Day 2: If you can't find aspirin, reach for a Guinness instead!! ;)

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Cenang, just after the rain.

The next day, I was woken up at 8am by the sound of Joann's voice, telling me that she was hungry and wanted to go down for breakfast. Man, and I thought she'd be asleep like a log until almost noon. While waiting for me to wash up, she heads out for a walk by the beach.

I wasn't particularly interested in waking up. I felt like I was coming down with something. My nose was stuffy,  my throat hurt and my head was throbbing! Urgh! It's not like I drank too much, only one cocktail and two beers.  Still, I dragged myself out of bed, washed up and headed downstairs to find Joann for breakfast.

Although the resort does not have its own coffee house, but it provides breakfast as part of its room package. That first morning, local style fried rice was served with a choice of cut baby chillies, chilli sauce or tomato ketchup.

Gloomy at Cenang beach.
Alternatively, there was also bread that could be accompanied by dried out scrambled eggs, butter and strawberry jam, which could be washed down with coffee or tea. I went for the fried rice and three cups of coffee to numb the dull ache in my head.

It was a gloomy morning that we had woken up to, and by the time we sat down for breakfast, it started raining! But I was optimistic that the sun would come up after the rain, so we took our time with our breakfast and cups of coffee until the clouds slowly started clearing and it stopped raining for a bit.

We decided to walk along the beach but noticed that the dark clouds were still hovering over. We probably spent about a half hour walking up and back, while trying to decide if we should take that cable car ride.

Sigh... so gloomy
With the weather at that time, it may not have been a good idea. So after taking a few pictures, as it started drizzling again, we headed back to the motel for some more coffee while we waited out the rain. We were lucky this time as the moment it stopped raining, the sun came out!! So we took the car out and ventured away from Cenang beach and headed towards the Awana Porto Malai. The resort cum marina provides accommodation for sailboat and yacht owners, though when we got there, it seemed very quiet, with the exception of only a few boats docked by the marina. After going trigger happy around the resort, we decided to head further away, towards Pantai Kok, or Kok Beach.  

Kok Beach is a kilometer stretch of white sandy beach frequented by the locals.

Yeay! The sun is up!!
There are no resorts or guesthouses anywhere on or near the beach. All you'll find are shady trees that you can park your car under, and have a picnic on the beach, or go for a swim. It's perfect for those of us who enjoy privacy and prefer the peaceful silence.

The drive there took us through a windy road with signs every 100m warning of wildlife crossing. It was a really nice trip to the beach as there weren't many cars, and although the sun was up and shining, it wasn't as hot as the breeze from the sea, coupled with the coconut palms and casuarina trees that lined the stretch on Kok beach kept us pretty cool.

Kok beach also has a nice view of two of the smallest islands that make up the Langkawi archipelago. It was easy to see the islands from the beach as it wasn't too far away and I'm pretty sure if we had a canoe, we could've canoed over to one of those tiny, uninhabited islands and be the only two people there.

Ain't it pretty?
A few boats and yachts were seen docked not too far off, either.

We spent about two hours there, before driving back down. On the way, we stopped at a larger marina, which was home to the Malaysian Customs office in Langkawi. There were some private boats as well as a few that belonged to the Australian and British Navy docked nearby. We parked at a gas station and found a KFC restaurant, where we had lunch. It was such a beautiful day that we decided we'd go back to Cenang beach and just veg out there.

I'm so bummed that I can't swim, so all I could really do was dip my feet in the water and then sat down under a coconut palm umbrella and tried to read, which didn't happen. It was such a beautiful day that all I wanted to do was enjoy it, while taking as many pictures.

Cenang
And no, Malaysians don't generally sunbathe, as most of us already have a tan! :P When it got hotter by 5pm, we decided we'd had enough and headed back to our room for a little siesta.

I woke up at 630pm, hoping to catch the sunset. An hour later, as the sun begin to set, there wasn't much to see as clouds were in the way. By 8pm, it was dark out and we were hungry, so we decided to check out Lucky Chinese Seafood Restaurant, which neighboured the motel. The food was defnitely better than that of Tomato Nasi Kandar Beach Cafe, but it was also quite pricey. One Egg Fu Yong (omellete) and flat white noodles soup or Kuey Teow Tar for two people set us back MYR17. For that price in KL, I could get a sizzling Tofu dish as well.

