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Feb 7, 2014

Pangkor Travelogue: All Touristy (Day 2-14 Oct 2012)

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Morning view from beach

Rise and shine! It was a tough one, if you were to crawl into bed around 3-4am and sleep less than 6 hours. I reckoned it would be wise to get up, eat, pack and nap (if at all possible). Along my solitary beach walk to breakfast venue, breeze and sounds of waves welcomed me with much enthusiasm. A bliss nonetheless.

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Real bird

This tiny bird stood so still that I thought it was lifeless. On and off, it flew away and came back while I scooped into my rather mediocre breakfast. I seated on the same table with my Toastmaster queen mother, Grace. She asked, "Hitomi, are you going to the town trip later?". I hesitated for few seconds and muttered, "What time are they heading out?"

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Heading into Pangkor Town

I rushed back to my room to do some packing and grabbed my camera before hopping on to this pinkish van an hour later. It was a sunny day but bearable. No harm embracing the sun while I was on vacation.

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Bushes

Bushes after bushes, curves after curves, I had no clue how long would it take but little did I care as I stared into the distant. About 15 minutes or so, we turned into small alleys with houses stacking close to each other. I knew we were almost there.

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View from Hai Seng Hing, satay fish factory

Our first stop was Hai Seng Hing, one of the satay fish factories in Pangkor Island. The smell and scenes of fishing villages, no doubt. My skin prompted an escape into the shelter and there I went into the air conditioned store to check out what were the goods on sale. Grabbed a few, of course!

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Entrance of Fu Lin Kong Chinese Temple (福臨宫)

Our second stop was this Fu Lin Kong Chinese Temple. It was quite a busy day with plenty of walk-ins.

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The beautiful architecture of Fu Lin Kong Chinese Temple

Architecture has its own way of telling story and this was a glorious one. Even non-Chinese were paying this temple a visit too.

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A random Malay girl

Handful of pink vans parked outside the temples and I caught a glimpse of this young Malay girl busy chewing her snacks in the van.

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Ice Kacang - Chill to the spine

Right at the left side of temple's entrance, you could spot a small snack shop, which also sell ice kacang. Tell me, who could resist having one in this hot and sunny day? It was really huge and they were generous with condiments and toppings. I was stuffing myself until the last drop of this as the rest was hushed to the next destination.

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Kota Belanda (Dutch Fort)

Our third stop was no other than this beautiful fort, almost alien-like. Motives could be seen on the ground from far. From the look of it, it could be recently refurbished.

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View from the top of Dutch Fort

It was almost a sin for not indulge in this view from Dutch Fort. All you need to do is to take a few steps up.

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Reminded me of Malacca

Fort, being fort, it reminded me of Malacca. Stacked bricks with holes for windows and seemingly little enclosure for hiding/prisoning purposes.

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A quaint town

Last but not least, a detour to the town and grab some dried seafood goods. Traffic was minimal with some motorbikes and town men.

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Bye, Pangkor Island!

This quaint town of Pangkor Island, I wish I could stay a little longer.

Jan 31, 2014

Pangkor Travelogue: Checking in at Pangkor Island Beach Resort (Day 1-13 Oct 2012)

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Journey to Lumut

6.40am
I boarded our company's half-filled bus, heading towards Lumut jetty. It was a very short 2D1N company trip to Pangkor Island with a bunch of financial advisory team. Too short that only half of a bus was filled, despite the whole team could easily fit up to 3 buses.

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Roti tuna, Bazaar Nanas Kampung Selabak

8.40am
The bus pulled up to a rather isolated bazaar along the journey for us to have a quick breakfast. It was almost deserted, apart from the workers at the food stalls. I ordered a roti tuna; there was nothing to complain, just that I did not find myself liking the taste of tuna.

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Lumut Jetty

10.20am
1 hour and 40 minutes later, we arrived at our destination. The jetty was pretty busy. I guess everybody wants a getaway on a Saturday, no?

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Ticketing Counters

Surprisingly, the ticketing counters weren't overwhelming. Nonetheless, our kind organiser had got ours sorted, hence we took our sweet time looking around and chilling.

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Us at the open

10.50am
Finally, we boarded the Mesra Feri but unfortunately, the crowd had beaten us to it. Hence, we had left with almost limited choice but the open area.

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Indoor area

Blasting with full power air conditioning system, how I wish I was that lucky (or rather fast).

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Sheltered open area

Even a shelter was better than none in a blazing hot sun.

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The dudes

Some were chilled enough to just enjoy the breeze and share some men-chats.

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We have arrived!

11.30am
After 30 minutes of ferry ride, we finally saw a village on an island and soon, the jetty came into scene. Everybody started to grab their luggages and prepare to dash for the exits. The sight of green sea was delightful.

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The bridge leading from jetty

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Cheeky Sarah

My roommate, Sarah, the cheeky one, was with me almost all the time, fearing that I would be missing if she wasn't looking. We had to board the trucks provided by our hotel, Pangkor Island Beach Resort, to get to the lobby for registration.

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Pangkor Island Beach Resort's lobby view

12.00pm
Here we were at Pangkor Island Beach Resort's lobby, waiting for rooms to be assigned. The lobby oversees a wide stretch of beach. If you would like some private relaxing time, you could just sit and listen to the waves while look at this great view.

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Resort view from beach

The surrounding of hotels were neat and well maintained. After we were done with our lunch, some took a stroll on the white sandy beach while some stayed in the shade.

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Our room

The way the hotel is designed is pretty confusing. It has several blocks of rooms, where some of the blocks are connected (and some are not). Not only Sarah and me, others shared our predicament too. Most of us had to run up and down because we could not locate our rooms.

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Beach view from our room

Our room was clean and spacious. The beach view from our room was a plus point. Better still, you can enjoy the view without the heat as the windows are well tinted.

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Shower room

Yes, the room came with bath tub and a clothes drying rack (another plus point). Don't you feel the inconvenience when you have wet towel and possibly clothes which you intend to reuse but nowhere to hang?

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Help yourself with towels, M'am

There were plenty of towels, i.e. bath towels, beach towels, floor towels, face towels. The two key essentials one to me were the bath towel and floor towel.

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Clean basin, goodin!

Squeaky clean and well stocked with toiletries, I just couldn't find a thing to complain. Oh, the water pressure and temperature of shower was great too!

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Boon Boon is enjoying himself

Seemed like my little hippo, Boon Boon, was enjoying his stay in Pangkor Island Beach Resort too!

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Sarah and me

After settling down for an hour or two, a group of us went to check out the activities available.

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Archery field

Archery (RM10 per pax) and catamaran (RM30 per 30-min trip) were provided free of charge for us. Due to timing issue, we could only do archery.

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Trying out archery for the first time

It was quite a fun experience to bow and see how others fare at this. You just have to be extra careful with your grip and release, else you will end up with a bleeding finger or scar on hands. We also got ourselves a volleyball and had a few friendly matches on the soft fine sand. Just watch out for hidden dry nuts from the trees.

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Selfie time!

Sarah and I managed to enjoy the sunset on the beach before proceeding to our dinner venue. It was relaxing to just lie down and listen to the waves. Dinner was mainly grilled meat and seafood. Nothing much to shout about, except the part where you could feel the breeze and hear the waves while you dine. Our organiser had even prepared few cartons of beer and bottles of liquor for the night. It was a fun and madness night, with plenty of laughters with bosses.

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Bubuii from Boon Boon

Happy Chinese New Year 2014 everybody!
It is time for me and Boon Boon to sleep.

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