Friday, February 27, 2015

Maldives, my kinda paradise

Hey guys, I know this entry is way overdue, I do. *Gulps* But I finally found time and got down to selecting 80+ images out of the 900+ images I have. YES, that many. That's why I kept procastinating to do this blog entry because the amount of pictures I had was crazy and I will take super long to go through all of it.
So what you see here, is just 10% of Maldives's beauty.
80+ images to talk you through, now so here we go!
I've never been a beach-lover or the type of girl that loves to get in the sun, I am still scared of getting tan but I know that I have to visit Maldives once in this lifetime. The pictures I've seen of people who have been there were all so beautiful. It looks unreal, like out of a postcard you know?
So when my friend, Esther, asked me if I was interested to join her, I immediately jumped at that opporunity and asked SX if he wanted to go and he was more than happy to! He has always been a very sporty guy, basketball player and all and he loves getting tanned so he was thrilled that his gu-niang girlfriend suggested a vacation where there was no shopping malls!
We went in late July, which was the monsoon season rainfall. THANK GOD.

After 4+ hours of flight, we landed on the tarmac of Maldives!!

We took a speed boat to the island where our resort was at & paid $130 USD per pax for a round trip transfer.
Some of the resorts are really far away from the airport and you'll have to take another plane just to get to it and that is really expensive. Like the plane ride from Maldives airport to your island is the same price as the air ticket from Singapore to Maldives. Crazy right?
Everything is paid in USD in Maldives, just fyi.

& after a 35 minutes journey via the speed boat, we arrived at our resort's dock.
& what I saw made me fell in love with Maldives. AT FIRST SIGHT.
*Zero Photoshop/Filters used for all these pictures*

It was so beautiful.
Sure, the sun was pretty strong but it wasn't humid at all, the occasional breeze was really comforting and just look at the blue skies and clear ocean. *take me back there naoooo!!*


Here's us walking towards our villas.
We stayed at the Meeru Island Resort and Spa.
We picked the Jacuzzi Water Villa that are over-the-water. It was the most expensive option and we paid like S$800 per night a couple for the villa. We also took the deal which was the All Inclusive package which includes buffet breakfast/lunch/dinner as well as snacks (sandwiches,cakes, cookies) and drinks (both alcholic & non-alcoholic) at all the 3 bars around the resort. So practically everything we ate and drank at the resort was complimentary.
(Not sponsored/paid for this entire blogspot)

The Jacuzzi Water Villas are also located at the more secluded areas of the island, so it is much more private and mostly for couples, so no noisy children running around or screaming babies.

Took this picture of SX at our balcony when I was standing at our bathroom.

Our bedroom.

The balcony which SX was at earlier on.

The huge-ass bathroom.

& the private Jacuzzi that we only used once or twice?
We prefer jumping into the ocean straight from our rooms instead.

See what I mean?
Just a staircase away from my bathroom door was the ocean.

Esther & Janice came over to my villa and we just had to take some pictures while the boys were already swimming in the water below us.

Made our way out of the villa and to the beach.
 But first, jump shots.

We headed over to the bar area to get some drinks & sandwiches because, hungry.

All free because of the all inclusive package we picked!!
The chicken & cheese sandwiches were the bomb.

Asians doing what asians do when on a holiday.
Spam picture taking!

HAHHAA, wtf guys?

Spotted one of the many tiny sharks in the shallow waters.
& then we witnessed our very first Maldivian sunset.

Other than sitting by the beach and consuming free-flow alcholic drinks, which we did quite a bit of, we swam a ton too!

Here's Esther & I getting our snorkeling fins & goggles on as we make our way down to the sea from my villa.
Snorkeling was something we did daily and I miss it so so much.

Here's us on another boat taking us to the deeper part of the ocean for our dives.
We signed up for 2 dives that day and it cost about.. oh no, I can't remember.. maybe $150 USD per pax?

Thank god we took our open water diving license before this trip!!

Diving in Maldives was not so much different than the time I did in Tioman.
I mean the water was clearer but the currents were so much stronger too.

One of the sea turtles we saw!

Group pic underwater!

& here's us on another boat going out to deeper waters for snorkeling!
This was complimentary from the resort!
& I look ultra fair because I was spamming sunblock with SPF 130+ on myself after each time I come out of the water. But I still managed to get tan. Damn.

Put on your fins & let's jump!

Because we were all exhausted & the currents were really big, we decided to wear the life vest this time round.

Saw this amazing school of fishes under water.
The different types of corals were really beautiful too and we saw many other fishes as well. Pufferfish, turtles and even baby sharks!!
I swear it was 100x prettier in the water than what you see now in the picture.

This was pretty much what I wore once I woke up till the end of the day.
Yes, that was my just-got-out-of-bed face.

This vacation was one of the best I had in 2014.
No shopping.
No logging into facebook/instagram every hour.
(I think the only time I used my phone was at night after dinner and maybe just upload 1/2 pictures before I go to bed.)
No distractions at all.
It was just 6 friends, on an island, having the time of their lives.
& I really like that.

SX promised me that we will go back to Maldives soon.
So, either this year... or the next?
I want to visit other islands!

& also not forgetting, I got proposed to as well.

Once again, I want to thank my friends who helped SX in the preparation.
But I guess we made it up to Janice & OKM because I helped him in return for their proposal!!
One full day of filming from Orchard to Marina Square to Ang Mo Kio to Bishan and crawling on all fours trying to arrange candles to form the words "Will you marry me". Haha, now left with one other couple before I repay my friendship favors.
If you haven't read about my proposal, here's the link:

Took this picture the next day and that small beach area was where the proposal happened.

Admiring my ring the next morning on my balcony.

I didn't wear it straight away because I was afraid that I would lose it in the water.

SX definitely loving this lifestyle.

Failed timer-shot.

Sigh, look at that.
How to not fall in love with Maldives?

Spent one of our evenings at another bar..

Chilling and drinking beer.

Then the boys went kayaking around our island.
It took them around 25 minutes to go 1 round man.

Witnessed another unforgettable sunset.

Successful jump shot after 265485410 tries.

Hahah the guys one.

Like I said, it was paradise.
I'll be back for you, Maldives, I promise.