Wednesday, 3 June 2009

My Heart Skipped A Beat

There is not a lot to do in the Perhentians, just laze around, dive, snorkle, swim, but it is more than enough to keep me happy.

Yesterday I went snorkelling for the day, visiting several points on both islands. It was a great day, I swam with turtles, and with sharks. The first shark I saw a couple of days ago was a bamboo shark, they live at the bottom of the sea and seem fairly harmless. However, the ones we saw yesterday were black tip sharks. They are the scary looking ones, but as they're only 1 meter or so long, you don't worry that much that you are about to be eaten.

I am using my last few dives to improve my breathing, as I normally use too much air and the dives need to be cut short. It is all about relaxing and moving as little as possible to maximise the oxygen.

I am really loving the islands, not sure about my room mate though. I have decided to call him Fred. He is the gecko that lives in my hut. I love geckos, they eat away all the insects that decide to bother you in your room. However, Fred is no longer on my Christmas Card list. I was happily reading my book outside in the little balcony of my hut, when suddendly, uninvited and unexpected Fred dropped himself on my head.

My little balcony where last night my heart almost skipped a beat...

I almost lost all dignity when the stupid lizard landed on me. I jumped, I shouted. I very nearly wet myself.

There are few other risks on the islands, probably one of the them though is to be sunbathing and get killed by a falling coconut...what a shameful death, I can just imagine the news, 'death by coconut'.

I have a couple more days in this tropical paradise and then will be making my way back to Kuala Lumpur before travelling on to Australia.


  1. oh! this is my dream getaway at the bottom of my garden!!!

  2. I am not sure if you can get the view at the botton of your garden, but as you are getting solar panels they will beat the turbines...and you wont have the bloody mosquitoes

  3. I hate gecko...

    BTW, I'll be going perhentian this friday...

    Can't wait...