I know this is long overdue... but I guess better late than never! There are so many other trips that I have yet to document but I promised I will make more time to write.
I found it so wonderful that some of the trips that I've written down on this blog actually came in handy! A friend of a friend was planning a trip to Sri Lanka and when they asked me, I actually had the whole trip reference written! Oh yes, it includes my experience, prices, the places and how to get there!
This is our 2nd year anniversary, 20th December, and Christmas is just around the corner. We decided to go to Hong Kong! Why Hong Kong? I don't know, why not! I remembered coming here for Christmas some 10 years ago with ONLY light clothing, you know the kind you bring to a beach holiday. Well, it's 15 degrees! I am a tropical girl, so 15 degrees is freezing cold for me!
Here we are, just arrived in HK airport. It's 18 degrees and I came prepared!
P/S: I know I look like a Christmas tree, I thought it was a good idea, but apparently not.
Back from Shenzhen, freshen up and ready to hit the town. ALRIGHT! I have to say that I am super in love with this hotel! Gloucester Hotel is a four-star hotel located in the commercial and business hub, Wan Chai. It is super cozy and elegant! Hubby definitely chose the right place!
The area is very lively and has many restaurants, clubs, and pubs. We had Indonesian food and just walked around the area and to Lee Hung Avenue to see the fake snow. It is super crowded, well it is Christmas!
The next day, my auntie invited us for a Christmas dinner at her home in Lantau Island. We had a bit of time so we went out early to discover more places.
We walked from our hotel to Tama Park and Victoria Harbour then to the pier to take the ferry. It was a long walk, and I am soooo glad I wore my Sketchers
(i promised i will get rid of my boots!). The skyline is sooo beautiful! Arguably better than Singapore!
I can safely say that Turquoise is my current favourite color. I don't know, maybe because i was inspired from my recent trip to Krabi Island? When I think about the colour turquoise, I immediately envision myself lounging by the beach, feet buried in the warm sand, sipping a refreshingly cold mango blended juice. The colour's soothing nature reminds me of the cool sea breeze that would so often embrace me whenever I am at the beach.
Turquoise is an easy shade to work indoor. Adding this vibrant hue will instantly make any interior space pop and feels airy and refreshing. Nothing beats the calming, yet unpredictable foamy white waves that seems to be playing peek-a- boo amid the sparkling blue sea which changes shades, reflecting the sky.
Like most of us dreamers who can't afford a luxury villa by the beach yet, why not create a living room that transports us to that atmosphere once you set your foot into your nest? This gave birth to my humble version of Poseidon's realm with a feminine touch. An accurate depiction of the sea can only be done with the shades of the colour cyan, a greenish blue, a mixture of the sky's reflection and the sea algae.
Amongst the shades of cyan, my favourite was turquoise as it is an eye-catching exquisite colour with a complex character, though soothingly simple when used interior designing. The centrepiece would be a white couch with its matching pillows where I can imagine myself to be laying on the sandy beach
when I plop myself on it after a hard day at work.
My feet would brush across the smooth, furry aero blue carpet as I reached for my juice on a shiny marble white diamond-like coffee table. My gaze would then lay upon a beautiful seashell underwater 100% handmade oil painting that complements the interior of a coral-shaped blue-green single-seater, an oblong-shape, antique-looking cabinet of the same colour and ornamental pieces such as seashells, golden, imperfect pots, golden leave and an exotic table lamp, all of which looks like the treasure of the sea after an adventurous voyage.
We are all dreamers aren't we? But with a little imagination, this can all be reality.
Read about our Krabi Adventure Here! www.nadyasalim.com/home/feel-the-thunder-company-trip-krabi-island-p1
Sometimes I wonder why I deserve so much goodness in my life. I am so blessed with good people around me. It was too quick of a trip considering we just came back from our Hong Kong trip, but we figured this is the best time for us to celebrate our hard work for 2017. So this is us cranky at 7 am in Krabi! Woohoo!
First things first, we put our bags in the hotel and we are ready to roll. The best thing about Krabi is that most of the food here is Halal. Not surprising as they are about 40% of the Muslim population. Here we are just strolling around Ao Nang Beach. Basically the most touristy area. You know I used to like to go to the off beaten track or where the locals eat out or hang out, but certain trips especially the short ones, like this, I feel that the best things of what a place can offer are usually at the touristic area. I mean they put in a lot of effort to make these places beautiful and offer us the best hospitality and service. So why go somewhere else? (Debatable I know)
I think that I've matured along the years to enjoy better things in life, even if it cost a bit more. Anyway!
I haven't showered since last night, so the best way to cover up is with a cowboy hat, big sunglasses and of course red lipstick.
