups โฌ†๏ธ & downs โฌ‡๏ธ in pursuing his passion โค๏ธ towards the conservation & restoration of Terengganu traditional Malay architecture ๐Ÿก๐Ÿ˜ He ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ผ has proudly told that he loves ๐Ÿ’— each old houses ๐Ÿก๐Ÿ˜ that he has collected thus far & each 1๏ธโƒฃ is unique to him with a story behind respectively ๐Ÿ˜€

Questionโ“: Can you spot SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป in below photos ๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ“ธ album? She ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป was having a nice ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป pre-dinner chat ๐Ÿ—ฃ๐Ÿ‘คwith Mr Alex @ Sesayap Courtyard, Terrapuri Heritage Village during her recent stay

 

 

 

 

Ha…Ha…She ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป actually thought that Mr Alex ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ผwas anย architect by profession. Mr Alex has confirmed that he is a tourism industry player with own tourism businesses in guest house ๐Ÿก , boutique hotel, dining ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿด, cafe โ˜•๏ธ, tours, souvenirs (batik) ๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽ etc.

Guess whatโ“โ‰๏ธ

Mr Alex ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ผ1๏ธโƒฃst started to learn about guest house ๐Ÿก renting (i.e. used his grandpa ๐Ÿ‘ด๐Ÿป ‘s 2๏ธโƒฃ shoplots ๐Ÿข๐Ÿข) at his young age ๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿป with initial intention to save for his education fund ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐ŸŽ“He used to drawing โœ๐Ÿป๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ–Œown brochure to selling the rooms at bus stations ๐ŸšŒ๐ŸšŒ & received great responses from many backpackers ๐Ÿ‘ซ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ฌback then. He ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ผalso learnt how to package his room with simple breakfast โ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿฅช, yes โœ…, he can cookโ€ผ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

 

 

 

Ended up he ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ผ continues his tourism business till now without further study โŒ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐ŸŽ“despite in years between 2006 to 2008 with a cross road ๐Ÿ”€ for his choice, whether IT vs heritage, nature & culture. Obviously he ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ผhas chosen the later. Ha…Ha…He has shared in his IG (refer above ๐Ÿ“ธ) recently that he wants to be a Youtuber (IT) now (2019) being inspired by his youngest son ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ, a famous gaming Youtuber

Also she ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป is gonna sharing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“ about her wonderful overnight ๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ’ค๐Ÿ›Œ in Kubang Jela house ๐Ÿก in this village.ย Hmm…A night ๐ŸŒŒ๐ŸŒƒ stay just too short, personally she ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป recommends for a 3๏ธโƒฃD2๏ธโƒฃN to appreciating the layout of an inspired 17th century Terengganu Palace ๐Ÿ‘‘ as an great ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป output of restoration the Terengganu Malay old houses ๐Ÿก๐Ÿ˜ of at least ๐Ÿ’ฏ years & above, as well as its peaceful village surrounding ๐Ÿž

 

 

๐Ÿ’ฏ years meaning easily at least with 4๏ธโƒฃ generations before Mr Alex๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ผbought the old houses ๐Ÿก๐Ÿ˜ Some of the houses ๐Ÿก๐Ÿ˜ were once belong to the royal families ๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ‘‘ Woowโ€ผ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ฒ He ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ผhas shared thatย 30 years ago, a full Terengganu old house ๐Ÿ  each cost of RM30K to 40K approximately ๐Ÿ˜Š

How about nowโ“โ‰๏ธ

He ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ผ estimates RM300K & above each old house ๐Ÿ  at current. He ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ผ has no โŒย intention to resell any of his Terengganu Malay old houses ๐Ÿก๐Ÿ˜ collected, though he ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ผ was being offered with great ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป prices ๐Ÿ’ฑ๐Ÿ’ฐcouple of times in the past ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

 

 

Hmm…Does Mr Alex ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ผregretโ“โ‰๏ธ

Personally SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปcan confidently said “No โŒ” from her observation, Mr Alex’s achievements from Terrapuri Heritage Village & chat with him๐Ÿ—ฃ๐Ÿ‘ค about his journey

Whyโ“โ‰๏ธ

You will be impressed as Mr Alex ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ผis very knowledgeable & passionate โค๏ธ in what he is doing for Terengganu old houses restoration & conservation ๐Ÿก๐Ÿ˜

