Bumi , you stole my heart

Our choice of location in no particular order was , it should be close enough to get to, affordable and borderline boring .

Few clicks on the AirAsia website got us geared up for Hua Hin.Only one flight a day in the late morning , worked out for us ,since we had kids in tow .So no unearthly hour ride to the airport .

Since we gained an hour , we managed to reach our resort by 12:30 pm and headed out to lunch to a nearby restaurant while we waited for check-in at 2 pm.

We stayed at Putahracsa Resort  , about 800m to the famous Hua Hin Night Market .The principal reason we booked this place ,  was for easy access to street food .  ( But never made it , coz we were smitten by Cicada Market food court )

We basically lounged at the resort , swam in one of the 4 pools , strolled by the beach , collected sea shells and napped all day ( well , just me) till dinner .Oh and, enjoyed the drinks .

 

The beach – wasn’t the cleanest , neither was it the clearest ………but we loved it anyways.

Waiting to collect sea shells.

The lobby

View from our room

Our room

Resort’s beachside bar 

Rooms- outside looking in.

Dinner –Cicada Market .Food was amazing !!!!!!!!!! Street food at touristy prices but it was so good .So good. We were too hungry , we forgot to take photos. Sorry!

We surrendered to bed early , as the kids were tired and so were we.

Woke up to gloomy weather ,and signs of a thunderstorm headed our way. But we risked it and made our way to Hutsadin Elephant Foundation .

This IS the main reason anybody should visit Hua Hin.

We were give an option to ride the elephants ( apparently it’s not painful if done bare back , but we skipped it anyways)

Instead we took the option of walking with the elephants , and giving them a wash down after .

Facts about Hutsadin

-Run entirely by contributions from public .No government funding.

-Care for hurt /injured/orphaned elephants.

– In the evening , they are left to roam wild in the acres of land at the back , that they are hoping to buy once they have enough funds.

-You can volunteer at the sanctuary  (Wish I could do this , the way Robin  was volunteering at Hutsadin)

Back to my story.

We were introduced to Bumi, the oldest rescued elephant that was ” tortured” in the wild .He was a majestic looking 76 year old , weighing 4000 kg, and the only male at the conservation centre .Robin also mentioned back in 2014 , at the foundation itself, he was drugged one night , and his tusks were cut . (heartbreaking)

Bumi was not on a leash , the mahout had a long branch / stick that apparently was enough to keep us safe. We took Bumi for a walk , feeding him throughout the journey .It felt a little overwhelming at first  , expecting Bumi to stomp and trample all over us . But we eventually warmed up to the giant walking with us , who seemed like a happy camper , waiting for the next banana to be placed in his trunk at constant intervals .Robin was our volunteer who accompanied us , feeding  us facts about the elephants . explaining to us the efforts being  done by the foundation and was happy to answer all our questions.

Our experience cost us 800 Baht /adult, and 400 Baht for kids . Our experience lasted about 45 minutes  , but we were welcomed to stay longer to walk around the property. In view of the rain, we left .

In complete awe

We fed him nearly 100 bananas ,in that half an hour.  Lucky him ,  4000 kg , is not considered fat in his world.

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Isn’t Bumi just… so….. magical?

More bananas.

Camera ready with a ear flap

Quick shower before we said  goodbye

Songkran , the most lovable one who was saved at age 2.

Bumi and us

Ended our day at Ba Ba Beach Club once the weather cleared up at 5 pm. It was an effort to get there considering nobody knew where it was. Few calls and help with google maps got us there 45 minutes later.

Chillin 

As much as we are against animal cruelty……we  gave in to the “can we go , can we go”

They had kid activities too

Views at night

Our birthday girl

Also, who do you think wore it better?

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Light show by fireflies

On a nice sunny Saturday afternoon , we decided to head off to Kuala Selangor to watch the fireflies .Been 10 years since we last went , just the two of us and now ,with our plus two.

We got on the LATA highway , and reached within an hour 15 minutes . Nice drive with no traffic .We were nearly 2 hours early , tours start at 7:30pm ……more precisely, when darkness falls .

