Saturday, April 30

The Hidden Gem - Renaza Resort, Padang Indonesia

Looking for a getaway? 
Tired of the noise and pollution? 
Longing for a private moment to find peace with yourself?

I found mine - a beautiful small island with a standalone resort - Renaza Resort, Padang (West Sumatra), Indonesia. From Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, it takes only an hour flight via Air Asia, and 30 minutes speedboat ride to this secluded private island. 


As we approach the island, the colour of the waters turned into a significant turquoise blue, and it is the best welcoming sight ever!


This is the front part of the beach. This is also the only part of the beach that has structural buildings on it. If you are looking to get back to nature, to enjoy the lush greenery of the coconut trees, to look at the bright blue sky - then this is the perfect destination for you.


Underneath the sea, lies huge sharp rocks, hence a jetty is built. Upon arrival, the workers and dogs came to welcome us. Fret not, the dogs are very well behaved. There are some other resident pets roaming on the island as well =) 



The main hall - is where the dining area / hangout area. This is where we sit, eat, sing, dance and play most of the time. Rooms are located on another building. The resort doesn't get supplies of electricity from the mainland, so electricity are being generated by the solar panel or generator.  Electricity sometimes can be scarce and must be used wisely. Nonetheless, there are electricity during lunch hours and after 6pm at night. Rooms are all fully air-conditioned, so everyone can sleep comfortably.
Beach-wise, it consist of coarse sands with small rocks. I think nothing can beat the white fluffy sandy beaches of East Coast Malaysia (Perhentian, Tioman, Redang Islands). Nonetheless, Renaza Resort has aplenty of room for roaming around the beach. I like the feeling of the sands brushing on my feet, the way the friction massages the soles of my feet, re-energizing my blood circulation. It feels so therapeutic, so healing that I walked on the beach everyday.  

This is a private island. 

You can expect no noise pollution (except the occassional motorboat passing by). Listen to the sounds of breaking waves like a love song serenading the silence. I enjoyed climbing on the diagonal coconut trunks (whichever I can access to) and lie on it. 
  

Rain and strong winds do hit the island or the surroundings. Washing some debris on shore. This is the world we lived in, isn't it? Civilization and development causes so much rubbish, more than our mother Earth can take it. 


Tour around the whole island takes about 15minutes. about 60% of the island remains untouched. Wild grasses and coconut trees sprout randomly. 

Sunrise and Sunset is pretty amazing as well. The whole sky is exposed above you, and you are freeeeee~

Sunrise

 Sunset


Nothing beats a life on an island like this. Roll on the sand, smelling salty and sticky, but feeling so HAPPY.



That's all from me now. Looking forward for my next trip - Jakarta, Indonesia.

XOXO
MsxEroZ



Thursday, April 28

Boundaries of Emptiness


As clock ticks, time passed in seconds and without knowing it, things changed. Along the years, technology and social media deeply influenced my life. Growing up with ICQ, Friendster, and Facebook, connections and friends are made with just a click of mouse. We began writing our inner thoughts, rants, and even provocative materials to express ourselves.

As I get older, the more people I get to know, the more I was concerned about what people think of me. Yups, there are times when such insecurities hit. Last week I had dinner with an uncle, and he was sharing his thoughts on posting photos on Facebook. He deeply disapproves posting work-related material on Facebook, as may do a lot of damage to the company. Internal information can be relayed to the business competitors and so forth.

True.

The internet has always been a double edge sword. It can create opportunities, at the same time, it has the power to destroy. But i strongly believe that one should not shun the internet, due to fear. All in all, the internet has been superbly useful and people will die without it. People, in this sense is me, i conlan7firm will die without the internet.

[Update]
Just realised part of my post went missing *rage* This is the disadvantages of relying on the mobile apps to do blog. Sometimes things just doesn't go smoothly as we imagined it to be.

XOXO
MsxEroz

Club Med Cherating (II)

Yo babes! Here's the continuation of my Clubmed escapades huhu last two weeks. It was really fun, and a much needed getaway for me and hubby. As a beach person, we enjoyed the Cherating Beach the most. The picturesque calm beach, with the wind fine sands, is truly a unforgettable view.


