Olive’s +66 trip at 16 months small
Travel period: 18 Feb to 22 Feb 2016 (4 nights)
Weather: Tropical climate, year-round summer with temperatures averaging at 30°c.
Stay: Nikki Beach, Lipa Noi, west coast of Koh Samui.
Eat: Anything and everything since Olive has reached toddlerhood.
Moving around: We took the taxi to and from the hotel. We were total beach bums this holiday and didn’t move around much. Our main purpose for the trip was to attend a wedding so no research was done at all. Zero, zilch, nada! If we weren’t sleeping, we were either by or in the pool, or by the beach or in the sea.
Staying connected: We purchased pre-paid sim cards at the airport.
Useful Information (since I cannot provide you with much): Koh Samui with Kids: Your Ultimate Guide
Best part about not doing any research or planning for a holiday is the dolce far niente. Yes to the unbearable lightness of being and ultimate nua-ing (i.e. lazing around in Singlish)! I could do this all day, everyday. Will let the pictures do most of the talking.
18.02.16 Thu Day 1: Checked in to Nikki Beach Resort. Eat. Swim. Dance. Repeat.
19.02.16 Fri Day 2: Eat. Swim. Play. Dance. Sleep. Repeat. And of course attending our dear friend’s wedding at Ban Suriya, a 6 bedrooms villa by the beach.
20.02.16 Sat Day 3: Eat. Swim. Play. Dance. Sleep. Repeat. Plus a recovery BBQ party.
A short story: If the goodness of one’s character can be gauged by his/her love and compassion for animals, then there’s no doubt that Olive has a heart of gold. I was observing Olive play with 2 older boys and a cat. The witty boys were role-playing and named Olive Obi-Wan Kebaby, and the cat was Catlo Ren. I watched Olive interact with the Catlo Ren, whose ears were wounded, red, and raw. She tilted her head side to side, observing Catlo Ren so intently, and petted him on his back in the gentlest manner. It was as though she knew he needed a little more tender loving care. Moments like this are so special and memorable, especially so when I get that warm fuzzy feeling. I sure hope Olive will continue to love and care for animals the way she does now.
21.02.16 Sun Day 4: Eat. Swim. Play. Dance. Sleep. Repeat.
Documenting a conversation with a stranger who came back to shore from a dip in the sea.
Stranger: Excuse me, do you speak English?
Stranger: I’m drunk but my psychic ability only comes when I’m high. She (referring to Olive) is very smart and knows exactly what she wants.
Stranger: Just let her do what she wants and be what she wants to be. She’s a smart one.
So the Oracle has spoken. Imagine if the stranger dished out a less than ideal prophecy instead!
22.02.16 Mon Day 5: And we’re out!