We managed a pit stop at Bukit Rotan temple. Beautiful .Plus point , there was not a single soul but us .Tour buses had just left as we walked into this majestic structure .

After prayer ,we headed of to the Kelip-kelip firefly jetty .We were way too early and no food joints in sight ,so we decided to venture out .We googled restaurants that had decent reviews and seemed close enough , Riverview restaurant made the most sense .It was 10 km away and it took us 15 minutes .Boy were we glad we made the decision .

Restaurant was by the river , perfect for sunset watching .And , their neighbour offer “firefly” tours here , practically just a step away . We got to the restaurant by 6:15 pm and the first session was booked out , hence we got tickets for the 2 nd session that was scheduled for 8 pm.

Can you see those tables at the far end, that are perfect for sunset set watching ? Yeah , they’re also usually never available .

So, most tables by the river were “reserved ” and some an entire table full of food minus the people .And then within minutes , tour buses arrive with throngs of people filling up all the tables.Don’t arrive hungry , our food took an hour 20 minutes to arrive .We had to cancel the crabs , since it was not in sight even at 7:40 pm !!!!

How amazing is this?

And with beauty comes the pollution .Even in darkness , we saw mineral water bottles bobbing everywhere .

This restaurant sits on a little road with multiple shops selling preserved fruits , salted fish ,keropok and lots more that kept us entertained while waiting for our food .

Things you can buy at the shops nearby ,noodles perhaps?

Food was fresh but average . Not sure if our rating was biased because we were irritated waiting for so long or the constant “I am hungry , when’s the food coming?”

It took us 10 years to return as our previous trip wasn’t so impressive at the other jetty. Firstly, I remember waiting more than an hour , standing being bitten by mosquitoes and there were hardly any fireflies that night .Really don’t know if things have changed now.

We got on to our speedboat at bout 8:20 pm. Sunset was late , so every session got postponed bout 20 minutes (Thank God , because our food was late !) The first session had , what seemed like a million people rushing to get into the boats .There was no rush with ours and we had lots of room to stretch our feet.

The jetty

Ready with our safety jackets

The speedboat sets off on an exhilarating speed , kids loved it.Almost pitch black on the river except for the occasional boats zooming by .Fifteen minutes into the ride , we reach some bushes, where we see flickering lights .Almost like lights on a Christmas tree .For the benefit of all passengers , the boat stops by right and left of the river so we all get close enough to the fireflies ,almost to a “touch-able” distance .This lasts about 15 minutes before we head back to the jetty.

It really was amazing and we did promise ourselves that we would use the same company to do the eagle feeding and the sky mirror experience that happens during the day.

I would recommend Fun Life .Convenient , mosquito free and reasonable .

Our tickets cost us 20 ringgit for adults and 15 for kids respectively .

All in all, a great way to spend the evening .We left KL about 5:00 pm and were home by 10:30 pm .Temple visit , amazing sunset , average dinner made worse with the long waiting time and fantastic show by the fireflies .

2018 , looking back.

My year in months.

JAN

Probably the best new year ever.Ushering the new year , together , all 30 plus of us. 

FEB

New member alert!

 

My favourite memory of Seremban Hospital , revisited

Partying with rock stars till 5am….a first for me.From feng tau to dangdut!

MARCH

Celebrating a milestone with my Magic.

Rainbow Dash turns up at our garden.

Love you , beach.

APRIL

Rascal turns 4.

MAY

Rakyat wins! Followed by a failed attempt to get a perfect shot with Clare Rewcastle Brown.

JUNE

Feather- y day out

JULY

Cava in Cava.

AUGUST

Poster girl moment.

SEPTEMBER

Porto …..and, ate the best egg tart ever.

 

Hanoi , celebrating our 40th . Tigress clearly not needing the alcohol.

OCT

Unleashing amazing talent!

 

Wat a month it was.

The biggest surprise!She turned up….

 

NOV

Our little proud moment.

Overcoming fears with concor.

DEC

Finally , Seven Terraces

Up close and personal with Santa.

Nailed a perfect paternal getaway minus the paternals.

Clearing chi with gin.

2019……to many more meaningful memories (and photos to remind us of them)