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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Tioman retreat

This space is due for an update...
Nothing much happening apart from the trip to Tioman over the Labor Day weekend. Not really the most ideal place for a holiday but i needed to get out of the office and out of the city to relax and get some fresh air.

The journey started from 9pm Thursday night. KahHean was suppose to arrive at about 7pm but the whole of KL decided to be on the road that night which resulted in a parking lot the size of KL. We barely made it for our 10pm bus; and that to after parking the car somewhere and taking the LRT down town. The bus trip as bumpy and i can set my seat down; which resulted in me unable to get some decent sleep durin the 5 hour tplus journey. Arrived at Mersing at 330am. Having being in the city for most of my life, i can't accept the fact that there are no 24hour mamak and cybercafes. To add to that, i dont think i haven't been into a town so infested with Mat Rempits and CATS!!!! yes. CATS.
So we sat at the only eatery which happens to be opened at tha time till 7am after rounding the town to a motel to bunk in. I swear if I was walking there alone that time, i wont be here typing this blog.

After waiting for some 8 hours our boat finally left Mersing at around 1130am for another 2 hour journey to Tioman. This makes some 12 hours plus of traveling and waiting.

Im kinda lazy to type further so heres a summary of it.
1st day: Arrived at island and being ushered to our chalets at Paya Resort; which was appropriately named as we are nearer to a paya than to the beach. A quick lunch and we headed over to a stream which as named Rock Falls. Went for a quick dip in the cool stream water. Refreshing it was. Headed back to some beach volleyball which as one some sandy ground rather that being on the beach. A quick dip into the sea, a decent dinner and we are done for the day.

2nd day: Woke up, quick breakfast before heading out to sea for our snorkeling session. As the 1st stop was crowded, we ended up at the duty free shop where we stock up on some booze for the BBQ dinner later that day. Did i mention the booze in Tioman was almost dirt cheap? Back to the point. We stopped for the "marine park" to snorkle 1st. Yes there are quite a lot of fish to see and its a good place to go snorkle, if u enjoice being stung by jellyfish, swimming into other people and seeing nothing on the seabed but sand. The marine park failed to impress me. Next snorkle stop is at more open waters. This one place made up for the dissapointment for the 1st snorkel site. Seabed was filled with corals, lots of fish to see. That is basically the end of the day as we headed back for a good rest and fantastic ice cold beer. BBQ dinner was decent and be bunked in after taking in some booze.

3rd day: After a quick breakfast, headout to this small island which is accessible when the tide is low. Enjoyed the cool morning breeze and work ourselves over rocks to the other side of the island. As the sun got higher and getting hotter; nothing beats a nice dip into the sea. Head back to the chalet for some rest before heading out for what i think is the best ramly burger i ever had. A quick nap before 430 to catch our boat back to Mersing. Had dinner and waited till about 10pm for the bus back to KL.

Im kinda lazy to upload pictures, no thanks to the crappy internet connection these days. For those who had me in FB, just look for it.