What I love most, is the exclusivity, and the cleanliness of the beach. Here, despite the scorching heat of 38 degrees Celcius, I didnt mind the sweat and sunburn!
I have never seen such a tranquil beach before. The white fluffy sands, and the beautiful lagoon, is truly mesmerizing. I can spend my whole day hear, doing nothing, staring at space!

 It was a beautiful day, with aplenty of sunlight. What a perfect day!


I would recommend this place as a wedding photoshoot venue. The sands are quite managable, and the sunrays were fantastically beautiful. Part of me wishing, how nice if I could turn back the clock, and get married here instead.

Beautiful aint it?


The whole beach is filled with cute organisms - crabs. We spotted quite a few different species of crabs and little fishies. 

It's wondrous how perfect mother nature works.


There's so much evidence of crab activities. Being a crab lover, I enjoyed watching the magical formation of sands that the crabs made. Stay still, and you will see them emerging in groups.


The Zen Pool is located right at the corner of the beach. Zen Pool is a place where peace is faithfully upheld. It's the perfect place to seek one's inner peace. No noises are allowed to be made, and the beauty of the Zen Pool is truly astounding

I had the time of my life reading my novels here, accompanied by the delicous cocktail being served nearby. 

My only regret is that I didnt jump in the pool. I was so relaxed and enjoyed my inner peace, that I didnt feel like jumping into the pool. Now thinking about it, I really regret not doing so.



Zen Pool overlooks the huge scenic beach.


Sailing activity is available at the recreational beach. Clubmed Cherating is truly amazing, where many activities and companion are provided. The GOs were really friendly and nice, and they know how to make us feel like home.

Thinking about it makes me feel happy already. I wish one day, I will get a chance to explore Clubmed again. *fingercrossed*

XOXO
MsXeroZ




Sunday, April 10

Club Med Cherating (I)

Hello again! 

It's been a craaaazy week until my biological clock went haywire with too much party and too little sleep. I think I have travelled almost a thousand kilometers this week, from Kuala Lumpur to Johore, then Singapore, and now I'm at Cherating, Pahang.
All the time spent in the car, was worthwhile! I slept all the way here, and when I opened my eye, I was greeted by the spectacular view of coconut trees and sounds of the waves of the sea!!!
This beautiful sight of nature is indeed very contrasting with what I had in Singapore. Singapore is indeed, a spectacular place, but I've always love mother nature. 

This is my first time in Club Med Cherating. I was told this place existed many years ago, so finally, thanks to Mr Chen from Tianchad.com, i was invited here. We were welcomed by the receptionist Alice, and was being refreshed and briefed about our activities here. There's loads of activities here, from  land sports, water sports, and even jungle trekking. I'm gonna be so occupied for sure!


Rooms, unfortunately, isn't impressive at all. I guess thats the upside of it, to make the guests to leave the unimpressive rooms for outdoor activities. My room is pretty much dark and dingy, and my aircond isn't functioning well. 

Other than that, everything seems fun! 


Luv,
Msxeroz

Friday, April 8

Wandering In Foreign Land



Gahhhh! Wanted to continue writing stories, but my Indonesia Dive Travel Story got stuck in the lousy Blogger App and it couldn't be published at all. *Sigh*

Oh well, I went on a road trip again! This time is the Land of the Merlion- Singapore. It was such a great opportunity to come here for work, with my awesome possum colleagues! I don't think they read my blog, but well just writing this experience down just in case 10 years down the road, i'd forgotten how fun this was. As we grow older, we tend to appreciate the people we met along the way, especially nice ones. We also met many assholes along the way, thats what life is all about, isn't it?

At this point of writing, I am actually waiting for my colleagues to off work... And then we shall head to DINNER!

Singapore has really changed. The landscapes and skyscrapers has changed tremendously since I last came here. It is really unfortunate for us Malaysians that the currency exchange rate went skyrocket from MYR2.45 / SGD, to MYR2.98/SGD. I'm starting to regret why didn't I came here to work 8years ago! WHY NICOLE? WHY!!!!!

I think another 30years, I will still have some minor regrets on this. Haha, but well, I guess I took the road less taken. I shall not let the love of cash changed the way I'd live my life! RIIIIIIGHT?!! *self consolation thought!*

I'm so exhausted already... Let's get off work and head to dinner?