Blog 21

Sunday Feb 7, 2016

Today we woke up in paradise! And it was a great start to a great day! We went down for our buffet breakfast and were slightly disappointed. There was too much Chinese stuff on the menu including seafood fried rice (gag)! There was a lot of fruit like water melon, pineapple and the usual beans, dry cereal, toast etc. Also coffee, tea and orange juice.
Once we were done at breakfast we headed to the pool and picked a nice lounge chair with a view of the pool looking out on the ocean. We need to get some pictures for this blog. We gave up on the hotel wifi as it is so slow. We are stuck using cellular 3G which is quite reasonable.

We sat at the pool reading until lunch time and ate at the poolside bar and grill. We each had a chicken salad and shared a plate of fruit which was watermelon, oranges and apple. Gary had a beer and Linda had a bottle of water. The total was 41 ringgit plus tax which was 45 ringgit and 10 sen. In Canadian dollars about $10.85. The expensive part was the beer! LOL We sat around most of the afternoon and swam when we got too warm. There was a bit of cloud cover so it was quite pleasant today for just sitting around the pool. There was a good breeze which seemed to keep it feeling cooler despite the 33 degree temp.

Once we got tired of the pool we decide to clean up for supper and check out the surrounding area. The hotels menu was all seafood and Chinese stuff which was too expensive or just to fishy for some of us, like Linda. We walked by a tourist place and we are considering a fishing trip on Tuesday if the wind eases up.

There is no way we’re going out on the rough water to fish if it stays the way it is now. It 5 1/2 hours fishing and a bbq lunch for $175 CAD. Seems pretty good considering it would be just the 2 of us on a private boat! The trip includes visiting 4 islands around Langkawi and having the bbq on the last island. Sounds like fun! We will need to buy more sunscreen if we do go as we are down to our last bottle of 8 bottles of sunscreen from home.

We walked around to the mall and added 5 GB of data to Gary’s phone so we can tether to the iPad. It cost 50 ringgits, a whopping $16 CAD. The Saskatoon Star Phoenix is a huge file to download each day !!! We also hit an ATM and got money as the tours are all cash, no credit card! As a matter of fact Gary’s BMO World Elite MasterCard did not work when we checked into the new hotel last night. WTF? Three tries and no luck. One try on the good old amazon.ca Visa and we were golden! Here’s a tip, Amazon visa does not charge a 2.5% exchange surcharge on foreign currency purchases. Just the going rate that day, so in effect BMO saved us 2.5%, although they did totally piss us off. We have had the worst luck with BMO on our travels in the last year. First our bank card didn’t work last year in the Philippines and now the MasterCard doesn’t work. And, yes, we did notify them out our travels before we left. Thanks to their unreliable track record we now have a Tangerine bank card, and a Presidents Choice bank card as backups. We’ll never be forced to rely on one credit card either. The Visa has been very handy as a back up!

After getting cash we looked for a place to eat and finally selected a restaurant at a nearby hotel. We had chicken breast with tomato sauce and potato wedges. We ordered extra rice which was a total waste of money. The language barrier led us to believe that there was nothing with the chicken so we though we’d order rice. When we were in Bangkok, Gary had fish, and it came with fish, nothing else! Who knew? We’ve found fewer of the service staff speak much English in Thailand and Malaysia which has created some challenges, such as ordering rice when we didn’t need!

Below are a few pictures from Saturday when we visited the cable car.

 

Feeding fish from bridge over lily pad.
Feeding fish from bridge over lily pad.

 

 

 

Sky Bridge has some sway when you walk across!
Sky Bridge has some sway when you walk across!

 

 

 

Sky Bridge selfie
Sky Bridge selfie

 

 

 

The Sky Bridge at the top of the cable car.
The Sky Bridge at the top of the cable car.

 

 

 

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