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Saturday, March 25

Pulau Pemanggil, Dayang, and Aur

Crystal clear and turquoise green water. Swaying coconut trees as the cool sea breeze blows. Soft white sand. Peace and tranquility.

Hahaha... these are the words that i've learnt upon reading reviews about islands & beaches from the net. They make the holiday trip to islands & beaches wonderful ya? They sound good!

It has been 6 days since i got home from my tirp to Pulau Pemanggil, Dayang, and Aur. Am sufferring from itchiness on my shoulder and back now, results from sun-burning and skin peeling. In short, i feel like a snake now, shedding my skin, leaving patches of white(new cells) and black(dead cells), IT'S UGLY!

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From left to right: Adrienne, Ju Liang, Me, Joanne, Albert with the same LandCruiser II we used for Cameron trip. Departed from Seremban at 1am, went through Kuala Pilah, Batu Kikir, Muadzam Shah, Kuala Rompin, and reached Mersing, Johor at 5am. The driver and I (navigator) felt like a zombie soon after getting out of the car, tired n sleepy! Had breakfast at the 24hr canteen at the jetty. Tips: Try the nasi lemak of the inner most stall, delicious! But teh tarik: thumbs down.

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After a 2 hr speed boat ride, we've reached P.Pemanggil! No matter how tired or restless u are, upon seeing the beautiful resort and 10 ft clear water, it all feels wonderful and relaxing :)

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Lanting Beach Resort.

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The dining room. The meals were delicious! finger licking good! mouth watering! U gotta try the fish and sotong, uhhhhh mmmm yum yum! it's so fresh!

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Check-in into room. 1doubble bed + 1 single bed + fan + 24hr electricity. This is the panaromic view from my room, superb! The jetty is right down there. Check out the horizon, upper side is light blue, bottom side is dark blue. All rooms are facing the sea.

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Joanne, Me, Albert = roommates. I was their light bulb, preventing them from night activities! :P

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All geared-up! Snorkel + Mask + Fin/Flipper + Life Jacket = RM15/person for whole trip, very cheap!

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So, we went snorkelling and saw these fish. I think i'm snorkelling at home everyday! LoL!

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Then, we went sight-seeing. Wooden walkway bridges were built to walk over huge rocks.

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The view of pemanggil beach from a huge rock on a hill. Coconut trees everywhere! they should call the island Pulau Kelapa instead haha!

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*sing with me
"L.O.L.O.N.U.T LOLONUT! LoL!!! this lolonut tree has a 'L' shape tree trunk.

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Very special tree, unique in a different way.

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Another unique product from mother nature. If u can't figure out what it is, it's the tree trunk of the tree. Sights that u dun seee often.

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Having a shade from the hot evening sun under the unique tree.

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The clones aka twins.

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Around 4pm. The sun was scorching hot! that's when the sunburn started. Nice pic ya? Coconut trees in a row.

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Just another beautiful pic. But the sea seems to be slanting! Run!

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Around 630pm. A peaceful sunset. Aw... just sit down and relax :)

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2 days after the full moon. Cloudless sky with a bright reflection of the moon on the sea surface.

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Day 2. Off we go on the tradisional fishing boat to Pulau Dayang and Pulau aur. Notice how clear the water is. It was slow, but steady. Just sit back and enjoy the wind as the boat moves.

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BUT, it was so slow that we chose to have a nap(sunbathe) instead haha! In the background, the small island is Pulau Dayang, and the huge 1 is Pulau Aur.

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Beach Boy on the look for on-coming boats. I wonder who that is?!

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That's right, the beach boy is me!

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Me and Albert. "BANG BANG!"

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Taking a break from the aviation industry, Albert decided to take up maritime instead. "Eye eye, Sir!"

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Captain Albert safely monouvered through South China Sea and reached the jetty of Pulau Dayang.

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What'cha looking at!? Dinner time! The resort operator really does ring a copper bell, DING DONG DING DONG! then everyone will rush out from the room and head towards dining room. I miss the fresh fish & sotong :( On the 1st day, me and bert used fork and spoon. On the 2nd day, we used chopsticks, just to be different. And on the 3rd day, we used our bare hands to eat! wahhahaa... product of multi-culture country! :P

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Me, Albert, and Ju Liang - The 3 machos.

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U know what is in this 3 bottles? It's shredded Malaysian Ringgit paper notes! RM1, RM2, RM5, RM10, RM50, and RM100! I'm not kidding! i was so shocked to see this, in fact it was my 1st time seeing such thing! I wonder whether it's false money from Bank Negara or the resort operator is too rich and has too much paper notes that he wanna get rid of them?

3d2n RM288 (not including Rm30 car petrol/person). Trip finish. My verdict? Not worth going. Why? Cos there's no more corals for snorkelling trips. Malaysian water is going through too much destruction, whatever is left is dead corals. I only saw 2 soft corals(anemonies) and 6 clown fish in 3d2n. That's saddening. So, i hope u guys take up diving too, cos 20-30m down in the sea, it is still very beautiful, definitely will satisfy you.

If snorkelling is a better choice for u, then Redang is a good spot, but u have to pay RM5 to view beautiful corals as they are protected under the marine park. (but then again Redang was reported with some damage to the corals bout 2 weeks ago, result from tourist)Better spots to snorkel in Malaysia? Sabah. There's Pulau Layang-layang... TAR islands, still very beautiful. If u r loaded, then try mauritius and carribean hahaha! why am i comparing!?

Anyone still dare to step into the water of Port Dickson? eww.... *vomit
For more info, check out Lanting Beach Resort.

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