Videos: Tioman Island

Tioman Island’s Ocean Water

Tioman Island’s Dragon Teeth Drum ‘n’ Bass

Tioman Island’s Night Sharks

Tioman Island’s Invisible Monkeys

Tioman Island’s Cat Versus Lizard

Tioman Island’s Monitor Lizard

Tioman Island’s Monkey Bandits

Tioman Island’s Sand Vispo

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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!

Photo Reflections: Tioman Island, Day 1

From Endau Rompin the road is bumpy and long, though quite pacific (calm, peaceful) at the same time. Fortunately we did not have to stay in Mersing, Malaysia, which looks a lot like the Jersey Shore. Nothing good would have come out of a night there. In the first of many near-misses, Jason and I caught the last boat from the Malaysian coast to Tioman Island. The island is a huge tourist destination, with many fans of scuba diving and snorkeling taking long trips to the pristine beaches. Later in our travels we would find out that there are, apparently, much nicer islands in Malaysia, but what we found on Tioman was something special. From the hotel manager at Minang Cove who drank us under the table, to the 1-1.5 meter long monitor lizards and gangs of monkeys wandering around in the wild, to my first ocean snorkeling experience as an adult, I found Tioman to be a tremendous place of energy and exploration. Minang Cove was the first of two resorts we stayed in, the second being another lucky hand (we thought we’d have to stay in a tent on the beach and lucked out with a room!), and Minang was certainly quite elegant. Take a look at the photos below and draw your own conclusions.

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“It’s Wonderful Fishing.”

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The boat driver was probably no more than 16.

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Minang Cove:

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The Minang Cove “Library” (they used the word, not me).

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Two categories:

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DEMON CRAB! Must be hard to see with all those flames in your eyes.

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Jason forays into the ocean for sound clips:

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Cloud cover over what they call “The Dragon’s Teeth.” (The mountains on the island.)

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A personal favorite:

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Make way for the congers:

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“Bring on the drinks and the tides!” Yes, I wrote this.

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If it looks completely empty, that’s because it was. But not really. The resort was completely full, but the resorts are intentionally small on this island to keep it peaceful, to keep it pristine, and to keep it quiet. The place was mostly packed with families, many of which did a lot of day trips, and certainly didn’t stay up late musing over music, philosophy, an the like. I think that’s why the resort manager liked us so much.

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After dinner: shark feeding.

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