Day 22: Finding Paradise

I woke up early once more, since I need to catch that 7:30 ferry from Kuala Besut to the Perhentians. My window overlooks the Watercolours office in Kuala Besut, and I was pleased to see that they were already open at 7 in the morning. I packed up my bags once more and headed down to the office.

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Watching the sun rise from Kuala Besut jetty

As soon as I finished registering, we headed down to the jetty, along with five other travelers headed to the islands. There are several agencies around the small town that provide transport between the mainland and the two islands, and each one has their own boat. Before boarding though, you need to pay the RM5 Marine Park fee. We boarded a small speed boat, and as soon as the proper clearances were made, we puttered out of the jetty.

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A stilt house divided three ways to make three rooms

We were cruising lazily along, when the driver gives a burst of speed. With the sudden jolt of speed, we were flying through the water. That initial jolt was a bit scary, but after a few minutes, we got used to the rhythm of the boat and were able to loosen our grip on the seats and the sides. The ride was quite bumpy though, and it made me think that this is what Rafa must have felt when Roger was giving him pain in his famous ass. Oh wait, that’s different.

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Working by the sea

BL fangirling aside, we reached the small island (Perhentian Kecil) after thirty minutes in the water. We drop off the two passengers staying at Coral Bay, and puttered back out to sea to head to Perhentian Besar. A few meters from the shore, a smaller boat came right up to our boat. Turns out it’s my connecting ride to the Watercolours Paradise Resort.

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Sayuri at the beach with her snorkeling gear

Since I was supposed to arrive yesterday afternoon, I was taken straight to my room. I was happy to note that it had window screens, so I can open the windows at night without the threat of mosquitoes, and that the toilet uses tiles that don’t gross me out (yes, I’m rather picky about floor tiles). All seemed to be good, until I noticed with some alarm that there’s no power outlet in my room. No wonder that lady had her laptop power cord with her when she walked into the reception/restaurant area.

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Looking forward to this view again tomorrow morning

I take my laptop with me and settled in one of the seaside tables for internet and breakfast. I work for a while, responding to e-mails and updating blogs. I finally pry hands off the keyboard and took my laptop back to my room and headed for the beach. It was rather disappointing that Watercolours resort don’t have much shoreline to speak off. It extended its property all the way out, so there’s only enough space to walk through when there are boats docked. That’s one thing I don’t particularly like about the Perhentians: boats are docked right there on the beach, which can be quite an eyesore, and makes it hard to find a spot to swim that wouldn’t have you bumping into a boat or getting tangled up in the lines.

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Water taxis to take you to the other beaches in the island or to the beaches in the other island.

There was a pretty decent spot down the beach, and I settled down under the shade of a coconut tree. After several hours of semi-baking (I was under the shade after all), I walk back to the resort and this time, settled on one of the tables in the restaurant with a power outlet. I am not proud to say that I spent lunchtime and the most part of the afternoon working on my computer. But I am quite happy, because I’ve always dreamt of working while at the beach. Well, the thought of working and feeling the sea breeze on your face, the sand on your feet and hearing the waves crashing on the shore.

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Perhentian Besar beach

I forced myself to finish everything before 5pm, and headed back to the beach. It was still too hot, so I settled back in the shade and waited for the sun to set. It was a long wait, since the sun doesn’t really set until past 7:30pm. Not that I’d have a decent shot though. It’s hard to get a nice sunset shot when there’s a whole mountain blocking the sun. Dinner followed, and now I’m back online. Flashes of lightning has been showing up in the horizon, with threatening rumbles of thunder. The wind has picked up, and I think it might rain tonight. I hope it clears out by tomorrow.

Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 5 Comments
  1. lori says:

    nice pictures of the place, nina! ^___^

    hoping for more pictures to come. wee! enjoy!

    working at the beach? workaholic much? nyaha XD

  2. kaoko says:

    The ride was quite bumpy though, and it made me think that this is what Rafa must have felt when Roger was giving him pain in his famous ass. Oh wait, that’s different.

    I cannot believe the Fedal has found its way here. *facepalm*

  3. Cla says:

    It made me think that this is what Rafa must have felt when Roger was giving him pain in his famous ass.

    Um… how did that statement get in there? LOL!

  4. nina says:

    How can you feel pain in your ass and not think of Fedal?!

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