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Say Hello Wave Goodbye

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

I am now in the middle of my 5 towns in 5 nights tour of NW Thailand.  Briefly back to being an attration to the locals, I am enjoying the time away from the big cities and getting waves and hellos as I walk down the street. The following is a rundown of the past 2 days in the life of Micah.

Mae Hong Son: The ride in from Pai was stimulating, as we crossed 2 mountain passes and enjoyed stunning views of the valleys. The prize of the town is Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu, a temple complex on top of a hill that overlooks the town.

Mae Hong Son

Mae Hong Son

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It was another long hike up, but this time I was able use a finely crafted set of brick stairs and inclines.  There were a handful of other Wats for me to explore as well as a night market set up on the main streets. One Wat was just across a pond from my guest house and gets lit up at night (like most tourists, but in a different way).

Wat Mai Chom Khang

Wat Mai Chom Khang

I had plans to wake up early the next day, and climb back up to the Wat on the hill. But went back to sleep, when I saw that there was no fog around to provide me what Lonely Planet had described. One last note: the few Farang I have seen, have been middle aged, possibly Dutch, and seem to move in herds.

Mae Sariang: The towns get smaller, less touristy, and more peaceful. I almost wish I had more time and less to see, that way I could spend another day here just sitting by the river.  My room at the guest house, though small, opens up to a deck overhanging the river. Plus, it has been the least expensive of my trip.

My place is the white deck on the right.

My place is the white deck on the right.

Not much else to do here, which is fine by me. All of these towns serve as jumping off points for guided treks into the jungle. I have opted against spending a day and the money to do such a thing. Although, I will not rule out the possibility of partaking down south.

Now, off to find supper and possibly some more light reading by the river. And by the way Lucas, I am enjoying it but have only gotten about 120 pages down so far. It took me a while to get used to the names and achieve the concentration necessary for such writing. Hope life is treating you all better than it should. รู้สึก ง่าย สงบ สุข

The Long and Winding Road

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Reporting from Pai, Thailand:

I arrived here Monday, hearing that this was the the party town for foreigners up in the mountains. But I also heard that the scenery was breathtaking and the waterfalls, refreshing. The later is what I was searching for, and found.

Tired from my hiking on Sunday and the van ride out, my first afternoon was spent briefly walking the city. After finding a dirty blue guest house close to a main drag, I took in a few Wats and small street markets, sat down for a bite to eat, and had a Chang.  The rest of the night was spent planning my next day and next week of travels.

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a photo

Tuesday, I rented a bicycle so that I could get to where I wanted to go. I passed on the motorbikes that everyone gets due to environmental concerns, exercise, and the fact I was scared.

The first trip was the most grueling ride of my life, all uphill about 10 km one way. I made stops to see another Wat and some rock that all the Thai tourist where getting their picture taken in front of. Mo Paeng waterfall was my final destination and it was worth it. Not really for its size or beauty, but more for the many pools available for swimming.

Beaver Dam

Beaver Dam

Above: I was able to capture this shot of my human body fully engulfed in one of the rapids. All of my pains from the ride were washed away.  I spent almost 2 hours exploring every pool before the highly enjoyable ride back down to town.

Back in town, I proceeded up the other side of the valley to check out a Wat on a hill. Wat Phra That Mae Yen was a short ride from and then 356 steps, which I chose over biking up the road. On top, a nice panoramic view of the city and a decent temple, I had mostly to myself.

Pai is on the right

Pai is on the right

Lounging Buddha

Lounging Buddha

An ice cream cone helped me through the walk back down the stairs and gave me the energy to try to find another waterfall. Although I turned down the wrong road and didn’t see the falls, I enjoyed the ride. I doubt my legs could have gotten me up there anyways. Discovering my directional error, I turned around and headed back to town, returned my bicycle, and sat down at an eMac in a store called Apple Pai, to write these words.

I don’t think I will be able to walk tomorrow, so it is a good thing I have a bus lined up to take me to Mae Hong Son in the morning. Another mountain town, about 120 km SW of Pai, I hope to find more waterfalls and peace. A bid you all “la-gon and chok dee”. นิยาย เกี่ยว กับ วีรชน ต่อ


500 Miles

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

(by IPod = photos added in post-production)
In Chiang Mai, i’m staying at a nice, cheap place called Thapae Gate Lodge. Walking distance to everything, and walk I did.

