Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Best Indonesian Island - Belitung Attractions (Part 2)

Hola! This is the continuation of our getaway to one of the best rated and unspoilt islands in Indonesia. Pulau Belitung is truly a very quiet place with little development and suitable for anyone who wishes to relax and rejuvenate their souls. That place is crime free with many friendly and helpful villagers who would strike up conversations to ask where we both came from. All guesses pointed out that I came from Korea or Japan and not Malaysia or Thailand. Haiks.

This post would share the island hopping trip only. I believe there will be another 2 posts next week after my posts of my visit to Busan in South Korea. If you wish to read about the fabulous hotel we stayed at Pulau Belitung, please click PART 1.




We rode a motorbike in the rain to this Tanjung Kelayang pier a day earlier and found a boatman who charges 50% cheaper than all the middle men in the town. The next day we arrived early and the weather was perfectly sunny and windy! It was actually the rainy season with choppy waters. Heavens was kind to us!



Look at the crystal clear waters! Unbelievable!




There were millions of happy fishes swimming everywhere!




Ahoy!! I yelled at my wife that the boat was leaving.





My wife was very excited and happy like a little girl!




The boat ride was just an hour and we passed several islands. 




This is Captain A'ak whom we engaged to bring just 2 of us on his Love Boat! I was surprised that he could speak good English with a little mixed accents from the British and American slangs as he picked up the language on his own. I salute him!... You can directly contact him through calls or text Whatsap at his number: +62 812-7121-8298



We arrived at Pulau Langkuas.




The love birds couple quickly sat down happily and posed for the album.




My crazy wife believed that she was taller than the old Dutch lighthouse which was built in 1800s.





 The Captain and I.




One pose on the rocks.




I know I have been quite rotten to my wife many times and made her very angry until smoke came out of her ears. It won't last over 10 minutes and she would forgive me. That's because I have no ego and would always apologize 100 times whether I am right or wrong lah... Hee Hee Hee.




We sailed to Pulau Kepayang for lunch in a small restaurant hut in the middle of the ocean! We had to book a day earlier and paid for the special seafood lunch to be prepared. The restaurant had several other tourists with free flow of hot coffee and tea. They have water wells with pumps to supply clean water to shower and wash our feet. The water was so damn cold like iced water! It was so heavenly nice to shower under the sunny weather. The temperature was just under 30 degrees C. Nice!




The seafood lunch was fabulous and very tasty with plenty of chilly and dipping sauces! We ate fish, crabs, prawns, calamari, chicken, satay, Vege and rice. All the traditional Indonesian food is always superb from Jakarta to Lombok, Denpasar Bali and Yogyakarta. I am glad I have tried them all.





After makan, the Captain insisted to bring us for a short hike into the jungles! I regretted for being a hero and walked bare footed. Ouch!!!!





He wanted to show us a hidden cave in between the big rock boulders. I felt creepy as it reminded me of the lost boys who were trapped inside the caves in Chiengmai. We just swam briefly at that spot of the cave's mouth. 





There's a NGO sanctuary there where they collect all the turtle eggs on the beach to hatch them safely, so that eagles and predators would not harm the eggs or tiny baby turtles. Once they are bigger, they would be released into the ocean. I paid a fixed donation to release just 6 baby turtles into the waters. One of them ran happily towards the seawater and stopped. It turned its head back to look at me as if to say "Good bye my friend"........Whoa!... My tears flowed out like attending my great grandfather's funeral. 



My wife picked up a bigger turtle and chanted some Buddhist mantras before releasing it. That day I thought of Blogger Libby who often took boat rides in Singapore to liberate lives of tiny little fishes, prawns and others. What a big and kind heart Libby has!! Now I could understand the compassionate feelings inside my heart after releasing just 6 turtles which really has no words to describe.




Pulau Belitung is truly a paradise on earth. The pristine beaches with clear water and many surrounding islands are still unspoilt with little tourists. The food and hotels are cheap too. 




 We swam for hours everywhere from the caves to the shores and in the middle of the sea. It was truly enjoyable with endless of fun like there's no tomorrow.




I took my smartphone under water and snapped many happy fishes swimming in the ocean. It was a joy to see them and a real pain when my whole body was bitten by the playful fishes!!



I kept looking at the millions of fishes swimming. It made me reflect so much of my existence and to live a meaningful life on earth. Time and Tide Waits For No Man. Remember this always.




We will be back again.





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28 comments:

  1. ur post made me crave for holiday.....it's cruel to tempt us for a holiday when we can't even go out of the house now! sobs sobsss….

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    1. I suffered more than you while writing this post. I had to look back the hundreds of photos. More to come means more heartaches for me. Muahahahaha

      You can start planning for your holidays after the MCO. Go to Pulau Belitung!

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    2. Yea. I will. One day.šŸ˜ƒ

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  2. That lighthouse is really tall!

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    1. I thought the same too. A tall lighthouse on a tiny island. Bring Derek there for honeymoon!

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  3. What a beautiful place, TM! Ohh, I love reading stories like these. It's all feel-good. You have a beautiful relationship with your wife ♥♥

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    1. I am glad this post could liven up your mood. You should visit this quiet place after the MCO lockdown. The whole trip is very affordable.

