for a whole week :-)
30.09.2009 33 °C
As I write this I am sitting on our veranda looking out to sea, we are staying in a chalet called Bamboo Hill on Pulau Tioman (Tioman Island) in the South China Sea. It is a very cute place set up high and one whole side of our room opens up to look over the hills and mountains.
Yesterday as we were getting ready for dinner we could hear lots of rustling and all of a sudden the trees around us were completely filled with monkeys, they were climbing on the roof of one of the chalets and swinging through the tress but as quickly as they arrived they were gone again! The wildlife here does like to take you by surprise….we have disturbed a couple of monitor lizards hiding in undergrowth near the path and as you walk by the get scared and suddenly leap out and run, the first time it happened we almost leapt in the air ourselves!
We have seen quite a few monitor lizards over the weeks but none a HUGE as the ones on Tioman, the other day it sounded as though someone was walking next to our room through the bushes as it was such a crashing noise but it turned out to be 2 monitor lizards chasing each other and one of them was almost 2 metres long!
It is very relaxing here so we have decided to stay a week although initially we were planning on staying longer. We knew there was no ATM on the island so we were planning to get the maximum amount of money out each so we could stay for 2 weeks, but my card got eaten by the machine, and the bank was closed, and we were booked on the bus out of KL just a few hours later, so a week will have to do! I’m hoping my card will be in the bank when we head back to KL next week, I have tried to contact them but as yet have had no reply :-(
The journey here was not as straight forward as we thought it would be….the bus was supposed to go from across the road from our guesthouse but as the bus station in Pudu Raya is being done up we were shuttled to another bus station some distance away. We decided to get a night bus to save on a night’s accommodation and to ensure we could get a ferry across to the island the same day we arrived. The only downside to the plan was that the bus driver told us to get off a stop earlier which was a ferry jetty to the island but it was only 4am in the morning and the first ferry wasn’t until 8am! We figured out if we had stayed on the bus to the next stop, that ferry left earlier and although it takes longer would have arrived about the same time and we could have carried on sleeping on the bus!!
It has been nice to be in the same place for more than a couple of nights and properly relax. We had good intentions of exploring the island, apparently there is a really good trek to the other side that takes about 3 hours but so far we haven’t summoned up the energy to do it! We will probably do an island tour boat trip towards the end of our stay and get a bit of snorkelling in and see some other beaches…..maybe.
Anyway that’s it for now
PS This was written a few days ago now but we had no internet access and had to wait until we were back in KL!