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Langkawi

Rolling with the punches

We signed up for our first volunteer experience at a resort on the beautiful island of Langkawi, Malaysia. The island looks and feels very similar to Hawaii and mostly all Malaysians speak near perfect English. We planned to stay one month volunteering at the resort, where in exchange for a few hours of work per day we would be given free room and free meals. This particular workaway sounded perfect for us, with my customer service/sales background I expected to be working with the guests and Zach would be helping with the construction and remodeling. Yeaaahhh that didn't go as planned. The woman owner picked us up from the airport and we were instantly hit with a cold front. This women was straight cold and unfriendly. Where was the kind and wonderful woman written about in the reviews that was suppose to be welcoming us like family? Things went even worse when we got to the resort and saw our accommodations and found out that basically all we would be doing is painting for 3 weeks. There is huge story around the horrors and experience about this place, but me blogging about it won't do it justice. Maybe you'll hear a good story over a beer one day. In a nut shell, it just did not even remotely resemble what we thought we were signing up for. There was another volunteer, an easy going girl from Vancouver(thank god, I'm beyond exhausted from deciphering the British accents or speaking broken English to Europeans. Finally I can talk like me again!) . The three of us became close real quick and we decided just to leave. So we did. We booked a cheap hotel by the beach and toured the island and hung out for a few days while figuring out our next move. Since Keri is traveling alone, I think she's gonna join us for a bit so we should have some good times ahead.
We had a really great time exploring Langkawi, it's a beautiful island and I highly recommend visiting if you get the chance. We did also develop a great bond with the male owner of the resort as well as the Malaysian workers we volunteered with. Even after we left the resort we hung out with them a bunch and the owner even chartered us a boat and took us island hopping. It's been a long and fun week but I am ready to leave the island and start our next adventure!

Rafiis...the bar we somehow ended up at everyday

Rafiis...the bar we somehow ended up at everyday

The volunteer shack in the middle of the jungle

The volunteer shack in the middle of the jungle


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Painting!

Painting!


More painting fun

More painting fun

The volunteering room

The volunteering room

Water festival on the beach

Water festival on the beach

The men lining up to go into the water and catch a duck

The men lining up to go into the water and catch a duck

Dick hunt top 3

Dick hunt top 3

The duck hunt winner. So proud

The duck hunt winner. So proud

Raffis during the water festival. Tents were blocking our view!

Raffis during the water festival. Tents were blocking our view!

Sunset in Cenang

Sunset in Cenang

There is no filter on this. The sunset was real. Absolutely stunning to watch

There is no filter on this. The sunset was real. Absolutely stunning to watch

The working crew out

The working crew out

Swimming in waterfall...when in Malaysia swim like the Muslims do

Swimming in waterfall...when in Malaysia swim like the Muslims do

Keri and Fari

Keri and Fari

Motorbiking the island

Motorbiking the island

The resort staff on our boat charter

The resort staff on our boat charter

Playing in the sand on the island tour...Zach sleeping in the background

Playing in the sand on the island tour...Zach sleeping in the background

Swimming in one of the empty islands on boat tour

Swimming in one of the empty islands on boat tour

Zach swimming

Zach swimming

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Zach got the big fish

Zach got the big fish

Fish spa

Fish spa

The start of the cable car

The start of the cable car

Keri and I going up

Keri and I going up

Breathtaking views

Breathtaking views

I was scared on the cable car

I was scared on the cable car

Beautiful

Beautiful

Just another beautiful sunset

Just another beautiful sunset

Posted by inbetweendreams 04:47 Archived in Malaysia

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