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  4. i love that every day i come here, your blog looks totally different. it's like your blog changes clothes and it's interesting to see what the new layout will be!

    i feel like this post was definitely much needed. i've been missing the sea so (SO) much, i spent all weekend last weekend whining to my boyfriend about how badly i want to be by the sea again.

    to navigate your way to older posts and newer posts on my site, twilight— click on the mermaid tails at the bottom part of the blog page. they're printed on a little scrap of paper and the direction of the tails will take you forwards and backwards. also, the default language on my blog is french as i am a francophile. :D

    all the free time is probably a good time to learn some new languages, mon pote!

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    1. Thank you very much for your compliments. I will keep dressing up my blog and apply lipstick & mascara next time.

      I can understand how much you miss the Sun, Sea and Fun! I love that place when the water is so clear and no need to dive deep inside to see corals. The temperature there is not as hot as KL.

      Thanks for the tips for me to navigate your French post. I have started scrolling back to read your rantings.

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  5. hee..hee.. I like the photo of you on your knees and your wife looking up like boh layan like that! Two of you are so carefree and loving. Wah your smartphone can work underwater! You got me teary eyed about the baby turtles. They are so cute and I hope that they survived. Oh, the last photo..hee..hee...

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    1. Thank you for your comments on the photos. I have to admit that I always have to plan my photo shoot during the trips for blog reading standard. Otherwise my readers would fall asleep and skip my posts.

      We are both still kids at heart and prefer to travel just 2 persons to be hassle free.

      I have a tortoise at home and it reminds me of the 6 turtles in the ocean everyday. I hope they are enjoying their swim and lives there happily. Hope they will reincarnate as humans and become bloggers too. Muahahahaha

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  6. Wow..what a lovely holiday, I have never been there before, from the looks of it, still not so commercialized yet, unlike Bali. Yeah, better not go into the caves, that was really scary...

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    1. This place is really a Heavens on Earth and I will visit again many times as the cost is lower. Bali is a crazy place and the sea water is not clear at all. I still liked Bali because of the ancient places, volcanoes and shopping at branded outlets.

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  7. Somehow your post title reminded me of the joys of sucking on balithong...hehehe! ;) That pic of you on your knees, I thought you were proposing to your wifey a second time (maybe coz you didn't do such the first time?..kekeke!). Your wife is always very 'sporting' to pose for funny photos just for your blog...you must appreciate her for that. A pain to get bitten by the playful fishes? Hey, people pay good money to get fishes to bite their legs (purposely) to rid them of dry scab...wuahahahaha! :D :D

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    1. I also thought that island would be serving Balitong for suckers everywhere but I was wrong. They don't even sell it. Their clean sea water would probably not attract clams and balitong.

      My wife knows how crazy I am when I talk and shoot photos. My real retarded person is not far from my blogging. Most of the time, I act serious like an actor when I meet common friends.

      The hungry fishes that nibbled at me were larger ones that you could fry and serve for dinner! Not like those swimming at fish spa that looked like ikan bilis. Muahahahaha

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  8. You made me miss the outside world bro. I miss swimming amongs the fishes. :)

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    1. You will be swimming again with the fishes soon! The MCO will not be forever. Bring your whole family to Pulau Belitung.

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  9. Wah, you relive your fun holiday while writing about it. You and wife are always a fun loving couple who live a full life.

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    1. Life is so short and time flies so fast. We have met and bade farewell to countless of Hospice patients. I truly do not take life for granted. Someday I may not be able to walk anymore. So I often 'forced' my wife to follow me for vacation.

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  10. I thought they only release the baby turtles at night to avoid predators such as birds. You have such a big heart. If you were to rescue Street dogs and street cats and re-home them to find them good furever families, I am sure your tears will flow non stop and your heart will be full of love for them.

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    1. I think the NGO has to suit the timing of donors which is daytime. They don't have any income yet they go all out to help the sea turtles. Suddenly this topic reminded me that I was involved with the Malaysian Society of Marine Science that focused on saving turtles and corals alongside Raja Nazrin and Tuanku Mizan Zainal before they both became Sultans! The Raja Muda actually dived into the oceans himself to clear the sea bed and predators. That's memories of the 90s.

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    2. I used to feed hungry stray dogs and cats long time ago as I kept packet food and water with containers inside my car. Later years, many people have been feeding these animals and fate landed me with the job to feed homeless and fetch cancer patients to hospitals. I will let fate to decide as many of my friends are involved with animal shelters now. Are you?

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    3. I failed miserably at the rehome part so I am now having a few furkids which is giving me headaches as I am not like PH but more like you. *sweat*

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  11. This place is such a paradise! Oh mine look at the crystal clear waters! They are calling me! You and your wifey are such sporting and fun loving lot. This covid 19 thingy is teaching us not to take things for granted and to count our blessings as much as we can. Run free and swim free little turtles, hope all will go well for you all. Thanks for the special mention of me in your blog. You had done the same too! Kudos to you, not forgetting to do good deeds while on vacation.

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    1. I hope someday you will visit this island as it is nearer to Singapore. It is popular with some Singaporean tourists as your currency is bigger.

      Recently I read a sutra book of a testimonial by someone who saved some tortoise from the restaurant's kitchen pots. Many years later he dreamt of the tortoise thanking that man in his dream. So you will someday dream of hundreds of fishes and prawns coming to thank you too. LOLOL

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  12. Biten by big fishes, that's a very special experience indeed! I am curious how serious was the sunburnt on your and your wifey body after this trip :P
    I suspect that focus of your last photo definitely not on the many fishing boats, right? ^__^

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