Well we went into Phuket Town today. It was of course hot but the smell of dog poop was not expected. We only saw one dog that looked pretty mangey. I am guessing there are a lot and people don’t pick up after them based on the smell. I am sure the heat doesn’t help either. We didn’t buy any souviners. We did buy some stuff for a wood doll house that we are going to get Zoe at some point. She has been playing with the one in the clubhouse here a lot. The stuff was on sale and we can easily slip it in our suitcase. Steve had a nice suit and shirt made they are bringing it to our hotel tomorrow evening for him to have a fitting.
Tonight we dined by the ocean in the steak and seafood resturant. It would of been very romantic with the sunset and ocean breeze but Zoe was a bit of a pistol at dinner so it was a quick gulping of our steak then back to the room. She still refuses to wear her sandals. She got a shovel and pail and beach ball today so tomorrow she can play with those. I am sure she will be wearing her mocisans in the sand once again. Maybe we will even spot the elephant that walks up and down the beach twice a day.
I still have not discovered the hammocks location and think I may have been bamboozled by some slick marketing team into beleiving I could have a relaxing nap swinging in the breeze. I have not searched by the adult only pool so it could be hiding there.
We hope everyone is well and have enjoyed reading about and seeing our vacation photos.
Oh and happy 5th birthday to Aiden. Your train cake looked super cool I hope you had a great day. (I know it is late but I have had no acess to the net until today this week)
You can view our vacation pictures from the first four days of our trip to Phuket, Thailand at http://www.flickr.com/gp/7214046@N08/6VUS63.
Well it is Tuesday. So far the hammock has still eluded me and we have searched quite far and wide. The only area we haven’t gone in is the area around the adult only pool.
Today we went on an Elephant trek and saw a monkey get coconuts from a tree. We also got to sit on the back of a water buffalo then go for a cart ride. We have pictures. Zoe loved it all she really liked when they did the baby elephant presentation and they kicked a soccer ball and danced. She kept clapping and saying more dancing.
Zoe has also been loving the pools. The kid’s pool had a great area she can walk around in and splash and a slide that she goes down with Steve. Today we went to the blue pool and it had a waterfall that she liked touching and going through. She doesn’t like walking on the pavement, grass or sand in bare feet. We haven’t really spent any time at the beach. The sand is really hot except where the water is coming up. We did take Zoe down and dip her feet in which she liked but as soon as her feet touched sand she freaked out. She now wants to wear her moccasins instead of her sandals all the time.
They also have a great kids club here were Zoe can play and they have 2 activities a day. So far she has done some painting and gone on a treasure hunt. Most the things seem to be paint related for her age group. I am guessing because it is an easy thing for them all to do.
Tomorrow we are going to have a car take us into town so we can do a little shopping and site seeing. We are going to check out the tailor where you can get 3 suits (2 and a dress for women), 2 dress shirts/blouses, a reversible kimono, belt and tie/scarf all for $188 US including material and labour. I am curious about it. They say they can have everything done in 24hours too and will deliver it to your hotel for you. There are also a couple of jewelry shops and a big souvenir and craft place I hope to check out. Our hotel is 45 minutes from town which is nice most of the time. It would be good to have a few more restaurant options available.
Well our little princess is sleeping now. We had breakfast, she went swimming with daddy, painted a sand turtle (sand and glued formed into a turtle shape), played in the play area, had a snack and then napped. It is really hot and humid with a nice breeze off the Andaman Ocean.
Our room is nice and faces a little lagoon with a fountain. We have a little deck with a lounge chair, a small table and two other chairs. We also have a little nook that has a couple of floor mats facing a window looking out into the area with the water it is a nice place to lay and read or nap. I have taken to calling it the nap nook. There are lots of paths through here and so far the hammock I saw in the pictures on the website and in the brochure have eluded me. I will keep searching though.
Zoe was thrilled yesterday when we arrived they gave her a little stuffed turtle. Steve and I got a mojito kind of drink without alcohol and a flower lei. The flowers were really pretty but mine made my allergies flare up so they ended up on our little patio.
I also saw a small lizard on the patio today. I took a picture of it so we will see how it turns out later.
Well Zoe should be waking soon then we are off for lunch by the pool and this afternoon a treasure hunt at the kids club.
