Langkawi REvisited Part 2 – The Journey to the Peak, and Wonderland!!April 16, 2009 | 2,464 views
Almost 45 degrees we were slanted. Though about 700m above sea level, Zephyrus was clearly on leave that evening …
A most precarious structure – The Fairweather Hanging Bridge.
The journey to the peak took about 15 minutes or so. There was a platform halfway, for those who may chicken out, or needing a breath of fresh air after being cramped in the tram for so long. But the 2 Musketeers (the 3rd had his calling) ventured to the top in record time, given the fickle weather which might ruined the odyssey to the peak, and the pilgrimage across the Bridge.
The Deceiving Fog – ‘Twas sunshine at the other end …
But the Heavens above was clearly not siding with the innocent oneS. Sending waves after waves of rainfall, and completely shrouding the skies with a thick layer of Fog. OK, the Musketeers were successfully trapped amidst the chaos. What now? Stay or Down?
After much deliberation, all the staff and visitors alike were ushered to the flying carts and sent descending into the almost invisible land below. By now, visibility was at an all-time low. All hopes of sunny weather and continuing our pilgrimage to the Bridge were dashed.
Sakura Bridge in Langkawi?
And so the 2 Musketeers obediently (but reluctantly) relented to the subversive tactics. And bidded Oriental Village goodbye. No refunds for the less-than-ideal weather. SO be warned, and refrain from visiting during windy/cloudy times.
The legendary bakery, The Loaf was closed. Shucks …..
The lake must be a man-made one (or so, the Poor Boy thought), encircling a rather restricted area. One can’t help but wonder, how the heck are those yachts gonna sail?
And so, the 3 Musketeers reunited (yay!) for a leisure dinner by the riverside. Or it could be a HUGE drain, for all they cared. Most importantly, hunger pangs MUST be satiated!
Steamed Siakap Teo Chew style
Next to the GLK Seafood of the previous night, Wonderland commands a larger following, nearly packed at all times, on a weekday’s evening!
Albeit with higher prices (understandable, given the HOT reaction from the crowd), the food at Wonderland was still delicious, and fresh. And the 3 Musketeers were unwillingly trapped in a horrendous downpour (a grim reminder from the Lords above again, probably to wash our Sins …. a deja vu of sorts, much akin to our experience at Kuala Perlis last year).
The meal came to about RM18 per person. Though next to each other, Wonderland and GLK can’t be categorized in the same league. They serve Lobsters, Crabs, Prawns, Fish and various other sea produce. People even bring their own bottles of liquor, from reds to whites, to ‘enhance‘ the dining experience.
Chilling to tunes from the 90’s, they drank, they splitted nuts (ground nuts, NOT their nuts), and they did NOT dance. As retro as Sunba may be, the crowd was thin (it was a Tuesday night after all, and the heavy rain was a huge deterrent factor!), and the Musketeers and Gang stuck out like sore thumbs amidst the majority of foreigners. A game of pool at RM3, a pint of beer at RM8, and cocktails/vodka/etc from RM12+.
Supper at a random mamak stall ended the night on a high note, with gratitudes to the ‘local’ guides (an alcoholic and a sober), toasting (teh tarik,Milo and all) to a comfortable stay, with free transportation and drivers, as well as some free meals! 😉
The flight home was indeed, in a Class of Its Own ; Turbulence on a Propeller Plane = Nauseating!
And so ends, another chapter in the Motormouth’s travelogue. Pardon the less than logical/rational way of writing, as I’m still reeling from the food poisoning spell (no thanks to that dastardly Nasi Kandar meal in Penang!), hence the lack in intellectual reasoning.
Wait, was I ever an intellectual in the first place? =)
Next destination : PERLIS, this weekend. Geez, I want my weekends back ….. !!!