Saturday: decided to change my food up a little and ate at Mike’s Burgers. Classic diner style place, I had the bacon cheeseburger and some tasty fries. From there I began my Wat (temple) treck through the city. A lot of golden framed buildings with sizable Buddha statues, front and center.

I have always been a fan of cathedrals and temples, due to the quiet and beauty. Everbody respectfully admires the art and religion. I feel a little weird taking pictures while someone is on their knees praying, but try not to disturb them.

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Wat Phra Singh was my favorite, with multiple structures and gardens. While there, a female student from the university asked to have a 5min conversation with me, an English speaker. She had a helper with her and there was only one question I couldn’t understand. Glad to help, but I had to refrain from using my normal slang and curse words.

After all the Wats, I headed to the local mall. My camera has been wild’n out so I bought a Canon A100 IS. No bargain since I was in a mall, but I like it. I did a little post purchase celebrating by hiting the Saturday night street market. A series of food stalls provided supper while I walked and eyed the goods.

Sunday: Caught a bus up to Doi Suthep National Park, home of Wat Phra That. 306 decorated steps up to see good city views and many intricate statues. Children dancing for Baht in front of temple, kind of sour the scene.

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Bus dropped me at entrance to Nam Tok Monthathon (a waterfall) where a 3 km hike up the road was rewarded with a place to cool my feet.

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Hiking up even more, revealed a series of pools, rock slides, and frolicking locals. I did one unintentional slide which amused them. After an easier stroll back down to the main road, I waited for a bus to drive by.

More waiting and some drivebys, I decided to strut my stuff. One advantage, I got to visit a few more falls on the way. During all of this trekking, I had the Peter, Paul, and Mary song “500 Miles” in my head. Luckily, a local motorbiker gave me a free lift the last few km back into town.

I proceeded to cruise the Sunday night street market. Even bigger than Saturdays, this new area has more streets involved and some Wats. Another night with a random supper, local crafts, and street music.

Normally they play Thai songs, but while passing one musician on guitar, I swore I heard “500 Miles”. I figured my dehydrated mind was deceiving me, until the words came. Sure enough, my theme song for the day was being beautifully sung to me on the streets of Chiang Mai. I hadn’t heard any other recognizable songs the past 2 nights, my trip has now been blessed.

Tomorrow morning I hop a minivan to Pai and the mountains. I am ok with cities but look forward to the views. Also, I will attempt my first walk up hostel booking. It is fully on.

Halfway Home

Friday, November 13th, 2009

I think this is the official midpoint of my trip and today I dug my last ditch. Tomorrow, I cruise into Chiang Mai and become a full time tourist. Many temples await but first let me recap my stay here with this interpretive dance I did.

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I’m not sure if the link will work so I will also add these words and pictures:

Host spent only 3 nights here during my week stay, which was nice. Us WWOOFers were left to hold down the fort and once entertained a young Aussie couple. Many movies, cards, and bottles of Chang during the long periods of darkness. It is odd to have the weather so perfect and yet the sun is gone before 6pm.

Chang

Chang

Very fun group, very good food, and lots of weeding fill the days. I try to speak some French with Jerry Lewis but all I know is from Pink Martini songs. Although, “Je Ne Veux Pas Travailler” turned out to be quite fitting. I apologized to them for Britney Spears and they apologized for Jean Claude Van Damme.

I’ve taken a few more bike rides and mostly just relaxed.

My nap sack on my back

My nap-sack on my back

Our trip today took us through a small town, very peaceful. We stopped at a local shop to get ice cream, Jerry Lewis is addicted to the interesting snacks these Thai shops sell.

Jerry Lewis on bikes

Jerry Lewis on bikes

Some other jobs I’ve done can be seen below:

We got the good stuff out of some passion fruit for the Juice bar.

One for me, one for the pot.

One for me, one for the pot.

I dug up some land for the planting that was to come.

Don't sweat the technique

Don't sweat the technique

A few shots of the farm:

Part of the farm

Some rows

It soon will spread its wings and fly

It soon will spread its wings and fly

Sunset

Sunset

I added more pics this post, since the rest of my blog updates will be via my Ipod and Internet shops. I am excited about what is to come and looking forward to heading up into the mountains. With a very tentative plan in place, I head west, where the towns are small and the scenery should be breathtaking. ด้านตะวันตกเป็นด้านที่ดีที่สุด

The Next Chapter

Monday, November 9th, 2009

I am currently at my next farm, about an hour north of Chiang Mai, here is what you have missed:

13 hr night train ride from BKK. Sleeper train full, window seat next to cockroach family (insects on wall, not meant as racial slur) = no sleep. Met up with the Brit from previous farm, long bus/delivery van ride to farm.

