Let’s go back in time…..
Monday, Dec 8
Woke up and realized that hair might have been too brown. Tried persuading mum to allow me to streak my hair dark brown. Mum said, “No need”. End of story. The langkawi trip anticipation was mounting in me. At 6pm, everyone gathered at the KTM train station..unfortunately some people took the term “Malaysian time” a little too seriously.
Clambered on to the train and cracking “shit i forgot my ticket” jokes. The first group were Amanda, Mindee, Kevin, William, Marcus and myself. Everyone was so worried about National Service and Kevin called in and confirmed that those who were there at that time were not selected for that shit ass program. Met up with the rest atÂ KL Central and boarded the train at 8pm. So that’s how a train with bunks look like. The toilets were horrible..you know girls have to half squat over disgusting public toilet bowls..imagine the same situation on a swaying train.. your ass sways too. Kay Hong received news that he was selected for National Service.
“Tahniah! Anda telah dipilih sebagai peserta dalam program Khidmat Negara!”
Woke up at 6.30am to have a nice cup of maggi before packing my scattered belongings.. watched the west coast malaysia scenery for a while before dozing off again for half an hour. We finally reached Alor Setar. Finally. We were fortunate enough to manage to board a very immediate ferry. Now now, do not underestimate Malaysia’s mode of transportation, but geeZus, it was FuCking coLd!! The aircon was like blasting at us poor scantily clad “tourist” types. To top that of, there was a cockroach on the back of my chair.. yikEs… thank god it didn’t go into my hair.
Apparently Min Dee and Kay Hong were fighting in the ferry..(couldn’t here a thing, they were sitting a few seats away..) The car rental issue was brought up. Min Dee thought that we all agreed to not rent cars once we’re in Langkawi.. but Kay Hong (as hard headed as Min Dee) swore by the convenience of renting a car. Plus Min Dee’s PMS.. she started to tear.
Got out from the ferry and no one dared reason with the both of them.. I agreed to follow Min Dee in a taxi.. it won’t be too great for a girl to go on her own, would it? Barry and Adrian thought so too. They all owe me RM4 each. Ate lunch at some Hawker centre..and went across to buy toothbrush. How could I forget my toothbrush?
Took a cab to Federal VillaÂ (Where we’ll be staying and hoped that the rest who were in cars could find their way). Min Dee and I we were like “Ok, we have to tell them to turn left at the coconut tree with 5 coconuts on it..” We imagined Kay Hong counting the coconuts on every tree before turning left.. then we saw black and white chickens too and wanted to include that in our directions too..lol…
Reached Federal Villa to discover that my villa card wasn’t usable. Pulled bags up to room (barry’s bag on my trolley bag… grrr) and then lugged it up a flight of stairs. The girls and I we held our breaths as the key turned in the lock. We were excited about our suite. Door opened. ? ..? This can’t be it.
Walked deeper. Nearly fell of balcony. Argh!!! Our “suite” is tinier than the whole of my upstairs..!! Sobbz. With a huge kitchen and tiny bedrooms, I applaud the architect. But it looked pretty to have a dining table.. after 10 minutes, tote bags and towels were strewn all over the furniture, thongs(for feet mind u), slippers, sneakers, sandals and other feet stuff dotted the (miniscule) door way. The place was so small that I had to put my luggage outside of the room. Nah, I’m just exaggerating. But it makes one feel claustrophobic.
Min Dee agreed to sit inSu-Hsien’s car.
So he had his ATM machine with him: Lee Ji Yang. That guy is bloody rich. He can even use a money clip to clip his cash. After dinner we went for a walk on the beach and guess what? Su-Chien HATES crabs. Big, tiny, visible, invisible(Chun Guan bluff her)..
Then Kwo Kuang pointed at some sparkling things at the sand where the wave crashes in. Someone said it was sea glow worms or summat. Marcus must’ve been very excited. His handphone dropped into the sea. We didn’t know until a good 5-10 minutes later. He called but it was engaged. Then someone screamed “OHMIGOD THERE’S A HUGE ONE!(In reference to the ‘glow worms’ we were previously observing).” It was Marcus’s phone apparently. Bobbing in the sea. Short-circuiting. Bzzt. Lights flashing.
