Friday, February 24, 2012

Friday with Mama: Does She Still Have It???? - part 2

The Amazing Race - KL to Mabul (pictorial)

Early morning at KLIA....waiting to board 00830hrs.
Sabindo Square, Tawau - main terminal for taxis, vans and buses.
The express bus taken to Semporna. (manis = sweet)
Bus counter at Tawau Airport....unreliable, I must say. Considering that Tawau is the main gateway to the famous diving sites off Sabah's east coast, public transport services must be improved.

Accident on the highway. This delayed our journey by at least half an hour.
Rendezvous point with boatman in Semporna. Made a note to stay at this hotel one day.
Was expecting a proper jetty and not this makeshift one. Hmm....another infrastructure needs upgrading. The locals call this type of boat as jongkong. The design is heavily influenced by the Bugis of Celebes.
The sky was dark as we were leaving Semporna for Mabul.....The sea wasn't rough though.
A glimpse of the northern part of Mabul....before the storm...
In the boat, during the storm.
Finally.....soaked to the undies but arrived safely.

Angelina's note: Will there be a part 3, Mama??? purrr.....meow!

30 comments:

Oskar said...

It's fascinating to get a look at life in a foriegn country! We hope there's more.

Nubbin wiggles,
Oskar

Kjelle Bus said...

Glad your mom arrived safely !
Fun to sea some pictures from her trip :)

The Furries of Whisppy said...

Gosh. No wonder you were soaked to your undies. The best part was when you arrived, the sky was so inviting. :) Mother Nature has a wicked sense of humour.

Carolyn said...

It is great to see photos from foreign parts, though I guess foreign parts to you would be here!! Hope mama is not too shattered!?

Rosmawati Yusof said...

Wow, bestnya. Negeri di bawah bayu...

NurMisnan said...

Semporna?? naper tak ajak aunt nur.. sob sob...

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Oskar dear,
I guess Mama is rediscovering her birth country. There'll be more, I promise. purrr....meow!

i amsterdam said...

That small boat in a storm? Your mama is very brave indeed!!!

Al-Manar said...

I am certain you were over in Tawau area not long ago. I wonder what attraction there is over there - looking for cultured pearls? Tawau, Semporna etc used to be parts of my 'territory' in 1960's.

mr_abs said...

http://catversushuman.blogspot.com/

helo, u might like that blog.purr, meoww. hehe

aby said...

salam CfS ..
beautiful view ..
insyallah after raya i ll be there too,
ticket, resrvation all has been arranged

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Kjelle Bus,
It wasn't that much fun for her though. As soon as she reached home, she said, I need a massage, badly... purrr...meow!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Furries of Whisppy,
It didn't tain at all for the rest of her stay. Yeah...wicked indeed. purr...meow!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Aunty Caro,
It is still foreign parts, at least for me. Am the expatriate cat, remember? purrr....meow!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Aunty Rosmawati,
Best kalau tak kena ribut...purrr....meow!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Aunty Nur,
Jom. Bulan depan pergi lagi. purrr...meow!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Mother of Ilham,
Yes. It is that small boat. In a smaller boat on her second trip. purrr....meow!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Dear Pakcik,
Would have been different 40 years ago. Tawau and Semporna are just the transit towns. Mama's commuting to the islands nowadays...on a mission to serve humanity. purrr....meow!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Hi mr abs,
Welcome to my crazy feline world...purrr....meow!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Uncle Aby,
We'll keep a look out for you then. purrr...meow!

Uncle Lee said...

Hi Cat, I love these pics....well taken too.
Sabah, Sarawak has always fascinated me.
You have relatives there, huh?

During my time, not many people from West Malaysia been to Sabah, Sarawak, to US, England yes.
Even today too, I understand.
Love that 'no bus' sign, ha ha.
You have fun.
Lee.

Tamago said...

Glad sea was not too rough (I usually get sick on a boat...) and you arrived safely! I hope there will be part 3 :-)

Mr Puddy said...

All photos look so amazing ! And thanks COD, your mommy is safe : )
Many hugs to her
xoxo

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Uncle Lee dearie,
Haven't you heard of Air Asia? Now everyone can fly....and flights to Sabah and Sarawak are full nowadays. Mama goes there for work, not pleasure, unfortunately. It was adventurous alright. purrr....meow!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Tamago san,
The sea was rough when the boat was hit by the storm. Thank Cod Mama does not suffer from sea sickness. purrr....meow!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Mr Puddy,
Thank Cod she lived to tell the tale, eh? purrr....meow!

kaykuala said...

Mabul! I've been told it is one of the best diving spots in the world. Clear clean water makes for good snorkeling even if you don't dive. Must be fun despite the little irritations faced!

Uncle Hank

Wan Sharif said...

Nasib baik Ayoh Wang dah retired from angling.. If not, sure Ayoh Wang teringin nak ikut mama you ke Mabul tu..
Kerja yang banyak berjalan ..tentu seronok kalau badan masih kuat..
Ayoh Wang doa supaya your mama sehat sehat sokmo...

Cara Lim said...

I would have been as sick as a cat in a boat sailing in that kind of weather.

Cheqna said...

errrr...I don't think I can follow you on your trip there..the boat is small, I'll wait for you at Tawau..hehe.. :-D