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Pulau Sarang… yes, I know.


Yes, to the Melayus out there, i know i know. Pulau Sarang literally means Nest Island. I dont even know why its called that, but i am willing not to know. it has a nice ring to the name so who cares.

anyways, I am about to show you another yet, “show and tell with a gazillion photos” entry about my recent escapade, ok, no, holiday trip i had over some weekends ago… ok, make it a few months, maybe years ago… If you like my Pulau Sibu review (https://musxzart.wordpress.com/2009/05/23/pulau-sibu-shiokness), then you will also kinda like this..

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Pulau Sarang is actually sitauted off Batam Island, in the Riau province. its one of the smaller island that has about 200 villagers staying in the island. And i bet not many tourist know of this island. its like the untouched gems in the Riau island. and its perfect. I had kinda a relative who stays there and we were invited over to stay at their house for a short holiday. and i have been there once, and i always wated to go there again!

If you want to know why, read further and see the pictures.. Yes, all 230 pictures all in all!

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So, technically, we are in the Indonesian region, despite it being only 35 mins ferry ride away! and the need for passport… a little drama, i almost did not made it to the ferry cause they printed my name and my passport number wrongly on my boarding pass… but then, god created mouth for you to argue, so lets say, i did managed to get into the ferry, escorted from Habour Front all the way to my seat. my parents, inthe other hand, did not managed to get the same fate as me.

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a little cam whoring with the sister..

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and my broher. and my BFF, Michael, whom i tempted enough for him to beg me to let him follow me!

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so, upon, reaching Batam, we were greeted by my cousin, whom is our designated captain for our little ship that will bring us about 30 mins thru the seas to bring us to Pulau Sarang. Yes, its a very small boat, and i am scared of deep water. later got shark how?

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the view froim the taxi boat jetty. its amazing how blue the waters are, despite …..

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Michael, with his shades that he bought in US.

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but before we really reached the island, we made a little detoour to Pulau Belakang Padang. Its technically the market place for the nearby Riau islands. Its amazing how they can delivery eggs on biat, and carry it up by the shabby jetty ladders and did not managed to get any eggs broken or lost….. its an acquired skills really. i was so scared that my feet will get stucked in between the planks. its not funnny!

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wheezing through the market place…

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they even have a Jalan hang Tuah. man, he is FAMOUS!

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more cam whoring.

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and the only big mosque in the island, and among the other smaller islands. they just renovated this mosque, thats why its a little bling bling!

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yes yes, i know i am a bad muslim…. get over it already!

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the shophouses. it does look like Katong area isnt it?

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yes, my client!!!!! these choclates are surprisingly good !!!

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and a little Batam cat. a little underweight but still cute nonetheless.

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yes, the banner that promotes free schooling for children. cause many kids there have not uch aspiration and motivation to go to school, cause not that they are lazy, cause mostly, they cannot afford it. one day, if i am rich, i will surely build a school there!

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hahaha. this is cute. its a sugar package, with the brand “laku”. laku in malay means to do something, or it can also mean “sellable”. so i guess this the more preferred brand?

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and more can whore! see how shabby the planks are…

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and yes, its a long way to the main island, cause the ferry needs deep water.

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and yes, its only 35 mins away! i can see my office building from there! how utterly depressing. on holiday and you are still reminded of work!

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the poles that makes the jetty! so thin, how can they ever support my weight???????

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and its all pretty deep waters surrounding the islands. i cannot swim well! how?

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oh oh, this is the “shuttleboat” that goes from island to island . its like our shuttlebus service in the neighbourhood. cool eh???

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a very cute Batam girl… couture fashion eh???

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so, after much shopping for grocery, yes yes, we are shopping for food so we can cook at the island.

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my hair my hair!!! URGH!!!!

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the very wonderful boat ride! with all the sea water splashing onto my face! please ignore my ugly hair! its the wind! i blame the wind!!!!

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after battling the waves, we finally made it home!!!!
I mean, their home! thats where we are bunking for the next night!!!!!.
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i was happy nothing major happened!!!

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and this is how a typical house in Pulau Sarang looks like!!! house on stilts ya’ll!

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And apparently, they just built this new concrete jetty so that big ships can transport food and stuffs to this island!! I mean, this island has a population of less then 200 people!!

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and soon after we reached, it began to rain! its such a wonderful experience!!! and you can literally feel the house move under your feet because of the currents and waves!!

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and the minimarts in the island. actually, its the only shop in the island!!!
if you want to do more shopping, you just have to go to Batam or Pulau Belakang Padang!

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and me order meself some “AIS GUNUNG” losely trandslate as our Ice Kacang! in a packet!

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SHIOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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their rendition of “esplanade” apparently the drawing on the wall comes alive… thus they cordon off the area so as not to offend the spirits!

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ownself made swing…..

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We also traveled to the nearby island.. the beaches there are apparently, to die for.

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Our captain for the day. he drives like a pro…

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The beach is ok only lah.. not as what i have thought. but the water is kinda clear. and its soo cooling…

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This island was initially being occupied by the Japanese during the war. but they left immediately after the war is over, and the locals took over and try to maintain it. but not anymore.  Its such a waste.

