Coocoo for Coconuts, not Haze!

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We had a lovely 4 day weekend (Hari Raya Haji holiday) in Bintan, Indonesia. It was so nice to escape the horrible haze that has plagued Singapore for the last few weeks. These wicked fumes are due to the illegal burning/clearing of palm oil fields in Sumatra. Wikipedia haze The hazardous smoke then blows over Singapore and coats it in a blanket of white smog. The picture that I am posting is in the Very Unhealthy range at PSI level 213. To put it in perspective, school activities outdoors are canceled at 150. While Robert’s soccer association cancels practice over 101. School gets cancelled altogether if it reaches 300, which it did last Friday while we were in Bintan.

So our little getaway was just what we needed! I’ve been on this recent fresh coconut water kick ever since I found out the health benefits after a workout. Much better than Gatorade, 100 Plus, etc. Since fresh coconuts are readily available in our grocery stores, it’s a no brainer! While in Bintan, we were able to watch a guy climb up the coconut tree (he’s actually in the picture of the tree), cut down the coconuts, and slice it open for our enjoyment. So, I know I like coconut water, but what was with the spoon they gave with the coconut? Well, I’ve seen all the seasons of Survivor and never have I seen them use a spoon. It was very easy to scrape the inside of the coconut to get a clear thin gelatinous scoop of coconut. It tasted about as good as it looked…bland. Well, I will still drink the water, but am not a fan of the gelatinous pulp.

Did I mention that we are so excited for our next visitors! Haha…don’t let the haze scare you away! Hoping this clears out within the next few weeks. Ugh.
Below are a few trip pictures!

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Bintan, Indonesia

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Bintan is a 45 minute ferry ride southeast of Singapore. I knew Bill would be traveling during the school October break, so this was the perfect “beginner” trip for me. We had only been in Singapore for two months and I wasn’t quite ready to travel abroad alone with the kids. We planned this trip with another family whose father was also traveling…which tends to be the norm around here.
I did my trip advisor research and decided on Club Med (all inclusive…easy) resort and spa. I wasn’t expecting much since I hadn’t been impressed at all with the beaches here in Singapore. As you can see in the pictures I was pleasantly surprised. The beaches were gorgeous! What a nice hidden gem so close to Singapore.
The first morning we were awakened by little kids laughing and high-pitched squeals of excitement. Looking out on our balcony we were face to face with a family of monkeys. These little guys weren’t afraid of anything! Hotel staff swooped in a shooed them off. Boo…the kids loved these furry friends.
By far the most exciting activity for the kids were the kayaks! They overturned on every wave and LOVED it! They had fun comparing battle bruises. Second, was probably the snorkelling. I wish I had a camera to show you Emily holding a clown fish scooped up in her hands. Amazing! We also enjoyed archery, trapeze, karaoke, staff shows, and ping-pong. Needless to say, the kids were never bored.