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Pulau Perhentian, Heaven On Earth


Usually when people talk about best island or beach here in Malaysia, it is always expected to be either Pulau Redang or Pulau Langkawi. When I told people that I’m going to Pulau Perhentian for a holiday trip with my family, most people would look at me in confusion and ask “Where is that? Never hear before.” Of course some of them had heard it before but they just don’t know what and how is that place just like I do. So here, I have the opportunity to go to Pulau Perhentian and I decided to share with you guys.

On the boat trip to Pulau Perhentian Besar

Hello Pulau Perhentian!!

Day 1

The trip started with me feeling extremely sleepy. Having slept at 3am and then waking up at 5 something in the morning. It is definitely not a pleasant feeling. The most ridiculous thing is the flight is at 10.30am and I only lived 30 minutes away from KLIA. But there certain reasons with why I had to get my ass up before the sun even shines. A bumpy van ride followed right after the flight and we stop by for keropok lekor break. The funniest during this whole period is people are actually discussing whether to buy watermelons and bring them over to Pulau Perhentian. I don’t know what’s the whole fuss about as I personally think it is a bitch to carry such heavy things around. Of coz it wouldn’t be a problem for them as the young males of the family are going to do the carrying job. However, ladyluck smiles upon our backbones and the older generation decided to not get any.

Clear blue sky, crystal clear water, white fine and soft sand. This is paradise

As soon as my boat arrives in Pulau Perhentian, the beauty of the sea immediately captivate my heart. We actually have CRYSTAL CLEAR waters over here in Malaysia. After trips to Pulau Pangkor and Desaru beach, Pulau Perhentian definitely make me convinced that the two places I’ve been to are public toilets. The water is just so clear, I’m tempted to drink it and wonder if it’s really salty.

My lodging area
The resort

As I step on the beach of Pulau Perhentian Resort, I believed I just landed on one of God’s greatest creation. The fine white sand makes your feel like you are stepping on grass instead. Hell, even grass are much rougher on my feet than the sand there. There are a lot of corals and fishes and the water is only waist deep during low tide that evening. But being a swimming retard and the corals are exceptionally painful to step on, I threw off the idea of going to see some nice fishes and corals for that evening since all snorkeling equipments are rented out for the day. So it’s only taking photos, playing ball by the beach and submerge myself in the clear blue sea for a moment.

The cafeteria

Day 2

What a place to wake up in the morning. The white soft sand and the crystal clear sea and to top it off, a clear blue sky. What a paradise!!! Unless of course, you woke up with rashes on your hand and the nearest clinic is a 30 minutes boat ride from the place. That is exactly what happens to me. I did not have a single clue why the hell I have rashes and all I can do is just pray it won’t get any worse by the end of the day. What a great way to spoil my morning but I will never let that hinder my trip on this paradise.

So I took some medication which my sister brought which I am not even sure if it’s actually appropriate. Why? Because it is antibiotics for stomach upset. Probably that’s why my rashes didn’t get to my stomach region. Then I’m off for breakfast and then get my ass to take some photos of the place before heading to rent snorkeling equipments. Not to mention me, my sister and my aunt camwhoring all the way. And guess who had to bring all 8 life jackets back to the hotel? 3 woman and me the only man at that time.

Let me clarify first, I do not know how to bloody swim. Heck, I don’t even know how to float and the only pathetic thing I know how to do is straightened out your arms and body and paddle with your legs. Yeah, the noob style for small kids. But does that hinder me from snorkeling? Hell no. The crystal clear sea is tempting and seducing me to go. What could go wrong? A snorkel that enables me to breathe while facing underwater and a life jacket that enables me to float effortlessly. So i donned on my gears and get my ass out to the open  sea.

That’s me and my sister

The moment submerging my body within the crystal clear sea, I felt extremely relaxed. Being able to float and swim around is something I never could achieve. Moreover, submerging half my head into the water to observe the underwater while still being able to breathe. Heavenly. There are a lot of lively fishes and beautiful corals around for my viewing pleasure. 

Thank God for all this. I love snorkeling.

