The short articles from this site for me are but a way to understand if one has caught up with everything that is going on in his life, and has not missed out anything important. Today I decided to write about my life in the town of Ao Nang in Krabi, Thailand.
I am 35 years old and am a designer. I have lived with my husband in this warm end of the world for the past 3 months.
I woke up like a clock! At exactly 12.30 p.m. Andrew like an owl is still fast asleep. I usually wake him up by blowing the fan on his legs since he is a heavy sleeper. This is the result of a night long blogging and uploading of photographs among other things on the internet. He developed a bit culturally but went to bed late in the night. Meanwhile, I was fast asleep on the feather-bed from about 1 a.m.
Plans for today are washing, lunch, swimming, dinner and sleeping. Simply a heavy day. And for another, we have to change some money from the left savings. For breakfast we have mangoes, tea and bread from 7/11. We do not starve at least. After morning procedures, I sit at table and at the same time continue with my embroidery.
I have been working on this item for more than 6 months now. I am so slow at embroidery. I did the main part of the article when I was back home. What remains is the background now. This is the third time am sitting on it ince I came to Thailand. I usually do my internet surfing in the evenings and do other things in the morning. Life flies like a bird and I do not sit there idle, I follow it! For today, the most important thing is to do the laundry. There are many laundry shops in Ao Nang; they charge 35 Baht per kilogram. When we were in Phuket, I used to do the washing at the hall of the hotel where we lived in. It used to cost a mere 20 Baht. Imagine the joy I had yesterday after a three-course dinner for two with plates of fruits. Afterwhich we took an evening walk on the streets. It was during the walk that I noticed some metallic washing machines in the canopies of Ao Nang Road. And as our day continues, Andrey has opened his right eye, the left one seems to be still asleep. I quickly dry my hair with the hair dryer. In an hour am ready to go for my cleaning campaign. I will be back after all is done. In the streets, the weather is hot, just the way I like it. Back at home I used to freeze for nothing. But now I have the grace to walk in slippers in December!
On my way out the “regiment’s” son bids me farewell. This is our talking bird in his cage. He speaks so loudly and too much of “bye-bye”, “goodbye”, mimics the cars hooting, and their alarm systems, some baby sounds, he also whistles a lot especially the way guys whistle after beautiful girls. He is the first thing I hear in the morning and am happy for that.
I stop on the way to think of my day’s plan. I remember that I have to swim in the azure beach towards sunset. A few days ago I got sun burnt after basking in the cloudy weather. Since that day I have not set foot on the street.
I walk towards the beach with my paperbag. I select the spot I need. On arriving at the laundry, I notice that all the machines are busy. But there! I notice that on one the cycle is over. Am afraid to remove things that do not belong to me. A kind woman noticed my confusion and emptied them into a nearby basket. I put in my belongings into the machine, add the powder (which remained in Phuket) and insert 20 baht coins on the side and wait. With the clever machine, we have an agreement that in 45 minutes everything will be ready.
I decided to sit in the shade during my long wait and do some photo-hunting. But sitting in one place for a long time proved to be boring and the roadside seemed to be a non-winning one since I could not capture the interesting locals on their fast-moving motorcycles. So I walked towards the beach. It was so hot. I felt sorry for myself because I did not take my hat with me. The shadows were almost non-existent. The sun was at its zenith and the trees were so few.
Some naive seller is trading his house for 2.8 M but can afford to write the advert using a marker.
Palm trees hovering in the sky.
A tuk-tuk specialist lazes a bit from work near the booth.
Here is a more interesting photograph. Despite the hot sun, I managed to get to 7/11 and bought myself a bottle of cola from another clever machine, and some yoghurt. With a few stops, I managed to find a nice shady place and sat there for about 20 minutes taking photos till my tiny hands got tired.
On the other side of the street, worn out flags wave with the wind.
A housewife on her bike.
Ao Nang is mainly dominated by a muslim population, nearby was an enormous mosque.
Local kids like soccer and thier favorite team’s t-shirts.
Irises bloom from my observation spot at a nearby resort.
On my way back to the laundry, I noticed a Minimart- just infront of the 7/11. I saw it for the first time, despite the fact that we frequently go to 7/11 almost everyday. Am glad to know that for a month one can rent a bike and go to TESCO Lotus for delicious stuff.
As I wen home, I noticed this mirror by chance. There I am with my bag full of stuff.
I passed by the market far across our Warina Place.
Part of the ready cooked food is packed in polythene bags.
Lanterns swing with the wind at home.
I arrived home safely and need to take a rest to recover from the heat. I also have to boil some water for the tea and rice biscuits I got from the Minimart. I love tea.
We are ready to go to the beach. Here is our atrium, one can do a wedding reception here. To the left is a book-shelf with books on various subjects. Most of them are in English.
At the corner is a shelf for shoes. Everyone who comes in has to remove his shoes which makes me happy – cleaning the floor becomes a rare chore.
On the way we look for a forex with better rates. My husband now has the camera. He decided to photograph bikers on the road. An activity which turned our half-an-hour journey in to a one-hour one.
On the “entertainment” side the course to the Euro is 39.85 but on the Thai SIam its 40.358, so I rush to change the money.
One more important task done and we are on the beach.
Above the restaurants along the waterfront are such lanterns.
Each restaurant has its own style- but this is my favorite one.
The tide again. The water goes with the moon’s cycle which makes the owls by the sea unlucky this time. After the heat is down, I go to the knee high pool of water. The water is cool, the street is hot. Just good enough to float on the waves and have fun. Meanwhile, Andrew is trying to get shots of the blue and crimson sunset. It gets dark quickly.
Till night fall, the kids are splashing the water and playing still in their t-shirts like the adults.
At 6.30 p.m. people start to disperse and head to their homes.
After swimming, we take a leisurely walk on the beach. We find tourists lighting sky lanterns. Two restaurants with l music, and at the same time they sing Eric Clapton’s song – Tears in Heaven. And for the first time in Thai we heard the song – Your Song by Elton John. The music here is cool, especially in the bars and restaurants. But the tuk-tuks like everywhere play good Thai pop music.
Evening lights. We go to our favorite restaurant Lucky Yim for dinner. But for the first time we find that there are no spaces. We had to wait for half an hour. After an hour’s waiting we got lucky and sat down to make our orders. Another hour passed.
We were able to review the photos we had taken during the day, discuss our new plans, looked around at those who were sitting nearby.
We spent between 200-300 bahts on two and as far as the food is concerned- its jut delicious.
We arrived home at around 10 p.m. I sat down, made some tea, started selecting the photographs. After midnight I put the phone to charge and went to bed. That was just another day in Thailand. I hope you enjoyed it with me.
What are you waiting for? Make photos of your day and send them in!