 

 

Over the years, he ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ผhopes to continue & enhancing his project as a tourism products, currently he ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ผis running this Terrapuri Heritage Village as a boutique hotel resort space ๐Ÿก๐Ÿ˜ Owned a museum cafe dining ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿด (with advanced booking ๐Ÿ“žโ˜Ž๏ธ๐Ÿ“ฑfor event etc.) & an upcoming Terramalai, a collection of traditional Malay houses ๐Ÿก๐Ÿ˜ from all over the states in Malaysia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ &ย will be based in Batu Rakit, Kuala Nerus district of Terengganu ๐Ÿ˜

After bought each houses ๐Ÿก๐Ÿ˜, all will be dismantled & then rebuilt. All Terengganu old houses ๐Ÿก๐Ÿ˜ were built without โŒ a single nail ๐Ÿ”จ, it’s using the traditional “tebukย pasak” aka peg & joint technique with theย help from the professional skillful Malay carpenters aka “tukang rumah” in Malaysia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ ‘s national language ๐Ÿ˜€

 

He ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ผemphasised 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 ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿป๐Ÿง’๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿป๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿป

He ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ผhas shared that he was struggled ๐Ÿ˜ขโ˜น๏ธ๐Ÿ˜”to communicate, convince the house owners ๐Ÿ‘ฌ๐Ÿ‘ฌ๐Ÿ‘ฌ to sell ๐Ÿ’ฑ๐Ÿ’ฐtheir houses ๐Ÿก๐Ÿ˜ to him when he 1๏ธโƒฃst started his heritage collection. Reason being he is a Chinese Peranakan, not a Muslim โŒโ˜ช๏ธ He also proudly shared that he speaks fluent Terengganu Malay & this has helped a lot ๐Ÿ˜Š

Once he ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ผhas indentified โœ… the old house ๐Ÿ  that he is interested, he willย slowly get to know the local house owner 1๏ธโƒฃst. He is very persevere in his collection passion, he patiently kept visiting, communicating ๐Ÿ—ฃ๐Ÿ‘ค Then, after knowing him better & appreciate his passion โค๏ธtowards the Terengganu Malay old houses ๐Ÿก๐Ÿ˜, the house owner will sell their old house to him ๐Ÿ’ฑ๐Ÿ’ฐ eventually

 

Guess whatโ“โ‰๏ธ

There was an old house ๐Ÿ  that actually took him 15 years โœ…๐Ÿกย after many many communications with the owner ๐Ÿ—ฃ๐Ÿ‘คย Wowโ€ผ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ฒ It’s named as Rumah Pulau Bahagia in Terrapuri Heritage Village & yet to be ready as guest villa currently โ˜บ๏ธ

Mr Alex ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ผhas actually collected the old houses ๐Ÿก๐Ÿ˜ for 18 years (all being dismantled & stored at the backyard of his parents ๐Ÿ‘ต๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ด๐Ÿปhouse, 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 ๐Ÿ๐ŸŒด & Setiu mangroves wetlands (Safe from tsunami ๐ŸŒŠ & chance to view fireflies ๐Ÿ’ซโœจat night) in Kg. Mangkuk

 

He ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ผwas discouraged ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿปby family members & friends ๐Ÿ‘ซ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ฌ at the beginning that he shoud invest in other investment & not โŒ in restoration project. Also not in Terengganu as the location ๐Ÿ“that he has chosenย โœ…๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Restoration requires for a long time frame & huge sum of money ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ต to maintain. He actuallyย ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ผsold off his luxury cars ๐Ÿš—๐Ÿš™ & properties before just to continue this restoration project. No anyย โŒ bank loan/ Government grant has obtained becasue this is a non profit/ business investment ๐Ÿก๐Ÿ˜

His passion โค๏ธ in Terengganu old houses ๐Ÿก๐Ÿ˜restoration that motivates him to continue his journey till now, future & never end ๐Ÿ˜

Questionโ“: Do you spot a smiling ๐Ÿ˜ƒ craving in below photo๐Ÿ“ธโ“โ‰๏ธ

 

