Hey there APJ Crew,
Woo Hoo! A week away in Singapore Changi Airport and Koh Samui Thailand with Jin. Every day an adventure. Full of the fun and romance of international travel with this funster. It’s been so low tech that it’s Friday before I pull out the computer to get some work and blogging done. NAUGHTY!
Scent Diary: 17.2-23.2.2020
The early day was spent organising the house, cleaning, changing the bed and emptying the kitchen of things that could go nasty. It’s awful to come home to rotten, dirty or manky anything so I like to have it spick & span.
SOTAdventure: Lolita Lempicka EdP
BFF Kath bought me a new wet pack because my old one has died a sad death. She bought me that one nearly 20 years ago.
Bags packed and we wandered across the road to the bus about 11am. caught it and the train to Sydney airport where we did a little fragrance sniffing before hiding away in the newly refurbished AmEx Lounge. There we had breakfast and chilled far from the madding crowd and their screaming spawn. I’m so old now that I found myself toe tapping and singing along to the 80s soft rock.
We flew economy with QANTAS to Singapore’s Changi Airport. The cabin manager was an ex boyfriend of mine from 35 years ago! Steven looked almost exactly the same. It was so good to catch up. He brought us First Class booze, cheese and fruit and the pyjama and toiletry bags. SPOILED! With CoronaVirus the plane was almost empty. Jin had 4 seats and I had three, we slept most of the way.
Arriving in Changi Airport in the evening we wandered the three terminals. I think we hit four or five different business lounges to see which had the best food and most comfortable seating. It’s amazing the difference even across the same titles. Did a little spritzing, saw the butterfly farm, sunflower garden and caught the inter terminal trains. We also spent some time looking a Hermès latest cashmere scarves, the new stuff is utterly beautiful. If I was feeling more financial we would have left with at least one, instead I’m using the money to have a sensational holiday.
At around 2.30am we hit the transit hotel, showered and slept for 6 hours. Heaven.
Up early, breakfasted in our favourite lounge, the Dnata next to QANTAS First.
Got some Tom Ford Rose prick on my skin. It’s like rose flavoured lollies. If it was half the price I’d own the bottle.
Met up with our tour group to see the fabulous Jewel shopping mall at Changi Airport. WOW! It is SO worth the effort to see and spend a few hours in. The waterfall, rope park, shopping, food and fun are all excellent. We walked and walked till my thighs were chaffed.
Flew Bangkok Airways to Koh Samui. Very comfortable, less than 2 hours.
Arrived at Samui Novotel. Unpacked.
SOTEvening: Ashoka by Neela Vermeire Creations. The milky fig and woods fit perfectly with a tropical retreat.
Wandered down to the shopping, food and party centre of our area. Wandered around, checked the local merchandise. Very relaxed.
We then had a leisurely wander back to the hotel and took a swim under the stars in the hotel pool. Beautiful.
SOTDay: Santal Massoia by Hermès. Though rich and vibrant it sits quietly until I look for it. Softly peeping out when I whiff.
Breakfast buffet. I LOVE BUFFET! Rich and diverse offerings. Friendly staff. Only the bacon is shit. GAK! Like, not really awful but less than yummy. Cooked by someone who doesn’t love bacon.
There is choice of seating at Novotel. Indoor or outdoor overlooking the Gulf of Thailand. We picked the cool breezes and glorious view of the water, with the sounds of waves crashing less than a meter away. This became our table every morning for our stay.
We hired motor scooters. No safety precautions, didn’t even ask if we’d ridden one before. No wonder people get hurt. It turns out that a scooter is much less easily managed and manoeuvred than a motor bike. It took me a couple of hours to work it out. Once we got it together, had our little helmets on and went to se the island it was amazing fun.
First stop was the Big Buddha, huge and intimidating. I went around the compound and banged every bell with my knuckles. Each one had a slightly different tone. Suddenly when a bell was rung the whole place felt alive with the magic of religious fervour. We got blessed by a monk in front of the Reclining Buddha, Jin now sports a vibrant prayer bracelet (I declined). There was a sign asking us not to take photos, we didn’t.
Zipped off to the Fisherman’s Village. Loads of cool cafes and local merchandise stores. We ducked into a cafe, Cafe de Pier, and suddenly the heavens opened up. DELUGE! Watching it across the bay was transportive. So calming. Glad we weren’t caught in it on our bikes.
Lunch time to the W Samui. VERY freaking Ra-Sha-Sha. Food and service were excellent. Low key loveliness.
Off to the Mall. As soon as we parked the motor bikes the skies opened again. Thunder and lightening, huge gouts of cold water chucked down. Amazing.
Woo Hoo! They have Yves Rocher here! Shopped the shower gel sale. Tried this So Elixir by Yves richer. As always, their stuff packs excellent bang for it buck. I didn’t buy it though. Sweet and woody.
Jin discovered dried mango. Oh dear! NEW CRAZE!
Back to the Novotel. Swam. The restaurant was closed. I ate some nuts.
Slept like dead people.
Up early. Breakfasted. The bougainvillea here is so colourful and vibrant. Perfect wake up.
