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...testing n commissioning subjects...we got Gambang[ed]

d boys looking at d brochure of what could have been...
our pilot of d tour [school] bus...nasib baik Merc
in Tlk Cempedak

We've been shifted our base to Gambang near Kuantan since Sunday [07/06/09] as we were interested to experience d newly opened Bukit Gambang Water Park [BGWP]. After looking at its website [screen captured above], we parted away with almost RM700 for a 3D2N stay there + 1 day admission to d water park package [with b'fast + dinner]...yeehaa!! Eyo, Nik n Najwa r joining us as basically 2 families r in for some fun together-gether laa...

but suprise...n more suprises. Upon arriving there, we noticed things r not as advertised above. In fact many of d things r yet to be ready. N get this...d water park itself is still inoperation. D staff there apologised profusely [many have been posted for this duty] n some with 'sincere' sadness in appearance. U can see above...reception n dining area on d right with living quarters [condo units] on d left...dahsat kann!! I was thinking...agaknye we r part of d 'testing n commissioning' package check out what needs to be rectified, repaired or readjusted...hhmm

This is about 500 metres from d condo units...d entrance to d water park u feel like swimming n surfing there. D guy above could probably be an off-duty life guard for all u know [wahh...sarcastic betull niii...]

n here is d official apology poster/notice posted by d management. Anyway...d BGWP staff convinced us that since we r oredi there, we might as well stay on...for free... yes that 'F' word again. Stay there 3D2N with full meals, guided bus tour to Kuantan, entertainment shows for d kids n other activities...all for free. N not to forget...a voucher for another 3D2N later for free when d place is in operation...jangan jealouuss yeaaa...

so, here we r on d bus tour to Kuantan...after d f.o.c lunch @ d dining area of d resort. This is Albert, our tour guide. He is also one of d contributing journalists to NST, specialising in recommending food of course he informed us where to get great meals in Kuantan.

This is our 1st observe batik-making demo...

n posing time for d gals in d batik shop area...

Later we went to Beserah to see d place to process ikan masin...this is d only place in M'sia where they use a bull to drag d catch of d day from d returning boats. But when we were there, d bull was nowhere to be found. May be it is lepak[ing] somewhere with a cow. N d ladies above r not part of d workforce there...they r part of our tour group

Next was Tlk Cempedak...Najwa dah boring of posing for d foto...making her parents to scratch their heads respectively [n on d same side too...]

our next stop is d dried seafood outlet [next to d used car lot]. Saw this 2 Caldinas...on a joint-family day Caldina n Wish Club Malaysia in Cherating

after dinner...n d show was on. U can see only d top floor is ready while d lower levels r still incomplete. N d moon was shining brightly though

part of d stuntmen [according to d MC]...don't really know whether they r from Hollywood, Bollywood or Greenwood. Ntah2 dari Balakong je.

Day 2...I was up n about early...n decided to join this jungle trekking posse. D guide was a recently retired millitary guy from Unit Gerak Khas of Sg Udang...a friendly fellow named Khairul

N since our water park is a dud...we decided to travel north to Awana Kijal. Zana/Shahrul n family were staying we just crashed there n let d kids have some water fun.

Atrium of Awana 1st time there. It was massive but looked slightly 'aged'.

With d kids in d pool, my Sayang n me decided to drive further north. N no...this is not d Batu Putih being disputed by S'pore n M'sia. Nor is it that near to Myanmmar's Rangoon

near Kerteh n stopped by this Mesra Mall...must be Petronas-linked. Design-wise it is quite nice. N only here u r likely to see people in overall wandering about in d mall...must be those working within d OnG industry on lunch break.

After collecting d kids, we headed back to Gambang. Stopped for some fried kepok lekor n parked shortly @ D'Monica Bay above near Kemaman

Day 3...I went for an early morning drive n dropped by a road side stall for some kueh n tea. This is Main Street of Gambang town

We checked out later n only Fahim joined us to visit Kolej Shahputra [KS] in Kuantan. N not to forget...we got d voucher for future BGWP stay for sure. D rest of d kids joined Eyo n headed back to Shah Alam. In d above, my Sayang n Fahim looking over d KS brochures...

It has been quite some time since I last visited IIUM Kuantan I took d opportunity to do so b4 heading back home. One thing I observed is that Gombak campus is more compact...n therefore more pedestrian-friendly.

We also stopped by for some nasi lemak @ Restoren Zaman as recommended by Albert d journalist-cum-tour guide. It was not bad at all...if u want to know, it is located across from d Kuantan airport on d old KL-Kuantan road.

going back n we decided to take d more interesting old route to KL...not on d East Coast Hiway. Here we r passing by Maran...we used to stop here b4 for lunch some time ago...for ikan patin of course. Just realised that it is now known as Bandar Ayam Kampung

oredi on Karak hiway...we reached home b4 magrib...alhamdullillah. Until another trip then...but to a place oredi in operation hopefully...n not to get Gambang[ed] again.

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