At Manukan Island. From left Hana, Zaza, me and Mimi
Note: These rascals go crazy for Pringle chips. Particularly garlic-flavored
We had a big fat breakfast at the hotel and the van came to pick us up to go to the jetty for the snorkeling trip. We took up island hopping so it was the Manukan Island first, and then off to Sapi Island. Manukan is a relatively quite big island, big enough that one could get a pretty good trekking exercise in the small jungle. The fishes were okay, but we spent most of the time on the boat whilst Mimi and Zaza went parasailing. It looked pretty exciting and I was almost tempted to do it to, but once they landed back on the boat I asked them and Zaza said. ‘I could’ve fallen asleep up there,” so I didn’t.
At the Sapi Island the fishes were much better. Hana discovered that these fish go absolutely wild for Pringle chips, so there we were, four bimbos snorkeling through the clear waters with a disposable camera and a can of Pringle chips. I saw a Nemo too! When we were done snorkeling we walked around the beach and did – well what else? Camwhoring. It amazes me sometimes how most women will do anything to get some pictures while most men totally despises that. Funny fact, eh?
We went back late in the evening, all extra-tanned, and that night we rented a car and took a drive to Bukit Padang which was about 15 minutes away. There was this really nice seafood restaurant called Restoran Nelayan, and not only were there unlimited choices on seafood, there were also cultural shows (which I volunteered to be one of those blank-eyed tourists who tries a hand at Cultural demonstrations and looks stupid afterwards). Note here that it is unforgivable to not try this one particular dish called ‘Crab in Salted Egg Yolk’. Oh dear Lord forgive me for the calories I’m not counting.
“Gosh, I’m such a looser,” I said jokingly after trying to shoot a balloon with a traditional shooter (sumpit) twice and failing.
“No!! You no looser!” Said the dude in the cultural outfit. Geez, talk about making sure tourists have a good time. I guess they took it rather seriously around here.
Me trying the sumpit. Some happy tourists from China enthusiastically cheering at the background.