Monday, October 31, 2011

It was raining cats and dogs. I was drenched and I came home feeling tired, but elated. I lit a few scented candles in my bathroom, turned off the light, soaked in the bathtub and I drifted off to sleep just for a few minutes.

When I opened my eyes, I found someone standing there!

*scream my lungs out!!!*

Who's watching me!?


But seriously, do you ever get the sense that something's watching you while you're asleep? Or there's some thing in the room? Perhaps it's under the bed or standing over you!? Smiley

BOO! Happy Halloween everyone!

When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam,
May luck be yours on Halloween.

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Friday, October 28, 2011

While checking my Facebook messages this morning, I stumbled across this video, which I never thought I could watch it countless times. Ahh, this little girl, Lily, she is just so adorable!

Lily’s mum wrote on the YouTube video:

"We surprised my daughter Lily with a trip to Disneyland for her 6th birthday. Her reaction is priceless! She needs to be on one of those Disney commercials!!"

Her expression on her little face says it all - kudos to her parents!


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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

While relaxing on the verandah and sipping our iced cold drinks, we happened to catch the sunset!






No matter how many sunsets I see, I still get fascinated with the view of a sunset. Who doesn't?

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tioman Island has eight main villages; the largest and most populous is Tekek village.

Though lodging and dining will not break the bank, hopping from one village to the other by a speedboat is quite pricey, so try to pick a village that best suits your needs.

We initially planned to spend the weekend in Salang village but the chalet we wanted to stay was fully booked. I didn't want to stay in a so-called "garden view" chalet or a chalet facing other chalets so we tried to book another chalet and we were told that all the sea facing rooms were fully booked as well!

After almost a half-day search online, Ralph suggested to go to Tekek village instead, where most of the duty-free shops are. That sounds good to me. I called up one of the resorts to check on sea-view chalets availability and guess what!

“Sorry, we are fully booked over the dates you have requested; we hope to accommodate you another time.”

Anyway, the lady at the reception was very helpful, she recommended me another resort and I managed to secure a stay in a sea facing room chalet at Coral Reef Holidays!



Coral Reef Holidays is located on a relatively private beach, the longest beach in Tekek Village and it is about 800m from the jetty.


The family who own this resort was incredibly welcoming and friendly. We arrived around 10am but they still let us checked in early!


We stayed 2 nights in a "standard room" with air conditioning and an attached bathroom with hot shower for RM100 a night. Breakfast for two is included in the rate.


The room was very basic but clean and comfortable, no musty smell, bed bugs or whatsoever. Don't expect a fancy luxury hotel (you can't expect luxury in this price range) or a hotel-like comfort, but it does serve you a completely relaxing and peaceful atmosphere. Air-conditioner was working like a champion; we had to turn up the temperature, as it was getting too cold!

It does feel great to sleep while listening to the sounds of the waves at night and wake up to a beautiful view like this...

#6 The sea breeze greeted me when I opened the door in the morning and it was only a few steps away from the shore.




#10 Each room has its own extended verandah with breathtaking sea views.

#11 Also, there were hammocks along the stretch of the beach for us to just lay, chill, read or even sleep!

Most Caucasian tourists stay here for a week or more. Peaceful and tranquil are the two best words I'd describe this place.

#12 Ralph enjoyed relaxing with a cold can of beer on the verandah over looking the ocean.

#13 I especially loved kickin' back in a hammock and relaxin' to the sound of waves, washing onto the shore!


#15 The owner of the resort is particular about cleanliness and it's clear to see that one of his main concerns is preserving the beautiful surroundings. Hence, there are only a few sea view chalets to stay in to preserve the environment.


#17 Corals are so unique and mysterious in forms. People love to bring a piece home as a remembrance but let me remind you, corals in Tioman Island are protected by law! A huge fine is charged to those who are in possession of a coral upon leaving the island.


#19 An outdoor shower under the tree


#21 The restaurant overlooked the beach and ocean.



No matter where you stay on Tioman Island, you're guaranteed of crystal clear waters, perfect tranquility and a magnificent view and no matter what your budget, there is a wide range of accommodation available around the island!

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