Tioman Island Retreat – Part 3 *

The next two days was fun; we went to the Marine Park, duty free shops, walked along the beach, swam, snorkeled in the crystal clear water, took pictures and what not. We wanted to stay for another night but as we have commitments on Monday, we just stick to our plan and left Tioman on Sunday taking the last ferry ride at 12.00pm.

From Mersing, we took Kluang-Ayer Hitam route and later the North-South Highway to KL. We dropped by at Kluang to visit my husbands old school and Pagoh to have our dinner. We finally reached KL at 10.00pm.

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Tioman Island Retreat – Part 2 *

We finally boarded the ferry at 4.30pm sharp and the journey to Tioman Island took another 2 hours plus.

View from inside the ferry

Yassin busy playing gameboy in the ferry

Beautiful Mersing sky – can you see the rainbow?

Floating lighthouse

Fishing boat

Tioman from far

Tioman sunset

In the ferry, my husband and I discussed on where to board off (lol, everything was last minute!) We referred back to a flyer that the ticketing agent gave us. After a quick look at the map, we agreed to board off at Tekek Village. Tekek is a big village of ’em all as there is an airport there, no to mention the Marine Park Centre, as well as duty free shops. We knew we made the right choice as two local girls told my mom that Tekek is a good place to stay.

Tekek Jetty

We booked a ride to the beach area and was guided by a local man. We went to three chalet operators and chose to stay at Coral Reef Holiday. We booked 2 rooms; one for us and the other for my mom and aunt.

Coral Reef Holiday

View from our chalet; pen on Moleskine
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Tioman Island Retreat – Part 1 *

It was out of the blue when my husband suddenly suggested that we go to Tioman Island for a retreat after been working so hard lately. Initially, he suggested that we go to Sibu Island (not far from Tioman Island) but since there were not many choices of place to stay, we opted for Tioman Island instead. We didn’t made any calls or reservation as we were optimistic that there would be many rooms available as the school holiday hasn’t started yet. We invited my mom and my aunt to come along.

We left our home at 6am, with the hope to catch the 12.00pm ferry at Tg Gumuk, Kuala Rompin. It was a sudden plan so we did all the preparation last minute. My husband downloaded the route to Tg Gumuk from Google map and later upload it into his GPS tracking device.

The journey was fun as we got to see beautiful views.

Beautiful morning sky on the way to Kuala Pilah

Sunrise over the horizon

There is actually a village called Kg Geddes in Bahau. The name reminds me of Anne Geddes, the great photographer.

Exit 63 to Kuala Rompin

We reached Tg Gumuk at 11.30am and got a bit disappointed as the jetty is not operating at this moment. They are closed for the monsoon season and only will be open from January to October every year. We however booked ferry tickets and was told to get the next 4.30pm ride at Mersing Jetty. He also told us that Sibu Island will only be opened to public in December.

We reached Mersing at 12.30pm and after having our lunch, we just waited at the jetty for our ferry to arrive.

Lunch at a food shop nearby the Mersing Jetty

Yassin and his newfound friend, Alif, a local boy

View from the jetty (photo by Zaim)

We did our things while waiting: my mom and aunt exchanging stories, husband dozing off, Yassin with his Gameboy and me with my Moleskine sketching.

Mersing Jetty | pen on Moleskine
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Jalan-jalan Lake Garden

Went to the Lake Garden last weekend. Boy! I had to catch up with my husband and son, as well as my breath! I think I have put on a lot of weight! I dare not step on the scale. The last time (not so long ago) my husband forced me to step on a scale, ’twas scary!!

I felt heavy and need to lose back few kgs, therefore need to cut back on the fatty food and exercise more. I think walking is good coz I’m not up to jogging. I’m trying not to resolve on diet pills.

Here are some photos from Lake Garden. We were happily posing around leftover landscapes from the Malaysia’s Landscape & Garden Festival 2008.

My husband and son

I like this garden decor made up of stones & soils squares.

I think Johor had the most beautiful landscape presentation.
My husband is so agree with that, he’s from Johor

Posing inside Johor’s landscape area.

We thought we dropped by Tanglin’s food stall for ‘teh tarik’ but it was closed. Anyway, do you know that Tanglin Hospital is occupied by monkeys on weekend? There were hundreds of them, on the rooftop, the gates, all over!

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A weekend in Cherating, Pahang

Initially, my husband and I planned to head back to his hometown but he had a sudden change-of-mind and we headed east coast instead. We checked in a chalet upon arrival. The rate was quite high for a chalet but considering that it was situated in front of the beach, we wouldn’t mind. As we went inside the chalet, we were quite surprised to find out that there was no table or electric kettle! But we as we were tired, we just settled in for the night. We went to check out the food in the area afterward. There were three Chinese seafood restaurants and few small Muslim restaurants. We opted for the latter. The food was very very disappointing except for the grilled fish. It was yummy!

Waking up the next day, we were excited to explore the beach but got really disappointed when we found out that the beach was quite far from the chalet. There was a small swamp in-between. We felt even more disappointed to find a lot garbage, empty bottles and used diapers along the beach. Luckily there was a clean beach (in front of Kampung Inn) few meters away from the ‘garbage’ area. We camped there and Yassin got to built his sandcastle.

Yassin running around in front of the chalet

Yassin playing with sand

Yassin pretending to be a back-hoe loader

Managed to capture my favourite tiny creature!

Yassin and his dad building a sand tower!

In the afternoon, we checked out of the chalet and checked in a 3-star hotel (Residence Inn) nearby and it was far more better. For the same fee rate, we have coffee making facility and I got to boil water to make Yassin’s milk! Later in the afternoon, we drove along the main road in search of a more clean beach and found one at the end of Lorong Siti Nur Hasmah, situated about few kilometers from the chalets area. As for food, we went further up and found a good place to eat, Chendor R&R. We haven’t explored much of the eating places as our main idea was to enjoy the beach. That night we had dinner at the Inn. It was good despite the slow service. The Inn was supposed to have internet connection but we couldn’t get connected even after their technical department assisted the matter. We just watched the tv and settled for the the night. We checked out the next day and dropped by Lorong Siti Nur Hasmah once again to enjoy the clean beach and the great wind.

The beach at the end of Lorong Siti Nur Hasmah

Yassin made friend with a little kitten and fed him with Parmesan Cheesels. The kitten ate about six and ignored the last ring.

My tired baby!

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