Aloha Amigos ,
Alright , finally ! The post that Amirah Nordin has been requesting for a while . This post is just for fun and who knows if I want to throwback to that moment, I can always come back here. Also, it could be a guide for whoever out there who haven’t join a group trip yet.
We all started with a simple meeting a few days before the trip. Like usual , we were lead by Ameerul . And he works as a planner + our financial manager. Ya Tian was assigned to find a good accommodation. Thenan was responsible to find the equipments for BBQ and Ameera was needed to plan games. Raidah, Mirahnord and I went for some groceries shopping on the day of the trip.
We collected around RM100 per person , that makes our trip worth RM800. I spend around RM85 for food and Ya Tian spend around RM200 for hotel rooms. Transportation costs us around RM300 but I don’t know the exact value. And the rest of the money were spend for our food hunt. After the whole trip, we have around RM150 of balance. I think it was a good trip since we didn’t exceed our budget.
Bla Bla Bla about money. Boring ? Alright back to the trip.
On the day of the trip. Raidah and I was needed to prep for chicken and buy stuff for BBQ like sausages, chili sauces , etc. But We don’t have any vehicles to send and pick us up to Mydin. So this is when Amirah Nordin finally function, when she uses her influence to get us a ride. Yeay ! It was rushing indeed when I have to travel back and forth into Mydin for I missed one or a few things. Then later, as we arrived to our rooms – Raidah and I had to prep all the chicken and sausages. Once we were done, we had like two more hours before we depart to Kuala Terengganu and we haven’t even pack our stuff yet. Errr.
By 3 in the evening , we had one transportation mishap. One of the cars that we rent were used and we couldn’t possibly travel together. We had to split 8 people into two cars. I went with Puvan, Thenan and Ya Tian. We were supposed to move first because Ya Tian wanted to arrive early to check in our hotel rooms. However, we depart to Kuala Terengganu with the other car at the very same time. Meanwhile we went looking for fire, they were waiting for their car. Good news, they got their car. Unfortunately , we got no fire starter.
Around 2 hours and 30 minutes later, we arrived at our hotel in Kuala Terengganu. It was 6.40 PM – we rushed to check in because I have to perform my asar prayer. Later , Ya Tian and I had our pre-dinner at Uncle Chua. A very nice restaurant located just next to the hotel. I’m very satisfied with the hotel room – the price and the coziness suits us well.
After isya , we went to Pantai Batu Buruk and meet up with Ameerul, Ameera , Raidah and Mirahnord. We set up our BBQ equipment – and then comes the real problem. How are we supposed to burn the charcoal without fire starter? Puvan , Mirah and Ya Tian went on the third quest to find a fire starter.
The rest of us stay to try and make something happen. We burn lots of things from tissues to boxes. We tear up the boxes and smashed the charcoal to smaller pieces. It was a real struggle. We all started to complaint how 20 years of living had not teach us anything about manually starting a fire?
We managed to light up all the charcoal 2 hours later. Around 10 pm, we started to grill the sausages and chickens . We also wrapped some sweet potatoes in aluminium and burned it with the charcoal. It was a really pleasant night sitting in a circle – eating and chatting.
Around 11 we already finished packing and cleaning, and we went back to Hotel. Puvan and Thenan went to watch movies , Ya Tian went to visit her friend and the rest of us are back in hotel. Tired and need some sleep.
6.15 AM . Everyone woke up to the sound of alarm and went to perform subuh prayer. By 6.40 we revisit the beach to witness the sunrise , Puvan was the only one left behind because he was just not a morning person. We had our leftover sweet potates by the beach and wet our feet in the water. Picking up some hermit crabs , and taking lots of pictures. Afterwards , we wanted to have breakfast at Mak Ngah Nasi Dagang because it was really famous. But the restaurant was so packed we decided to visit any restaurant by the beach . Luckily we found one that make a very good nasi lemak and Lontong. We spent Rm20 for breakfast and it was worth trying.
Later , we went back to hotel – get dress , pack some stuff and check out. Our next destination was Pasar payang and we didn’t buy anything there ( except for food) , we just walked around taking pictures and scenery. We found a street similar with penang art street – so many beautiful murals and decorations. We decided to walk along the street and take pictures. At first we wanted to visit a dessert shop, but the shop was closed. But I didn’t mind because before that each one of us already had coconut drink and keropok lekor. Simple but tasteful.
After Pasar Payang , we went to McD drive through – had lunch and went straight home. We arrived at USM around 3pm – which makes our trip officially 24 hours only. It was indeed a very short vacation. But it was fantastic and I hope there’s more to this in the future.
So I’ll end my post here. Till I see you guys again.
p/s: Puvan and thenan are crazy drivers – please wear seat belts whenever you ride with them.