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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Day 2: Redang

This morning we woke up to the dark sky. Oh no... hopefully it didn't rain when we reached Redang.

Dark clouds

First, we headed to The Pavillion, a Chinese restaurant for some dim sum.

Clockwise: Steamed shrimp dumplings, spring rolls, baked century egg puff pastry, dough fritter, pork congee with salted and century eggs, yam bun.

The shrimp dumplings couldn't make it, it was the thickest har kao I've ever had hehehe...

She had the porridge with chicken floss. Yummy!

Afterwards we headed to the Neptune Pool for some fun.

The sky had cleared. It was a beautiful day.

Full speed to Redang. Yay!!

Playing with a water gun in the wading pool.

Warm water in the jacuzzi. It felt so good to soak in here.

Feeling hungry after swimming, we went for lunch at Bella Vista. Let's eat eat eat!

Clockwise: Chicken Caesar wrap with tomato salsa, Hungarian goulash, Roasted Turkey Cobb salad, coffee and vanilla ice cream, semolina chocolate pudding

Kids menu: half portion of chicken caesar wrap and fries

Daughter took a nap after lunch while we were preparing for the excursion to Redang. This morning the ship crew told us that the snorkelling trip to Marine Park was cancelled because of the low tide. The other paid excursion that they had was the open sea diving. Oh... what a disappointment. So in that case, we just followed the crowd to the main island of Redang.

Speedboats to Redang.

Arrived at the Laguna Redang Island Resort

The resort beach

Many street vendors at the beachfront.

Cheap burgers!!

And also free entertainment hehe..

It was pretty happening at the beach. We had a dance party, music playing non stop and many vendors selling snacks. Also, the sand here is very very soft!! It is comparable to the one at Gold Coast, which I think is the softest.

Our daughter was so happy when we brought her to play with the waves. She was so ecstatic going up and down, up and down. The bigger the waves, the happier she was. Even I was a bit worried. :P After we thought she had enough, we left her with our helper at the beach and we tried to do some snorkeling at the rocky areas.

We were pretty lucky that there were some corals near the rocks. Usually when there is a coral, there should be some fish around. We spotted quite a variety of fishes. The area was pretty rocky so we couldn't really swim. Instead we just tried to float around the coral and the fishes swam towards us.

We didn't snorkel very long because the sky suddenly turned very dark and soon after it rained. When the rain started to get heavy, we spotted a baby shark that swam passed us. That is our first!! After that, we quickly went back to the beach and took a cover.

The whole excursion only lasted for three hours. It was definitely not enough for us, not to mention that we failed to visit the Marine Park. Next time we will just fly here and stay for a couple of days.

At night we had our dinner at the Pavillion. Here they also served an ala carte buffet and the food was pretty good.

Clockwise: Braised spinach with oyster sauce, braised sea cucumber, red bean soup with gingko nut, deep fried prawns, rice with preserved meat and salted fish, double boiled fish head and pork stomach soup with salted vegetables

After dinner we went to the Galaxy of the Stars and saw a staircase that goes to the ship navigation room. Why we didn't see it for the first time? The room was totally in the dark.

Computerized navigation system, no more looking via telescope. :P

As a routine, the kid went to bed and we went to watch some performances hehehe.. The first show was a musical and acrobatic show at Lido, followed by singing and dancing at Galaxy of the Stars.

Singing the 80's songs

And saving the best for last, we had a chocolate buffet at the poolside. Wow, it was such a huge turn out.

Chocolate party

We had 13 types of chocolate to choose from. We didn't choose, we just took one each. :D

Chocolate cakes in all shapes and sizes

Sugar overload!!

Well, it was a wise decision to bring some help. If not, we will be stuck in the cabin as early as 8pm and missed all the fun. :P

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