Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A Tale of Two Islands, Part 2: The Beach

Two friends and myself decided we should try the "Doctor Fish" treatment we had been hearing so much about. This can be described as putting your feet in a tank full of little fish who apparently are "trained" to eat the dead skin off of your feet and legs. It was one of the strangest feelings I have ever experienced. The three of us were laughing the entire time just because it tickled to such an extreme degree, especially when the fish decided to nibble in between your toes and at the bottoms of our feet. Here is a video to really spell it out to you what I am talking about:



As you can tell from the video, we were very very loud so the few people that were in the shop were all staring at us. But we could not help ourselves.

The fifteen minutes of being fed to the fish was over so we continued to wander around town. Now we were in search of getting a Thai massage, at 11:30 P.M. We eventually found a place that was still open and so my second massage of the vacation commenced. For the most part it went over in about the same manner as the first massage. The key difference, though, was that this massage included a little bit of banter. It was nothing beyond that, but it just made for a funny yet awkward moment as the three of us made strange conversation with the three masseuses.

It took an hour an half to run our errands between the Doctor Fish and the Thai massage, but it was finally time for us to hang on the beach for the remainder of the night. I made it back to the new place we were staying at later in the morning and rejoiced at being able to sleep in a half decent bed.

I woke up a few hours later and met some friends on the same beach we had been hanging out on both day and night. We laid out on the beach for a few hours before grabbing lunch then making ways to the pier. From the docks we met up with the rest of our group and took a long-tail boat out into the Andaman Sea to see the one and only, Maya Beach (in case you are wondering what a long-tail boat is, here is a picture to show you a few examples on Maya Beach). The sight of the movie "The Beach," starring Leonardo DiCaprio, is one of the main attractions in Koh Phi Phi because it was where the film was shot but also for its natural beauty.

Before heading to the island that Maya Beach is located on, Koh Phi Phi Leh, the boat stopped over on a little beach near where we were staying to check out some monkeys like this guy below. It was great to be able to get up close to the monkeys and see them interact with each other. However, one of the girls in our group ended up getting to close to the monkeys. What happened was two baby monkeys were playing with each other then ended up running into her and started "playing" with her legs. She then immediately ran away from the five or six monkeys that, from my vantage point, looked to have chased her a few yards across the beach. It was unfortunate to have happened to someone just trying to get a picture up close with the monkeys, yet so funny to watch since no one was hurt and they were just playing around. I myself, as well as the other fifteen or so tourists we were with, all took quite a few steps back from the monkeys after that.

Our group was assembled back onto the boat and off we were to Koh Phi Phi Leh! We pushed forward across the Andaman against the waves coming from yachts and ferries to finally reach a beautiful area on the side of the island. It was here that we got to snorkel for a bit. It was annoying at first, however, as the guy working our vessel went in very shallow waters where the sea urchins were to be found. So I said almost under my breath that the guy who we rented chalets from in Tioman Island said to watch out for them since they can get stuck in your skin and really hurt you. Immediately, a good majority of the fifteen people on the boat started freaking out. Eventually, we got deep enough in the water that everyone ended up snorkeling for a bit. I did think it was funny how I wasn't trying to scare everybody from the getting in the water, yet somehow that's exactly what I accomplished for a period of time. After snorkeling for thirty minutes, we moved on to check out other aesthetically appeasing parts of the island as well as get to snorkel two more times. I got to see some really cool stuff snorkeling like the some of the same tropical fish we saw in Tioman Island. I even swam to the bottom at one point and watched two angel fish eating some coral. It really is rewarding when creatures of the ocean don't notice you are there so you get to watch them go about their normal course of business.

Now it really was time to see Maya Beach. Our long-tail boat reached the entrance to Maya Bay as we hung a right, into the passage way between the giant limestone hills. There before us, stood an incredible sight of a white beach with magnificently colored waters all around. Besides the number of tourists that were to be found on the beach at this particular part of the day, it truly was paradise the way Leonardo DiCaprio described it in the film. To the right is the incredible view we had from the beach of the astoundingly tall hills that surrounded much of the island. We hung out in the refreshing waters of Maya Bay for a little over an hour before heading back to the Koh Phi Phi Don.

On the way back, we caught one of the most amazing sunsets, I and I'm sure most people on the boat, had ever witnessed. About halfway in between both Koh Phi Phi Leh and Koh Phi Phi Don, the driver of the boat turned off his engine and everyone on board just sat motionless without saying a word. Everyone stared off into the distance for a good five minutes to watch the sun accelerate out of our line of sight. It was a spectacular afternoon to have seen the infamous Maya Beach and then get to watch the sunset in open waters. The boat reached the point where we had started only four hours prior.

