Tuesday, September 30, 2008

back to back

i'm back from labuan already. arrived at my apartment yesterday night. fuh. the trip was beyond our imagination. good and not so good. but it turned out to be the best at the end of the day. one of the best i mean. more updates on that later.

i'll be off to ranau tomorrow. and then kundasang a few hours later. hmm i have no idea what to expect. those two places are hotspots in sabah. two of the best tourists' spots. we'll be travelling in a big group. a really really big group.


anyhow i am looking forward to the trip tomorrow. especially thekundasang which is like ala cameron highlands. hehe. must buy kubis for judy lolol. and then she'll get the roti and we'll make roti kubis. harh har. very funny judy.

looks like i've been travelling a lot lately. aaahhh...life is gooodd. but reality check - finals are coming soon. oohhmyyguudness. i must so gear myself up into the studying mood once i'm back from this trip. but now i shall lalalalala ;p

i haven't pack yet though. geez soo lazy. i've come to realise that i have issues with packing. i love it but i can't control it and i don't want to do it. lol.

just got off the phone with mum. reminds me of how much i still miss home. and her cooking :)))

despite all the good things here, i'll never stop missing everyone and everything back at home. although i could live here.

more updates later on. with love.

Friday, September 26, 2008


i'll be off to labuan tomorrow.
in five hours i have to drag myself out of bed on a saturday morning, wake my housemate fredericka up (haha! if i can!), wake myself up in the shower, gather all my half-packed stuff, walk to our apartment busstop with the rest of the team, board an almost three-hour bus ride to menumbuk (don't ask why is it called in such a way) and then take a speedboat (omg! so cool kan!) to labuan.
i feel so damn psyched about tomorrow. despite all that dragging myself up, i feel so totally excited about going to labuan and i don't know why. we're going there to train for god's sake.
maybe it's the duty-free chocalates over there. yesla i'm so chocalate-deprived i have to steal koko crunch from my room mate judy the other day. no i'm just kidding. she just stocks up koko crunch on her shelves
like there's no more chocalate tomorrow. and she's very generous about them. really!
the labuan trip. well actually we're still not clear about the purpose of this trip. its under the english debate club. yes i'm a debater now believe it or not. we're just not sure if we're going there for a joy tour or we're going there for hardcore training with the ums-kal team. oh they're the debate team from labuan campus. kampus something labuan. sorry la -.- i forgot. but actually we do know we're doing a little bit of both. tour and training i mean. umm or probably a liitle bit more of training than tour :/
so anyways. i'm still so psyched~ rika kept asking me to sleep early because if i don't wake up tomorrow she'll end up not waking up too. never mind i say, the others will give us morning calls of our lives. hahaha.
but i have trouble packing. again. i really hope i don't overpack cause i always tend to. although it's not like i will cause i'll be using a backpack and not a luggage bag. umm a big backpack but how big can a bagpack be right? right.
i still hope i don't overpack.
p/s: yay rika just told me i don't have to pack any shampoos and all those kinda stuff cause she will be packing hers and i can just share with her. that means one thing: more space for clothes ;p okay joking JOKING. sheesh.

island hopping - part III

part t.h.r.e.e.

aiseh lol.

the second island that we hopped on was pulau manukan ;) this one was the busiest among the three. heavy crowd here. mostly korean and japanese tourists. maybe it was because sutera harbour (or was it tanjung aru?) was closed by (or somehow linked to) this island.

welcome babeh

i especially love this picture!

sand. sea. surf.

we could almost see the sunset from here.

they could really make a good fish spa!

manukan island was so crowded that we had a hard time adjusting because the previous island was really deserted (probably because it was soo early when we arrived at mamutik island ;p). the island was really beautiful and we girls could spot hottie-hot-hotties everywhere (hehe!) but the thing was, we couldn't exactly find a good empty spot to swim freely with the fishes. so that was when we decided to swim in the deep, deep end of the ocean.

no, just kidding.

