DAY 5, Monday 1st:
My 5th day in Singapore started very early, at exactly 5am, to be able to pack my bag and be on time at the bus station. Yes, the second part of my trip begins!
My bus to Mersing left at 6am from the Singapore Flyer and after crossing the Singapore-Malaysia border at Johor Bahru, and…after an hour of crazy driving, we stopped at a café at some place in South Malaysia.
Perfect moment to drink a delicious Malaysian chai tea, or “Teh Tarik“.
I was actually the only one having a tea…it might sound surprising but there were about 10-15 men at that café, it was 8am, and they were all eating rice and meat, all accompanied with a sauce that looked pretty spicy… I guess my stomach was not ready for that yet.
So the bus ride continued and we finally arrived in Mersing at midday. After an hour waiting for the ferry… and an hour and a half ferry trip later, I AM FINALLY IN PULAU TIOMAN!!
The ferry dropped me at Tekek and a taxi took me to my hotel, Swiss Cottage. Tekek seemed pretty busy, with all the taxis waiting at the dock and all the new tourists arriving, but in less than a kilometer there was my hotel. And there, everything around the cabins was quiet, was peace. Oh my, this is Paradise.
I checked in and went for my first swim at the sea. The beach was gorgeous. I was ON MY OWN. I couldn’t believe it, a heavenly beach all for myself. I couldn’t be happier.
I spent the rest of the afternoon walking along the beach, and exploring Tekek. Discovering 3 enormous trees full of noisy bats on the road to Tekek was pretty amazing.
After the sunset, I felt like it was time to get a drink and talk to someone. So I went to Tioman Cabana, a bar I had been reading about on facebook for the last weeks. I met some really nice friends there, and I shared with them my first night, my first drinks, and my first dinner at the island. You know, there is something extraordinary in drinking Caipirinhas until midnight while talking to strangers, listening to Bob Marley and having the seashore just 10 meters away. It was heaven on earth.
They day ended there, and barefoot, I went back to my chalet, walking by the seashore, under a sky full of stars, and with a big smile on my face. Oh Tioman, I have a good feeling about you.