First Ever Jalan Raya

I am starting to feel like a country bumpkin after churning out 2 entries about my life..

Seriously, what kind of human am I not to experience JALAN RAYA before? After all, I’m a Singaporean living in a country that embraces racial harmony. Actually, other than Jalan Raya, I also haven’t been to a Malay and Indian wedding. 😦 So embarrassing, so friends of other races, please ENLIGHTEN me by inviting me to the aforementioned events. Teehee.

And yes, three days ago was my Poly class first outing of 2010, right? Maybe not because I could have missed the previous one this year due to work. But anyways, I took the effort the attend this one because it could be the last Poly class outing before we graduate for all you know. And coincidentally (or as planned), it was still Hari Raya. So organiser Sharizan took the initiative (I really appreciate that) to organise a class Raya outing! Heehee, and I visited 2 of my Malay classmates’ houses. It felt kinda like Chinese New Year with the ang paos and all just that the food is SPICIER 😛 We had a blast and certainly gained a few stones from the binging and all but who cares? WE ENJOYED OURSELVES! 🙂

It kept raining this week so it was not surprising to be caught under slight drizzle at Tampines! We were heading to Atikah’s house first and I heard from Leeyen that her mom cooked a lot! Thank god it was only the first house we visited if not I doubt anyone could take in so much awesome food which would be a waste ‘coz Atikah’s mom has FABULOUS culinary skills. On top of that her mother was a great host (pretty too! Just like the daughter) and the hilarious part was when she chased us ALL out of her kitchen because she didn’t want anyone’s help in dish washing. After eating we played with Atikah’s pampered cat, Paris. It was so SHY and basically shunned everyone except for Sharizan. So we poked fun at him saying that Paris was interested in being his girlfriend and even suggested to have their relationship statuses changed on Facebook (yes Paris the cat has an account there).

Our visiting time for subsequent houses got pushed back because of *cough* poor planning and some impunctuality.. but everything went alright! 😛 It was a pity I could only visit Atikah’s and Amira’s house due to some plans after 7pm. Amira has a male cat named Puteh, and after these 2 visits I can conclude that cats are proud animals that would never yearn for the guests’ attention. Instead they’d hide and had to be FORCED to get stroked by the guests. Hahaha.. like what seah?? But even so I bet cats (like PERSIAN CATS!!) make good pets if you like to sayang them and make them feel like Kings on your lap. 😛 Oh yes, over at Amira’s we had PANCAKES (tasted like prata!!), BROWNIES, FISH CRACKERS and this cracker that tasted a bit bitter.. What’s that called?? Jordan said it’s a plant.. Hmmm. Anyway those Hari Raya goodies are TEH BOMBZ! Comparable to Chinese New Year goodies 😉 And the pineapple tarts are equally nice too! Couldn’t stop eating. Seriously, are Malays born to cook?? If so I wouldn’t mind my hawker centre/coffee shop stalls to be all muslim food you know? Better than those PRC vendors who THINK they can cook good Singaporean dishes. Geez gimme a break lah!

And guess whutttt? Amira’s parents gave everyone of us an ang pao (what do you call that in Malay?) each upon leaving!! I’m not excited because of the money but the FIRST-TIME experience! Hahaha yep, that was my first Hari Raya ang pao and I’m not gonna use the money inside anytime soon. It could be my lucky charm!

The next house visit was supposed to be Sharizan’s but I gotta leave right after Amira’s. What a waste! From the photos taken I could tell there were good food there too, as well as Ain’s because there were fish and chips. We had to give Sakinah’s home a miss due to time constraint 😦 It’s alright! Everyone had fun still 😉

More food pictures to make you drool (and some cats as well not to be eaten).

MALAY PINEAPPLE TARTS AMIRA'S PANCAKES BITTER TASTING CRACKERS BUT NICE FISH CRACKERS!! CEREAL SNACK ATIKAH'S MOM'S AWESOME CULINARY SKILLS PARIS PUTEH

xoxo

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A Short Trip to Desaru

I know I haven’t been blogging but do you know? You can request to follow me on Twitter (not a public account by the way, so it’s still up to me to decide who should follow me HAHAHA but don’t worry, if your intention is clear I would allow without hesitation) because I update there most of the time. And honestly, I kindda lost the urge to blog but guess whuttttt??

