This is a long overdue post. Almost a year overdue! And since this was last year, I have to add that we were fatter than we are now, especially my husband! I was like, OMG you were so fat last year! Haha. (My husband has lost a total of 15 kg to date, by the way. I’ve lost a total of err… nevermind. Sikit je).
A week or so after our Jakarta trip in December last year (which I still haven’t blogged about. Oops), my husband and I went for a romantic getaway at The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat in Ipoh – just the two of us! It was one of the best and most romantic moment in our life.
You see, ever since we got married, we never had the chance to be “romantically” together (as in, to be together alone with no one else around) except on our honeymoon. Right after we got married, we took turns staying at both our parents’ place for a year until Ayra was born (I was pregnant a month after we got married), before moving to our own place. And of course our life changed after having a baby. No more romantic dates, no more going out for movies, no more holding hands wherever we go (we would either hold our baby or the stroller). Our priorities have changed. We were so busy being “mommy” and “daddy”! Don’t get me wrong, I love being a mommy and I love my kids. And yes, we do go out for dinner or movie dates, once in a while. But I miss spending the whole day with my husband alone, away from everything and everyone. We (married couples) need that, don’t we?
I remembered how we were so looking forward to this trip. I gotta thank my dad for giving us this romantic getaway gift. Best gift ever!
The Banjaran is a retreat sanctuary with luxury villas, nestled in the lush tropical jungle. It’s a peaceful place to rest and rejuvenate, and no kids under 12 are allowed! We left our kids with my sister-in-law and our maid (we had a maid at that time) at a hotel in Ipoh. I wasn’t that worried because my sister-in-law was there to look after them and because their hotel is only 15 minutes away from The Banjaran.
My jaw just dropped the moment we entered our villa. Sooo freaking nice! And did I mention there’s a private pool in each villa? Awesome!
This is the Hot Springs Dipping Pool. It’s kind of like jacuzzi style pool with fresh hot water billowing up from the ground below. It’s not even close to 100º C but it’s very hot! We could see steam coming out of the surface of the pool.
Guests are allowed to go inside the pool, but I just dipped my foot. Panas sangat!
The food was not bad (I especially love the scallops), but we had to wait for 1 hour before the starters arrived. One hour! But the manager came to us and apologized personally. Turned out, they just changed the chef (at that time la).
Even tho it was just a short getaway, we felt like newlyweds all over again! But seriously, I think it’s important for parents to take a time off from their children once in a while and spend time together. Just ask anyone – your parents, in-laws, siblings, or whoever you trust to look after your kids. Doesn’t need to be a lavish getaway (altho it would be nice!).
“It can be very difficult for your marriage to thrive if you spend all your time being “Mommy” and “Daddy”. You need to spend regular time as “Husband” and “Wife”. — Elizabeth Pantley.