Message in The…

…Sand. We live on an island so this is a good way to communicate, right?!

I met this really nice couple yesterday at the beach. They have a cute daughter called Michelle who started off our blooming friendship by giving Zoard a flower. Shortly after this, Zoard gave her a seashell.  We talked, we joked around and then we had to go quickly and all I said was, we will see you around at this same beach, right?! And they nodded. Firmly. I am not mistaken.

Zoard and I walked back to the same spot in the morning and I was very disappointed to find an empty beach. Fortunately there was a bamboo stick laying in the sand so I wrote them the following:

G + A + M (the mother is Gala and the father is Alex)
After 4?

Zoard and I got ready a few minutes before 4 o’clock. Zoárd suggested we take a present:

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But we ended up taking a coin as our first playdate gift which later Zoárd became unsure about:

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Most of my message vanished by the time we got there except maybe for the essence of it…

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However G, A and little M never showed up.

There were plenty of airplanes to spot so I am not saying we did not have a good time…

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I explained to Zoárd how trees grow out of a seed…

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We did other “stuff” as well:

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And we kept our spirit up:

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So I know what you are all asking to yourself. Could this be another message to A, G and M?!
And the answer is, of course!!!!
See you tomorrow after 4….

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What Is Your Environment Like?

I want to be fair with myself when the question comes up: “what is lovely about Thailand?” 
I refuse to answer by saying: divine massages, gorgeous water falls and small islands you can hop to with a speed boat.
One may speak theoretically but I choose not to.

Here is a bit of my reality which is not a field for complaining either… 

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Friendly view.

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A car that most men find pleasant. 

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We are privileged to have a car seat.

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Our home right now is small but while we live in a five star hotel’s room, others live very differently from us…

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Dogs don’t have a name but they got lots of freedom.

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I decided to show something to Zoárd every day even if it is indoors.

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Today we had a nice time at the yoga studio. Speaking of must go… class starts in nine minutes…

What do you think of your environment?

 

We Left The Hotel But Who is Counting?

I used to count the times we actually left the hotel we live in.
It is nice to see a little of the island. If you would like to sit back and enjoy some of the pictures I took here is a post that you will like for sure:
https://kukolina.wordpress.com/2013/07/29/we-left-the-hotel-for-an-hour-or-more-i-20-pictures/

May I announce proudly that I hadn’t eaten a dessert for more than two weeks now! But it wasn’t always like this:
https://kukolina.wordpress.com/2013/08/01/we-left-the-hotel-ii/

This was a trip to a rum distillery:
https://kukolina.wordpress.com/2013/08/13/we-left-the-hotel-iii/

Fisherman Village is a walking street which is rare on this island:
https://kukolina.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/we-left-the-hotel-iv/

As for today. Zoárd and I accompanied my husband to our friend’s shop. He is also a big supplier for hotels (as well as our good friend). Would you like to see what is in his shop?

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It is impossible not to notice the glass wear.

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My husband really fancied this one. Did you spot its shape? Oh my husband wakes up super early to go to gym and he is also in great shape. I am sure he will appreciate reading this. HAHA (You know I love you!!!)

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I think these are decorations which you can buy if you can picture them in your fancy restaurant or hotel. Anything You like?

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The bird cages in Thailand are gorgeous. It is popular to keep singing birds as a pet but some also take them out for singing competitions. One of the drivers at our hotel brings his bird in time to time. Interesting, isn’t?!

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This is a huge spoon. We are feeding Zoárd. Little inside joke.

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This is outside the shop.

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These are not dogs. (OK, OK…) The male Chinese lion is holding a ball. The female is holding her child under her palm.

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Our friend is expanding his shop. It will be 3 floor tall. We looked at the constructions a tiny bit. I am not a fan in general. I like to see when something is finished. HAHA But he said a dog gave birth here and we can see the puppies. I wanted to take a picture but the mama dog did not allow it…

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This is a torch! I think the concept was that I pretend to be a cave woman. Hm. HAHA

I hope you enjoyed my pictures! Where did You go when you last left your home?

 

We Left The Hotel IV.


Thursday means Thai Night for the restaurant. Usually my husband goes down to check on things. He talks a little with the current guests.

Today we were able to sneak out of the hotel before the Thai Night. After 2 and a half months of being here it was time to show Zoárd the sea.

