After Singapore, we headed off to Tioman Island, which was apparently voted one of the top 10 most beautiful places in the world according to Life magazine (according to a Norwegian family Greg met on the island, anyways). It's quite spectacular: dense jungle, white sandy beaches, turquoise water.
Due to a severe lack of foresight, we had limited funds and no access to a bank machine, so we lived rather frugally on the island. We had a small cabin (technically 3 small cabins - there was an outbreak of broken toilets) in a lovely garden on the hillside, inhabited by a cat in heat who woke us up several times in the middle of the night with her yowling. Luckily, there is no duty on the island, so we were able to drink quite cheaply. Happy hour prices were 3 beers for 10 ringgit, which is about $1CAD per beer. At the store, Greg bought a beer for 67 cents!! It was pretty ridiculous.
The island is also full of wild housecats. We saw quite a few adorable kittens too. Greg made friends with this guy, who I christened Bernard (pronounced BER-nerd) in honour of Philip.
So we spent our 3 days on the island swimming, snorkeling, drinking, eating, playing cards, reading and just generally being lazy on the beach. It was incredible.
For lack of any more interesting stories, here are some pictures:
Next: a day in Mersing to plan the next stage of our journey!