One of many stops

One of many stops

About the farm: New Host has 2 restaurants back in town and a floating cottage on reservior where people pay to stay. Nice wood house, good rooms and beds since some tourists stay here before going out to cottage. Wifi, DVDs, help yourself bar (pricey), cooks, and cleaners. Some Thai farm workers.
Farm is far more developed than previous, most food for us and eateries is picked here. The meals are great with fresh mushrooms every meal that grow in a special room. So far: i’ve been turning dirt, composting, weeding around asparagus, and making strawberry planters out of coconut.  Also, catfish in pond i have tried to catch, but only got one crab. Brit caught 3 fish, fried, we ate for supper.

In rod we trust

In rod we trust

People: Host is retired British military, looks tough, very laid back. Hostess is Thai and stays in town during week to work at their food places. The Brit you already know, he has been traveling and drinking a lot since he left the last farm. He is leaving Wednesday to head back to BKK. 2 girls from Belguim also here WWOOFing, speak French and decent English, fun and good workers, I will refer to them as Jerry Lewis. And I, who will be here until Saturday. After that I go where the buses take me.

Sunday was a day off, so the Brit and I biked around a little then picked up Jerry Lewis and headed to the reservoir. In Srilanna National Park, the area is beautiful and hilly. A nice change from the relatively flat Bang Phra. We swam off some rocks and jumped off a floating dock house.

Quantum Leap

Quantum Leap

I love being away from it all in this very small farming community, with just one small store a 40 minute crab walk away. We take photos of every sunset, weather is perfect, and it’s quiet. A guy could get used to this. ชีวิตของเกษตรกรเป็นง่ายหนึ่ง

The Scam?

Friday, November 6th, 2009

My first day in Bangkok and it is possible I was already scammed. I relate the feeling to losing at poker: It happened really fast and I walked away in a daze replaying every decision.

I will give the details and you can decide for yourself:
So, I meet this guy on the street while taking a picture of this

Water Monitor

Water Monitor

3 blocks from the train station (i know i know, but please wait till the end to make up your mind)

His plane back home to northern Thailand wasn’t going to leave for another 6 hrs, so we walk and talk for a while. I agree to tour with him to see the Giant Buddha, where he did some praying and showed me how to place incense sticks and distribute some coins among cups that represent months of the year. He pays for the taxi ride, then some food, water, and beer at a local spot. Contact information is exchanged, pictures are shared, and an offer is made for me to come stay with his family up near the border with Laos. We take a boat ride through canals and see some cool stuff along the way while he points out wildlife and the contrast between poor and rich lifestyles.

I'm On A Boat!

I'm On A Boat!

After the boat trip ends, I say I will pay since he has covered everything else. The price he tells me seems very high, and then apologetically he asks me if I can cover his portion as well, because he doesn’t have enough cash. I cover and he thanks me and says that now I must come stay with him so he can repay. He flags me a cab and tells them where to take me.

After we part, I can’t help but try to sort it all out. I figured he could have been working with the boat man and went back to collect his spoils. I’ve gone back and forth in my head I still am not sure. Here is an ordered list of pros and cons:

Scam:

  1. He picked me up on the street when I was taking a photo.
  2. He received and made a few phone calls, and got some beeps as well.
  3. Felt almost like a guided tour.
  4. He didn’t seem to say all that much to the boat driver, yet we went places.
  5. Local stop was very small, he bought much beer and kept refilling my glass, and asked me if I was having a good time.
  6. When boat ride was done, he had to go different direction than I, and quickly got me into a cab.
  7. It was a lot of money, and he asked me to cover his portion after possibly looking into my wallet.

Not Scam:

  1. Very nice, average looking, 58 year old man.
  2. Said he worked for the government and was down here because of meeting @ embassy.
  3. Said he was going to visit his son at Texas A&M in December and also was going to head out to San Diego to see a former teacher.
  4. We had boat for almost 3 hours, made the driver wait while we ate at stop, and some of  the rates people talk about online were very close to the rate I paid.
  5. He was very apologetic and grateful.

