Hooray, you’re back!
I apologize that my wordiness last week left you all on a cliffhanger, which I truly hate doing. I am going to dive right into the rest of my Moms Night Out in Phuket, make sure to read last week’s post, otherwise some of this may seem completely confusing.
I had just finished taking a shower in my amazing room at the Kata Palm Resort and Spa. I fancied myself up in my jean shorts and tank top (I know, try not to feel like less of a stylish person, I was hawt!) and headed out to find my favorite thing…FOOD!
I started to walk down to the Kata beachfront because I thought that a meal with some wine while the sun set on the ocean sounded divine. Well, apparently I was still on ‘mom of a toddler’ time and I was too early for the one beachfront restaurant I saw to be open. That was okay, I was on flexible relaxed mode, I leisurely strolled back towards the road my resort was on and slowly perused the restaurants.
It is never difficult to find a place to eat in Phuket. Most of the restaurants have their menus prominently displayed outside along with a person (or ten) that would call you over and try to get you to choose their restaurant. Most of the people can be pushy, but I have learned to use it to my advantage. I simply ask for what I want and they will even turn the menu pages to what I want so I can determine if the price and picture are to my liking. Talk about luxury! Not only having someone make a meal for you but t.he fact that they want to so badly! That
never rarely happens at home!
I chose a restaurant called Malila after looking at their drink menu… hey what can I say?! I wanted a strawberry margarita! Their margarita (and their food, I did look eventually) was not too expensive and the menu looked nice. I sat down at a table by myself and ordered.
Surprise! I started with a strawberry margarita. I also ordered the salmon spring rolls and Som Tam (papaya salad). The staff was all friendly and helpful. They kindly informed me that there was a free salad bar, tom yum soup, water, and juice in the back of the restaurant. I didn’t really want the salad, soup, or juice, but not paying for water was a special treat. I also liked it because I felt like then I could order another Margarita because I had saved money by not having to buy a bottle of water. Winning!
The food was fairly good, the service was excellent, and the prices fair. None of the food was that amazing, but it was good enough.
I sat and took a while to drink my second margarita because I wanted to just slow down and actually take in that I was alone. I wanted to reflect on the fact that I was able to eat and drink and be thankful for all that I have. I actually really missed being out with Chad and Zoë, but I reminded myself that I needed to take this time to refresh and recharge. We moms, well I hate to leave anyone out, EVERYONE needs to refresh and regroup every so often, whether they have kids or not. Taking some time for your mental and emotional health is a must. Your emotional and mental health can easily make your awesome life feel hellish if you are burnt out.
I paid the check after sipping the last remanents of my strawberry margarita and headed back to my hotel room. I wasn’t on this ‘moms night out’ to party. I was on this adventure to relax and SLEEP! Oh, and do some planning and organizing for my blog and web design business.
I laid on the HUGE bed after I did some writing and mind mapping and decided that all I wanted to do was watch TV until I fell asleep early.
I was planning on getting up the next morning at 8:30 am (yep, that is sleeping in for me, quite a bit actually!) so I could have my free breakfast and then exercise in the hotel gym before my long massage. So I went to bed and slept amazingly well. The funny part, out of that huge bed, I curled up on the edge just like I sleep at home. Apparently old habits die hard.
I woke up before my alarm, apparently in Kata they play the Thai national anthem at 8:00 am. Ack! Even on my time away someone woke me up… oh well. In comparison to 5:30 or 6 am, 8 am is pretty nice.
I laid around for a little while then go my work out clothes on and headed down for the breakfast.
The breakfast was a buffet and offered everything one could want for breakfast. There were pastries (good ones even!), congee, deli meats and cheese, pancakes, omelettes, cereal, and fruit and salad. I
really slightly carbed out and had some coffee. I eavesdropped on all the other hotel guests and when nothing was very exciting, I finished up and headed to the gym.
I made my way to the gym and was happy when I saw I was the only one who wanted to work out! Hooray! It was fairly well stocked with a couple of exercise bikes, treadmills, and a full weight set and weight machine. I did some time on the exercise bike and then moved over to the treadmill that HAD A FAN ON IT THAT POINTED RIGHT AT ME FACE!!! It was so nice! I worked out an extra long time and read a couple more chapters in my book.
I had such a productive morning that I was ready for my long massage. I took a shower and got dressed and headed down to Darins Massage and Beauty Salon again.
I decided that I wanted an hour and a half aromatherapy massage (costing 750 baht or $21 US). Thai massages are great every once in a while, but often times they have been anything but relaxing for me. I wanted a soothing and soft massage. I was led upstairs to a window seat where my feet were washed gently. I was then led up one more flight of stairs to the massage area.
The only unfortunate part of my whole massage time is that another person came in for o at the same time as me so they put us in the same room separated by a curtain. The reason that this was unfortunate (because it honestly isn’t always uncomfortable to only be separated by a curtain) is because the man on the other side was a moaner. So the whole first hour of my massage I had to hear him moan apparently every time he was touched. Ewwwww…. Luckily I had a half hour after he left to really relax and enjoy my time.
After all that work… haha… I was hungry. I went down the street and stopped at a little restaurant called Berns. The drink menu looked good and the food was all 25% off. Never one to turn down discounted food or a good drink, I plopped my now very relaxed muscles into a seat and ordered chicken with yellow curry and a lite beer.
My ‘Moms Night Out’ was coming to a close. My meal was excellent, my time was excellent. I couldn’t have asked for a better time to refresh and recharge for my busy days to come.
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