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Monday, April 10, 2006

Cherating Beach, Pahang

We just returned from a weekend stay at Cherating beach with Emily and Linson. They came up with the idea on Thursday, so we met up at Telawi that same night to discuss logistics for the trip, and the rest was history.
Without hesitation, we chose to leave on Saturday morning. After breakfast in Selayang, we left KL at 10am. We arrived in Cherating around 1pm. As we did not make prior reservation for accomodations, we scouted around for a suitable place to stay. We settled for a chalet resort in Kampung Cherating itself which was close to the beach.

Reasonable room rates, very affordable….RM45 for room with fan, and RM90 for room with aircon. At sunset, we strolled to the beach and later took Moggy for her first offroading experience on the sandy terrain. Handling a rig on sandy stretches was a different kind of challenge that on the usual muddy trail, as over-throttling will cause your wheels to dig deeper into the ground. Linson and Emily took to the water while Jules and I, chilled out on the beach with Moggy.
Later in the evening, we headed for Chukai town in the district of Kemaman for seafood dinner at a popular restaurant known as Tong Juan some 15 minutes’ drive from our resort into the state of Terengganu. This restaurant is famous for its stuffed crab. Stuffed crab is crab shell stuffed with crab meat and some other ingredients, baked and served with their homemade chilli sauce.
Next day, breakfast from also at another popular place in Chukai called Kedai Kopi Hai Peng. They are famous for the coffee and also the local Nasi Dagang(Rice) and Roti Bakar(Toast with coconut-egg spread). This is the first time for both Linson and Emily. Breakfast was excellent and heavy, so we decided to skip lunch and bought some Satar(local otak-otak), which is some kind of fish cake wrapped with leaves and barbequed over charcoal. We also bought the famous keropok lekor, also a kind of fried fish cake. CLICK HERE for some info on the above.
We requested for a very late check-out, so we only left the resort at 6.30pm and returned to KL by 9.30pm.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Escape to Hatyai

Sawadee! Did a Houdini by going on a 4 days/3 nights trip to Hatyai. Moggy went for her Medical checkup at the service center at FORD PVK Ltd Co. Hatyai. Simple reason for doing so was that it’s so much cheaper to service in Thailand. Spent B1400(RM135) for a full service including, Engine Oil change(Synthetic), Oil Filter change, Fog Lamp Bulb replacement, fixed Moggy’s horn. In Malaysia, it would probably would have cost us at least RM300, and we did not have to wait long. We sent Moggy in at 8.45, they promised us that we could pick her up by 12.30pm, but she was ready and waiting for us by 11.00am.
We were also fortunate to see the all new Dura-Torq Ford Ranger 2006 which made its world debut at the Bangkok Motor Show just last month. Those in Malaysia who can't wait to have a glimpse of the truck may download the Thai e-brochure HERE! (right click on mouse....choose save target as). I have also taken a few shots from the showroom with my digital camera and posted it into our shutterfly album.
And with the savings, we would have paid for our accommodation or food in Thailand while having fun traveling. Also took Moggy for a wash, cost us B170(RM16.38)….washing includes external wash, truck bed wash, engine wash, leather seats polish; would cost us RM25 in Malaysia.

Stayed at the President Hotel on Petchkasem Road at the roundabout. Rate was a bargain at only B500(RM48) per night. The trip was generally for the great tasting food and cheap drinks. For the first time we decided to venture into the other side of the city which is across the other side of the railway tracks across the bridge, tried out a new Seafood joint which was highly recommended from the Hatyai City travel brochure. We took the opportunity to drive Moggy up to the hills over looking the city, the view was breath-taking. Also drove up to Samila Beach. To top these, we did some major groceries at Tesco Lotus on the way home. Returned to Malaysia via Padang Besar, a smaller Border town as compared to Sadao/Bukit Kayu Hitam. Click HERE for more photos. To find out more about Thailand...Click HERE!