Thursday, October 2, 2014

2nd post A-Levels trip! (SUPER DUPER ULTRA LONG POST, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED)

Yeah I know my life after A levels hasn't been the greatest and most interesting.. but oh well.. more outings means more money spent and I think I'm gonna spend quite alot soon so meh.. stay home haha xD

This post shall be about the trip with the PM7 Dogs to Krabi, Thailand. My first international trip with friends only.. This trip really made me feel so excited LOL.. was so hyped up about it the day before the trip. This trip was from 14-17 July (Mon-Thu) I packed everything into a handheld and set the passcode and everything.. Well for easier purpose I followed my sister and Jason's car to KLIA2 at 8am.. I arrived there quite early so I decided to explore KLIA2 as it was my first time there! Walked around the departure area then walked down to find the food court. Basically once I've finished walking past every floor it was only 9.20am.. and the dogs are still at home mind you. SO I bought Auntie Anne's and chilled to have my breakfast, walked further up the departure area... found a good place to have a nap and catch the highlights of the World Cup final of Germany vs Argentina which I did catch the night before. Germany won by the way. Finally it was time and I actually had a hard time locating the dogs as they kept changing places while I stood at McD waiting for them == Then, everyone started calling my Bruno Mars just cause I was wearing my fedora haha! We all web checked in so we just headed into the departures area past the customs and everything... Before this I never knew the existence of E-passports and apparently we could self check in which I found extremely cool HAHA!! Once we were in, there wasn't much of a choice for lunch, it was either Burger King or McD since a large chunk of that area is apparently still under renovation so yeah :P We all sat at BK and had our lunch while talking about TI and all the other crazy drunk stuff. We were kinda waiting for Harresh since he is transferring flight from Singapore in the morning. Anyway, that douche tried to pull a fast one to everyone by saying his flight got delayed but everyone knows he is lying so just a simple reply of OK by everyone on whatsapp HAHA

After slowly walking past the gate and finding our gate at the very end having last call, we walked into the cockpit and took a couple of selfies along the way. We met up with Harresh anyway and everyone got into their seats. We were kinda split into 2 batch as different check-in time meant different seats. I had to seat between Edward and Sean while Kartigan sat a row behind me near the window. Again, selfies. After the flight lifted off, we realized it only took an hour and about 5 minutes extra to reach Krabi. So much nearer than I expected LOL! Filled out the immigration cards on the plane, and listened to music basically the whole flight with my new headphones that my dad got me in Japan :) Once we touched down, the pilot announced it just drizzled in Krabi which explained the wet floors. Got past the immigration department again and we were immediately hyped up about a malay lady holding a card that said "Harresh Robert and company" and all we did was just repeating Harresh's name lol.. The lady brought us over to the boat agency and we immediately spent a ton of time there discussing and scolding each other for being so noisy. After settling on a island hopping trip the next day, we finally got on our way to the hotel which was about 30-40 minutes away from the airport. Again, more jokes on the van and all that laughing and cursing. Once we arrived at the hotel, first thing that I noticed was the maybe-can-be-described-as-an-altar place in front of the hotel with a small 四面佛. Small prays and we arrive at the Lobby!