I know that I have listed more Scams than Not, but I currently am leaning toward the later.  All train ride up north I though scam, but after reading what was posted about rates people have paid, I swung back the other way, partly so I feel better inside. Either way, I wish I had the money back and consider the experience, although fun, not worth the price.

After I send an email to him later this week, I should know more, and may cruise out that way to pop my head into Laos. I do have his name, so if I get convinced that it was a scam, some searching will be done and when I find “Amanda Hugginkiss”, he’s going to be sorry. อาจจะมาตรฐานฉันสูงเกินไป

The Other Stuff

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

I have a few random thoughts and events that I would like to present to you at this time. With no rhyme, reason, or mitigation, here they are:

Took a day trip up to Bangkok with the group to do Chatachuk Market. Host and Co were looking for spa/coffee shop items and the Bikers sought out restaurant serving things (they plan on opening a little place in Chicago when they return to states). I did some browsing but was only serious about food. With 5 weeks left, I don’t want to lug anything around, plus I will be back through BKK 3 more times.

The market is enormous, thus we got lost a few times. Favorites from the food section were: These shrimb/crab balls, they cooked in a pan shaped like an egg carton. They would spin them constantly, top with stuff, and serve. Fantastic.

good eats

Good Eats

Out shining the balls, was my first bowl of Tom Yum. A spicy broth soup with ground pork, fish balls, peanuts, noodles, bean sprouts, and more, finding the best in Thailand will be my chore.

Good Tom Yum

Good Tom Yum

I love the style of spoon you see above and will bring some back to states. Mango made a shrimp Tom Yum for my last supper, equally pleasing.

Last thing of note from the market, random painting of Mark Ruffalo, especially since all other works were regular museum art. I am a fan of his work but did not pull the trigger on the purchase.

Mark

Mark

On the way home from BKK, we stopped at a rest area and patronized a KFC. Tidbits: I sampled the Shrimp Donut, pretty much as you would imagine, shrimp and things molded into donut form, breaded and deep fried. Host ordered the Shrimp and Cheese balls, like the donut just different shape. I figure these are Thailand specific menu items, although I haven’t been to one of the Colonel’s establishments in some time, due to his wee beady eyes and that smug look on his face.

Went on a 15 min bike ride to reservoir last week to swim. Fun being stared and pointed at by Thai’s, saying “look over there, there is a white man in the water” (loose translation, my Thai is still limited). One kid swam up to me with a big smile and said hello, when I replied in kind, he swam back to his friends and told the story of his encounter. Group on the shore waved, laughed and said “Hello!”. I then biked the rest of the way around the reservoir which took an hour. Fun being on small streets, waiting for water buffalo to cross, and getting more stares. No pics, my camera randomly tweaked out on me, saying “card unreadable”. Have enjoyed riding the farm bike around, been years since i’ve rode this much.

Addition to the food pics, a close-up of me chomping on a cricket. I actually enjoyed the taste, although I will eat anything that’s fried.

It was either him or me

It was either him or me

(Note: I was posing for the picture and didn’t really have that rage in my eyes while eating.)

That is about it for the randoms from my stay here. Today I hop a train to my next adventure. I imagine I will come back some day to see how my projects have finished. They say I am welcome anytime. The rest of Thailand awaits, stay tuned to see what crazy adventures Micah gets into next. วันนี้ฉันฉลองวันประกาศอิสรภาพของฉัน

The Holiday

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

The night of the first full moon during the month of November, Thai’s celebrate Loy Krathong. Little boats or discs of banana tree are arranged to float and carry candles and incense. Then, set adrift down rivers or other bodies of water to symbolize letting go of ones troubles and to create good luck for the coming year. Prayers or wishes are also often said before one releases the Krathong.

With family in town, banana parts were collected from the farm, and vessels were constructed. After a amazing meal, we piled into the car and headed down to the reservoir. In the Picture below, the boat in my right hand was designated as mine and made by the Hostess and her parents.

Boat launch

Boat launch

Also part of the celebration: Lanterns of paper called Khom Fai, are set free into the sky like hot air balloons. I received a lantern as part of a bargain my Host made while shopping in Bangkok. Now to set the scene, you need to know this: Lanterns are not allowed to be launched in cities, but Host says that the reservoir site has been approved on the night of Loy Krathong. Also, we witnessed at least 50 take flight while there.

