Sunday, 11 July 2010

A Brief Respite - Heading Out To Pulau Kapas

Sunday was the day for our ride to Pulau Kapas for a weekend getaway. Azeim and I had flown in on Saturday and we had had a great time with my younger brother and his family. Muni and Adeen were to catch the morning Firefly service from Subang, take a taxi to our hotel and then we all continue on to Marang for the boat connection to Pulau Kapas.

Firefly, the subsidiary airline of MAS, offers thrice-daily flights to Kuala Terengganu (KT) taking off from Subang Airport. It's very convenient for us who reside in the Subang Jaya area - just 10 minutes away, thereabouts - given the right jamless window, that is. For Azeim and I, that Saturday morning was perfect; we arrived in good time for checking in, breakfast and that which comes after breakfast. And me having a cheery younger brother and his equally cheery family to fetch us at KT airport just about wrapped up the journey into a bow-tied package.

Muni had already been booked on that Sunday morning flight but Adeen wasn't too sure he could get a ticket, going by the people already in line at check-in. Adeen is a Second-Officer with MAS and is entitled to a 75% discount off the normal price, provided there are still seats when the check-in counter closes. Alhamdulillah he got a seat but the flight was indeed full - something I did not expect - it being a Sunday. I suppose that catch-phrase "now everyone can fly" is quite true.

KT is a short hop by propeller plane and by 12 noon that day all of us were already at the Marang jetty ready to meet up with the Pirate King of Pulau Kapas aka Chief of Captain's Longhouse aka Skipper of the good vessel East Coast Blue Water aka Chef de Beach Cuisine.


With so many roles and responsibilities as befitting his string of titles, this former helicopter pilot who has made Pulau Kapas his home and sanctuary as well as his cash-generator, only caught up with us a little later at an eating place close by. Many errands Captain had to run while on-shore, so we had a leisurely lunch, did our solats at the surau, and Azeim even had his long hair chopped off by the local tukang gunting.


Though hubby and I had only got to know Captain through us frequenting and commenting on each other's blogs and more recently on Facebook, meeting him in real life was just the same as when I met other blogger friends for the first time - there were hardly any awkward moments and  the transition from virtual to real was as seamless as meeting old classmates at a reunion, perhaps because we've already been familiarised with each other's thoughts and thinking and lives through our blog stories and FB status and comments.

 Captain's fearsome profile picture on Facebook

And it was through these media that Azeim was introduced to Captain who subsequently went out of his way to connect Azeim with the head-honchos of the Terengganu boatbuilding industry at Pulau Duyong and to secure places for Azeim to do his practical training. I seriously do not know how to  thank the  good Captain enough for this. Azeim, by the way, will be in his final year of studies in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering after this stint, starting October.



So that was how it came to be that we were at that jetty and then aboard Captain's boat heading out from the river mouth into open sea, thence to Pulau Kapas, to deliver Azeim to the Pirate King for a crack at boatbuilding and survival.


The boys with Captain's matey, Baharum
Adeen gets a chance at the helm




(to be continued)

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

,,,ooh gosh ! Capt. Fearsome no-lah am just a kitty cat..meow !! with Jane my island bitch hihihi and we get along fine.
...Bib ada kirim salam yaa...hope to see you guys back on the island soon. Azeim tak nak balik KL lagi hahhhaha and i can't blame him.

Zendra-Maria said...

Tok, fearsome tu aura jer hehehe

Salam kembali pada Bib, biler boleh jumpa ekk?

Adoii Azeim, Azeim... kesian anak aku.. huhuhu

Kak Ezza@makcik blogger said...

zen...
captain ni chalet kat Pulau kapas tak? need more info laa..nak buat family day kat sana tahun depan...

Zendra-Maria said...

ezza, capt ada beritahu dia pernah adakan kem motivasi, latihan outdoors dsbnya di tempat dia. I nak cerita tak ada info lengkap, lgpun nanti capt byr I komisen promosi, tak sedap pulokk kahkahkah!!! I guess he can elaborate further to you when he reads your inquiry :D

Wan Sharif said...

Alamak..
Malu saya .. anak Trengganu yang baru sekali kesana..
Other members of my family tak pandai berenang lah..
alasan..alasan
Mesti seronok nya Jumpa Capt. of Pulau Kapas..

Capt's Longhouse said...

dear kak ezza,

...tanya RA, dia nak buat ala fantasy island pulak ! hahaha.
...best you come over and get a taste of it baru kita talk business for win/win, in fact i customize special programmes etc to suit the requirements. You nak panjat gunung everest pun boleh di-atorkan hihihi. Not kidding !!-lah.
...We make dreams come true and conduct events !. The sky is no limit too or deep blue sea. yoohohoo
Tok Uban.

Zendra-Maria said...

Ezza, seperti makanan, tengok gambar belum tahu pahit manisnya, kena rasa dulu, baru boleh buat evaluation. Ada chan jalan ni Ezza, ajak 'Ol Rascal :)

Zendra-Maria said...

Eh Wan, awak sama nama dengan Captain Shariff, memang sahh kena buat kawang. Pantai Kapas - airnya tenang sungguh Wan, I'm sure your family will like it, at least rendam kaki pun seronok.

Wan Sharif said...

I nampak gambar atas yang besar tu.. ye gambar batu batan tu.. it create the geological interest in me.. will surely make a trip as soon as I can find the time.
Zen.. dari gambar gambar yang you have posted, I believe I know your other half..

Zendra-Maria said...

Wan, he knows you too hehe...

a.j. said...

=) is there anything adeen cant drive?

Red Alfa said...

@ Wan Sharif

Mana I tak kenal you, Wan!.. we were in PETRONAS. Of course, not by my name as Red Alfa, you won't! But the name as known in PETRONAS circles, well no one else has that name yet!

Red Alfa said...

Capt

Fantasy Island, Adventure Island, Pirate Island.. oh wow. I haven't been there yet but the promise of great opportunities are there, for sure.

You have a real treasure there.. but then who wouldn't doubt your eye for good business opportunities!

Zendra-Maria said...

Yub, i detect a twinge of envy hehe....

a.j. said...

woho. not in this heart. itu bahaya.

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Aunty Zen,
I'd love to visit there too but not sure if the Captain's darling Jane will like me. I don't fancy my fur being ruffled by her. har har har *evil laughs*

Zendra-Maria said...

Woho... definitely not you Yub dear, aunty usik jer

Anonymous said...

RA,

...talking about opportunities, pls visit my other blog site; kapaspirates.blogspot.com
"Thursday, May 20, 2010
Opportunities aplenty around you and me."
,,,for a better feel of it too, hihihi

Zendra-Maria said...

Cat, hmmmm.... Jane is a very protective of Captain so I guess if you mess with him, she'll get jealous and mess with you.... WAAKAKAKAKAH!!!

Anonymous said...

RA,

...talking about opportunities, pls visit my other blog site; kapaspirates.blogspot.com
"Thursday, May 20, 2010
Opportunities aplenty around you and me."
,,,for a better feel of it too, hihihi

Capt's Longhouse said...

a.j.

,,,Azeim will be a seafarer by the time he finish his tour of duty here ! hohohoo..no worries about that.

a.j. said...

=) GREaT!