Lets put it this way.. Since we arrived in Beyond Resort Krabi.. They never had a moment of peace and silence in their main compound. We practically thrashed around and made loud noises wherever we went LOL!! In the lobby, we assigned roommates by shuffling everyone's passport and randomly pairing them up. I got to be with Nicholas!! After the receptionist handed out our keys and wifi password, some of us walked to the cottage as the buggy could only fit like 7 of us. Me and Nic got the first cottage, Kart and Zer En got the second one, followed by Wei Jin and Sean, then it was Harresh and Edward with Ady and Vishaal in the last cottage. We settled in and went back to the main compound for some food as we were quite famished. So off to the bar where we all ate some spaghetti or burgers. Me and Nic shared a carbonara which was really good but the portion was saddening. After that.. BEACH FOOTBALL!!! We borrowed a volleyball from the lobby counter and went to the beach. Goal posts drawn and all, we went on to play for 2 hours. Me, Edward, Ady, Zer En and Wei Jin against Kartigan, Harresh, Vishaal, Nicholas and Sean. Our team kinda owned.. yeah.. HAHA!! Then, we went on to a quick dip in the pool just to find out we forgotten to bring the pool towels which were in our room.. SO DRIPPIN ALL THE WAY BACK UP THE LOBBY AND PASS EVERYONE HAHA!! Bathed and stuff, then we all went to the restaurant right outside the hotel. It was really not that bad!! The price wasn't as sky high as I expected it to be! Had an awesome fried rice and finished off Vishaal's leftover rice too. They bought a couple of beer and headed back to the room. Ady and Sean meanwhile wanted to have foot massage so they headed to a nearby massage center. Gambled abit in Wei Jin and Sean's room then we all head to bed around 12.00 am haha.. Me and Nic had to turn on the TV the whole night because we didn't have the adapter for the power plugs, so charging thru TV USB port is our only choice LOL!!

THE NEXT DAY!!! We woke up to a very disappointing start of the day actually. It was raining and we were supposed to go Phi Phi Island.. Whatever then, we went to the lobby to have our buffet breakfast which some of them had researched on and apparently it was to die for. Seeing those comments, of course the expectation would be very high. But what really came out was actually just meh. It wasn't "to die for", just a normal buffet haha xD Some things to notice was :

1) Their omelette had cili padis in it. Gives u a great kick that you really wasn't expecting.
2) They have Bacon xD
3) Great source of water as the water from pipes cannot be boiled. NOT AT ALL.
4) There weren't that many choices anyway.

Thats about it. Well that was all I can think of right now of the buffet that morning. After a call to the agency, apparently we still had to travel to the jetty for god knows what reason. After fooling around at the jetty with all those information boards and making the other waiting tourists feel annoyed, we retreated to a long table beside the jetty and started gambling again haha.. After like 45 minutes, we were told to go back and the trip would be postponed for one day. We went back to the lobby and tried to plan a trip in the event planner office. In the end, we settled on a canoeing trip down a river swamp thingy. Before leaving, we spent some time at the beach where the weaves were humongous. The patch of sand where we played beach football that day was completely covered with water, the waves are pounding against the concrete wall and splashing everywhere. It was a really great yet scary sight. One thing to mention was most of us got down to a series of rocks where we went out to the ocean a lil bit. Edward decided to throw the frisbee and it was lost at sea HAHA!! So once we got on to the van leading to the canoe trip, we met this couple where what seems to look like, is a thai girl and an ang moh boyfriend. Practically we were making some noise because well, what can u expect from like 10 guys in a freaking van. The angmoh boyfriend just decided to tell us off abit. Well being that this is a vacation for us of course some of us are abit pissed off. SO Continous harrassment towards the bf the whole trip. HAHA!! Ok, when we reached the canoeing place it was still raining, so we had lunch first, which was provided. It was practically fried fish with thai sauce, stir-fried vegetables, some kind of chicken, rice, egg, and a bottle of soda for everyone. That tasted really good, but after that it STILL RAINED. THE SHOW MUST GO ON! So, everyone got a paddle, and we shared canoe based on our roommates. So I started from the back and Nicholas got the front seat. We basically took like 5-10 minutes to fully master how are we going to move around the lake in a canoe.Then, we followed everyone in a single file into a swamp area where we were supposed to come out from the other side and canoe back to the original place. It was a really fun ride and the rain stopped only a quarter way into our trip :D There were brilliant views to really enjoy so it was quite worth it :) Somethings happened that I'm just going to list it down since this post is going to be damn long HAHA!!

