Friday, October 17, 2008

Idyllic Islands Part VII

One of the few final shots of Kampung (Village) Selat Bagan Nyior on Pulau Dayang Bunting

Some oitment bought at a gamat factory in Kuah, the capital of Langkawi. Langkawi is well–known for its gamat emas oil among the Malays. Gamat Emas (Golden Sea Cucumber) is a marine creature used by the Malays since a long time ago. Gamat is able to treat and defend itself biologically. It's said that if you cut gamat in half and then throw the halves back into the sea, the gamats will bind itself back into one.

Historically, women have used gamat emas as medicine after childbirth and surgery, wound healing, ulcer, chest pain, pneumonia and asthma. Scientific research have shown that gamat can be used as a painkiller and generate wound healing. Read more about this magical creature here:

Pretty seashells

Mid morning water by the beach, taken from the veranda.

We had a blissful break. We have been to Langkawi many times, but this trip was different than the rest. We experienced being coastal villagers first–hand; caught some seafood – cockles, crabs, fish, prawns, and even birds. Wasn't too keen with the humidity on the islands, though.

Farewell, idyllic islands of Langkawi. God willing, we'll definitely return. Squid scooping on a moonless night and a quest for island honey on our next visit, perhaps? I'd love to get more gamat products as well.


Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi :)

It appears you had a fantastic holiday. The best part is that you caught some live crabs and prawns. Did you get enough to cook and eat? Great experience!

Best wishes :)

skyjuice7 said...

We did, Joseph. We didn't even realise we were bitten by sandflies until we reached home when the bites started to itch and turn red. Had to shower using propolis soap and rub gamat cream on the bites. We've all recovered now.

Not just crabs and prawns, but cockles, fish and birds too. We had more than enough to feed all of us.

Have a great weekend! :-)