THE QUEEN IS BACK!! For good ‘coz I haven’t found a weekday job to keep myself occupied and I think I won’t be working since I’m interning soon. I think I deserve a break so..

I shall blog! Let me first blog about my long awaited trip to Desaru! Believe it or not it was my first trip in more than 10 years! I shall unabashedly announce that I only renewed my passport (expired in 1999) this year. Go ahead and laugh all you want.. I find it funny too. Anyway Desaru would also be my virgin trip with baby in celebration of our first year anniversary! Yep, first year already. 🙂

It took me a very long time to persuade my parents to allow me to go away during the Hungry Ghost Festival. To calm them down I promised to bring along every amulet they gave me 😛 If my memory hasn’t failed me, I think I went there with baby and two other friends (baby’s colleagues Wendy and Wesley. For convenience sake I shall call them WW since they’re a lovely couple too) on 15 August. It was a Sunday and we went there by CAR straight after work. Adventurous hor? And of course since it was my first getaway in MANY years, I was very excited and even went online to learn more about my destination..

Comments online were MOSTLY negative (i.e. many lizards, mosquitoes, bad service etc.). My mood was dampened a bit but I realised I would enjoy more if I went there with a lower expectation. And baby’s explanation makes sense too.. People only make the effort to give negative feedback but the good ones are always kept silent. So travelers, do take online comments with a pinch of salt..

So I got into the car at about 6.30 pm and arrived at Pulai Desaru Beach Resort at about 9.30 pm. The car ride there was pretty scary because you know, the street lights along Malaysian roads are SO dim! Some roads didn’t even have street lights and we had to rely plainly on reflective signs (so cheapo lor). If I said I wasn’t a single bit worried about my safety I would be lying. But thank God that was the only negative experience I had in Desaru 🙂

ROOM SERVICEFirst day was just checking into our resort rooms, ordering of room service, playing Monopoly Deal and planning of activities for subsequent days. Nothing much.. I just knew we were entitled to breakfast buffet for the 3 days of our stay there. Thankfully for baby and I, our room was BIG, well-furnished and clean. Hehe!

CROISSANTBaby and I woke up pretty late the next morning so we only had like, 30 minutes left for breakfast buffet? It was still the fasting period for Muslims so I half expected the food to be a bit blant.. cos you know, muslim chefs couldn’t taste the food and make them right.. BUT surprise surprise! Food was SPLENDID although it was only buffet! Their croissants would be one of the things on top of their scramble eggs that would make me visit Desaru again. You had to toast them yourself and trust me, the CRISP of the croissant was just awesome. I felt like a Queen having breakfast there lah and we practically had it facing the beach. Aww man, life was damn good I swear!! We had the same food (NOT SICK OF IT DEFINITELY!!) for two days. Amongst the good breakfast food we had were baked beans, chicken sausage and some other stuff which I’ve forgotten.

BABY CROC <3 After our first meal we headed to the crocodile farm by car! We were the only visitors there and had to pay RM10 on top of our admission fee (forgot how much) for a guided tour. The farm.. honestly, had nothing much except if you’re a huge fan of crocodiles. It’s an eye-opener for me because I could hold a baby croc with my BARE HANDS! Awesome or what? Teehee.. The skin was so smooth and soft and.. You get the idea!!

CROC EGGWe also learned that the crocodiles there consume humans skinned chickens probably left over from the wet markets. Some were even too lazy to move and eat. No wonder they looked so FAT. Hahaa, but cute nonetheless. The oldest crocodile there was over 100 years old! I was also given a crocodile egg (hatched already obviously) from the minders as a souvenir! 🙂 It’s now seated nicely on my dressing table.