1) Kartigan and Zer En's canoe just suddenly overturned when we were just going about our way. The instructor had to help them back on the boat and he had a hard time stabilizing the boat back for them. Hearing from Kartigan and Zer En, apparently they couldn't touch the bottom of the swamp and the water was so murky they couldn't see anything going on from their trunk and below. So it was kinda scary but everything turned out fine afterwards, Kartigan lost his slippers but oh well haha xD
2) Nicholas got super red due to mosquito bites, while i got only like 3 small bites.. his blood too sweet HAHA
3) Harresh and Edward overturned their boats because of a spider.
4) We stuck around the waters for too long that eventually the instructor just went back without us HAHA!! We had to find our own way back after messing around the lake/sea. We left Vishaal on his own on a canoe without a paddle, tried to take a group selfie on the canoe but failed. Had Ady on my canoe along with Nicholas so making the canoe unstable as hell giving me the biggest scare ever. Thats about it HAHA!! In the end, we were so late that the tide had gone down and we kinda have to drag our canoe all over the mud to reach the base again!! Great experience although the couple who had to wait for us along with the van driver weren't too happy about it.


Everyone was really tired that night, but we still went to Ao Nang (town) to have dinner. We had a good thai seafood dinner, again splitting to 2 tables. I had steamed red scallop, stir-fried vegetables, chicken, squid, and something else kinda forgotten the details. It was good, not great. After that, a short walk around Ao Nang and we traveled back to Beyond Resort by 10.30pm. Then, most of them had their massage in a nearby pallor. I was looking at everyone's reaction and it was so FUN!! Ady was screaming like mad when he had his traditional Thai massage which eventually switched to Foot and Body massage. Everyone got back to their rooms soon enough and everyone just slept :D

The next day, we woke up believing it was a better day. The sun was shining bright and we head over to the lobby to have breakfast first. Basically nothing much changed, just that the day before's USA Fried Rice changed to a quite delicious Phad Thai xD Had plenty of it actually haha!! Then we called the agent and got stunned when we heard the news. Apparently the sea was rough in between Phi Phi and Krabi so no boat can travel through. That was it.. no more going out to the sea anymore.. After all that, we came to Krabi and didn't manage to go on a single sea trip. Great. Mood ruined for the whole day. Instead we went to a couple of tourist destinations. First off we went to a hot spring waterfall which I hardly went down because I don't wanna get wet at our first stop. Oh yeah did I mention one of our tour guides was a transexual? xD That was fun hahaha!! Nothing much really happened in the hot spring. It wasn't really a nice place with mud almost everywhere, small space, just hot water which I use to wash the mud off my slippers.. That's about it. Next was the Emerald Pool which we can actually swim in. Them boys being boys started goggling girls in bikinis and discussing about their age and stuff HAHA!! The surroundings of the Emerald Pool was all trees which made great shade. Before we could reach the Emerald Pool, there was a 800m walk first. Well if you are asking for a description of Emerald pool, its basically a big swimming pool, naturally emerald in colour, nice to swim in. has moss on the rocks around the pool. Tadaaa.. xD Pretty much sums it up really. There was another Blue Pool which we didn't have a chance to see because apparently there wasn't enough time. Potong steam. The blue pool was supposedly really blue and pretty. When u clap, bubbles will appear. That is it. No swimming there la haha :D We had lunch at a restaurant near the entrance to the Emerald Pool. TONS OF FLIES OMG! We had to ditch our watermelon because it was "contaminated" hahaha!! The food was ok and at least we get refills haha :) So after that it was to the tiger cave temple.

