Saturday, December 1, 2007
Old Malay houses
The secret destination for our honeymoon! Saturday morning, 2 weeks ago. Finally, I will know where we are going. Singapore airport. The departure board indicates that the 8:40AM flight is going to... Langkawi! Interesting name, hummm, the mystery continues. I had never heard of such place... Well... Langkawi is a group of 99 islands (101 at low tide!), which belongs to Malaysia and are situated West of the Malaysian peninsula. And it is in Langkawi that my dear husband found the most amazing place to stay, just the perfect spot with just what I love: history, character and great food. That special place, a small resort (12 rooms) is composed of old Malay houses, 120 to 150 years old, on stilts, made of nice tropical dark wood and nice carvings. They have all been brought there from different parts of Malaysia. Not much is known about them, except that people could oversee the rice fields from these homes at night, and 30 to 40 people could sleep (very tightly) in that beautiful room my husband and I had all for ourselves! It was simply magnificent. The breeze was flowing through the windows of the "hut" on all sides of the room, the landscape was spectacular with the mountains, the wetland and beautiful white birds passing by at sun rise and sun set... And I have to say, the food was simply excellent. My favorites: the seafood platter with a very peculiar lobster called the rock lobster (look at this square head with no claws!), and a gingerbread - caramel ice cream sandwich! In summary, a superb week. I will share more in the next posting, but for now, I will just leave you with the link to the resort website, if you are intrigued!