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Pangkor Laut Day Three: finally chilling

This is an old journal, from our trip around the world in 2002, taken from the diary I wrote at the time. Apologies for the poor quality photographs, they are scans of prints taken with a compact camera and images from the scrap book I made afterwards.

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View Around the World for our Silver Wedding 2002 on Grete Howard's travel map.

I wake at 03.30 and just snooze after that, before finally getting up – with a bad back from too much bed – at 07.30. A large breakfast of omelette with cheese, onion, pepper and chilli, followed by fruit and toast with pastrami and cheese sets me up for the day. I consider breakfast the most important meal of the day and load up accordingly.

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After checking our e-mail account, we spend a couple of hours in the shade by the pool, reading and drinking their rather excellent smoothies. The quiet ambience of the hotel is one of the things I do like about it – there is no shouting, splashing, screaming, loud music, and people even talk in muted tones as befits the surroundings.

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As we enter the lunch restaurant, Din, the waiter, says: ‘Two Tiger Beers Mrs Howard?’ We obviously have a reputation already. The burgers are mediocre, but the fries are first-rate. Particularly crispy, they appear to be coated in a kind of batter. I must try that at home. The meal is complimented with an exceptionally tasty pineapple relish.

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An afternoon siesta by the pool becomes pretty sweltering, whilst the Jacuzzi cools us down to shivering point. We can’t win. The rain holds off this afternoon, so we sit on the balcony with a duty free drink, enjoying the last sunset in this idyllic place.

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Fisherman’s Cove is reputed to be the island’s best restaurant; consequently we have saved it until the final evening. The young British couple we met earlier in the day are dining in this restaurant too; she is suffering badly from the effects of dehydration. Drinking red wine will not improve her condition, and I run back to the room for some Dioralyte for her.

Having been billed as superior to the other restaurants, the meal, although tasty and tender, is slightly disappointing. As the name would suggest, fish is the speciality in this place. For a starter I choose prawn and mango in filo pastry with a chilli dip, whilst David enjoys his lobster bisque. We both agree on stir fried beef with a black pepper sauce for our main course.

Tomorrow being my birthday, David ordered a birthday cake earlier in the day, and is astonished when one is brought out but taken to the next table. When they very kindly share a piece with us, I am glad I did not receive mine. It is far too dry for my liking and the mango and pineapple strudel I order is much more satisfying. An apple tarts completes David’s meal, and with a bottle of Pinotage, the bill comes to an agreeable £68.

Posted by Grete Howard 05:03 Archived in Malaysia

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