Idyllic beach walk - 7th May 2015

Have been giving some thought to the relocation dilemma of the less adventurous. Stephen and Colleen address this well in their book in so much that whenever one relocates it does not have to be forever. It might be for a year or 10 years. Who knows and who needs to know! I think if one gets to over thinking and over planning a move you might never do it.

Early morning beach walk

Early morning beach walk

Today is about this idyllic beach. Our early morning walk was sensational once again as those suffering Tropical Lassitude arise late! We had the beach virtually to ourselves as we strolled past clusters of white shells that we suspect break down to form the pearly white sand. At the far end we gazed up over the sea to the mountains that we were on with our Sky Cab and Sky Bridge visit. They seemed to rise straight out of the Andaman Sea and the tiny white specs of the cable car top stations were clearly visible like a tiny blob of icing on a cake. It reminded us of the white houses on the cliffs at Santorini when seen from the ocean below.

Have just walked down to withdraw some cash to pay for our Shore stay in Melaka. I have struck a problem here as before we left Australia we prudently reduced our daily limit on our Visa Card to $500. In the past I have just increased the limit temporarily on the NAB website if needed and reduced it later on. Our problem here is that when we log onto NAB web site to change the limit we are required to register for telephone SMS security. This is not possible as our number changes depending where we are in the world so we deregistered from it before departing overseas. Am trying to contact our bank in Mullumbimby to speak to the staff there to get it changed upwards for a few days. Something to look out for if you need a lot of cash while travelling. We would not normally need this much cash but as the developers of The Shore are dealing directly with us to facilitate the 25 day rental and they have no card facility we need to pay cash.

View from our hotel window

View from our hotel window

Having spent 4 days in Langkawi, I would not recommend it for expat living. The reasons revolve around many things. There is only one supermarket on the Island at Kuah (the main town). It is primarily a tourist spot, and the lay back style of the native Malays here is just “too layback” to the point of being frustrating. The mix of locals here is markedly different than other parts of Malaysia we have stayed in and it appears there are many guest workers here from Indonesia.

Observing a large group of Malays leaving our hotel this morning, I noticed that they were all carrying Duty Free purchases and this could be the reason many visit here. Langkawi is Duty Free. 

Got some more Gelato from Gelato Cabana near our hotel. We had banana, mango and passionfruit and at 7RM or $2.50 Australian not cheap for two scoops (by Malaysian standards) but the best we have ever had. Made here to an Italian Recipe with fresh fruit.

We have enjoyed are stay here but we enjoy life wherever we are! Up up and away to Melaka in the morning!