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2 halos and a backpack.



Looking forward to a hard days graft and a cocount shake. Did you just feel that?



Published: Sun, 26 Mar 2006 07:24:52 +0200

 



Back home on Tuesday

Sun, 26 Mar 2006 07:24:52 +0200

Sadly Jamie needs to have an operation.   He was diagnosed with a Herniated Disk to the spine on Tuesday. The op isn’t a major deal, but needs to be done within the next 2 weeks. We tried to persuade the insurance to pay for the operation here, at Bangkok International Hospital , apparently one of the best in the world. But no, the insurance will fly us back to the UK on Tuesday and will leave us in the kind hands on the NHS, somewhere in Somerset- , probably on a 6 months waiting list.   Hopefully we will get to see you all tho!            



Some numbers

Tue, 14 Mar 2006 11:30:00 +0100

1 - The number of poodles spotted making sweet love to a surprisingly delighted women's leg. 3 - The number of howling Dutch skinheads ruining our 1 night at the 'Relax Resort'. 5 - The number of different meanings the Thai word 'mai' can have. 6 - The minimum number of times a day the kittens fight each other. 20 - The number of Thai Baht needed to buy a kilo of fresh green-lipped mussels. 46 - The number of degrees celcius the temperatures have hit in Khao Lak. 60 - The number of cm in length of a metal pole used in a fight on the boat from Ko Phi Phi to Krabi. 73 - The number of 1cm diameter spiders that hatched all over our kitchen wall.



Some pictures

Tue, 07 Mar 2006 06:31:53 +0100

Our home    



Let's have a look around then

Sun, 19 Feb 2006 09:19:01 +0100

Having spent the last 4 months in a few square kilometres, it has been decided that a small exploration trip is in order. Plus there's a really hard-looking black and yellow spider that's set up web on the rear porch who really needs his own space right now. So, the plan is: Phuket (town and beaches), Kho Phi Phi (where they filmed the movie  The Beach ) and then Krabi (limestone cliffs and that island that James Bond visited whilst tracking down the man with the golden gun, probably). Briefly left behind will be two new arrivals - the kittens that Sabs was odds-on favourite to bring home. Unfortunately this computer currently being used is pretty archaic and won't allow picture transfers so pics will have to wait for now. The spider pics will of course be more interesting though. In other news: Birthdays. Jamie turned 33, and would like to thank everyone for the phone calls and messages they sent. Good to hear from you all. More football. Played in a stunning setting in...



"Buddha"

Fri, 03 Feb 2006 12:39:37 +0100

Sabrina recently displayed a staggering level of Thai culture intuition when, meeting a male masseusse with a recently shaved head, she makes a buzzing noise and mimics sliding a shaver over her head. "Getting hot now huh?", she adds enthusiastically. "Buddha", was the stony-faced response. (Novice monks are required to shave their heads). In other news, a Sports Day on the beach was held in which many nations got to sample the various activities English school children get to face once a year. After much cheating, grappling, failed wheelbarrow race combos and some rope burns from a tug-of-war, a quick cup presentation was held and much drinking commenced. Still, having a glistening ocean to run into when the sun got a bit much compensated nicely for the unneccessary energy expenditure. Jamie has been moved up to 'No.2' on site, meaning he now has the option to join in the real work or fake an errand and seak refuge in an air-conditioned truck. As it happens, right now the project manager is off diving...



The Mac saga

Thu, 02 Feb 2006 12:39:54 +0100

Are you sitting comfortably? OK... Back in December, a poorly Mac laptop was delivered to an Apple store in Phuket. The owner (Jamie) took it there under the premise that the store's engineers could fix it. After explaining that the screen doesn't work the shop says they would need to 'look at it first' and Jamie was to recieve a phone call in the next couple of days. OK. A week later, Jamie calls the shop. Apparrently they can fix it. Happy days he thinks, and all for around 70 quid. Should be back in his hands in a week... ...3 weeks and many calls later, it transpires that the part ordered from Singapore has not yet arrived... ...another week: ah, it's in now... ...another week: part doesn't work - it's going back to Singapore... ...two weeks later: got another one ...another week: ah, doesn't have seem to have fixed anything. Jamie is helpfully told that the screen doesn't work .



Tap Tawaan Party

Thu, 19 Jan 2006 06:30:49 +0100

Jamie, Helen, James, and the man who got punched up by his wife for talking to a farang girl. Jamie's new best mate.  



2549

Thu, 19 Jan 2006 06:18:31 +0100

    New Year Bhuddist Blessing



Man City 3 (or 4?)

Thu, 19 Jan 2006 06:04:10 +0100

Jamie is action (back with red t-shirt) Sadly he never scored. Forangs 4   Tap Tawaan 2  



A normal sunday morning

Thu, 19 Jan 2006 05:40:28 +0100

Found on our doorstep. Snake soup for dinner.



Kittens

Thu, 12 Jan 2006 07:33:07 +0100

Sabrina wants some, Jamie is not so sure. Sabrina is odds-on favourite to win. Watch this space for furry photographs sure to be appearing soon. Meanwhile, following some laughably desperate empire-building at the volunteer centre, Sabrina has decided to join the field workers and start work at the boatyard project: http://www.tsunamiboatproject.com/   Jamie has done a remarkably good job at not hurting himself, managing a full three days in a row before slicing his leg on some metal strips. Photos not necessary. In other news: Jamie played in a football match where the 'farang' (foreigners) beat the villager of Tap tawaan 4-2, despite playing for 35 mins against the wrong opposition and getting very tired. A party followed in which the wives of some elder village women got jealous of husbands dancing with volunteer girls resulting in public fisticuffs. Amusing, but ultimately put an end to the party.



