If you’re a romantic who grew up in a Euro-centric culture, you’ve probably heard the expression ‘into the sunset’ on more than one occasion. To walk, run, ride or drive into the sunset denotes a closing, a happy ending, and hope for the future. More than one film has closed on a sunset, and many more fairy stories. But personally, I never really ‘got’ them. Apart from that iconic moment in Grease 2 when he finally gets the girl and they ride off into the sunset of course…that was classic. I changed somewhat, when at the end of a week spent slaving away at a national park’s snake exhibit in Phuket, Thailand back in the day, a kindly lady offered to take me to Sunset Point. She thought it would be a travesty for me to leave Phuket without seeing it. I was more tempted by the possibility of finally getting out of the park.
What I saw however, blew my mind. There’s a reason why they call it Sunset Point. It’s no doubt the place Jay-Z refers to in ‘Can I get a…’A decade later I can still see in my mind’s eye the panoramic view of the horizon, the endless sky and the most colourful sunset I’ve ever seen. Continue reading →
When you grow up in a temperate (read: COLD) climate, a first date which includes watching a multicoloured sunset under palm trees, dinner (albeit top brass takeaway pizza) on a secluded white sand beach and a midnight swim is the stuff of your most unabashedly romantic fantasies and the holiday romances of your wildest dreams. They’re not actually real. And it’s unrealistic expectations like these that are the reason for the divorce stats they say. But when you are located in the tropics where palm trees abound, sunsets are breathtaking and you want to impress somebody, what else says ‘What you saaaaaaaaaaaying?’ or ‘Wha gwan rude girl’ with quite the same je ne sais quoi? And when pennies are not dropping out of those scene-setting palm trees, this is a cheap and cheerful night out. Continue reading →