Terengganu Traditional Malay Old Houses ๐Ÿก๐Ÿ˜

From her chat ๐Ÿ—ฃ๐Ÿ‘ค with Mr Alex, she ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป has learnt that the balance โš–๏ธ is important in Malay belief, hence the height & wide of each house ๐Ÿก is required to have good ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป ukiran rumah aka house ๐Ÿ  measurement as it also meant for good ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป feng sui. To Mr Alex ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ผ, life is a balance too, not just about making money ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ต

The houses ๐Ÿก๐Ÿ˜ built with high legs to protect from flood & with aims to scard away the animals ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ…

The stairs (i.e. “tangga” in Malaysia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ ‘s national language) to each Malay house ๐Ÿ  must with an odd numbers eg. 3๏ธโƒฃ, 5๏ธโƒฃ, 7๏ธโƒฃ etc.

 

 

She ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป has learnt that there is meaning for Terengganu house ๐Ÿ  gate. She was told if you have bad intention (e.g. to rob the house owner) when you step ๐Ÿ‘ฃ into the house ๐Ÿ  , you may end up unable to see the house gate to exit then๐Ÿšช

Generally, the Terengganu Malay old houses ๐Ÿก๐Ÿ˜ are with beautiful ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ wall craving, Islamic โ˜ช๏ธ influences, more to flora designs, some stupa are more towards Buddhism โ›ฉ No โŒ devil craving motives

 

There are 29 houses ๐Ÿก๐Ÿ˜ in this Terrapuri Heritage Village since 2012 i.e. 20 houses ๐Ÿก๐Ÿ˜ have been restored as guest villas & the remaining 9 houses serve as the resort reception, courtyard, spa, meeting room, library etc. โ˜บ๏ธ

Actually he ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ผ has bought ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ต๐Ÿ’ฏ over houses ๐Ÿก๐Ÿ˜, only 29 units in this village while the rest serves as spare parts as most houses ๐Ÿก๐Ÿ˜ bought are only 70% able to be used due to extensively damaged & had rotting wood

Read more via ๐ŸŒ http://www.terrapuri.com/terengganu_classic_house.htm

 

Stay @ Kubang Jela House ๐Ÿก

As promised, SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป is gonna sharing her awesome 1๏ธโƒฃ night stay ๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ’ค๐Ÿ›Œ in this house ๐Ÿก

It’s 1๏ธโƒฃ of the biggest house ๐Ÿก (Super Grand Deluxe) with RM1.2K/night for 2๏ธโƒฃ pax (RM106/extra pax). This house ๐Ÿก is named with its place name i.e. Kubang Jela

Read more via ๐ŸŒ http://www.terrapuri.com/rooms_villas_rumah_kubang_jela.htm

 

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@siennylovesdrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป has learnt so much more about great ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป #sustainability #tourism for next generations ( #heritage #culture #architectural #art community ) personal journey from Mr @alexleeyunping ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ผ, the founder of @terrapuri & @cafe_terradala #cafe in #Terengganu, Malaysia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ He passionately #sharing his love โค๏ธ to Terengganu old houses ๐Ÿก๐Ÿก (without โŒ nails = "pasak" in Malaysia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ national language & with beautiful ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’—meaningful wood cravings) , the ups & downs of his pursuing journey. Old = above ๐Ÿ’ฏ years & some 200 years++ ๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ‘€ . . Guess whatโ“โ‰๏ธ He ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ผhas actually collected old houses ๐Ÿก๐Ÿก for 18 years by communicating several times to the owners before they agreed to sell the houses to him. 1๏ธโƒฃ of the house took him 15 years of communicating ๐Ÿ—ฃ๐Ÿ‘ค before he successfully bought it โœ…๐Ÿก, wowโ€ผ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ฒ) . . He ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ผ found this piece of land @ Penarik & buillt this heritage village in 2005. He actually bought 100++ old houses ๐Ÿก๐Ÿก 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 ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป attractive prices ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฐ as he ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ผ proudly told that he loves ๐Ÿ’— each house that he has collected & each 1๏ธโƒฃ is unique to him with a story behind respectively . . She ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป had a wonderful overnight in Kubang Jela house ๐Ÿก during her recent trip, do swipe left โžก๏ธ for more photos๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ“ธ in this album of her heritage stay, also clips ๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŽฅabout frying fish ๐ŸŸ crackers with sand, not oil, yes โœ… ancient heritage cooking style ~ so healthy๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป & the beautiful beach ๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ with tall coconut trees ๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒด right opposite the entrance of #terrapuri village๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’— . . Hmm…Stil thinking ๐Ÿ’ญ๐Ÿค” to expand her caption here, but but words limit by #instagram, so do stay tune her stay #vacation #blogging ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ“ via #blog link at bio ya ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ . . ๐Ÿ“ธ special thanks ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’— to housemates for a night ๐ŸŒƒ๐ŸŒŒ๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ’ค๐Ÿ›Œ๐Ÿ›Œ๐Ÿ›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 ๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ“ธย album posted above to view the beauty of Kubang Jela house ๐Ÿก

