Island Hopping: Pulau Tiga (Survivor Island), Kuala Penyu

Hello everyone!

It’s my first post of the year and we’re already in the second month. How’s your year so far? Have you give in to your goals? I hope not. Whatever your goals are for this year, I hope you’ll keep on working on them. Don’t give up! Sure, some days we feel demotivated and defeated, but that’s just a reminder that you’ve been working hard and need to step back and breathe. So do that and come back stronger. You got this! Okay?

For my first entry of the the year, I’d like to share our Pulau Tiga experiences. We planned this trip about one month before the actual date. But the funny thing was I only knew we were going to Kuala Penyu two days before the trip. I even confidently told my friend that we’re going to take the boat at Jesselton Point. Hah! That’s what happened when you don’t Google your destination.

Moving on, Tiga Island is also known as the Survivor Island because the first season of Survivor was shot there. Though, admittedly, I never watched the show and never took interest to watch it. However, this island is actually less known compare to the islands around KK and Semporna. There are also less people there.  So if you want to escape from the crowded beaches then Pulau Tiga is just perfect for that.

Our boat set off from the Kuala Penyu mainland at around  8.30 in the morning. It took about 40 minutes if I’m not mistaken to reach our first stop, the Sandspit. It was a inhabited island with white sand where you can take loads of pictures if you wish to. If I’m being honest, you actually can skip this island and spend more time for snorkelling or do other activities. This time, my snorkelling experience was more exciting since I had more confident and didn’t depend on guide to assist me like in Mabul. We saw more fishes here. Way too many fishes that it got us super excited.

After snorkelling, we then went to Pulau Tiga. Checked in, settled down before we proceeded with another activity. Floating on the volcano mud! From our hostel, we need to walk for about 30 minutes I think, to get to the volcano mud. At first, I was a bit reluctant, thinking ‘what if I get drown? It looks deep’ over thinking always gets the best of me. But the moment I felt myself floating on volcano mud, I couldn’t help but to smile and a sense of relieved wash over me. I had a good time floating!

The highlight of this trip for me was witnessing the sun set. It was utterly beautiful. Pure bliss. If you’re in Pulau Tiga, you should not miss the sun set. But let’s just hope the weather permit. At night, we had barbecue and played some games. Sang songs. It was a good time.

We spent only a night there, so we left the island around ten in the morning. It was such a short trip but wonderful nonetheless.

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Till next post 🙂

2016: Last chapter of five years and a half journey

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I started writing a blog post just before I entered Maktab Perguruan or now known as Institut Pendidikan Guru (IPG, fyi) and can’t believe six years later here I am still writing. I enjoy writing about my life experiences and thoughts so much and maybe that’s why I’m still here sharing a tiny bit of my life. Don’t matter if people will read this or not because I do what I love and that’s all that matter to me. And I intend to keep on doing this for as long as I can.

So, a lot happened this year. Some good and some not so good. This year is my final year as an undergraduate. And as per required, we need to conduct Action Research. More like thesis I think, except it’s not. It’s Action Research. Presented our proposal earlier this year and then presented the findings in October so the whole process of finishing this AR took us almost a year.

I remember one of our lecturers said, you’re going to eat, sleep and walk with your AR and it was true except for like only the last two months before we presented the findings because the rest of the months before I was so busy procrastinating. But at the end of the day, to be able to see my work compiled into one big hardcover book, I can’t help but to feel proud of myself. I can still remember the joy of seeing the final product in my hand for the first time.

Also, earlier this year I told myself that I wanted to create as many memories as I can with my friends and I’m glad I did. I don’t know about you, but the thought of leaving my friends, routines and familiar ground is unsettling. However, being surrounded by people who just get it and assured me that everything will be fine made the whole transition process a bit easier than I thought it would be.

As for my personal well being, this year has been all about not giving a damn to negative people and loving myself more. That’s what we should do anyway, right? I wrote about loving myself more a while ago so you can read it HERE.

Anyway, I’m so happy that this five years journey has finally come to an end. There’s so much I want to write about this. However, if I were to share everything I have in mind this will be a lengthy post and I don’t want that. All I can say is that, despite all the hiccups and downside of being a trainee teacher, I came out a different person. Better than who I was five years ago. And that matter to me.

There’s a long road ahead of me. It’ll not be a smooth transition. There’ll be challenges. But it’s the part and parcel of life. I’ll take it as a learning process to be a much better version of myself. So here’s to 2017 and a new chapter in life!!

Till next post 🙂

Arnab Village, Kg. Purakagis, Ranau

img_3375After stopping at the Kundasang Farmer’s Market we then headed for the Arnab Village. It is a new site attraction in Ranau. Located in Kg.Purakagis, Ranau.  While on our way there, we were stuck in a traffic jam for almost an hour. Our patience was being tested I must say.

I was so glad when I saw the Kg.Kibbas’s signboard. If you don’t know where Kg. Purakagis is, fret not as you just have to look for the Kg.Kibbas’s signboard. It’s somewhere between Kundasang and Ranau town main road.

Basically what you can see at this place is rabbits. You’ll have the chance to feed and touch the rabbits and also take lots of pictures.

For further information you can check out Arnab Village Homestay Ranau Facebook page.

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LIFE LESSONS IN FIVE YEARS

While reflecting back on the past five years, I took out my notebook and a pen and started jotting down some of the life lessons I learned. I feel the need to write them down as a future reference and I thought that I may have to get back to these life lessons someday.

So these are some of the life lessons I learned these past five years. There are so many more lessons that I could think of but if I were to share them all this would be one long post. I’ll share the other lessons hopefully sometime soon.

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Who you surround yourself with matter

This is the biggest lesson I learned these past five years and one that I would remind myself over and over again. Truly, who you surround yourself with will shape the kind of life you lead.

