Phuket 2014

This December I spent spent 4 days in another country ; Thailand. Do I love Thailand? Yes I do. Why? Because I like the way they talk. They’re so soft spoken and growing up in a tropical weather, everything was amazing.

Day 1.

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/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/23c/3134152/files/2014/12/img_2976.jpgI love my hotel room view. Everything about Hilton Arcadia was breath-taking. The hotel consists of two lobbies and 4 swimming pools with the beach behind the hotel.

The day of our arrival, we got to watch the Simon Cabaret shows./home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/23c/3134152/files/2014/12/img_3010.jpg

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/23c/3134152/files/2014/12/img_3012.jpgWhat I love about the show is the costumes. They were colourful and filled with sparkles.

As my uncle didn’t want to call it a night, we ended up filling our night with the night life of Patong Beach.

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/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/23c/3134152/files/2014/12/img_3015.jpgWe even appeared on a huge screen. Patong Beach was a street that was filled with strip clubs, bars and street performances. It was loud, colourful and it screams ‘alive’ in every direction you turn to. The ambience was lively and there was the smell of local food lingered in the air.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/23c/3134152/files/2014/12/img_3018.jpgIt was my first time sitting a Tuk-Tuk. It was like an open air taxi in Thailand and I waved at random strangers while the cool night breeze ran through my hair. The hotel even looked more beautiful at night.

Day 2

I woke up early and I spent 2 hours at the breakfast buffet spread.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/23c/3134152/files/2014/12/img_3222.jpgThen we spent 6 hours in the beach. I managed to walk to one end of the beach and the other half, I couldn’t because it was too far. I also managed to make my whole entire body into the same shade of colour. I’m now loving my tan πŸ˜‰ The beach was filled with people and maybe it’s me but I love the heat that the sun brought to the sand underneath my toes. It was as if the beach was giving me its warm and comfortable welcome.

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/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/23c/3134152/files/2014/12/img_3153.jpgThe night we went to FantaSea. FantaSea is the largest theatrical development of its kind in Thailand and the first to successfully merge Thai culture with sophisticated show technology, inspiring many other companies to follow their lead while continuing to set the standard for the highest level of entertainment quality in the region.

Here’s to all the albino animals :

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/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/23c/3134152/files/2014/12/img_3157.jpgI sang ’12 Days of Christmas’ to these doves these were so puffed up with their feathers.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/23c/3134152/files/2014/12/img_3156.jpgI’ve never seen a white peacock before until I went to FantaSea and I was pretty shocked that there was suck a thing as ‘White Peacock’ as I only grew up looking at the coloured one in bird parks and zoos.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/23c/3134152/files/2014/12/img_3158.jpgI was also told that these were how pelicans slept. With their beaks tucked into their feathers.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/23c/3134152/files/2014/12/img_3166.jpgThe famous white tiger who opened its blue eyes and if you look closely, it’s winking at you playfully πŸ˜‰

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These are the famous Mekong Catfish that is facing extinction. To be honest, I was fooled thinking they were sharks until my brother told me they were catfish that can grow into giants and probably happily swallow me without any hesitation.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/23c/3134152/files/2014/12/img_3172.jpgThis is the “Palace of Elephants’ which is the theater where we watched an amazing cultural along with animal show. The show lasted for an hour and a half and the one thing that we were amazed was how the chickens could run form one of the stage to the other end straightly, without being distracted by anything. It was that very moment that we knew that chickens can be trained. The stage was filled with 15 elephants, goats, buffaloes, chickens, doves, performers and illuminated acrobats.

Day 3.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/23c/3134152/files/2014/12/img_3182.jpgMy breakfast view. I was so in love with the birds chirping and the smell of toast.

We went to the Phang Nga Bay for our island hopping adventures./home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/23c/3134152/files/2014/12/img_3509.jpgHere’s to the GoPro that I took care like my life depended on it. Hello dear readers πŸ˜€

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/23c/3134152/files/2014/12/img_3511.jpgI found love in sailing on the boat that we went on ; The wind and the drips of salt water on your skin.

Jo and I shared a canoe together and we were the first.

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/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/23c/3134152/files/2014/12/img_3520.jpgWe made friends with an American and an English man. We even managed to touch a jellyfish too (Pictures above). We went into caves with diamond like walls and marveled at Mother Nature’s beauty around the limestone caves.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/23c/3134152/files/2014/12/img_3517.jpgBehind the scenes of all my GoPro shots. We were really happy making jokes with our canoe man.

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Shout out the coolest canoe man feat. my weird long legs. Dear Rim, I’ve heard men singing on Gondolas but I’ve never met a canoe man who would pick up a live jellyfish to let us touch it and who taught us how to speak a full sentence in Thai which was ‘I want to eat’. Thank you being a little crazy during our canoe ride, learning Mandrin with us and having a mini canoe water war with the other canoes.

After the canoeing, it was time to visit Ko Tapu (also as known as James Bond Island).

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Behind me stand Ko Tapu, a limestone rock standing at 20 metres tall.Β A local legend explains the formation of Ko Tapu as follows. Once upon a time, there lived a fisherman who used to bring home many fish every time he went to the sea. However, one day he could not catch any fish despite many attempts and only picked up a nail with his net. He kept throwing the nail back into the sea and catching it again. Furious, he took his sword and cut the nail in half with all his strength. Upon impact, one half of the nail jumped up and speared into the sea, forming Ko Tapu.

James Bond : The Man With The Golden Gun was filmed here where Roger Moore played as Mr. Bond then. The island was crowded tourists and I stood by the beach looking at the limestone rock. The view behind me might look like a wallpaper that looking at the pictures, it was really beautiful.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/23c/3134152/files/2014/12/img_3524.jpgHello from Thailand from all us to you. We were the only Malaysians on board and spoke in Bahasa Melayu so no one would understand us. Here’s to many more travels together filled with food, laughter and happiness.

Phuket, Thailand, you’ve been great to me. It was a much needed holiday for me as I needed to get away from the hassle. Thank you for the warm hospitality, the busy streets, the wonderful weather and the delicious food. You’ve made my year, Phuket. I laughed so much on this trip that it felt good to be happy. To the sun when I was at Karon beach, thank you for being blazing hot that day to the temperature that I loved so much.

My skin and I thank you for making my body tan and the wind that you brought with you. The warm, soft sand underneath my toes and the bright blue sky above my head. I will be back some day or I may visit a new place but until then, bye Thailand. I will see you real soonΒ β™₯

When life give you lemons, you pack your bags, go to another country, learn their language, be friends with the locals, do back flip somersaults off a boat and get a tan. Oh! And live in your swimsuits, shorts, cut off shirts and flip flops.
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