Thursday, May 17, 2007

Island Hopping

Sunset at Koh Cheuk, Trang, Southern Thailand, Dec 2002

The lunch time topic somehow ended up revolving around islands... someone asked me how many times I've been to Perhentian... so this got me reflecting on the all the islands that I've ever been to in my life. Islands have a special place in my heart... Ahhhh... OK, enough, stop dreaming...

Pulau Pangkor, 1974, now and then, 1992, 1993, 1995, 2000

Pulau Langkawi, occasionally, most recently 1999

Singapore, 1976, lived there for 1 year, visited now and then, most recently 1998

Borneo, 1980, lived there for 5 years, visited many times thereafter

Pulau Gaya, 1984, 1991

Pulau Manukan, 1984, 1991

Pulau Sapi, 1984, 1991, 2005

Hong Kong, 1985

Long Island, 1987

Manhattan, 1987

Britain, 1987

Pulau Sembilan, 1992

Vancouver Island, 1998

Taiwan, 1998 but only on transit in the airport

Penang, too many times to remember, CNY visit almost every year

Pulau Perhentian, 1992, 1995, 1998, 2002 (3 times), 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006

Pulau Redang, 2000, 2001, 2004

Pulau Dayang/Aur, 2002, 2003

Koh Wan, Koh Mah, Koh Cheuk, 2002

Pulau Tenggol, 2003

Pulau Mabul, 2005

Pulau Sipadan, 2005

Bali, 2005

Pulau Tioman, 2005 (2 times), 2006, all trips to Tioman were for work

Pulau Lang Tengah, 2006

Putrajaya Core Island, numerous times

Pulau Layang-Layang, 2008?

Sulawesi, 2009?

Maldives, 2009?

Palau, 2010?

Pulau Tikus, but that's not really an island.

The LORD reigns, let the earth rejoice;
Let the many islands be glad.

Psalm 97


Guat said...

whoa, you've sure been to many places.. *jealous* only islands i've been to are pangkor (since it's so near home), penang, singapore, borneo, NZ, UK & Oz (but only on flight stopover :p). hope to add one more to the list this year - Insyallah...

Paul said...

So you are now officially and "Islander" ! :-)
You should also take up the ukelele and go tour the Pacific Islands ... Polynesian and Isles.

HL said...

guat: Technically speaking, Oz is a continent, a very very very big island. There are so many islands in our backyard, we should make full use of them. :)

paul: Yea, haha, I think I'll start building my wooden raft. I forgot to mention Papua New Guinea.

James Yeang said...

Dang, that's a heck of a lot of islands man

HL said...

Yeah, I need my annual dose of vitamin sea...

Anonymous said...

there are TWO “pulau tikus-es” in Penang

one of them IS actually an island ( a kayak-able distance off the batu feringghi/ tg bungah coast )

HL said...

Thanks for the information. I shall update my geodatabase accordingly.

Anonymous said...

Speechless and super jealous.

enn@j said...

pulau tikus is an island :) a shocker to you? On your way up to batu feringgi the next time when crossing the penang swimming club and look towards the sea. It's the small island with a small lighthouse. That's pulau tikus!