Jess and Sam and Phuket

Had to get up stupidly early (like 5ish am) to catch our flight to Phuket in the morning!

Amazingly enough, we weren’t late, I didn’t do something stupid like leaving my passport at home and we only made one detour to get my Canon e1 which I left at home which was an amazing decision because it was a lifesaver later on…

Some kind stranger offered to take this picture for me and Sam while we wait to board our plane!

Eh I love budget terminal!!!

Everything is so quick and no-frills-ish.. your boarding gate is just a few steps away from the departure hall, etc etc.

For those who are interested, the flight fare was about $600+ for the both of us, round trip, last min booking + inclusive tax.

I love Tiger Airways too, always so cheap one!! :D

My luggage… Sam only brought one tiny sling bag stuffed with clothes while I brought like 7kg worth of stuff :P

He kept complaining while I was packing and told me to bring less shit there cuz he knew he was gonna be the one lugging everything around in the end LOL

Time to board the plane!

As soon as I clicked down on my shutter button for this picture, a security flapped his arms around going, “No pictures!!”

Happy Sam in his seat!

I booked us front row seats which was great because we had more leg room than others (super impt) but there wasn’t any space for our hand carry baggages in the compartments above

Sleepy sam and my unusually awake self!

I was more tired than I let on, afterall I had like less than 2 hours worth of sleep cuz I was rushing out a blog entry before leaving for our trip.

It’s really hard to blog when Sam is around, cuz when your bf flies to another country to be with you, you don’t just leave him sitting around doing nothing while you attend to your website?!?

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I don’t remember what happened next except for turning on my ipod and sticking the left earphone into my ear and giving the other side to Sam and promptly falling asleep…. the next thing I knew,

I was already descending from heaventhe blue skies into Phuket like an angelfrom my short 1 hour 45 mins flight!

Immigration was stupidly slow… unlike SG’s which is lightning speed fast as compared to many other country’s immigrations!!!

Also gotta love their automated machines whereby you just scan your passport and thumbprint. Yay for advanced countries!

When we were filling out our “arrival cards”, there was this group of really suspicious Middle-Eastern-looking men that kept giving me weird looks from across the hall and they whispered to each other and behaving every bit like how potential terrorists would behave!

The way they behaved got me really, really worried because I really felt something wasn’t right with them, and I told Sam but he didn’t seem to take me very seriously.

They even followed us around, and at times when they thought I wasn’t looking, they would give me weird looks and our eyes would meet and they would quickly look away!!!

In the end, a security guard approached the group of them and checked their passports etc.

SEE, I have eyes and instincts for such things, the security guard found them really suspicious too cuz he didn’t check anyone else!

In the end they were escorted by security somewhere else, much to my relief.

So I went through immigration with Sam, still keeping my eyes open and on the lookout and…

I SAW THEM AGAIN AT THE AIRPORT’S EXIT!!!!

They were pretending to check out souvenirs, and just standing around doing pretty much nothing except occasionally turning around to look at us!

I was totally freaked out and I tugged on Sam’s arm telling him to look at them, and as we approached them they picked up their bags and started walking too, pretending as if they were not waiting for us to come out lor wtf.

Needless to say I kinda freaked out and Sam just kept telling me to chill and we quickly got a taxi and I kept looking around to see if anyone was following us but there wasn’t.

PHEW.

I dunno how Sam can tell me that I’m too paranoid, he has no clue about the potential dangers in store for us in a foreign country and obviously he doesn’t know what Phuket is like!

Ok end of dramatic story of what could have been.

In the cab…

My mood wasn’t that great since the creepy guys AND it was raining!

WTF I was so disappointed. I was like “Nooo it’s supposed to be stupidly hot, bright and sunny so why is it so gloomy now?”

And then Sam asked, “Hey, did we come to Phuket during the monsoon season?”

And I was like, “…..Err, yeah, I think we did.”

………………………..I can’t believe we didn’t realize this and checked the weather forecast before we came.

It was more of like,Hey, let’s leave the country tomorrow. Ok let’s! Where? Don’t know, Maaysia? Nah nvm let’s go Thailand. Okie!

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This was his face realizing we came to a beach resort during the monsoon season. LOLOLOL.

On our way to the resort, our driver stopped midway and I walked into this tour agency thingy…

And I booked tours for us! Yay!!!!

