Kukup has been one of the places that I wanna visit and it finally happened! After so many false alarms and failed attempts to organise one…haha~ Finally a Clique’s trip too, although missing of the super-dad Gui this time, who insisted on babysitting at home 😐
Dragged ourselves up for the 6.30am pick-up, and thank goodness the pick-up point was at buddy’s place, so it’s extremely near for me! Haha! Indulging on 白い恋人 during the ride! Makes me miss Japan so much~
Managed to avoid the traffic jam but there was a massive human jam at the Malaysia custom due to a super-rare baggage check. Even the staff at the custom said it’s their first time seeing them doing a scan~
We were all shocked by the queue for the bag scan because it was so so so long!!! But as expected, it was a futile effort to “do some work” 😐 The queue was like in a snake shape, zig-zag kind, and shortly after we were in the queue, the “snake” suddenly changed its shape and formed a diagonal line across! There was of course a lot of displeasure from those who are in front and while I was still feeling lost as to what’s going on, Shimin said at times like this, just follow, don’t question. LOL.
So somehow we had already conquered half the queue this way… Then all of a sudden, everyone who were facing away from the head of the “snake” just suddenly turned to the direction of the head! Min and I followed suit again and we were at the front of the rest of our Clique initially, but now we became behind them because of the sudden change in direction 😓😓😓
However, that made us conquer another quarter of the queue and I was just so amazed by the unity of these people! They just suka suka turn in a group as though it has all been rehearsed! Really like some marching parade~ And then the conclusion was the snake now becomes an army of ants, squeezing their way to the front – no more queue!
For once, I really experienced how “packed like sardine” actually means. I was really being squashed in the crowd and this little girl beside me who was pulling a small luggage kept glaring at me and saying, “Excuse me” but I had to ignore her because there’s no space for me to excuse her!!! Ultimately, the staff also gave up on the bag scan and let everyone through the declaration counter as how it has always been like…LOL. #epicfail
Stopped over at a coffeeshop for breakfast and shortly after we ordered our food, we saw a cockroach on our table, which led to a screaming war 😖 So digested after that but I had already ordered my food. Not much choices there so I settled for bak kut teh mee sua. I was more attracted by the mee sua word than the bak kut teh, cause I am a mee sua fan!!!
Reached Kukup in less then 3 hours! Fast and furious 👍 I needed the toilet so badly and was counting down on our arrival via my GPS! Thank goodness I bought extra top-up card during the previous road trip!!!
Thought we could head straight to our apartment once we reached, but the uncle who picked us up insisted that it was still early and it would be lunch time soon, so there was no point going to the apartment for that short while before coming out for lunch again~ He insisted that we just hang around the shops at the ferry terminal first.
I kept saying I wanna use the washroom at the apartment but he refused to bring us there, kept asking me to use the one at the ferry terminal’s restaurant…Zzzzz. In the end I had no choice but to settle it at the restaurant’s washroom. Luckily it was clean because I was probably the first “customer” to bomb it before they even open for business…LOL.
And when I came out of the washroom, guess what the rest told me? “The uncle is bringing us to the apartment first because we told him we are really too full to eat lunch now.” Isn’t that what we had been saying?! @£$%&$@£!!! 😒😒😒
A tour around the rooms! We had like 4 bedrooms, so there were plenty of beds! Thought I could have my own room so that I can sleep without aircon, but Miss President insisted on sharing and even choosing the room that SHE wants 😓
Taking a tour outside! I had been wanting to experience kelong life and I finally did! Well, a bit of it at least 😅
Kelongs are built on water, so are the houses in Venice, yet both have such different feel and culture~
The aftermath of our lunch at the seafood restaurant! Sorry that I did not manage to take a proper photo again 😐 We even warned the Na-sisters that when eating with this bunch of guys, it’s all about speed! While stock last! Hahaha! Anyway the lunch was not very satisfying in our opinion.
In the end, we paid money to scare ourselves because there were lots of monkeys walking on the same bridge as us! I mean I love monkeys, but not when they are right beside me! 😖 So we ended up in a “Halloween haunted house” state, screaming our way and grabbing on to each other on the narrow bridge! Don’s ice-cream even got taken by the monkeys! So scary!!!
