Heaven is somewhere in Malaysia, an archipelago of 99 islands nestled in the Andaman Sea. Better known as Langkawi, it is a curious mixture of low lying hills that dot the horizon, the calm aquamarine sea and the fascinating Kilim river with its unique mangroves.
Calling Langkawi the ‘Jewel of the east’ is no exaggeration. The calm Andaman Sea coaxes out the water baby in you. There you are, frolicking in the sea, unmindful of the fact that you can’t swim to save your life. That you have tanned and now look like a Zebra doesn’t bother you at all. The beaches (especially the Tanjung Rhu beach) are a treasure trove of unusual seashells and you can spend hours sifting through the sand looking for hidden gems. The Kilim river which snakes through the pristine mangroves before pouring itself into the sea beckons to the nature-lover in you. Just when you thought you had bid adieu to the child in you, you start yelping like an over excited kid on spotting a monitor lizard on the river bank. You almost tip the boat over to get a closer look at the vividly hued crabs. My daughter happily clicked away when she spotted a bunch of monkeys behind me, peeking over my shoulder. She is now insisting that I make it my profile pic on FB (Mum please, they almost look like your pets).
I have now landed in Kuala Lumpur. The airport is located at least fifty kilometers from the city, I wonder why? KL is in striking contrast to Langkawi, throbbing with life and streets that come to life only in the evenings. Me? I’m feeling stressed already. So many malls, so little time… I refuse to leave till I have checked out all the stores, tried on all the dresses, shoes. After all I have nothing to lose but my bank balance.