Tuesday, March 12, 2013

David and Jane's visit to Rebak

6th January 2013

After a wonderful three weeks in Melbourne we returned to Rebak Marina and Moonfleet on 6th January 2013, with just a week before my brother, David, and his wife, Jane were due to arrive to spend 3 weeks onboard Moonfleet with us.
We spent this week finishing outstanding jobs on Moonfleet and sorting out new ones as they arose.  Alan had lots of jobs to do up the mast and I must have hauled him up and down at least 6 times!  Thank goodness for an electric winch.
Alan fitting the spreader caps

14th January 2013

Thankfully David and Jane’s flight into Langkawi arrived on time at 9.30pm as the last ferry to Rebak is at 10.30pm, but it is only a 5 mins taxi drive from the airport 

Fast ferry to Rebak from Langkasuka

For the first few days they enjoyed unwinding around the resort – on the beach,

Dave and Jane 
 by the pool

Alan and Di

Dave and Jane 

One morning we enjoyed a very leisurely breakfast at the resort.

Breakfast at the Taj Hotel Resort on Rebak Island
17th January 2013

With a planned itinerary to show Dave and Jane some of the 99 islands of Langkawi with left Rebak Marina.  However when we got out we realised that the best made plans and all that ………………… The  wind was over 20kts and blowing straight through the anchorage off Puala Beras Basah, which is a favourite of mine, so not suitable for a lunchtime stop and a swim.
Puala Beras Basah taken on a previous visit in perfect
So it was on to the next planned stop to see the white bellied sea eagles and red kites swoop down to be fed by the tourist boats, but again the conditions to anchor were not good.
Red Kites and White Bellied Eagles seen on a previous
Eventually we anchored at Puala Dayang Bunting and, although the sea was calm, the wind came down off the high cliffs in bullets, swinging us violently through 180 deg.   However we knew the holding here was good but it was a disappointing day for Dave and Jane.  After the tour boats had made their last trips to take people to the legendary Tasik Dayang Bunting – the Pregnant Maidens Lake, which got its name after Kedah princess, forbidden to marry her lover, fell pregnant after swimming in the lake.  The angry king banished her to this island where she drowned herself and became a rock.  The lake is fresh water and said to aid conception – too late for me!
The jetty to the fresh water lake at Dayang Bunting

Dave and Jane at the Pregnant Maiden's Lake

On our way to the lake we saw a number of Macaque monkeys.

Please don't take my photo - I'm very shy
The next day the wind had abated a little, but as the forecast was still for high winds, we decided to go into Telaga marina to hire a car for land trip around the island instead.

19th January 2013

It was a difficult start to the day as the car we ordered from Mr Din didn’t materialise and an hour later when one did arrive it was a clapped out piece of junk with non-opening windows and no air-con.  He agreed to drive us to the airport where we managed to get a suitable modern car.

We had a very enjoyable day driving all round Langkawi, our first stop was to visit Atma Alam Batik Art Village at Matsirat, where you can watch the artists painting the batik designs on silk or cotton fabric. (Unfortunately no photos allowed)   We bought a few gifts here but could have spent much more!  Our next stop was at Tanjung Rhu, on the north of the island, where we had lunch close to the beautiful beach.
Tanjung Rhu

Jane and Di and Tanjung Rhu - upmarket resort behind
the fence!

Dave enjoying a green coconut drink
Our last stop of the day was at Kuah ferry port to check out of Malaysia in preparation for leaving for Thailand the following day.



29th December 2012

Suzy and Paul Natasha’s parents invited us to spend the night with them at their new home in Bendigo a good 2 hour drive away from Melbourne.  Bendigo is a very interesting town with many grand old buildings.  It was established in the 19th century as a result of rich find of gold here during the Australian Gold Rush.   There are many open-caste mines as well as a network of deep shaft mines some of which are still operational.  I had been down one of the underground mines to 90 metres on a previous occasion, which gave me a real insight to the horrors of working in such conditions with only a candle to see by!

Suzy and Paul's house

Garden view to the lake

Alan and Paul at the lake now very low in water

Suzy and Paul’s house, a 1970 architectural designed house, is a little way out of Bendigo in the bush, and is situated on a large plot with many gum trees and a lake, although they are trying to establish a more Mediterranean garden against all the odds of the extreme temperatures of 40+C in the summer and lack of rain.  But if they are successful it should be a beautiful place.

BBQ breakfast at Paul and Suzy's house
We enjoyed a meal at an Italian restaurant in the evening and Paul cooked us a great, true to form, Aussie breakfast on the BBQ the next morning.