I just came back from Desaru in Malaysia yesterday! (My body is still aching and I’ll explain why later.) It was pretty fun but also tiring, I kinda documented the entire trip but didn’t have much photos as I was focused on living in the moment!
We woke up bright and early at 4:30am in the morning to prepare as the meeting time was 5:30am, but since I could barely sleep, I woke up at 4am and just paced a little while before washing up and taped active tape onto the back of my legs since they have been hurting for quite a while.
Once we reached the meeting point, we hopped onto the bus and settled in, making our way to the causeway before having breakfast at a local coffee shop there. We also cleared the customs quickly.
The ride from Singapore to the breakfast place took about 2 hours and I my goal was to plan out the chapter outline for my Camp NaNo story, I completed the planning within the bus ride! (YAY!)
Our first stop after breakfast was to visit an Ostrich farm! I wasn’t very excited since I wasn’t a big fan of ostriches, but it was pretty okay and fascinating to look at them.
We could also even stand on the ostrich eggs, but I didn’t since there were people hogging the area and they didn’t even let anyone else take photos as the 3 of them lingered there. The people who farmed the ostriches showed us the eggs and the calcium powder that could be consumed fresh after drilling the shell of the egg to break it open (I refused to taste it because it didn’t look hygienic😂). We were also shown the inside of the egg and the person mentioned that the ostrich egg contains 70% egg white and is the volume inside the egg is the equivalent of 40 chicken eggs.
After the demonstration was done, we could purchase and try Ostrich egg omelets, satay (meaning the ostrich meat that was barbecued) and even cakes that were baked with ostrich eggs. I didn’t try any of that because it sounded pretty disgusting and I rarely eat eggs nowadays too.
It wasn’t really fun and it was kinda sad to see all the ostriches in captivity.
The next stop was a seafood lunch that was nearby the sea at Jade Garden restaurant! The food was kind of salty, but I actually liked it since I prefer salty food! I was excited as well since I could eat every dish because I’m pescatarian. I try my best to be vegetarian, but it’s difficult to get food to eat especially on these types of large tour groups, so I still leave the option of seafood open.
After that, we visited the fruit farm (this I was excited for)! Although it was actually raining and most of the activities were outdoors, every time we pulled over, we were lucky that the rain actually stopped!
The growing vines at the top are actually passion fruits!
(From left) Mangosteen, Chiku, Bananas and Starfruit
We also got fresh fruit juice (red dragonfruit) and it was really refreshing and sour!
We walked on and there was a herb farm as well.
I kept laughing at this while sipping my drink, if you watch Miraculous Ladybug, I think you’ll understand why! The villain in the show is called Hawk Moth and also has butterflies/moth everywhere!
We were also given each a box of sample fruits to eat (There were a lot, like starfruit, passion fruit, watermelon, banana, honeydew and more), those fruits tasted divine and sour! The experience at the fruit farm was really fun although the weather was really hot!
Our next stop was the Crocodile farm (Insert jaws music).
We watched the keepers feed the crocodiles and walked around the farm before going to check into the hotel at around 4pm.
We stayed at the Sands and Sandals resort (I actually took a video of the entire room, but I can’t upload it here 😦 )
Since I was sharing the room with my siblings, we had 2 separate beds and one more bed that was brought in (this is the bed my brother usually takes, but it was extremely tiny, probably a kids bed, so I offered to sleep in it instead since my brother is like 175cm while I’m 156cm)
After we freshened up and settled in, we headed out as a tour group for dinner at a Chinese restaurant. The foods they served were mainly meat, so I had to eat a ton of noodles to try to get full. Also, one of the ladies at my table (it’s a 10 seater table so we had to share with other families) kind of didn’t understand that I didn’t each meat (which was really annoying. I mean, if I don’t eat it, then there’s more for you, right? Then you can just eat more and stop judging others for their food choices lol.)
Another annoying thing that happened after dinner was that my elder sister accidentally got pee on her pants, and it actually wasn’t even obvious, but she kept making a big deal out of it to the point that it got VERY annoying.😒 I even nicely stood behind her to block the view but she’s really ungrateful (will mention more later on).
After that, we headed to see the fireflies! I didn’t take any photos since the fireflies are sensitive to the light, and just admired them there. They were really pretty and twinkled like Christmas light on a tree. They were slightly difficult to see because the moon was actually 3/4 full, which meant that there was a lot of moonlight illuminating the dark river. I didn’t know why, but the song Fireflies by owl city and Never enough from the Greatest showman were running through my mind then.
I was trying to die from anxiety since two things I were really afraid of where in the situation, darkness and the fear of falling into the water. I was gripping the life jacket’s whistle as though it was the only thing that could save me.
After that, we went to a grass patch where we released lanterns into the sky! I was imagining the scene from Tangled, you know, the one where Eugene and Rapunzel are in the boat?
But of course, it wasn’t so magical since there weren’t that many people doing it all at once.
The first lantern we released was as a family (white) and the 2nd one (Red) was my individual one which I wrote a wish on!
I wrote my wish of wanting to become a published author!
I was definitely kind of annoyed when my sister looked at my wish and said “Really?” In a kind of condescending tone. Hey, at least I had a dream and am working towards it.
After releasing the lanterns, we returned to the hotel where we retired for the night.
My room had an connecting door to my parents room, which easily linked our two rooms by a small doorway and two doors, but my mum told us not to use it and that she wouldn’t knock on it and explained to me about a ghost story.
I’m terrified of ghost stories and the idea of a knock coming from that door kept me awake, combined with my anxiety. I barely got any sleep and woke up 3 times. I woke up once, wanting to go to the toilet and I woke my sister to ask her to accompany me to the toilet, but she kinda scolded me.
She’s a bigger scaredy cat then I am, but we didn’t tell her about the ghost story. What pissed me off more was that, as a middle child, I had to take on the responsibility of the elder child (which is her), my mum passed a lot of responsibility to me instead of her, for example, I was the one who kept the luggage key and carried the spare money. I also had to nag at them to fold their clothes, so technically I was also taking care of them a lot throughout the entire trip. But my sister got angry at me just because I woke up her up ONCE to get her to accompany me, I did so many things for her and yet when I asked for her help ONCE she got angry. Urgh, she’s so ungrateful and such a brat.
Since I took the tiny bed, it was still really small and I ended up sleeping in a fetal position and my entire body hurt the next day when I woke up.
We woke up pretty early for breakfast, but the spread wasn’t much. I settled for a plate of salad, cereal and some fruits.
Then my sister was complaining that her pants were too tight (but the previous peed on pants were the same size), but it was obvious she definitely gained a lot of weight, it only seemed as though she was the one who didn’t notice. And when my parents were trying to find out what was wrong, she would get angry and not explain things and doesn’t try to solve the problem, but keep grumbling about how bad it is, which REALLY is annoying.
After breakfast, we walked around the resort before checking out and heading out for lunch where they served a lot of vegetable dishes! (I was so happy).
After that we headed to Paradigm mall to do some shopping, where we bought a few takeaway foods since we were scared that we were going to be trapped in the jam like last year (starving).
But lucky for us, there wasn’t any jams and it was a smooth ride all the way back home.
Overall, it was pretty enjoyable (aside from my annoying elder sister) and I was glad to have managed to complete my goal!
The tour guide was really friendly, experience and organised as well, which definitely made the trip more fun!