Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Malaysia 2017 - Langkawi

This is what to expect: hot climate, friendly people and excellent food.
Our trip was split up into two different places, one was a more relaxed country side and the other was a busy bustling city, Langkawi and Kuala Lumpur.

Langkawi

Monkeys came to say Hello
Langkawi was beautiful. It was peaceful and calming and serene and just so lovely. I liked it because it wasn't too busy but equally, it wasn't too quiet. We stayed in a chalet and the feel of the whole place was welcoming and friendly.

The people in Langkawi were especially friendly and this definitely makes any stay more positive. The resort we stayed at was very accommodating. We were on the coast in a rainforest and that meant we got to see monkeys! Real life, wild and slightly intimidating, brave and also reckless and very greedy monkeys. Nevertheless, we didn't have any trouble/negative encounters with these monkeys. There was a time where I saw a monkey sat on a bin that was made of stone, legs wide open on the edges and then yanked the lid off, tossed it to the side and, well, the monkey rustled through the bin very happily.

There were so many things to do in Langkawi and we did mostly everything. There were a few things we were unable to do because of timings but we did manage to cover nearly everything that was available to us.
Crocodile Cave 

Things to do whilst in Langkawi:
  • Go island hopping on a jet ski. This was amazing because - well we went fast but we could stop to appreciate the views whenever we wanted. It was also a lot of fun!
  • As well as island hopping, you can also go on a boat tour and also tour the islands.
 Fish
  • Mangrove tour: Appreciate nature even more by going on a mangrove tour - we did meet some people who decided to give this a miss but I'm really glad we didn't. On the tour we got to see monkeys, coral fish, bats- we walked through a bat cave, crabs and many more that were in their natural habitat. We went Eagle feeding and that was exciting because see you to see the birds directly above you!
Bird in a bag
  • There was a wildlife park we went to which was fun and would be ideal for a family day out. There were areas where you could touch the animals and feed them, and at one point, a bird hijacked our food bag - I'm not kidding. The bird jumped onto Mr F's shoulders, and then fell, deliberately, head first into the food bag. He put the bag down and the bird climbed out with a full mouth. This was a little scary but also fascinating - the bird must have been scoping for the right moment!!
View from the Cable Car
  • Langkawi Cable Car/SkyCab: This is a major attraction in Langkawi and lucky for us we lived round the corner from it! It's in Oriental Village - a place with food and shopping and a few museum/exhibitions too. The views from the cable car were fantastic and we were lucky as the it was a clear day. It was windy as we got to the top!! The Sky Bridge is also with the cable cars and this, again, has amazing views!
  • Whilst we were in the cable car, we saw a beautiful waterfall! There are a few hidden waterfalls in Langkawi that are stunning.
    Eagle Square 
  • I would highly recommend going to the Night Market at least once whilst in Langkawi. We found out about the Night Market by looking at the map we were given! Each day, there is a market in a different part of town in the evening. Here, you can buy local food at super reasonable prices and also clothes. I was more into the food and let me tell you, it was delicious! I was so busy looking at everything that I only took one photo! Something I regret to this day. There was so much going on and the smells were amazing! They cook it right in front of you and everything was so fresh! You must take a look yourself and try the food.
  • Eagle Square and Pantai Cenang: Eagle Square houses the famous Langkawi Eagle about to take flight. Pantai Cenang is a beach and just behind the beach is a street, like a high street, where there are many food places and shopping areas.
  • One final thing I would recommend is going to the fruit farm. There, we saw fresh fruit growing and we also got to taste some too!
There are many other things that one can do whilst in Langkawi - including shopping in the local busy streets, going to the Batik museums, beaches and also visiting mosques! I just don't have enough blog space to write it all!

Have you been to Langkawi or planning to go?

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Sunday, 2 July 2017

Journey to Malaysia 2017

So one day after our wedding, my other-half and I got on the plane to Malaysia. We started off the journey absolutely knackered and that's the way we stayed for the next day or so. When I say absolutely knackered, I say it because we had a few days worth of mini events that happened before the wedding day(s). My family had come around mid-week before the wedding and people had been popping in during that time anyway. It was so good to have the family round. There aren't many times that we see everyone - weddings and funerals are the two main occasions that bring people together. I much prefer weddings.

Anyway, these days consisted of food, lots of laughter and late nights and alhamdulillah, everything went well.

Our journey started with an early morning start (like seriously early) and we made our way to the airport. How we even made it to the airport I still do not know but it turns out that, together, we aren't too bad at timings and making plans come together - even if they are at crazy times in the morning when people normally sleep. Alone, I'd definitely have made it to the airport but it would have been a struggle for me - I don't do mornings, not going to lie.