That night Amanda and Min Dee left our hotel room to go hang with SJ guys. They came back at 3.30am.Wednesday, Dec 10
Woke up to Chien’s and Liss’s girl talk at 8am. Joined in and was accused of eavesdropping. 🙂 (Of course I would eavesdrop, I’m on the same bed!) Hsien woke up and the four of us got ready and proceeded to take a stroll along the row of shops. Met Kevin and William on the way. Apparently they had rented bicycles earlier and had rode all the way to the airport. We went parrio and wraparounds crazy!!! But not all wrap arounds look good on us. It seemed as if they’re main clientele consists of huge aging caucasians. And once again, the best parrio and wraparounds shop was situated just in front of the hotel. *sigh* Bought a red wraparound for mum, a green short wraparound for myself, two more parrios one for me and one for mum.
Maggi mee was lunch and Su-Chien and Hsien and Liss were cooking for all of us! So nice of them. But I was eating my newly discovered Maggi Abalon Chicken. Barry hates it though.. wasted my precious Abalon Chicken cup. I bought one more from langkawi as a souvenier. Have no idea when to eat it. 🙂 Proceeded down to the beach with Min Dee, Su-Hsien and Liss.
Dipped into the sea which was like freezing cold despite the glaring sun. Hsien and Liss were basking in the sun.Â Liss came in after that and the three of us realized that the brown dots on our hands were actually sea mites..shiTz.. Then Amanda joined us, but we couldn’t tahan already. Basked in the sun whilst Liss, Hsien and Min Dee discussed course options. Amanda was strolling along the beach with her parrio blowing in the wind. I could almost see the words to sing alongÂ beneath her torso. She looked likeÂ she was in aÂ Karaoke video.Â Fell asleepÂ for about half an hour! Min Dee woke up toÂ a huge 169cm lobster. I was the only one with a bad sun burnt! And my skin hasÂ not started to peel. If only I could be like Ji Yang. So easy to get peeled skin. Then there’ll be a nice layer of my original colour below. 😀
Went back into the room and discovered that we were kicked out of our hotels. Apparently Amanda didn’t pay for the rest of the nights yet and we didn’t have anything in black and white stating that we wanted three nights. So we were to pack our bags ONCE more and move to Awana Porta Malai. Ji Yang couldn’t remember the name and sub-conciously said, “Ok, we’re going to check into Paula Malai Ali”. That got Kwo Kuang in stitches. “If I checked into Paula Malai Ali, I wouldn’t check out forever,” said Kwo Kuang.
Everyone climbed into their respective cars and proceeded to the “pasar malam” to buy food stuffs for our barbecue that night. Unfortunately it was pouring cats and dogs. Donned with caps and hats, we ranÂ to the shops. However, Yijin and his car mates were elsewhere (they lost their way) and were makan-ing somewhere.
The selection of stuffs to buy, was, sorry, but it was pathetic. I suppose we were only there for fruits? Sweet Su-Chien treated us to some apom malik/balik? .. well, whatever, some nice pancake with nuts in it. Went back to the hotel to shoot some pool with min Dee, barry, kevin and william for a while. Then all the girls wore parrios and proceeded down to the beach where the barbecue pit was. The guys bought some disposable pit and some fire starters. Just as we wanted to start, someone said, “Ok, pass the fire starters here..Thanks…. the charcoals?” Someone else said, “Shit!”
Can you imagine?!! They wanted to barbecue… and the one thing that they forgot? Charcoals!!! Then Amanda told them that the SJ guys could get us some. Whoaa.. boys ego flared. There has always been a bit of feud between SJ guys and SU guys. Anyway, to cut it short, Yijin, Abby and kevin(who was wearing a parrio) took the car and went searching for charcoals. SJ guys arrived just as yijin they all got back. The guys were abit like“We can get our OWN charcoals.”
Finally had the barbecue going. There was a security guard who came by and we thought that he wanted to shoo us away. In fact, he kneeled down and showed us the proper way to barbecue. Chang Song picked up fast! Soon he was starting the fire for both pits! kwo Kuang was being an ass and he said if the guard didn’t want us to stay, apparently all I had to do was go up to the guard and say, “bang, nak susu?” and grab one breast and squeeze. Kwo Kuang made the most disgusting sound effect. LOL. “Dinner” ended at approximately 1am.
Alcohol was brought out and had abit mixed with coke. Leg was cramping..had to go to bed. This is the story while I was asleep. Everyone was drunk. Min Dee was laughing non-stop, Kay Hong was slapping people, Marcus was shouting, crying and seeing ghosts, Amanda was talking nonsense and Chun Guan was eating ciggies. Apparently Marcus saw a woman in one of the rooms and was screaming at her.. ShiTz. Dead scary.
