We've now languished for 12 days at D'Lagoon, Teluk Kerma and have been seduced by its sleepy way of life. Lonely Planet descibes it as: ”... a small bay... one of the better places on Kecil with good coral and a tranquil, isolated location”. As the photos show it truly is idyllic; white sand, palm trees with dozey hammocks drooping twixt them and a cafe/ restauant overlooking the beach. We live, for the princely sum of RM50/ €11 per night, in a simple wooden beach chalet comprising a basic (cold water) bathroom and one bedroom with lino flooring throughout. But our view, oh, our view of the beach and the crashing and roaring symphony of the ocean mere meters away as the waves trip, fizz, foam and spill onto the surf.... priceless.

We spend our days swimming, eating, reading, snorkelling, collecting shells, gazing, occasionally taking a walk through the dense jungle or maybe hopping on a (not for the faint hearted) water taxi to check out another part of the island or the neighbouring bigger island. Whenever we've gone on such a short day trip we always find ourselves happy to be returning to our little refuge, our little part of paradise... devoid of distractions or indications of the passage of time but for the sun, moon and stars (or your watch, of course, if you care to look).

But, as Mischa Berlinski puts it in “Fieldwork”, (which I've just finished reading), "there is an unfortunate fact which every traveller eventually comes to know: there is no place in this world so exotic, so remote, or so beautiful that ennui does not eventually set in". The time has come for us to move on now - admittedly with reluctance. But I know that this little bay, is a place to which we will return, in our mind's eye, for years and years to come. No doubt, like Wordsworths "Tintern Abbey", it will bring us future "sensations sweet... mid the din Of towns and cities" and "in hours of weariness".  Luca may not remember much of it when he is older, admittedly, but we can show him the pictures and remind him that it was where he first saw lizards, stroked wild civet cats, drank from freshly harvested coconuts and, as is his wont, thrived in what he called our "island house".

Goodbye, for now, Paradise. We'll be back and, in the meantime, we look forward to those "sensations sweet"...


At March 18, 2011 at 4:57 PM Unknown said...

Looks like you all were having a lovely sunny St. Pat's Day. Love the photo of Luca in his green, and his new hair cut. Love YaYa Roger

At March 19, 2011 at 5:01 AM Anonymous said...

Lucky you! What a place... Heading off for a moonwalk in the National Park tonight in our part of the world. It's pouring out there but the rangers tell us it will be a clear night.. Will think of you under the stars in your beautiful corner of the planet, from our hopefully not too wet one! Glad to hear too that you haven't had any of the tsunami devastation to deal with!Aine & gang

At March 20, 2011 at 1:20 PM Linda de Paor said...

Hi YaYa Roger, Thanks for the comment and thanks very for your email too YaYa Eva.
It's funny that you should comment on the pic of Luca at the end of the post in his geansai glas as when Phil was taking the photo he was actually saying "Hello YaYa Roger" into the camera for some reason. :)
Love to you both in Florida. Glad to hear you enjoyed St. Patrick's Day in the sunshine there.
Talk soon! With love, The two L's and P xxxx P.S We are still here. Still can't leave. But will soon! x

At March 20, 2011 at 1:44 PM Linda de Paor said...

Hi de Paor Galea's....Lovely to hear from you as always. Sounds like you are all spending St. Patrick's weekend in a very special way. I think of you all very often here with very special memories as this place is the closest I've been to to Northwest Island since I was there with you guys. There were turtle tracks outside our bungalow this morning and the turtle had laid eggs last night under a full moon....
We still haven't left...but will be soon. Very soon.
All of our Love to you all and hope that the rain held off.

At March 22, 2011 at 7:17 PM Tyna said...

Czesc two Ls and P!
What a pleasure to read your blog, and it is even greater to check on all those truly amazing photos. I love them all, my favourite so far is Luca in his St Patric's day outfit and his new hair-do (is this the local trend Phil, huh?) :)
I am delighted that you are having such a brilliant time.
All is well here in Gardiner/Crofton Rd, miss your company and really looking forward to hearing from you via Skype.

Enjoy your trip dudes,
xx Tyna

At March 26, 2011 at 3:30 AM Linda de Paor said...

Czecsc One of the Two J's, Lovely to hear from you. We've finally left the island, were in transit for a few days and are now in Penang now. We hope to Skype you guys finally over the weekend. All of our love to you and J eile. XX


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