Photo Reflections: Tioman Island (Final) Day 3

In my last post I didn’t use much description because the pictures paint the scene on their own. Essentially what came about was an extremely long trek through the the jungle, which included us walking through this tiny Muslim village during the holiday of Hari Raya (to deafening fireworks), and with feet torn up by sand and sandals, a barefoot climb through some dense jungle to a waterfall called “Waterfall.” Below is the final moments (our last full day and our last day) of our time on Tioman, which included some adventuring at another resort on the other side of the island (everywhere else was booked) (a resort that cost only a fraction of the price of the other one). Pictures you’re going to see below are either from Melina Beach, or the main town of the island (after the airport), Genting. You’ll also see pics from trekking on the boardwalk that wraps up and down the Western side of the island. A kind of vortex, it’s an enjoyable romp that reminded me more of a linear video game than anything else on our trip.

There was a lot of beach time. There were a lot of jellyfish stings when I went snorkeling (I even finally one of them, which was maybe the size of my eyeball). There were a lot more tourists (mostly folks from Arabic nations, as well as Singapore and Japan and China). There was just as much good food and good drink. There was a lot more lazying around. It was also at this point in the trp that I nearly cut my finger off via the metallic fan-blade in our room. I was stretching and didn’t even pay attention to the low ceilings. My finger is fully recovered. I am glad that I didn’t get an infection, which tends to be life altering around here. You can thank my bottle of hand sanitizer and my antibiotic cream and my Walgreen’s bandaids for that. First, below: a genuine Conger. The Yellow pike-conger:

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My epic poetry cat pictures:

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Muslim sour candy:

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“Icematic.” And below: cuttlefish snacks.

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“Yo! Chicken.”

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“No Dive – Go Dive – Dive.” And below: monkeys raid an abandoned resort in a pack.

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Tioman’s western beach.

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Begin the series of photos that should be album covers for Jason:

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Pineapple rice: Yes.

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That’s the fan blade of infinite pain and pus:

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“Fun activities.”

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Did I mention it’s a duty-free island? Every beer looks like below:

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We also found these stickers everywhere (even though there’s definitely no McDonalds on the island):

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A monitor lizard is down there:

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Straight out of a Devendra Banhart song:

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There are strange bugs everywhere:

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And I’m not sure what to make of this:

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“Drug Killers.”

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After walking on the beach for a while, I decided to try and capture the “perfect” symmetry photo. I doubt I succeeded:

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Any research will inform you that the Tioman Airport is considered one of the scariest in the world. Here’s what our plane and the runway looked like:

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All airplanes in Asia have this mist released at the beginning and end of the flight:

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Next: Kuala Lumpur!

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