Short Trip to Cebu, Philippines

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Bismillah..

I haven't got time for any updates these days. Or sometimes I'll just write half way and stopped because I feel it wasn't good enough. I used to write during the wee hours during my study years; 3 am was my best time to write. But for the past few years, I wouldn't even have the energy to watch anime after work... I sound so old~

Looking at my posts about trips being so close to each other in this blog make it seem like as if I don't work at all haha Recently, I went to Cebu, Philippines for a short break during the long weekends of Labour day and Wesak. The idea was Mr. A's. Text him one morning asking if he has any travel plans for the long weekend and he replied "Tu la.. Macam nak pegi Cebu. Canyoning.." Voila! We got ourselves the tickets and got some other people to tag along. He did all the planning and booking and my role was only to print our boarding passes hehehe sanang hidop ai~


The flight from KK was actually scheduled at 6pm but was delayed for 2 hours so we arrived in Cebu at around 10.30 pm. It was a short flight, only 1 hour 50 minutes so it's really worth the amount we paid for the return ticket; RM 256.



I think, swimming with whale shark is like a must in everybody's itinerary. But I'm not that eager to do this again here. I don't quite like the overcrowded beach. And then the place is so noisy that you can't even hear the sound of waves. Everything was a hassle. Here, they'll take  tourists on a huge row boat that I think could accommodate about 20 people in each trip. Then there will be like 3 to 4 men rowing the boat towards where the whale shark is fed. And as for the divers, we walk into the sea from shore and I don't like that either because it's bad for my knee and the tank is extremely heavy and it felt like my vertebrae was about to collapse hehehe



Despite of all the things I disliked, though, I still think this is one of the most valuable diving experience. Well, I would have preferred an unexpected encounter and that will be even more elating, but this was cool enough.  I didn't expect it to be sooooo huge that I stopped breathing when the first one swam above my head. Mr S was the closest to me and I just sort of tugged his bcd. We are not supposed to stop breathing during scuba diving, you know.




It took me quite some time to get closer to this creature because the size is sooooo intimidating.  The above pic is the closest distance that we got but sadly Mr A mistakenly set the GoPro to camera mode so we only have still pics. But I got a video of myself so close to the whale shark but not as close as this but still good enough (^^)



And after diving, we went to the Tumalog waterfalls to refresh. Well, we were actually somewhat scammed by the dive company where they were suppose to take us for 3 dives but then we only got 1 dive.. But I don't want to talk about it because.. sakitnya tuh di sinih~ pedih~ hehehe

Tumalog is beautiful but again I have problem with the crowd. I didn't take a dip, though, due to personal reasons hahaha but I think it's worth the visit. You'll have to walk down a steep hill to get here, but then if you're worry about going back up, you can actually hire a motorcyclist (like ojek in Indonesia) for 30 peso.

The second activity is actually my most anticipated one. It was funny when my 2 roommates have no idea at all what we will be going through.. They thought we were going canoeing and I think their innocence was very cute



The journey is almost the same like the day before, around 2 to 3 hours drive. And our driver parked the van at a local church, got ourselves geared there and rode motorcycles to the starting point. The best thing is the adrenaline rush starts as early as the starting point where you have to jump off a cliff into the gorge. I guessed it was around at least 4 metres high. I was of course happy to jump!


It was a full day activity.. I don't know how to exactly describe it but it comprise of us jumping off cliffs (the highest would be around 6-7m), swimming in the gorge, swimming through small caves that has tiny white marble-like formations, sliding on slabs, walking on rocks and a short trek in the jungle towards the end of the activity.

The water was crystal clear. See my feet are visible there!


And at the end of it, we were served with the best food feast in the Philippines.  There was this giant grilled squid, sweet and sour fish, grilled fish, fried prawn, sauced prawn, boiled crabs, bananas, watermelon and coke! (Kalo food memang aku ingat berabis...)

And then the spare hours can be used to bath under the waterfall (^^)


We paid 300 peso for the raft. You don't need it if you can walk on water~ It's quite deep underneath the cascade and the force of the water is very strong. I gave up after a few minutes lying face down. At first it felt like a massage but later, it felt like someone was jumping on my back (^^")

I enjoyed it very much!

So for those of you who are interested to do the Canyoning,  the name of the company is  

7107 adventure and tour.

Our safety was their priority, the 2 guides were really friendly, and the food was fantastic. No complaints at all!

Pegi la pegi la pegi la! \(^^)/

Special thanks to Mr A untuk segala galanya hehe
If you read this post lah..