Nearly missed it

Mon, 02 Jan 2006 05:45:52 +0100

A series of tough days sunbathing and swimming meant that when the 31st came round, it was all a bit of a shock. Dates had become irrellevant and - convinced that it was the 30th - a night with a masaman curry and King Kong was planned. Imagine the surprise when the party invites came in. Still, a shower, some make up (on Sabrina you understand) and a cheeky vodka kick-started the eve. Since arriving in Khao Lak, one eatery has been frequented regularly - Weerapat's Kitchen. It's the cheapest, freshest, friendliest joint in town and was naturally the choice destination for N.Y.E. And yet still they out-did-themselves by rustling up a huge tasty Thai spread, handing out the beers and declaring it all to be free! Much vodka, fireworks and lantern-lighting saw out the night. Oh, and another thing: HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone!



One year on...

Mon, 26 Dec 2005 10:29:45 +0100

The stranded police boat featured in the October 10 entry has become a symbol of the tsunami, and today it was the focus of the local memorial. On arrival, flowers were handed out to be placed on a large centerpiece by the boat itself. Later, following a one minute silence to remember those that were lost, a public address drew attention to the remarkable strength of the community and the huge efforts towards recovery that has gathered people from all over the world. Despite all this taking place under a brutal sun, within 2 hrs we have been treated to yet another tropical downpour…



Happy Christmas

Sun, 25 Dec 2005 10:24:09 +0100

Seeing as they have no real interest in Christmas, the group of Burmese settlers that live nearby thought that today would be the perfect day to begin a small construction project from around 7 a.m. It was soon clear that hiding heads under pillows was ineffective against shouting, hammering and sawing. Despite this abrupt start to the day, much fun was had opening presents, fetching coffee and banana bread from Ms Coffea (the local fresh coffee lady) and marvelling at the yellow circular thing in the sky, which apparently is know as 'the sun'. Later, an enormous and very tasty breakfast was cooked by Sabrina and Wendy for around 9 people, which was a considerable achievement on just one burner and a hotplate. Jamie pitched in by getting in the way a bit and fetching juice. Even later, almost the entire volunteer community were joined in getting drunk at an open-air party.



A bunch of stuff wot happened...

Wed, 14 Dec 2005 07:18:00 +0100

Due to a number of factors (Jamie's Apple Mac breaking down being a major one) you may have noticed a bit of a yawning gap in the entries. The Mac is not yet fixed but efforts will be made to keep on track. Unfortunately images will not be returning as they are trapped for the moment on the camera. Being concious of the fact that it's unlikely anyone (quite rightly) will trawl backwards, there will now follow a rough guide to the last fortnight-or-so...  ... sabrina has been instrumental in setting up a emotional support service for volunteers ... it's rained way more than it's been sunny ... at 5.30 every evening there is a deafening screeching from some unecessarily large crickets in the jungle ... one 'visa run' has been endured that included a 6 hr bus ride, a soggy croissant, a soggier boat ride, a fine for running over our alloted time, a man chewing cocoa leaves with bleeding gums offering viagra and a cheese sandwich in Burma that turned out to be ham ... many large dumb flying...



Wot no blog?

Fri, 25 Nov 2005 08:24:00 +0100

Message from our hosts: Hi JandS! Last friday, our server had been hacked by an unkown party. Therefore, we decided to take blogigo offline and take some time off to fix the security holes. That was the reason for the downtime lasting until last tuesday morning. In the meantime we have found the security hole, fixed it and put blogigo with all your data back online. However, some functionality such as the forum is still missing due to security reasons. We are going to fix that in the next days. We are sorry for any inconveniences the downtime caused to you, Markus and Martin from blogigo



So close

Sun, 20 Nov 2005 05:12:20 +0100

Friday's events seem even more cruel given that the search for safer accomodation away from the main road has paid off. The move went ahead despite feeling extremely down about losing Dara. The new bungalow is reached via a couple of dirt tracks so we can't give an address for it. Any post should now be addressed to us at: Tsunami Volunteer Center 26/61 Moo 7 Tambon Khuk Khak Takuapa Phang Nga 82190 Thailand



No title

Fri, 18 Nov 2005 05:09:43 +0100

Dara has been run over. She has been buried next to her mum in the gardens of the restaurant in which she was born. She is very badly missed.



Who's clever now?

Sun, 13 Nov 2005 05:09:50 +0100

A very hot day was spent pool-side at the Khao Lak Viewpoint resort. As the name suggests, it offers a pretty impressive view across the area and out to sea. Jamie (32 yrs) is clearly less intelligent than Dara (15 weeks) who spent most of the day in the shade. Jamie is now various shades of pink. Sabrina did an extraordinarily good impression of a starfish in the pool.



Made-up facts

Sat, 12 Nov 2005 05:07:58 +0100

Some things you may like to know about Thailand: a) As long as you have Buddha on your side, it is impossible to be involved in a traffic accident. This is why it is perfectly acceptable to overtake on blind corners going uphill in the rain in a bus. b) Sell-by dates offer no value to anyone. There is no shame in proudly displaying chocolate bars that expired in 2002. c) Although the word 'no' does exist, it must never be used in response to an enquiry. An alternative suggestion however misleading should always be used. d) Thai pop music has mutated out of traditional audio torture methods. Under no circumstances should catchy rifts or tuneful singers be employed. Wailing and repetitiveness are key to chart success. e) It is perfectly acceptable to serve up sweet and sour pasta and add salt to a lemon shake.