Tuesday, September 27, 2011

CRAB ISLAND Pt. 2

 continuing where i left off from the  previous post about the pulau ketam trip.

after our brekkie, we continued walking on.


pretty flower


taken in my canon ixus's colour accent mode


brother blowing bubbles


one of the temples that we saw. pulau ketam consists of a dominantly buddhist / taoist population, so there were many many temples there.


so much rubbish! i tell you, it shouldn't be called 'crab island', but instead, 'CRAP island' because, the whole island is literally full of crap!

they don't have any dustbins on the island because guess what, they just treat the whole island as a huge dumpsite. we went to a restaurant to eat and when we were done, the lady just took our plates and flung the leftovers out the window!


crossing a bridge.


group photo :)


view from the bridge. looks idyllic and serene yes? but don't be fooled.


the water's so oily and dirty, the fish are floating belly up. 


crabs and mudskippers.

shall continue this post, need to head to bed now! 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

CRAB ISLAND

at long last, i've finally gotten round to blogging about pulau ketam. 

the trip was organized by one of my church members, roy, who was born and bred there. the day started off with us meeting in church, then driving to port klang, where we took the 9am ferry to our destination. 

crystal squinting cos of the sun.
i'm so glad she came along, i had someone to talk to the whole trip. :)

walking along the bridge to the jetty. 

boarding the ferry.

sis and i.
stupid pimple on my cheek.

mum and bro.

once we got there, roy had everything planned out for us, which included getting a tour guide to take us around. 

our guide was from the local high school. so, this is how they earn pocket money during the holidays.
their school shirt is so cute with the crab on the back!

hence, we began our trek on foot through the island.

town hall and a basketball court.

saw this mean cat which hissed and spat at me.

at 10.30am, it was decided that it was breakfast time!

nom nom nom

mum and dad

there were two options that were offered to us. 
first, the curry mee.

curry mee with see ham, tofu, fishcakes, eggs, taugeh, foo chuk, and erm.. i don't know what else. plus prawn sambal on the side.

second option was rice, which was what i had.

rice with char siew, curry chicken and potatoes, see ham, eggs, ikan bilis, and some shrimp. good stuff.

there was more shrimp as a side dish to complement our meal. :D 
yum in the tum!

found this tiny crab of microscopic proportions in my food. 

there it is next to some grains of rice. so miniscule!

on pulau ketam, the main mode of transportation is bicycles. everywhere we walked that day, there would be the constant ringing of bells, then we would have to hop it in order for them to pass.

a dad ferrying two of his kids on a bike, how adorable. :)

alright, i shall stop here. will continue blogging about the trip in subsequent posts as there are too many pictures. 

as for now, it is time for me to get some shuteye.

nights, people!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

BATU CAVES

went on a trip to batu caves with the koreans when i was still working in kingsley. a funny error of communication occurred when the person in charge told me that we were meeting at carrefour, so i went to carrefour at ss16.

however, at the said time there was nobody to be seen. he called me and said "where are you? we're all here already!" and i was "yeah i'm waiting, where are you guys?"

it turned out that he was referring to carrefour within usj19 mall.

anyway, they had to pass by ss16 to get to the federal highway so it was ok. took us about half an hour, and we were there!

batu caves!

some of the younger korean boys.

jimmy (ji won), whom i think is the cutest one among them. he was in my class!

peacock feather.

then, we started our ascent. somebody brought along bags of peanuts to feed the many monkeys that ply the stairs up to the top.

monkey eating the peanuts. 

a big alpha male monkey

as we started our climb up, the kids kept throwing peanuts to the monkeys. this however, proved to be a bad idea as other monkeys came around to grab some as well. soon, we had a whole group of monkeys following us, and even tried to snatch things from our group. they got pretty aggressive, which was scary!

as a result, everyone freaked out, dumped all the nuts on the ground, and practically ran up the 300 steps of stairs!

scurrying up the steps to get away from the monkeys at the bottom which were screaming and fighting over the nuts.

after a while, we reached the top!

doesn't that view just make you go wow?

in case you're wondering why so many of the koreans are wearing tshirts with "yoon's" printed on it, it's cause this exchange programme was organized with the help of yoon's english center in korea.

we wandered around the caves at the top for a while, there were a couple of hindu temples up there.

a waterspout.



the woman carrying a handbag in the above picture is a mum to one of the kids, she climbed all the way up the stairs in her heels!

the korean mums are super fashionable and take very good care of their looks! sometimes in the mornings they send their kids to off school, and (at 7am) i'd be still all groggy, half asleep and bleary eyed. but they would be already meticulously dolled up, hair, makeup, shoes, clothes, the works. and i'd be like (in my head) "do they  wake up at 5am to get ready?"

oil lamps. 

burning ashes.

so interesting!

footprints that were left by an animal which must've stepped in the cement when it was still wet.

after looking around, it was time to go.

view from the top.

300 steps later, we were at the bottom.

finally!


***

we went to pyramid after that for lunch and to shop around. i played guide to some of the korean girls, they were super enthusiastic to shop and we were running around from store to store like mad women so i didn't really take many pictures.

except this one with sally, a girl from year 3.

after pyramid, we headed to the director's house for dinner!

his house. isn't it nice?

me with some of the older students. not koreans, they're local, about 15-16 years old.

my kids in year 3 and 4 call me 'teacher', which doesn't seem that weird cos they're so young. but it felt really funny when the 16 year olds called me teacher as well. i was like "guys i'm only like 2 years older yknow"

FOOD! 
just what everyone needed, being famished after such a long day.

a group picture to end the day :)