Date: August 13, 2013
We woke up early on our anniversary all set to head out to the island of Murano for the day. It’s supposed to be beautiful there and you can see them blowing glass and making vases but after checking the weather and it forecast thunderstorms we decided to stay a little closer to the hotel just in case we got caught in any downpours. Typically as we had decided not to go to Murano the weather stayed as glorious as it had been all holiday.
Instead we spent another day getting lost in and around the beautiful streets of Venice. We headed back to the hotel about 4:30pm as we wanted to head back out early and enjoy our gondola ride in the evening sun. After picking up a bottle of chilled prosecco we climbed into the gondola, which was double parked so we had to climb over another one to …
The Long Walk Round
Date: July 12, 2013
Today we explored Venice, by explored I mean got lost, we first went to Piazza San Marco (St Marks Square) and then walked round the edge of the island to the North West but soon found ourselves in the side streets and not really knowing where we were, We ended up walking through some of the Castello region and then in to the Canneregio region, we walked down the main street checking out all the restaurants to find somewhere to eat later.
We walked for hours admiring all the buildings and taking short trips down side streets only to have to come back when it turned into a dead end.
We ended up walking so far that we came to Ferrovia and crossed the bridge into the Santa Croce region, this is where the best part of the trip happened. As we were coming down the bridge, Ang said, careful on these …
First impressions of Venice
Date: July 11, 2013
Once we arrived at Treviso airport, we purchased a couple of bus tickets to take us to the island itself, unfortunately I’d bought the wrong ones so quickly had to get a refund and get the correct ones before our bus left.
We pulled up at Piazzala Roma about 45 minutes later, got off the bus and were immediately confused by the public transport system that we needed to use to get to our hotel, eventually we figured it out and got on the water bus. Just as we were waiting to pull out we heard a crash, looked round and saw a water bus pulling up along side us, turns out we weren’t on the bus we were in the bus stop, after pushing our way on to the bus we began making our way up the canal heading for the Rialto bridge.
As we came up the canal Ang noticed a boat …
Date: July 1, 2013
This website started out as a place for me and my new wife to document our Honeymoon to Malaysia and Borneo, we enjoyed it so much at the time and even more now being able to look back at it that we’ve decided to keep going with the blog and change it in to a travel site for everywhere that we visit.
We have just booked our first wedding anniversary trip to Venice so that will be the next place to look out for and then we are off to Kefalonia in Greece later in the year so look out for that too.
Date: July 29, 2012
Telaga Tujuh or 7 wells is a water fall near the cable car in Langkawi, we headed out early as we had to get the hire car back by 1pm and we didn’t know how far we would have to walk.
When we got there we found that we had to walk up a very steep hill and then up some steps to get to the base of the water fall. It would be a bit of a walk in England but in 30+ degrees it was hard work. It was possible to continue on for another 15 minutes to get to the top but we didn’t have time and were in no state to keep going so we just went to the base.
Once we got there we realised it was worth the effort, it was a spectacular place with crystal clear water that we went for a paddle in. We …
Date: July 28, 2012
Today we took a drive out to Oriental Village which is where the Cable Car is. To be honest I was quite up for this…….until i saw it. I don’t think I realised how high it actually was. I was a little nervous as we wandered round the village before going up, but as we were here I thought might as well give it a go. We got into one of the cars on our own which was nice but my stomach did go over as it pulled out the station as it sped up quite a bit. As we climbed higher and higher and the village got smaller it was quite unnerving.
Unfortunately it was a very hazy day so the views were not as good as they could have been. We could still see the beach below and the view across the mountains but on a clear day you …
Date: July 27, 2012
The day after going to Labuk bay we travelled from Sandakan to the island of Langkawi, this is the relaxing part of the honeymoon so we were just planning on sitting on the beach and swimming in the pool. Unfortunately as seems to be standard here, the second we got in a taxi it started to chuck down with rain, our taxi driver assured us that it never rains for longer than 30 minutes. 4 hours later we were staring out the window of the hotel room watching the rain.
It never stopped so we ate in the hotel and went to bed. The next day the sun was out so we sat round the pool, drinking in the pool bar and lounging in the jacuzzi. Never used a pool bar before, it’s an odd feeling drinking a beer with a wet bum and legs. I’d definitely recommended it though.
