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My trip started in beautiful koh Chang where I met some amazing people! 5 or 6 from Sweden, 2 from Norway, 5 from Denmark, a couple from the states, 2 from Britain and a couple even from Canada!
San Phra Phum or a spirit house is a holy shrine to Holy Spirit that protects the household and the area nearby. The legend of San Phra Phum began before Buddhist era. Long time ago, Bodhisattva (before he became the Lord Buddha) was ordained priest and sat under the banyan tree meditating and discovering Buddha teaching. One night, God Krungpali, the god protecting the landscape was unsatisfied with the practice of Bodhisattva in his land. He appeared angry and extruded Bodhisattva. Bodhisattva, therefore, pleaded for 3 steps of land to perform meritorious acts. God Krungpali thought it was a tiny bit of land so he agreed to give it to Bodhisattva. Suddenly, Bodhisattva showed his supernatural power by making three steps but the steps were as big as all the land God krungpali owned. Therefore God Krungpali had no land and was ousted to live nowhere. He could not tolerate the difficulties outside the human world so he sent three of his servants to ask Bodhisattva for some land to live on. Bodhisattva allowed him to come back and also preached him not to hurt other people and also assigned him to look after human and animals and protect them from harm. Since then people always worship God Krungpali for taking care of their lives and habitats. They also pray for God Krungpali to bless them to be successful, happy and prosperous.
Loes Lavrijsen, 24 years old PT volunteer from the Netherlands.
I volunteered as a PRO physical therapist in Surat thani hospital for two months. I graduated a few months before I came to Thailand to work as a volunteer. For a long time I knew I wanted to travel abroad after my graduation. Besides the traveling I wanted to make myself useful as a volunteer abroad and if it would be prefect if I could do that as a physical therapist. With projects abroad this was possible. The communication with projects abroad to prepare everything for the journey was very good. I felt already part of the project and that made me very comfortable. Project abroad offers you to pick you up at the airport. Although I appreciate that they offered to pick me up, I wanted the do it in a different way. I arrived in Bangkok one week before the starting date of my project and went by train down to the south to Surat Thani. Because I had enough time I was able to stay a couple of days in a few different places. For me this was a really good choice because you are able to get a sneak preview of Thai culture before starting at the volunteer placement. I also stayed two nights in Surat thani before I met the projects abroad staff. Hereby I was able to discover the city on my own a little bit and because of that it was not completely new for me when the projects abroad staff showed me around. If you are interested in tarveling to your project by yourself I would definitly recommand other volunteers to do this. I had no experience in traveling by myself in a country this different but traveling in Thailand is not difficult and you will experience Thai culture before you start the project.
Because I am recently graduated I was a little bit nervous at first. Not because I wasn't sure if I had ...
“What is your favorite Thai food?” might be one of the most frequent questions you have been asked when you meet Thai people in Thailand. Your answers might be various depending on what is your favorite flavor. Today, I have a signature Thai dish with long history to introduce to you all. Tom Yum Goong is a hot and sour soup with shrimps. Actually “Tom Yum” can be made with any kind of meat, doesn’t have to always be shrimps. The word “Tom Yum” are formed by two Thai words, Tom and Yum. Tom is the process of boiling and Yum is like mixing salad. So Tom Yum is like the taste of mixing Thai salad which gives the taste of spicy and sour in a process of boiling. In order to make Tom Yum, you need Thai herbs such as chili peppers, lime, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves and galangal to make the broth and then add meat of your choice. Tom Yum is often served with plain rice on the side to kill spice. Anyway, today I am going to recommend alternative side for Tom Yum. It is…………..
Spaghetti Tom Yum Goong
Spaghetti is a perfectly perfect choice for hot and sour Thai style broth. This thin and long cylindrical pasta originatedly from Italy and made of semolina is a perfect choice to be served with Thai style Hot and Spicy Broth. You will get the hot taste of the broth and also the amazing taste of spaghetti.
Love is all around is how I feel at the wedding
A couple weeks ago I had a chance to go to an island for my friends’ wedding on a peaceful beach not too far from krabi town. It was the first wedding I went to without my parents as I was invited! (“I!, and not my parents!)
It was the most beautiful wedding I have ever seen by these reasons
- It was right on the beach
- I was invited
- It my friends’ wedding
- It showed both cultures of western and Muslim
- Food was amazing
- People were even more amazing
- It was a gathering outside of town of Krabi town people
The wedding ceremony started at sunset, the most beautiful time of the day. The ceremony didn’t take long but long enough to feel the love of the bride and the groom. I saw tears of love of both of them while they were holding hands and looking into each other’s eyes in front of everyone. It was the sweetest moment definitely. After the sweet time of love, it was a fun time for both of them and also the guests. The groom is one of the most well-known local singers and he has a lot of musician friends who gathered together at his wedding. It was by far the best beach Thai reggae concert. Music was played until 11pm before we left them alone to enjoy their moment under the moonlight.