It feels like nothing can go wrong when you start your day with the reflection of a palm tree in your coffee, when your feet are dipped in a pool of water and you have not a care in the world – except that you might knock the coffee into the water maybe.
Woke up late but before noon and was feeling a little better than last night. Decided to pop an Allegra and felt completely better and decided to make a day of it. First, it was a bit of the pool, where I also filmed a little snail crossing the walkway. Then the beach. “No swimming” signs were still up all along the sand and the waves were massive. There were a few people who took their chances and ventured under the tall slamming waves. They floated about for a bit before the guards requested them to return to shore.
Dad took off to the closest Golf Course and us three girls got lightly toasted on the beautiful beach. The sand is slightly coarse – can’t walk on the dry sand for too long barefeet. Can on the wet sand. The dry sand also gets super hot apart from being coarse. I’ve got super smooth feet tonight though – so take your pick! After being thrown this way and that by the waves for a bit and getting sand shoved in all possible cracks, we headed back to the pool. Showered to take out the sand and got a couple of chilled beers.
Most of the evening was spent floating about in the pool. A couple of hours before sunset, Dad joined us – he was exhausted after the cycling to and fro and the 9-hole golf session. I had a photo shoot to do around sunset and groceries needed to be replenished today.
We wrapped up the shoot in the front of a cloudy sunset. ( Will share once I’m back in Gurgaon. I’m only carrying my Orange Lenovo Yoga Pro 3 for editing and all the photos you are seeing on these daily blog posts have been shot on the Google Pixel XL and processed in VSCO. Heavy editing on the DSLR photographs will be done once I’m back at my desk. )
The Turtle Village Market / Mart / Shopping Complex runs a free shuttle service to and from the hotels and resorts in its vicinity and we headed there to buy peanuts / bananas / chocolates / chocolate milk etc. Got in a couple of scoops of ice cream at Swensen’s. Oreo Cookies and Cream for me. Yummy.
( The Turtle Village was named after a major island attraction : the Mai Khao Beach used to get nesting turtles – but this hasn’t happened in more than a few years and do not believe the brochures and resorts that claim otherwise. Because of the increase in tourism and construction, I’m assuming, the turtles hve stopped visiting the beach. If they are still visting, no one seems to know where and I’m convinced that that’s a good thing. )
We also wanted to pick up some grilled chicken and stopped midway at the same shack from where we’d bought the beer yesterday. She was happy to see us and we were happy that she had chicken! Grabbed a beer while waiting for the chicken to be prepared and walked back to the Baan Mai Khao resort for dinner, where we mixed the chicken in with some noodles AND sat at the edge of the swimming pool, with our feet in the water, the moon high above and ate our steaming hot dinner!
Some more cookies and cream in the form of a Hershey’s chocolate bar for dessert. A good night’s sleep is calling because of the time spent in the salty water and in the sun. I’m not yet satisfied with the toasty tan, so am going to attempt another day in the sun tomorrow – assuming the weather forecast of “heavy thundershowers” is wrong. Fingers and toes crossed. Just two more days here at this resort before we hit Bangkok!
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