31 March 2020
Well, here we are, locked down and locked up on Rebak Island. It’s murdur .......... or to use the hotel’s own description, “Imagine being on your very own private island. Where the blue Andaman sea flirts with the secluded beaches and vibrant jungles across 390 acres of discovery. Imagine unwinding at Vivanta Langkawi, Rebak Island, one of the top resorts in Langkawi. An island with tropical climate, stunning rock formations and a lush forest that goes back a 100 million years, this 5-star resort in Langkawi is kissed by crystal clear waters......” See what I mean. Pure Hell.
We’re here either until this whole mess clears up or we get forcefully ejected when our visas run out at the end of May. That will be a great government initiative to help spread the virus globally. Anyway, being on our own wee private island, accessible only by boat, off an island, off mainland Malaysia means we are seriously well socially distanced. With just a couple of dozen other cruisers and of course the remaining staff who busy themselves supplying us with carry out meals delivered to the boat, groceries from the small store and pointlessly disturbing the peace with their leaf blowers, blowing leaves from one end of the resort to the other so the afternoon sea breeze can blow them all back, it’s all very comfy. It’s just us lot........and the monkeys.
Every morning when it’s still cool, as in just a chilly 28c, we head over to the pool for our online exercise class; (try it! Base Fitness Stirling on Facebook). As it’s early morning cool the monkeys are also out foraging for breakfast. Normally, their diet is substantially and possibly wholly, the bananas, Danish pastries and apples the hotel guests nick from the extensive morning buffet. But right now, there’s no guests. So no Danish.
Just two whities walking through their jungle in the early morning gloom. Their territory.
You can see the whites of their eyes in amongst the undergrowth, all staring out as we nervously go past. I swear you can hear them licking their lips. We pick up our pace and get swiftly past them and onto the pool side.
Some folk here think they’re cute. Anne thinks they’re viscous little buggers. I just hope they’ve not seen Planet of the Apes.