By Malie Bifc USA
(continuing from part 4)
The latest trip we took … we actually went back to Pattaya. We left the political unrest and chaos in BKK behind and headed to Koh Larn because it was the closest. I remembered calling my friends up in the morning… I asked them if they wanted to go to Pattaya. They said “sure… let’s go”. As soon as I hung up the phone, I packed up my bag and took off. We didn’t plan ahead. I went with the same gang… but only 4 or 5 of us were able to go. From Pattaya, we took a boat to “Koh (island) Larn”. We stayed there one night.
As soon as I got to the island, people on the island recognized me. Seemed like the whole island knew I was there… well, it was not a big island anyway. Later, we went to eat at a restaurant… Lots of people came over to talk to me. When I was at our lodging, a native man rode his motorcycle over to talk to me. He asked if I wanted a boat.
He read my mind because we were looking for a boat. The man’s boat was a small boat. We squeezed 5-6 people onto the boat. We thought the boat was to going to sink. The boat that we took was actually… a squid boat.
The man said he caught lots of squid and that there were plenty of them around… Unfortunately, we didn’t catch even a single squid that night. The man said it was ok… we had to take a chance. Later on, we went out to deeper water… We saw small sharks… or something similar to shark… I didn’t know what it was… 3 to 4 hours after taking the boat out, we didn’t catch anything. When we got back, the man was feeling guilty. He said “how about this, I will give you the fish I caught and kept in my refrigerator”. I was thinking … “ you should”. After that, the man asked us to go and catch sea urchin. I didn’t know how to catch them since they were so spiny.
I was told… if sea urchin stung your finger, you had to pee on your finger. They said in order to get the poison out, you needed to pound on the sea urchin until it cracked… after that you had to pee on the wound. I said “really?… I am scared… why don’t I wait here and watch”. We caught so many sea urchins that day. We cracked open the sea urchins and eat the roe inside. His technique was to eat it with wasabi and seafood sauce… they actually tasted pretty good.
Bie – impression on the places is only one of the components. A group of people you are traveling with is a very important part of traveling. My latest trip – I took my dad, my sister and relatives, my dad side of the family from Udontani, to Koh Chang (Elephant Island).
There were more than 10 of us. I was so impressed that everyone was enjoying themselves. They laughed, they smiled. Normally when we get together, we fight… we haven’t had a chance to vacation to together for a long-long time. I couldn’t’t even remember when the last time we took a trip together. But once we had a chance, we got more than 10 people together and we did everything. One person played volleyball, another played soccer… others went diving.
My dad didn’t come to the beach for a long time. He took off his shirt and jumped into the water. My dad’ sibling would come and sit down by the beach sipping beers. Everyone was happy. As for myself, I went to play volley ball with my young cousins. We went diving. My grandmother would sit down and watch her grandchildren played. She was smiling with happiness. It made me happy when I saw them happy.
When we were on the boat, the kids got so excited…”wow!”… “oh look!”, etc… it was a very happy atmosphere. When I vacationed with my engineering friends… they are used to seeing these things… they were not as excited.
But, when I came with kids, they would point this and that out and they got so excited about everything. It made it more fun because those were real excitement and happiness. I like to get all my relatives together again, the old, the young and the very young… there were variety of happiness and emotions within that group. Yes, I was observing them “so, this thing made this group happy ”, etc… I learned that people show their emotion including happiness differently.
I saw a commercial or an ad on the internet. It’s a mountain with a beautiful view of sunrise. I don’t know if the real thing is as beautiful. I want to go there so much. I want to lay on top of the mountain watching the sunrise.
Traveling in (Thailand) has increased quite a bit. For example: Traveling in Thailand has been established for a long time… there are many traveling agencies. Therefore, there is no need to worry about traveling around Thailand. Supports are provided everywhere. It’s no longer difficult to travel in Thailand anymore. I like people to come and visit Thailand.
When I was young, I wrote them quite often. It was quite normal to write a postcard back then before cell phone or pager came into the scene. When I got older, I thought postcard was so classic. It’s so romantic to receive a postcard. Whoever sat down and wrote a postcard must be a very sensitive and romantic person, and it’s a person whom you wanted to search for…
I sent postcards once in awhile. When I traveled abroad, I often sent one home. It feels good to see a postcard when you get back from traveling. It reminded of the moment in time when I was there at whatever countries.
In the past, traveling was just going places… there was nothing to it. But when I came to Exact, p’Boy taught me many things. P’Boy took me to different countries with him, many times. Sometimes, I would ask him… “you brought me along… what do I get out of these trips?”. P’Boy would say …”you will see”. I got a chance to see the plays. I saw how people lived their life. I saw how people handled utensils. French style table manner used 6-7 pieces of utensils. I was confused since I never used them. I would say… “oh, that’s how they were used”… it was fun watching the westerners. “This one is cute… this one looks beautiful.”
We also visited many countries in Asia… Japanese are cute… “so, this is how they eat”. I saw people wearing fancy suit. I was like “I want to wear it, too… I never wear them before”. P’Boy took me to a very fancy restaurant where you had to check your coat. I was fun. There served different courses of meal. Each serving was so small. I had a question in my head… “would the food fill anyone up?”. Sometimes, we went to a cocktail dinner where appetizers were served. I would say “how could anyone fill up with this kind of food?”. We went home and ate our good old fried rice. We visited many places .
One day, I went to p’Boy and told him that …”now, I understand what it means to travel… traveling automatically trained you to observe… traveling also helps with the development of our mind”.
During a conversation, we would know what people were talking about since we have been there ourselves. Sometimes, a tiny little topic that caught our interest and made us want to learn more about it… or we would bring back what we saw and apply it to our work, in acting or in our daily life. We saw people at different stage of their life… my thoughts were “so, this is how the rich lives their life”… sometimes, when I saw poor people at the side of the road… I would say to myself “a character of a poor person should be this way”.
You automatically absorbed what you experienced. Thus, traveling other than providing fun and enjoyment, it also gave us the experience and influence the development of our mind.