Host had already sent his on a successful flight and now it was my turn to step up. With the Father providing the torch, I held the base of the lantern low to the ground to shield the wind. While we did this, a Policeman came by and said some words in Thai that didn’t seem friendly. Members of the group said some words in reply and pointed to others who were lighting up. The officer moved on. After the paper balloon had filled with warm air, I raised it up and posed for the picture below.

Lantern launch

If you don't like my fire, then don't come around.

I began to gently ease my grip on the wooden base and made sure my launch angle was true and free of obstructions. Out of the darkness, from my left, the Policeman jumped in and ripped the balloon from the air. Hurling it into the water and giving it one good stomp deeper into the mud. He walked off without words and we stood there stunned for a few seconds, not really believing what just happened. Host was upset and my Thai friends were apologetic and told me I did nothing wrong. The event brought our night to a halt as we headed back to the cars, with members occasionally stopping to voice there complaints to men in uniform that would listen. I left feeling disappointed but maybe more stunned than anything. The ritual does not have as much meaning to me as it does to the locals and maybe the man felt that I should not be participating. Maybe he was just having a bad day and decided to pick on some white people. Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?

Overall, I am really glad I got to be apart of this once a year celebration, especially to be able to share it with a local family. The incident is just another story and doesn’t have to be a bad memory or scar on a such a enjoyable trip. Although I do hope that this ends up being my only run-in with a law enforcement officer. ไม่สามารถเราทั้งหมดเพียงเข้ากันได้

The Duties

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

What does one have to do to receive such comforts in Thailand? And, Should one give WWOOFing a try? I will attempt to answer these questions and more in the 700 words or less below.

The jobs have been divided between the House and the Farm (please reference “The Accommodations” post, or actually just reread them all, it will help).

Some of the House projects have been: digging, spreading sand, laying bricks, and then stuffing the brick holes with dirt and sod.

grass in bricks

grass in bricks

This is Japanese style, yo, which fits with the general theme of the Daruma farm/spa/coffee shop. “Daruma” being a hollow Japanese doll, with no arms or legs, that is used to make wishes. Other dots I will connect for you: Host speaks Japanese and lived there for a few years, nearby town of Si Racha has large Japanese population, and there are numerous golf courses in the vicinity.

Other projects at the house have been: grouting the rest of the tile coffee counter, moving furniture around in circles, and sanding a table. All not bad gigs, nice to work in shade and less strenuous.

The Farm work can be creative at times but mostly falls into the manual labor category. Creative: Affix eucalyptus support beams to then add green roof over seed station. Molding a mud and grass wall around chicken coop. Then mixing and applying a mud/concrete/lime plaster onto it (stray dogs nearly wiped out our hens and chicks).

chicken coop

chicken coop

You can see on the right side that we used a different method. The grass/mud wall requires barbed wire to hang from, thus we went with another layer of wire fence lined with bricks. We buried the wire and bricks down a couple inches so that the dogs couldn’t go under.

I also assisted, in a limited fashion, with the formation of a wood burning oven.

Labor: Digging and weeding for new corn field. Operating backpack weed whacker and a heavy mower to cut grass in flooded field (got a wicked burn scar on my right forearm from engine, nice souvenir, and located where I have always wanted a tattoo). Roto tilling and weeding another area to plant stuff.

I dig

I dig

The most enjoyable, cutting down an old banana tree with long machetti, feeding it into the shredder, and then dumping into big barrel for fertilizer. Recipe: add a packet of dry stuff, water, about 4 gallons of molasses, then stir. (note: once a banana tree’s fruit is ripe and removed, it’s life is over)

a piece of land all you need

a piece of land is all you need

The worst job was mowing the field you see above, too many undulations and puddles, it was heavy, and hurt my back. The picture was taken after a 7 day drought, so it looks dry. Plus, I had to dodge young mango and banana trees all while avoiding irrigation pipes. You can also note in the middle of the pic, the duck enclosure: we built another one to the right of it today and herded the ducks over. We also moved the grass roof over and the old pond will become a rice field.

Another painful task was moving old piles of scrap tiles and wood while battling biting ants. I’ve ruined a few articles of clothing so far and drink mass amounts of water working in the hot Thai sun. My farmers tan is progressing nicely and I get new scratches everyday. And to answer the 2nd question I typed in the intro, I would/will do it again, I recommend it, but it depends on the person.

