Went to Port Dickson (“PD”) with my old buds from my ex company. Ms Fon (one client addressed her last Chinese name as her surname and the name got stucked till today), Ms Taufufa (always on MC) and my manager, Ms Tambi (her name shares the same pronunciation as “brother” in tamil).
It was a trip of the gluttons. We basically go to places with good food once or twice a year. This year, it happened to be Port Dickson. We got a fairly good deal for hotel, as Visa card owners, we get RM190 net for twin double bed instead of paying the usual RM320 at one of the most prestigious hotels there. Private beach, a swimming pool overlooking a small lawn then the sea… a cocktail bar by the pool. Ah… unfortunately, not many white men for us to feast our eyes on.
Ms Tambi bought us dinner the first night coz she landed with a windfall in the stock market– we went all the way to Seremban, paid RM2.60 for the toll per route, and ordered salted steam crabs. Before that, we had some starters from Pasar Malam in PD, some kuihs, nasi lemak, cendol, keropok, kuih bakar, chicken kebab (this is really nice)… yes.. they are just starters. You should find out what did we eat in our last Melaka trip… it is a miracle to see small bodied person like Ms Tambi can eat much much MUCH more than me. We basically ate everything that can be found in Melaka.That is another story. After the scrumptious dinner, we went for VCD hunting. Sorry to say that we are not big fans of originals. Enough said. We ta pao some Seremban Char Siew Paos for supper… and the next day’s breakfast.
Then travelled another 45 mins back to PD.
The next morning, Tambi and I went for a dip in the pool. It was a big pool. It is good that not many people knew how to swim. Not so congested. And I can have the 6 feet depth pool all to myself while children are clogging the pathetic smaller pool infested with germs. Did some 20 laps before going back to hotel and further dipped myself in bubble bath for another half an hour.
For lunch, we went to this nice PD restaurant situated near the hotel.. Mutiara Restaurant or something. Please try the butter crabs when you are there. It is worth the traveling hassle. I still remember this is the same restaurant I came with my fellow internet friends back in the 1998. Same owner, same nice food, still very much the same price.
Taufufa filially “ta pao” some 1.5 kgs crabs to bring back to her mom (actually I know it is for her more). We had to budget the crabs due to inavailability. The owner told us that a lot of people came to eat crabs the night before and they ran out of crabs this morning. RM35/- per kilo. We ordered 4 kgs but they only have 3 kgs. Also, when we were having our butter crabs, other customers from other tables look at us enviously. Lucky thing we came early.
After the nice lunch, (also free – Taufufa bought us lunch coz she got increment and bonus. They didn’t ask me to buy them coz they know I will be unemployed soon), we hit the road for home. We reached Ms Fon’s house – that is where all our cars were parked and watched “Love Actually” ( I love Hugh Grant!!) till 5 pm before hitting home.