Monthly Archives: November 2014

Some Pictures

At Wat Kittisangkaram.  I learned that there is a different Buddha for every day of the week.  This is Tuesday Buddha.  He is my favorite.

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Now at the Big Buddha in Phuket.  It’s really big.  To get an idea of the scale, look at some of the workers on the left side of the picture.

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At Phromthep Cape

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Plastic Bags

So far it seems that everything comes in a plastic bag.  Now, I didn’t support the ban on plastic bags in Seattle.  Plastic grocery bags are really useful for lots of things.  But this is a little ridiculous.  For example, I ordered Khanom Krok and some other things for breakfast this morning.  The Khanom Krok goes in a little tray.  Which goes in a little plastic bag and that goes in a bigger plastic bag.  Then the other things already come in a plastic bag but those go in another plastic bag which goes into the bigger plastic bag.

I did feel proud of myself for refusing a plastic bag at the grocery store today.  I just put the stuff directly into my backpack.

But maybe there is a reason for all the plastic bags.  All the scooters have a little hook below the steering column.  It’s really handy to hang all your goodies that came in plastic bags from that hook to drive them home.  Hmm….  Maybe I will start keeping a tally of how many plastic bags I use every day.

Vacation

Before I get down to the daily grind of learning Thai and climbing rocks in Ao Nang, I decided to spend a few nights in Phuket.  The first time I stayed in Phuket about 2 years ago I stayed in Patong Beach.  It was quite an experience with the culture shock and over the top night life.  This time I wanted something a little quieter so I’m staying near Kata beach.  Apparently it is very popular with the Russian tourists because many restaurants have English and Russian menus.  I was told to avoid the Russians b I haven’t been staying out late and going to the bars so I have not had to put up with drunk obnoxious people.  During the daytime the seem harmless.

Also, Eastern Europeans apparently can not eat spicy food.  In Kata Beach, you have to ask for the food to be made spicy.  Everywhere else the food defaults to spicy.  So even though the Thai food is not very spicy in Kata, it’s a nice place.

I did get out of town a little bit.  Here’s what I’ve been up to:

  1. Visited Wat Kittisangkaram
  2. Rented a scooter and drove around
  3. Saw the Phuket Big Buddha
  4. Drove said scooter to Phromthep Cape
  5. Got a massage for 300 BHT which is 9.14 USD.  Not super cheap compared to other parts of Thailand but basically free when compared to the prices back home.

I’ll post some pictures later but I’m still not over the jet lag so am going to sleep now.  In the morning I’m headed to Ao Nang.

Almost There!

Well, it’s been quite a process to get to where I am now.  Which is sitting in the Emirates lounge at the Dubai International Airport.  I have one more hour left of my 17 hour layover.  So, what did it take to get here?  Mostly packing up and getting everything organized at home before I left.  Some of the things I did:

  1. Find a property manager to rent my house
  2. Lots of house improvements
    1. Clean the yard
    2. Paint most of the rooms
    3. Install new carpet
    4. Finish some old projects
  3. Pack all my things away and throw away old stuff I no longer need and get rid of clutter and garbage
  4. Organize my finances
  5. Quit my job
  6. Sell my car
  7. Throw lots of going away parties!

I’m sure there’s more but those are the biggest ones I can remember.

Dubai Airport

The Dubai airport is pretty nice.  I saw terminal A and the Emirates lounge there.  I also saw terminal B and am hanging out in the lounge now.  The lounge in Terminal A is much nicer than in B.  Mostly because the showers are really good.  This morning I took a shower in terminal A and this afternoon in B.  I guess I should have taken pictures but the shower in terminal A is a full bathroom where the shower in terminal B is just a shower stall with small changing room attached.  The food in both terminals in about the same.

Lets see.  There are a few things that surprised me about the airport

  1. There are birds flying around in here
  2. There are squat toilets here (as well as western).  I thought that was just an Asian thing but I guess not
  3. They have milk chocolate made from camel milk
  4. Everything is really expensive here