Basically we have 1.5 hours to look around the place. We started by going to see the Tiger Cave which this temple was named after. There was really just a small room where apparently a tiger stayed inside and a long story which is kinda vague to me now. I knocked my head in there a couple of times zz.. THEN IT STARTED RAINING AND WE WERE STUCK INSIDE THE TEMPLE. Pshh.. We had to talk for a while to wait for the rain to stop. Then, we went to get ice creams in a nearly convenient store. I got a green tea Cornetto which isn't available in Malaysia. Tastes good actually. HAHA!! Then the others just got lazy and wanted to just sit down and wait for the van. I went to explore the inner side of the temple. There was a great attraction that caught my attention. 1237 steps to top of the mountain. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED! Only had 45 minutes to get up and down the mountain but screw it. Was gonna climb when suddenly nicholas and sean caught up with me and said they wanted to go along. SO LETS GO!! And I finally got to find out that Sean was afraid of snakes.. MUAHAHA!! Ok.. first few flight of steps were good. Then, it got really steep and I was out of my breath no sooner than the 300 step mark. IT WAS CRAZY but worth it. Nicholas and I stuck together throughout the climb and Sean fell behind. We carried on and we reached the top of the mountain finally after a 35 minute climb. We drank a few cups of water which was provided at the top of the mountain. Then, I prayed fast, took super lots of pictures. As me and Nic were about to descend, we saw Sean making his way up! We actually thought he wouldn't make it. But we knew we were gonna be late if we wait for Sean to make his way up the remaining 100 steps. So I stayed behind while Nicholas went down first. I waited and waited, soon it began to drizzle. After an agonizing long wait, Sean finally came down and we descended together. Trust me, going down was so much easier than going up. We only took like 5-10 minutes to go down the whole mountain. But bad news, the van left without us. Harresh and Vishaal stayed behind to wait for us. We had to catch a cab back. There really wasn't any choice but a blur tutu driver which nodded to everything. Trust was all that we have towards the driver and somehow he managed to reach Ao Nang. From there, Harresh and Vishaal had to ask for directions at a nearby tourist agency just to get back to the hotel. After some further price negotiating.. we got back to our resort and finally managed to rest. Went on to play more beach football. After that, it was fooling around at the pool. We managed to talk to a retired chemical engineer who worked for a petroleum company. He was there to attend his son's wedding. Few friendly chat later, somehow zer en's pants got pulled down in the middle of the pool and he was butt naked lol.. not a great sight HAHA!! We went back to our rooms to bath and dinner was at the same restaurant on our first night. My table decided to have tiger prawns each and it was really good and worth the price! Again, disappointing tom yam but whatever haha!!

Then, most of them decided to head down to Ao Nang to go for the bar. Me and Nic decided to opt out and we spent our time in Ao Nang travelling around doing nothing. He decided to go have a massage but I still didn't feel like it. So while he was having his Thai massage, I wondered on the beach alone while exploring Ao Nang. It was really peaceful. Then, after he was done we got an ice cream in Burger King and Edward joined us. He told us about the experience and soon after we all went back to our hotel at around 12am. That part wasn't really that fun for me, but Edward, Nic and I had a good chance to just sit down and talk. That was about it. We all went back at 12am. For some reason, I was kinda in a bad mood maybe because of he smoke and alcohol smell on them.. I dunno :/  Reached back in my room and I was kinda done for the night. Talked to Nicholas until we slept and u know, the next day is the end of our trip. We actually planned alot of things to do on Thursday morning, but obviously alot of things failed and we ended up having breakfast at like 9.30am, and it was already time to go to the airport after that.

Packed up everything, settled the bills, and it was off to the airport. I bought a couple of postcards in the airport for only 50 cents RM each, just to get to use their wifi xD Well we had lunch in the airport too, had to say their phad thai wasn't that half bad as well! :D After chatting about the new TI4 items and everything, we went on to the immigration department and went past security and all. After sitting down in the back corner of the boarding area, we sat down and all started to finally chat about our future. Who was going where, who was staying where and everything else. We knew this was goodbye for quite some time because most of us were flying off somewhere. So it was really great to bond with them right before we all leave to pursue or studies. Boarded the plane, an hour later I arrived in KLIA2! A couple of them bought some chocolates first while we all met up at the arrival gate. After bidding goodbyes and everything, I sat the bus to KL Sentral alone. I found out one thng about the bus, they don't depart until the bus is full. My bus departed 15 minutes later than the scheduled time just to fill in the empty spaces lawl. I had to sit beside a man in his forties or so. He was really annoying in the sense of he opened his legs the whole journey, constantly invading my leg space. Plus, his luggage fell from the compartment above and fell onto a woman when the bus was turning hard right. Pshh.. some people.. zzz.. After that, I got a free bottle of drink from KL Sentral before heading down to the KTM platform to get back home. My mum and sis picked me up from the Subang KTM station. Thats about it for my trip. It was really really great to travel overseas for the first time just with a bunch of friends (dogs). Had a really really great time as usual :D

