Updates from South East Asia!
For the last coupla days we have been mostly...um..shopping really!It's a tough life. Ok well I finally bought a digital camera! 'Tis very swish, I like it. It's very cute and little (obviously my technological knowledge knows no bounds) and that is the most important thing. It also takes pretty good pictures, which is a bonus really. We've also been to Khao San Road markets shopping which is absolutely wicked!Loadsa cheap jewellery and just about everything else, gorgeous cheap stuff you have to haggle and barter for! I bought a bit of jewellery..a little bit.ahem. Dave got his eyebrow pierced while we were there, and then collapsed... It was really funny he sort of went white and started staggering and i managed to guide him to a chair outside a massage parlour before he completely blacked out. It was a combo of a jug of beer, phobia of needles, humidity and a headrush from a fag and getting up too fast! Not a good combo as it turns out. I went to get him water and to try and find a taxi and by the time i came back about five mins later he was surrounded by a group of Thai masseurs, masseuses..masseus'...? Whatever they're called anyway, one woman massaging one arm another his other arm, a man massaging his temples and accupressure points and one woman fanning him and dabbing him with a damp wet towel whilst a final one ran to fetch him smelling salts! Typical Thai response, these people are so lovely. They always make your problem their own. In England people tend to ignore you even if you're right in their face they will look the opposite direction. Short of dying on their doorstep. when you could look bad for their image. Then they might take pity on you and phone an ambulance. If you're lucky. Ah, such a cynic for one so young. Never mind. Oh the drama. Never mind he recovered and all is well. Plus he got to keep the smelling salts. While we were at Khao San I also decided to get my hair braided (after a couple of "subtle" hints from Dave that it'd be a good idea. Humidity is not kind to my hair). I thought I'd add a little colour and have pink, purple and blue threaded through.um, didn't turn out quite as subtle as i'd hoped..."And the prize for most ridiculous hair of the century goes to...JESS, come up here and take a bow!" Um, yeah. It's braided to my waist in neon pink, purple and electric blue. Ah well, you live and learn. I wouldn't mind so much if it weren't for all the blatant pointing and laughing and the fact that i had to sit at the side of a crowded street to have it done so the world could see me with half my hair in luminous colurs and the other half a blonde afro (it's the humidity!!). It was an attractive look if i say so myself. Anyway that was yesterday. We booked our (16 hour) bus to Ko Phan Ngan today. We leave tomorrow night at 5:30pm and arrive AT 11:30am on friday. We arrive fot the warm up party on the 9th and for the main event..Full Moon Party on the 11th!Should be really cool. After the recovery period we're going to Ko Samui for a few days and possibly Ko Tao for a day or two before we head to Krabi, Ko Phi Phi and Phuket each for three days. After the islands we're heading North to Chiang Mai and the border of Laos. We're entering Laos on a two day boat trip down the Mekong River and then we have two weeks in Laos, one week in Cambodia and then back to Bangkok before our flight to Sri Lanka. The only other significant noteable (that is so not a word) is our visit to Wat Pho today where we got to watch Thai Buddhist monks chanting and see a 46 metre reclining Buddha! Well, i was excited anyway. IT was soo beautiful, honestly. Incredibly ornate. We had a lovely tour guide who spoke brilliant English and was called Panom (i think) and was teaching us some Thai which I've already forgotten. Oh yeah and Dave managed to put his cigarette out on the floor whilst we were chatting to the Bangkok Chief of Police (for the past 15 years). It's usually a TB2000 fine but he let him off with a warning. The police officer waited whilst we went into a shop (stalker) and then carried on chatting to us (to practise his English i think) about his recent marriage, his upcoming trip to England, the Kings coronation celebration...I told him i thought his English was amazing, to which he replied "Why, thankyou, Sir!".i didn't bother to correct him. Right ok, going to the bar to get a drink now (its 1:30am here) then heading back to the apartment to crash.Jx