However, due to my noobish handling of the goggles, sea water seem to find a way to enter my goggle. To make it worse, it’s around my nose region. Naturally, I should change from lying flat against the water and bring my head up to fix my goggle. And then the real shit begin. I do not know how the fuck to straightened my body vertically. Fuck. I’m totally stuck at lying flat with face downwards against the water. There are some water in my nose region within the goggle and no matter how many times I try blowing them out of the goggle, some water managed to sneak in.

How clear is the water? This is taken from the jetty and not underwater.

So being helpless for the moment as my cousin and sister are quite a distant from me, I try to struggle to get my heads up for some fresh air but given my natural talent in swimming, I failed miserable of course. I thought the only smart and possible idea is to continue swimming like that and snort the remaining sea water up my nose. Worst fucking idea EVER. Snorting the sea water makes me feel slightly dizzy and the feeling of salty sea water between your nose and throat region, is plain fucking unbearable. I manage to straightened my body by pulling my victim(my sister) to positioned myself. Then not long after that, I felt real dizzy and for God knows what reason, I even nauseate. So, I had to head back to the beach to get some rest.

Fuck. I hate snorkeling. Whoever came out with this idea must be a retard who drinks whale semen for breakfast.

Sunset shot

Then was suppose to go to several snorkeling trip around the island and also for turtle and shark watching. But having such strings of bad luck since the morning, I am already a pussy and I decline the trip. I decided sleeping in my room for the rest of the afternoon before taking some photographs would be the better idea. Eventually the rashes got worse in the afternoon and fortunately, it is only on my hands.

Another sunset shot

However, photography session of the whole beach and sea, got me tempted to snorkel again. But since it’s already late, I settle for the next day.

Day 3

The last and final day of this trip. As decided the day before, I get my balls out and went on to snorkel again. Best decision EVER.

Hard to believe that this is Malaysia

Since we haven’t snorkel at this particular spot before, we are surprised with the amount of fishes there. We fed them with slices of bread stolen from the cafeteria and took some photos with my aunt’s camera that can take pictures underwater. Again, my inability to swim hinders me to take photos underwater if my feet never touches the bottom. So had to proceed to shallow ares for picture taking but the jacket had kept me floating so much, I cannot even submerge in the water. So I had to remove it to satisfy the camwhore within myself.

The one who can’t swim but is the best camwhore underwater

As I fell in love with snorkeling again, I had to leave this beautiful paradise. I’m not sure how long its beauty will last but I highly recommend everyone to go there at least once. Especially if you are a beach and water lover. I give it out a 11/10 experience. This is the only beach I been to that can satisfy my 4 beauty elements of the beach which are:

1. White soft sand
2. Crystal clear blue sea
3. Clear blue sky with nice weather

4. Bikini babes. (although the pretty ones are flat chested while the big bust babes are not that pretty, but I still think the pretty ones are sufficient for now)

Despite the clear sea, the tap waiter is actually brown in color. Makes me wanna bathe in the open sea instead. This is the toilet bowl. XD

P/S: No pictures of pretty babes as it is not my camera and like I said, IT IS A FAMILY TRIP.

A Relaxing But Hectic Trip To Genting


A very hastily planned trip doesn’t always worked well. The trip was planned just 2 days before the trip and the tickets were bought a day before it. It all started funny when I drove all the way to KL Sentral only to end up not knowing where to park the car. Heng have to walk quite a distance to get the tickets while I’m listening to Gary Chao’s songs in the car.

The next morning, Chai Lei was late and the bus was delayed 2 MINUTES just to await her arrival. You know what? We got bloody screwed from the bus driver and bus conductor. Suddenly, I began to miss the ever-late-bus at Pudu and the drivers there not minding to wait for 10 minutes. I got sick during that day, a sore throat, flu and a possible mild fever. This had further indicates this trip gonna be a fucked up one.

Yours Truly,

And the rest of the peeps.

