Sunday, June 30, 2013

Day +2550 : East coast trip - China Town, Turtle Alley at Kuala Terengganu

I am fine today.

We had lunch at China Town before starting our long journey back to Puchong.

Opposite the restaurant is the Turtle Alley

To be continued and see you next post :-)

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Day +2549 : East coast trip - Goodbye Redang Reef

I am fine today.

We have to check out at 9:30am the last day at Redang Reef Resort. Adriel wanted to swim for the last time before that, and I had to accompany her to the beach just in front of the resort as early as 7:00am. And we had about two hours enjoying the nice beach, clear water and fishes before checking out :-)

In fact, we were able to see a lot of fishes in the sea just in front of the resort; not less than the place that they brought us to for snorkelling by boat. Aaron and Joseph also joined us after the breakfast.

They were a lot of people leaving Redang Island. The ferry couldn't accommodate all tourists. My family and a few other tourists were instructed to board another ferry. Though we started our journey late, we reached Kuala Terengganu earlier. And furthermore, my family was the only one occupying the first class cabin :-)

Some drink while waiting for ferry

VIP treatment - only my family is in the first class cabin :-)

We could sleep

Shahbandar Jetty

The ferry for the rest of the pessengers

To be continued and see you next post :-)

Friday, June 28, 2013

Day +2548 : East coast trip - A night adventure

I am fine today.

While we were almost ready to go to bed on the second day, my church member, Carmen, commented that there are a lot of "blue sand" (蓝眼泪) on the beach just in front of Redang Reef. I sent Daniel and Joseph there verify the claim and not long after, Joseph brought back one to the room. All of us went to the beach to look for blue sand after that :-)

What is blue sand? According to :
Bioluminescent Ostracods (also know as Firefleas/Sea firefly) Found at front beach of Redang Reef Resort, The guide call as blue sand. Ostracods are microscopic crustaceans, typically 0.2mm to 2mm long but are readily fossilised and can occur in enormous numbers in some sediments. Ostracods inhabit in aquatic environment use bioluminescence during mating where the males will attract females to them. Males ostracods flash in a sequence as they swim to attract females. Bioluminescence is blue colour because all colors of light do not transmit equally through ocean water, so if the purpose of bioluminescence is to provide a signal that is detected by other organisms, then it is important that the light be transmitted through seawater. Blue light transmits best through seawater.

Apart from the blue sand, we also saw a lot of mudskippers.

blue sand

To be continued and see you next post :-)