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May
09

Tioman, day 2, 3 and 4

Morning coolness goes away quickly around here. By 0900hrs, it was scorching. The cool South wind blows thru the marina, giving some heat relief to us who have no aircon.. I didnt think it was going to happen, but I got a burnt back in just 2hrs working around the boat.

Water taxis waiting for passengers.

Water taxis waiting for passengers.

The captain and Doug work on boat chores all morning till lunch. Checking the engine, refuelling for the trip back, sorting out the gauge problem. I did little chores.. like holding the umbrella over Doug while he refuel the tanks, crochet away on my poncho to be, made lunch and washed up.

The captain felt a nap was necessary.. he was recovering from hungover.. the whiskey and beers at the party the night before did him in..  Thats alright with me. A little bit of free daylight time to walk around the village for us.

A nice leanto business on the beach

A nice leanto business on the beach

Some of the sights around around the village. A great location for this drinks and snacks stall. Under shade from the palm trees, this lady runs a thriving business on the beach.

Colors of Tioman

Colors of Tioman

Natives on Tioman are quite artistic. I like how they recycle the surfboard and the use of colors.

Only small planes allowed on Tioman

Only small planes allowed on Tioman

This small plane flies between Seletar (SG) and Tioman. 4 propellers and high wings, I wonder how it feels riding in it.. Think it takes a maximum of 15 pax.

Our duty free delivery

Our duty free delivery

It was a really hot day. We got to the beach and decided to turn back. After a rather expensive round of soft drinks and goreng pisang at the city square, we head for the duty free shops. Altho duty free, the prices were not so cheap… I mean if compare to Langkawi, prices on Tioman are 10-30% more. Even the 5l box wines were RM 69 each, compare to US$15 (RM55) at Shaws’. I guess the whole US is duty free on alcohol and discounts given.

The captains

The captains

My wild ride in the sidecar of the delivery bike. This picture was taken quickly as the ride is only a short 2 mins.

We spent the afternoon putting away our duty free purchases. Lets see, 8 cartons of Tiger, 1 carton of Gordons, 2 box wines, vokas … etc.

Then it was time for dinner with the Harvest Eagles at the Chinese restaurant. The evening ended with drinks and chitchat onboard Harvest Eagle. See picture of Captain Peter, M/V Eastwind II and Captain George of Harvest Eagle. We all retired quite early for the night in preparation of another early start in the morning.

I am out of batteries.. Not really, but.. everybody was offering Alkaline AAs, but I dont like to use them. Since we were leaving, I didnt think there are more picture opportunities and the gps track coming up to Tioman would be enuf for us going that way again in future.

1100hrs, we got underway, headed for an overnight at Pulau Tinggi. 1500hrs, anchored off Tinggi. Start cooking pot luck for dinner onboard the Eagle. 1800hrs, dinner. 2000hrs, hit the sack.

Day 4 0300hrs, we are moving again. The Eagles have a 2hrs headstart and will wait for us before the trecherous North Rocks.

0700hrs, Captain wishes to have sausages for breakfast.. hey but its the Taiwanese kind, not suitable for English style breakfast. .. So the cook, me started on the Teochew porridge, fried the sausages in the larp cheong way and tau you omallete.. Much enjoyed by captain and crew..

1100hrs, join up with Harvest Eagle at the North Rocks. 1300hrs, made noodles lunch. 1500hrs, berthed in Sebana. 1600hrs, Yahoo! Back online again!

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