Our group then went off in all directions. It was time to get ready for another night on the town...

Sunday, September 26, 2010

A Tale of Two Islands, Part 1: Bring on the Buckets!

Recess break at last! An entire week off from school to relax and see more of southeast Asia.

Our journey begins at 4:30 A.M. MYT on Saturday, September 18th. After taxiing over to the airport, we get checked in an took care of other mundane activities. To our delight, some friends of ours from NUS, were also there on their way to Cambodia and Vietnam. Why am I telling you this? Well because I thought it was pretty funny that one of our buds in particular was still "under the influence" from the previous night. This made for an interesting conversation on my end and I'm sure an even more amusing plane ride for him. An already humorous beginning to our travels. We said our goodbyes to the other group of NUS students and wished each other a good time on our respective vacations, then headed for the gate.

The flight took off at 6:40 A.M. and in a flash (the flight was only ninety minutes) we were at the Krabi-Phi Phi Airport in Thailand. Exhausted and all, we continued our trek to our first destination, Ko Phi Phi. To get from the airport to the docks, we took a songthaew like the one to the right here, which is pretty much a small truck with two benches in the back. It is an optimal setup for the locals to squeeze as many tourists as possible into these things. Not really having grasped the third-world country part of Thailand yet, this initially came off to me as very sketchy. We still hopped on back and ten minutes later we found ourselves at the ferry that would take us across the Andaman Sea.

The three of us boarded the overcrowded vessel and took refuge on the bow of the ship without any seats or cover from the sun. I somehow managed to fall asleep while getting pretty badly sunburned and using my overstuffed backpack as a pillow. It didn't matter though, for when I woke up, there stood before me one of the most stunning visuals I have ever laid my eyes on. It was an incredible sight to see crystal blue waters, white beaches, and eye-soaring mountains. The scene looked like it was straight out of a movie (partially because it was). We came into shore, got settled with accommodation, and headed for the beach. It was satisfying to have survived traveling under the cloak of night and now sit on such a marvelous beach by mid-day. The soft sand, clear waters, surrounding landscape that seemed to have an infinite amount of foliage, all while not being crowded with too many other tourists. It was a moment that I surely will never let escape from my memory bank.

Shortly after laying out by the water, a guy was walking around with a monkey for people to take pictures with. The monkey, named Peter, was a funny little guy dressed up from head to toe. I had to the seize the opportunity. As the man approached us, Peter almost immediately jumped onto my shoulder and started making some screeching noises, which kind of got me worried since I had no idea what he wanted. Well I lived to tell the story and here's the picture to prove it:

Later, we caught up with other NUS students on the island. Together we climbed to one of the highest points on Koh Phi Phi to the Viewpoint to catch what would be a spectacular sunset. Overlooking the beach to the our right and the docks on our left with the orange and red skies all around, we sat and watched the sun settle in the west. No words could do justice to what I saw that afternoon, definitely check out my pictures of Flickr to see exactly what I'm talking about (you can find them at the top right portion of the page).

Following our hike, we took a dip in the warm waters surrounding Ko Phi Phi to mellow out before the night's festivities that were to come. I believe I have written in this blog before about the lack of of food variety in Singapore; no such issue in Thailand. For the first time since leaving America, I was enjoying Mexican food. How good it felt to finally take a break from Chinese food and have a burrito! In addition, they have pretty much had anything one would ever want on the island: Thai food, Italian, American, Chinese, etc.

After dinner, it was time for a Thai massage to loosen up from what had already been a very long day. Relieving as it was, one would definitely find it to be one of the more aggressive types of massages considering the number of times they were practically just punching you in the back. Still well worth the 200 baht (approximately $6.66).

Not too long after the massage, I found myself in an Irish Pub conversing, playing pool, and having a few drinks with friends. Let me pause for a moment and tell you about how drinks are served in Koh Phi Phi. Remember the pail and shovel you had when you were building sand castles on the beach as a kid? Throw out that shovel and pick up the pail because on this island you get buckets filled up with any alcoholic beverage from Mai Thais to Mojitos.

