9 Aug

On July 16 I awoke early to chickens and the chattering of birds and monkeys! I had anticipated seeing the dawn on the paradise-type island in the rain forest of Malaysia at a place called Coral Bay Beach on Pangkor island just north of Kuala Lumpur by three and a half hours. I had planned on writing about my peaceful time in Bali this month, but am too distracted by the the happenings here. I sit in my two man tent now, watching the waves as I write. 
The night before last I felt elation as we got out of the cab from the ferry that brought us from Pangkor city. This came after riding on a smallish ferry from the mainland. 
What I saw reminded me of the dream so many people have of relaxing on a tropical island when they retire, white sands, blue sky, blue-green sea in a forest facing the ocean. 
We had brought provisions for camping: a tent, water, rice, snacks, band aids, antiseptic oil, mosquito repellent, and needle and thread. 
We pitched our tent quickly on the smooth sand, just in time before the wind came, bringing with it a fairly strong tropical storm. Luckily some people had left a tarp behind that we ended up using on the top instead of over the tent! The rain pressed upon us so hard that rain came through in places we could not even see. My husband scooped and scooped out the water with his bare hands. We had expected heat to be our main problem, but no, water became our enemy. It hadn’t rained for over two months. I think I must have brought the rain from Oregon. I had read before coming that Malaysia has two seasons, dry-wet and wet-wet. We came in the dry-wet season. 
After out hot and humid night in the tent, we awoke to a beautiful dawn and swam in the warm waters of gentle waves. We returned to monkeys raiding our locked tent! We caught them eating our chocolate cream cookies. 
My husband, unfamiliar with monkeys except for the tame trained monkeys from Marrakesh, being from the desert, wanted to protect me as I collected the scattered cookies from the ground. He raised up a board that rested against a tree, ready to keep the ten or so monkeys that had encircled us away from me. 
I had sat down under the trees to enjoy some potato chips when two of them on branches above me started to pounce! These monkeys surprised us with their aggressive behavior. When we took our food inside they went away. 
The next morning, after spending the night trying to keep the rain out after an even more ferocious storm, we awoke to the waves coming up within maybe ten feet of our front door. We had to move the tent and our luggage to higher ground. 
The monkeys having eating many of our snacks, we had to find dry wood to build a fire. We are still working on that challenge. 
So, goodbye from higher ground. Thank God we woke up before the big wave came!!!!



  1. Gary Dunn August 9, 2016 at 8:25 pm #

    I just love reading about camping. Please write more. Am sure you have heard of the attempted coup in Turkey. Glad you missed that. Pangkor Island sounds wonderful. Can you eat monkey?

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    • kaygillett August 9, 2016 at 11:38 pm #

      I don’t know, but I never thought I could get so angry at one. I noticed that one had been captured in a cage about fifteen days later. They should be in a zoo and well fed. Instead, we humans invade their jungle and they don’t have enough to eat. They become true nuisances. After twenty three days I had had it. They seemed cute for only about fifteen minutes.


    • Kay Gillett September 17, 2016 at 10:20 am #

      Turkey was really great fun. The day before we arrived there was an attack in the square near our hotel. A week after we arrived there was an attack at the airport np retry crazy timing. The people who worked at the airport were so sweet I hope they’re all fine. Thank you for reading my stories b


    • Kay Gillett October 13, 2017 at 7:33 am #

      I don’t know, but I wouldn’t want to, especially these guys! They’re probably really tough to chew LOL.


  2. Brenda Lawson August 13, 2016 at 6:51 pm #

    Really a wonderful adventure. Remember to leave air space to catch the flame and leave tinder to dry inside where it can get air not wet… loll been there in a different way… If I had an addy I would send you a ziplock baggie full of strike anywhere matches…. Love you. Tame those monkeys!

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    • Kay Gillett September 17, 2016 at 10:14 am #

      Good advice for sure, Brenda! Thank you for reading!


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