This week, free rides in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor will come to an end. So I took a southbound route to Seremban last Wednesday to check out the vintage city. Seremban, the capital city of Negeri Sembilan, or the Ninth State, has its pretty perks.
The first thing I noticed was that the train station still had its original layout. To be honest, it's a very nostalgic feeling. Seeing the wooden-built station takes me back to my childhood. I recall riding the old Malaysian trains from this type of station on very rare occasions. Rustic!
I had my morning coffee at Heirloom, my favourite Seremban coffee shop. The cafe is actually the owner's old mansion. They turned their porch - or, more likely, the least used area of the house - into a cafe. I'm a sucker for this kind of idea. Nothing too fancy. Just good coffee, a relaxing atmosphere, and a homey ambience. I was able to finish some work here for a few hours before leaving to explore the city.
My advice is to always walk down back alleys rather than main roads. This way, you'll get a better sense of the town's backbone. Some hidden graffiti, old hotels with old mosaics, small shops around the corner, or even an abandoned building that retains its charm. I love seeing the foundation of this town. Like Hawkins but not Hawkins (enough with your Stranger Things obsession, Kerol). But if the Malaysian version of Stranger Things were to be filmed, this town would be the perfect location. For real! I would so prefer to retain these old vibes.
I/We don't need any more monstrous high rise structures.
Anyway, I only now realised. Is Seremban the original birthplace of the traditional game Batu Seremban played in Malaysia? Just asking.
Some Seremban shots for you. Check out more on my stories. I have highlighted them. Thanks!
I was reminisced of my outings to Pangkor Islands when I was walking through the streets of Seremban. Despite their geographic isolation, the moods these two towns create are somewhat similar. The journey was documented in Issue 7, Malaysia & Indonesia via Misi Mencari Melayu.
If you haven't already, feel free to look through the copy.