But back to the story. We then left the pub as a decently sized group to go across the road to the infamous Reggae Bar. Known for its boxing ring, Reggae Bar holds mock Muay Thai fights as well as real fights between tourists. To anybody that dares to get in the ring, they get a free bucket for the entertainment they provide to others. Even with such an offer on the table, I still felt no part of me that wanted to do it so I stayed outside the ropes. We watched a few different fights between NUS students. It was a lot of fun to watch considering no one really knew what they were doing and everyone had already had a bit to drink. A dangerous yet entertaining combination for all to see. I have a few videos (still trying to find some more) of the fights on my YouTube account here: http://www.youtube.com/user/airmcnair8643

The fighting came to a conclusion and we moved on to the beach parties that included multiple DJs patrolling different beach bars and many tourists from all over the world. Everyone ended up just hopping from one place to the next before settling down at the 24 hour bar, Stones. Our large group of NUS students hung out there well into the night before people decided to go to sleep. The original three of us who came to Koh Phi Phi together just decided to sleep on the beach in part due to laziness and our accommodation not being so close to where we were. And that was just day 1...

I woke up the next day to a bunch of Thais banging on bongos singing songs at 7:00 A.M. I still had no clue what they were doing up, let alone making such a raucous. I woke the other two people I was with and commenced with the day's activities. We began our day by changing the place we were staying so as to be more centrally located to the beaches and nightlife on the island. Then it was back to the beach, where I did some physics studying and enjoyed the clear waters of Koh Phi Phi.

That night, there was a triple-header of English Premiership games going on. This was a real treat first as a fan of Chelsea FC to see my team play as well as watch football/soccer with people from all parts of the globe, but mainly the United Kingdom. We saw a few games over dinner and drinks before it was time to head back to the beach, again.

However, three of us in particular were feeling spontaneous and had other plans in store prior to the beach parties...

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

It Had to Happen

Six weeks since having last touched American soil. I had forced the issue for as long as I could, but now I had to face the facts, I needed a haircut.

I knew of a few people who had gone to this one place on the NUS campus that from what I had seen seemed capable of giving a decent haircut. So I tried my hand at it. It was a little different than what I've come to expect at these sorts of places; I was immediately handed a book of different hairstyles as soon as I sat down. Here is one of the pages I found containing some more abstract looks that I am used to seeing. I did eventually find something a little more conservative that wouldn't be turning heads every time I went to class. I didn't think it turned out too bad, although, my friends out here may say otherwise. You can decide for yourself what you think of my Singaporean haircut when some pictures get posted at some point in the near future.

More importantly, I will be heading to the Kingdom of Thailand in three days. I will remind all of you that I am starting out in Koh Phi Phi to hit the beach for a few days. This will sound cliché to anyone in Singapore considering every exchange student always mentions it when going to this island but for everyone at home, Koh Phi Phi was the sight where the movie "The Beach" with Leonardo DiCaprio was shot. For those who have not seen this film, from a few scenes in the movie you can tell that Koh Phi Phi looks stunning. Through word of mouth, I have heard a lot about the island since quite a few exchange students have already had the opportunity to visit this part of Thailand. Besides the aforementioned aesthetics of Koh Phi Phi, I heard about relatively cheap accommodation, a particular bar that includes a boxing ring for people to fight each other (more on this in a moment), and the Thai hookers. No, I have no interest whatsoever in them, I will just say without getting too graphic that they are very aggressive in getting one's attention. Regarding the ring, I don't think I'm looking to come home with a bruise on my buttocks the way one UConn student did just last week. Despite the fact that you do get free drinks in return for the entertainment you provide, it still doesn't seem worthwhile.

Following Koh Phi Phi, I will be heading to Koh Phan Ngan to check out the infamous Full Moon Party that, as one would expect, takes place during every full moon.

Unfortunately, I will be bringing along some work for school considering the week I get back I have a paper due, granted it is only 1000 words long, a physics test, and other readings to take care of. I won't be straining myself too hard while on vacation but it is still an inconvenience that I will have school on my mind while on dazzling white beaches. Speaking of school, I will briefly talk about a unique way courses at run at NUS as opposed to American schools. This being the last week prior to recess break, it is the last week for many professors to teach their respective classes. This is because a different teacher will come in after break and finish out the remainder of the semester. I do not know what may be the reasoning behind this unless professors take turns between teaching and conducting research but that is just a blind guess.

So this will most likely be my last post until about a week from now. Expect to hear a lot about the trip as well as see many photos of my journey through the many islands in Thailand.

Recess Break 2010, here we go...

