Monday, September 29, 2008

TBA Day 17: Just Another Day in Paradise

As I sat in the hammock on the porch of my bungalow reading a book today (By the way, I totally love hammocks! I never realized how totally awesome they are… maybe because most of my previous attempts to sit in them (at parties at the Venitia house) also involved holding a full martini glass which… doesn’t work.), I was amazed how totally peaceful and content I felt. It’s so beautiful here, and there’s absolutely nothing to do except relax and enjoy the surroundings. After a very very long day yesterday, it feels great just to be here. The internet connection is a bit erratic, but that just forced me spend a bit less time on football-watching (go Bucs!) today and a bit more time just enjoying this place. (View from my hammock shown below… The ocean is right behind those trees. In the choice between ocean view from the porch or air conditioning, I went with the A/C…)
The food here at Coco Gardens is pretty tasty, too (who knows if it’s authentic, but who really cares since it tastes good). I wasn’t about to go very far for lunch after just getting settled in, so I decided to try the on-site restaurant (I’d read pretty good things about it online). I ordered Massaman Curry Beef, which was really lovely (they used lime leaves, which I’ve never done before when I make Massaman curries at home, but which I will definitely be doing in the future) and was sort of exactly what I was in the mood for. The restaurant is down on the beach, too, so the ambiance was also quite nice...

My brother will be here tomorrow and will be joining me for the rest of the trip. Hopefully we’ll go ride some elephants on Wednesday before heading over to Ko Samui for a bit more paradise, then heading off to Bangkok, which (judging from descriptions from pretty much every backpacker I’ve met who was in Bangkok before coming to Malaysia) is anything but paradise. No doubt we’ll have fun regardless… Given his lower tolerance for repetition, maybe Stanley will even be able to make me listen to a different album for the first time in over a month…

Not much else to report. Yesterday sort of knocked me out, and now that it’s over and I’m here I’m just feeling really peaceful and mellow and content… and since I seem to be repeating myself already, I guess I will leave it at that for today.

3 comments:

jadyn said...

i heard from a frd that Ko Samui is very very beautiful too! the hotel she & her bf stayed in had an open shower (with view)! n' the hotel rooms are so apart they felt like they owned that piece of land for a moment... hehe

Max Power said...

Just curious, what album were you listening to?

emmo said...

Given that this was before Stanley arrived and forced me to listen to something else, I was listening to You & Me by The Walkmen (which I've listened to over 100 times in the last month). Still have a hard time forcing myself to listen to anything else... ;-)