The continuation of my Jugra entry will now commence with the inclusion of several other characters above.
I wanted a reason to go back, back to capture more sights and sounds of the place. My family had initially planned to go elsewhere for our little mid year gathering but I managed to lure them here with the promise, "here" was going to be better than there. My brother was constantly taunting me asking for justifications "what could possibly be better at Morib?" A place devoid of long stretches of beautiful beaches and activities. All I could mouth was "Trust me!"
Everyone having a go with the kites, even my father. The beach pantai kelanang was well hmmmmmmmm...
Having a brother who spells fun as "endless rides and shoppings" I was adamant to make him a believer in museums and picturesque views instead. I didn't want to be blamed for a holiday sans the fun, so I brought along what might be a saviour for me just in case they all got bored. I bought kites, a ball for our captain ball routine in the swimming pool and Frisbees and mangoes for my father, just in case he too got lulled in the madness of the sun. My father and mangoes is like ants to sugar he he he he. By the way Happy Father's Day Ayah!
Scenes at the wedding.
We headed on to Morib after our cousin's wedding in Batangkali. It was already 2.30pm and reaching Morib this time around felt like eternity, sebabnya....along the way the convoy had to stop for toilets and petrol and directions. The moment we arrived at the Hotel approximately at 6.30pm there was a mad rush to the pool. And so into the pool everyone jumped and splashed and swam and fought for the rest of the evening.
As the day drew to a close everyone was hungry for gooood food. The breeze from the sea beckoned our appetite for seafood. Conveniently, sea food stalls were just near by, a few minutes drive from our hotel. Stalls were found aplenty along pantai Morib and so were the souvenir shops. Whilst waiting for our food, the ladies and children took a stroll around the many gerais and came back with things we never thought we needed until then ha ha ha.
Our Dinners at Nelayan Corner Pantai Morib
Hidayah the lady who took our orders previously, was pacing up and down serving the dishes upon our return to the dinner table. The menu was interestingly lined up in a way affordable to many of its patrons. For instance a meal for 5-6 person with 4 different lauks and drinks was just priced at 55rgt! How reasonable was that! And if you had notified them earlier, they would throw in a birthday cake for free, if there was anyone celebrating la. Bestkan! Not only the food served was wonderful, the staff was all smiles with service that would put shame to any 5 star hotels. One particular lady that impressed my brother and I was Hidayah. The way she conducted herself left the impression of her being the owner of the place. She was very helpful, informative and dedicated to her job. She kept visiting our table to further inform us about the services the restaurant has to offer and sharing all the stories of the past memorable events she had helped coordinate with the owner. Her work ethics impressed us so much that my brother composed an objective question for the family to answer.
Hidayah ialah seorang pekerja yang rajin dan berdedikasi terhadap tugasnya kerana:
A. Beliau adalah pemilik restoran tersebut.
B. Beliau adalah salah seorang pemilik restoran tersebut.
C. Beliau memang seorang yang bersifat rajin
D. Beliau adalah girlfriend kepada pemilik Restoran tersebut.
E. Hidayah sebenarnya syok kat Nyah (my bro) kerana kerap datang ke meja kami.
to which we unanimously answered E!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! wakakakaka.
But truthfully she was an amazing worker. Thanks Hidayah for the fantastic meal. The restaurant also holds lucky draws for patrons who spend 50rgt and above and since dinner was on me, I managed to clinch the biggest hamper, woooohoooooo!
We rose early to a Malaysian breakfast at the Hotel and later ran to the pool for another round of swimming. The kids were the only ones playing in the pool, the adults were just looking on for their safety. Much later all of us got ready and made our way to the adjacent town of Banting. If you have read my previous New Zealand entry relating our experience on Queen Street, well this street in Banting pulled us into a state of deja vu. There were rows and rows of shops on this street, endless shopping for everyone. But my most favouritest bestest shop of all was this one below ...
Candies, jellies, kerepeks, jeruks in pails and buckets!!!!
Later in the afternoon, when fathers adjourned to the golf course for a round of putting a small ball into a small hole, the kids occupied themselves with yours truly. The itinerary included indulging in their very own kids' spas, merrying go round the trees and bushes, passing ping pong balls, terrorizing around the hotel's compound and enjoying each other's feet ordour when they took off their shoes on the reflexology path!
Evening was again spent in the pool and this time everyone went in including the "I am pregnant but I still want to play" mother, the "I have to always keep my hair dry brother", the other self proclaimed "I am the handsomest guy in the Universe" brother and the "I am beyond any game rules" walking goal post father, for a game of Captain ball. The rigorous walking and fighting for the ball in the pool left us ravenous. And that night we paid Hidayah a visit again.
We allocated the last day to explore the historical town of Jugra. Our first stop was the Royal Mausoleum and right after was the Jugra Hill. The drive up was pleasant, didn't take us that long to reach the top to the Light House. The view at the peak was breath taking! I was sure that our eyes could reach as far as the Straits of Melaka if it wasn't for the haze.
The last stop for this leg of the tour was the beach. We have seen Morib's beach and since there was not much to see, we sought for other nearby beaches that might be worth a few shoots on our camera. After talking to one of the locals at the hotel, we were advised to search for a beach called Kelanang. This beach was reputed to be better than Morib's. However upon arriving, much to our dismay, it wasn't! It was not very clean and the state of the beach itself was naturally uninviting. But we managed to gather everyone for a family picture di celah2 pokok yang tidak membelakangi laut yang biru nan hijau. So here is almost everyone saying "Yey!!!! yey!!!! yey!!!!... cepat la panas ni....berapa kali nak cakap yey ni?" ahaks.
Picture taken by yours truly.