Drunken Min Dee wanted to be friendsÂ with Kay Hong who muttered “*@&&(*@#_” at her. And Min Dee stuck out her hand for a handshake and stupid Kay Hong kicked her hand away. Poor drunken kids. Was generous with the sleeping space but apparently nobody came to bed with me. I could’ve done a starfish for all I care and spent the rest of the night that way. But noooo..I had to lie across two beds and suffer the consequences the following day.Â Sheesh. Cried myself to sleep because of aching leg. Thursday, Dec 11
Woke up to bathe and packed a little bit more and kicked the others abit to check if they were still pissed. Just kidding. Let the others sleep peacefully, drunk or not.
Esther called up and had a nice long chat with her by the sea alone.
Amanda was distressed about everyone sleeping in. She already paid the deposit for island hopping.
Moved to Awana Porta Malai and their “room” was much more beautiful and more up to par then our pathetic looking “suite”. However the beds in Villa was much more comfortable then the Porto Malai’s. And once again the GIRL’S ROOM was dominated by all, which means the GUYS’ ROOMS were left undusty and tidy and neat. Yijin, Ji Yang and Chang Song and Barry I think? Were staying next door and they kept hopping over the balconies and coming in to disturb us! So we locked the door.. LOL. Yijin pressed his face against the glass door begging to be let in. We had a conjoining room with Kevin, William and Adrian! Adrian borrowed my conditioner but didn’t know how to use.
Went out for island hopping at about 2pm. Climbed into the boat but slipper slipped off my feet.Luckily it was floating on the sea.Â Everyone’s slippers did the same.
The boat took off. It got really fast after awhile. Soon we were away from the surrounding islands(off to Tasik Dayang Bunting).Â The waves were HUGE that day. Our boat flew off every huge wave and fell back to the water surface with tremendous force causing the guys’ thin asses pain and agony. Saw Barry and Kay Hong’s face scrunching at each bump. I was whooping and yaying and laughing. Amanda said, “Jolene looks like she’s enjoying herself.” I simmered down. Yay? 🙂 It was DAMN fun!! Even Su-Chien said that it was like a non-stop rollercoaster!! Abby said that the boat ride was the best part of the entire island hopping trip!Â
Reached the first island and was dissapointed that there weren’t any fishes around. There was a monkey on one of the pillars. We looked closer and realized that he was masturbating. Sheesh!!! Yijin earnestly told us that he knows a monkey (Relationship: uncle’s pet) who gives himself blowjobs. Climbed a long way up stone steps.. nearly died… then climbed a long way down more stone steps..nearly fell and died.. finally we reached Tasik Dayang Bunting a.k.a. Pregnant Maiden Lake.
I remember coming here in standard 6. No one dared go into the water then. For fear of getting pregnant. Melissa and I were like “Banana boat ride!!!”.. Rm15 per person. Okla. Paid the money and Amanda suggested a dip in the lake. I was like, “shitz, won’t get pregnant ke?”.. then everyone jumped in.. WHoA! Was it cold or wat..!! I didn’t want to just jump in because I know that if I do, I’d just go damn deep for awhile before merging again. So I lowered myself abit. Managed to stay a float. It was damn creepy to not be able to feel the ground. Damn creepy. Paddled around abit whilst everyone came in. Of course it is easy to get cramped legs. Kwo Kuang and Barry stood under the shade as they were the non-swimmers there!
Came out of the water to go for our banana boat ride. Some of the guys were pointing at this old guy who was seriously seriously fat and flabby. I was like, “Um, what? Just fats wat.” Then someone else said, “No..look properly.. his back looks like Mashi maro’s face” …HAHAHA… man.. we should’ve taken a picture.*smacks self for being evil* Ji Yang was asking around how deep the water is. Apparently the water was like 200 ft deep. Which was as high as one of the surrounding hills/mountains nearby.Â Freaky….
My heart was thumping and thumping and thumping as I climbed onto the banana boat. Kay Hong, Amanda, Liss and Marcus was with me. The boat took off at an okay speed. It picked up speed and was swerving a little. It suddenly took a sharp turn and all of us were thrown into the sea.
Amanda screamed,“Jolene your boob popped out!”
Put boob back in. Amanda and boob are on a face-to-face basis these days.
Painstakingly climbed back onto the banana boat. Boat driver took off once more. This time Kay Hong had a “brilliant plan”. Everytime the guy tried to make us fall, we’d lean on the opposite side. After awhile, marcus got seriously bored and just leaned on the tipped side and the lot of us fell into the lake. It was like 100 metres away from the rest of the people! .. We had to swim back apparently.