Dinner was done at 9pm, and we were ready to head out to the Raggae Bar since it was closed the night before.

From the parking lot of Awana Porto Malai. The chalets on stilts on the right of hill belong to Telekom Malaysia.
We found it this time, as the lights for the signboard were on, and we turned left into a little road where we found the bar about 100ft from the main street, situated within a forest, not a good idea, especially for Joann, who can't stand bugs!! She was sure that there going to be bugs flying in to the bar, attracted by the bright lights. Well, we decided we'd think about it and come back later, should she overcome her fear. Besides, we were obviously early, as there wasn't a single patron there.

Alas, we went back to our motel and decided to walk along the beach to see if we could find a bar. Well, we found a La Playa Restaurant and Bar, just next door to where we stayed, and although it was quite, the booze was definitely cheaper than at De'Enigma the night before.

The view overlooking the parking lot at Awana Porto Malai.
I was SO glad to see that Guinness Stout was on the beer list, although it came in a can instead of on tap. For the uninitiated, Guinness Stout is a famous Irish malt stout that is believed to provide one with energy should they drink it when feeling lethargic. It's like a cure-all that I just can't get enough of. I certainly needed it that night as my cold got worse and my throat felt scratchy. After sharing our deep, dark stories and secrets (Joann and I were good friends for many years until 3 years ago, when I 'lost' her, so we had some catching up to do) over numerous glasses of beer (for her) and stout, I so wanted to curl up and go to sleep, but she wanted to get wasted.

After much contemplation, we (or rather, I) dragged ourselves over to the neighboring beach bar (more singles, less couples!) which seemed like more fun with live amatuer entertainment as well as an open mike session.

Standing at the entrance to Awana Porto Malai. The stretch of koi ponds were located on either side of the walkway to the entrance.
But I only lasted for the length of one beer before I seriously had to crash. I did feel bad for Joann, but I just didn't feel up to getting wasted, especially when I already felt like I was, with the cold and sore throat. After sending me back to the room, Joann went back to the bar but only stayed another half hour before joining me in the room where we called it a night!

 

 

 

 

tvillingmarit says:
God name for your blog, and the photos is fantastic
Posted on: Jun 18, 2008
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Cenang, just after the rain.
Cenang, just after the rain.
Gloomy at Cenang beach.
Gloomy at Cenang beach.
Sigh... so gloomy
Sigh... so gloomy
Yeay! The sun is up!!
Yeay! The sun is up!!
Aint it pretty?
Ain't it pretty?
Cenang
Cenang
From the parking lot of Awana Port…
From the parking lot of Awana Por…
The view overlooking the parking l…
The view overlooking the parking …
Standing at the entrance to Awana …
Standing at the entrance to Awana…
The pretty koi fish.
The pretty koi fish.
The harbour at Awana Porto Malai.
The harbour at Awana Porto Malai.
Awana Porto Malai harbour
Awana Porto Malai harbour
the mini lighthouse at Awana Porto…
the mini lighthouse at Awana Port…
Winding stretch of road leading to…
Winding stretch of road leading t…
Just a turnoff away!
Just a turnoff away!
Kok beach
Kok beach
Kok Beach: Notice the two mini isl…
Kok Beach: Notice the two mini is…
Kok Beach: Quiet, clean, beautiful!
Kok Beach: Quiet, clean, beautiful!
Overexposure!! Kok Beach
Overexposure!! Kok Beach
A view of Kok beach from the road …
A view of Kok beach from the road…
Random pic taken on the way back f…
Random pic taken on the way back …
Kok Beach
Kok Beach
Back from Kok beach to Cenang.
Back from Kok beach to Cenang.
Kok Beach
Kok Beach
Cenang
Cenang
Cenang
Cenang
Cenang
Cenang
View from my room on Friday
View from my room on Friday
Sunset
Sunset
While the sun was busy setting to …
While the sun was busy setting to…
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