Having spent …
Date: July 23, 2012
After arriving back from Turtle Island at about 8.30 we quickly got showered, well I did, and grabbed a cab to take us on the hour long drive to Labuk Bay where we would be seeing the Proboscis monkeys. These monkeys are very odd looking with orange fur and big noses and they can only be found in this part of Borneo so we didn’t want to miss them.
when we arrived there was nobody else there, as we walked about the viewing platform we could make out a couple of the monkeys jumping around in the trees but they were a bit hard to see so we decided to go and watch the video about the sanctuary, unfortunately it got to the bit where they were telling us about Alistair the Alpha male and how him and his young were starving in the dry season when the power failed, we …
Date: July 23, 2012
The first thing we did when we arrived in Sandakan was try to book our trip to Turtle Island but we were told by four separate travel agents that it was all fully booked and that we should have booked in May for a trip in July as it was high season. We obviously didn’t know that and we’re very disappointed as that was one of our main reasons for coming here. On our third night here we retuned to the hotel after dinner to find a note put under our door to say they had some spaces available for the next morning so we couldn’t believe our luck. It was an early start and by 9:30am we were on the boat and on our hour long journey to the island.
When we arrived we were shown to our chalets and given instructions about the island and the times the meals …
Date: July 21, 2012
Today the husband and I (still sounds weird!) went to Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre to see the Orangutans. It was a beautiful day, blue sky and the sun was shining. We arrived about half nine and entered the rain forest. Already the temperature was soaring and as we waited for the 10am feeding time we were melting. Then two orangutans arrived at the feeding platform for us to view. One was larger but seemed a little shy and spent most of his time with his back to us. The smaller one had more character and seemed to be showing off for the crowds. He was quite happy swinging above our heads every now and again nipping down to steal some food off the platform which the bigger one was not too happy about and kept trying to chase him away. I don’t think he was very keen to share his food.
Date: July 20, 2012
Yesterday evening we left Kuala Lumpur and headed out to Sandakan, we were slightly alarmed by the smoke in the plane but quickly realised it was the air conditioning, never seen anything like it before.
After a turbulent 3 hour flight we arrived in Sandakan, within 30 minutes of arriving we were in a cab on our way to the hotel, within 2 minutes of being in that cab it started to absolutely chuck it down, when we arrived at our 70s hotel we checked in, had a drink in the bar and went to bed.
Early the next morning we went in to town to see what was there, we found a couple of bars and a lot of run down shops, there was a brand new mall that only opened 3 days ago but there was only about 4 shops in there, one of which was a supermarket, we stocked …
Date: July 18, 2012
This morning we set our alarm for 7.15 so we could get to the Petronas Towers early enough to get tickets for today. We snoozed it a couple of times, course we did, we’re on holiday but still got there for about 9am and got tickets to go up at 1pm.
Luckily there was an enormous shopping centre, think Lakeside only 6 floors, so we went in there and had breakfast in the Kenny Rogers grill.
We still had a bit of time to kill so we had a look round the local area, took some photos of the Petronas towers and the fountains and then went inside to take our turn.
Before going up we got a briefing that was projected onto smoke, couldn’t get a decent picture of it but check the gallery to see what I mean and then we were into the lift. The lift had screens as the …
2nd night quickie
Date: July 17, 2012
So after we had dried off from the caves we decided to head out into KL for a spot of dinner. We had a wander around towards the pertronas towers to see if we could get tickets but the ticket office was closed so we’ll have to go back tomorrow. In the end we ended up in an Italian restaurant. I know what you’re all thinking, we are in Malaysia and in an Italian but there is plenty of time for Asian food. The Italian restaurant was very tasty all washed down with a nice bottle of wine. Then on the way home we stopped in the hotel bar for a couple of cocktails. That is where the most awful experience in KL happened! I was casually sipping my drink and enjoying the nice complimentary snacks when I unknowingly picked up some sort of dried fish. As I started to …
Date: July 17, 2012
Our first full day in Kuala Lumpur saw us dragging ourselves out of bed after 14hours sleep (which still didn’t seem enough!) We were supposed to get up and head out early but with the need for sleep and the time difference we didn’t actually make it out the hotel until almost 2pm. We decided to head to the Batu Caves and jumped in a taxi outside the hotel. The journey took about half an hour all the time the sky was getting darker and darker.
