|First time I laid eyes on him in 4 months|
|This view lifted my spirits|
I flew to Langkawi, Malaysia where I was met by a man holding a sign with "Miss Layna". I love those guys. No taxis for me, R2 was sending me in style to the Four Seasons Resort. When I got into the Mercedes, I thought, "Lucas who?"
|Where the eagles soared|
When I got to the Four Seasons, I knew this was not going to be any ordinary weekend excursion. The hotel was not running at full capacity so the royal pampering began from the moment I stepped into the Moroccan designed lobby. When I got to our pavilion, it was the bathtub that made me swoon. You could safely put six people in the sunken tub and still have room for a few koi.
|Olympic sized Quiet pool|
R2 flew in later than I did and when he finally found me basking in the adult swimming pool (yes, no diapers to deal with), he told me he had just spotted monkeys and did I want to come and see them. It turns out, our pavilion was close to where the monkeys reside, near the rainforest. When I saw them, they were fighting over a can of potato chips they had stolen from some oblivious guest. The larger monkey was busy whacking the smaller one over the head.
We kept our distance because we didn't want to get walloped. The monkeys are aggressive and will try to steal anything they can get their hands on. One of the staffers told me the guests must be careful to close their patio doors because the naughty alpha males have been known to enter the rooms, go to the mini bar, and crack open a beer, after they have eaten everything in the room. Hhmm, sounds like a couple of guys I worked with.
|Cooking up satay and curried shrimp|
|Dinner on the beach - I always wanted to do that|
Many take buggies or ride the gratis mountain bikes but we wanted to enjoy the air. No sooner than we laid down in our private cabana when I heard the pool man say on the phone, "Yes, I will put up the red flags immediately." As he hustled to the beach to change the green flag to red, a frightening storm blew in. We ran for shelter but I knew it wasn't enough and we had to find something more solid. Just as we left the protection of the towel hut, two huge umbrellas came flying down where we were standing. We scrambled as tree branches and coconuts came crashing down, to the safety of the...bar! Not a bad place to be holed up during a storm. We watched Mother Nature wreak havoc on the beach, bending palms, sandblasting debris against the buildings and the staff dashing to rescue cushions and beach loungers.
|The calm after the storm|
|A beautiful dinner on the beach|
Like the storm, sadness can engulf and drench you when you are far away from your loved ones. Thanks to R2's love and support, I have learned there is nothing you can do to change the sadness, you just wait it out and eventually the black clouds lift and it will be business as usual.
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