Laos; Mac 2015!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Assalamualaikum..


 Sa bai dee from Laos!!!! (^^)/

As you can guess from my previous post, just right below this one, February and most of March haven't been the best time for me

Many things happened and one particular event even made me reevaluate my future plans and sort of got it all off course. Walaupon ada sedikit rasa mo strangle the confounding factor, but then I must be positive that there must be something good to this...

Anyway, let me tell you a little bit about this trip although we are actually just on our 3rd day 

When I said we are going to spend 8 days in Laos, people were like "What are you going to do there that long?"

Truth is 8 days is not enough unless you just wanna spend it Vientianne and Vieng vang which are less than 6 hours car journey from each other.
We opt to go to the Souhern part of Laos and currently I'm lazing in a small cafe set on the bank of Mekong River. It was raining since sunrise so here we are... 

It took us 16 hours just to get from Vientianne to Pakse. Well we wanted to take the sleeper bus at first but since we were already at the station at 11 am so we decided to take the local bus which was supposed to be a 12 hours journey.


*this part was written in Pakse*


So how did we end up spending 16 hours on the bus? Kamu tengok la tu kobis berapa banyak.. Ada motosikal lagi..
This is the most flexible bus service that I've ever encountered.  They don't only take passengers but do errands as well. We stopped many times along the way to pick up packages and parcels (^^")

And yang paling nda bole blah...Bole ni driver brenti sejam lebih to help out his friend whose bus broke down by the side of the road. Tinggi btol sikap tolong menolong...

We arrived in Pakse around 4am and surprisingly there was this hotel which has no lights on and still opened, as claimed by the driver. I was reluctant at first because the sliding door was neatly shut but when I try to slide it open, it was unlocked!

A guy was sleeping underneath a mosquito net and we woke him up... Paid $8 for a 2 single bed fan room. Showered and dozed off for a bit and hit for the 4000 islands.

Okla... Mau smayang maghrib... Will continue this when I'm free..




~Gangguan Emosi~

Monday, March 9, 2015

Bismillah...

I'm feeling a bit emotionally unstable today due to several reasons... And I was telling myself maybe I could write something on my blog.. Who would read it anyway? But then when I looked at my recent blog traffic, there were 1000+ visit last month. Thus I will try to write this as subtle as I can.....


Part I


"She was awakened by the piercing sliver of sunlight that fell on her eyes. "I should've woke up earlier," she thought. She packed her things and set out in an easy and smooth trot. She was in no hurry to reach her destination but she wanted to start earlier on to get the glimpse of the velvet sky in the break of dawn that she love very much. She love it how the daylight victoriously claim it's place from darkness to its full glory. Turning the dark into velvet, then come the blinding tangerine and finally revealing the stunning azure. She thought that's how a human spirit should face challenges in life. Become the sun. Become her own light that uncovers the beauty that lies underneath every trial and tribulation.

Her mind drifted to the day when she faced the treacherous trader of the dessert. He was a man of power whose wants and desires cannot be denied, does whatever he please and oppresses the weak. On that fateful day, she saw a huge crowd at the entrance of the village market. Curious; she trudged her way through and found there was a woman of old age in the middle with her hands and legs tied. And next to her stood the treacherous trader of the dessert spilling words of ridicule, trampling the woman's dignity and honour. Nobody dare to interfere; the huge throng of people was only there to watch, listen and not offer help. She stepped out of the crowd into the middle of the ring and said "This has to stop!" And that was how she became an outcast. There was never a day that she regretted what she did. Because when she screamed the four words, all heads turned to her and so does the fury of the treacherous trader of the dessert. All attention was on the girl, the first ever person who stood against who is believed to be invincible..."


Part II

This one is going to be the straightforward part...
I am seriously tired of people asking me why am I not married yet... And I'm also tired of people trying to match me with people... And I'm saddened by the fact that nowadays if I get along with some guys who might have the same hobbies and interest as I am, people and even the guys I'm friends will think I'm on the hunt and as if my eyes are on them...

Belahlah dadaku.. Sunggoh tiada niat sebegitu..

I don't have the answer to when... Neither do I have the answer to why... I'm just not the kind who will go after every guy that seems like a potential suitor and woo them... And I'm not the kind who flirts around either...
I'm not sad because I haven't found someone. I'm sad because I am misunderstood...
Do you know how it feels?
Sakitnya tuh di sinih!


Allah knows best..
Bole tak tanye Allah rather than tanye ai?