It was raining lightly when we got out the taxi so we started our climb of the 272 steps. On the way up we came face to face with some macaque monkeys which were very cute, but are well known for trying to steal your food so we didn’t get too close. We were almost at the top when there was a big rumble of …
Date: July 17, 2012
After a very tiring flight we arrived in Doha airport and prepared for an even longer one to KL, luckily we’d booked the emergency exit seat so were able,to stretch out and sleep, for,about an hour in my case.
We arrived in Kuala Lumpur and spent an hour getting through passport control, once through we got our taxi that was booked for Mr Alan Lamb and Mr Angelene O’Brien and headed out in to the clouds, 10 minutes into the journey the rain lashed down and we could barely see the cars around us 15 minutes later and it had stopped, not only that we were clearly getting close as we could see the sky needle poking through the clouds.
We arrived at the hotel at about 5pm and went straight out for a wander, found a nice bar for a quiet beer and then went to Jalan Alore, where all the …
Date: July 14, 2012
It’s official, we are now husband and wife, Mr and Mrs Lamb.
We had a cracking time at Blake Hall and everyone else seemed to as well. Can’t thank you all enough for making it such a special day. The weather defied the forecasts of 20mm of rain in prolonged showers and the sun was shining all day long. We couldn’t have asked for better, especially in the wettest summer since records began.
Ang kept me waiting for 15 minutes but it seemed like a lot longer while I was pacing about. When she eventually arrived she looked stunning and the ceremony was beautiful. Lawrence did a lovely reading and we kept it together for the vows, although the same can’t be said for Kym.
We then wen’t off and had our photos done in the gorgeous gardens, our photographer Andrew Ward was great, he’s a very nice chap and made it a nice experience, …
Date: March 23, 2012
We are now fully booked, the hotels we’re staying in were thoroughly planned so that they are in good locations but decent quality too. When we first arrive in Kuala Lumpur we will be staying at the Park Royal, this is right in the centre of KL, less than a mile from the Petronas towers and the city centre.
Once we leave KL we go to Borneo where we’ll be staying at the Sabah hotel. This is pretty much the only hotel in the area that we are staying in that has a pool and is of good quality so not much choice there.
Whilst in Borneo we have one night on Turtle Island but I’m not sure what the hotel is called there or what it’s like so you’ll have to wait till we are there to see and here about that.
From Borneo we go to Langkawi where we wanted to …
Flights are booked
Date: March 21, 2012
Our long haul flights are with Qatar airways, we have a short stop at Doha both ways and the total travel time is around 16-17 hours. Qatar are apparently a 5 Star airline, there are only 5 airlines that have the 5 star award so although we are still in cattle class, hopefully it’s going to be a good flight and if not the free alcohol should help to numb the pain.
The internal flights that take us from Kuala Lumpur to Borneo and Langkawi are with the less salubrious AirAsia, not flown with them before but they are 3 star rated which is slightly better than Ryanair (2 Star) and on a par with Easyjet so not expecting much. So pleased to get these booked, now we know where we are going and what dates we are moving on we can start planning things to do in each location.
Date: March 19, 2012
We spent ages looking at honeymoon destinations, we wanted the honeymoon to be somewhere special, somewhere that you wouldn’t go on a normal holiday so we ruled out Europe and started thinking about the Caribbean. We were going to go to Cuba, the Bahamas, Turks & Caicos and maybe Jamaica so that we could see a few different islands, the only problem was that Cuba can be a bit difficult to travel around and we wanted our honeymoon to be as easy as possible, plus flying in and out of Cuba is a bit difficult because America seem to restrict flights that have come from Cuba.
We thought about going to America, I really wanted to get a Mustang and drive from LA to Vegas, I fancied seeing some of Hollywood, the golden gate bridge and beverly hills. The only problem with America is that we’ve both been a few times …
Date: September 20, 2010
This was our first holiday together, we wanted to go somewhere warm with beautiful sandy beaches, nice bars and a good atmosphere for couples. We decided on Skiathos and we weren’t disappointed.
Skiathos is a small Greek island in the north west Aegean Sea. It is the westernmost island in the Northern Sporades group. Skiathos is about 12 km long and 6 km wide on average. The coastline is indented with up to 65 sandy beaches, inlets, capes and peninsulas.
We rented a car to explore the entire island, the first couple of days were a little cloudy so we thought we’d take a tour, we drove the length and bredth of the island and even got lost up in the mountains. This was when we visited Kastro (the Greek word for castle), located on a high rock, overlooking a steep cliff above the sea at the northernmost part of the island. …