Despite the bad weather forecast (90% rain / thunderstorms), I booked a full day tour for the next day… all I could do was hope for the best.

The tours are so amazingly cheap too, like 50 or something for a full day, including buffet lunch and transport etc~

We arrive at our resort after 45 minutes drive… rainy and gloomy :(

We tried to check in but realized we could only get our room at like 1pm wtffffffffffffffffffff.

We were drenched and disheartened by the rain and now we couldn’t even take refuge in our hotel room! Zzzzz.

Decided to go for lunch at our resort’s own restaurant, Sala Bua…

At least it was quiet and peaceful, hate going on a holiday just to squeeze with other people. Holidays should be relaxing (and exciting at some points)!

Despite things starting out quite shit and my mood turning quite bad, Sam remained calm and collected like he always is.

That’s something I really really really appreciate about Sam… he is mild tempered and patient, never aggressive or hostile.

He always tries to make the best out of situations and never loses his cool, quite unlike me because I’m very very whiny and I sulk easily. LOL.

He said that the weather doesn’t matter because the only thing that matters is that he’s here with me awwwwwww.

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We ordered Tom Yum with prawns for starters (of course! one of my fav thai dishes) and Green Curry Chicken (another fav) and Pork Chop (ironically better than the green curry, and we’re in thailand?… can you say commercialized?)

The only redeeming factor about my green curry was that..

It came with heart-shaped rice! Hahah so cute.

Sam enjoying his dessert… He loves Mango and so do I :D

I ordered a scoop of vanilla ice cream and it came looking like this… wtf??

With wafers and a lot of fruit and even nuts inside. Quite interesting but I didn’t like it, I like my ice cream without fruit and nuts sorry!

We tried to drag our lunch as long as possible, but when we couldnt drag it any longer we decided to walk back to the reception in hopes of our room being prepared for us earlier than expected..

…And it was!! YAY!!!

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Our room was really quaint and lovely!

Unfortunately I didn’t get much good pictures of the resort & our room…

Here are some pics off the net:

Our room looked quite similar to this

The pool by the sea… which we didn’t have time to dip in

View of the resort from above!

We stayed at Impiana Phuket Cabana, and their tag line is “No one sleeps closer to Patong Beach than Impiana Phuket Cabana guests.”

I totally agree!!! The location is absolutely fantastic -

One of the few resorts that actually sit on the beach itself, it’s smack in the middle of Patong, so everything we needed was surrounding us!

Restaurants, shopping, beach, bars, etc you name it.

It’s an amazing feeling to wake up in the morning feeling the sea breeze in your face.. reminded me of Pulau Besar.

If I could choose my dream house, one of my top options would definitely be to live by the beach.

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Anyway, after we got our room we took a shower and wanted to go out and start our holiday, but it was still raining cats and dogs..

Disappointed, we stayed in our room the whole day watching TV and such only to leave our room in the night for dinner and it was STILL RAINING! $%@^T@T^

We walked and walked in the rain until we found this Italian restaurant “La Casa”.

The food is pretty good, the prices are quite reasonable, good service and my fav of all - great music!!!

We had a live pianist playing for us… how very lovely to have dinner listening to his music. No instrument I love better than the piano :’)

Really wish I could play it myself.

I liked this place so much, we went back to have dinner there again on our final night!

Mmm, if you should ever visit La Casa you should try their homemade 3-sauce pasta! The middle one, cream sauce with mushroom and asparagus is my fav. So good!!

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After dinner, we decided to check out Patong’s famous nightlife scene… and it was pretty damn happening.

Besides a lot of stalls selling the same things trying to rip you off, theres also a stupid amount of clubs and bars. And a lot of Thai hookers. I wonder how many of them are actually males lolol.

It’s funny seeing Thai trannies give your bf suggestive looks and seeing him squirm when they come dangerously close hahahaha

Everywhere you turned, it was another person trying to sell you a suit or another bar with some Thai girl gyrating her hips while grabbing onto some pole.

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Despite the raudy crowd and dodgy surroundings…


Sam still found the need to be the most loving bf in the world :’)

It was quite funny, cuz most people were there for the girls and the drinks and such, while me and my bf strolled down those dark alleys, me holding onto his arm and him holding onto a stupidly big bouquet of roses.

