Published: June 12th 2007June 12th 2007
Phuket is a beautiful island in Thailand, paradise! I had someone from the Muay Thai camp waiting for me when I got off the plane from Bangkok. The camp is situated on a hill and the road that goes by it goes to some of the most beautiful beaches on the island.
I checked in to the camp and got assigned my bungalow. Pretty sweet. My own place! Had my own kitchen, bathroom, TV, DVD player. I had to share it with about 4 geckos, which were welcome, hoping they would eat any mosquitoes or the ants. Those little dudes sure are noisy!
I settled in and walked up to the main rain and grabbed a motorcycle taxi to take me into town so I could grab some food. Motorcycles or scooters are the main mode of transportation on the island. You have to be really careful though as it is reported there are about 200 fatalities a year involving them. Made it back safe and sound with some food to store in my fridge.
The next morning I had to be ready to train at 7:30. This was the earliest I have had to get up
in a long time. First day was pretty tiring. They made me skip for 20 minutes, then stretch and then onto the 5 rounds of boxing. In between rounds I had to do push ups and sit ups, no real rest. It was tough work especially in the heat, but it sure felt good afterwards. After the morning session you had the afternoons off but had to be back at 4:00 pm for the afternoon session.
That afternoon one of the guys from the gym lent me a scooter to use while I was at the camp. I was a little shaky at first but got the hang of it quickly. Using my face as a windshield, I burned around the west coast of the island exploring. I love scooters. I wish the weather in Canada was a little more accommodating for them.
It was hard to believe that the tsunami had plummeted the coast of Phuket on Boxing Day 2004. You wouldn’t really know it happened, new buildings, everything was pretty much cleaned up and the people all wearing smiles. I think Phuket has recuperated very well.
Back to training session number 2. This afternoon an
American taught me proper technique before sending me back into the ring. Afternoon sessions are really hard. A lot of bag work and it is even hotter out. Very exhausted after that, I just chilled out in my bungalow and watched movies.
Sunday was a day off, so I spent it on the beach. Wow! It is so beautiful. Paying 100 baht for a beach chair, I parked my ass (both of them) for the day. I sipped on watermelon shakes and took a dip in the sea every hour or so. It was so relaxing. I stayed there right till sunset. A local gave me a ride back to camp. Thai people are so friendly, always wanting to help out if they can.
The next few days wore me out, but it was worth it, but not enough to keep me to stay, haha. I checked out of camp early and made my way back to Bangkok. I love that city. I hung out with Matt and Jib. They took me site seeing on Friday to see some of the great Temples. We went on the boats through the canals. You have to be careful; as the
This place was so good, the restaurant was actually across the street from here but you can sit along the beach.
water is so gross it is black. A couple of times we got splashed but luckily it didn’t enter my mouth. I can only imagine how sick you would be.
We took a taxi out about 40 kms to the ocean and had dinner along the beach. Hard to believe we were still in Bangkok and we had drove over 40 km. We then headed to a night market and then to a movie. Before any event, even movies in the theatre you have to stand and pay tribute to the King of Thailand.
The next day I hopped on a plane back to Canada. Yup, for those of you that don’t know I am back on Canadian soil. Flying into Vancouver I could see the mountains and I couldn’t wipe the smile from my face (perhaps I was a little giddy from not sleeping for 24 hours). It was good to be home.
I spent a few days at my parent’s house. It was great to see them and my cat, except she snubbed me at first. I also saw my Grandparents but that was it before getting on another plane to Comox, BC. There I
spent a few days with my brother and his girlfriend. It was great to see their new house and explore the Comox Valley. I love it there. On one side you have mountains and the other the ocean, the best of both worlds.
Now I am in Victoria hanging with my best buds Kelly, Alex, Brent and Chrystal. They are all trying pretty hard to convince me to stay out here.
Kelly’s cousin Candice, another one of my good friends is leaving for Australia on Friday so she is out visiting as well. Thinking of her going makes me want to hop on another plane and go for an adventure. Sometimes you just need a vacation from your vacation.
I sure learned a lot about myself in the past 7 months and a lot about other people as well. Being on your own like that changes a person I think. You become more “in tune” with yourself and learn to listen to yourself.
Right now I am content just hanging out, I guess eventually I will have to find a job somewhere but who knows, there is a whole world of adventure out there and my
Wat Pho Temple
feet are a becoming a bit itchy………
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