It’s been a dream and it’s a must
visit place. I’ve been to Sabah on 21 Feb 2017 – 24 Feb 2017. I know that many
hesitate to go due to safety issue, but trust me when u go there everything is
okay and the Marine team and police Malaysia take safety at very high responsibility.
It safe unless u’re staying in the island and there’s unexpected intruders. But
during my stay everything was okay and safe. This time only 2 girls travelling.
Me and my ex-roomate in college(Mar).
Sipadan Inn Hotel (Semporna) = RM110/night x 3 nights = RM 330/2 = RM165/person
3.Food : RM15-20/Per meal (Too
expansive , even more expansive than KL)
day) to Bohey Dulang, Mantabuan Island and Sibuan Island = RM165/person +
Rental Scuva Diving Equipment = RM135/person.
: Can be bought at Dragon Inn Floating Chalet.
Day 1(Hotel area and Semporna Jetty):
Upon arrival, there’s this
instagrammer that manage ppl who want to visit Semporna help to arrange our
shuttle van and pick up at airport. We deal before I’m take off from KL. We
just touring around the semporna jetty area and its just simple small town.
Everything is expansive and we decide to buy mineral water,snacks all in Giant.
There’s Giant walking distance from our Hotel.
Day 2(To the Island) : Bohey Dulang – Mantabuan - Sibuan
We get Jaafar(boatman) contact
from Dwan(Intagram boatman). So Jaafar will be our Tour guide, hikeman(tak
ingat nama) and scuba instructor. I didn’t plan for any dive but Jaafar offer
such a good affordable rate for diving . Kadang good opportunities come without
plan, xsure but I say Yes to dive.
Morning we breakfast then went to
Bohey Dulang for the Hike. Its super beautiful! Ada atok kung fu dari China hike sekali, dia fit gila, ktorg
yg slowmo tercungap-cungap. Putus nafas jugak. Sapa nk hike tu just chill2 and
slowly. Its only 600m height. I’m alone with them tapi diorang baik2 sangat. So
its really nice experience hiking with local and foreigners.
My suggestion is that you can go
with the package yang 9 Island and include makan etc cuz its super affordable.
Standard rate for snorkeling would be around RM200-220. If u want to include
Mabul and Kapalai this would need other day.
This is where the Bajau Laut ppl live. Singgah jap, Jaafar amik barang.
Play Tourist sikit
Mantabuan Island (Lunch and first dive)
30 minutes briefing on how to familiarize w equipment
Dive in Mantabuan
We dive until 10m depth tapi 5-10minit je. cuaks. weh haha
But achievement unlock i must say. dont nervous .
chill and learn to control pressure.
Every 3meter kena release pressure from the ear. and thank God Jaafar is chill instructor. i wanna go back and learn from him, the most penyabar instructor.
Major lovee! view from boat
Snorkelling in Sibuan
Overalls its supernice, Malaysian Maldives! Hehe.
Its freaking exhausted to hike, dive and snorkelling on the same day. arrange ur iti accordingly people!
Its good to stay in the Island like Mabul, cuz u gotta have better sunset and scenery.
(iii) Car rental in Christchurch (Snap
Rental) = 40NZD+/day x 7 days (They upgrade us to New Nissan Xtrail like a
(iii) Bus(in auckland) = 5 NZD
(iv) Super shuttle van (airport
transfer) = 30NZD (Return)
(v) Uber = 20NZD+
Accommodation (6 Apartment/Motel/Guesthouse)
1.Auckland – Colombia Apartment
2.Christchurch – Aotea Motel (2
3.Twizel Holiday Park – (2
4.Arrowtown Guesthouse Apartment
(2 nights) – My fav!
5.Dunedin Holiday Park (1 night)
6.Christchurch Holiday Park(1
7.Overnight in Auckland Airport
Food = Mostly we cook together, we brought 15kg food from
Malaysia haha. So we save up a lot and buy some fresh groceries in Countdown
and ‘Pak n Save’.
Souvenirs shopping = Cheapest in Queenstown, South Island.
Budget = RM5000-6000/person(Overall)
1.Flight = RM1.4K
Rental+Fuel = RM2.5K
3.Food etc = RM1K(Less)
4.Souvenirs = RM500(Less)
5.Activity = 100 NZD(RM300+)
Total = RM5800~RM6000.
17/8/2017: Day 0 (Kul – Gold Coast
18/8/2017: Day 1 (Arrival)
19/8/2017: Day 2 (Auckland City/Albert
20/8/2017: Day 3 (Domain Winter
Garden + Domain Area)
21/8/2017: Day 4 (Mt Eden and fly
22/8/2017: Day 5 (Christchurch
city/Hagley Park/Museum/Art Gallery)
23/8/2017: Day 6(New Brighton
Beach > Sumner Beach > Tempat Cantik Nampak kambing
24/8/2017: Day 7 (Lake Tekapo
> Chapel of Good Shepard > Lake Pukaki)
25/8/2017: Day 8 (Aoraki Mount
Cook (Hooker Valley Trail) whole day
26/8/2017: Day 9 (Goldfield >
The Remarkables Mount Ski > Queenstown area)
27/8/2017: Day 10 (Queenstown
Cable car & Luge > Lake Wakatipu > Nugget Point, Otago > Dunedin)
28/8/2017: Day 11 (Dunedin > Tunnel
Beach > Katiki Light House > Moeraki Boulders)
29/8/2017: Day 12 (Dunedin >
30/8/2017: Day 13 (Christchurch –
31/8/2017: Day 14 (Auckland –
Gold Coast-Homey Home!)
