Wednesday, July 29, 2009

My Gopeng Resort

Came back from My Gopeng Resort two days ago but I am still feeling the after effects of enjoying myself too much. Muscle aches, cuts and scratches and even the first allergy that pops up in the form of mosquito bites look-a-like have been tormenting me and I thought I had chicken pox at first. Thank God they are not. =)

26 July 2009

We gathered at college at ten in the morning before departing to our destination. Little time was taken to reach the secluded and natural resort because Rooney drove really fast even on a narrow road. It's definitely a free roller coaster ride.

As soon as we reached, we were required to fill up a form to pledge that we would be responsible for our own being and everything we did would be at our own risk. Sounds scary, but we signed anyway. Then Mr. Shawn Lau, the owner of the resort gave us some briefing of the resort as well as the electricity usage and how we can contribute to conserve energy to adhere to the eco-friendly theme practised by the resort residences.

Everyone paying attention or trying hard to.

I loved the bamboo table and chairs.

Lunch was served not long after that. I loved the ayam masak merah. Yummy!

There's a little monkey tied to a pole near one of the tables and we played with him. He tried to pull my specs and pendants and even tried to bite my pants and slipper straps. Aw, so cute!

Sleeping soundly like a baby

Looking at something interesting

So cute until I wanted to kidnap it!

The first activity that we had was the one we looked forward to the most for the few weeks before the excursion - waterfall!! We walked from the resort to the waterfall and the anticipation was so great that the walk seemed forever. We finally reached after more than half and hour of walk and that's when all the splashings began! This was also the place where the cuts were born. I realize now that enjoyment comes with sacrifices.

All drenched!

I shall skip to dinner time since nothing much happened in the evening when we returned from the waterfall. All we did was idling around the resort and I took a good shower, getting ready for dinner. We had barbecued and some cooked items. The beansprouts were too raw though but I still finished my share. The quantity of food was quite disappointing though as we only get a pathetic share of 1 chicken wing per person. That was because they prepared the food for us. So I guess they have the impression that we are all small eaters.

Enjoying their food

Anyone wants to buy chicken wing?

More chicken wings for sale!

The event after that was a beer-drinking session for some of the members and I joined in...

...with my glass of plain water. =) See, I didn't drink at all so I am more than sober than most of the people who drank. Later, when everyone was bloated with beers swimming in their bellies, someone came up to us and asked us various IQ questions and Ju Dee got her bottle smashed because we thought that was the answer to one of the questions. It was such a waste, I got to say.

The drinkers

Goosebumps Night:

As the night drew to a close, we listened to some paranormal stories which happened in college and also in schools. The topic then diverted to religions and one by one fell asleep. Only Kah Men, Kang Wei and Hoo Kit and I remained awake listening to Mr. Foong the story teller.

Around 2.30 a.m or so, my eyes began to droop and the rest who were still awake felt the same way. So that's how the story-telling night ended.

Next morning (27 July 2009):

I woke up at 5 something as the weather was so cold. Time seemed to move so slow and I can't wait for the sun to rise. I sat out at the verandah for quite a long time before I went back to sleep. The next time I woke up, the sun already rose. The breakfast was nasi lemak (sort of predictable) and it was not bad.

I had my first fishing experience and it was not a futile effort. I caught 5 to 6 fishes!! Bread can be such excellent baits. But the slice of bread was later stolen by a cheeky duck!

Me and my fish

The bread robber!

Time flies when everyone was enjoying themselves. It was soon time to pack and leave. At 10am, we checked out and braced ourselves for the winding, narrow road once again. Goodbye, My Gopeng!

Final look at the green pastures (although not as green as Internet photos)

With Bell, the founder of NKP term

Do Re Mi Ding Dong Bell with us

This trip had been a relaxing and really my type of retreat as it is not too cluttered with activities but left some space for me to find enjoyment on my own in the resort.

(All photos above are credited to Miss Nurainie and Ju Dee)

P/S: Just watched HP6 and I think it's better than the previous movie. Well, the book is always the best! =)

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