As we made our way back up, the walk nearly killed us. The steps were practically perpenticular with the ground. Climbed back onto the boat and were supposedly on our way to do some eagle feeding.. but there weren’t many eagles around that day. Though we saw some gliding about high up in the sky. Barry said it looked as if they were suspended. It was really really pretty to look at. The waters were murky though.
Made our way to another island. Forgot the name.. but the sand there was as fine as flour!! Threw our bags onto the sand and some headed for the water, and some sat by the beach to make sandcastles and sand tortoise. The water was quite nice. We were supposed to be snorkelling.. but there was nothing to see!! So we stayed on the beach and made sandcastles in vain. Abby, Yijin and Chang Song were trying to make one but did not succeed and decided that their “tunnel for trains” become a tortoise. It looked soOo cute!! There’s a face for it even. Look like some dragon ball character.
Proceeded back to the hotel and once again the guys had to endure the bumpy boat ride but us girls with flesh in the ass had no problem and enjoyed ourself very much. We had abit of problem at first, there was a dead coral in the motor. When I got off the boat, I cut myself on the thigh.
Thank god I had my tetanus jab weeks ago(Bubbles bit me). Went back to the hotel to shower and went for dinner at Fat Mum, a seafood restaurant. They have the slowest cooks and the uglist toilets. It hadÂ green light and Abby and I were so freaked out that we went in together. When you close your eyes you could see purple. Wonder why? My hand looked like a rotting corpe’s in the green light.
Went back to the hotel and took a stroll on the jetty with the rest. Liss was getting all romantic. *IN NEED OF BOYFRIEND MODE*.. I mean, the bright moon and the blasting breeze definitely weren’t helping.. Went back in to sit in the lounge and we were dedicated a song by the performers. “To our KL friends over there, this is for you.” I really wonder how do they know that we’re from KL??
Went back to the room and Kevin came over from his adjoining room because William was having a bad bout of tummy problem and was apparently stinking up the room. It was so funny when Kevin went back every five minutes to sniff the air in his room to make sure it was safe. And also to check on his friend William of course.
Went to bed at about 2am. William came over because he had gastric. Poor thing. He was crouching on the floor and clutching onto a blanket and his tummy. Unfortunately we did not have any pills.. Su-Hsien and I played mommy for a while. Gave him some warm water. He ate some biscuits though. Hope that had helped. The both of us saw him back to his bed. I know how sucky it is to havebad tummy aches.
Climbed into bed and cried myself to sleep again because of cramped arm.(was the leg, then the arm.)
The last day has finally arrived. Went down for our free breakfast. Choice of food was nothing to scream at really. Had tons of sausages and a bowl of porridge and some cereals..oh, and some bread… did I miss an egg? .. Arghh… stuffed! Threw all the bags into the three cars and proceeded to the duty free zone for some serious last minute shopping and lunch of course..! Bought chocolates for the family..(but came back to find out that dad and granddad would’ve prefered t-shirts). Saw the people of on their airplanes and we(barry, sush and I) made our way to the jetty. Lost our way though.. found ourselves in some PAS-sy area. Reached the jetty and bought a Maggi Chicken Abalon as a souvenier. I came back to KL to realize that they were selling it in Giant already!!l;( Realized that we were running late to board the last ferry.. ran for it. Got stopped by customs. In a rush and a little flustered, we weren’t very polite to the officials and were made to open all our bags. Must’ve been the pack of ciggies in Hsien’s plastic bag(not hers!) that made us look ‘notti’! Perhaps my hair and Kay Hong’s did contribute a little bit too! Was quite upset that we might have missed the ferry.. but thankfully we did not. Had to wait for OTHER passengers even. Perhaps they were ‘notti’ too! Was entertained(read: tortured) by a video of an indonesian singer who resembled a 14 year old gigolo twiggy skinny and ugly. He was just jiggling his chest and swung about a cheap electric guitar and singing love songs about meraba-raba dada adinda..asmara…UGH. This time the aircon was acting as a heater. I was burning in the stupid ferry. It was SO hot.Â Reached Alor Setar and Yijin received news that he was selected for National Service.. poor thing..:( He could still smile though.. A real wonder.