9 June 2014

My wife and her siblings had been planning a family day for her side of the family for a few months now. They had a few places in mind but ultimately decided on Pangkor Island in Perak. I'm cool with that location although I've been there before last year for my last company trip. The island and the beaches are beautiful and it would be a nice place to hold such events. My sister in law and her husband does live in Manjung so that's partly why we chose Pangkor since it's quite near to her place.

We took the regular ferry to Pangkor Island. During my last trip to Pangkor Island Beach Resort, we had a special ferry that shuttled us directly to the hotel's jetty. This time around though we embarked on the regular Pangkor island jetty along with everybody. From there we hired a van taxi to take us to our chalet. Our accommodation was nothing like my previous hotel. It was a small room with two beds and a tiny bathroom with slow flowing water. The air conditioner hardly works at first and we had to tinker with the remote numerous times to get the temperature down. Obviously since the room costs peanuts, we get peanuts facilities. No bath tubs, swimming pool or free breakfast buffet. Just a room with an ocean view a beautiful beach up front. At least the beach is quite pretty and clean.

As it is a family day, we had several activities planned for it. Unfortunately though, I was down with fever and a really bad back pain throughout my stay. My back pain has been ongoing for sometime before but it got worse while in Pangkor. My fever though started immediately in Manjung which I suspect being caused by my allergic reaction to the car perfume. So you see, I don't get to take much part in many of the activities. I did join the telematches but didn't swim in the waters or leave my room much. All I felt like doing was sleep all day and too tired to do anything else.

Overall we had a good time there. At least I thought everybody else did. They bathed at the beach twice a day for 3 days, kayaked in the waters, had barbecue and generally enjoyed themselves by the beach. Me, I was stuck in my room most of the time like a real anti-social. Next time remind me not to buy car perfumes ever again. They're toxic to my nose and body.

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