Ahead of us at the restaurant, a family of four adults and two kids were registering their vouchers. Turned out they had only 4, and will have to pay some preposterous amount for the little children to eat. What the heck - we gave them our extra vouchers. They were ever so grateful but anyone would have done the same. And it was the season of joy and good cheer; the waiters were wearing santa headgear too.
You'd expect Nasi Dagang at the buffet table in Terengganu but I was disappointed. Is it that humble a meal unworthy of a four-star hotel? There was chinese-style fried rice and fish porridge though, plus the other usuals. But they tasted OK so we ate our fill and went on our way.
Honey, they shrunk the mosques! What? Where? At this place they call the Taman Tamaddun Islam (Islamic Civilisation Park). Seriously. Here are some pictures.
Sitting at one of the doors of the "Herat Mosque" of Afghanistan
Inside the "Dome of the Rock" of Jerusalem
Other scaled replicas of historic Islamic monuments include
Taj Mahal, Agra, India
Al-Masjid al-Nabawi, Medina, Saudi Arabia
Masjidil Haram, Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Qolsharif Mosque, Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia
Mesjid Kuddus Mina, Kudus, Indonesia
Xian Mosque, Xian, PR China
Pattani Mosque, Pattani, Thailand
Al-Hambra Mosque, Córdoba, Spain
Aleppo Citadel, Syria
Badshahi Mosque, Pakistan
Masjid Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
The monuments are set in splendid gardens overlooking the Terengganu River estuary
Of course, the Crystal Mosque is located on the park grounds as well, at the other end.
Friday afternoon and nowhere to have lunch. Kuala Terengganu was on near-total shutdown mode. We drove around and found a place in Kuala Ibai opposite the Taman Awam Lagun Ibai.
Masjid Terapung - another Terengganu icon at Kuala Ibai
It was to be a day for sightseeing only - no shopping, as the Craft Complex was closed and Pasar Payang looked deserted.
Stadium in ruins from an ancient civilization - not in Terengganu
Stadium in ruins from modern times - in Terengganu
But by evening things came back to normal especially at Pantai Batu Burok when the area was jammed with holiday-makers. We came back there later in the night to enjoy a very tasty seafood dinner at Restoran Nil.
Nothing nil about it - not even the cost!
And so ended our christmas outing...