Desaru 2016, a city-break

Hi all!

Following the end of my finals, the beginning of the month saw my family heading down to Desaru for a day trip. Known for its pristine beaches, we made a quick pitstop at the Lotus Desaru Beach Resort to take a look at the coastline that bordered the South China Sea. The waters were pretty clear but the high temperature that day forced us into a quick retreat intoย the shade. The sand was literally burning.

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From the beach, we drove down to the ostrich farm, where tickets were priced at 15 RM for an adult. Once we were through the gates, we were treated to an exhibition of “cracking” the ostrich egg. But really, it was more like hammering a small hole in with a nail. There was then a call for the audience to pay and try an ostrich omelette. Did you know, an ostrich egg could serve up to 7 omelettes? Interesting eh… Also, when their beaks are orange-red, the ostrich is a male, while female beaks areย grey.

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After having the omelette and a cup of coffee (ah~), we went to Jade Garden resort for lunch. The restaurant was only a short 3 to 5 minutes drive down from the ostrich farm. I would highly recommend coming here for the fish! Haha, super fresh and well-priced. We had a grouper (slightly more than 1 kg) for only 80 RM! Lunch was super good and it was accompanied by the sudden downpour, which brought some reprieve from the heat (even though we were in an air-conditioned room, lol).

Despite the on-going light drizzle as we left the restaurant, we decided to head down to Desaru fruit farm, in hopes that the rain has not hit the area yet. Entrance fee to this place was 25 RM/adult pax. While there were some interesting plant varieties here, most were left out by the plantation guide in favour of more tropically known fruit plants like the banana or papaya plants, to better entertain the children within the tour group.

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The animal farm located within the fruit farm was definitely an unexpected surprise, although the rabbits there were pretty sad. Especially one which was released from its cage to “interact” with the tourists. But it was so scared that it was shivering non-stop. Sigh… Even seeing the lone monkey in its small little cage made me feel so sad and guilty. But maybe because I’m used to the cage-less concept in the Singapore Zoo, seeing animals in a caged enclosure just makes everything seemed so wrong.

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But till the next post, bye!

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