Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Island Boy

I have only turned a year old, and already I have had experiences going to weddings, carnivals, going on a boat ride and up the hills, and to add to the list is, island hopping! Yes, it was such a good time going from one island to another in a boat last weekend in Langkawi! It was my first time there, and I experienced a whole of things!

It was a whole new experience for me, right from the start of the journey. According to mama, the journey to Langkawi from KL would usually take 5 hours by car. Since we did not want to waste time on the road and would rather use the time spent on the island itself, we travelled to Langkawi by airplanes.

It was my first time on a plane and I am telling you, the plane was so huge, and the wind at the airport was very strong that I actually gaped at it the first time I saw it. I can't even take my eyes off of it. It was so cool!

Once we touched down, we were greeted by the friendly people at the airport. Many approached us and asked papa if we would like to ride in their cabs. At last, papa agreed to ride in one of those cabs and then headed towards Meritus Pelangi Hotel.

Meritus Pelangi Hotel is a very nice place to stay. It is a chalet-like resort, perfect for families. Once we reached there, we were greeted by Tok Mak and Tok Ayah who were already there waiting for us, with the rest of Mummy Na's family. Remember them from my previous entry? After a little chit chat, we were told to go to sleep because there would be tons of fun waiting for us the next day!

After breakfast the next day, the adventure started with our trip to Pulau Beras Basah. To get to this island, you'd have to go through strong waves and wind that are much, much stronger compared to the ones in Putrajaya and Mines. Since the weather was hot, mama applied some sunblock lotion all over me! She said it's important to avoid myself from getting burnt.

Once we reached Pulau Beras Basah, I shrieked with joy! It was a whole new experience for me! I have never been to a beach before, let alone stepping onto the sand, but even then, I did not once cry. I found it weird at first - stepping on an uneven surface, but I liked it!

Then, we spared no time and changed into our swimwear to get ready to dive into the salty sea water.

Finally, the moment I have been waiting for finally arrived -- I jumped into the sea! Seriously, you wanna know what I think? I think swimming in the pool is way nicer because sea water makes my eyes hurt! They tasted really bad when I accidentally swallowed them while swimming too!

Mama noticed my annoyance, so after a while, she took me out of the water and played sand with me at the shore while we watched the rest of the family having a blast in the water.

Oh did I tell you during this time, mama and papa also took the opportunity to get on the "banana boat"? I watched in awe as the boat flipped over and dropped mama and papa in the middle of the sea!

Oh and I also made friends with some of the origins there too! Say hello to my new friends, or rather, enemies! They like to steal stuffs when you're busy swimming, so you'd better have one eye open while you swim!

Once everyone has had enough with the water activities, the adventure begun -- island hopping! It was my first time going from an island to another, so it was really fun! First stop, eagle watching. Mama told me the eagles were beautiful! It was such a bummer that I missed this part, though. I fell asleep because all the excitement at the beach earlier was making me real tired and sleepy!

While I was sleeping, mama told me that they all went for a refill at a beautiful, floating restaurant at Teluk Batu Merah. The restaurant's name is Rezeki Sangkar Nelayan and it is very new. It seems that they just opened two weeks before our arrival there. Besides dining, you can also feed the HUGE fishes there. I'll show you the pictures later.

This restaurant allows you to pick the live seafood of your choice, before handing them over to the chefs who will cook them for you the way you want them. We chose a few live fishes, crabs, as well as a lobster! The lobster is such a beauty. Look!

While waiting for the chefs to cook our dishes, the rest of my family went fish feeding at the back of the restaurant. This was the big tiger shark I was telling you about! Mama told me it was surprisingly tame that she could actually "pat" it.

There were also other fishes there too. Here are some of the smaller, beautiful ones!

Once the dishes are ready, they spared no time and stuffed themselves with the delicious food.

While they were busy dining, feeding fishes, and chatting away, I was busy dozing away. A few minutes later, Muqeet, my fellow cousin follow suit!

I got up just in time as mama finished dining, so I got a taste of some of the fish leftovers which mama fed me along with the chinese fried rice that she ordered and packed for me earlier.

After that, I was up and energized for more sight seeing. Next up, Pulau Dayang Bunting. Can you see the shape of a pregnant maiden there? That is why that island is called Pulau Dayang Bunting! Tok Mak said that it is believed that any ladies who wish to get pregnant could come and swim here and they'd have higher chance to conceive. I think it is just an old wives tale.

Then after by passing a few more island, we went back home to clean ourselves and rest.

The next day, we went to Muzium Laman Padi Langkawi. Here, I got the chance to see the different types of equipment they use to process rice paddy, from the traditional equipments through to the modern ones.

Then, we went to Makam Mahsuri as well as Telaga Mahsuri. Mahsuri is known as the most beautiful lady in Langkawi then. She was accused of adultery and was killed by stabbing. It is said that when she got stabbed, white blood flowed from the wound, signifying her innocence. This is her tomb.

Then, on our last day there, I had the opportunity to move about in the sky in a cable car! I am telling you, it is so freaking high up in the sky, it even freaked papa out!

Haha. But im telling you, the view from up there was so breathtaking, it was all worth it!

Langkawi was definitely by far, one of the best trips I've ever had! Next up, how about a trip to Disneyland, mama? ;)


Cherie said...

muke aien ketat gile! lol

RuZaNNa said...

