Monday, April 27, 2009

Life's a beach

This is the kind of post where I talk non-stop about my life, and flooding it with photos of what I did and shamelessly reveling every moment of it.

Okay, so me and the girls went to Redang Island last week. On the day of our last examination paper itself, we headed to Terengganu for a painful 7 hour bus ride. Note that painful is a super understatement. Feeling really conscious about my bladder, wanting so bad to sleep, and trying hard to block off Malay 90s rock music from terrorising my ears was just...pure torture. We finally reached our destination literally stale and antsy at 5.30am and had to wait for another 4 hours for our ferry. This is us forcing a smile.

We finally reached our resort around noon, and guess what the worst thing could happen on a scorching hot day? A receptionist telling us that our booking had been canceled. I felt like I'd rather drown in the waters of Terengganu than take a ferry and bus back. But eventually, everything was settled. I can live longer.

The first thing we did was of course went to see our neat sea-hillview room. Five minutes later, it became a pigsty.

After not having the ability to clean oneself within the time span of 18 hours, I was fresh and no longer easily agitated. And I finally felt pretty in the photos with makeup on. After we got tired of taking vain photos of ourselves in the room, we finally headed down to the beach.

The beach was just breath taking. It's all those cliched description of the beaches you imagined going in your English or BM essays in school. Literally white sands and a perfect gradation of blue from the beach to yonder. Just breath taking.

And the water? Crystal clear. Pardon my cliche.

So we did what we do best for the next 3 hours.

Taking outrageous photos. Shamelessly.

Later that night we planned to have at least one grand dinner in this ridiculously expensive resort (our room rate was a steal anyway, courtesy of Jowie's mother's membership status). This was what we had:

It's a nasi goreng with two pieces of prawns, two sticks of ayam percik (if I'm not mistaken), a tiny lump of mango kerabu and some fish crackers. And it costs RM28.
I just felt obliged to eat the two pieces of prawns which I knew I would get itchy lips and stomach discomfort later on. And yes, I did get itchy lips and stomach discomfort.

Feeling disgruntled with the food, we comforted ourselves with a bottle of ice wine at night which was obviously scarce in amount and played cards and eating peanuts as bets ('coz we're just not too generous). It was an aite night. Though it could've been better if we were not too beat and had more alcohol. The plan to get hammered was sadly canceled as a can of Tiger costs RM21.

The next day was our snorkeling day. We were so vain we had to put makeup and contact lenses on. And for the whole time, I kept reminding myself not to rub my eyes so as to avoid the eyeliner from smudging and the contacts from falling. We were brought to five tiny islands. The water was so freakin' clear, you can actually see the bottom of the sea and feel acrophobic. Other than that, the view was just magnificent beyond words. All these times I thought the peak of Mount Kinabalu view is the most beautiful scene on earth (or in Malaysia); well, this could easily trump it. I could just stay afloat forever and die of mesmerization.

We were brought to another area of the waters to look at turtles. Turtles! I saw five of it, and one just swam below me. It was awesome. And if you're about to ask me did I touch 'em or piggy ride on them, NO, we can't do that. It was such a surreal sight, 'coz you only get to see them on the Discovery Channel. It was majestic.

After that, we were brought to another part of the island. By this time, I badly, badly needed to pee. Don't judge me. The water was still clean and sparkly.

Our second last stop was Laguna Beach, which was the other side of the island. And you can guess what we did for an hour.

Finally, we were brought to the Marine Park. By this time, I wasn't keen on snorkeling anymore as I was given a defect snorkeling mask (I misplaced mine) and the water kept flowing in. So we just chilled by the beach and laughed ourselves silly when the wave push as back like a bunch of retards.

So it was finally time to go back to the resort. To redo our makeup for our next photo-taking session playing at the resort's beach. The Bobbi Brown pot eyeliner introduced by Jowie was a wonder though, it didn't even smear nor smudge:

My eyebrows were gone by the way.

Next stop: the resort's beach. It was fun acting not our age, splashing water at each other and do some mud slinging. And of course, more pictures.

As the sun sets, we decided to leave the beach...and jump into the swimming pool. We love water.

Half an hour later, we got shooed from the pool as it was closing time. The resort was organizing a BBQ party which only left us drooling in despair. So we just head out to a warung outside the resort and bought nasi goreng that costs as its supposed to cost.

By the time I took my shower, I realised how tanned I became. My legs looked like they were gloved with black stockings. And I thought that I should have a nice warm bath, but instead, it scalded my burned body. By right, it wasn't even THAT hot. Bad idea.

The next day, it was time to leave paradise. We had to wake up at 5 in the morning to get ready for our 7am ferry ride back to the mainland. Now that wasn't fun at all. By the time we reached Kuala Terengganu and settled in for another 7 hour bus ride, I became an undead.

Hence ending our awesome trip to Redang Island.


Mohd Sharazi Zulkeffli said...

i am going to Pulau redang during the school holiday. I can't wait for that.

chegu carol said...

pulau redang, u're next!

Melancholic Fool said...

i am sooo jealous...

♥ AnnieMing ♥ said...

waaah.. why i dint think of going there when i was still in shah alam? yish.. im jelous & full of regret!

asriharif said...

amanda... do u know that worms can get into ur body via ur rear end while sitting on the sand with only 'santut' on?

hahahha nanti sia pun mau pigi sana!! yeay!

Amanda Christine Wong said...

yeah everyone, u guys MUST go there! Asrih! why must u share scary medical facts on happy trip? :P

sHeiLa said...

eh..what's the name of the resorT? Berjaya ka?

raymond said...

hmmm ... you sexy~

Amanda Christine Wong said...

yup, berjaya :)

MeMeR said...

Wanna go!!!!