I bet you have never heard of this Island right? I don't blame you, I didn't know such an island existed till I had a shooting there, but I can surely tell you this: I fell in love INSTANTLY!
What does this Island offer that's got me hooked? You mean apart from clear sea water, a clean beach and fun activities? It offered me serenity, clarity and peace, once I was on that beach, all my frustration from work, emotional baggages just decided to pack up and leave , following the waves. After my 4 days shoot here, I came back again with my friend and stayed for another 3 days two weeks later.
Shall we START the "tour"?
You can't directly drive to the Island, duh, its an Island. Your only way is to drive to Bagan Sungai Burung, Bagan Datoh, Perak in the morning. After a hearty breakfast in one of their restaurants ( mind you I am a vegetarian so I can't really comment on the seafood, but from what I surveyed, they tasted amazing), you head to the dock, put on your life jackets and get ready to leave, all this after a group picture (with whoever you go with) taken by a cute beach boy. After an average of 30 minutes, OMG SERENITY!!!
After settling your bags in the assigned tents, you are free to do what ever you want till you go snorkelling with the group and PIC. What I love about this place is that you get closer to nature, swings are made of ropes and wood tied to a branch, brings me back to when I was younger and all we had was the outdoors. Walk around the beach and embrace the sun, no point trying to hide from it, its everywhere.
After all that, they would take us to another island near by to look for a wild boar named Ngau Ngau, but only if you are lucky you get to see her. I saw her once and fed her, she scared me but nonetheless, she won't hurt anyone. After that back to the island for some R & R, as well as some afternoon tea. Too bad I didn't actually take any pictures of the boar, the food or the tea, but their Prawn biscuit (虾饼) is the bomb ( no, I didn't try them, but they have gotten really good reviews, the nice ladies did make a vegetarian one for me, minus the prawn).
What else can you do on the beach? Tons! Read a book, chill, because the line is terrible there, don't think you can watch a whole episode of The Simpsons without cursing. Apart from there, you can go hiking, the hill is not too steep, an easy 10 - 15 minutes walk up and there you can see hammocks amongst trees and also some sort of tree "house". I've always loved going up there, no crowd just me the sun and birds chirping.
For something more "adventurous", grab a friend and start training those biceps and triceps by Kayak-ing, its tough. but you know you don't get to kayak in the city, seize the moment, c'est la vie!
Now its time, sunset babeh! There's a corner on the island, where you can see it, beautiful, majestic, and worth it. As the sun sets, it feels like the whole world stops, time freezes, and you just feel like you want to stay there forever. However as the Chinese say, good things come to an end, time for dinner. STEAMBOAT AND SEAFOOD! Again, yummy said by the other tourists!
Night time is the time to rest, to chill, and to enjoy the sea breeze, drink an ice cold beer (rm15 per bottle), grad a crab ( No, I wasnt' drunk) or you know just chill by your tents and talk your hearts out. The PICs also prepared a karaoke machine, so you and your friends can sing the night away, and nobody will judge you, its a time to just let loose and go crazy, because you know, the night is always still young.
And the moment you have been waiting for:
The so called blue tears ( 蓝眼泪）, or also known as blue / Florescent planktons. You have to be there to believe it, when you see a beach full of the shiny planktons, its mesmerising, its captivating, and words do no justice to this breath-taking sight. Its a memory worth gaining, and keeping.
And so a full day has come and gone, full of fun activities and wonderful sceneries, as the sun rises, after eating our breakfast, its time to say goodbye and till we meet again. Back to the village and back to reality, but inside of you, deep down in your heart, you tell yourself, yeah I'm definitely coming back.
So, till then, Ciao beautiful, you're a trip definitely worth remembering.
Location : 9 Island ( 九屿岛） through Bagan Sungai Burung, Bagan Datoh, Perak
Contact Person: 9 Island Agency 环岛旅游业
Price: depends on the package
面书群组社团 ： Pulau sembilan 九屿岛（又名森美兰岛）
面书粉丝专页 ：九屿岛 vs 霹雳下双武隆渔村
面书粉丝专页：9 Island Agency 环岛旅游业
* Vegetarian meals are provided, so woohoo!
An Aquarius actress seeking for the meaning of life: good food, good friends, good places, good music, basically everything that is good.