Thailand day 7 - last day in Phuket

Last day = breakfast buffet day!

I have been reading a lot of raves online about the Renaissance breakfast buffet, and since we can’t afford this everyday (health and money factor), we saved the best for last.

I won’t spend much writing but will let the pictures and our big smiles (and tummies), speak for itself!  ENJOY!!

Thailand day 6 - (still) in Phuket

Just like my family’s tradition, we went to the Turtle Mart (grocery place) early in the morning to buy snacks we can munch for it is our most favourite time of the year (and snacks are pricey in hotels).  Since this day was our last whole day too, we grabbed the chance to enjoy our hotel and beach more.  It felt like we were forever on the pool side.  Mas naaliw pa kami when Santa Clause visited the people in the swimming area.  We were like kids so excited so we called him for a picture – it was definitely sugar rush! 

The morning was further spent doing nothing --just transferring from beach chair to another, vegetating, people watching.   For lunch, we headed to a 5 minute walk carinderia (where the hotel staff eat) and satisfied ourselves with a last hurrah of real Thai food.

The afternoon seemed long and short.  We both wanted to linger more but we are also excited for the real world.  We started talking about what we will do when we reach Manila, and this did not spoil our vacation for because we know this is grander than what we have now.

Our last night was concluded with a fancy dinner at Takieng (fine-dining restaurant of the hotel). We ate in the second floor with dim lights, overlooking the beach.  Our toes would sometimes touch other as we savor every bite of what is on our dinner plate. 

As always, we walked out of the restaurant with our hands clasped.  Only this time, my head was leaning on his shoulder and I whispered the words “I love you, husband”.  He then leaned on me and kissed me on the forehead saying “I love you too, wife”.

Thailand day 5 - (still) in Phuket

We woke up gloomy so I was afraid that it would be cloudy the whole day. I was so wrong though. The sun was up as soon as I got outside of our huge and glass walled bathroom.  We filled ourselves with fruits for breakfast then went straight out of room 233 to do some “hotel hopping”. 
What I loved about Mai-Khao (the part of Phuket where we are in) was that it was the most secluded and quietest part of the island.  Perfect for people who want to be in solitude and have candle-lit dinners by the shore instead of endless partying at night.  With this, there were only 3 places to stay in the area -- Renaissance, Sala and Marriott.  We hit Marriot first and saw how Thai the hotel is.  Every corner and architecture piece spells Asian.  Each turn showcases Thailand’s design, silk, scent and gods.  As we went to the beach area, there was even an elephant! How crazy is that?!  We walked through Sala hotel too and appreciated how modern and small it was. Perfect for parents who want to watch their kids as they relax.

We went back to Renaissance hotel to enjoy the Sand Box Restaurant and Bar – My favorite food place in the hotel.  I like this spot cause one can dine in your skimpy wear, be barefooted and feel the sand on your feet as you eat, and have the blue skies or starry skies as your view.  Tursitang turista ang peg!

We rested back to our room for awhile then walked to the pool for a swim.  The water was light and warm, perfect for the setting sun and cool breeze of the wind.  We sat to the pool chairs at times to enjoy the happy hour drinks, vegetate and stare at the paradise we are in.  Sigh. This is all what we did. Dip, drink, and stare - the beauty of doing nothing.

We skipped dinner for tonight is Noche Buena!! Our first CHRISTmas together!!!  We wanted to reserve buffet dinner but the restaurant is only open until 11pm.  I mean, Christmas begins at 12 midnight, it cannot end at 11 pm!!! Thus, we ended up having our Noche Buena at the hotel’s bar.  The people around us had alcohol on their tables while we had a complete dinner course!! At 12 midnight, we exchanged greetings and stayed some time to finish our meals.  We then walked out of the bar and stayed close as we sat on a wooded platform underneath the Christmas stars.  We missed our families, of course, but the fact that we are together in our most favorite time of the year made everything fade away.  It was Christmas of 2012 and we were finally married!!! <3 font="">

Thailand day 4 - Bangkok to Phuket

We woke up early and wore our beach get ups for we are bound to PHUKET!  We arrived at the airport a bit early so we had coffee first.  Upon checking-in, we realized that we are the only Asian tourists bound to this beautiful paradise.  We were surrounded with golden headed individuals who are NOT Americans but were actually Europeans. We felt blessed (and uberly sosyal hahaha) to be in this herd of travelers. 

As the pilot announced our near touch down, I peeped through the window and saw how bluish green the water was.  I got too excited that I clasped Bryan’s hand and gave him a quick peck on the cheek.  He could not help but teasingly smile me for I was like a kid ready to jump in the pool.  Who would not be enthusiastic? My last beach trip was September 2010!! This long gap of no beach trips has not happened in the past 10 years!

As we walked down the plane, I can already taste the saltiness of the wind.  The other tourists lined up for the cab while we were taken aback to have been offered a free ride to Renaissance hotel where we will be staying for the next 3 nights (including Christmas eve).  O diba?  Ang mga French, Russians at English, nagkakandarapa sa taxi, while we were escorted to our car - thank you Lord for this surprise and favor!! 

Upon arrival at the hotel we were treated VIP all the way.  I have visited the hotel online, but my oh my, it is more posh and captivating in real life.  We stayed on the 3rd floor overlooking the path heading to the beach.  By mid afternoon, we just lounged at the poolside and when it was almost sunset, we watched the sea dance.  The sound of the splashing water on the shore is music to our ears.  We too played “it” with the waves as it gets bigger and stronger. 
As we gazed up, the stars seemed far and brighter.  The wind is warm and the aura of the hotel made a perfect company to us, honeymooners. 

Our first day in this wonderful gift is a testament of God’s goodness to us.  It was a beautiful outcome of waiting.  As he placed his arm around my shoulder and my arm around his waist, we went back to our room still in awe of His kindness.  Truly, there was a blessing and kakaibang kilig in waiting.