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After some shopping and funny bargaining, we decided to head back to our resort…

But I insisted we walk a full circle instead of backtracking because I wanted to see what was on the other side, and we ended up walking a HUGE circle in the rain hahahaa.

But that’s all part of the fun about being in a foreign country, isn’t it?

Exploring new things and new places. Not everything has to be perfectly planned, sometimes you just go where the path leads you to.

Thankfully we ended up @ our resort again after a very long walk, safely in 1 piece. Yay!

Fell asleep while talking to each other like we do every night….

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The next morning, woke up totally hyped because a day of adventure was ahead of us!

Bright and cheery, we went for our buffet breakfast by the sea~

Do I look like I’m on a holiday or what? Almost no make up, big holiday shirt plus sunnies. Oh yeah.

My breakfast consisted of scrambled eggs, potato wedges, sausage, toast with butter and jam, ham, green curry chicken and a bunch of other crap but my fav is….

Smoked salmon!!!

OMG I LOVE SMOKED SALMON. I reallyyyyy do now which is weird cuz I never liked salmon very much in the past.

I like smoked salmon best, then salmon sashimi and my least fav has to be completely cooked salmon. I’ve been eating soooo much salmon recently!!

Speaking of which I wanna go back to Swensens to have their Mangoo Lychee and Salmon & Mushroom baked riceeeee. They need to bring Yam ice cream back :’(

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After an immensely satisfying breakfast…

Weather seems pretty good so far, no rain or dark clouds, yay!


Beautiful day

You make my grey skies turn blue and you know that’s true!

Waiting for transport to arrive, wearing our matching outfits & sunnies!

We got into the van and picked up the rest of the people in our tour, and finally had quite a long drive to the port, passing by cows and bulls and chickens and other weird animals by the roadside… Yep, definitley far away from town now!

Had to play around with the settings a little cuz it was way overblown, hence our white shirts turned oddly grey…

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And off we go to PHI PHI ISLANDS!!!

Setting out into the blue endless sea… leaving everything unimportant behind :)

About 6 people asked if we were on our honeymoon that day… wtf lol!

Pretty sure my husband will take me to some place alot nicer and more romantic than Phuket for our honeymoon!!!!

If you were in our shoes, you’d be just as stupidly happy too :’)

The weather was quite crazy and unpredictable..

It would be lovely & sunny one moment, and pouring the next.

Didn’t stop us from having a great time though… Better some sun then no sun, it is the monsoon season afterall!

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And finally, we reach our first island destination!


What are we gonna do here?

Snorkel? Nope. Swim? Nope. Scuba diving? Nope.

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…Then?!?!!

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We were about to go CANOE-ING through water caves!!!!!!

Awesome or whatttttttttt :D :D :D :D :D

Me and Sam all hyped up!

I was quite scared actually, since the water was choppy that day and those inflatable canoes don’t look too sturdy!

But I was definitely more excited than scared.

Got onto the canoe carefully and slowly (very slippery!) and my heart was pumping really fast cuz the water was alot choppier than I thought and I was pretty much just sitting on water directly at sea level, didn’t feel like I was on a boat at all!

We were rocking about dangerously, but soon I realized I had nothing to fear since I had a life jacket on + my canoe person was a pro at it :P

Plenty of space, so much that I could relax and lie down with my head on Sam’s lap since he was sitting behind me!


Water cave, here we come!!!


Mysterious looking cave…

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Inside the cave, it was really dark and quiet! Spooooooky.

For some reason, images of The Half Blood Prince & the inferi scene kept flashing in my head lol!

Took a picture of this rock that a lot of people commented looked like a human.

It did look a lot more like a person when you’re in almost complete darkness.

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There was also a LOOOOOOOT OF CREEPY BATS SLEEPING ABOVE US!

Wtf wtf wtf fucking scary, they covered the whole roof of the cave so that you couldn’t see anything but bats, bats and more bats!

I wanted to take a picture of them but I was afraid that the flash from my camera might awaken them and they’d go on a human eating frenzy.

It was kinda like this, but more!!! I’m getting goosebumps. They look so evil, black things in clusters hanging upside down from roof of creepy dark caves!

I half-screamed when we were canoe-ing below the bats and suddenly I felt something fall on me.

I was like “WTF WAS THAT?!?!” and Sam kept on saying, “I hope that was water… I REALLY hope that was water.”

And then…

And then…………..

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****To Be Continued****