A one minute relax moment away from the “Dad”, “Can we have”, “Mary”, “Can we get a drink”, “Can we go to ….”, “I’m hungry”, “I want to go to the toilet” and so it goes on 24×7. But a quick, sigh, deep breath, a glance up and oooooh how beautiful is that. Drifty drifty for a fleeting second and then – BOOM – “I’m thirsty again, can we get a drink, I also want to go to the big slide, can we go to the beach too afterwards …………!” Ah think drifty thoughts ……………………………
First of the first day. Yes the world famous, it is indeed, it’s here, the shout, the chant – can you hear it???
“Facebook, Facebook, Facebook!”
But a cracker Mary!
This one is funny. May not look like it but it is.
Notice we are leaning ever so slightly to our left? Just a little right?
Well because the camera was actually perched on top of a floating Amy life-jacket in the pool. I put it on there on timer to take a picture of Mary and I. We’re all ready, 10 second timer starts and then the bloody slide right in front of us gushes a load of water out and starts the lief-jacket spinning away – so naturally we’re leaning to stay on shot. Ha Ha – mind you came out really well methinks!
Amy goes bananas on the the normal one and Ollie goes for his bounce and spin thing. He’s got quite good at this now even managing 2x 360s on one bounce this trip. Looking good kids.
Then after MUCH persuasion we get Amy to do the following having watched Ollie do it alone. You could tell she was desperate to have a go, and finally after much chat and push she went for it. It goes like this:
Ollie comes back in and the deflate, with his sister watching and waiting.
In gets Amy with Ollie in now fully deflated ball.
Man starts to inflate said ball now containing Ollie and Amy.
Nearly there, nearly there!
That’s it we’re done – now what’s next I hear you saying …?
Yep run or crawl forwards on to the water – woo hoo, go for it kids! The one time we had peace on the weekend as you couldn’t hear them from within side the ball. Kids you wanna go again immediately afterwards, please!!! Ha Ha!
They had a ball (scuse the pun), they really did. Giggles and squeals of delight. Great fun. I’m actually in the water taking these, and helping every now and then to push them safely back to the middle of the pool. OK OK pushing them upside down so they spin to a pile in the middle of the ball laughing! Hey it’s my job!
These two are great as I got them to lay on the bottom of the ball and look in to the pool, and I ducked under and faced up, great shots! Brother and sister having such fun together!
Hold on a second it’s DOUBLE FACEBOOK.
A single and a double. Sounds like a drink – I’ll have a double Facebook please, hold the ice.
Nice though. This is outside the newly named restaurant, Rice. You’ll see more of that in a moment. Pictures paint a thousand words, check this place out!
No need to say too much other than this is the view from outside the bar where we are above looking along the length of the restaurant itself. See there’s outdoors, indoors, slightly covered (us) and roof-top function area. So cool. And back by chill-out tunes pumping from the stereo.
Let me turn left and show you the beach view from the similar vantage point. It does not get much better does it. This is 75 minutes ferry ride away from Singapore. Beautiful!
Fingers too tired now. So just FB FB FB, ha ha! Lovely photo Mary, Lovely!
The first sign of Christmas (bearing in mind this is the 22nd December) – with a tree behind the kids and a real ginger bread house all lit up with icing snow etc. Wonderful.
The other thing I love in this picture is the slate to the left, and the open thing beneath. That is the kitchen. A thing of beauty for us foodies. This is a belter!
Last night and personalised leaf placemats await us. Although I think we had the wrong table as our said welcome to the Kenneth’s ha ha! Mind you when you have lived here a long time you get used to be called Brian Bennett, Mr Bryan, Brain, Kenneth, Kennett Brain and the list goes on. Still though what a lovely gesture!
Inside at night. The huge kitchen off to your right and a majorly long ice tray in front of me with all sorts of meats, seafood, lobster and stone crabs.
Here we all are enjoying the final meal. Not going to comment here on this as that should go on my foodie. But suffice to say the actual place is so so bloody good and nice and funky and the staff are lovely that you do let them get away with the food. It ain’t all that. But when you look out to the view, you just kinda forget, know what I mean!
Any way I think we looked gorgeous! Nice Mary, just beeeeautiful!
Hmmm well OK maybe some of us are stretching that statement, maybe for the next picture she’ll strike a better pose?? Maybe, just maybe!
Nice one Ollie, looking very handsome Son. Very debonair! Good looking lad is he not.
OK greying, few kilos over weight, wearing black to hide it in, but not looking bad. Loving life as you’ll see I think.
And back to Amy, is she going to do a nice pose, possible, maybe, and click – oh bugger!
Oh NO it’s catching! What happened to us??
One more go, oh SH@*T, bugger. Where’s the lovely one of my little girl. OK Amy, promise Daddy, one more and make it a nice one – “OK Daddy.”
It’s official, I give up!
Did I say it was Xmas? OK OK one of the guys at a token Christmas Tree shot or two! Ahhhhhh! See it is Christmas, even if you are wearing shorts and sweating like a p*g as Amy would say!
A walk across the green to the restaurant, Rice.
You can see it top right in the distance, right on the beach and next to the massage huts in the middle. Oh deep deep joy! Love this place!
Sorry did I mention the lovely view below and the peace and quiet we got whilst having a drink???
I just mentioned that to Mary – what do you think without the munchkins for 10 minutes?
Happy?? Not sure what her response was, she didn’t answer, she did this below!
Joking kids, we’re joking! Promise we’re joking!
So to finish – it may not look like Christmas here, but it is all the same.
To all our family and friends across the Globe we wish you all a VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS, and a MASSIVELY PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR.
We miss you all and love you all.
You are always in our thoughts.
Love from Bri, Mary, Ollie and Amy