Port Dickson is a seaside that is well known among Malaysians (perhaps 80s) before other arising popular beaches. My parents are not highly educated, hence for older generation like them, Port Dickson might be the only beach they know for a short vacation.
PNB Ilham Resort is one of the hotel located not far away from Port Dickson. It is at the very edge of Cape Rachado. The first impression of its outlook does not appear to be a hotel but more like an apartment.
PNB Ilham Resort 是其中一间距离波德申海滩不远的酒店。它坐落在Cape Rachado的尾端。这酒店的第一印象就是他根本不像一间酒店反而像公寓。
I was again invited with other media members to this event. We were all served with welcome drinks at the lobby upon arrival.
There was some very light snacks that common in Malaysia.
Next, all of us being ushered to go for a lunch at a conference room. A Malay girl stood at the entrance to welcome us. That is not traditional Malay wear...looks like Japanese and Chinese traditional clothes.
|Malay Dish- Ayam Asam Boi, Asam Pedas Ikan Tenggiri, Daging dendeng, Masak Lemak Nangka|
|Malay dish & appetizer- Rendang Udang Serai Wangi, Telur Masin, Ikan Masin, Sayur Masam Pedas|
Our lunch was generally Malay traditional gourmet. The main course was labelled while others were appetizer.
Some desserts at the corner
After lunch, media session began. Hmm...I had no idea what to ask for the conference as I just been here for 1 hour. Previously for media trip I went, the media session was arranged at the end of the day when we knew the hotel better through activities held and the stay.
|llham resort apartment with 3 bedrooms- living room|
I was quite satisfied with the hotel stay. It is an apartment with 3 bedrooms. Each bedroom has attached bathroom. The only thing that we shared were living room, dry kitchen and tv.
It is quite spacious.
For these kind of apartment (not ground floor) with 3 rooms, it costed RM640 + breakfast for 6 persons.
|seaview- Straits of Malacca|
From our apartment at 5th floor, our view from window is spectacular just like the picture above. I like the sea view. The view of swimming pool has been hidden by the leaves of coconut tree. It will be better if the leaves been trimmed down.
This furniture was put at the corner of living room for ironing.
Entering my room, the floor is not carpet but wooden.
It is a shared bedroom with 2 single beds. This is the second biggest room among the 3 rooms.
After checking in to our respective rooms, all of us being called down for some activities.
Instructor of the day gave us some briefing about the activities that we going to join and the safety requirement.
Then, this is the thrilling part- abseiling from the top of this building!I have been told that this is the highest abseiling in Malaysia, 10 floors from the ground.
The view from the top floor
The activities started....I witnessed all of my friends came down one by one bravely...
The view from the top...kinda scary for me.
I already mentioned before I have Acrophobia. I dare not look at him when snapping a picture. I just stretch my hand as far as I could behind the handrail.
There another friend who came down before me...
But somehow when Mr Paun, my new made friend doing it without holding the rope, smiled in front of my camera, I am convinced that the activity is safely conducted.
So in the end, there was only 3 persons at the top floor. Linda,the instructor and I were there when everyone got down already. I was still hesitate of doing it or not. I really want to do but I was quite scared at that moment. Then the instructor said you want to do it? At that time there was no life jacket and safety equipment left. So I simply gave an excuse that there was no life jacket left for me to do it. The next moment he yelled to the crew at the ground to tie the life jacket at the rope and he pulled the rope up. 'Oh no...' I was stunted and thinking I need to do it in the end as he already brought up the equipment!
After he helped me to set up all the safety equipment for me, he just asked me to climb across the handrail and stand there. (when looking down from the top floor, it's kinda scary...so coincidentally captured by Mr Paun. I did not expect him still at the ground when almost everyone gone for tea break) Then the instructor asked me to tilt my body with my leg straight to the wall.
Repeating the same step as others, the instructor asked me to release my left hand to estimate my weight. Then both hand as Mr Paun did. When doing so, my confidence increased. At the half way coming down the rope, I was quite tired of pulling the rope. I tried to jump to fasten but end up swaying left right....lol
Finally I came down safely!
I conquered the fear and successfully completed the 'mission'! I learn a lesson here, the first step to start is always difficult and filled with fear as we unknown the process and scared of failure. But once we brave ourselves to start the first step, it is always not difficult as we thought.
Following next was boating. We tied the boat using the pipe and tires.
This was the seaside in front of the Ilham Resort.
这就是Ilham Resort 前的沙滩。
4 persons in a group to paddle the boat to the stick to get the flag before returning to the seaside.
Well, I tried it as well, but I can tell that it was quite a tough job to paddle the boat. My right hand was so tired paddling halfway to the stick. (I did not train my hand muscles...quite weak in this kind of sport) In the end, we got down to the water and pushed the boat back to the seaside. Luckily the water was shallow (till my knee), if not sure I would be in trouble.
Look deep but shallow...Don't judge the book by its cover
I was the last one came up to the shore...by the time I went back to the field, they already finished untied the boats.
After finished all the activities, we went back to the bedroom for bath. The tower with the blue light is where we done the abseiling.
After dinner, we strolled around and explored the hotel area. This was the reception counter where we checked in and out. PNB Ilham Resort as the very name suggests is Evocation of Inspiration, the architecture is of the Melaka Sultanate and surrounding is beautifully landscaped.
晚餐后，我们在酒店四处闲逛探索。这是刚才我们登记房间和退房的接待处。PNB Ilham Resort 顾名思义就是唤醒灵感，该酒店架构是根据马六甲苏丹时的设计，周围是美丽的园林。
|One of the facilities - snooker in Ilham resort|
It filled with the nostalgic charm yet replete with modern amenities.
|the lobby area of Ilham resort|
Everything looks so vintage, that makes me could not resist to take a photo here.
To be continued...