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Published: January 8th 2017
Happy to say that we all slept pretty well. No dodgy pillows. No industrial noises beginning at midnight. There was the odd mosquito but nothing of a biblical scale and nothing that a little repellent couldn't solve.
Stirred sound 7:00am Adelaide time which is 4:30am local time. Very peaceful at that time of the day and nice to watch the sun come up over the pool.
We had planned to have breakfast in the villa but couldn't contact reception to organise it so we ended up heading down to the restaurant to eat. It is the same food but it will be nice to organise to have breakfast made in the villa one day. Kids can stay in the pool while breakfast is being made and simply jump out and eat.
I'll let you work out who had each meal in the trip. You should be able to guess our preferences I think.
The meals were:
• Full English
• Pancakes with maple syrup
The food has been excelent everywhere and this was no exception.
We headed back to the villa to get ready for the day and after caught the villa
minibus to the beach area for a look around. Some restaurants and shops but nothing we couldn't live without. It was crazy hot walking around so we decided to walk back for a swim. We stopped on the way back to have a massage at one of the places near the villa. Tom and Brett found the cheap place from yesterday and went in for a foot massage. One hour for $4.50 each. Tom's masseuse was a nice friendly lady with a firm but gentle touch. Brett's masseuse used to work as a clamp on a building site and had a vice-like grip and a nasty disposition. He asked if I wanted medium or firm and I said firm. He just smiled and said "are you sure"? I'm sure he did things to my feet that were banned under the Geneva Convention many years ago however the hour passed quickly and it actually was a great massage.
After the massage we wandered down the street and found a restaurant with a "Sunday Market" happening out the front. We were able to see a whole swag of different things and basically point to what we wanted to eat. The kids
are doing really well with the food so far. Trying different things and being a little adventurous. I suspect the time will come when they insist on something more familiar but, until then, well just keep trying new things.
When we got back to the villa we made a beeline to the pool to cool off. I think we're used to hot but not humid and hot. It really takes it out of you. Fortunately were able to get reception to come over and unlock the safe. Oh, did I mention yet that we managed to lock our passports and money in the room safe. There were supposed to be instructions on the correct use but they were missing from our room. Anyway, quick visit from staff and the journey can continue. Not only that but we'll be able to get back into Australia at the end of the trip. Bonus!
For the rest of the afternoon we sat around and relaxed. There was evidence of crossword puzzles, colouring in, sudoku, reading and napping. Just what we needed to unwind.
We actually went back to the beach for dinner. We were given the name of Indonesian restaurant
to go to and went there for another excellent meal.
Dinner at Lillas consisted of:
• Chicken satays
• Whole bbq snapper
• Slow cooked pork
• Sweet and sour chicken
I'm sure the walking is doing us good but it is a hot and sweaty activity. Another swim when we got home and then we sat down to watch a movie from the villa collection. Dodgiest pirate movie I've ever seen. Clearly shot on a hand held video camera by someone with some sort of palsy.
Still on Adelaide time so going to bed early now. Looking forward to another great day tomorrow.
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