Fed up of run-of-the-mill tour package deals and tourist hotspots? We hunted high and low for places that you’ve probably never heard of, and things you never knew you never knew. Check it out:
The Datuk Yusof Haslam Gerak Khas Museum
Fans of Malaysia’s longest-running TV show have to check out this unique museum in Ulu Klang, Selangor. This action series created by Datuk Yusof Haslam focuses on the trials and tribulations faced by members of the police force in Kuala Lumpur. Some of the show’s famous stars include Datuk A.C. Mizal, Angeline Tan, Rozita Che Wan, A. Galak and Fattah Amin.
Fans can play dress-up with famous props such as the gun used by A.C., bullets fired by Tan and feel the police shoes worn by Fattah. There is also a room dedicated to all the aviator sunglasses worn by the stars of the show.
Scripts from the TV show are also made available for fans to relive some of the show’s best moments. This place is your only chance to say lines like “Jangan bergerak!” and “Dengan penangkapan ini, kami berjaya menumpaskan sindiket itu” with style and confidence.
Don’t forget to pose for your selfies and wefies with the wax dummies of the stars, so lifelike they could win acting awards themselves.
Best of all, fans can also share their storylines at the Gerak Khas pitching centre with Yusof’s cousin, who may relay the idea to him! So what are you waiting for? Gerak to Gerak Khas Wax Museum now.
Dongal the Duck
In Kingstown, New Yak, a certain duck has become most venerated. Some people in New Yak believe the duck is a reincarnation of an esteemed and acclaimed leader that helped save local jobs and who single-handedly built a wall to keep out immigrants.
The duck is called Dongal (which means orange in the local language because of an orange chunk on its head). It is renowned for quacking non-stop. Researchers have noted that while the number of quacks may vary, Dongal will never quack more than 140 times in sequence.
“It’s a real tweet (sic) listening to Dongal,” said Willie McDufus who came all the way from Kentucky, the United States, to see for himself what the fuss was about.
Dongal, who normally sports a red tie, won McDufus’s seal of approval for its wardrobe choice. “Red is my favourite colour but Dongal sure looks better in a tie than I.”
While its diet is varied, the duck seems to have a love affair with poutine. It would do anything for poutine.
However, we were told that Dongal does not take kindly to certain species of chicken and that it would prefer if the chicken crossed the road to the other side.
When tourists and visitors meet Dongal, it’s not uncommon to hear reactions like “This is yuge”, “That duck is bigly for sure”, and “That duck knows quacks, it has the best quacks”.
The people of New Yak feel that Dongal the Duck has made New Yak great again. So if you’re planning to head to New Yak, why not make a stop to catch Dongal? Do check the schedule, though, as sometimes Dongal spends time on vacation in Wishingtown. Malaysians, you may need a visa to visit. And don’t forget to check in your laptops and cameras.
If you ever step into this remote village in Thalaiva, India, for goodness’ sake, never, ever let anyone catch you uttering the name Kamal Hassan. That is because the 800-plus people who live there wholeheartedly believe that the universe revolves around Indian superstar Rajinikanth. Anyone who states otherwise will pay a hefty price.
One of Thalaiva’s popular tales tells the story of Mark Anthony, who made the costly mistake of mentioning to his wife that he didn’t enjoy Rajini’s 1981 film Netri Kann. The wife then reported her husband to the village chief, and Anthony was exiled from the otherwise peace-loving village.
Altars at which the 66-year-old actor is worshipped are present in every corner of Rajinicherry, decorated according to the filmstar’s latest movie. It is not uncommon to see the villagers copying Rajini’s movie characters, namely the chirpy milkman in Annamalai (1992), the auto driver/don in Baasha (1995), and the scientist/robot in Enthiran (2010).
Resident Rajinicherry tailor Muthu Padaiyappa said that he had difficulties getting the men, women and children dressed up in three-piece suits in time for the release of Kabali last year. Nevertheless, it was surely a sight, seeing some of the residents working the padi fields in sharp, well-tailored suits.
Rajinicherry is also home to the Superstar Rajinikanth Super Duper Wax Museum that has, well, wax figures of Rajini in his various movie roles. Rumour has it that, once a year, the real Rajini visits the museum to play tricks on unsuspecting visitors.
Europa theme park
A successful Russian immigrant, Boris Klaunov, has built an amazing theme park called Europa in the town of Ringling, Little Bitten. What’s amazing about this theme park is that it is built as a giant “escape room” spread out over a vast and sprawling 200ha.
The park is divided into countries – Germany, France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Spain, and so on. Park visitors get to take part in games and, if they successfully complete a game within a country, they can move to the next. As it is quite exhausting, visitors can take breaks and have their meals in designated areas such as Scoutland and North Ironland.
Reactions from visitors to the park are mixed. Some were very happy for the experience and even happier to make it through the exit. Quite a few, upon exiting, said that it didn’t match their expectations.
A considerable number were unhappy at being dragged through the park and with the whole escape experience and wished they had never been forced to do so.
A vast majority said the instructions to head to the exit were very confusing and convoluted.
High, high up in the clouds, in the Uru-bulbasaur Province of Payroo, lie the ruins of the ancient city of Mochi Pikachu. It was once the capital city of the Inka, a mighty civilisation that displaced the native Pencila tribes.
Despite being ruined, Mochi Pikachu is still a beautiful city. Visitors can witness many ancient monuments erected to the Inka storm god, a giant rodent named Pikachu, after whom the city is named.
The local museum contains a great book containing the writings of this deity: unfortunately it appears to be Pikachu just repeating his name over and over again. Apparently, that was all he could say, a factor that led to the Mochi people’s spiritual decline. Other gods are the water turtle Squirtle, the fire lizard Charmander, the wasabi gorilla Haramboo, the aluminium earthworm Bukali, and the earwax politician Noisee.
The city centre also once contained a great bathhouse. Unfortunately, it was closed down in 1491 after a local festival, “Let’s Peek At Chu in Mochi Pikachu”, was condemned as being both indecent and a most awful pun. You can still catch fish in its abandoned fountains and pools: be careful, though, as people who raise these magical carps to too large a size are usually discovered eaten the next day.
Mochi Pikachu has risen in prominence again lately, as it was named the Promised Land of Pok’A’Mont Gaw – an ancient cult (established circa 2016) that was devoted to wildlife poaching and animal fighting, for some reason.
As it turned out, the ancient city was the natural habitat of various small, adorable animals, which attracted Pok’A’Mont Gaw followers by the droves. Many of these poor animals were captured and trapped in tiny spheres, or sold off to shadowy scientific researchers for candy. Fortunately, this cruel practice has since died down.
Also be careful of wandering around Mochi Pikachu’s woods at night, as their plants release toxic vapours: These cause a variety of diseases, and you do not wanna catch ’em all.