Sunday, December 21, 2008

A short break in Langkawi

Eer……how many weeks has it been since I last updated my blog? What? Almost THREE weeks ago? Goodness! That long ago? *grin*

I have been busy…extremely busy…busy with work – so many projects need to be tendered out before the end of the year; it’s the rainy season where mud water is flowing everywhere for projects at the earthwork stage that they have to be monitored even more closely; busy at home, this being the school holidays - I always have to find something for Aiman to do to keep him occupied; busy with the things that I want to do, craft wise. It’s a hectic life, but it keeps me happy, and it keeps me going.

Just before the school holidays that started on 15th November 2008, Aiman was already asking us where we are planning to go for the holidays. Both my hubby and I have been so busy with work that we couldn’t even find time to sit down together to discuss any holiday plans. So, when my hubby came back one day to inform us that he had to go to Langkawi for a 4 day workshop, we thought this would be a good opportunity to take Aiman for a holiday too.

I took two days off from work, clearing as much work as I could before going on leave, and delegating the rest that I could not get done on time to my senior officers, to give Aiman a short holiday.

My hubby’s workshop was for 4 days, but we (my son and I) were only in Langkawi for 2 ½ days starting from Sunday, 30th November to 2nd December 2008, as I had to be back in Kuala Lumpur to attend a management course on the 3rd of December.

While in Langkawi, we stayed at Aseana Resort Hotel, a 3 star hotel. The room was rather small but conformable, but the service was really bad. It took them two days to deliver an extra towel, and many hours before we saw sight of an ironing board. The towels smelt funny, like it was dried in a damp area.

The sink counter was too high that Aiman had to stand on his toes to brush his teeth, but, the huge size swimming pool cum water park pretty much made up for much of its lackings.

Aiman had a great time going from the huge swimming pool to the water slide to the wave pool. He found many friends as he went up and down the water slide. He had so much fun, it was hard pulling him away from the water, even to go for lunch or dinner.

“Huh? Lunch? Dinner? What’s that? I am having to much fun! I don’t need to eat!” LOL! That was probably what was going on in Aiman’s mind each time we called him to come out of the pool to go for lunch or dinner. *grin*

I, as usual, brought along my cross stitch to stitch while I wait for Aiman by the pool. It has been a quite a while since I last picked up my cross stitch and it felt so good to pick it up and work on the LHN piece again after such a long break from cross stitching.

I really enjoyed the time to stitch again, and I must say that I progressed quite a lot during this short holiday as Aiman spends time swimming for long hours at a time. I was able to stitch, but yet, keep a close eye on him all the time. It worked well for both of us.

While in Langkawi too, before my hubby's workshop was to start, we also managed to make a trip to visit the Underwater World. Aiman had visited it once before with his Tokmi (my mum), but since both my hubby and I hadn't, Aiman was excited to show us around.

I find this leafy sea dragon very interesting and made a seach for it online to understand this species better.

From what I found, it is said that Sea Dragons are arguably the most spectacular and mysterious of all ocean fish. Though close relatives of sea horses, sea dragons have larger bodies and leaf-like appendages which enable them to hide among floating seaweed or kelp beds.

A fully grown Leafy Sea Dragon grows to about 18 inches (45 cm).

It is also said that Leafy Sea Dragons are very interesting to watch (I couldn't agree more as I watch it move ever so slowly) -- the leafy appendages are not used for movement. The body of a sea dragon scarcely appears to move at all. Steering and turning is through movement of tiny, translucent fins along the sides of the head (pectoral fins, visible above) and propulsion derives from the dorsal fins (along the spine). Their movement is as though an invisible hand were helping, causing them to glide and tumble in peculiar but graceful patterns in slow-motion. This movement appears to mimic the swaying movements of the seaweed and kelp. Only close observation reveals movement of an eye or tiny fins.

Now that's knowledge to me! Hmm...only after living for more than 40 years do I know that such a species exist! LOL! *blush*

When Aiman and I had to leave for Kuala Lumpur on the evening of the 2nd of December, he was all tears as he did not want to leave his Abah behind. But, work is work, and I had to come back to Kuala Lumpur. *sigh* But, despite the tears, I think Aiman had a great time in Langkawi, and I had felt that it was also an opportunity for me to take a break from my hectic work schedule, despite having to jungle my schedule a bit to fit in a 2 day leave.

1 comment:

Rose Jonid said...

LHN always one of my favourites. Lovely!