Aceh Diving Trip

Monday, February 9, 2015


Bismillah...

I'm currently sitting on the balcony of my room which faces the ocean. It's full moon tonight, very windy and you can hear the sound of waves fiercely hitting the shores.. Honestly, I'm quite worried if the waves are going to be as big as today tomorrow. The fast ferry was cancelled due to rough sea and we had to take the big ferry which was slower. But still it was a bumpy and rocky ferry ride that many got seasick and puked..

Luckily I did not.. Just imagine.. The waves were so big that even as I stood on the deck I could feel water spray on my face..




We arrived on Sunday in Aceh after spending a night in KLIA2. 
There's this carpeted area in level 2 where everybody spread their sheets and sleep there. So we slept there with the other travelers but obviously it was not part of our plan because we were hurm.. ill prepared hahaha
It was really cold and by 3 am I was already shivering!
I got with me my sweat shirt and then I'd to take out one of my pashmina to make it my blanket while everybody else are all ready with sheets, fluffy blankets and pillows



We spent the whole day sightseeing; focusing on the 2004 tsunami remembrance attractions. 

"Kita mesti menginsafi kejadian tsunami!" Kataku sebelum bertolak.

But I had one of the most demoralizing experience ever! Hahaha I was not allowed to enter the Baiturrahman Mosque because I was wearing jeans! The exact words of the security guard,

"Kakak.. seluarnya ketat... Ini masjid..."

I was flummoxed!  I'd always entered masjid wearing jeans but was never stopped haha

So if you're planning to visit Aceh and visiting the mosques that survived the tsunami is in your itinerary, DO NOT WEAR JEANS.

Well I manage to enter and performed solat in the end because our driver told the guard that we are from Malaysia and I need to pray there..


We went to the beach in Lampuuk to watch the sunset and stopped by Masjid Rahmatullah before heading to the stalls which are famous for grilled fish. In the mosque there were still some cracked columns from the tsunami and the pictures of pre, post tsunami and during the reconstruction process.



At the beach there were small huts where you could sit crossed leg and enjoy grilled fish. 
Actually,  ikan bakar dia nampak biasa jak tapi sedap gila!!!!!! (^^)
It took some time for them to prepare the dish so I was a little too carried away with my own emotion while gazing at the coastline while my friend dozed off.

It was almost hard to believe that the land was once destroyed by the waves upon seeing how normal things are like around there. I know it's been a decade but looking at how they are now seems like it never happened at all. If it were not for the fish trawler and that big ship and the dome that got drifted away inland, there are barely trace of the catastrophe...

I was blinking away tears thinking how many lives were lost on the coastline where my eyes were laid on. I can't bear the lost of one, I can't imagine what pain the people here have endured from losing many loved ones in one fateful incident.

It was almost dark when we left the beach. The two men seated at the front were talking about the aftermath of tsunami. According to Pak Saiful, Banda Aceh changed a lot after the tsunami. Even though it was indeed an ordeal, if it weren't for that day, Aceh might not be as developed as it is today. He said, the people have very much improved in religion, in akhlaq, in education, in economy etc etc...

"Walaupon tsunami ini musibah tapi hikmah yang datang dengannya itu juga banyak ya pak.."



On top is the view from my room in Fina Bungalow. We booked a diving package in Rubiah Divers which include all transportation, accommodation and 5 dives. Meals were not included but there were very good food in the area where we were staying and the price were very cheap! Like around RM 15 per meal and for that you can get a very decent portion and delectable ayam penyet set and drinks. There was also this food stall where we like to buy pisang molen. How I wish we have it here in Malaysia



To be honest, I freaked out a little bit when I saw how small the diving boat was. I had some silly thoughts when we first board it. Because the waves were big, and there were 9 of us on the boat plus the tanks and the other equipment; I was actually thinking what would I do if this boat were to capsize hahaha

But the boat was actually totally safe. It rocked violently as we were set to jump off but it was alright. 2 divers have to back roll on opposite sides simultaneously to gain balance and I thought that was hurm.. cute hahaha

My favourite site would be Canyon because the corals are so huge there and there were a lot of beautiful colourful coral fish. Although they didn't come in large school but still they are beautiful. And my newest encounter would be the Devil Ray! Yeay!

It was quite far but it was big enough to be visible in that distance.


The three of us v(^^)v
Best jugak travel dengan dorang ni walaupon suka pegang handphone... After our second dive, I actually vomited.. Three times... And these guys were cool enough to held me tight as I vomit in the violent sea dan dorang pasrah gila berendam muntah aku hahahaha

"Jom balik bilik..."
"Awalnnye..."
"Ya! Supaya kamu bole maen handphone di bilik..."