We walked in an area called the Fishermen’s Village. It is sort of a walking street except that cars and motorbikes can go through it. HAHA

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Zoárd was pleased with the sounds and smells of the water.

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See the sand? We were really at the beach! HAHA

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Zoárd was fed up with the laying down position.

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He was so unhappy with his situation that we switched to see what would happen if he would be in a sitting position (though he cannot sit up yet).

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This is the peaceful five minutes before we had to switch everything back.

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Making friends is easy for Zoárd no matter what position he is in.

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I did not want to take too many pictures of little shops. But one bikini seller is a must.

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And I think this shot is also forgivable. 

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This ice cream was not worth sinning but oh well…

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Sometimes I am unsure if what I see is really interesting or not. To be honest I think the fish looks like its holding a tennis ball in its mouth. That is probably me in my head making this more interesting than it is. HAHA

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I just liked this. It had a cool vibe.

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Common I had to! It says THAILAND!

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Elephant, Cat, Buddha… What else could you want?!

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As I said yesterday: I LOVE taking pictures of my boys…

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B
ye for now!

Do you have a favorite place where you enjoy strolling?

We Left The Hotel III.

Let me start by admitting: I am rum-dumb. 

My husband drove the big van again. This time to a rum distillery. This was a treat for the F & B team. Oh sorry. F and B as in Food and Beverages. The morning shift came with us or should I say I tagged along with them. And as in “I” I mean Zoárd accompanied us as well… 
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This is me at reception. See the nice reviews of the hotel in the background?
I am so proud of my husband! – I had to mention this. Anyways…

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I took a picture of the girls and boys while my husband stopped at a 7/11 to grab us drinking water and some snacks. Yes, it was exactly like a field trip with lots of giggling in the back. HAHA

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The rum distillery was far, far away but worth seeing for sure!

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The woman in the white T-shirt is explaining everything about the rum that they make. In Thai. So there is my excuse. Please don’t ask me questions about the process. HAHA

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Zoárd is covered up slightly because it was raining a tiny bit.

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My husband is trying to encourage his team to taste the different types of rum. They were either shy because he was there or simply Thai women don’t drink alcohol around here. You sure would not see a Thai woman smoke so maybe its the same. We are on an island and these things are looked upon differently than if you were in a city. I am guessing.

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This is a bottle of rum that was made here. What flavor? Hm… I know that isn’t a particularly difficult question but I am afraid I was concentrating too much on posing for the picture. HAHA

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See the pretty parasite up on the tree? And the spirit house to keep the bad spirits away from the distillery?

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What can I say?! I LOVE taking pictures of the two of them.

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he three guys were walking behind us but you can see the girls again in their hotel uniform and their cute flip flaps.

Do you have a favorite adult drink?

My Mothers’ Day in Thailand

For some reason it was difficult to start writing this post. I knew I would have to explain my relationship with Katan and I was resisting.

Today is the Thai queen’s birthday also known as Mothers’ Day in Thailand. All mothers receive the beautiful flower that you will see shortly.

We found Katan when she was 12. She is a tall girl so nobody guessed that she is a child working on the construction of the hotel. It turned out she was helping her mother out who had a baby a little while ago.

The deal was that Katan stops lifting heavy sand bags and instead she will look after her brother. Her mom got a job at the hotel and Katan came to see me for English lessons. A long story told short.

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his is me with Katan on her 14th birthday. This was before we went to Spain. I am in my 2nd trimester here but you cannot tell.

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his was what Katan looked like when I met her. They lived very close to this area and had to walk to the hotel for her English lessons. Her brother Tata was 1 year old at the time.

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This is the first picture taken from today. My husband was kind enough to take pictures of the ritual.

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She is saying a blessing. The whole thing was so beautiful.

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Here are the two of us. Katan is wearing her school uniform by the way. She is dressed up to show respect. I am wearing a traditional North Thai skirt for the same reason (it was just my idea).

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Zoárd woke up. My mominess doubled. HAHA

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Happy Mothers’ Day!

Do you sometimes feel you are a mother to others as well?

Are We Really In Thailand?

We missed the chance to have visitors in Barcelona because we are not there anymore. That made me think, looking at pictures of us on Facebook may not reveal where we are at. Even the pictures in my last post could have been taken anywhere.

So I collected some “proof’ last night. HAHA

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Dong (you do not pronounce the g) and my husband had a business relationship in the beginning but we have been friends for a few years now. Dong is going to get me discount at the ice cream place we go to and I was able to get him condensed milk in a tube (it looks like a chubby tooth paste – you can still buy these in Eastern Europe).

