YTL Tanjong Jara, Dungun – Day 2

Its day 2 here in Tanjong Jara and we had a good night sleep last night.

Woke up at 7am and we head to Di Atas Sungei Restaurant for breakfast. We sat outside this time to have the morning view of the beach. The breakfast is buffet style which offers Malaysian cuisines such as nasi dagang, nasi goreng, mee sup. Western dishes french toast, egg corner, varieties of corn flakes, fresh cut fruits and yogurt. The best thing here during breakfast is that they serve homemade muffins and croissants fresh from the oven.

Breakfast at D'Atas Nelayan

Breakfast at D’Atas Sungei

Breakfast at D'Atas Sungei

Breakfast at D’Atas Sungei

Breakfast spread

Breakfast spread

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You can actually choose to have your breakfast at Di Atas Sungei or Nelayan.

At 8.20am, we head to the reception and there we can see Mr. Tan waiting for us. Apparently there’s 1 French guy who is going for open water scuba, 1 family of 4 going for snorkeling and us for discovery scuba diving (“DSD”). The best thing about this Tenggol Island trip is that the resort will bring with them a representative for us. Meaning, 1 resort staff that will accompany the French guy, 1 resort staff that to accompany the family of 4 and we have Mr. Tan that will be with us during our DSD. They also will bring along with them our very own chef that will cook and prepare lunch for us at the Island. First-class service!

By 9.00am, we reached the jetty and there we could see the resort staff all ready to board us in the private boat to Tenggol Island that will take approximately about 40 minutes. Boat ride was ok – the sea was not so choppy. Once we reached the Island, we had our coffee/tea break before we dip in the seawater for snorkelling.

Snorkelling

Snorkelling

The view was just breathtaking! Just by looking at how calm the fishes swim made me so comfortable in the water.

By noon, we head back our temporary hunt for lunch and networking with the family of 4 and the French guy. We exchange our experience during the snorkeling session and it was exciting.

At 1.30pm, we head back to the boat and start our DSD. We managed to see all sorts of fishes, starfish and lion fish! Too bad we didn’t get to see the turtles =( We did go down up to 12 meters deep!

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DSD1

By 3.30pm, it was time to go back to the resort. During the journey back home, both my husband and I was so exhausted that both of us slept all the way to the jetty.

We rest for a while by dipping ourselves in the pool once we reached Tanjong Jara Resort and at 5.00pm there was Kampung where it showcase all the traditional games that back in the 70’s usually play, the music that was played and the ape that helped us to get the fresh young coconuts. This Kampung something is only available every Saturdays from 5pm to 6pm.  A good experience for the foreigners and the youngsters to experience the Kampung life.

Time flies extremely fast when you are here in Tanjong Jara! We got back to our room to wash up and here again the housekeeping prepared for us the flowery-bubble-bath again! It was really nice of them. Then by 8.00pm, it was already dinner time and this was what we had for dinner.

  • Appetizers – Tomyam
  • Mains – Butter prawn and steamed seabass
  • Dessers – Lava cake and banana fritters

 

 

Early Birthday Celebration @ YTL Tanjong Jara, Dungun

It was an impromptu plan that my husband and I decided to take – which is to celebrate both our birthdays on an island on the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. So I quickly browse our flight and found out that as of that day, the cheapest that we could find was via AirAsia.

Next, I was in constant communication with the YTL representative – Suba in asking on the resort’s facilities and I informed them that I wanted to celebrate my husband’s birthday and was wondering if they could do something to make it memorable. So, I made an online reservation to the room that we wanted in Tanjong Jara and we are all set to go!

The day has come – it was Friday, 20th June. We got off from home at 9.00 am to KL Sentral to catch the ERL train to KLIA2 which took us about 33 minutes from KL Sentral to the airport.

The new airport at KLIA2 is HUGE!! It was my first time there after they officially opened on 9th May 2014. The ERL train will stop at the KLIA2 “so called mall” because it does look like huge a mall with proper shops and restaurants,.Then you would walk for about 5 minutes to reach the entrance of the airport. The airport itself is also huge and I like it – compared to LCCT which is really a cargo airport! Since we did our online check-in, we had our boarding pass ready. The only thing to do is to send our luggage at the baggage-drop.

Next, we head to the security checks to go to our boarding gate. The walk took us about 10 minutes or so to our gate. Flight was OK and the flight took us about 50 minutes. We landed in Kuala Terengganu safely just that the landing part needs more practice Mr. Pilot!!

Our luggage was one of the first to arrive at the conveyor belt and we head straight to the taxi counter. The taxi costs us RM110 per trip and the journey from the airport to Tanjong Jara took us approximately 1 hour. I have no complaints about our taxi driver. He was good and quiet throughout the journey which made me decide to engage him to pick us up later on Sunday from Tanjong Jara to the airport.

We were greeted by the Tanjong Jara staffs during our arrival. They then took care of our luggage and we rested on the sofa in the reception area and Mr Tan from the scuba site was already waiting for us to give briefing on what our programs would be like for tomorrow. They then offered some ice-cool refreshing drink since it the weather is hot and Sayuri from the Reception guided us all the way to our room while giving us a tour about the resort. The room that we booked was Serambi (garden) room 1105.

View of our room from the outside - Serambi (Garden)

View of our room from the outside – Serambi (Garden)

View of the bedroom

View of the bedroom

View of the bathroom

View of the bathroom

We settled down for 1 hour then we head to the Nelayan pool where Mr. Tan was waiting for us ready with the air tank and other scuba equipment. We had a pre-scuba course where Mr. Tan taught us on how to use the equipment and the breathing techniques, the do’s and don’t. He was happy with us because we made his job easy (Well, the fact that it is our 3rd Discovery Scuba Diving (DSD)). Our next meeting would be the next day at 8.30am at the lobby.

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Come night time, we head to Di Atas Sungei Restaurant which translate to “Restaurant on the river”. We chose Tomyam soup as our appetiser, the mains are steamed red snapper fish and sizzling black pepper beef with white rice and our desserts are Sago gula melaka and Lava cake.

D'Atas Sungei Layout

D’Atas Sungei Layout

Dinner Day 1 Appetizer - Tomyam Soup; Mains - Beef Black Pepper & Steamed Fish; Vege - Beancurd with oyster sauce

Dinner Day 1
Appetizer – Tomyam Soup; Mains – Beef Black Pepper & Steamed Fish; Vege – Beancurd with oyster sauce

While eating, one of the staffs came to our table with a surprise birthday cake!

Our June birthday cake surprise courtesy from Tanjong Jara Resort

Our June birthday cake surprise courtesy from Tanjong Jara Resort

Dinner was good and we were stuffed! We then head back to our room. When we got there, we got another surprise from housekeeping this time. They have specially prepared for us a flowery-bubble bath. I felt blessed! =)

Birthday surprise from housekeeping

Birthday surprise from housekeeping

Goodnight all!