i wouldn't dare. the guys did though. and they brought back sea cucumbers from the deep end. sea cucumbers! can you imagine! the exact ones that i have been trying to protect all along. the exact black hairyslashfurry species that i saw from aquaria last time. aiya. got no picture to show :

we spent a probably good fifty minutes squeezing the wheezy out of these sea cucumbers.

then it was time to put them back in the deep end :(

also, i know they pretended to be dead and all because i think that's what they do. sea cucmbers like to pretend to be dead when they are touched (or so i think) and i know you're looking at me like, "what?! is this how you 'protect' sea cucumbers you sea cucumber-squeezer?" okay next!

we did the typical-thing-to-do-at-a-beach after that. it feels really good to bury each other toes in the cold soft sand. damn its soo good its indescribable. i think no, its just me. i'm bad at descriptive writng. ughhh.

this guy volunteered to be buried. the burrying process somehow *chokes* went out of hand. details shall not be revealed. muahaha.

after some time of digging and burrying and digging and burrying and strengthening it (wtf!) with saltwater, it was finally time to pose.

and pose somemore we did =D

speedboat ride. on the way to the third island, pulau sapi. wheee~!

our seniors from debate had told us that sapi island is the best island to go among the three but we *ahems* beg to differ. i still prefer the first one personally. teehee.

sapi island was a bit deserted by the time we reached there. probably because it was late already as all island tours stop at 5 p.m. which means no more tourists to islands after five.

this could also mean another thing *evil grin*:

we have the whole goddamn pretty island to ourselvesss!!! wheee~! *jump in jubilation!*

although we were already almost exhausted by the time we reached the third island, everyone was in full energy when somebody caught sight of this creature and shouted for everyone to go 'have a look' ;p

we named it thecreature. its very cute actually. camera shy guy. no, joking. its seriously very scary. it looked like it will bite your head off within seconds before you can even say aligator. only this one big sized tourist attempted to go near it. heheh.

our speedboatman told us it was a giant biawak later on. wahalla~ O.o

we were space-deprived from the previous manukan island and therefore, imagine our excitement when we see this big piece of sand land. haha. it doesn't make sense. sand land sand land sand land. lalalalala.

we were thrilled!

despite the exhaustion and some coming up sunburns, we really wanted to make full use of the big space. we were very much prompted to do something different now. play a game, perhaps? ;p

so, the guys, with their big brains and all (i'm not being sarcastic!), had a better idea. the ten of them invested in a rm10 colourful beach ball (quite ugly, i must say). hehe. smart right. the ball came to be quite handy. we really made full use of it. really!

aiya, no picture of the ball.

first, we toss the colourful striking ugly but useful ball around. in the water. we best were actually trying to compare who could toss the ball the furthest into the deep end. this funny game turned rugby-like when we could see ten *coughs* men chasing after one ball in the waters. one thing lead to another and before we knew it, we heard somebody said "touchdown!".

then it became a real game. serious one. despite all the hahas and hehes ;p

because at the end of the day, it was funny to see these guys struggling to get the ball. all look like five-year old kids.

after that, we wanted to play iceman but decided that since everyone was almost half-dead already, iceman would not be a good idea. so, we played monkey :))) in the water. i got to be the monkey halfway through the game but escaped when a diving instructor came up to us and asked us if we want to go snorkelling with him. somebody went and came back before this and brought along a starfish with her.

so we went with mr. diving instructor. with our goggles and oxygen mask. damn kewl ok. haha. i cant really swim but can you believe that after this island trip, i became a better swimmer? LOL. really one!


i get to put the starfish back.

everything was sooo beautiful under the sea. i get to see everything and anything that i could only see in hmm let me see, aquaria, aquarium!, underwater world, the likes *yawn* ;p

mr. diving instructor took us quite deep into the ocean and that's where the magic come from. i get to see, touch, and feel the sea creatures, creatures that i have never imagine myself seeing. the best part was watching the blowfish explode and then floating in the water. ommyguddness it look so helpless it was almost funny!

sigh. snorkelling in sapi island seriously made me wanna study marine biology. i wanna go snorkelling again! no, no more snorkelling. next time i'll try diving instead *ahems.

