Pulasan aka king of rambutans

Pulasan is scarcely found on sale except an occasional appearances on hypermarkets and roadside stalls. It is a seasonal fruit and available around the middle of the year. I do wish they would plant more pulasan trees. I prefer pulasan than rambutans. However, price is a factor. The above pulasan was bought from the Tapah […]

North-South Highway rest stop – Tapah


Does the above photo resembles a holiday resort with natural brick works, palm trees and all things tropical? What if it has a nice play area, Dunkin Donuts, Baskin Robbins icecreams, koi ponds with blooming water lilies and a few cafes serving different type/price of foods? Great place, right?

Well, that is what the North-South Highway rest stop at Tapah looks like.

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I tried googling for more reliable information on langsat but I do not find much. If there is, there seems to be some confusion with buah rambai.

So, let me try explaining what langsat is. The above is a bunch we bought recently. It is supposed to be from Baling, Kedah which has the reputation of producing the sweetest langsat in Malaysia.

Well, I read on the net that langsat originates from Malaysia.

Origin and Distribution

The langsat originated in western Malaysia and is common both wild and cultivated throughout the Archipelago and on the island of Luzon in the Philippines where the fruits are very popular and the tree is being utilized in reforestation of hilly areas. It is much grown, too, in southern Thailand and Vietnam and flourishes in the Nilgiris and other humid areas of South India and the fruits are plentiful on local markets. The langsat was introduced into Hawaii before 1930 and is frequently grown at low elevations. An occasional tree may be found on other Pacific islands.


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Welcome to Malaysia Best Net

Like all good hostesses, I would like to welcome everyone to the lastest blog – MalaysiaBest.net. Have some coffee and some local kuehs, please. More details why this site has a face lift later. I suppose regulars visitors may be able to guess this blog is a spin-off from which blog, right?

St. Anne Church, Bukit Mertajam

St. Anne Church in Bukit Mertajam is a Catholic church located on the mainland of Penang. It is like a tourist spot because of it’s beautiful structure which has Malaysian style architecture. It has beautiful Minangkabu style roofing and is beautiful from inside the church.

You can read more about St. Anne and the annual feast from Tourism Penang’s site. The author, Adrian Cheah has written a very detailed history of the church and also the explanation on the St. Anne’s feast which draws busloads of pilgrims to the church.

I was there two nights ago and managed to snap a few photos.


This is the front of the main church. A Mandarin mass was being celebrated and the church was filled with parishioners.
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