In Sight Johor: Parit Jawa, Muar

Since I’ve not posted anything for the last three months, I thought I’d share some photos of my day trip to Parit Jawa, a river town on an estuary that opens out to a seemingly endless sea.

The majority of its residents are engaged in fishing and other related activities. You can see lots of fishing boats moored alongside the quay.

A short walk around this river town will take you past seafood restaurants, old shop houses, boat repair workshops, a mosque and two Chinese temples. There’s even a Fishermen’s Association established in one of the old buildings.

What I like about this place is that it has remained largely untouched and retained its rustic simplicity. Visiting Parit Jawa brings back the nostalgic feeling of being transported back to the 1950s. Life here appears to be relaxed and easy-going. During hot afternoons, it’s not unusual to find some senior residents chit-chatting and enjoying a game of Chinese chess in one of the restaurants. The younger folk, on the other hand, prefer to get on their motorcycles and round the vicinity for a bit.

Migratory birds like egrets and swallows scour the area in the evenings when the tide is out and the weather cooler. They compete for food with the many wild monkeys who seem to be everywhere – by the road side, on top of roofs, mangroves and exposed sea rocks.

Parit Jawa is known for its seafood, and in particular, a dish called Asam Pedas. Translated directly, it means “sour and spicy” where the method of cooking fish is not by frying or grilling, but by boiling the fish in spicy, sour broth.

There is little doubt that this fishing village is a haven for fishing enthusiasts and bird photographers. It’s a nice getaway from urban life and makes for a great nature outing with the children.


4 thoughts on “In Sight Johor: Parit Jawa, Muar

  1. I’m so glad you chose to break your virtual silence, Helen. 🙂 I love the way your photography has evolved over the years. I particularly loved the shot of the knotted rope. Why don’t you document more trips like these? I’d always be interested to read about them.

    1. The silence was not a sign of protest. Rather, a lack of inspiration as there didn’t seem anything to write about. I haven’t done any overseas travelling since the beginning of 2017 and my camera was beginning to get mouldy. In any case, all that is going to change as I will be flying to Japan to climb Mt. Fuji in early August. Hope I get out of the mountain alive to be able to write about the experience and share some photos! 🙂

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