Return to Paradise

After Kuala Lumpur, we went up to the Cameron Highlands.  It was nice to escape the heat for the first time in six weeks.  The Cameron Highlands are known for their tea plantations which is very similar to the ones in Sri Lanka.  So, I got to visit a little bit of Sri Lanka afterall.  We got to see the entire process from picking in the fields to processing it.  They have been using the same machines since 1935.  Afterwards, we got to sit down to a cup of tea and eat a yummy scone.

After the Highlands, we made our way to our last stop in Malaysia- Penang.  We stayed in the colonial town of Georgetown.  It was very hot and since there wasn’t much to do other than wander the streets I ended up in a nice air-conditioned mall.  I had some extra ringgits to spend before heading to Thailand.  I opted to not buy anything because I don’t have much space in my bag.  So, instead, I jumped head first into the fierce hair salon competition.  I wanted to cover what my stylist at home affectionately calls “pre-lightened” hair whereas the Malaysian stylists bluntly call it “white”.  I had no less than four sets of hands in my hair at one point or another and came out two and a half hours later with 2.5 inches lopped off and blonde highlights.  Overall, the result turned out good and it’s nice to brighten up my look since I haven’t had a haircut or color since March.

The next day we made the long journey (10 hours!) into Thailand to the small town of Surat Thani – the jumping off point to the islands of Koh Samui and Koh Pha Ngan.  I came to Koh Pha Ngan two years ago this month to the same beach resort and it is still the paradise I remember.  So, for the next couple of days I will be getting some well-deserved rest and relaxation and if I’m lucky some color on my ghostly legs.

Tonight, some of us are going to see Thailand’s top Reggae band (our Tour Leader is a big fan), apparently they’re well-known, but then again I wonder if there’s really a competition for the top spot because seriously how many reggae bands are there in Thailand?  All well it should be interesting.

Next stop is Bangkok in a couple of days.  And I start a new tour that takes me to Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos soon after.  Stay tuned and don’t forget to leave me some comments I love reading them.


5 Responses to “Return to Paradise”

  1. 1 Angela August 13, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    Sounds like you’re loving it! Hope everything continues to go well.

  2. 2 Kathy August 13, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    Hi Stacy,

    I tried to map out all the places you are wow that is a lot of traveling in a short period of time and the heat oh my gosh the heat.
    It is going to up to the 90’s here over the next few days….

    I had to laugh that you are in Georgetown as that is the same area that work at here on Beoing Field look at that there are Geogetowns everywhere.

    How funny that my young niece has more pre-lighting hair then her Aunt, I can’t wait to see the new hair.

    Hope your Reggae band is better then you think.

    Love you bunches……Aunt Kathy

  3. 3 Mom August 15, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    Sounds like you having the time of your life. I’m so happy you hooked up with a tour group. Even though there are probably things you would like to see and do that aren’t on the tour, you are young and can go back to the places you enjoyed the most. Love ya, take care!

  4. 4 Amy August 17, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    Hola Chica, it’s Lilly!!! RIch and I went to our first birthing class and I made him wear the empathy belly equipped with breats and everything!! The teacher had to tell him to keep his hands off the breasts, it was so funny,I just wish I had a camera. Volleybal and work starts next week for me, I am kind of excited as I am getting really bored and lazy during the week.
    Glad to see you are having fun!
    Love Amy and Rich

  5. 5 mandy August 25, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    i’m excited to see the new cut and color! geez, you can have tea and scones here! i’m reading eat pray love and i like it so far. thanks for letting me borrow it! i’m halfway done so hopefully i’ll be totally done by the time you get home! miss you!

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