This is Noy, my bestie who is also our official Thai tour guide (hehe!). This is her doing her magic at the counter. As this is only a 4 days trip, we just want to be cool and relax and maybe just a day on Island Hopping.
As most of us were tired that day, we just decide to go out for drinks (and eat lots of banana pancake) at a nice restaurant with a live band, while Ashraf decides to stay in. Boo. Tomorrow, Island Hopping!
Today we started the day at 7 am! Oh, yea. Island hopping to 4 islands. Honey, one English breakfast with orange juice before we go, please! Here we are now in the pickup truck heading to the meeting point where our boat awaits.
The first stop was Phi Phi Island, we all know this is where The Beach was shot, but let me tell you now and you deserve to know. The most beautiful paradise, with crystal clear water and the white sandy beach, has turned into an overpopulated tourist attraction. There is nothing to do here other than people watching. I remembered I came here more than 11 years ago (how old am I again?) and it was nice and peaceful. What happened to this paradise? I guess us being here...we are part of the problem.
Some cool shots taken from hubby's phone.
We didn't take many photos after the first island. The rest of the other islands we visited were not as crowded, but still beautiful nonetheless. We swam, snorkeled and stopped over for a good lunch. That pretty much takes up most of our energy. But with this crazy clan, it was all fun and laughter.
Like a clockwork, we are back to our hotel at 5 pm. The day is still so early, so we decide to freshen up and play a little dressed up with our cool braids and golden freckles, and we are ready to paint the town red. Just FYI, my version of paint the town red is to stuff our face and play cards. Preferably with a banana pancake with lots of Nutella. That pretty much sums up our day!
BY THE WAY, WHY DOES NOY ALWAYS LOOK SO PRETTY!!?
We rest really well last night, and only discussed our next adventure for the trip at noon. We asked around and brochures after brochures later, we finally decide that our next adventure will be to Railay Beach. Free & Easy, this is always the best. No schedule, no time constraint.
So we took a longtail boat by the pier to go to Railay Beach. It probably took us about 15 minutes and 60 baht per pax to get there.
This is us... excited and happy when we first arrived. But what happened next was unexpected!
You guess it right! It rained cats and dogs! We didn't take any pictures for obvious reasons, but it was the best time I had in a long time! We realized later that the last boat heading to Krabi is halt and will only resume the next day because of the heavy rain!
So we were kinda stuck, but let's worry about that later!
Swimming and meditating in the rain is so much for fun! !
This is the last picture I took after my batt went completely flat. Soaking wet from the rain, with no backup plan, no boat to bring us back, no cash and no place to stay, we figured we are going to make the best of our situation. Luckily, on the other side of this island (within walking distance), there is an ATM.
After searching for a place to stay for the night, we finally found huts for rent. Considering that we are stuck, we ended up renting 3 rooms, checking in at midnight and leaving at 7 am in the morning. We didn't have much of a choice, but it was a well-needed rest.
Secretly, I was really excited waking up on this island. I remembered coming here 11 years ago. It was nothing like before, this paradise used to be so quite with just occasional restaurants and nice accommodation, now it is more developed, with many touristic shops, bars etc. Now we even had to queue to buy banana pancakes.
So today, oh yea. We are going to Phra Nang beach, located near Railay East. It just within walking distance from Railay West. it is more popular and busier than Railay West during high season. With duvet-soft white sand, crystal clear water, coral reef, and caves, Ao Phra Nang is the perfect beach.
My favorite picture of me taken in 2007.
It's almost noon, time to head back to the main island, packed up and back to reality!
Finally, our long awaited trip with mon amour is here!
After about 3 hours flight, we reached Colombo airport at 11 pm. The plan is to wait till the sunrise as there is nothing much to do here in Colombo in the wee hours. We knew we had to wait as well as our friends, Siham and Matthias from Paris will be reaching about 4 am. With absolutely nothing to do or eat, It is no wonder that there is many tourist and backpackers were sleeping on the floor in the airport. John Green said it is the best thing to do. I make use of time of my time preparing a little gift for Siham and Matthias. Celebrating our many trips together since 2009.
It says, "Meet me halfway" (not literally as it took them more than 1 day including transit to get here from Paris! hehe)
After more than 24 hours of no sleep and 8 hours of waiting in the airport, we ended up at the Negombo Fish Market at 6 am in the most brutal and shocking way (literally). We are in another world. Welcome to Sri Lanka!
Earlier on before our trip, we managed to book a nice place for our stay. Washed up, put on fresh new clothes and we are ready to explore Negombo Town. Today, we decided to have a fancy big seafood dinner! Well, because we deserve it!
And so.. the adventure continues...