And I have thrust myself into this maze,
Happily to wive and thrive as best I may.

– William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew 1:2



“Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
On You I wait all the day.”

– Psalm 25:15

“Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord!”

– Psalm 27:14


Phuket Day Three

The day started early since we had to be ready to board the transport at 0745. By the time we reached our first island it was about 1030.

Our first stop was disappointing. The scenery was undoubtedly idyllic, but it was totally marred by the sheer number of tourists there. It was also pretty dull since it was just a beach and we couldn’t even swim. For us it was just a toilet stop, really.

From there it was a couple of phototaking stops which weren’t really exciting, and then lunch which was dismal. As you can see the morning was pretty much a drag. It gets worse for a while yet.

After lunch we went out a little bit to a spot to swim/snorkel. The tide was pretty low so we could literally see the corals right below us. However because of that they also warned us about sea urchins, which were just chilling beside the corals and all. So anyway all of us went into the water and began swimming in pairs, my dad with my sister and my mum with me. My mum was squeezing my hand like crazy because she was afraid of being washed away or something. The sight was wonderful, with the fishes swimming right before you and all around. After a while we swam to a high piece of coral to stand and take a break. Unfortunately that is a less stable position then it sounds since the waves weren’t light. My mother refused to let go of my hand, which only made it worse since it is much harder for two people to balance together. In my struggle to get both of us firmly on the coral, my foot was pricked by an oblivious urchin hiding beside it. Tough luck.

Luckily, the pain soon subsided and I was assured by the crew that it will go away in three days. The real highlight of the day came after that, at our last island. Unfazed by my little accident, I joined my dad and my sis to swim out with our bread to feed the fishes as we snorkel. It was really amazing, watching the schools of fish swarming before you or around your hand, picking at the bread until it vanishes. Pretty fun stuff. We then relaxed at the beach until it was time to go, and made the journey back.

Another interesting thing during the day was the people who were with us in our boat. Such a diverse group! It was intriguing to watch them.

Oh well, it is homebound Singapore tomorrow! I hope to get some writing done tonight, I haven’t done any this trip ):


Phuket Day Two

The second day started slowly and gradually, as if we were easing into our stay here. Yet strangely we were all down pretty early for breakfast at a nearby place. The Western breakfast was a good start to our first proper day here.

Thereafter we took a leisure walk to the beach, which wasn’t very near. We allowed ourselves to be distracted from our journey by the roadside shops and attractions, and so our food was fully digested by the time we reach the sandy shores. We were still pretty early as far as tourists were concerned, so the beach was pretty empty and still cool. Deck chairs spanned the length of the shore, and a strong breeze billowed around us. After much haggling and deliberation, we finally accepted a deal of one session of parasailing and jetski each for me and my sister respectively for a total of 2500 baht, with 2 deck chairs thrown in.

Parasailing is easily one of the most fun things I have ever experienced. Perhaps second in exhilaration only to rappelling. They ask you to run at the start just as the rope is beginning to run out (thus soon becoming taut), but really you can only manage a few steps before you are lifted into the air, rising sharply and quickly some 3 or 4 stories up. It is the closest I have ever come and possibly ever will come to flying. I would recommend this to anyone. The entire thing was pretty fast though.

We chilled at the beach a while more before leaving to go for a massage. Not much to say about this. It was lunch after that and some shopping before heading back to the hotel for a rest. One noteworthy thing was that we were actually chased away by a saleslady at one store, which was incredibly curious and slightly offensive. Oh well.

Now we will be leaving in a little bit to get dinner and some short shopping before going to see Muay Thai boxing matches at half past eight. More on that tomorrow!


Phuket Day One

It has been some 5 hours since we touched down, following a slightly delayed flight. Not a terribly long period of time, so there really isn’t much to write about. This will be brief.

The hotel is nice enough. Very homely although it is only two stars. Perhaps the only disappointment is the mistaken race of the owner. My mum told me he was German so I was looking forward to practising some German with him, but I think he’s British. Oh well. The good news is that I have a queen sized bed to myself, and the wifi is pretty great too. Dinner was yummy Thai food.

No pictures yet.