Hahaha





Tanzania: Maasai Village

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Bismillah...

Alhamdulillah I've uploaded the first video from our Tanzania trip. I'm suck at video editing thus please bear with this super amateur video production hehehe

Anyway, this one was recorded while we were visiting a Maasai village on our way back from Serengeti. We were of course quite nervous; we didn't read anything about the Maasai before the trip and we didn't know what to expect. But we had a really good time there with Ponja, the Maasai chief as our guide in the village.

According to Stephan, the Maasai is one of the most popular tribe because they preserve their customs and cultures to this day. They still live in Maasai boma; a house made of cow dung and mud. And as we cruise along the road in Tanzania, we can almost always see the Maasai boys and men herding their cattle and goats..

So here is the video (^^)




Thank you for watching!

Tasmania: Mt Field National Park

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Bismillah

Okay now let's continue with our Tasmania trip.. First and foremost let me share with you one quick fact; Tasmanian wilderness is actually listed as UNESCO world heritage!!! \(^^)/

So, as I told you earlier I took no part in making the itinerary so I was clueless. But this was the first trip that we actually made a lot of changes to our original itinerary because when we got there, there were just too many things to see and do that we finally opt to go for nature and just leave the museums and forts for another day since we visited a lot of that in Melbourne.

On our first day, we chose to go to the Mount Field National Park, which was about 1.5 hours drive from our hostel. The streets were still very calm when we were getting ready to start. An old man, probably in his sixties were standing idly a few meters from our car. The engine was running, all of us were already inside the car and I was adjusting my seat and the mirrors when Mar said "GG jalan!" in a stern voice. I was of course surprised because it was not in MR's nature to suddenly become so tense early in the morning.

And when I turn to look at MR, there it was, the image of a male private part behind the passenger seat window. "OMAIGAD!!!!!!!!" And then I just stepped on the accelerator and sped off with the tires screeching. And when we reached the junction at the end of the street, RA was still clueless to what have happened. 

"Ko tak nampak ke?"
"Tak... Ape bende?"
"Kite pon rase pakcik tu pelik dari awal lagi.."
"So sekarang kite nak drive gi mane ni?"
"Hurm.. rasenye GG kene pusing la.. Macam sepatutnye U turn tadi.."

That was just how shocked we were to the old man's flashing feat (^^")
We had to turn a few blocks to get to the right street to exit Hobart and head towards Mt. Field National Park. We also stopped at Nando's to pack some lunch and was in the lookout for Woolsworth so we can shop some groceries on our way back later.



So the best thing about Tasmania is that you can get this National Park Passport at a reasonable price (that I don't remember how much) that will enable you to enter all the national parks and it includes your vehicle too.



We spent the whole day doing walks inside the park. We went to the waterfalls; Russel falls, Horseshoe falls and Lady Barron Falls.



Russel Falls

Horseshoe Falls

Lady Barron falls

And we did the Tall Trees Walk. And at one point of the boardwalk, there was this set of ancient looking binoculars that were once used to estimate the height of trees so we sort of played with it and tried to estimate the height of some of the trees there.


We had our lunch there in the forest and I asked a stupid question,
"Ade macaque tak kat sini? Nervous pulak nak bukak food..." 





And before leaving, we sat here and ate some sandwich.. There were kangaroos hopping around as we eat.

I say, nature lovers will definitely fall in love with the diversity of flora and fauna in Mt Field National Park. We had a very peaceful time as we pace along the scenic short walks that we didn't realize it was almost sunset when we finished. If we had enough time, we would have gone to the longer walks that will take you to the higher elevation but it will take a full day just to do that. 

She who fears destitute~

So on our way back we manage to stop at Woolsworth which was about to close in a few minutes and the others let me shop for food dan di atas ini lah hasilnya.. Actually this include some food that we brought from Malaysia.. But when SJ was around, we used to shop minimally and it was enough for everybody for the whole trip. Being me, I just binge shop to avoid starvation (^^")

And when we got back at the hostel, I parked exactly at the same spot that morning..
But then changed my mind and drove to the third parking space from that one when the song in the radio at that time sings like this...

"....Flashy people flash around..."
Hahaha I don't think that's coincidence.. that was a sign~ 

So next will be our trip to Mount Wellington and I will introduce to you "Jodoh Pasti Bertemu~" hahaha