Oh wow.. what a fun trip!.. your family mgm rajin buat family trip is it? pergi ramai2 mmg best.. lagi best when somebody else can look over the kid when the parents pergi try the activity kan.. hehehe..

semut-terbersin said...

Disneyland? wowwwiee! aydein nanti aunty nak ikut!! hehehe
oh bezznye pi bercuti..bezzkan kalo dapat bercuti ramai2..bak kater ruzanna, best bila ada 'babysitter'..nak try activity sorg2 mmg tak syiok..[macam kitorg aritu naik roller coaster sorang2, take turn, mmg tak syiokk!!]..

Thara said...

cherie :
hahaha yeaaa! sama je derang adik beradik afraid of heights! aydein pon relax je :P

anne :
yeah, we go out once in a while. agak2 weekend free taktau nak buat apa, misti ramai2 pakat keluar sama2. i dah selalu sangat keluar bercuti ramai2 sampaikan kalau pi bercuti kami little family bertiga je, rasa mcm lain sket! :P and yeap, the "babysitter" bit tu mmg very true! hahaha.

ila :
yesss! my PILs mmg came to the rescue lah! kalau derang takde, confirm tak ternaik banana boat yang i punyala teringin nak naik sejak dulu! last2 dpt juge chance :P haa dulu pon i penah skali pi Sunway Lagoon, tapi tak dpt naik rollercoaster and other extreme water sport psl tade sape nk jaga aydein! sayang je!

Nadine said...

What a nice trip, nice photos. Teringat masa kitaorg holiday kat Langkawi last year sempena 2nd anniversary. PIL I pun ikut sama :)

Bestnya Aydein dh naik boat. Masa kitaorg pegi Langkawi tu nak jugak pegi island hopping skali lagi tp tak berani nak bawak Faaz naik boat sbb dia br 11 months at that time. Aydein ok eh Thara, tak fussy masa lalu strong waves tu? Strong boy la Aydein! ;)

Bagusnya Aydein suka pasir. Faaz geli ok, sampai mencebik2 takmo pijak sand. Hahaha...tak taula skang dh ok ke tak, never bring him to any beaches after the trip.

Eh menarikla restaurant yg you mentioned ni, Thara. Sedap tak masakan dia? If yes, I would love to go there kalau we pegi lagi Langkawi..

Salty Bodice Ripper said...

hehe u look gorgeous doll

nice hotel and love that beach, can skinny dip there at night

mommaholicSURI said...

I've been to Langkawi only once. It was in 2008. Friends' holiday :)

Your entry makes me wanna go bring my Oman pulak. Hihi

Aydein dah macam big boy tau.. especially masa pakai life jacket tu. hehe. And elok je he slept on that bench. Kalau Oman.. i kene hadang kiri kanan. Confirm tergolek punya kalau x. haha

You look so sweet dear :)

Thara said...

nadine :
aww. u had ur 2nd anniversary there too? how awesome is that! becoz i too, celebrated my anny there then! :D

oh yes, aydein was more than fine! he was too relax (and perhaps too sleepy jugak kot), he even slept during the adventurous ride! :P

alhamdulillah, aydein is not afraid of the weird sand texture either. itu lah. i selalu dgr jugak budak2 takut pijak pasir. honestly, i was bracing myself for aydein to start crying amok. aley aley tengok ok je. siap seronok lagi! hehe. :P

yeap, mmg sgt menarik pon you! the food is also nice, though slightly pricey (ye lah dah kata atas laut tetiba :P) but its worth a try! let me know what u think of it once u get a chance to go there! ;)

priti :
awww ure just being nice :P im far for gorgeous now ok! hahahaha skinny dip??? u wish! :P

nuurill :
ooh u should go there again! with oman! im sure hes so gonna love the beach. nak2 lagi dia dah bole jalan kan. confirm lagi enjoy! :)

itu la, sometimes i tengok dia pon, i rasa mcm.. aww. dah besa dah anak bujang i ni. tinggal nak jalan je belom lagi :P hahaha. tu penat sangat tu kot u. tu yang tido tak gerak tu! kalau tak, malam2 dkt rumah, 2/3 katil tu, dia yang conquer! :P

aww thanks babe. ure sweeter! :)

worryfather said...

Hi Thara,

We went to Langkawi in June for my wife's family gathering.
We enjoyed it very much..

We went to for the Island hopping and the cable car too. Liked the clean beach too.. :)

Thara said...

worryfather :
ooh so u just came back from Langkawi a few months back! awesome! it was good, wasnt it? :) ooh the cable car! u know, to be honest, i was saying prayers all the bloody way! hahahaha. :P

worryfather said...

hahaha.. i was praying also when walking on the suspension with my daughter. I carried her tight, didnt want to let her come one although she was trying to get down from my grip..

what is your email? can drop me an email to worryfather@gmail.com?

Thara said...

worryfather :
hahaha i can imagine! it's funny how much younger our children are, but how much braver they are compared to us kan! :P

ooh u need my email? sure thing! but, may i know for what purpose is it exactly? :)

worryfather said...


Yeah.. they just fearless while we worry for them.. :)

Don't worry, wont spam your email. Since we are so 'friend', just want to share some of my Langkawi photo with you, but don't want to make it too public only.. :)