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Lazy Saturday

It has been a quiet day thus far, mainly doing some homework and laundry. This week was only four days long because we had no Friday classes for Hari Raya Puasa. So I have had plenty of time to take care of the very little homework assigned in addition to planning out future trips. The talks for going to Beijing in December are increasing as dates are being decided, accommodation is getting worked out, as well as ironing out other miscellaneous details.

Meanwhile, I will be in Thailand one week from today! I'm very excited to finally go visit a country in southeast Asia not named "Malaysia." I will remind you all that I will be on the Thai islands of Koh Phi Phi and Koh Pha Ngan to take in the beautiful weather and beaches they have to offer. It will also be my first time taking a budget airline, hopefully I just have enough leg room so that my knees aren't buried into my chest.

Now that I've told you about next week, let me recap last week. After returning from Tioman, it was time to hit the books again. But, not too hard since there isn't that much to do. Let me also remind you that the majority (80%) of my classes are determined by the final exam. I did catch up on my courses after doing absolutely nothing last weekend from the one homework assignment due today to reading textbooks for a few classes.

For the work I was doing, more the quality than quantity, I thought I deserved to go out on Wednesday once more. If you haven't caught on yet, Wednesday is as big, if not bigger, in Singapore than Friday and Saturday for going out. With it being Rosh Hashanah, I had planned on meeting a friend at the temple for services. Problem was that I had class till 6:00 P.M. when the service started at 6:45 P.M. and then it was impossible to get a taxi on campus because they were either all taken or when I called for one, they couldn't find me on the street. It was pretty pathetic. So instead, another friend of mine joined me at a restaurant/bar/club kind of thing that we were at last week called Le Baroque; it has an all-you-can-drink bar from 9-11:30 P.M. for S$20 (that's $15) on Mondays and Wednesdays with a really good cover band that takes requests to do about every classic American song you could think of. There are few things more exciting than when this band plays "Empire State of Mind" by Jay-Z being as far away from home as I am. Once 11:30 came around, we moved on to the Singapore university party at Home Club that included students from National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technical University, and Singapore Management University. It was a fun time, although, everyone will agree with me that it was very crowded since the place was small and the D.J. was less than stellar.

Thursday night, we made our way down to Little India for a late dinner and to check out some inexpensive shops. I ended up having the most expensive meal in Singapore up to this point; it was well worth it. The Indian food was of pretty good quality starting off with some Northern Indian style wings as a starter, then having chili chicken and an egg prata for the main course. To cope with the spiciness, I ended up having approximately three Mango Lassis to subdue the stinging on the tip of my tongue. I ended up spending S$39 for the whole meal, it is still hard for me to get over spending that much in one sitting. This is quite the feat considering how inexpensive most food in Singapore is.

On a different note, while I may be 9000 miles away from my birthplace of New York City, I will say that it still feels surreal looking back to nine years ago and thinking about 9/11, the day the world changed. Replaying the day through my mind, I remember the tiniest of details about when our entire school found out about the attacks to going home and seeing the awful visuals on the television screen. It is a day I myself as I am sure everyone else from my generation will never forget whether or not you lost someone you knew. I didn't think it would be right to post on 9/11 without at least making a mention of it, besides I'm trying to retain my American roots during my time here.

I will conclude by saying, màn zǒu, which means "take care" in English. While I would love to learn some Mandarin during my time in Singapore, it is unrealistic and so I will just try and pick up some words and phrases along the way. Knowing some Chinese would definitely serve me well considering the older generation of Singaporeans know little to no English.

So as I was saying, yī lù píng ān or "bon voyage!"

Monday, September 6, 2010

Cheers, Mate!: A Tioman Island Excursion

Two Americans, two Englishmen, and an Irishmen set off for Tioman Island, located just off the coast of mainland Malaysia near Mersing. It was Friday night and the five of us gathered in front of PGP at 8:00 P.M. to head over to the border between Singapore and Malaysia. The plan was to take a taxi to customs at the border, ride the bus from Johor Bahru to Mersing, then wait out a ferry to take us over to Tioman Island.

