Monday, June 25, 2018

Perhentian Island (Big Island)

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Today’s post is about my trip to Perhentian Island (Big Island) with my friends. It was my first time going to an island so of course I felt so excited!

We were all four, Una, Malin, Ainun & me. The trip was booked by Malin which cost RM195/pax for 2 days 1 night. This package included return boat, hotel & snorkeling.

We went to Terengganu from Kuala Lumpur on 27th of April, right after we back from work. It was really tiring plus the traffic jammed in KL took so long. I slept for most of the time along the journey & my friends were like, “Arinaaaaa, how can you sleep for so longggg, aren’t you excited oh my God…” Well, I should use this opportunity of not having to drive, I turned on my hibernate mode. I just woke up when we stopped at RnR to eat. Eat & sleep, that is so me.

We arrived at Kuala Terengganu around 11.30 pm, we stayed at Ainun’s house until the next morning.

We departed to Besut around 10.30 am after having our breakfast (big thanks to Ainun’s mum for preparing us food) & arrived the jetty around 11.30 am. We then waited until 12.30 pm for the boat. The journey took around 1 hour to arrive Perhentian Island.

Sadly Piya (Ainun's niece) was upset that she couldn't follow us. Sorry Piya.

Nur Fitri Afiah (Piya)

As we arrived, I was so amazed to see how beautiful the island was though the weather was extremely hot for me that luckily I wore my sunscreen. Girl will always be girl.

We checked in Coral View Resort. We booked for 2 rooms because there was no more big room for us four. So Malin partnered with Una while Ainun with me.

We were scheduled to go snorkelling at 2 pm. We just managed to be prepared right after checked in the hotel room without having enough time to have lunch. I had no idea that this was where something bad me.

I just managed to snorkelled at 2 checkpoints, then a wave of nausea engulfed me. I held it in very hard. I decided not to join them to the other checkpoints & just stayed in the boat. I felt terrible enough, because I snorkelled with an empty stomach which I shouldn't.

My friends be like, "Hold on, Arina. Hold on. We will make you food later when we arrived." As we arrived, I sat at the jetty because I felt like fainting. So extremely dizzy. Malin came & massaged me just so I could feel a little bit better.

Feeling a little bit okay, few minutes after, my friends & I felt excited when we saw a shoal of fish! We gave them pieces of bread & took some photos.

We went back to our rooms right after that, clean ourselves & gathered to eat!

We just eat instant noodles while waiting to eat proper food (lol) after Maghrib. 

Oh ya, here you need to order for hot water from the reception counter because there is no electric jug kettle in the room. The hot water is free of charge.

After Maghrib, we went to the resort's restaurant. This was unplanned because we already expected how pricey the food could be but we need rice!!! Our stomachs couldn't handle this emptiness anymore.

You have no idea how we confused ourselves by thinking,

"Ish takpe ke ni membazir makan mahal?"

"Ah bedal la kita bercuti kot ni!"

"Ish tapi tak rasa bersalah ke?"

"Peduli apa aku, lapar dah ni!"

So yeah, here we were, ordering Tomyam (RM19++), Pattaya Fried Rice (RM16), USA Fried Rice (RM16), canned drinks (RM4 each). We ate by the beach, windy with the sound of waves. So calm.

Then, we went near the beach, lying on the sand, watching the stars. Like seriously the sky was so incredibly beautiful that night! Full of stars!

We kept on silent, more to layan perasaan time. I felt quite sad, because there was actually something I needed to let go, to move on from. I pray to Allah that it would be easier. Alhamdulillah, my heart was broken but Allah gave me strength. 

After that, we all gathered at our (Ainun & me) room & we had fun conversation with snacks on our bed! 

We slept around 12 am, I slept later than that, tak sedar diri esok kena drive.

The next morning, we prepared ourselves trying to look so elegant kononnya because that was our last day! That day was quite unexpected because I bumped into Aida, my batchmate during my studies at IPB. How small the world could be... (Thank you for running towards me & hugged me!)