You don’t need negative people in your life. What you need is the people who support you wholeheartedly. Who inspire you to be a better version of yourself. Who do things instead of talk about things. Who influence you to do good things.

Update your circle of friends. Regularly.

You will change

I wasn’t the same person I was five years ago. I’ve changed physically, mentally and spiritually. Five years ago I couldn’t do headstand. When things were tough I cried and cursed life. I was quite shallow about religions differences. I was different. Thing is, I may not where I want to be but I am not where I used to be and that matter to me.

I believe that at some points in life we all experience times that changed us. I once came across one quote that says every different phase in life demand a different version of ourselves and I think it’s true. Change can be unpleasant at time but is necessary for us to be better than who we are yesterday. Embrace change.

What people think of you don’t matter

It would be a lie if I say I don’t give a damn what people think of me. Because the truth is, I care what people think of me. But what I know is that it doesn’t matter. Really. People can think millions of bad things about me. They can laugh at me. They can mock me. They can misjudge me. People can think whatever they want about me. Did it matter? NO. And these people don’t even matter to me. Remember, people will only talk about you badly when they feel inferior of your existence.

Comparison is a thief of joy

How can you say you’re happy when you’re constantly comparing yourself to everyone else? I’m surrounded by so many amazing people with great mind and talent. It’s hard not to compare myself with them. But what I learned is instead of comparing myself and feel miserable I should let these people inspire me. Once I let go of the urge to compare myself, I believe in myself more.

Whenever you feel jealous of other people, drop it instantly. Stop. Focus on your strengths and abilities. You’ll be happier that way.

Live life

Life as a full-time student can be pretty daunting. Boring. However, we have the choice to shape our life. Instead of falling into the pattern of student life, find something you love doing. It can be writing a blog, working out, hiking. Whatever makes you feel alive. Live life.

Hiking in Bukit Gemok, Tawau

Finally we made it to Bukit Gemok after living in Tawau for five years! I don’t know what took us so long to get there. Whatever the reasons are, I’m super glad that we finally made it there.
My friends and I arrived at around six something in the morning. We thought that it would be best to do the hike early before the sun gets too hot. However, the gate was not open yet when we got there. We then decided to head for a breakfast and came back at around seven. You don’t know how glad I was to see that the gate was already open at that time (waiting suck out the excitement out of me and I don’t like it when that happened). We then went to the counter to get the ticket. Yes, you need to purchase a ticket to enter the place. We paid MYR5 each as of May 2016. Basically, there are a few activities you can do there. You can have a picnic, camping and of course, do the hike to get to the canopy walk which is the main attraction of the place.
The hike to the canopy walk is about 1,7KM. From what I experienced and based on my fitness level (I have a weak cardiovascular system) the hike was quite challenging at some point. But as long as you take it slow and follow your own pace, then it should be okay. Took us more than 30 minutes to reach the canopy walk. I personally feel that the canopy walk was the best part of the hike though it could be a challenge for someone who’s afraid of height. We spent quite some time at the canopy walk enjoying the view and calmness of the place. A really great place to wind down during the weekend I must say. But of course only if there’s not many people there.
A friendly reminder here, it is not advisable to do the hike alone especially for a girl.
 
I would love to go there again!

 

Till then.

What’s on my mind lately: Self love

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For the past two years, I’ve been working on cultivating more self-love. Not that because I didn’t love myself. I didn’t love myself enough. I spent most of my time molding myself into what people around me deem to be acceptable. I spent more time thinking if people like me more than asking myself whether I like me or not. And I am sure most people do that too. We care more about what people think of us than what we think of our own self. Which is sad.

In the process of trying to live more peacefully I’ve sacrificed relationships and my feelings. As much as I value the connection between me and the people around me there were times I feel disconnected from these people because I couldn’t vibe with them. They didn’t exert the kind of energy that will lift and propel me into becoming the person I want to be. I am a firm believer in getting rid of toxic relationships. Not because I hate these people. But because I value myself and I know I couldn’t grow if I stick with people who don’t understand myself and support me.

There was a time in my life where I kept all of my opinions to myself because I was afraid of being wrong and I didn’t want people to talk behind my back. I was once told that people talked behind my back because I was being too opinionated. So I tried not to be ‘too opinionated’. But that didn’t make me feel any better, I wasn’t feeling like myself. This went on for quite a while. Then I reached a point where I realised that I should let go of whatever didn’t make me feel like my best self. Be it people, thing or emotion.

I am taking the steps to be real. I will say what I want to say. I will do what I want to do and do it my way. I am not going to say this is me and you have to accept me for who I am. Because let’s face it that’s not how this world work. But I am working on myself to be the best version of myself. I am working on living my truth. I am working on being more empathy. I am working on being more open. I am working on being more kind. I am working on being less judgmental. I am working on being honest. This is not an easy quest. Sometimes I messed up. I have had moment where I wasn’t proud of my actions. And this journey, my friends, is a battle between the heart and the mind. Which I’m sure none of us find it easy.

“Self-love requires you to be honest about your current choices and thought patterns and undertake new practices that reflect self-worth. “

Road Trip: Semporna, Semporna, Semporna

This is the last part of our recent trip to Semporna. After Tampi-Tampi we headed to Semporna main town. We went to the Semporna Ocean Tourism Centre. This is the place where you can take a boat to some of the famous islands in Sabah like Sipadan, Mabul, Bohey Dulang and Sibuan to name a few. There’s not much actually to see here except for what they call as live aquarium where you can see fishes in their natural habitat but are caged. To enter this live aquarium you need to pay RM2 if I am not mistaken. There are also souvenir shops, hotel and restaurant in that area.

Hope y’all have a good day.
Till then.