This is a long long long overdue post.
We made a commitment to each other, long before we got pregnant, that we would always do 2 things for the rest of our lives together:
#1 We will always have 1 date night a week.
#2 Every year, we will go away, even if it's only for a weekend, to spend some time alone with each other.
Promise #1 has been defaulted on almost every single week since 05 Feb 2011 (the day the twins were born)! We definitely have to work on that!
Promise #2 was also defaulted on last year. Not that anyone should be surprised, really. Raising Upin and Ipin
is no simple feat, and leaving them while they were less than a year old was just something unfathomable and downright irresponsible, I think.
But this year, THIS YEAR, I knew for certain would be different. I've told sooooo many friends that when they turned 1, Mr Eveel and I would definitely go away to celebrate surviving 1 whole year of parenthood. Yessss...it HAS been that hard!
So we decided to celebrate that and our 3rd wedding anniversary by taking a trip to our favourite neighbourhood country- Thailand.
Since, we had the luxury of travelling without strollers, nappies, milk bottles, formula, slings, etc. We decided we could afford to go off the beaten path. Okay, maybe not totally
off...but far enough, I suppose. Instead of just heading to Krabi, we decided to go to Ko Lanta. Ko Lanta is an island about 2hrs away from Krabi.
From Krabi int'l airport, you've got either a fast speedboat option which is pricier or a 'car-on-a-ferry' option which is much slower but cheaper. If you can afford it, take the speedboat option. We took the slower option headed to Ko Lanta, and the bumpy journey in a car with terrible seats made me feel like my spine was being crushed one section at a time! Anyway, speedboat cuts the travel time from 2hrs to about 1hr! You can also take a 3hr (i think) ferry from Phuket Island.
Ko Lanta basically means Big Island. It's next to a smaller island Ko Noi (small island). It was such a thrill for me to visit as a friend who worked with me in Phuket used to tell me about how serene the island is. And it iS!
Basically, Ko Lanta is just like any other island in that area, except that it's supposed to boast more pristine and beautiful beaches. Personally, I think Phuket has beaches that are just as pretty (if you know how to look for them..hehehe).
..but one thing Ko Lanta IS that Phuket IS NOT, is it's quiet and it's not-too touristy. Which is such a refreshing change!
I didn't get harassed at all! Not once! In fact, hubby and I went into a shop wanting to buy something but ended up leaving as there was just noone to sell the goods to us. Yeah, all the stuff were were just sitting there waiting to be stolen!
But it also means that there's not much night life. Yarrr....shops close at 9pm OK! In Phuket's Patong beach, the night would only just be starting at 9pm! But, i really liked the slow pace of life....it was really a good relaxing change.
We stayed at Crown Lanta
hotel. Our Sunset View room had a spectacular sunset that I still long for today. Right now, I am wishing that I was lying on the deck-chair, a cold drink in one hand, just staring into this beautiful sunset!
Can't wait for our trip next year! =)