Just like the previous post, I'm gonna post my spendings for this trip, ignore it if you want, its more for me xD

*everything is in RM

Auntie Annes                              3.80
Burger King                                4.70
Tour on 3rd day                          120.00
Transport to hotel                       10.00
Transport from hotel (4th day)   10.00
Spaghetti                                     13.00
Dinner                                         13.00
Kayak                                         105.00
Dinner (2nd night)                      37.00
Transport to and fro Ao Nang    10.00
Transport (tut tut)                       15.00
Green Tea Cornetto                    2.50
Dinner (3rd night)                      30.00
Transport to and fro Ao Nang    12.00
Bus back to KL Sentral              10.00
Postcard                                      1.50
Accommodation                         444.00
Airplane Tix                               400.00

Total Cost:                                  1214.50

This trip is actually quite expensive, but well once in a lifetime anyways hahaha :D Sakit hati everytime paying and converting in my mind lawl.. Hope you guys didn't get bored the shit out of this post.. SO HERE SOME PICS YO XD


KLIA2 tracks :D




Selfie inside the boarding area haha xD


                              
Another selfie before boardng xD


                               
From my seat :D

Some other random plane 

Selfie Overload!!!


We FLYING BRO!!

First thing that greeted us in Krabi, Rain and awesome cars (not for us lawl)

View from the lobby of Beyond Resort :D

Sweep to the right of the lobby!

The amazing architecture of the roof of the hotel haha :D

Romantic walkway connecting our cottages! Owh, and Ady xD

Nicholas and my bed ^^

Selfie at ze beach :D

Beach!! (Low tide)

The pool!


We-fie before we have dinner on the 2nd night in Ao Nang

Bunch of awkward dogs xD

Waves in Ao Nang!

This 2 enjoy massage until fell asleep, Nic even snored HAHAHA

Bigger picture xD

The hot spring on the first stop of the tour


View from the muddy area of the hot spring

Map of the national park..

Legends of the map above haha :D

The long way to the Emerald Pool ( we didn't take this route)

Emerald Pool!!!

Look at that Emerald water!! xD

From where we put our stuff!

At the Tiger Temple :D

Far away from ze 2 dragons :)

"Tiger" in the tiger cave haha!!

Focus on the history, not Vishaal!

Hit my head twice here T.T SAKITTT

The statue in the cave temple :D

Abundance of monkey

More monkeyss

I was bored.

Whale thing? I dunno.. lawl
P.s: Focus on the last line on the yellow notice xD

Just some stones above the cave temple :)

Green Tea Cornetto not found in Malaysia yo :D

View from halfway up the stairs :)

Halfway...

Still halfway...

Almost there...

God kill me now...

ARE WE THERE YETT

ARRIVED FINALLY OMG XD

View from ze top of the hill!!

How high we travelled from lol

Some random view xD

Me and Nicholas!!!

Back part of the hill :)

Huge statue at the top :)

Details :)

More view!

Final few 100 steps to the top :)

Statues along the way




CONQUEREDDD RAWRRR


More Ao Nang waves lawl



Beyond resort de beach and waves xD

Some view from the lobby again haha!

Some worm? 

Looking down from the lobby!!

I was seriously bored when i took this --



RAINNNN T.T

The 4 faced Buddha in front of the hotel :)

CIAO KRABIII <3 br="">

Thanks for staying till the end, love you guys :D Cheers!!