Foot Selfie in the Airport
We got to the airport in good time and were ready to board the flight that would get us to Malaysia...eventually, via Dubai. It was LONG but not as long as it could have been - if we were flying to Australia it would have been a whole lot worse.

The flight to Dubai was as one would expect. The plane had that slightly unpleasant plane food smell during meal times but otherwise, all was as it should have been. It took off later than planned and that meant that by the time we landed in Dubai and made our way to the next plane, it was time to board...perfect.

When we were boarding our next flight we actually met some people we knew - turned out they were on the same plane as we were the whole time! It was super weird seeing them sitting there on a different continent and even weirder when they told us they were on our flight. Freaky!

Oh well, all I could think was Malaysia here we come!!

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Friday, 16 June 2017

Fever Season


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Hay fever sucks. Every year in the summer since I can remember I've been battling this allergy - boy does it suck. Unfortunately there's no cure but thankfully there is medication that helps to calm my symptoms down a little...a little.

I have found the solution to my problem but it proves to be an expensive one  - to go on holiday exactly when my hay fever starts for the whole of hay fever season. That way, if I'm away for the time my allergy level is high, I'd miss it.

Sadly for me I can't do this every year for reasons that would go on for days so I'll have to plough through it. What a shame!

Nevertheless, there are still many things one can enjoy - ice cream being one of them.

Do you have hay fever? Know someone who does?
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Tuesday, 30 May 2017

It's Hot and It's Cold

It smells like it's going to rain. I hope it does and helps to cool things down a little. The other day I decided that I'd like to go somewhere cold because I quite like cold weather.

I met Kylo Ren
- this photo makes my arm look weirdly long.
So there I am in winter wanting to wear my sandals and in summer wanting to wear my boots. This made me stop and think and realise how ungrateful I sounded. I'm fortunate enough to live in a county where we get pretty decent summers and decent winters, yet I'm always finding something wrong in these months. It's too hot, not hot enough, too cold, I have no summer clothes or I have no winter clothes, I want more of something or less of another thing. Unbelievably selfish sounding right now. I'm not too bad, even though what you just read sounds quite bad. It's just sometimes I get, like most people I expect, a bit of a moan and groan feeling. 

But I've come to realise that what I was moaning and groaning about wasn't really worth the moan and groan. It wasn't worth any time at all because I have so so so many more things to be grateful about. We all do. So I've decided to just enjoy everything, appreciate things more and make the most of moments.

Comes at a good time really because it's Ramadan and I'm more than happy to add 'be more grateful' to my list.

Be more grateful, appreciate things more, say thank you and Alhamdulillah.

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

To Know

We all know people in different ways and the people that know you well enough can often look at something and it'll make them think of you. Like your sense of style, or love of something particular - like wearing boots, lipstick, eating cheese, anything.

I can go out with my friends and they can immediately tell me if something I like, for example a top, would suit me. In fact, they'll probably pick something before I do and show me because they know I'd like it. They know me well. At first I was never sure if that was a good thing because I knew people who would say 'oh that is so you' because they didn't actually like the thing. It was a nicer way for them to say that 'I don't like it but I'm not honest enough to tell you that'. In my head I would be thinking - 'What?! Am I that predictable?! Should I take this as a compliment or be offended?' But now I can tell if they genuinely think that it's nice or are just being nice. I think it comes with time but mostly it comes with not caring much.

What I love is that feeling when I see something and immediately I think of a friend. I love seeing little reminders of people and being able to pick something they'd like. I admit I can't do it for everyone, there are some people I've known my whole life or longer than others and picking a gift for them is so HARD. It takes ages and ages and sometimes when I do finally pick something, I'm still not sure!

What's amazing tho, I mean it's taken me some time to see it in this way, is that feeling of acceptance. Having people who know you well and knowing people who you know well, in a way, means they've accepted you for who you are, including the weird and wonderful. It means you can be comfortable with yourself, your sense of style and have fun!

Have you found this place yet? I know it'll come along soon.

My advice: get to know people. It's quite wonderful.

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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Turkey 2016 #2

So I actually sat down and wrote a whole post out about Turkey but then decided to scarp it all. Yes, I deleted the whole thing. The thing is, I liked my photos but I wasn't really happy with what I'd written. Therefore I ditched the whole thing and am letting you all see some photos instead. Feel free to have a nose, after all, a picture is worth a thousand words!

Pirate Ships 
The open road
A traditional house 
#views
Jeep Safari
Dinner Restaurant 
Castle
I like taking photos of roads
Local sellers 
Shoe rack outside mosque 
Manavgat
Minaret of the oldest mosque in Alanya

Straw and sand 
The Hamam - Turkish bath
A sign in the market
Camels

Do you like taking photos? Have you got any you'd like to share? Share them! Any questions? Ask them!

Alanya was truly very beautiful.
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