A kelong is a Malay term for a house built on stilts over the sea. Kelongs were traditionally built by indigenous Malay fishermen who laid nets across the stilts to trap fish that swam towards or along the shallow coastline for shelter and food. Kelongs are thus extended quite far out from the shore towards the sea. These days, farms for fish, crab, prawns and other seafood can also be built in the form of kelongs, as fish are increasingly difficult to catch along the coastal waters.
On the last day of my recent trip to Batam (Indonesia), i woke up early subconsciously hoping to be in time for the dawn. The view of the kelong in the morning was marvelous. It was calm and cooling. A scene that set you into a mood of relaxation.
At 6am, dawn breaks over the horizon in a spectacular splash of beautiful vibrant colors, with breathtaking cloud formations that are reflected on the calm surface of the sea.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of the kelong would be the calming atmosphere it possess. The constant gentle slaps of the waves creates such an ambience it'd wash away all those stress from the busy urban life or any unhappiness in one's life. The scenery was truly a sight to behold from the night sky to dawn. Who could ever expect to see such magnificence in Indonesia.
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