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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More photos will be up soon in Tioman Island Retreat – Part 2! Stay tune!

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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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