Went to the Samui Elephant Sanctuary. Rescued elephants, most of whom are disabled in body or mind are allowed to wander free on this eight acre reserve. The only time you are allowed to touch them is if you are feeding them. They have been used for logging and entertainment. Most are poorly cared for during their incarceration. Seeing these beautiful, ageing, behemoths able to wander, make choices and live an unfettered life is uplifting in so many ways. We were introduced to all six girls in the sanctuary. These are the ones that need more care than the elephants on the larger reserve. It’s captivity but in no way the hell they endured as working beasts. This was an adventure well worth the money. Our guide ChiChi was adorable too.
Jin bought some Samui Elephant Sanctuary merchandise. Every cent of profit goes to them.
We had a swim. Then we had massages. Jin had a full body, jasmine oil massage. I have a foot massage with pressure point work. An hour for about US$10. Amazing.
Off to the mall. My pedicure needed a redo. Jin joined. He’s so ticklish it was hilarious.
Went and got a couple of coffees. Same barista. Mine has the cutest bread face ever and Jin got an ugly onion. No reason, just happened. It’s so weird because usually Jin is the one who gets the extra special attentions. We laughed so hard.
We also grabbed some thongs and a bunch more dried mango.
SOTEvening: Niral by Neela Vermeire Creations. These Take Two travel sizes are the best. Niral is a lovely tropical wear, pretty and elegant. A perfect fir for dining under the stars with the one you love.
Dinner at Novotel, sitting on the deck with the sound of the sea and a cool breeze. So calm and romantic. We chattered and ate, laughed and talked till we were the last there. Jin had Banana Dacquiri. YUM!
After we wandered up the beach, past the other resorts and restaurants. The Novotel is by far the most comfortable and clean looking on our side of the island.
Today is relax day. I put my foot down. One day this holiday would be stay in the hotel, swim, massage, eat, read and laze. I spent the morning updating the blog.
Had another reflexology foot massage. It’s brought back feeling in some of my toes that are starting to get nerve damage from the diabetes. AMAZING!
We had breakfast and lunch in the hotel.
Lazed by the pool and drank boozy cocktails. It was fricken wonderful.
Around 5pm we went out and grabbed a couple of much better motor scooters. We hit the shops looking for a very specific hat we’d seen on another tourist. Wandered for a couple of hours looking but no luck. Saw so many shops and bars and restaurants though. Koh Samui is alive and kicking even in the early evening.
Home by 7.30pm so we could swim.
SOTEvening: L’Insomnuit by Robert Piguet. Darkly woody with creamy white flowers floating above. So good. I’m using a decant but it looks like it might make FB pretty soon.
Walked across the road for dinner at a local restaurant. It was only OK.
Breakfast with Jin. I spent an hour dropping photos into the blog and he went to the room to shower. This view is definitely worth waking up for,
We grabbed a couple of motor scooters and headed out for the day. First stop a lookout. The air is so misty that visibility is not so good, looks kind of ghostly.
We found a back street market behind the petrol station where we filled up. Jin ate street food. It didn’t look quite right to me so I didn’t. Jin was a bit squirty from it later in the day. ONLY eat freshly cooked, hot street food crew.
Then we hiked to a small waterfall and pools. It was not so long but quite hilly. We were sweating and puffing by the time we got there, and then back. TBH the hike was lovelier than the destination.
I had two dramatic spills on the scooter. Fortunately I wasn’t hurt, the scooter had some scratches to a few panels. Less than AUD$120 to get it fixed. No worries.
Came back to the hotel. Swam. Had a massage on our backs after a day of scootering.
Dinner at the Novotel. This is exactly how beautiful it looked and felt. Food was delicious, we ate WAY too much. Staff is so friendly. PLUS that view. Heaven.
After dinner we took a little walk along the beach, dipped our toes in the Gulf of Thailand and had a laugh.
For some reason I woke at 1am. Wide awake and shivering. Instantly jumped into a very hot shower.
SOTBed: L’Insomnuit by Robert Piguet. Worn ironically, but it’s a really beautiful smoky amber with white florals. Gorgeous.
Back to bed. Slept like dead people.
Up at 7am. Seriously! What the hell is wrong with me?
We went and breakfasted. Leisurely, one hour of nibbling, chatting and organising. It’s overcast and cool. Perfect Jin and Portia weather.
The sun came out beautifully so we went for a swim, had a sun bake for about 40 minutes. I could feel my skin crisping.
Came back to the room and had a relax. We just happened to notice the furious bee activity in the water lily flowers. All different sizes and shapes of bee going crazy.
Clothes are now ironed and ready for the wedding. Bathed, shaved, clipped and pouffed. Maybe some lunch?
Here are the wedding pics. My cousin Mark and his beautiful dude David. The event took place at the W Hotel Koh Samui. It was jaw droopingly fabulous. From the wedding performed ove an infinity pool, the dinner under the stars down on the beach, drag shows, fire shows, fireworks, dancing, drinking etc etc. Everything was done so beautifully. It was spectacular, amazing and still full of love.
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