All went according to plan as we eventually made it to Mersing at 3:00 A.M. on Saturday. It made no sense to get any form of accommodation considering the first ferry that could get us to the island was at 6:00 A.M. (although nothing in Malaysia is ever on time as this ferry didn't leave until 7:00 A.M.). For the three or so hours of waiting, the five of us played a variety of card games while numerous stray cats kept a watchful eye on us. Some of them even came so close as to make my fellow compatriot and I jump from our seats since I will just say we aren't the biggest fans of cats. Besides the card playing, us Americans were introduced to some unique games that our U.K. friends played. The first one being anyone who says the word "mine" at any point in conversation must do ten push-ups for each time they say the word (I just did ten push-ups even though I was explaining the game to other people I won't argue it). The second game is if you say anything about a girl, whether you know them or not, and someone then says "Tell her," then you have to go tell them. I won't give examples of things people said this trip, but you can get creative and just imagine.

With very little sleep under our belts, we got on the ferry and arrived in Air Batang on Tioman Island at approximately 8:30 A.M. that Saturday. I was salivating over my first impressions of the island as we pulled into the dock. This was one of the first things we saw:


The water, the beach, the mountains, the jungle. It was incredible to have awoken from a deep sleep to see a paradise as extravagant as this. The weather was incredible when we got off the boat; sunny and less humid than in Singapore.

After finding a place to stay in Air Batang, it was off to the beach where I fell asleep in the sand and burned my whole back. Sorry Mom, I let you down. We also did some snorkeling and saw a number of fish and coral in the tropical waters of Tioman Island. After spending the entire day in and around the beach, we had a dinner and drinks nearby while playing more cards games, mainly the game ***hole.

Later on, things got a little interesting. We thought we could venture to another part of the island, Salang, on foot. Only problem is we didn't really know how to get there. Four of us ending up making a forty five minute walk to the airport, which is in the complete opposite direction of Salang. Luckily, we hitched a ride with some random construction worker back to Air Batang, saving us a lot of time. For your kindness I say to you cheers, mate!

I will tell you that the one downside to Tioman is the lack of nightlife it provides. Most restaurants and stores close down at around 10 P.M. with only one or two bars open after that. But for this night, following the walk we were all ready to get some sleep for the long day we would have that Sunday.

With people being low on cash, we had to make a trip back to the airport first thing on Sunday to get to the nearest ATM. This time, though, we chose to rent some bikes instead. It reminded me a lot of when I would go every summer with my family to Martha's Vineyard and bike around the island in a similar manner. It was incredible when we got to the airport to see a plane land and take off from the tiny runway located next to the huge mountain seen in many of the photos I've taken. No wonder very few flights come through Tioman each day.

When we returned back to Air Batang, it was time to partake in what would take up the majority of our day, a five hour long snorkeling trip. The four of us (one person went diving since he is certified) hopped on a boat with a local fisherman and set off for nearby Tulai Island.

Battling some relatively calm yet somewhat rough waters considering the boat we were in, we reached the island. I am going to apologize in advance that we didn't have an underwater camera with us for the following part of this passage.

The picture on the right is where we first stopped just off the coast of the tiny island. Right as we were about to jump into the mostly clear waters, the fisherman takes out a loaf of bread and starts throwing slices of it in the water for the fish to eat. A number of tropical fish immediately sprung up for whatever tiny morsel they could get. I entered the water near the feeding frenzy and saw a ton of some of the coolest looking creatures I have ever seen. Fish with strips, others with cool coloring patterns, and some that looked like they were glow-in-the-dark. It was a marvel to see the schools of fish, the coral reefs, and even a sea turtle slowly moving along the ocean floor. We explored the waters around this part of the island for about a half an hour to forty five minutes.

We then moved on to bigger and better things, reef sharks. The fisherman took us near the rock formation seen below that was little a further away from the shore to find some reef sharks and check out more aquatic life. The water wasn't as clear or as calm as it was at our first stop making it difficult to see, but nonetheless, a few of us were able to find some reef sharks about a yard in length. One person found a bunch of clown fish over by the rocks. As you can imagine, a number of "Finding Nemo" references were made throughout this boating adventure like quoting from the scene where Nemo says "Amnemonemomne" or people saying "I found the Dory fish." Otherwise, not as many tropical fish were to be found or were hanging out at depths I didn't feel like swimming to. Regardless, it was nice to cool down in the water since my back was still burned from the day before.

It was then time to have some rest and relaxation on one of Tulai's many beaches. We made our way around the island to a beach that sported clear waters, soft sand, and plenty of quality snorkeling. By now, the sun was starting to peak out from behind the clouds making for a more enjoyable experience. When we got back in the water to go snorkeling around this area, we were met by something not quite as friendly as the previously mentioned tropical fish. I have no clue what species they were, all I know is they were jet black fish all over and had a knack for biting people. I stood and watched underwater for five minutes while one person had to defend himself against this one black fish. It would come and get swatted at by this person, then hide in some shelter for a few seconds followed by coming back out into the open only to get swatted again by the individual. The black fish almost won at one point when in a failed attempt it tried to go up his bathing suit. This process repeated itself over and over again while I played the role of innocent bystander who may or may not have been laughing the entire time this took place.