Kubang Jela house ๐Ÿก was built withย chengal wood & with 2๏ธโƒฃ big roofs. However, Mr Alex only maintained 1๏ธโƒฃ roof due to another was damaged

This house ๐Ÿก is meant for triple 3๏ธโƒฃ stay with beds ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ› & mosquitoes net, ceiling fan & air conditioning ๐ŸŒฌ๐Ÿ’จ

 

 

 

It’s fully equipped with writing โœ๐Ÿป desk, toilet ๐Ÿšฝ , hot & cold shower ๐Ÿšฟ , a wooden bathtub ๐Ÿ›€๐Ÿป , towels, batik sarong, Pandanus slippers ๐Ÿ‘ก, fridge, hair dryer, indoor electric mosquito killer, umbrella ๐ŸŒ‚

Also with complimentary ๐Ÿ†“ toiletries (soap, shampoo & shower gel) & mineral water bottles.ย You may request for iron & iron board from the reception counter upon of availability โœ…

She ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป loves ๐Ÿ’— her back to nature stay ๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿกwithout โŒ tv ๐Ÿ“บ , radio ๐Ÿ“ป , IDD phone ๐Ÿ“ž & wifi connection ๐Ÿ“ถ

 

 

 

 

It belongs to the head of the village ๐Ÿ‘ณ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™‚๏ธ 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 ๐Ÿ 

Not just that, it also hosted for many performances, similarily to langkasuka tradition from the old kingdom ๐Ÿ‘‘ i.e. with lots of cultures to influencing both Malay & Chinese communities including the Malay healing ๐Ÿ˜Š

 

 

 

Ohh ya…She ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป also has learnt from her stay here to fry fish ๐ŸŸ crackers with sand, not โŒ cooking oil

Yes โœ…,ย ancient heritage cooking style ~ so healthy๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Do enjoy a vlog ๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŽฅ captured for sharing ya

 

Advanced booking ๐Ÿ“žโ˜Ž๏ธ๐Ÿ“ฑis advisable especially in the months of July & Aug as lots of foreign guests ya ๐Ÿ‘ซ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ฌ

She ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป loves ๐Ÿ’— the beautiful beach ๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ with tall coconut trees ๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒด right opposite the entrance of this resort ๐Ÿก๐Ÿ˜

 

 

You may opt for visit with a RM22/ pax (min. 2๏ธโƒฃ pax) entrance fee with guided tour, refreshment, coffee โ˜•๏ธ / tea ๐Ÿต 10.30am or 3.30pm to visit this beautiful ๐Ÿ˜ heritage village ๐Ÿก๐Ÿ˜

Highly recommended ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿปfor 3.30pm, so that you can end your day with a beautiful ๐Ÿ˜ sunset ๐ŸŒ… @ coconut trees ๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒด beachside ๐Ÿ–๐Ÿย of Kg. Mangkuk

 

SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปย wishes to revisit this villageย ๐Ÿก๐Ÿ˜ย again to learn more about the Terengganu traditional Malay architecture ๐Ÿก๐Ÿ˜ย from Mr Alex ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ผ, it’s a pleasure to have a chat with him ๐Ÿ—ฃ๐Ÿ‘คย , he loves to share ๐Ÿ˜€

Address๐Ÿ“: Terrapuri Heritage Village, Kg. Mangkuk, Penarik, 22120 Setiu, Terengganu, West Malaysia
Website๐ŸŒ: http://www.terrapuri.com/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/Terrapuri/

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