A Koh Phi Phi beach at 9 in the morning.
Wouldn’t you agree that time is the most precious commodity at your disposal? Let me explain, you can lose your shirt in the market, at the craps table or through other poor investments, then again you can also win it all back. You can waste your 20’s getting in debt and trying to “fit in”, effectively wasting time. You will never “get your 20’s back”. Time just keeps ticking, time and tide wait for no man or woman.
Before I went on this trip and made my official and extended departure from the 9-5 grind, I wasted A LOT OF TIME. I’d do the same thing everyday, over and over again and typically, not be satisfied. I guess I was clinically insane as the definition of “insanity” is doing the same thing and expecting different results, I digress.
I’m going to make an update soon called “Living Like a Local”. I’ve moved into a new stage in the trip which is the realization that I won’t live forever and this is my “new life”. This isn’t a vacation with a job, home, posessions waiting at the end for me. Granted I kept my car and have a few boxes in my parents garage, but apart from that, this is it. As a result I’ve begun to “do my own thing” more than previously. Case in point was yesterday, many people were going on a boat trip, all you can drink, cliff jumping, monkey island etc… Instead I did what I described yesterday and I’m hanging out more with local people or people who are from far away lands but actually living here. Also, if I never knew about something before I got to the island, why do I have to go see it? I mean, I don’t really care, I’m already in paradise.
You can spend 35 baht for a 1.5 bottle of water in 7/11 (I love 7/11 FYI) or you can spend 45-60 at some competition. Once you get that bottle, most drink it and discard it. A few places in town, you can fill 1 1/2 1.5L bottles for 3 baht, yes 3 baht aka 10 cents Canadian. You can get a fruit shake in one of the cafes for 80-90 baht, that’s ~ 3$. You can get the same thing, arguablly bigger for only 30 baht. If you’re around long term, chat with the other long term people and the local people. They don’t pay what tourists do, I’m not a tourist so why should I? On that note, do the math regarding percentage difference of paying 3 baht or 35 baht for a bottle of water, mind boggling.
Today, I woke up early and went for a stroll. I saw some beef sweating in a massive tupperware and it caught my attention, after that I noticed I was in front of a grocery store. It was on this alley, kinda removed from the “glitz and glamor” aka “tourist trap” main routes. I went in and wow, this is where the local people shop. If you are hessitant because of sanitary conditions, it’s where the restaurants shop too FYI. Everything in there was soooo cheap. For the longest time food was a major expense for me, not anymore. I’m kinda wasting my “Live like a Local” post that I want to do later so enough of this.
Spent the day at the beach chatting with some fine ladies and gentlemen and swimming. I’m kinda burnt (first time on trip) so enough of that for me. My mind jumps all over the map so I’ll share with you a story, and a word of caution. Late night when out partying, be careful for women with lose morals. I’ve heard horror stories that many pick pockets are actually tourists, not the locals. A guy last night felt someones hand in his pocket about 3 am, he looked around and it was this irish girl. He freaked on her and she played the victim, accusing him of accosting her. Moments later some Thai guys asked him to leave. Another “scam” is they take a drunk guy home, when he wakes up, they are gone and he is “missing” money. Not all of it, just 500-2000 baht, enough for the person to think they “lost the money”.
Something similar to pick-pocketing happened to me in University when I offered to buy this girl a drink, I dropped my $20 on the table and turned back to the party, turned around to see if the bartender had come and the $20 was gone. I was like WTH and she was walking away so I went over there and confronted her. At this point she also made a massive deal like I was harassing her. Luckily I knew the guys who ran the bar and nothing happened but yeah, that’s how it goes ladies and gentleman. On that note, I don’t enjoy using the term “hate” as it involves passion and I’m not passionate about anything negative. That said, I really hate thieves, they’re pathetic.
I’m off to go book some more deep sea fishing then hang out on the beach, in the shade. I was the only person on the beach today with their towel on top of them. I have fair skin and blue eyes and burn QUICK. So instead of lazing on the towel, I lay on the beach and had the towel covering 90% of my body. I’m here for good so I dont’ need to “work on a tan” I’ll be tanned, whether I like it or not.
Deep sea fishing here is even cheaper than Koh Tao! Also the game looks bigger and a larger variety of fish. I found a place (cheapest I’ve found) for 3500 baht for a full day or 2500 baht for a half day. We’re going half day because the full day gets long and most of the “action” is at dawn and dusk. The half day starts at 1, the full day starts at 8:30. So you know, it’s 2500 baht for the full BOAT, it can bring a max of 4 people. As a result that’s only 625 baht each or ~$20US. What a deal, what a deal.
Hope you’re doing well and if you’re not happy doing what you’re doing, it’s not going to change until you do something about it, why not now?
Ran into these characters on my way to make this update.