Beach getaway: Rawa Island Resort


In the few islands that I have been to in Malaysia for holiday, Rawa Island is one that I can say clearly defines an island paradise. It has a white powdery sand and gentle lapping waves beach. Rawa island is a small island with no inhabitants and private. To enjoy the island you need to book at least for an overnight stay. Package rate includes accomodation, food, and boat fare. The booking need to be in advance and walk-in is not allowed.

The  island is about 30 minutes away from the Mersing town in Johor Malaysia. There is an exclusive reception counter located nearby the Mersing jetty port for the ferry arrangement and accomodation allocation. The ferry leaves the jetty at 11:30 in the morning, so one need to be at the reception area at least half an hour before departure time to avoid being left behind by the ferry.

As for the accomodation, the room is basic and the furniture is old and not maintained. In the room I was checked in, the bed has no bedframe. Rattan chairs where dusty and torn out. Toilet is basic but at least clean. The rate per night is way expensive if it will be base on the resort accomodation.  Food iis provided for dinner, breakfast, and lunch. Nothing fancy but taste is just okay. For the facilities there is scuba center, kayak, indoor recreation center for kids, and a slide located at the resort jetty. 

The thing  I liked about the place is it's main attraction itself, the beach. Its so serene and tranquel. Sunset is spectacular. Though I was there on a weekend, it was not crowded even I was told that the resort was fully-booked. I was supposed to extend my stay for another night.  I spent mostly the whole afternoon on the beach, i rent a snorkel and mask hoping to see nice corals but disappointed. The corals along the beach is color gray and appears to be dying. The late afternoon was just lying on the sand admiring the sunset. After dinner I i spent the night at the bar just enjoying the moment until time to sleep. The following day, i trek to the forested side of the island  in the early morning. The whole island has its road that encircled the island.

Langkawi Trip: Surviving the Sky Bridge


One of the attraction at the Oriental Village in the upper northwest of Langkawi Island in Malaysia is the Langkawi Sky Bridge. A pedestrian bridge appears to be floating on top of two mountains. The experience to be there is exhilarating and be rewarded of the commanding view of the rainforest and its nearby islands.

The bridge can be reached by first taking the SkyCab to the top station and an inclinator that connect to the bridge. During the time I was there, the inclinator and the connecting platform is undergoing upgrading,  so to access the bridge one need to hike a very narrow  and steep pathway to reach the other end of the brigde platform that serves as  the entrance access. It was  exhausting experience, I have to stop from time to time  just to catch breath. But once I reach the platform I felt relieved by the  360 degree of awesome view of the island.

The bridge is curvy-shaped and being hanged by 9 cables tied to a single pylon at the mid section. The main structure is made of stainless steel and the walkway is precast concrete planks with  portion made of glass  equally arranged at the middle span for a clear peek view down under. It has two triangular-shaped platform at both ends.

The walk on the bridge in the first few meters is breezy and just okay, but going along it going to be  dizzy as the bridge tends to sway and got an illusion that seems threading on a rope because though the  bridge is 1.8m wide it appears to be narrow given its elevation and have a see-through railing so basically one will feel scary if not used to standing on very high surface. But upon reaching the midsection it would get use to already. And then iby stepping on a clear glass plank and will be looking down below  the dizzy feeling  will be felt again. The bridge is 82 meters  above ground. If you have fear of height, the bridge is the way to conquer your fear.  

Coming back  at the platform after traversing the bridge, I started to ponder what was the motivation to construct the bridge in the first place. I thought it was an insane idea to be build the bridge there. But now nothing is impossible, everything can be build. I wonder on the difficulty and the logistic to put it in such high terrain it must have been a feat building it. The sky bridge can truly claim as one of engineering marvel.

Before i left the bridge  i took the customary selfie  beside the signage that says " i survived!  at the most iconic suspension brigde".

Entrance to the pathway that lead to the sky bridge
The narrow steep and winding pathway
A signage says to be cautious for wild creatures, I havent seen one though
View of the brigde from the pathway
The steps that made me stop from time to time to graps breath
The end of the pathway that lead to the triangular platform
The first glance of the brigde from the platform
View from the bridge

The concrete planks that make you cringe once you step on it as it move
The view of the pylon from the glass plank
The other end of the bridge that is undergoing upgrading

The stainless steel main structure of the bridge 

There is an entrance fee of 5 malaysian ringgit, and one has to sign a waiver before anyone can be allowed to the brigde. 

Back to blogging

I am going to blog again. I intend to start over again and tried to regain the habit of writing. This blog has been going on for years already and had been to few changes. I remember the first time I created this blog my aim was just to write anything I would like to remember. After awhile I forgot about it. When I started working overseas, out of boredom I started to blog again. Writing some personal stuff and  met online friends from blogging. When I felt that I was revealing more of myself I somehow feel ashamed of somehow opening myself more, so I started writing only about my travel experiences since during that time I was already enjoying traveling overseas. 

This might turned out to be anything goes blog. I will make changes as to the format and appearance of this blog later. I feel like I am starting all over again. I wish by writing again I meet the old friends and hopefully meet new friends once again. 

Orchard Road Singapore Christmas Light Up 2014

Its the time of the year once again when  the whole stretch of Orchard Road,  the shopping district in Singapore comes at its brightest. Last Saturday 15 November the lighting ceremony was held at Shaw House open area. As in the past years, no less than the President of Singapore graced the event and switched on the christmas decors lightings. 
This year's theme is Christmas on a Great Street. Indeed!