There was nothing much in the rain forest (except trees) and I think all of us regretted going in after sweating like mad under the scorching hot sun! It was seriously HOT!!! But there is a point at the end of the short trail whereby you can go up to the lookout tower to catch the view of the place~
The view was pretty nice! Bu these photos were taken by Vanna because I did not go up! 😆 I was too lazy to climb the flight of stairs all the way up, and I figured that I can just ask for photos later for blogging purpose…HAHAHA!
Back to the apartment to nua and I think that’s what Kukup is all about – nua-ing! Haha! I am okay to nua since it’s just 1 day, but it might be boring for some who seek for more activities or scenery~
Oh actually what Kukup really is about is EATING! We ate like 4 meals a day (all included in the package), excluding breakfast, because we reached after breakfast. But if you stay like 3D2N, you will probably be fed 5 meals a day – breakfast, lunch, tea break, dinner and supper! It’s like every 2-3 hours you are eating 😫
I think it’s most suited for pigs like buddy, who was eating NON-STOP – wanton mee breakfast > tibits > seafood lunch > crackers > bee hoon with curry chicken for tea break > tibits > free-flow BBQ dinner feast > still can squeeze down porridge for supper! 🐖 I skipped the tea break and supper entirely because those are unnecessary meals and I was so full after all the junk food! Really eat and eat and eat~
As much as we didn’t wanna be anti-social, since this trip is like a bonding session, we were damn shagged from the morning pick-up, so Min and I took turn to nap! Hahaha! I napped first and shortly after I woke up, Tenna suggested renting the electric bike to go around the place. The rest got interested as well so we went to check out the bikes~
Everyone was excited to try biking without a license except me (and Shimin, who was napping)~ I mean I wouldn’t have mind trying if there is a wider open area without water around it. The staff even said there were indeed people who fell into the kelong water and they even had to use a car to pull the bike up with a rope! After hearing that I kept thinking that I might be the next to fall in so I refused to try 😖
Everyone found their biker and was ready to head out to explore~ I refused to take because I recalled being damn scared the last time I was on Gui’s bike, so let alone it being a un-licensed biker 😐 Furthermore Min was still soundly asleep when we were laughing at the guys performing their “bike skill“, so I decided to stay in as well.
He couldn’t find the horn for the bike so while the rest are horning their way off, he was stuck behind 😂😂😂 I guess we all kinda expected that. But poor guy, he got suan-ed for biking skill, dart skill, pool skill and practically everything! Hahahahaha!!!
Shimin wanted to visit her friend’s shop, which is apparently the first and only spectacles shop in Kukup! I was forced to go as well since I was the only one with 4G (the life-saving Google Map!) 😒
Figured that since the guys did not end up in the water, it should be safe. But poor TCC’s shirt almost got tore by me. Cause whenever we past by those water area at the sides, I would get so nervous and ask him to go slow, even though he was already going at super slow speed for my sake 😅
It’s damn scary because the paths are all so narrow, and right beside you is the water already! Well anyway, we managed to reach safely and found Min’s friend’s shop~ Tenna even made a specs there! Haha!
Stayed at the dinner area for pool and darts after that~ Min and I joined in the fun as well and I had a super tyco win! I was left with 6 points to go and I was like asking the guys if I hit the 6, I will win? Then I really managed to hit it and even though the dart did not stay on the board, the hit was still detected! Hahaha!
The reason why I had been wanting to visit Kukup (apart from experiencing Kelong life) is so that I can play with sky lanterns and firecrackers! I had been insisting on that since we reached and it was finally time for the 天灯! 😀
And then it was finally my long-awaited firecracker’s time! But even though I was the one who kept insisting on playing firecrackers, I didn’t dare to light them at all! I was hiding under the roof, taking videos only. LOL! In the end, buddy and Shrine had to light everything…hahaha!!!
A pity there wasn’t the big firecracker that I wanted. But at least we had something close! (:
I was the only one who had not showered because I was still stuck in the endless Mahjong game! But luckily, because still got photo-taking session 😳 Played till like 2+ am and I won 4 bucks! My sleep definitely worth a lot more~ We all admitted that we are too old for “ton nights“!
Didn’t even wanna wake up for breakfast the next morning~ Told Shimin to kope my share for me and it was nasi lemak and mee siam, but not the kind that I like. The mee siam is equivalent to fried bee hoon, which I am not a fan of and the nasi lemak only has pathetic amount of 料 and very very little ikan bilis 😟