Instead we decided to explore further south until the end of the road on Peninsula Malaysia East Coast ie Tanjung Pengelih, about 50 km away from Desaru, with Sg Rengit, a small town located in between. After Asar, we started our exploration southwards following the beach road… again we came across nice beautiful beaches but there are more people here that it was in the north.
Pantai Tanjung Balau is unique and has colorful waters….light blue, green, dark blue etc….due to the formation of rocks and corals along the beach.The beach is clean and not so deep and it offers great opportunity to swim, but some people say that this place has lots of obor-obor!! The beach is a very popular spot among locals and the beach also has a Fisherman’s Museum built nearby.
We came up to Teluk Ramunia, where SDE fabrication yard is located and a few really nice beaches and small resorts including Pantai Tanjung Balau (probably the best beach throughout our journey) and beaches along Teluk Ramunia. These areas offer nice sceneries with blue sky, blue water, fisherman managing their boats and huge containers/oil tankers dotted the horizon, approaching and leaving the Singapore port.
We continued further until we really came to the end of the road which is the Jeti Tanjung Pengelih and we couldn’t go any further. Before that, we did stop at an ostrich farm in Teluk Ramunia and it was indeed and interesting learning experience for the kids. The admission fee is only RM12 and they do sell "kaya" and "bahulu" made from Ostrich Eggs!!! Do you know that an ostrich egg will only break with a load of 130kg or more? Interesting...
It was almost sun set when we thought of having dinner and we’ve read about this famous seafood shop in Sungai Rengit and we decided to check out. We found the shop at Sungai Rengit and it was full with patrons. It’s a Chinese shop but doesn’t sell pork and doesn’t allow any other food to be brought in. We saw photos of many people had come to the shop before including the Johor MB etc…so it gave us confidence that the food is halal and can be consumed (after all it only sells seafood). The shop is famous for selling lobster!!! It has tanks full of lobsters (local lobsters) sourced and supplied by the local people. The shop and the food were rated highly on Singapore Food Channel and that’s why you can see many Singaporeans go there for good lobster meal. We ourselves ordered some lobsters and crabs and we really enjoyed the food, they were tasty and good…..the price was not bad and affordable. Pak Su and Adik took the opportunity to hold live lobsters for a photo.
After dinner, we slowly drove back to Desaru, 25km away and reaches the hotel at around Isya’ so we did our solat before everyone started to show effects of another hectic day. However, Pak Su wanted to go and play the ‘bebaling berlampu’ at the café’s lawn but no one was willing to entertain him because of tiredness but he insisted that he wanted to go and play…and was prepared to go alone if no one could follow. So I had no choice but reluctantly followed him to the lawn… I was a bit mad because he didn’t want to listen to me.
The lawn is a walking distance of about 200m from the room. Initially, I just followed him from behind without him knowing and I could see that he knew his way and he could find his own way….after a while I approached and scolded him and he was not happy but that did not change his intention… he continued walking and I let him walked alone and I would walk through a different direction.
When we reached the lawn, as usual there were many people having fun and enjoying the ‘flying lights’ and he immediately took out his gadget and started playing….you could see that he liked to do that. Again, I sat in a distance watching him….as in the day, there were people who are scared of him and there are people who were kind to him….one of them was the lady, the Managing Director of the resort, truly professional. After a while I asked Adik to help him as his gadget was having problem.
As I continued sitting and watching him, I felt guilty and unfair for scolding him and for not agreeing to his idea of wanting to do this earlier….seeing him enjoying himself with a simple play made my heart sunk and my eyes went teary again…. I was thinking that he never asked for anything that is impossible and he never retaliates whenever we scolded him or got angry with him. So why do we get easily angered by this people or their simple request? The answer is that the anger is actually by yourself on yourself and for yourself…..he didn’t do anything wrong at all. So next time you come across this situation, do think about this….treat DS people as you treat any other normal people, scold them if required only in private and not in public and entertain them as much as you can as it is not likely that they will ask for something that is really impossible to give or entertain.
Once satisfied, he signaled that we could back to hotel…so we walked but he stopped again at the video arcade for a few rounds of games. Adik also joint in, I just waited and didn’t complaint. At 11pm, we finally got into our room and into our beds.
As I lay my head on the pillow, I thought today has been a wonderful learning experience for me about my DS brother…special people from Allah for us to care for, look at, deal with and learn from. Look at them, listen to them and treat them well....they could be your saviors on Judgement Day, that is my hope....insyaAllah.