i was hosted by Bagus Place Retreat, a beautiful little resort located off a secluded cove in Tioman. plus, it's super private with nine chalets in the whole place.
here's what i mostly did during my free time:
1 mini lego dude photoshoot on the balcony. this was taken on the railing with waves crashing away below. trees swaying gently with the breeze. the whole works.
2 clambering onto giant rocks and then taking stalker-artistic-type shots of the really cute family that's also staying there the same time i did.
4 more photo-taking from the giant rock. hope this gives you an idea of the paradise. that's where everyone at Bagus Place hangs out at night. they have an honest bar policy where you can make your own cocktails and stuff and just pay up when you check out. if you're not too confident (like me) of your bartending abilities, the friendly staff there will help you out. they are good at it.
after reading Gravity by Tess Gerritsen, i have to say this is one writer that can creep the hell out of you.
8 where i do most of my reading. that purple towel was hung out to dry after a snorkelling session.
on my final night, we had a mini darts competition with the staff and a bunch of Japanese expats who were there for the weekend. also spotted a mini black and white sea snake snaking its way into the rocks.
a huge fat thank you to Rosie and her wonderful team for my stay. truly enjoyed myself.
(to know more about Bagus Place, please pick up a copy of the 2015/16 Time Out Malaysia Visitor's Guide hahahaha)
anyway i had to check out really early in the morning to catch the morning ferry for the bus back to kl. the ferry situation's kinda messed up (lots of prebooking required, and the tide is serious business), so i arrived in Mersing at 9am but the bus won't be departing till 12noon.
so i do what i always do. jalan-jalan lah.
(the last time i visited tioman during my inti days, we had kfc at Mersing then drove home)
i've always chalked Mersing up as a good-for-nothing-except-for-tioman-gateway town, but Malaysia has its beautiful spots everywhere you go lah.
case in point:
beautiful work on the walls!
"last time the opposite new street don't have one. now is all new buildings. block my view. ya i sell things here for many years. me and my wife, we have been here for long long time."
made my way back to the really cute bus station (it's a five minute walk from Mersing town centre but seriously try not to venture it in the scorching hot sun)
here's a mini series on buses in Mersing:
ok that's all. [inserts abrupt ending] haha.
haha goodnight guys.