Â Took a taxi to the train.. the taxi could have well been in the museum. It sounded like it’s tyre burst everytime the taxi guy switched gears. But I suppose it could’ve been better than the first taxi whose aircon vents has smoke bellowing out of it. Thought we were gonna be late for the train.. but ah, The perfect Malaysian excuse: Minta maaf tuan-tuan dan puan-puan. Keretapi ke KL Sentral menghadapi masalah teknikal dan masa berlepas akan dimaklumkan dalam sedikit masa kemudian. (sorry ah train got technical problem). It had been two hours of chit chat with the rest. Finally boarded the trainÂ but there weren’t any electricity.. crap. Imagine the tiny tiny area and NO electricity. Sure was hell. Had an okay sleep..Â Saturday, Dec 13Â woke up an hour before reaching KL Central. Felt SO good to be back in civilization!! Practically crawled to McDonalds.Â Arrived at KTM Subang and as soon as we arrived, we met about nearly 10 familiar faces!Â Went back home and slept for sooooo long. Woke up to go for an open house in Cheras..(Dad’s childhood friend).. That was Douglas Lim’s neighbourhood!!!! YAY! But of course I didn’t see him there… Fat Hopes. Dad’s childhood friend had a son though. Actually dad’s childhood friends are twins.. and the other twin had another son too. Both were 17 and one was in form5 the other one in remove. I’ve met the latter before.. but he didn’t seem like he recognized me. Got to know that the former was the fortunate soul who was selected for national service. Spoke to him a little bit about his feelings. He seemed friendlier than his cousin. Cousin was more CSB anyway.Â Dad took the family to Holiday Villa to meet up with his ex-boss and the 16year old son and a friend of the son. The good news? They were 16 and 6 Ft 4. Both of them.Â One looked like Ben Affleck and the other Macaulay Culkin. Being the shy person I am I didn’t get to talk to them much. We went bowling though..all of us.. I managed to get two strikes!! YES! Then we went for a drink and my dad’s ex-boss who was also quite tall.(6 Ft.6)Â was telling us that he was actually really skinny before meeting my dad who brought him to eat all kind of local delicacies and that he used to run around in the shower to get wet.. Oh I forgot to mention, theyÂ are Australians.
Sunday, Dec 14 Â Â
Went to Villa again to bring them for a Malaysian Style Open House in Nilai. (Dad’s ex-boss said, “that’s a very polite way of having a open house!” Back in Australia, open house means booze and above 21s) … fell in love with Pulasan. Never ate pulasans before… oh pUlAsAnnn..Â
Had like a million Satay coz I was never made for malay delicacies. OH SATAY I LOVE YOU TOO!Â
Really wanted to get the guys’ ICQ number or something, but didn’t know that that was the last time I was meeting them. ;~(Â
Elizabeth called up to tell me thatÂ undang was actually today..!Â We cursed theÂ stupid driving school for not telling us in advance..but IÂ went for it anyway.. and I passed!!!Â Well, there’s actually a funny story that I should share with you.. We already know that they will be taking a picture of you over there, so I thought I should go all out and slapped on some cosmetics and put on a red spaggheti…little did I know that I was not allowed to wear that kind of top for my pic?? THANK GOD ELIZABETH was still around. Pushed her into a stairway and said, “eli, pleaseeee!!!!” .. then she was like, “K, let’s hope that the lift won’t open!!!!!!”…so, we, um, took of our tops and exchanged..LOL LOL.. the guy was like stunnedÂ coz I took such a short time to change..!Â
That night Shi Ling’s tummy was contracting and I lifted up her tail to see if she was really delivering already.. and I saw a pair of legs sticking out of her!!! ARHhHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But unfortunately it was a still born. :(Â Puppies are supposed to come out inÂ a bag but the first one didn’t. Then she delivered another one. And she didn’t deliver anymore. We really thought that there were only two. Quite devastating. Was reading the Saddam news on Yahoo at about 12am that night and mum and mervyn screamed, “THERE’S THREE NOW!!”.. Shi Ling delivered two more that night… and then when I went down to look, with a mighty force the last one pop out like poo! It came out in a bag in a foetal position..SO CUTE..and Shi LIng sucked up the residue..and the bag..and the umbilicle cord and the rest.. yuck… but it was so amazing.. I’ve never seen a dog gave birth. It was more amazing that she actually used the IKEA basket that we bought for her from IKEA. Was so happy.. there were four of them altogether.. not counting the one that passed away. We named the first one Lucky though.. so that it won’t be so unlucky in its next life. Sniff. Giving it a name makes it even sadder..:(