Here comes the rain again...
Trip Start Apr 15, 2012
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So this is where I started a week ago:
The island is really quiet. As in there aren’t many people here right now, compared to high season. Rainy season is definitely here as it has now been raining for 3 days straight. The rain stops occasionally and when it does you have to grab the opportunity to jump on the scooter if you want to get out and about
Last weekend the weather was hot, humid and sunny. I went out sourcing materials for the nursery and did some food shopping. I purchased myself a book with a CD 'Learn Thai Easily’, if there is such a thing! It’s all about the tone. There are 5 different tones used in the Thai language. This means that a word has another meaning when the tone changes. For example the word phonetically spelt ‘mai’ can mean no, wood, silk and new depending what tone you use. I have been told that the Thai spelling makes it obvious the words are different so I’m thinking I should try to learn the Thai alphabet. I’m sure it will all become clearer if I can accomplish this!
I tried Mangosteen fruit for the first time last week. It was delicious! The fruit has a plum like skin, the same deep purple colour
Nursery went well this week. We are finally in the new classroom. Electrics still need to be finished but apart from that it’s ok for us to use. The kids were reasonably well behaved bearing in mind we are still in the early stages of setting up and getting everyone into a routine. Funnily enough it’s the 2 yr old that seems most interested in participating in all my songs and games. At least I have one eager student!
In my last blog I wrote about Tesco’s expansion into Asia, well I have since found out that not one, or two but three Tesco Lotus Express are opening on Koh Chang. I really hope this doesn’t mean a gradual decline of the local veg stalls.
I have decided to nick-name the resort where I am currently living, Recluseville. Having now been here for 3 weeks on my own, I have met Roland the guy who owns Siam Royal View (aka Recluseville) and a Canadian couple who are here on holiday with their 3 kids. Anyone who lives here (like the guy I work for, in fact he could be the only person who lives here full-time), doesn’t seem to leave. I’ve also come to realise that the guy I work for, isn’t just paranoid about security and safety, but suffers from some sort of obsessive compulsive disorder (as quoted in Wiki – (OCD) its sufferers commonly share personality traits such as high attention to detail, avoidance of risk, careful planning, exaggerated sense of responsibility)
I haven’t been up to anything exciting this last week. Mostly riding around on the scooter escaping Recluseville, visiting people I know and getting to know the area. I have enjoyed riding over the mountain just after it’s rained. The smells are so enlivening. There are pockets of cold air riding up the mountain, you can smell the freshness of the rainforest and the trees. At certain points I pick up the smell of something sweet which I can’t work out what it is. As you drive down to the coast the air temperature noticeably rises and you can feel the closeness of the humidity creep in.
I had my first minor scrape on the scooter just yesterday. Embarrassingly to say, it was all due to a large flying bug landing on my hand which caused me to freak out, slam on the brakes and send the bike on a sideways skid where the road was damp from rain. The most damage was to my pride as I was trying to stop the bike from falling on its side to minimise damage I accidently revved the engine to full throttle, attracting everyones attention that was nearby. There goes another dent to the Farrang’s already tarnished image. I could just hear the Thai’s sniggering and thinking to themselves, silly blonde farrang can’t drive motorbike
I think I am addicted to the BBQ’d corn on the cobs sold on the small food stalls at the side of the road. They sell all sorts, mostly really disgusting fatty or bony meat bites on skewers. Word of advice - do not eat the pork balls they are vile, took one bite, gave the rest to Ginger and even she hesitated before finishing them off. Back to the corn on the cob, covered in butter and sprinkled with salt, 20 Baht (approx 45p), dinner done. Yum. I am also partial to the all singing, all dancing, mother of all banana, pineapple and chocolate roti pancakes! The guy who serves up the pancakes in White Sand is a local celebrity, he has a small side cart with heated plate, he plays music really loud and his cart jiggles about to the music while he makes the pancake. Mental ! I will have to try and get a video sometime. Picture of my pancake above – I know it looks a mess but believe me it melts in the mouth.
I’ll finish off with a few bits of info to anyone considering visiting Thailand:
- It is preferred that you do not walk around the streets in your bikini, speedos, or swimming shorts with no t-shirt
- It is rude to point at a Thai person with your fore-finger or your foot (did this with my finger by accident the other day while talking and immediately profusely apologised although this is no-where near as bad as pointing with your foot). The feet are considered to be the lowest part of the body spiritually as well as physically.
- If a Thai person ‘wai’s’ you, you should return the wai, it is considered rude not to (a wai is a greeting where the hands are closed together like in prayer and should touch a part of your body between your chest and forehead, so usually your nose or chin is good)
That’s all from me this time. Hope all those in Blighty are enjoying the long Jubilant weekend.