April 11th, 2011

Amy had not been on holiday for a while and really wanted one. So I said for a surprise why not organize one and not tell me, a bit like when we went to New Zealand for the engagement. So that is exactly what we did, Amy booked it all and didn’t tell me where we were going.

At our engagement party Nancy and Marcy told me I was going to Adelaide, I honestly thought they had spilled the beans by accident. So I was all ready for a trip to a city in Australia I have not visited yet. Unfortunetly I kind of ruined the surprise when I picked up my passport holder to hide it before we left and it felt a lot lighter, both my passports were missing! I didn’t tell Amy I knew we weren’t going to Adelaide but I still had no idea where we were going which was exciting.

So we got to the airport and I read the checkin desk sign and it said Phuket! I was trying to figure out where that was, it is in Thailand FYI. So we got the nine hour flight from Sydney to Phuket airport. I still didn’t know exactly where we were staying so it was fun to be whisked away in a car at the airport, which took us to a port, where we got on a tiny little boat and headed out into the darkness to one of the islands!

Six Senses Yai Noi

So it turned out we were staying in a lovely little cabin on an island called Ko Yai Noi at a resort called Six Senses. It was an amazing little retreat and we had a great little hut complete with a swimming pool, indoor shower, outdoor shower, bath you name it –

Our hut and pretending not to fall in the swimming pool

Now unfortunately, the weather was not on our side. Thailand decided it was going to have the worse weather in March that they’ve had in  30 years. It was supposed to be the dry season but it was not! We did have some nice days of weather and we took advantage of those ones when we could. We made a trip out to Hong Island on one of the little boats which was fun.

We had a funny story from there, but first here’s Amy enjoying a nice cold bottle of Corona that we’d got packed for us as a picnic underneath a Tsunami warning siren beacon –

Amy enjoying a Corona under Tsunami Warning Beacon

So when we arrived on the island I was so busy taking pictures of the Tsunami evacuation route signs and making videos of it I didn’t notice the “No alcohol” sign. When we walked back from our picnic which involved drinking some booze I read the sign and it said “fines include one month in prison or 1000 baht fine ($30)”. If we’d got caught I was really hoping they’d let us go back to our cabin and get the $30 as I didn’t fancy one month in a Thai prison!!!

Amy and I on Hong Island blissfully unaware of our crime

On the penultimate night of our stay on Ko Yai Noi island, it was looking like 50/50 chance that we would be able to leave. It was ok because we were going to a hotel on the mainland and not back to the airport. Some people on that day were forced to stay and they couldn’t fly back home which would have been a nightmare. Fortunetly on our last day the boat was operating , although I wasn’t looking forward to it although I got the impression it was a bigger boat taking us back as we had to drive to the other side of the Island to get on it. When we got there though it was the same mini boat we came on which made me a bit nervous although the waves weren’t nearly as bad as I imagined them to be.

We sat in the back of this trailer to get to the other port on the Island and it was like we were being evacuated from a disaster zone. In the resort it didn’t feel like this the realities of outside were a bit different –

Ko Yai Noi Evac.

So we made it back to the mainland which was a relief and moved onto a new placed called The Pavilions Phuket, which was renamed from The Phuket Pavilions for what I imagine would be SEO reasons.

It was just off Laguna Beach and meant we could get out and about and do things in the poor weather. We headed to some malls, they had Zara in one of them, Australia still doesn’t! We even went to a show called Simon which was really tacky but brilliant at the same time. What made it more fun is that a lot of the audience were Chinese and whenever the lady-boys sang a Chinese song the crowd would go crazy. Not so much for the western songs.

Simon Show Phuket Lady Boys

So that was our holiday to Thailand and it was really good fun, we’ve also got a reason to go back now as we’d like to see it in the Sun!!!! Altogether a great little break. I’ve got enough footage for a video which I’ll create soon.

April 6th, 2011

We woke up on Saturday morning to the rain which we didn’t want to hear as this put the location of our Engagement party in jeopardy. We were supposed to do it at Manly Dam, but there’s nothing worse than being outside in the rain. Even if you do have cover the ground is soaked.

We made the right decision to move the party to our flat, Which was good as it gave everyone who have not been around a chance to see the place and it also worked out to be logistically much easier. We could make the food on-site, warm things up and keep everyone dry at the same time.

Thanks to Marcy and Chris bringing over their BBQ and Chris using some smokey wood chips we had a delicious spread of burgers, sausages and kebabs. We also had a great selection of little bits for people to eat such as mini-quiches, salmon and creame cakes and lemon tart and cup-cakes. Thanks to Marcy for taking these photos –

The Spread

The day went really quick and we had a good amount of people! Luckily some creative re-think of how our flat was laid out meant that everyone fit without many problems. We used the living room, dining room and bottom room as sitting/standing areas and also the outside porch and a chillax area.

We had a lot of visitors from the south side which is great as its a long way to come especially in the rain. It was good to see that crew we don’t see them enough. We also had a lot of babies in attendance, one of the funniest moments was when Mia gave Chloe a nice cuddle but then the kids being so young, balance was lost and there ended up being tears.

Chris on the BBQ

We got given some fantastic presents as well which we were very grateful for.

The engagement party day got extended into the evening and we went out for dinner at Jellyfish restaurant on what happened to be the brightest moon in 18 years or something like that Chris kept on telling us.

A selection of people at the Engagement Party

Marcy and Chris slept in the spare room and the next day we carried on the partying by having a lovely breakfast made up of all the left overs from the night before, with Marcus, Nancy and Hugo also coming around to enjoy that. We then went down the beach for a swim although we ended up not going in because the water was brown and their was things like washing up bowls on the beach (how do they get there from the rain?).

We then bought a large chicken and smoked that on the BBQ and had everyone over again for dinner, all whilst watching the massive amount of TV shows and movies I’ve managed to accumulate thanks to Stu and Simone’s hard drive they let us borrow!

At the end of it all and once everyone had gone home Amy and I stamped the engagement weekend as a success and felt a bit down after everyone had gone because it was so much fun having everyone over and hosting the party. I think we might do more parties at home if we can think of reasons to have one!!!!