Well we are leaving in about an hour for the airport to go to Thailand. Zoe and Steve are still sleeping because it is 6am. I have been up since 2. I will be going to get in the shower after this. We are very excited and a little nervous about this trip. It will be a new thing to take a vacation with a toddler. We aren’t sure how much relaxation there will be. Hopefully it will be a fun and exciting adventure for us. We hope to see turtles and elephants and will take lots of pictures.
Also to let everyone know we had Zoe’s birthday cake on Thursday when we had friends over. They have 3 daughters the youngest is I think 4. Her and Zoe had a great time together they were walking around holding hands. Zoe was also very excited to show them all her toys and they enjoyed watching Toy Story with her. As I said before she had a Buzz Lightyear cake. I kind of messed it up a bit when I took it out of the box. The word birthday got smudged off so I just put the candle in that spot. Steve took a few pictures and hopefully will post them when we get back.
I may try to post on vacation because we will have the computer and internet acces at the hotel. So be sure to check in this week. Of course I may be having too much fun to find the time.
Well it is 2 mins to midnight Saturday night and the fireworks started at around 6 and have gotten louder and multiplied. Imagine if everyone in your neighbourhood decided to have a fireworks display that is kind of what it is like. Looking out the den window I can see at least 10 different displays in a row it looks like a whole block is going. No matter which direction you look you will see at least 4 or 5 different people setting them off. There are loud booms and a continuious noise that sounds like a hailstorm when you are in your car. So far Zoe has slept through it all which is great. I am sure Steve is sound asleep by now also. I find it hard to sleep with random bangs and booms.
Maybe we will come home at this time next year to avoid the noise. We did look at the fireworks for awhile but it is only amusing for so long. After tonight it should start going down and stop by the end of the week.
We will be home most of this week because our driver and ayi have until Thursday off. Quite a few of the resturants and shops are closed all or part of the week too. The Mexican place we like and one of the Italian places is open though.
On Thursday we are having some people over for dinner. They had us over when we came to check it out last March. I decided to do Zoe’s birthday cake that day because a cake is too much for just the three of us. So with 8 it will be better and then there will be some kids here too. We went to the cake shop so we could order one and they had cute princess cakes, barbie ones, dora, many girly ones but Zoe saw the Buzz Lightyear one and got excited so that is the one we are getting. I will take a picture and get Steve to post it.
Right now my pet peeve is that it seems to be nearly impossible to find measuring cups and spoons here. I have looked at several large western supermarkets, the baking supply store, department stores, and houseware places. Apparently they do not measure things here the same way. I did see something with ML measurments on it at Ikea it was for measuring liquor. So Steve is going to pick some up for me when he goes to Redmond for work at the end of March. I found Tupperware at one of the supermarkets and have bought a few containers but none with measurements on them.
Oh well we hope everyone has a great year of the Golden Pig. It only happens once every 60 years and those born in the year of the Golden Pig are said to have very happy and lucky lives.
Well Valentines Day is over for us but it is 8:15pm on Valentines Day for most of our friends and family. Steve and I did not exchange gifts we are going to Thailand on the 24th and that is a good present for both of us. I did make cards for Zoe and Steve. Zoe opened hers and Steves. Steve and I did leave her with her sitter last night and went out for a nice dinner alone.
She really enjoys opening stuff. She was very excited last week when a package arrived from her Papa and Grandma (the Macbeths) She was happy opening the cards until she saw the presents and had them unwrapped before I could take everything out of the box. She loved her videos and her picture. She carries the picture around with her and gives it kisses. Now when she gets something and you ask who gave it to her she says Papa. If it is clothes then she says Kaiya.
The only pj’s she will wear right now are the ones she got from Kaiya and family. If you try to put other ones on her she yells no Kaiya. She is very assertive when she wants something and can make her feelings known. She also asks you what you are doing a lot. She says “doing?” or “what doing”. She takes the black and white stuffed cat everywhere with her and likes to wrap it up like a baby. She is still obssessed with Toy Story 1 & 2. She will say Buzz, Woody over and over again if she wants to watch it. I have tried to limit her to once a day so she will put other things in now or we turn off the tv and put music on and dance. She loves to dance but not when you hold her. She also sometimes will yell at you to stop because she doesn’t want you to dance with her.
Well that is it for today. Maybe this weekend I will write a bit about the New Year her the year of the Pig. And let you in on some funny things I have found on the movie boxes we have gotten here.