Day 2 – Kuantan to Singapore
Morning seemed to come so quickly. We were too tired and lazy to get up early to catch the morning sunrise over South China Sea like we used to do in the past. We waited for everyone to wake up and when we were all ready, we went for breakfast at the restaurant.
The breakfast spread was good and we liked the eggs corner where we could order our eggs of choice. The coffee and tea were good and so was the fruit juice. We took our time and enjoyed our morning meal and soaked in the atmosphere of this resort environment taking it slow and easy. There was no hurry to rush anywhere and we felt so good. We had to get up very early to take a long drive to Kuantan yesterday, so this day was to compensate for the stress endured before hitting the road again with another six hours of ride home later.
After breakfast we strolled around the hotel ground and spent some time on the beach again to enjoy the sea breeze and watched the sea waves coming in and out with relentless vigour but couldn’t quite reach where they hoped to conquer. A walk on the beach can be quite therapeutic when the sun is not too hot. We didn’t feel like swimming this morning as we had to check out by noon and we didn’t like to go through the trouble of washing our swimming gears and then having to rush to check out. So it was a slow morning to conserve energy for later part of the day.
We went back to the games room and watched other kids having a good time with various games and activities. Since we didn’t get up early, there wasn’t much time for some prolonged activities, so we simply while away the time around the hotel exploring other amenities of the hotel. The hotel has two nice tennis courts. Had we stayed more than one night, we would have brought along our tennis rackets for some more exercise options as well as driving up north to Cherating to explore other places of interest too.
So having had enough of exploring the resort, we went back to our rooms to shower and after that we packed up to get ready to leave the hotel. Though it was just a short stay, we had accomplished our objectives and our younger daughter was more than happy with the beach and pool activities. As this hotel was usually busy, we had to wait a little while to clear our check out process. Finally after making payment for our outstanding bills, we left and drove back to Alor Akar Restaurant for lunch since our dinner the previous day was so good.
Unfortunately when we arrived at the restaurant, it was closed. So with no other choice, we drove further down to town and went back to East Coast Mall for lunch. After lunch, we did some grocery shopping at Carrefour Hypermart. With favourable exchange rates, our savings for shopping in Malaysia had been quite substantial. A year ago, I even had all my car mats changed here at the basement car accessories shop at a fantastic price. Having had enough shopping done at East Coast Mall, we made our way back the same route to head for Singapore.
It was a familiar stretch of road all the way back but I had to be extra careful when overtaking heavy vehicles on the road. So this took a bit more effort than driving on the North South Highway. Eventually we reached Yong Peng and we went to a Chinese restaurant for a quick dinner before driving the last stretch of the journey to Johore Bahru. Food was relatively cheap compared to Singapore and our dinner was good but the dinner we had yesterday at Alor Akar was even better.
Finally, it was time to go and we had another 90 minutes of driving to do but this time we were driving on the North South Highway which was a lot easier to drive than to drive on federal roads with single lane on both ways having to overtake slow moving vehicles. After another round of topping up petrol for the car on the highway rest area, we were nearing Johore. Eventually we reached the custom and immigration complex of Johore but it took some time to get through as the traffic during the day was considerably heavier than early in the morning.
When we finally got through immigration at Johore, Singapore’s immigration was within sight. Having cleared Singapore custom and immigration, we reached home in under an hour. Though tired after the long drive and shopping, we were glad and happy to have gone for this very short vacation in Kuantan.
Our younger daughter had her wish fulfilled and we were happy to have contributed to her happiness. Our family bonding time was priceless treasure not to be taken for granted. Any trip with the children is always a good trip to look forward to having a splendid time of fun and enjoyment. So this trip to Kuantan was another rejuvenating break in our annals of travelling adventure.