Mon. Feb. 25, 2013 – Wednesday. Feb. 27, 2013
On Monday, I woke up early to catch the 7:30am bus at Tony’s restaurant with Kim, his two sisters, brother-in-law and friend Michael. This brought us to Old Phuket Town for the 9am ferry ride over to Koh Phi Phi island for the hour and 45 minute ride. The weather was rainy and cloudy, not something I was expecting or hoping for. We walked to Ibiza House hotel (funny that they used the Spanish isle as a name) which took about 10 minutes. The island is very small and there are no cabs or tuk-tuks. Everything is within walking distance. Some of us decided to go for a jog up to the top of the mountain…it didn’t take very long. From the top you can see both beaches (left and right side) of the island.
There’s a Swedish bar called Unni’s that we went to often. I tried the Swedish meatballs and they were very authentic (according to the Swedes, lol). For almost all 3 days, it rained alot…we were able to hang out at the beach for an hour or two but that’s about it. At night, we went to Woody’s and Slinky’s bars to party on the beach & sip on buckets. It was actually a pretty cool setup.
Thurs. Feb. 28
That afternoon we caught the 2:30pm ferry back. Of course this was the first day of no rain and all sunshine! Got home around 5:15pm. I wasn’t expecting to be drinking that much at Phi Phi but ended up imbibing almost everyday since there’s not much else to do on the small island (originally I thought it was gonna be a relaxed vaca)…so when I got home, I wanted to sweat out all the alcohol and drove to do the jog up to Big Buddha. I don’t know how, but I ended up jogging all the way up. It took me about 45-55 minutes.
At night I couldn’t fall asleep (again!). So went on YouTube since everyone on FB was posting about a Dutch Muay Thai legend, Ramon Dekkers who had passed away. He was first farang (foreigner) to defeat Thai guys, 8x champ, fighter of year award and even given an award by the King of Thailand for his accomplishments. Then my eye drifted to the “suggestions” YouTube gave me, which were of the 2004 tsunami that hit Thailand.
I remember when it happened, I felt really sad for the staggering amount of human life lost (200,000 – 300,000 people)….it even motivated me to make a donation to the Red Cross to help. Back then I had no idea where Thailand was or how to even pronounce the names of the islands. When I was in Phi Phi having drinks with the Swedes, they mentioned that almost everyone back home knew someone who was affected by the natural disaster since so many Swedish citizens vacation here (they had the highest death-toll out of all the foreign countries). Even the hotel we stayed at had a picture of a map showing tsunami damage. My friend Michael said all the hotels and bars on the beach are new because the old bungalows were destroyed and washed away… the recovery-development essentially changed the face of the island. Naturally, I wanted to learn what it used to look like and how the tsunami affected the island I had just spent 4 days at, so watched a couple of other documentaries on YouTube.
I think it’s important to remember victims when such tragedies occur and to not take life for granted…I guess if there’s a silver lining to such disasters like this, it’s that humanity really does stick together no matter what race or religion you are, as could be seen in the video footage. You also come away being more grateful and humble for what you have (so many survivors asked “Why me? Why was I saved?”)
Fri. Mar. 1
- Went to Chalong gym for chest workout.
- Ate down in Rawai again, then went for a swim at Nai Harn beach.
- Few hours later, I did the Buddha jog – it took me 40 min and I didn’t stop…big accomplishment for me!
- Went to Chalong gym for back workout plus squats between sets.
- Went to Rawai and Nai Harn beach again for lunch and a swim.
- Did Buddha jog for 3rd time this week – about 40 min again. First half was really hard plus my quads were sore from the squats earlier.
- Ate PIZZA for first time in a month at Agli’s restaurant. This is my comfort food and probably the what I miss the most from the states…it was actually pretty good.
- I started using coconut milk this week, which you can buy from SuperCheap convenient store. It’s good for hydration and healthier than the hydration packets the pharmacies sell (too much sugar and sodium in them). I mix it with my protein shakes, water or with iced coffee. It’s about 60 baht for a large carton of it (ArroyD is a brand).
- Went to night market with Mike & Andre..got some japanese balls (fried with crab I think) and some BBQ pork and chicken on a stick…they were massive pieces!