Sunbathe, swimming, spiders and sparkles

Trip Start Sep 15, 2012
Trip End May 01, 2013

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Flag of Malaysia  , Kedah,
Saturday, January 19, 2013

After a lovely lie in we peeled back the curtains to see a spangly shiny bright day before us and with a quick breakfast of muesli and chilli noodles we headed out of the door to check out the swimming pool. Instead of the hike Sam had indicated, we found it literally over a small ornate bridge just outside the hotel and on turning the corner we were faced with a small but well formed glisteny blue pool all to ourselves!

Like hawks (German ones...) we nabbed two sun loungers and spread ourselves out for the day. The following four hours went blissfully by with a mixture of rotisserying (sic) ourselves in the sun and swimming intermittently to cool off in between rotations. It was somewhere in between reading a chapter of Flowers in the Attic and overdosing on Vitamin D that Vikki contemplated how lucky we were to have the opportunity to go on an adventure like this and Paula contemplated how beautiful our new Smurf and Angry Bird flip flops were.

Our skin couldn't take anymore crispy duck so we decided to put our livers to the test and headed to the duty free shop where we purchased alcohol and tobacco without the burden of Government taxes. It was on the way to the duty free shop where we were faced with a little bit more SE Asian animal cruelty as a small boy wielding a snake was thrusting it at Burka clad women until tourists paid for the priviledge of another plate mounted family portrait for their mantel piece. To balance this up, you could also have a picture of the family riding on a emaciated pony complete with trap whose only joy was that it was no longer tethered to a post in the 35 degree heat. With this in mind we decided we might like to have one of the locals sit in the midday sun and pencil a characature of us kicking the cruel masters in the goolies at some point.

Returning to the hotel we passed the Segway kiosk where Vikki suggested at some point we should mix things up a little by doing a Segway pub crawl around the fish ponds and over the ornamental bridges picking up a cold beer each time we passed the duty free shop! We agreed that 50 laps should do it...

All showered and spruced up in the evening we had made the decision to go for a civilised meal at the only decent restaurant in the village. With a table for two we sat down for some Japanese cuisine and were faced with the following; 1. Vikki had to break the trance like stare of the waiter by calling him over to serve (or even aknowledge) us. 2. Waiter arrived and was mute (not literally!). We weren't sure if he understood, or even cared, what we would like for dinner. 3. We ordered a bottle of sparkly which he apparently didn't have so he jumped on his scooter and disappeared for a considerable amount of time leaving us completely alone until he returned clutching one he had borrowed from another hotel! 4. We were joined by a most unwelcome dinner guest - an ugly looking black and white spider of no small size had found a comfy spot on Vikki's shoulder and stopped Paula mid sentence by sticking it's tongue out at her! Paula tried to remain calm but had drained of colour and, with her tongue sticking to the roof of her mouth, told Vikki "Don't look but brush your right shoulder" (with motion). Vikki had frozen at the smell of Paula's fear so with a deft swipe of her napkin Paula flicked the evil beast to the floor where the waiter followed up with the side of his boot exclaiming with a grin "Lots of nature here..." - not quite what we had expected but our unwanted dinner guest had left us to eat in peace.

With all this said our food arrived and it was absolutely delicious. Melt in the mouth tuna sushimi and warm salty edamame followed by teriyaki salmon and strips of sizzling beef served on an iron platter. Yum!

We headed back to watch Legends of Fight, an Asian mixed martial arts championship, on the TV and prepared for another hectic day in paradise tomorrow... 

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annewardell on

Do the chilli noodles make the milk on your muesli go a funny colour??! Xxxx

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