ME AND LIL GOAT Right after crocodile farm was fruit farm! We wanted to try go-kart but it was pouring on our way there so plans changed. Unfortunately for us, it wasn’t the “right” season to visit the fruit farm because durians have ripe and eaten up! What’s left on the durian trees are some miserable-looking under-ripe durians 😦 Sigh! Maybe baby and I will go on a durian trip at Malaysia again! Tour guide was informative and helpful too. Thumbs up! But what made me miss the fruit farm was however, NOT the fruits but the mini zoo in there. Haha I kindda neglected the animals there for the goats! Awww I’ve never touched and fed so many goats in my life 🙂 But you have to pay a meagre sum to feed those poor things.. RM1.00 for a stalk of grass. I think the caretaker noticed that I enjoyed feeding them so much that he gave me a free stalk on my next purchase! SO NICE OF HIM!! Therefore RM2 for 3 stalks altogether. Yay, happy girl was me. 🙂

We had trouble finding places to eat though partly because it was still fasting period and many coffeeshops were closed and also because Desaru was kindda deserted! But it was OK, ‘coz we eventually found a decent place to dine at. For the first time, too, in my life, I broke fast with the muslims. Hahaha so dinner for DAY 2 was a mini buffet at this independent looking coffeeshop. RM10 per head. Then, we headed back to our hotel/resort and waited for the bus to bring us to the FIREFIES!! Initially I wasn’t that excited ‘coz I’d seen fireflies before during my P5 camp. But then again, Desaru surprised me..

ON OUR WAY TO WATCH THE FIREFLIESWe had to be on a ship to watch the fireflies because those pretty little things were hidden among the bushes surrounded by the waters. So our tour guides had to literally alarm those flies by splashing water towards the bushes. Within a second, the bushes lit up like Christmas trees! Sparkle sparkle, so nice!! And the best part was, they even captured some flies with their hands and GAVE THEM TO US! That night, I held so many blinking flies with my bare hands! It felt like a fairytale and it was a wonderful experience that P5 camp never gave me 🙂 The outing lasted for about 30 minutes? Well spent! It was a pity they didn’t provide us bottles to catch the flies (I know it’s a cruel thought but they are TOO PRETTY to resist!!). That would make an AWESOME souvenir. Hahaha But I think by the time we reach our resort, it would be dead. 😦

Day 3 was.. more or less shopping at Johore (City Square mall) thanks to WW’s willingless to accommodate to my shopping request (paiseh). Shopping malls were SUPER far (felt like we were going to Woodlands checkpoint) from Desaru so I think ah, we must had used up a lot of petrol during the journey. The items were priced ALMOST the same as Singapore’s so don’t be fooled. Hahaha.. But some were definitely a bargain. Baby and I ate so much there including some Italian ice cream. 🙂

DEPARTURE At night was the BEST part. We had dinner at this restaurant (weird that we couldn’t locate it on our second day using GPRS) which was owned by these Malaysians whom we felt were Singaporeans. Hahaha.. They had this claim on their signboard that they were voted BEST FOOD by Singaporeans.. so ah, cannot doubt their standard right? We had a SUMPTUOUS meal there which included CRABS! Woohoo, life was so good!! AHHHHH

And finally, we had to bid Desaru farewell on day 4! Wesley had to work at 9 am so we got to leave by 6 am to avoid the traffic jam! It was a rush but still I managed to find time to snap some last shots. I knew I was gonna MISS Desaru so much!! So if any friends plan to go Desaru again, DO LET ME KNOW OK?? 🙂

Oh yeah being Singaporean, I bought DAMN LOT of chewing and bubble gums back. HAHAHA.

More pictures shortly! Roll mouse over for description 🙂 Apparently nothing appears 😦 Don’t worry I’ll get it fixed pronto. Meanwhile just enjoy the visuals. More pics on my FB album 🙂

OUR PASS TO BREAKFAST BUFFET ORANGE JUICE CHOO CHOO TRAIN FOR KIDS BABY AND ME AT CROC FARM BABY AND I AT FRUIT FARM SOUVENIR FROM FRUIT FARM ITALIAN ICE CREAM DAY 3 DINNER :) CRABS MAN TOU TO GO ALONG WITH CRABS

Desaru would be one of my first getaways definitely! I’m on a lookout for a more affordable destination to spend my holiday at.. Probably the next place would be at Thailand? And gradually we’ll explore Europe, I hope! I shall prepare a list of countries I’d like to visit in awhile!! ^_^

More entries comin’ riiiiiight up!