Thursday, May 30, 2013

Camping at Kaiduan, Papar

The gang and I have always wanted to go camping since, last year. Morris and I especially have been bugging and pushing everyone to make it happen, but for the strangest reason we can never seem to. 

Thankfully, it finally happened last weekend! Kim was in town, and she suggested to camp at her dad's place so we were really excited for the whole thing. Updated: Unfortunately, I fell sick the entire week after. I had no idea what happened, but I was so weak it wasn't funny :(

We're lucky enough that Kaiduan (Kim's place) is less than an hour way from the city, so even if we left the city at 1pm on a Saturday, we would still have ample of time to waste when we reach there. WHICH WE DID. 

Reached there almost 3pm I think, and we decided to get acquainted with the place immediately. There was five of us, Morris, Wan, Kim, Melissa and Me. Melissa wasn't feeling the best so she had a nap while the rest of us decided to hike a little. 

Kaiduan is so beautiful. It is experiencing a little bit of issue now because the government wants to create a dam out of it, but a dam means almost a wipe out; loss of lands and lands to stay or even destroying the locals' sources of income. The project has received numerous of critics and protests since it's announcement, and now has been put on hold.

Playing skipping rocks. You know those outdoorsy camping game. Haha. 

This was a majestic view from the hanging bridge we climbed over. It was so much fun, and the bridge was probably the sturdiest I've ever been on.

Our miserable attempt at lighting up a bond. It probably lasted a good one hour. We had twigs and little bit of logs, but I don't think we had the concept right really.

This was actually my view from my tent when I wake up in the morning ngehehe.

Jacqueline Rowena @ Jacqkie.

Parangritis Beach

I never really mentioned about the Parangritis Beach I visited when I was in Jogja, so I thought this would be a perfect time to bring it up. When I was there, I was constantly surprised over and over at the number of excursions and the quality of excursions one can do in Jogja. I really think Jogja is underrated.

I asked around whether there's any beach nearby that I could dive myself into, unfortunately, not quite. Some are either hours away, while another one a local favourite is the Parangritis Beach. It is a little special in a way, the sands are black and warm, it has a little story behind it, believed that the beach is the gate to Ratu Kidul's magical kingdom who has been controlling the southern sea.

When I told some of the guys in my hostel that I'm going to Parangritis Beach, alone, they had the strangest of expression in their face, some convinced me to bike there with one of the rider, some told me not to go because it's too far, bla bla I was quite determined.

One bus ride after another, one junction after another, I finally managed to hop into the bus that was heading to the beach. And the view along the way my friend, is DIVINE. So much greens, I was constantly praising God of the experience that I'm having.

A bunch of these boys were to shy to sit next to me, so they ended up standing arond the whole time. Haha. And when I tried to be friendly with them, I think they got even more scared or something.

After almost 1.5 hours riding the bus with a splendid view, I finalllly reached Parangritis! Ngaa, okay Parangritis isn't all that, definitely not the cleanest beach around but I still find it somewhat fascinating. I couldn't walk from one to another because the beach was massive, so I just stroll around where I could and at one point decided to seat under one of the shade.

Black sand beach.

Along Parangritis, there are tons of eateries and shops nearby. You wouldn't believe the amount of things available, nga.


Jogja Day 2
Jogja Day 3
Jogja Day 1
Parangritis Beach

Jacqueline Rowena @ Jacqkie.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

11th KK City Treasure Hunt & Staff Party

Last week, while I was busy in the office rummaging through work, I overheard my colleague Lamri saying about a treasure hunt competition around city. I went straight to him and asked for more details, asked some friends whether they'd like to participate, and voila! we formed two groups.

Arranging the teams were a little tricky, because we found out about the competition on Friday, 19th April and the closing date was the following Monday, 22nd April. So imagine the back and forth we had to go through trying to squeeze in right before the closing date. 

The night before the competition we had a briefing that basically told us the questions are either impossible or it takes some loony to figure them out. Thaaaatttttt didn't stop us. Some of us even managed to go to some parties, while some went straight back home to have an early night.

My awesome team;

Mira, Melissa & Safuan (our trustee driver) 
The Hunt basically consists of three legs; 

1) Leg 1 - Passport
In order for you to move on to your next Legs and further challenges (but of course) you need to complete the first leg. This was good for us because we still had ample of time before the window closes.

Leg 2) - Challenges & Walk Hunt 
This was... by far the most challenging for us because we had to strategise a way to avoid not losing any time on any specific walk hunts or challenges. Most of the challenges were alright, like "Tarik Daun Pinang" & "Main Lereng". I think they're traditional outdoor games. We even had to create the traditional wakid. But thanks to a very strict time of about 3 hours, we had to literally swift through some walk hunt and create a strong wakid as fast as we could.

Leg 3) Tulips 
Sorry, did I say the second Leg was challenging? I meant the third! The stress of jam while having to think laterally to answer all these questions, were the perfect combination of real stress. But thankfully, I have the best team in the world, and I really wouldn't mind going through all that with them all over again :)

We didn't win any placing, like most of my friends, but  we won a hamper! And a shirt? And a car full of jokes. Check out the name of our team...... there's a story to it. One of the guy who were giving lectures during the briefing violently repeated "Who's Know?" at the end of his sentences, and boy did we had a laugh thanks to that. He was trying to say who knows....

By the end of it all, we were so exhausted all we wanted was some good ol' rest... and some drinks. By the sunset. Perfect :)


The Friday night before the treasure hunt I had my staff party, and I must say I am in love :) I am in love with my colleagues; I have never met a collective bunch of spontaneous, cool people who are up with doing anything... than these people. We had a rock-n-roll themed night, and everyone dressed up!

Courtesy of Nazlia 
Not just that, the performances were volunteers from all walks of departments, finance, the head of departments, kitchen and housekeeping. Some sang, some screamed and some even acted, it was really funny. I was really fascinated by my colleagues then :') 

I know I'm not quite good at putting all these #OOTD. But this shot is worth a shot. I finally used my feather extension I got in Sydney when I was there with Yuen :D

Okaylah that's about it. 

Jacqueline Rowena @ Jacqkie.