Sunday, October 10, 2010

Yi we qi ji hui fa sheng

it's still fresh in my mind
the incident of getting robbed on the streets

those were the emotions running wild after it happened

i came bac from Songkla that evening
a place where everyone should go when ur visiting hatyai
or else it would be a waste
reached 'hotel'
took some rest
went out to search for a cyber cafe just to update my facebook status =.="

and headed of to the streets
roaming aimlessly
just wanted to explore the whole of hatyai
cause it wasn't easy to memorize all the street names
took me a while to recognize using the buildings

as i roamed farther from town...
i got lost
and it was quite hard to find a tut tut car
guessed i ventured a bit too far
it was starting to drizzle
so i tried my very best to search for an exit
but i was approached by 2 men
dark skin
both not too tall
definitely older than me
i thought they were just being frenly trying to talk to me
but instead
one men drew out his penknife
a small one. not too big
and pointed at me

at that point
(OH SHIT flashed my mind)
all i could do was trying to calm down
cause i dunno wtf shit they were talking in thai
then the other men searched for my WhiteBerry
and held to it 1st
of all things.. took my phone 1st.. FCK!!
i couldn't do anything but tremble in fear
next they wanted my wallet
and i had to take it out
i held on to some malaysian money
begging them to let me have it
i kept on saying
Malaysia Malaysia Malaysia
they showed some mercy and let me off
i quickly ran out from that place...
saw a tut tut
rushed bac to a cyber cafe
and took some time to calm down......

i was so scared i wanted to take a flight bac to msia that nite
but i calmed down
went on9 to look for yinyin
i was lucky they did not take my debit cards and passport
so i asked her to bank in some amount of money to my debit card
so i could withdraw more money (just in case)
to get a bus ticket bac next morning
it was hell
total loss 2.2k
2 weeks well planned trip = 2 days trip

an EXPENSIVE lesson learnt:::: i shall never travel alone anymore =___=" my minute size shows that i'm vulnerable to these things no matter how much precaution i took.
never the less, I thank God i was still alive. Amen

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Neuj-eun-i hu-hoe-man-keum deo sa-rang-hal-gge

so much for a planned 2 weeks solo backpacking to Thai
it all miserably ended on the 2nd day  T.T
I'm still glad i reached Msia safe and sound
Thanks for everyone who helped and cared
especially my twin, yinyin and my ex-lecturer Jason
(will cont the story on next post)

I went to Thailand without informing my family
main reason: not wanting them to worry too much
2nd reason: they would have never let me go

I took an 12 hour train to Hatyai for rm34
not advisable
cause it was dead boring since i was alone
unless u have too much time to spend =___="
just take a bus there
only rm40 for 7 hours =____="
see the difference?

My 1st stop was Padang Besar Immigration
(had to google for pics since my baby is gone >.<)
and you'll reach Hatyai in 30mins ++ 
overall like i said,
sien journey

BE PREPARED when you have reached...
you will be thronged by touts
they hunt foreigners
not to say scammers
they are just trying to "help"
by being your tourist guide and elevate prices to everything =___="
basically cutting your throat
they earn commission..
cant really blame them geh...
IGNORE THEM and you should be fine =)

Hatyai is indeed a tourist paradise
a small town
where you can find ALMOST ANYTHING

-crazy spicy food 

-best place for drunkards (rm10 can get 3 bottles of booze) dirt cheap!

-applies for ciggies as well (i think)

-entertainment ranging from hookers, aqua,tigershow,nfi wat else
(no i did not go there for all these rubbish so i am not really sure okay)

-cheap rides! 
their famous "Tut Tut car"
besides that, there are vans.. busses and also registered motorcyclists
price ranging from Rm2 for most of it unless it's a van
BEWARE of scams =___="
since they practically know ur a foreigner
obviously they will want more out of you
so.. BARGAIN and say 20 bath(rm2) or 'yee sip' for a person
before u take a ride
if more than 20 bath in that town area just ignore and look for other tuttuts

travel tips: be prepared to learn or pickup some basic language before venturing or you will have a seriously hard time trying to communicate. no joke. FCKING HARD!

Ps: sorry not many pics to complement it.. sadly.. i'll cont tomoro...