& also got a moment when we were all panicked just because we thought the boat already left. Luckily not...

We left the island around 12.30 pm, drove back to Ainun's house, having lunch (thank you again Ainun's family!) & straight went back to KL with me driving 150km/h (please don't do this).

I couldn't forget when we gave Una a chance to drive after years of not driving. Big thank you to Ainun for teaching her so calmly I almost slept at the back.

Alhamdulillah we went home safely.

Our final expenses, RM195 (package) + RM67.70 (petrol + tolls) = RM262.70 per person. Hope this helps!

& here our photos, till next time!

Oh ya, I managed to play with Piya before going back, she told me, "Kakak nanti datang sini lagi tau."

In Shaa Allah cutie!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Gunung Ledang, Tangkak

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Gunung Ledang or Mount Ophir is the tallest mountain in Johor which is located at Tangkak, Johor. Mount Ophir was my second experience in hiking after Broga Hill which is my first time hiking a mountain.

Height : 1, 276 metres
Difficulty : Medium to hard

Via : Asahan

I chose this mountain probably because it is located near my house so...why not I give it a try, right? Though in the beginning, I was not really confident because Mount Ophir is Malaysia's 6th most difficult mountain to climb & it was just my second time of hiking. I felt like it was too much but I told myself, "Just go for it, you can do this." How optimist...

So I planned it with my friends, Amir, Fitri & Nizam. This time I was not the only girl because my sister, Dina also joined us. We joined a trip which we found on Twitter, dealt with the person in charge we called 'Bear'.

We were so excited that we even bought Gunung Ledang t-shirts together!

We gathered at Hutan Lipur Gunung Ledang around 7 am to collect the shirts, changed, had few photos of us & warm up before the journey started.

We started hiking around 7.45 am. Our hike started with loads & loads of stairs! They call it as Tangga Mahligai which consists around 700 flights of stairs. Stairway to Heaven, huh?

After that freaking stairs we reached the first checkpoint, Bukit Semput. Here, you can see everyone 'semput' already. Some even said that it was hard. Well, you can't be walking up through stairs for few minutes & just give up, right?

So off we go again. There are 7 checkpoints you will need to go through before you reach the peak. It looks simple but the trails...phew!

Enjoy the greens there so that you will feel relax & forget that you have just completed 40% of the climb lol.

Take a really good rest at the 5th checkpoint, Sungai Segi Tiga because the trail that waited for you after is ten times more difficult than before. No joke. So take something to eat to replenish your lost energy. You will need that later.

This river also is the only water point when you going up the mountain. You can refill your water here. According to the guider, the water is safe to drink but the convincing part is up to you. You can bring more litres of water on your own but think again. The more water you bring, the heavier your beg will be & the more energy you will need to climb. The decision is all up to you.

Among us, Amir was the most convinced one. He drank that water without doubt! While I kept thinking what if I die drinking that water haha.

I was not so worried about my water supply because half of them were carried by Nizam. Thank you, my brother!

But don't worry, Amir was just fine. Even until now, he is so active & healthy! The water didn't harm him in any way. Alhamdulillah.

After having enough rest at Sungai Segi Tiga, you will reach Gua Kambing. No, no goat there, just a little 'selit-menyelit' journey. You will start to cry at Laluan KFC. Also no Kentucky Fried Chicken there. It is the most killing one, Killing Fitness Centre.

There are so many ladders need to be climbed. You will feel like there is no end to it. I stopped for few times to catch my breath. It was so extremely tiring only Allah knows.
Other than those ladders, you will also need to do rope climbing. So it is not just your legs that are needed to be strong, your hands too!

You will really need to use your energy to the max I swear!

Brace! Brace! Brace! Use all the availability of energy you have!

Know that you have completed 70% of the climb along these difficult journey. It is a shame for you to give up.

The funny moment when I was busy trying to climb a really big rock that I climbed just like a Spiderman sticking on a big rock lol but unfortunately, I lost control because the rock was slippery & almost fell backwards.

