|Langkawi, April 2008||
|Back in Langkawi from Thailand, my sister Sarah, her husband, Jonathan and their sons, George (11) and Justin (9) flew from London, to visit us. They stayed at the Westin, which was the same resort that Jim's sisters stayed. After our quick trip toThailand, it was nice to relax by a lovely swimming pool and inside an air conditioned room. Instead of two adjoining rooms they were upgraded to a beautiful villa, with its own swimming pool. Plenty of room for everyone. The children enjoyed visiting the Kids Club again, so did the adults! With the cousins came some wonderful presents that Phoebe and Drake enjoyed opening. It is always nice to have surprises and receive things that we can not find here. Blue Sky was anchored a short kayak ride away from the hotel, once aboard the children enjoyed jumping off the surf boards.|
| Every night we sought out different restaurants, and found some wonderful food. Above we enjoy dinner at Charlie's Place located next to the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club. There is a variety of food in Malaysia ranging from Chinese, Thai, Indian, Western and Malay. At some places it would be cheaper to eat out than make your own, plus you don't have to do the dishes. The eight of us could eat and have beers for 100 ringits, around $35 US. The more expensive would be 150 ringits.
In the heat of the day the children would play at the kids club, which had a play station and arts and crafts. Afterwards we would take pleasure in a swim and drinks at the Villa. The sisters try very hard to relax by the pool . The children have a good time going for dinghy rides, as well as scurfing on a long board behind the dinghy.
One day we took everyone for a day sail over to Pantai Cenang. There was a small swell so the boogy boards came out. It was difficult to get Phoebe and Justin out of the water, they were having so much fun.
|Around the corner from the hotel was a deserted beach which we explored one day via dinghy. Two sticks and two boys make for a wonderful imagination. We have learned that boys only need a stick, a line and a rock and they are happy. April is the transition season, so the sun shines during the day and in the afternoon/pm thunderstorms would roll in. When it rains, it rains! The children enjoyed playing and swimming in the down pours. Why not, they are already wet.
Phoebe joined Sarah and I for happy hour at the resort. The following day Sarah, Justin, Phoebe and I took the Cable Car to the top of Gunung Machinchang (708m). The views were magnificent, just behind Phoebe and Justin is Koh Lipe, Thailand.
|At the top of the mountain is a suspension bridge over a gorge. Sarah, Justin and Phoebe appear to be walking on air. You can see the anchorage and Marina at Telaga Harbour, and the waterfalls at seven wells. The cable car takes you on a vertiginous trip and coming down is quite exhilarating. Phoebe mentioned she had butterflies in her tummy.|
|A banana split treat is devoured once we make it back down and Justin and Phoebe spend time feeding the bunnies carrots in the petting zoo.
Dinner that evening was at Wonderland, a great chinese seafood restaurant. Justin holds up the huge shrimp that was served with a garlic butter sauce, delicious. One of the waiters was a fantastic cartoonist, and drew a picture of Phoebe and Justin.
|The two families pose by the pool top and bottom. Every afternoon the resort would have happy hour and one special cocktail, Sarah and Jonathan try the melon martini, while George tries to sneak a sip. Justin, Drake, Phoebe and George in the lobby the following day saying our good-byes. Next stop for the Wilsons' is Japan then back to London.
Upon their departure we took Blue Sky to her home for the next six months, Rebak Marina. Phoebe is sitting on the surf boards in our berth. We are safely out of the Cyclone belt, however, this marina was destroyed during the Tsunami. Time to catch up on school work and get Blue Sky ready to cross the Indian Ocean.