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Friday, 21 September 2012

Cherating Beach I

I was talking about mosquitoes in the previous post. So my husband thought maybe he should get our own mosquito spray in the morning since our insect repellent didn't work as good as a mosquito spray would.

But then around midnight, I was awoken by Alisha who was shivering cold, but her body was as hot as fire.

1/25, f/1.8, 50mm
She just caught fever. Most likely from spending too much time with me when I was having fever too in the past few days.

1/20, f/1.8, 50mm
I knew I should have brought her medicine. I had no choice that time other than wiping her face and body once every some minutes, accompanied by Angry Birds and Hello Kitty Seasons Salon while waiting for the sunrise since the whole road to the closest 7-Eleven is dark without street lights and our car has already a lighting problem. 

1/3200, f/5.6, 55mm
My husband drove to find Panadol as early as possible, hoping that he could come back to the resort before sunrise because he wanted to help me take pictures of the sunrise at the beach since he knew I was still recovering from flu.

He returned at 8AM. 

1/1600, f/5, 35mm
He had a bottle of strawberry-flavored Panadol with him, Vicks balm and a can of mosquito spray, promising me that he'd take the sunrise pictures tomorrow morning.

I told him that it's okay. I'd even try to snap some sunset pictures later since the sun won't be too hot.

1/2000, f/5.6, 55mm
We had to pay RM22 per person for buffet breakfast at the resort. Our package didn't come with breakfast. Good thing we didn't need to pay for Alisha. But she was really feeling bad, she didn't even want to eat. She cried the whole time that I had to just stop eating and bring her away.

1/2000, f/5.6, 55mm
But as soon as she saw the beach, she started shouting "Miau miau!" which usually indicates something interesting and fun ahead. She was curious. This is the first time she ever plays by the beach.

I thought well, why not? The sun wasn't high yet, and the sky was very cloudy. I might as well check out the sea myself.

1/800, f/5.6, 55mm
The beach was very clean. There were traces of small crabs around, and seashells. Dani found a sea urchin being washed to the shore.


We let Alisha play with the sand with the sand toys we bought for her. We also let her touch the water, but she preferred playing with her toys anyway.

Dani tried to teach me swimming. I thought, why not? We had the whole beach for ourselves, and there was no one else around.

1/2000, f/4.5, 30mm
I swallowed so much salty water and the result is that I still can't swim.

The sky was getting very dark so we started to move. It was noon after all so we had to look for a place to have lunch.

1/100, f/4.5, 28mm
Alisha didn't want to leave the beach. We had to drag her. It was her medicine time too. But when we got back to our room, Dani said his body started hurting.

Apparently the sun was too strong for him.

1/50, f/1.8, 50mm
So we thought maybe we must get a lotion or something. His skin wasn't just tanned, it was sunburned. We must look for a pharmacy.

Even though it hurt, he still had to drive for us since my driver's license just expired. The closest pharmacy has ran out of sunblock lotion, and the pharmacist there suggested us to get an Aloe Vera cream. She said there's nothing else to do other than reducing the pain while waiting for the skin to recover.

1/4000, f/2.5, 50mm
Fast forward. Not only I missed the sunset because I fell asleep while making Alisha sleep since her fever started to come back again, Dani couldn't move anymore. He was in a lot of pain. But I pushed him to drive to Kuantan to find Watson's or Guardian in case maybe they have better solutions. He took some Panadol tablets before leaving.

I had to call my dad since he was living in Pahang, so I thought he should know which malls are big around there. He suggested East Coast Mall. There was Watson's there, but without pharmacist. We bought some sunblock anyway. However, we found another pharmacy outside that sold a tube of gel, specifically for increasing the healing rate for minor burns. We tried that.

1/4000, f/1.8, 50mm
And then my dad called again. He said he was in Kuantan, and would like to meet us. I had to refuse since we were already on our way back to Cherating. But I promised to meet him on the next day.

Dani suddenly said his skin didn't hurt anymore. We were sitting for dinner and he just applied the gel. We thought the gel worked immediately.

1/60, f/1.8, 50mm
But the pain came back when he was driving back to the resort. We found out it was the Panadol that helped ease the pain, not the gel. There was nothing else left to do. He had to endure the pain the whole night, while me coughing and sneezing, and Alisha having a fever.

To be continued.

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