Guess what? Fitri was right behind me!

He shockedly held & pushed my bag & asked, "Kau dah kenapa? Okay tak? Pegang kuat kuat, jangan lepas."

I kept saying, "Aaaaaa tak boleh!" but I did it anyway haha. With his help.

Imagine if he didn't manage to hold my bag from behind, I will fall on him & he will definitely fall on the person just right behind him at that time; Amir, the smallest.

The last rope climbing was the hardest!

I almost gave up at this point. I kept asking Fitri, "Macam mana kalau tak boleh buat?" "Kalau tergolek ni macam mana?" "Kalau tangan terlepas tali macam mana?"

Fitri with his relax face responded, "Boleh punya, boleh. Jangan lepas tali tu, pegang kuat kuat."

I stared at Nizam, giving him my worried sign. He said, "Arina, kau kena percayakan kasut kau."

Amir & Nizam successfully did it first so they waited at the top. I climbed together with Fitri beside me but he was faster.

Halfway of climbing, Amir with his camera at the top, "Weh korang! Berhenti kejap, ambil gambar dulu!"

My hands were both shivering, holding the rope, almost lost my energy to hold it any longer but I forced my hands because if I didn't, that would be the end of my life while Amir cheerfully just asked me to stop & took some photos?! Ya Allah, speechless aku sabar je la haha.

So here are the photos. Precious. So precious because it was my life & death moment.

After that nervous moment, there will be a few challenging ways to go. Just follow the trails, patiently because you are already near the top!

One of the best part is Taman Bonsai!

You can see big Bonsai trees here.

But after that you will reach Bukit Botak which is so hot. No more tall trees. That's why it is called Bukit Botak. No trees mean we are getting there. So keep it up for another 20 minutes!

& here we are, at the highest point of the mountain!

We reached here around 2 pm.

Congratulations to us! We did it!

Another moment was when we were preparing to eat Maggi, the boys boiled the water & as the water was boiling, Amir wanted to pour the water into his Maggi cup but ended up he spilled all of the water on the ground! So yea, we need to boil it again, patiently.

I can still remember the reactions of every each of them...the speechless, numb reactions to watch the water spilled, just like that haha.

As if it killed us inside because we were so hungry!

Then, Fitri made his mistake. The water was not fully boiled but he poured it in my cup & also his so our Maggi were not fully cooked I felt like eating keropok, so crunchy. Thank you Fit for ruining my Maggi. You will forever be my frenemy.

Amir was the one who insisted to wait for his Maggi to be fully cooked but we were out of time, we need to go back down as soon as possible.

You know what he did?

He walked down the mountain with his hand holding his Maggi. He ate it while walking through the challenging trail. Unbelievable.

We walked down separately.

Nizam was the fastest, followed by Amir & then me. Fitri was at the back with my sister.

Nizam & Amir successfully reached down the mountain around 6 am while Fit, my sister & me completed to journey at 9 pm! So late lol. Because of some problems such sister had cramped legs & a hiker got injured.

We also need to stop during Maghrib & waited around 8 to continue the journey. During that time, Amir & Nizam called me (your phone can still works well in this forest) & kept asking, "Kau dekat mana? Lama lagi ke nak sampai? Ok baik baik tau kitorang tunggu."

Still got time for this. Lol.

Even Fitri & my sister called me asking where am I when they couldn't see me until we met at the same point to go down together.

Phone is still important in the forest...

Overall, the journey was so extremely challenging but so much fun! Even though I broke my own nail at the end, the hike was really worth the effort!

Big thank you to Fitri for sacrificing himself by waiting for us & walked down together instead of just leaving faster for his own good.

Also to Nizam for carrying my water, for always asking me if I was okay & to Amir for being my photographer.

We then ate our late dinner together with our zombie walking style plus our tired faces because we were that exhausted.

I'm glad for this moment. Gunung Ledang was difficult to climb but so much lessons I got & so much moments were created.

Thank you for reading!