As soon as we arrived at Genting via the cable car, we were greeted by our tour guide and also the ever-generous Penny’s father, Johnny. The moment I saw his thin side crops and neatly styled but funky hair of his, I had a feeling that her dad is kinda cool for his age. When I spotted the tattoos on both of his hands, I suddenly wished my father would have tattoos too. How cool was that! I’m not ass-kissing Johnny here or anything even though he treated us to two meals and get us a discount for theme park fare. Johnny is a cool guy not only because of his appearance but also his witty personality. These are the several conversation involves Johnny.

Heng: Wanna go for Corkscrew?
Me: No. That’s too extreme for me…
Johnny: (Interrupts my speech half-way) Screw The Cock.
Heng: Cock the screw.
Me: Yeah. And screw the Corkscrew.

And during dinner…

Penny passes us our bowl of soup. One of Heng’s friend was together with us but I could not recall her name so I shall call her A.
Johnny: This is for you(passes the small bowl to A) and this is mine(taking the whole pot)
A: Our one so small and your one so big ah? Give some la.
Johnny: Oh, sure.(takes out the only prawn and several other ingredients)Help yourself with whatever remains there.
A: There’s nothing in it anymore!
Johnny: (gestures to me)Help yourself in whatever remains there.

The trip was filled with rainy moments but we too had several events, conversation or jokes that makes this trip a whole lot interesting. As usual, I made quite an impact with the many things I did. One of it is….

Heng: Come on, Eric. Go for the Corkscrew. You play then Chai Lei will play also.
Me: No! I will piss my pants.
Penny: Then you go pee in toilet first then no more excuse.
Me: I’ll shit myself.
Penny: Then you go toilet settle everything only comes out and play.
Me: I’ll vomit then. (I admit I’m kinda a pussy at times when it comes to heights)

And not to forget…My constant molestation on random things

We saw a freaking cool guy selling the chinese flute. Penny could not resists and request him for a song.

Penny: Can play us a song with that flute ah?
Guy: Sure!! What song do you want?
Penny: Can you please play the “Sheng Mu Yu Tong”‘s “Wei Ni Er Huo”? Thank you very much first.
Guy: Huh?? Er…(Stunned for a few seconds and looking blank)
Penny: Never mind. Just play what you best at.

We too had several priceless moments worth sharing with many. One of it is further proof that Chai Lei is blind. She had previously misread my number plate 6310 as 8310 and the following conversation further proves her blindness.

Chai Lei: Eh, why there is black smoke ah?
Me : Huh? What?
Chai Lei: Why got black smoke there? (points at a direction)
Me: : That’s not black smoke. IT’S A BLOODY TREE

Chai Lei wore a 3-inch high heels over here for one particular reason. Its because our height difference wouldn’t be too apparent and she can converse more comfortably. Looking back at the things we did and the hours we spent, it’s definitely a BAD idea. This prompt us to go shopping with her for a new pair of shoes.

Chai Lei with her high heels.

Johnny: Datang sini untuk 12 jam, takkan nak pakai high heels. Lain kali, pakai macam ini la.(points at his sneakers)
Chai Lei: Haiyo, saya tak tau ma. Dia cakap datang jalan-jalan saja.(points at me)
Johnny: Yalah. Jalan-jalan untuk 12 jam, nak pakai kasut ini? Patah oor..

We did went for bowling and this picture is solely for proof to Chai Lei who challenged me to score over 100 and beat the others. And I get 2 drinks for it. IN YOUR FACE! HAHA! E is me.

We stumbled upon Michael Jackson The One Tribute concert by Michael Jackson of Asia whose name I could not even bother to remember.

This trip was filled with a lot of self camwhoring which prompt to these few remarks.

Penny: How long does it takes the cable car to reach Genting.
Me: About 15 minutes
Penny: (turns to Heng and frowns)He’s gonna camwhore for the whole 15 minutes.
Heng: Yeah, with every angle from 0 to 180 degrees, vertically and horizontally.
Me: Bo Pian ah…Leng Chai is like that wan la…

Heng: I think you can fight with my gf.

To put me in justice, I’m not the only camwhore in the group.

And my personal favourite is during the monorail when this pic was taken.


A shitty and hectic beginning for the trip but it end up quite fun and worthwhile. May there will be more of these coming soon.

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