Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Pulau Perhentian - Excitement vs Exhaustion

22 May 2009 @ Putra Bus Station, Kuala Lumpur

Roughly one year after my first horrific trip to Pulau Perhentian, here I go again.

This time, the gang I went with has a little mixture. My usual TM gang, WoonLee's good friend - Ah Yung, WoonLee's sister and her boyfriend and his friends. Nevermind the people, let's get on to the fun part.

AiLing, Desmond, Alwen and his girlfriend

23 May 2009 @ Kuala Besut, Terengganu

Just like last year, we departed from Putra Bus Terminal at night, and reach Kuala Besut at dawn. We went to the only shop that's open at that time and had our breakfast.

Everyone looks terrible as we didn't get much sleep in the whole bus trip. Especially me who still has the trauma of previous incident. I keep waking up from my rest whenever the bus took a turn or making an abrupt brake.

other tourists waiting for the jetty to open

It was raining when the sun is finally up. We walked to the Kuala Besut jetty and took a speedboat to Pulau Perhentian. Yay!!

Everyone in the trip except AiLing and Desmond - total of 10 people

The wind wasn't as strong as last year, the boat ride wasn't as bumpy as last year. It was quite a smooth sail all the way to our resort - Fauna Bay Resort.

We checked in and rested a while and quickly run out to the beach to shoot some photos.

Empat Sekawan

JooLi and I on a huge rock

Me and the big "rod"

Riding on the "rod"

Titanic Me and Yung version

The five of us then make shits turtle eggs from sand. Then we started making funny stuffs using sand.

Yung wanted to make a huge turtle, and all of us lended him a hand in the success of shaping a out of shape turtle.

Me, JooLi, Yung, WoonLee, HanChin

After a bit of rest, we get changed into our swimwear and head to the sea! Our guide brought us to a shallow place for Snorkelling lesson 101. Half of the people there have the experience of snorkelling already while the other half was getting a hang at it pretty quickly.

Everyone in the sea

Not many photos taken during the expedition to the deep sea, as we're afraid of dropping our cameras into the water. Snorkel, snorkel, snorkel and we head back to the shore.

We got hold of a volleyball on the beach and played The Monkey Game. 3 monkeys were supposed to try to get the ball being passed around the "humans". Haha..

It was pretty fun. A lot of splashing, pushing, grabbing and laughing. Everyone was really exhasted after the game.

We cleaned ourselves up, ate, planned to walk along the beach later in the night but didn't make it. Everybody just drop dead on their beds. Zzzz... Dozed off till the next morning. Billy, out.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Happy Burstday Eugene!

19 May 2009 @ Little Penang Cafe, Midvalley Megamall

TM Gang gathered once again for another holy celebration - Eugene's birthday aka Mr. Dude.

We had dinner and took photo using the big mirror inside the shop. This is called syok sendiri di depan cermin.

Well, after that, cake is presented to birthday boy. Since he likes to play jokes on people. We had little pranks for him too.

First, we had magic candles whereby the fire is very hard to put off. He blew, and blew, and blew... and yet the fire lights back everytime. We had to throw the candles into the cup of water to put off the fire as the we're making the shop very very smokey.

The cake - Black Magic Cake. Very rich yummy dark chocolates. Slurpz~

It's present time! First up, we gave him a cheapskate-home-made gladiator OST. He has been trying to look for the original CD but couldn't find in any of the shops he went to. I guess he likes the CD a lot.

The surprise came in when we bought him a Nike green t-shirt. Wanted to buy the Eugene Jacket but couldn't get the right size and colour for him.

Per usual, the tradition goes on. Birthday guy taking picture with everyone present.

Dude and WoonLee

Dude and me (his ex-ghey partner in Taiping)

Dude and JooLi

Dude and TaiKor Wilson

Dude and Mike

Dude and HanChin (ex-ghey partner in Bangsar)

Dude and Cheryl

Another simple celebration with TM Gang. Cheers! Billy, out.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Reminiscence of Living in Malacca

16 May 2009 to 17 May 2009 @ Malacca

The title doesn't suit me very well, but it sure does bring back lots of old memories for the rest of the gang.

Yup, TM Gang headed out for another trip in May - Malacca. It's a coincident that most of us will be at Malacca on that weekend, so we asked HanChin and Mike to join our food trip as well.

After a tiring day for Team W power 4 in the treasure hunt earlier of the day, we checked into our hotel and rested till night time. Then we head out for dinner at a satay celup shop and then dropped by a mamak shop for its roti naan.

Then we walked to Jonker Street. On the way there, we took photo at The Baba House - where WoonLee stayed in her previous visit.

As far as I remembered, I have not been to Jonker Street. Yes, my first time there. After walking around, Eugene brought us to this shop for cendol. And we took a random 1-5 photo.

1. William

2. Mike

3. Wilson aka Tai Kor

4. HanChin aka Senior

5. Eugene aka D' Malaccan

The cendol was way too sweet and the gula melaka did not melt properly. Anyway, we head back to our hotel as everyone's pretty tired. We had to cancel our plan to drink at Ringo's.

I think Jonker St. is quite interesting, kind of like Petaling Streeet in KL. When I was there, there were people singing and performing on stage and numerous people were actually sitting in front of the stage enjoying the performance!

Cendol - in Lomo effect

WoonLee got a lomo camera for her birthday and I would say the effect of lomography is quite unique. I'm not investing into lomography but I tried faking one myself - using photoshop. Hehe... What do you think?

Cheryl, HanChin, WoonLee, JooLi, me, Mike and Wilson at Cendol Shop

In the middle of the night, we got hungry again and drove to McDonald's for supper. We just can't leave McD alone wherever we go aye?

Day 2, our tour guide Mr. Eugene brought us lunch and berwindow-shopping at Dataran Pahlawan Melaka Megamall. It's a new shopping mall in town. Malacca has changed a lot since the last time I went there, more than a decade ago.

One thing that didn't change was the A'Famosa fotress. How can I not take photo with this landmark when I'm in Malacca?!

After cooling ourselves down in the air-conditioned mall. We drove to Multimedia University!! All my friends have studied in this campus, except me. Well, it was a great opportunity for me to visit this place that they all have been talking about all along.

First stop - Siti Hasmah Digital Library.

Ah, Eugene is finally in a photo

We walked up to the lecture halls. Couldn't resist a jump shot.

lecture hall

hostel blocks

football field and some apartments nearby

the engineering geeks

Another group photo before leaving the place

Before leaving Malacca, we went to queue up at this shop that is famous for its Char Siew. We also ordered other dishes for dinner.

Wow, the Char Siew is really the best Char Siew in the world. No wonder there's always a long queue of people outside his shop just to buy his Char Siew.

The food trip in Malacca was pretty enjoyable, though everyone was quite tired. But there were a lot more good food in Malacca that we haven't try. So I believe Malacca Food Trip - Part 2 will be coming pretty soon, hopefully. Billy, out.

P/S: Thanks a lot to Eugene for organizing this trip and touring us around. Credits to Eugene also for some of the photos above.
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