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Can never run away from camwhoring.

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They have a lot of sturctues all around the island, but i could never imagine how the whole island looks like in it’s Heydays!

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Funny rocks around me!

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The rain was so beautiful..

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And there were so many kids around us! i felt so popular cause all the kids will come and try to make friends with you. They are all so uber cute!

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And they are obviously not camera shy!

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cooking using natural fuel. i seriously thinks that the food taste better!

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And the typical food eaten by the locals. Looks like a typical Melayu house dishes.

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Isnt she adorable? she likes to sing apparently.

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So the next day, its more beach beach beach. we went back to the same island again, just because its fun!.

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Cause i can bend!

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Ouh, he is feeding his fishes.

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I have no idea what fish is that but thats for dinner!

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And this is my sister.the local kids are teaching her a crash course on how to fish with just strings and worms.

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Fishing in progress. I tried too. but its just too tough. I didnt caught anything while the local kids caught many. pfft..

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The worms that they dig out from the soil…

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See the fish in his hands? so cute!!!!!

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After much “fishing”, this is what the kids caught for the day. totally not edible though.

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And soon, i need to leave… cause i need shopping centers. and fast food.

But before that, i manage to catch the sunset! Sibei magical!

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And thats the whole adventure. Actually, i even went squid fishing at night but none of the photos turn out right.

Ok, i miss this place already.

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Pulau Sibu. Shiokness!


I was recently at Pulau Sibu for a short holiday, and i was very amazed and happy with it! The island was so damn beautiful! SHIOKNESS!!!!! Musxzart is a happy man!
Oh, before i begin, this is super damn intense photo entry. Its more a picture-show-and-tell! and there is 150 photos in all! hehehehe…..

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So, it was a 3 days 2 nights trip, and the you pay S$380 for everything in the trip! Including food, transfer from Singapore to hotel and back to Singapore.. hmmnnn, basically, you dont need money at all for this trip after paying the agent! Coool eh?

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So, the days starts at 6am in the morning, where i was informed that a bus will be waiting for me at Newton MRT and this bus will bring me all the way to the Jetty where a ferry will be waiting for me.

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Now, i know that its a Friday morning and all, (i took leave from work), but i didnt realised that i would be the only passenger in the bus! Seriously! I was the only one in the bus, other then the bus driver and the tour guide!

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Talk about feeling diva, i was living in on Froday morning, in the big bus by myself! The whole bus to myself, all the way from Singapore to Johor Bahru! And what else can i do then to sleep and cam whore…

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I encounter a slight jam in Johor bahru though!!! I mean, its Friday morning, and people do have to work!! LOL!!!!!

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See, its empty! I told ya i was the only one!

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And i just dont want to think about the carbon footprint i am leaving behind from this trip! I mean, from Singapore, to the Woodlands checkpoint and up to Tanjung Leman in Johor Bahru. Me in this bus made to fit 20 passengers!

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I slept most of the journey! when i woke up, the scenery changes so much i tot i was in some safari jungle!!! no????

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So, after about 2 and half hours of traveling through palm trees and dodgy road, we finally reach the jetty in Tanjung Leman!!!
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Wheee!!!!!

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Its such a small place, a few office and the Sibu Island Resort Office..

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And since, i have not had my coffee, i ordered one and wait for the ferry! the ferry was suppose to be at 11, and i was there about 10ish.. a lot of time to kill!!! Though, the coffee there sucked! i thought it would be the original malaysian coffee, in the end, my coffee comes witha coffee bag, like a tea bag? its kinda… suck! and the prices for the coffee and food and memorabalia here, is almost to the point of extortion! LOL

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View from the jetty! Picturesque eh?

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Facing the South China Sea!!!
All calm and peaceful! Actually, if you want to go to these island, its best to go from april to august cause after that, the monsoon will come and the boat ride will be a hell of a ride! it might even be the last ride of your life, or so i was told!!!!!

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fisherman boat!

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if i am rich, i would so buy myself a yatch! im love the peacefulness of the ocean!

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yup, “oh.. say can you see…. by the dawn early..” opps, wrong anthem!
“negaraku……” ermm dunno the rest…..

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the information board, all the emergency helpline… iu didnt realised there are so many smaller island around the area!!!

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so, the ferry arrived on time, and soon, we are on the way to Pulau Sibu! its about a 30 mins ride from Tanjung Leman jetty to Pulau Sibu….

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another flag shot! the ferry is quite fast!

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wheeee!!!

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see what i mean by the peacefulness of the ocean?

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and the best part is that i am not required to be seated during the journey. well actually, i just cant sit down and wait.. so boring… when else can u go and have ur face slapped by sea water?

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getting further!!!

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happy me.

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yup, thats the name of the ferry. Pelican 2. i dont want to know what happen to Pelican 1.

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ok, seriously, if i were to owe a better camera, say a Canon DSLR 500D or something, my photos would be so much nicer then these!!!

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little kid, was told to put on a life jacket.. in case he gets to excited! LOL

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30 mins is a long time!!

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very very far already!!!

