Days 7-8: Paradise found…

I was sincerely hoping that the two hour transfer and subsequent two hour ferry ride were going to be worth the effort to get to Tioman Island (I cannot wait until the kids can properly carry their own luggage). It absolutely was. Tioman is one of the most beautiful places in the world that I…

Day 6: Mersing: gateway to the islands

It is just before 6am and my not so peaceful slumber has been shortened by an unexpected prayer call. Mersing, a jetty town that is the gateway to some of Malaysia’s most beautiful islands, is an eclectic mix of locals and travellers, namely backpackers. As with the rest of our holiday so far, our Western…

Day 5: Meat and manicures

Elsie and I went to get our nails done this morning; Asia really is the home of all things cosmetic-I’ve never seen such a vast array of colours and designs to choose from. Our nails were done fantastically well for a fraction of the price I would pay back at home; Elsie was a bit…

Day 4: An Angry Bird and twinkling fireflies

We arrived at Angry Birds land (a big indoor play park) this morning and were the only ones there which was a tad weird. However, instead of being able to keep an eye on the kids from the balcony over a relaxing coffee and cake, we had to pay full price, buy the socks and…

Day 3: Noodle and taxi appreciation

It has become somewhat of a novelty having peaceful mornings whilst the kids sleep in; after having spent six years in Spain I can now appreciate the small perk of having small ones stay up at such an ungodly hour. I am amazed that we collectively suffered very little jet lag despite a seven hour…

Day 2: Finding our feet and tattooing our hands

For once my insomnia worked in my favour wherein my normal nocturnal wake ups meant that I actually got up at 630am, having had 5 and a half hours of uninterrupted shut eye. I woke the kids at 9am and it was quite funny to watch their confused waking up faces readjusting to their new…

Day 1: Our journey begins…

The journey was surprisingly smooth to get here. Qantas were an efficient airline to fly with and the flight was sandwiched between two well-executed transfers. It did tickle me how the Malaysian taxi driver was trying to find me based on my WhatsApp profile photo. Inevitably the reality of the post thirteen hour flight and…