We like to have dinner together. Last night we went to a place called: Secret Garden.
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I would love to have Dong’s skin color and he feels the same way about mine. 
White skin is popular in Thailand. Whitening deodorants are not rare…

I am not sure if you can tell but Dong has braces. Also fashionable. Even if you do not really need them…

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Dogs are not kept as pets. They just hang out at restaurants, beaches, next to the road or they take a nap ON the road.
OK I have to add another line here:
similarly I think as in Japan nowadays you do hear of people who buy lap dogs which are super expensive. But I would be very surprised to see someone walk his dog.

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I ordered spring rolls just so you do not see Westerner food on my plate. I know, I know… it is not hard core Thai food. And I admit it was filled with goat cheese…HAHA

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These are all the sweets my husband brought me from Bangkok. I love all of them. They are very special not only because they are from Asia (the Cindy Muller ones are Thai and the Bourbon Choco & Coffee ones are Japanese) but because I can eat them even though I am allergic to chocolate. Cindy Muller’s brownies don’t have cocoa powder in them and same goes for the cinnamon rolls. And the biscuits can be shared by a chocolate lover who does not mind me eating all the coffee flavored ones. So these are treats that make me smile.

What “treats” make You smile?

What It’s Like Living In a Hotel? III.

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An old classmate of mine works and therefor lives on a ship. She collected some points on what it is like to live on water. I like her idea. It is interesting how much we have in common…

Here are some “facts” about our situation: living in a hotel in Thailand. 

1. No weekends. No holidays. Hotels are “open” non-stop. 
2. You have a bathroom with wild cherry amenities.
3. You cannot cook for yourself since you do not have a kitchen.
4. Chefs take your order over the phone if you dial 42.
5. Do not take things for granted. Cheese is expensive. So our apples.
6. You never ask: “what day is it?”.  You ask: “how busy is it?”
7. You have to call for help. Even if your toilet is clogged. 
8. Geckos are everywhere. They are harmless. They are more talkative late at night.
9. You see fire works every day. There is always something to celebrate.
10. You take your shoes off. This is Thailand and this is the way to be respectful.
11. “No sugar”. One must learn this.  
12. “No spicy.” One must learn this also.
13. If there is rain you will not see your ankles.
14. You do not have a window. You must keep the doors shut because of bugs.
15. You sleep naked.
16. You dress up properly when staff knocks on your door.
17. You put your hands together when you greet someone. 
18. It is polite to say “khun” before you say the person’s name.
19. You can be playful but NEVER make jokes about the Thai king.
20. What do I mean by “playful”: look at how I was dressed here…
https://kukolina.wordpress.com/2013/08/03/how-to-cheer-yourself-up-when-you-have-no-internet/

How To Cheer Yourself Up When You Have No Internet!

We had no Internet for hours and since I am spending most of my time in our hotel room … what can I say… it wasn’t pleasant.

It was extremely hot so I only took Zoárd for a mini walk. 
I made an oath to order two books on to my Kindle once the Internet comes back.
Done it!
– Tim Lott: How to Be Invisible
– Sloane Crosley: I Was Told There’d Be Cake
I started a photo project:
Taking pictures of Zoárd wearing different colored cloth diapers. He is being a great about it. I feel his support. HAHA
I ordered a pizza with buffalo mozzarella and tuna.
I asked the gardener and the receptionist in the gym to help me out:
They took these fun pictures! 

What do you do when you have no access to the Internet?


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We Left The Hotel II.

My husband used up his lunch break so he could drive me. He borrowed a cool van that made it possible for the three of us to sit in front.

We were waiting at the parking lot. I took a shot of an example how babies travel around here.

Shortly after I pointed toward the white scooter we were waiting for. I tried calling the beautician to tell her that we are here and we will go behind her once we get out of the parking lot. She did not pick up her cell phone. My husband started backing out when we saw that the beautician picked a girl up and left. We had no time to follow her. We were shocked.

I called Pun, who owns a coffee shop. I was expecting her to be in Bangkok. To our delight she said she is in the coffee shop which is also “at the other end of the island” so near to where we were at.

4 slices of banoffee pie and 4 slices of coconut cake was our therapy. I can happily say we recovered.Have you ever been left behind by a beautician on a white scooter? HAHA


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