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so, i did arrived safely, and i checked in to my room! and yes, its such a long way up to my room! see the stairs?!!! i am perched on top a the hill lah!! make me walk so much!!

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knock knock!!!!!

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ok, i have to say, the style of this resort is well done. they managed to make it look authentic kampung style but still have the convience of a modern hotel! i LIKE!!!!

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First view of the room!!!!

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NICE RIGHT???!!!!

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very well designed and furnished!

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see, the sink is outside, so, incase there is 2 of you, one shit, and the other one can still brush his teeth or something!!!

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ok, the shower, no bath tub though, but then, the shower head is the rainfall kind (i forgot to take photo!!!)
So bathing is quite shiok for me!!!

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nice eh? victorian style bed, with matching cupboard.

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and the vanity table and teevee!!

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and full toiletries.. and there i had brought my own! 2 bags of it! oh well!!

so, i was damn happy with the room. and acually, the moment i checked in, their chamber maids must have went to my room and switch on the aircon and lights for me so, when i enter my room, its perfect! oh, just so, the weather there is scorching hot!!! seriously!

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yup, a very satisfied customer!

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these stairs actually led to another “house” just for the honeymooners! so that u can humop awya loudly without getting any complaints! LOL!

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niceee!!!

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ok, i was walking around the resort compound, and i was too shagged. its all hilly ya’ll!

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the beach! Pulau Sibu has 3 beaches and this is no. 3, according to the map..

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one thing i have to say, teh beach is not as WOW-ing as Bintan’s beach. maybe because Bintan’s beach is so man made… and Sibu’s beach, is just… rocky!!!!

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but the water is so damn clear though!! crystal clear!!!!

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exploring in process!

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oh, this peeektures is too blue.. i change my lousy camera setting and i got this! oh well!

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xoxo!

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see how clear it is! comparing it to our East Coast beach or Sentosa beach!

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and the sand is so fine, that it looks like gold dust was floating away in the water!!!

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nice!! beaches give me peace!!

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ok, cam whore time! you have been warned!!

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just to show you how clear the water is!!!!!

cam whoring over!!!!

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ok, this is their main beach! and yes, its quite a distance from the beach chairs, but its because its low tide lah!!!

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i just find this funny, a small plant growing out of nowhere by the water!

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quite a shot though! LOL

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and the activites you can do there if you bring kids!!!

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and i tried myself! the bigger trampoline that is!!! there are 2 of it!

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its really fun! and tiring!!!

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birdhouse!!

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and the pooool!!!!

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the water slide! yes, and i did try it!!!!

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yup, they have a p[ool bar but they close it down!! i just dunno why.. how to sip cocktails and enjoy the moment like that??

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this is beach no. 3. and we are advise not to swim here, cause the waves are much more stronger! and its more rockier here!

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but its a nice beach, nonetheless…

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hee hee….

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the water is so clear, you can practically count the big stones in the water!

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and i think this is most windiest beach in Sibu!!!

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my room!!
see the amount of stairs!!!!

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so what else can i do during holiday, other then being so critical about things…. RELAX lor!

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chilling!!! by the pool!

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lounging!!!

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yes, even the pool was damn empty!! and clean! and full of chlorine!!!

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and i went karaokeing too! yes, that is Siti Nurhaliza on the screen!!! LOL

other then that, i was either sleeeping or eating!
Holiday mah!!! what else should i do!!!

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proud as a f**king peacock.. now i know why…..

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i actually have never seen a peacock in full range till that day!

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the second day starts in a gloom! well, becuase its raining the night before!

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so after breakfast, i went to NUA by the beach!!!!!

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super shiok!!! but since the beach is full of rocks, and jelly fish, i moved to the pool!!!!

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narcassist shot! LOL sexeh man! fire engine red speeedos!!!!!!

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and then at night, i went for t BBQ dinner! oh, the thing about this resort is that, when u pay for the room, you are entitled to a RM$100 everyday to use for food. which means, i have 100 to eat! and the resort restaurant there has only buffet! wheee!! i practically ate like pig!

oh well, thats what you should do during holiday right??

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shiok!!!!!!

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full stomach = happy me.

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burps!!!!! the dessert there is so shiok!!!!

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and the moon was full that night!!!!!!!!

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and so , the last day. was a breeze….. my ferry was slotted at 1pm, i woke up pretty early, went to the pool and pack!

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i am missing Sibu as i am typing this!!!

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saying ta ta!!!!

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my ticket!!!!!! i seriously dunno why i need a ticket when you practically have about 20 passengers every time….

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sea captain view!!!!

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yup, the only ferry that transport people to Pulau Sibu..
i am now doubting what happened to Pelican 1….

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such clear blue water!!!!! its a bliss!!!

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me trying out the life jacket!

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and they bid us goodbye, complete with live singing and guitars!
the staffs there are very very friendly!!!

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and i am off!!!!

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going further…

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and further…..

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and further….

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and very very far!!!!!

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sometimes, i wish the waves are more stronger… so the journey will more interesting.. heheheh

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another cam whore alert!!

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I am very happy i made this trip!

And i will return there again, definately!!!!!

For more information, please visit http://www.sibuislandresort.com.my