The Mai Series: Love you to the moon and to Saturn


With the various forms of the Movement Control Order ("MCO") in place since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the inter-state travel ban has been in place more often than not. During Mai's birthday, the ban was still enforced and as such, we (Jasyu and I) had to get creative in the celebration.

Mai had requested for non-city vibes (so demanding right?) but I had the same feeling too. After more than one year of (mostly) being in Kuala Lumpur, you get sick of the concrete jungle. You just want some real jungle, you know?

The night before her birthday, I told her that I would pick her up at 7.30pm and asked her to dress pretty. "Pack an overnight bag. Wear something pretty tomorrow too. Think....beach?"

She had NO IDEA what we had in store for her!

That night, we went to Tamarind Hill, a restaurant in the middle of KL but felt like in the middle of nowhere. All three of us have never been there and so it was a new experience for us. We ordered food like the Malay people we are and had a small celebration with cakes and all.

After dinner, we went to Jasyu's place for a sleepover and planned out to start the next day early.

The first thing we did in the morning was headed to Pantai Remis for breakfast by the beach. There's a weekend market that sells food (amongst other things) and we sat on the rocks while enjoying our breakfast in the breeze. While hanging out, Mai thought we should go to Kenny Hills Bakers for lunch as they had just opened another branch near her place. Jasyu and I agreed with her and off we went.

She thought this was her birthday celebration. HAHAHAHA!
Little did Mai know, we had other plans for her. 

We followed Waze which took us through random roads in the countryside as the main roads were filled with roadblocks we assumed were courtesy of the MCO. When we arrived at the destination, which was a fishing village with loads of huge seafood restaurants, Mai thought maybe we were going to lunch there.

As we were late, I told everyone to grab their things and sprint towards the destination. Lo and behold, we immediately were handed life jackets and we got onto a speed boat. Sumpah, terbeliak mata Mai! She was shocked and had absolutely NO IDEA what was going on. 

We arrived what is known as Sky Mirror, a huge sandbank near Kampung Sasaran, Kuala Selangor, when the tide was still high and the waters were about knee-high. With our own eyes, we witnessed the water level go down and a huge island of sand appeared. Subhanallah. 

 “And the Earth, We spread it out, and cast therein firmly set mountains and We have made to grow therein of all beautiful kinds; to give sight and as a reminder to every servant who turns to Allah.” 
(Al-Qur'an, 50:7-8)

The photographer was really fun and took loads of photos for us. I told them that it was Mai's birthday, so the team all wished her too. Good job, Sky Mirror Fun Life! The photographer also acted as a tour guide and explained to us the size of the sandbank (which is up to 100 football fields) and how the moon influences the tide, and as such the sandbank's appearances. So it's not available everyday. They do have a calendar on their website together with the timing for the tour.

Overall, the three of us had an amazing time! Thank you, girls, for always being up for an adventure. It was something all of us needed. And happy birthday, Mai. Hope you enjoyed this one!


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