Posts Tagged ‘Thailand’

Brad Pitt’s Putting On Weight

Friday, December 27th, 2013

Our little Honda “zinger” motorbike zooms along the blacktop road at “a clip”. The wind is in our eyes and our senses are soaking up the sights and sounds of this clear, warm Phuket afternoon. “Was that a little elephant?” Indeed it was. I pull over to the side of the road and let the traffic go by before negotiating a U turn. My Princess holds on tightly as I make sure we don’t get “T-boned” by local traffic.
We ride the short distance back to the car park where we saw the baby elephant and dismount our Japanese steed.
The “little” guy is swinging from side to side while munching on some fresh leaves from a banana tree. He is not chained up and seems content to stand his ground as we approach him. His trainer is nearby reclining in the shade and, like a lot of Thai people, he is not in any hurry to let our initial experience be affected by getting involved. It’s one of those “things” about Thailand that makes you want to come back again and again.
A “handyman” sign nailed above the shack that the trainer sits in advertises that food for feeding the elephant can be purchased for 100 Thai Baht (around $3). What a bargain!
The trainer senses that we are keen to feed the elephant so he extracts himself from his “office” and approaches us with a basket full of fresh cucumbers. We hand him 100 TBH and “Brad Pitt” (apparently this is what the owner has christened the baby elephant) approaches us eager to get a feed of cucumbers.
We learn that this “little” guy eats around 50kg of food per day and that cucumbers rate high on his list of “Brad Pitt” approved foods. His trainer speaks to Brad in Thai elephant language and Brad politely accepts our offerings. Despite his obvious desire to consume the whole basket in one mouthful his strict upbringing means that hand feeding Brad is rather stress free. In fact, it’s a lot of fun.
We are able to capture some nice close up photos of Brad and his fuzzy hairdo and depart the car park feeling rather pleased with our interaction with this “famous” pachyderm actor.
If you’re in Thailand take a trip to the southern end of Phuket and visit the Phucada Safari car park. Brad Pitt may have grown up and moved on into elephant trekking but, hey, he might be replaced by George Clooney!

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Nature’s Walmart

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

Christmas is only two days away and there is probably not a lot under the tree (if there is a tree). However, on a beach that was devastated by the world’s most destructive tsunami just 9 years ago, a small girl has already received a gift.
In a quiet area where a local river flows out to the sea she has Mother Nature has gifted her an early present – a small seed nut that has started to sprout. With nothing more than a child’s beautiful imagination she has graciously accepted this gift and started her own garden.
She knows that her garden will be will be consumed by the incoming tide but she is smart enough to know that another gift will be waiting for her tomorrow. In the meantime she gets to create.
Whilst this small child may not be opening a fancy present on Christmas day she has been given one of the most beautiful gifts of all – a gift from “Nature’s Walmart”. It’s a free gift, one that comes wrapped in millions of different ways and one that can be passed on – just as it was on this day.
Thank you for the gift of being present to this small child that asked for nothing and received the world.

Nature's Walmart

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Songkran Man

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

In the backstreets. On the main streets. Down the smallest of alleyways. Everyone here in Bangkok has got water on the…… well, everywhere. It’s Songkran time! The Thai water festival that turns Bangkok (and most of Thailand) into one big water fight. What a way to celebrate the Thai New Year.

The locals and tourists alike are in on the action. Water guns that rival Buzz Lightyear’s specials. Cups. Buckets and pretty much anything that can hold water is used as a “weapon” against dryness. The streets are like rivers and if you are trying to stay dry then stay out of Thailand for the weekend ’cause it’s open season for dousing.

Oh, and did we mention the other additive to this? Just when you thought water was enough why not add beige coloured talc to the mix. Why not be wet, gooey and look like dry out water buffalo at the same time. Hey, it’s all good.

And when it comes time to dry out you can look like this young guy catching a few rays in the backstreets. He looks tired but don’t let that fool you. Just out of the picture is an armory of “weapons” that are locked and loaded – ready for the next fight with an unsuspecting passer by.

Drying Out Before The Next Round

Where else in the world can adults act like children for a day and be congratulated for doing so!
We decided that the theme of this celebration is: “The wetter, the better”.

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