Hostesses parents are in town for Loy Krathong, first full moon of November holiday. It is fun watching them, with the Father lending his expertise on the farm and Mother cooking some sticky rice dessert wrapped in banana leaves. Wednesday I will catch the train to Bangkok and stay for just a single evening, before taking the 12 hour ride up north to Chiang Mai. Internet may not be as accessible, so a lack of writing doesn’t necessarily mean trouble. The code will be: 63 hours without words = capture and ransom money needed, 64 hours = everything is okay. I have to go pour another beer for the Father. น้ำแข็งกับเบียร์โปรด

The Cuisine

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

“Thai good, you like shirt?”  –Homer

I have hinted about the food a few times, but here I will try to provide details. Now, to those who are expecting recipes, I must aologize. My curiosity has not led me to hover over the chef or ask many questions. I will try to do more research in the future.

I have always been a passive fan of Thai food, with a love for Pad Thai and curries of all type. They seem to have the same cooking philosophy as myself, which my brother has described as “everybody in the pool”. Why have a supper plate with chicken, pasta, and broccoli all neatly seperated when they can be cooked together with some creamy cheese sauce and eaten out of a bowl? I dislike plates: food falls off, forks are normally required, and you can’t drink out of them. The only plate positives: dishwasher space and steak cutting. Spoon and bowl meals for me, which leads into the food here.

Below is a picture of how we eat all of our suppers here at the house. A little uncomfortable on the knees, but please note utensils. Counter clockwise from bottom right is fried tofu with a sweet peanut dipping sauce, noodles, and chicken curry. (Rice maker is out of frame)

How all of our suppers are conmsumed

This is how we do it

a closer look

a closer look

Our chef, as I have previosly stated, is Irish and quite the cook. He spent his first 6 months here in Thailand in the northern part, where he purchased a food cart and specialized in pineapple burgers. He figured it would be a good way to meet people and get by. Wanting a change, he came down here as a WWOOFer about 4 weeks ago and brought his Thai female companion. Now he has a job as the chef and she as coffee shop manager, and they have there own room at the farm.

He collects food from the local markets as well as the farm each day and whips up quite a feast. All meals get a full pot of rice from the cooker even when noodles are served. Curries or curry like mixtures are the norm with lots of greens. Main ingredients used are: Thai chillies, garlic, lemon grass, cilantro, Ginger, and chicken or fish. Sides are often cucumber, morning glories, and some squash like thing. He also always makes sauces that can be added to reach ones desired spice level. Examples: a basic chillies in vineger, a peanut sauce, or a ginger garlic sauce.

The following picture, shows a meal at the farm. Starting from the bottom and rising: We have breaded and fried whole sardines (I think), an omelet of some kind, and then I believe some type of pork product with green stuff in it (tasty). (again rice cooker just out of frame)

Meal at the farm

Meal at the farm

I apologize to the chef, if he ever reads this, because the pics don’t do the meals justice. I have tried not to be one of those nerds that take a picture of everything that goes into there mouth. No offense meant toward anyone.

Not all of my sustenance has been received on property. Just last night, we took a walkabout down the street and sampled some foods. No photos, so just use your imaginations, I will try to help with my words. First stop: fried wide noodles, pad thai style, with pork, egg, and greens (90 cents, delicious). Then: barbecued pork with thin noodles and broth (80 cents, good). Later: flavorful pork sausage type thing on a stick, served with cabbage (2 for 60 cents, food on stick, can’t lose).  Dessert: fried bread folded with a frosting type substance (15 cents, crunchy).  More Dessert: 3 spears of pineapple (60 cents, always a favorite, my goal is to purchase each time I see it). Last: 3 different types of little round things that look like fish eggs, or eye balls, but might be soy related, served in steamed soy milk (15 cents, sweet and creamy).

Other food I have put into my body: Beer Chang which is a “full flavoured lager” and the “pride of Thailand”, according to the bottle. (Satisfying and currently being consumed). Fried grubs and cricket legs, Coconut milk banana smoothies, and toast every morning. On the island beach, I had the crab plate seen below, which I would describe as buttery and scrumptious.

food

food

That about sums up my intake so far. I thoroughly enjoyed the cart hoping and plan to do a lot more of that hence forth, while snapping pictures. Life is still smooth and my last day here is fast approaching. Well, time to quit typing, I just got told to go grab my freakin shine box. พวกเขายังไม่ได้ยินว่าฉันไม่เปล่งปลั่งรองเท้าอีก