Tips (Comfort , leisure with a reasonable budget)
1.We are targeting South Island ,
Hence we spend most of the time in South while only cover Auckland for North
Island. It took us about 2 weeks. If you are ambitious enough then can make it
3-4weeks to cover North as well. Our iti suit those who want to see nature ,
enjoy the view without rushing and take a lot of photo , stopping by the
roadside randomly whenever we want happily. Haha
2.Accomodation for 4 person in
Motel, guesthouse, apartment were really comfortable as u can cook, much
economical when divide accordingly with travel mates. The feel is like living
there locally, doing the laundry, cook , shop groceries etc. We hopped from one town to one town and stay
at different accommodations cuz the distance for each was quite far.
3.Car Rental only in South, no
need snow chain unless u are climbing the ski area during heavy snow. But no
heavy snow at the end of winter season. GPS u can set up offline map earlier in
your home country and save the GPS rental cost.
4.Aoraki Hooker Valley Trail took
about 3-4hours if you want to stop every second taking photo. The view is worth
the walk. Bring snacks n water and wear appropriate footware and clothes, the
wind boleh terbang! Hahaha. Tiring but lovely gils!
5.Queenstown area accommodation and
Mt Cook area are super expansive . So staying at the nearby not so famous town
is better . We stayed in Arrowtown instead of Queenstown(20 min drive) and we
stay in Twizle(30min+ from Mt Cook).
6. Airport Auckland is so krik
krik, KLIA2 or KLIA are way better. You can overnight but it will be tiring if
you are old. So if u would like to have some comfort can try to check in nearby
hotel. Their airport luggage storage is quite expansive. Its around 9 NZD per
BAG! HAHA . Jadi pikir2 kan lah.
7.Winter makes ur skin become
super dry, u can buy local moisturizer in NZ which suit the weather. Sunblock
is a MUST too!
8.Its gonna be super long journey
so, pick the travelmate that can match the way you travel and can tolerate each
other well. And it will be an unforgettable journey together. Until now we are
all still having post vacay withdrawal syndrome. Haha and I open the photo
album almost everyday.
My travelmates are the best. Kaka
is the best wifey material, she cooks well, she cleans well, mengemas etc.
Mar is the best photographer dan
penghibur dan penenang keadaan, keje dia samak pinggan mangkuk kat situ hehe.
Alfro is the leader, time keeper n
best planner. Its our second time cooperate in activity travel together , first
in South Korea and no doubt he is the best.
Well, am looking forward for other
future kerjasama travel with em. Haha.
This morning a fren said " why dont we just plant in our heart not to fixed it with anyone that is not yet legally halal with us" ?
hmmm, at this moment, i had already throw away feelings, or to have any feelings etc. For the first time, i know my heart is still functioning, but this time wiser, without wanting anything but i want ease from The Almighty. I want to have chance to visit Baitullah first . and that is what feeling that i have and i really wish that Allah will grant me and redha and invite me to. amin
I've cross path w many different humans, the more i run the more Allah want me to pass through it and feel the pain and come back to Him and now feeling grateful. My requirement is simple enough i will accept a muslim, from the family that will accept me and which my family accept, the one that could tolerate and understand and i accept the person for the sake of Allah, having the same interest which is travel, and wont stop my dream to further my study if i wanted to continue one day.
I dont want to put any hope and giving out any hope . Ask from Allah and if He open my heart to you and ease out everything , that will be the answer.
"Ridha" is derived from radhiya yardha meaning accept something sincerely without feeling frustrated or depressed. Related to Iman, ridha is devided into two kinds, Ridha of Allah to His servants, and ridha of His servant to Him. As Allah hinted in His firman " .... Allah being pleased (ridha) with them and they with Him ..." (Qur'an 98:8)
However, ridha doesn't means accept anything without motivation to change the fate or get something better. Someone who ridha with what Allah has given to him still must have motivation to get something better. Ridha is being pleased with taqdeer that Allah has written to us, but not being pleased with naseeb that happen to us. If we get sick we should not ask 'O, Allah, why you give me an illness?", but also we should not being pleased with the illness and thinking "I ridha with this illness and I will not cure myself". By the way, there is a story related to ridha. One day Umar bin Khattab was walking when suddenly the rain fell. Umar immediately ran for shelter. Someone saw it and asked him "O, Umar, why do you run away from Allah destiny?". Umar replied "I run away from one Allah destiny to the another His destiny". (Source : https://www.islamicboard.com/ ) Its not easy sometimes, but with The Almighty by our side, nothing seems impossible. He will indeed heal me, heal you and heal us. No matter what we are facing, i wish that all those pain akan Tuhan angkat slowly. insya Allah amin. Sincerely, fee.