I was just going through the Saturday newspaper. As usual there are so many attractive advertisements on furniture clearance, sale on jewelleries and the latest, greatest and the mostest news is on the F1 gala dinner.
There are several pull out advertisements too. One of the caught my eyes. It was this glossy, expensive looking property advertisement. It says that the property they are developing is “creating tomorrow and beyond”. Nice. I am such a sucker for packaging and all that and this glossy pull out make me wanted to read more. The gorgeous roundabout in the development looked stunning and everything looked so..ethereal. Almost out of the world.
The guest bedrooms, it says, open out to the back garden. Very, very nice layout and infact, the picture gave me some ideas of how I want to re decorate my own bedroom.
But, it also occured to me that this development and all the gadzillion development that I saw for so many years now, are not built for families with extended family members of the fur kind.
Some have bi laws that disallow pets whatsoever. Some housing areas have so little land to have more than a dog or a cat.
We human beings have always wanted the perfect home and have beeing trying to build the perfect homes. But what we have done also is to forget the other part of our world which is the animals. They are either kept at zoos or abandoned at wet markets or on the streets. There is no space for them in this modern world. Let alone all those bigger animals such as cows.
Even after building such perfect homes for the humans, they still bicker about space for themselves.
They say that you get what you pay for. Well, not quite necessary that way sometimes. Sometimes you pay a lot of money on certain things and yet not getting what you really want. So, to my mind, the “value” of paying something is what you “perceived” as the right value.
Having said that, the recent surprise trip to the East Coast was all of the above. G had us booked at one of YTL’s famous properties. Tanjung Jara Resort located in Terengganu is an epitome of class and hospitality. Their customer-centric resort is set on an equally beautiful setting. The room was well appointed for. The bathroom was wowwwww!!!
The service…well…what can you say about the service but be awed at the length of their hospitality to accommodate your wishes.
We first arrived in Tanjung Jara towards the late afternoon. Sweaty and tired but excited, we both walked towards the reception to be checked in. Very classy check in process it was. Instead of standing at the reception filling up forms etc, we were ushered to this beautiful seating area. Someone came over and served us some welcome drinks and took our documents to be processed.
Next, the room.
Check this out.
Awesome room huh?
And check out the view from the room….the surrounding was so quiet. Only the sound of ocean and the birds were heard. I could even hear myself whispering…
(Below) The sunrise was stunning.
After successfully pushing away work for about a week, we are back home in Kuala Lumpur. It was fantastic to be on the road, but it was equally great to be back home too. The house was in a mess as the cleaner was sick but at least the kids were fed, thanks to our friends/neighbour Ms J and Ms E.
There are not many of these so-called Epic Drives even though G and I did our fair share of driving all over the country. To qualify the drive as being an Epic Drive, it must have these:
- more than 2 days’ drive
- no real itinerary, at least for half of the trip
- far away from the city
- doing some really crazy stuff (read: drive/do some weird stuff while travelling)
- no work involve
The drive started on the 24th February 2014. We headed to Raub first and stayed overnight as we had a business meeting the next day (more on this soon). It was a successful meeting to say the least. Raub, being Raub, was a dead town after 6pm. Not sure where the local folks go to amuse themselves. And to think that I am a local girl….just saying.
We left Raub in the sweltering heat heading towards Kuantan. The Epic Drive had just started and I was all excited to no end.
Penarik Beach. We took pictures on the same spot a few years ago.
As usual, we will find stray cats. Fed this furkid before we started back on our journey.
Big oil refineries along the way.