sea urchins. can be deadly if stepped upon.

heheh yeah. swim at your own risk.

one last group photo before we chao.

byebye beautiful islands! stay the same :)

hope to see you again next year, unpolluted!


island hopping - part II

island numero uno: mamutik island. at approximately 0815 hours.

ain't it bbeeeaauuttifffullll?

posers lol.

clear waters! now tell me where can you find such clear waters in penang island? you can actually see through them! so pretty kan! we had the privellege of swimming with these fishes - yes as in we were swimming and there were pretty pretty fishes swimming around us.

and these ;]

and these!

i know they all look the same but they're actually different ok. when.you.look.at.them.up.close. the tiny details will tell you. really one.

anyways these fishes may look cute and cuddly but be warned. they bite! they bit our legs. they bit our toes. they even tried biting off a thread from my tights. i bet they had a good time biting off those leg hairs too if you know what i mean. lololol.

reminds me of the fish spa you know. they give good massages too. ticklish, but gooood.

corals! they don't bite but they're damn sharp. but i still love them.

can you spot the gender difference? the poses and all? ;p okay joking JOKING.
to avoid confusion and all, the next two islands will be published in part three (i know right. wth?!) ;p
the truth is, i'm already verythetired so i might as well just post this first and make a part three later on. genius right. harh har. not funny.
damn i miss island hopping. and i'm done with just island numero uno.
let's just leave this hanging shall we hehheh.

island hopping - part I

i don't know why but i find the right guy's pose funny ;p

jesselton point. early morning view.

ish why do i always come up with obvious titiles for my post lol.

so it's obvious enough that i'm going to post those pictures that i should have posted wayyy back a century ago. harh har. okay that was a joke.

anyways i'll just let the pictures do the talking because pictures worth a thousand words (like you don't know that) and our trip to three islands in one day can be told in seventeen different versions (no-make that eighteen) which could amout to ummm...a gazillion words. so yeah.

the pictures may not look nice as how i would describe our trip to be but it IS nice! maybe because we're not that much of a poser so everything seems flat and monotonous in pictures. but everything was worth it. the trip i mean.


who cares about getting bruises and scartches under your feet thanks to those pretty and sharp corals? and the sunburn post-island hopping.

i got redder and darker after that. beautiful tan laa, we would all say. i'm back to my usual colour now though.

oh wait - i don't mean all of the above - let me rephrase - we girls weren't all that into taking pictures during the trip because we're so caught up by nature's miracle (ahems-environment scientist here-muahaha joking whuttderrr) but the guys! ayo! snapping away with their high tech camera phones. hahaha good jobs guys. or else we wouldn't have any pictures from the trip.

yeah speaking of that, NONE of us, NONE out of seventeen people had a device called the camera with them on that day. can you believe that?!
which brings me to my shoutout:

if i could only forsee the coming trips that we're going to make some more in the future. i mean, final weeks of my semester ;p

well some of them had their cameras spoilt during the karambunai trip before that. that't the only downside. no proper camera to document our beautiful journey, only camera phones. so you see, some of the pictures may not look that nice (err, duh!). maybe i could photoshop you know, make the pictures look nicer, to show off the real thing. how it really is. that these islands are really beautiful. in and out. (okay okay i get that you get what i'm trying to say. stop bragging)

hmmph-make me wanna study marine biology only. tsk tsk.

well before that we had to leave for jesselton point from our beloved kg. e. i really do love our kg. e okay.

and from jesselton point we had a boat guy who's already assigned to fetch us from port to island to island to island and to port. the boat guy's brother is number eighteen. simply because he had loads of stories to tell us =DDD

what! this post is already long before i post any pictures up lol wtf.
okay stop talking start posting. go.

beautiful jetty.

hrmm what did i tell you? ;p

despite these two looking sober, the truth was we people hidden behind the camera were waving frantically at the ship. and we believed they waved back. oh i'm sure they did.

i don't feel like making this post too long. pictures on the three very-much-publicised-by-me islands will be up NEXT! lol i don't know why i did that. okay NEXT! hahaha siao.