Friday, July 11, 2008

First week in Kuala Terengganu

I finally got my internet connection here in KT about 2 days ago. Hurray! At least, they also have wireless here. It's Friday today and it's the start of our weekend in KT. In KT, we have Friday and Saturday as our weekend, instead of the usual Saturday and Sunday, which i'm beginning to adjust to. 1 week had passed since i came to KT. The lifestyle is much slower than in KL or in JB. Ppl here do things slowly, they don't seem to be in a rush to anywhere, cars are less, congestion are less. I have yet to see any bumper-to-bumper traffic jam, which i doubt will ever occur in KT. However, they have numerous traffic lights, every few km, which slows down traffic.

Whats an east coast town without beaches and coconut trees? The place that i stay is just a 10 minutes walk and less than 5 minutes drive to Pantai Batu Buruk, popular for their kite flying. In cities like JB and Penang, houses by the beach are usually rocket price, which will at least cost millions, but here in KT, we can literally live by the sea at very affordable price. Imagine opening your window daily and be greeted by the green, blue sea, the gentle sea breeze and the sound of the incoming waves. This is the kinda thing we can get at KT without having to pay millions. All along from Kuala Terengganu to Marang, we are accompanied by the beach along the way. It's a very beautiful sight, if not for the kampung houses right in front of the beach, it will be even more beautiful driving right beside the South China Sea.

In this 1 week, had been busy running around getting groceries and household items for my hse that i share with S and MS. It was orientation week at our uni campus in Marang last week. Imagine leaving the house latest by 7.30am daily and only to get back home by 4.45 pm daily. It's pretty tiring but for the rest of the years thats coming, that's practically the time i have to leave the hse and get back. Not forgetting we will have on call duties at night as well. I can start to understand why bed are our best friend as time passes.

Our orientation week were basically filled with introduction lectures about internal med, paediatrics, orthopedics, surgery etc etc, one after another. As hard as we try to concentrate in class, most of us just can't help dozing off to dreamland, perhaps its the chairs that are too comfortable or perhaps its the aircon or perhaps, well we all know =p.

Sweet dreams..

For Chinese food, we can practically only find most of them in Chinatown so we decided to cook a few nights. DD taught me how to cook pasta the other night.

Chicken, sausage and mushroom macaroni..DD said it's nice, i think so too...hahahaha =p

For the past 1 week, we basically went to the same restaurant for lunch every day, mainly because that's one of the nicest restaurant nearby our campus. All the other restaurants have very little choices and not to mention, the food don't taste as good. We went to this Malay restaurant call Restoran Lempeng. Their signature dish there is of course their lempeng, which is actually malay pancake made mainly from flour and coconut and eaten with curry. Actually it look like roti canai, but the taste is different.

Lempeng or malay pancake

Another nice dish there is this cat fish..and it's only RM 3 a fish!

Kuala Terengganu is also popular for their little sweet buns or what they call roti paun.

It's fondly known as 'xiao mian bao' among the local Chinese here..nice

Before class started, my parents drove me here from Johor Bahru using the east coast road, and boy, the journey was superbly long. It takes about 10 hours, just like from JB to Penang already, only that we don't have that many rest stops along the way and the roads are winding and we have to bear the slow moving lorries. And i wonder why no budget airline has direct flight from KT to JB or JB to KT. We stayed at Primula Beach Resort, which is just next to the hospital. From my balcony, i can walk out to the beach. Did i mention that behind the hospital where i'll be going for clinical practices is Pantai Batu Buruk. The hotel is not bad, nice pool, nice view and i heard it's 4 star. Some of the other games available are such as beach soccer and beach basketball.

Trying to catch the sunrise at Pantai Batu Buruk

Primula Beach resort

Huge chess game

KT doesn't have public cabs, no cinema and certainly no malls, their biggest and most 'happnening' is just Mydin and Giant. "_" But, then again, it is not as bad as I had imagined it to be. Still, i miss JB and Kl. :(

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oooh... looks liek a nice relaxed place to concentrate on studies. hehe.. Have fun getting used to the life there ya. I'm sure u'll miss it when u leave it in the end. So enjoy KT!! =D