I've finally got around to having a go at typing this entry....even this first sentence is painful as my laptop is knocking at deaths door. It's splitting in two at the back for a start. Half the keys don't work and using the on screen keyboard is as grim as the time I had to book my Stone Roses Heaton park tickets on my PS3 as both my laptop and mobile were broken.....sloooowwww. But I'll battle on the best I can.
So how long as it even been now since my last entry? 6 weeks maybe? It feels a lot longer and feels like so much has happened in that time
For a start the shelter has changed so much. When we were here back in May and June I wanted to say a lot more about the place on my blog entries but I held back as I knew we would probably be coming back again before the end of this trip. I didn't want to upset anyone connected to the shelter as I have a lot of friends here now who have access to my blog via facebook. This time though I simply don't care anymore so I'll say it how it is.
The shelter has gone massively downhill from the place it was a few years ago
It's left a very sour taste in the mouth leaving this time and as much as I would love to come back again and help in the future, I wont until all 3 of those boys have been sacked and are no longer able to harm the dogs. I hope the shelter improves for the better in the near future and hopefully and thankfully I have heard that the boys will be replaced as quickly as possible. If you are ever in Langkawi please, please call into the shelter and help walk the dogs and show them some love. They are such friendly and good natured dogs for living in a shelter and they need as much care and attention as possible.
So not the best experience at the shelter this time but it hasn't all been doom and gloom
Only a few days later another very familiar looking female puppy was dropped at the shelter. This one looked so like Smudge that we had to do a double take. She was clearly Smudges sister from the same litter and despite having a broken front leg she was full of life and energy. So it was time again to try and find a permanent home. With time running out we were contacted by Marcus a guy living close by on the mainland. She was scheduled to be put to sleep but thankfully we got her a stay of execution until Marcus could make his way over and save her from her doom
We have also had some great times and some great laughs away from the shelter and met so many nice people that have shown us amazing hospitality and warmth this time. I can't thank Lisa and Dicky an English ex-pat couple living here enough for all the help and hospitality they have provided. Such nice down to Earth people who have shown us another side to Asian and island life that we haven't experienced before.....ex-pat life. All credit for the title of this entry goes to Lisa and at times it really does feel like being on the set of a bizzare island soap opera. I wont go in to too many details but once you really get under the skin of a place and amongst the ex-pat community there is a surprising amount of surprising things going on on a daily basis. The gossip and stories are unavoidable and they certainly open your eyes and give you a laugh
Thinking about it now there are probably far too many people I need to mention and give credit to for making the past 10 weeks so memorable. Gabby, a Swiss lady living in Malaysia with her wheelchair bound flying machine of a dog Vito has been a great source of calm amongst the crazy antics of the shelter. She is still there with the dogs now soldiering on through it all and giving her heart and soul to providing the dogs with love and attention. Daniel another British ex-pat who has recently opened a new bar in Cenang has provided us with plenty of laughs as well as plenty of beers and drinks. If your ever here get along to Bam-Boo-Ba for a great atmosphere and some good old school house music. Frankie at Lepak is a great character to look up if your in town for a few beers at his great little hidden away bar.
I could keep going on really with the myriad of people who have gone out of their way to make our stay a comfortable and memorable one....but then I run the risk of missing folks out as well as boring my casual readers. If your reading this and I met you in Langkawi over the past 10 weeks then you know who you are the great times we have shared together. Thankyou all very very much....I will see you all again at some point I'm sure.
So what next then? Well originally we were destined to head to the Philippenes. But a dwindeling budget won't allow that. So we are sat here in KL airport yet again. Headed to the land of volcanoes, jungles and wildlife....Sumatra. Another new place to check out let's see what the next few weeks bring.
Friday, November 04, 2016
Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia