Where did you go on your honeymoon? Well, for us, we went to Langkawi, Pulau Payar, Koh Lipe, Hatyai, Ho Chi Minh and also Phu Quoc Island. If I were to write it all in one post, it would be way too long, so I decided to make it into four parts. But before I start with the first part, I’ll let you know the process of getting married to a foreigner here in Malaysia based on our experience.
First of all, Mike needs to prove that he’s single and free to marry, so he went to Gurney Tower Public Notary Office to get the Single Status Affidavit letter stamp by the authorised person. Once we got it, we took a trip down to Kuala Lumpur and headed to the British Embassy office. We showed them the Single Status Affidavit letter, and they issued us an official letter.
Next, we went to Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Putrajaya and endorsed the letter that we received from the British Embassy. After that, we went to the JPN office located in Putrajaya and gave them a copy of Mike’s passport, my IC, our birth certificates, the endorsed letter and also filled up some form. In return, they gave us a letter enclosed in a sealed envelope.
When we returned to Penang, we handed over the sealed envelope to the JPN office, and they gave us the Borang Permohonan, Pemberitahuan Perkahwinan Dan Akuan Berkanun/Bertulis. We filled up the form, attached photos and went to Penang High Court to get the D.1 & D.2 parts done before submitting it.
They displayed our form on the notice board for 21 days. Since no one objected our intention to get married, a few months later, on the date that we have chosen, we got married! Then, the next day, we held our wedding reception at Lot 107A Bistro, Penang Eurasian Association Malaysia.
Now, talk about our honeymoon trip, in our first two destinations, we were accompanied by friends and family. JP, Hannah, Matthew, my in-law Carol & Big Mike, my sister in law Leanne and her fiance Peter. We flew to our first destination, Langkawi and stayed in a Sea View Villa at the Frangipani Langkawi Resort & Spa.
It was a beautiful and peaceful resort and the beach just a few steps away from our villa. Everything was perfect. However, the weather wasn’t very good to us. So, we looked for an alternative and decided to go on a day trip to avoid the rain.
Pulau Payar is just 30km south-east of Langkawi and journey by boat only takes about an hour. We bought our day trip package from one of the travel agency in Jalan Pantai Cenang. It comes with snorkelling equipment and buffet lunch (cafeteria style) on the island.
There is no accommodation on the island as it’s a marine park. But I heard that camping is allowed with permission from the Fisheries Department.
Snorkelling here was a bit disappointing because the water visibility wasn’t as excellent as it would have been in a calmer weather. The strong underwater current makes the water murky. We also went hiking in one of the two trails. The path was not challenging, but during our trip, there were many fallen trees, and red ants were crawling on top of it. So we have to be very careful when climbing over it. On our way back to the ferry, I was able to see a few friendly baby sharks swimming nearby the pier.
Travel Date: 15th – 18th December 2014