Of course, karma took hold and so it would be only five minutes later snorkeling further out from the beach that a black fish tried to bite me in the back. It was funny as we all tried to avoid the black fish so as to enjoy seeing more colorful and peaceful ones, I might add. We also saw a manta ray hanging out under some coral right before we decided to leave Tulai.

It was time to head back to Tioman, having left for Tulai Island over three hours prior. Our guide, the fisherman, took us to the real Salang, just north of Air Batang. It was funny to finally have reached what seemed like almost a mythical place following the mishap from the night before. We enjoyed a nice lunch and walked around a bit to see a more touristy setup than in Air Batang, but still very much a relaxed environment. Before heading back, our last stop was snorkeling in Monkey Bay to complete trip.

We then returned to shore, changed, and headed back to the beach for drinks and hanging out. Before that, though, here comes one of the I wouldn't call highlights but more interesting moments of the trip. There is one sidewalk to get you up and down Air Batang. As we were walking, there was a little Malaysian boy anywhere from 2-4 years old standing in the middle of it, arms and legs fully extended as if to say we could not pass. Did I mention he was bare-naked? Confused and unsure what to do, we approached the boy seeing if he would move. Nope, wasn't going to happen. We stood toe to toe with him for a few seconds; the one nude child standing among five twenty-somethings. One person tried to get by but the boy grabbed onto him. We all burst out into laughter as he had to runaway from the kid for a moment. The boy comes back and I try to get by, but instead comes within inches of grabbing me. The other three in our group sneak by him, while I'm pulling jukes and spins to get by this kid while staying on the path (who knows what I would have stepped on in the foliage, otherwise). It was funny when we all got by the youngster since we jogged away to keep our distance from the nude child as the mother called him to come back.

We finally made it to the beach area by the bar to enjoy the sunset seen here:I was startled at one point on the beach when I saw a very large gecko of sorts sprint out of the jungle onto the beach near where we were sitting. It was a harmless creature but it's size caught me off guard as it moved across the sand. While I do have photos of some monitor lizards I ran into, I don't have a picture of this guy to show.

Once nightfall fell upon Tioman, we decided to have a pricier seafood meal. By pricier I mean still very inexpensive considering we were paying in Ringitts, but more expensive than the $3-$6 meals we had been getting the last few days. We all enjoyed barracuda, mackerel, king fish, and prawn caught only the day before. A solid meal to cap off the weekend. Following the feast, we hung out at the bar down the path and played more ***hole while meeting other tourists and locals until about 3 A.M. I will just say that everyone was really getting into the game to the point where, for those who know how to play, we had nine positions: a god, a president, a vice president, three secretaries, and three lowers positions with the last one bearing the name of the game.

Overall, the trip was great for some R & R. I would say we were a great group as far as having the same agenda and priorities regarding what to do in Tioman. This group, which includes three people from the United Kingdom, always had me within earshot of someone saying "Cheers, mate," never failing for an internal chuckle since it is rare I ever hear such a formal way of saying "Thank you."

There was never a boring moment and a good time was had by all for the duration of our stay. Who knows, maybe I will venture back once more before the semester is over...

Cheers, mate.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Round Two

This should end up being a quick and short post in comparison to my previous entries, but very important as you shall see.

It is time to head back to good ole Malaysia with a different destination in store for us exchange students. Rather than getting caught up in the concrete jungle of Kuala Lumpur, we will be heading to Tioman Island. This remote landmass located just off the coast of Malaysia is considered by many to be one of the best beach destinations in the world.

I am looking forward to an interesting Friday consisting of a three hour physics lab in the morning, one hour physics lecture after that, then a three hour European Literature seminar.

Once I have survived what will be a long day, we will begin our travels to this Tioman Island at around 7 P.M. The plans call for us to get to the coast of Malaysia at 2 A.M. MYT then take the 5:30 A.M. ferry to Tioman. I hope things go according to plan but then again it is Malaysia so who knows what will happen to us along the way.

Heads up for a post some time Monday about the trip and be on the lookout for photos to be uploaded by then, as well.