Monday 2 July 2007

When the going gets tough..

When life in our concrete jungle becomes unbearable, we can always escape to the rustic kampongs across the waters, where life is laid-back and idyllic.

So we were up early one Saturday morning, loading bikes, kids and stressed-out adults onto an old wooden bumboat at Changi Jetty. In no time at all, we were pulling away from our urban jungle, shooting off in the direction of the small coastal town of Pengarang in Malaysia.

Some 45 minutes later, we were pushing our bikes through the Malaysian Immigration, ready to hit the road! Soon we were cruising past little villages and plantations along the coastal road, enjoying the sun on our skin and wind in our hair.

Being back to nature is truly the best therapy.
Our bums hurt from sitting on the wooden benches on the boat. That's why they're called BUMboats!
An old wooden jetty.
I caught another crab!
A great place to see spiders and bugs.
An abandoned open-air Chinese opera theatre by the sea.
A typical shop in Pengarang town.
A colourful Taoist temple.

At an unused diesel kiosk.
Geese are often used to 'guard' the house.
Catching tiny crabs along the shore.


Don Thieme said...

Hello Blur! I came here because I saw your replies to posts by HollyGL.

Geese would actually make great watchbirds! They are very protective and can get pretty mean.

Blur Ting said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I am always interested in nature. Naturally, that includes geography and earth's natural wonders. It means alot to me meeting an archaeologist!

I had been chased by a gaggle of geese before when I was young. They scared the daylights out of me!

The Real Mother Hen said...

I like the Chinese Opera House by the sea picture...

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful and bonding adventure for you guys! Funky looking spider, by the way...

Anonymous said...

I would get nowhere near that spider. That thing is completely frightening!

Blur Ting said...

MH - Yes, it's so quaint. Can you imagine watching Chinese opera with the seabreeze in your face?

That spider is big and scary indeed. Apparently they're quite common here, even in the forested areas in Singapore.

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