Thursday, July 08, 2010

Dear Duane…Thailand Is The Tits! *UPDATED*

 *My computer crashed last night so I wasn't able to post this blog in its entirety...here is the full blog with added pics for your viewing pleasure ;o)*

Dude!

I have totally neglected to tell you all about Thailand and what’s been going on here....also this really cool site called Blog-trotting has chosen to feature my blog on their site and they want to know a little about what life is like in Thailand. Blog-Trotting features various blogs from all over the world to see what life is like in that neck of the woods...also you get to see if the grass is truly greener on the other side (usually it is). I  love this blog, there's never a dull moment on it that's for sure... check it out here www.blog-trotting.com/ 

I took this picture outside my bungalow last year...breathtaking isn't it? 

I think you already know that I came to Thailand in 2009 for that 6 month yoga teacher training course…it was awesome! I graduated and got certified like I had planned and I learned so much from the school.

There are so many amazing yoga schools, mediation centers, Buddhist monasteries, temples and incredible detox programs on this island...it's a very spiritual place. Really, this island has a perfect blend of Yin and Yang as one side of the island is home to the famous Full moon parties where people from all over the world come to party like rock stars each month for three full days and nights during the full moon on the beaches of Haad Rin (about 10 kms from where I currently live) and on the other side of the island, where I am living...nothing but healthy, quiet living filled with Reiki treatments, herbal Saunas, rebirthing sessions, crystal bowl healing's, and alternative lifestyle work shops...the best of both worlds only 15 km's apart. So I can party hard on the weekend and detox it all away on Monday ;o)


Yoga class on the island

Me doing a yoga pose at a secret waterfall (there hasn't been much rain so it's not as 'waterfally' as it should be.

I did go back home to Vancouver Island for a few months but couldn’t get back into the ‘Western’ way of life…didn’t re-open my yoga studios or even want to be bothered with that part of my life anymore…so in December I had no choice but to move to this amazing tropical paradise that I fell in love with…I don’t know when I will be returning home. Frankly, it’s difficult to imagine ever returning home.

A Buddha statue in a temple

Jade  Buddha in Chaing Mai

Me in front of a temple in Chaing Mai

King's Birthday celebrations


The scene outside the temple doors



Golden Buddha


Buddha Statue on Koh Tao

See, life in Thailand is a thing of beauty and ease...’Sabai, Sabai’ the locals always say (meaning something similar to take it easy, relax). ‘Sabai sabai is always followed with the English phrase ‘slowly slowly...I don’t know why Thai people have to repeat all of their phrases but it works! I guess the repetition is finally sinking in…cause little by little, I am learning to live ‘slowly slowly’. 

Me meditating at monastery on Koh Phangan 

Swinging away on Coconut Beach, one of the many beautiful beaches to chill out on here.

Days of relaxing in my hammock staring out into the jungle where I live, is what I call a ‘productive day’ for me now and I feel happy to just ‘BE’ without doing much of anything…just breathing is enough and witnessing and being in wonder of the beauty that I am surrounded by ever single day.

Elephant Trek a few miles from my house

This place looks like something out of that movie 'The Beach' and rightfully so, seeing as that movie was filmed on an island not too far away called Koh Phi Phi (he he pee pee) which is equally as beautiful as Koh Phangan but not as developed...like if Koh Phangan were a woman she would be a double D cup and Koh Phi Phi would be like a an A cup (developmentally speaking) which is nice if you want to escape and not have to deal with construction (Jerry Seinfeld voice; and what's the deal with me using boob size as a way to describe the development of an island?? Who are these islands??? end of JSV)

Fragrant pink Hibiscus blossoms, azure skies and picture perfect panoramic views of the teal blue Ocean, delight my senses on this little slab of paradise that I get to relax on. 


The most perfect Hibiscus flower right outside the yoga hall

This idyllic, intimate, island of Koh Phangan, which is located 800 km's south of Bangkok, constantly encourages me to escape my everyday cares with its lush scenic tropical beauty, perfect white sandy beaches and amazing weather…you know how I hate the cold? Yeah, that is NEVER a problem here…way to escape 2 Canadian winters now…I feel like I have cheated on winter only it doesn't even know…Ha Ha…I am so very very sneaky!

My favourite beach 'Pirate Beach' 5 minutes from my house, nobody is ever there and perfect sand and water!

I didn’t come here for the yoga this time around. I came here for this amazing house I found deep in the jungle away from everyone and everything, so I could relax and realize my dreams of writing that book I was always trying to write back in Toronto.

My little secluded house in the jungle

I have been here 7 months now and I must confess, the book writing isn’t going so well. Granted, I have been writing a lot…for a magazine here and comedy sketches and of course, this blog…but I find to sit and go through the arduous process of writing a novel is not as much fun as I thought it would be. It isn't a romantic process at all and it is really frigging boring and also,   I am not motivated to do much of anything, except read the works of others who have undergone the arduous journey of writing a novel, snorkeling, swinging on the hammock, long lunches and dinners with awesome friends, jungle treks to hidden waterfalls, cartooning, long luxurious $6 Thai Massages, Yogi potlucks, sunbathing on those perfect (and never crowded) beaches, playing my classical guitar ( I am getting really good at it now) and of course, a little yoga and meditating to the songs of the jungle critters.

The funniest bathroom signs I have ever seen on a Visa run to Burma. Conch or Banana? I stood there for a moment dumbfounded and had to think about it for a while! (don't worry, I figured it out)

I have a freedom as I have never had before. I learned to ride a motorbike, I learned to dive, I learned how to make cartoons on my computer, how to boil an egg (finally), bare my soul and speak my truth to complete strangers (while looking them directly in the eye without flinching and never saying sorry for what I said) and I learned how to live a Tantric yogic lifestyle where there are no rules just to live and to find gratitude and love for each moment…to be fully alive, present and aware in all that I do.

This is how I learned to ride a motorbike...isn't that special? Also, wasn't it smart of me to take a picture BEFORE cleaning the wound?? I thought so too! 

Hundreds of Butterfly’s twitter away just to the right of me as I write this…it’s like I live in a Butterfly sanctuary or something and I tell you man, it’s amazing, like my very own magical wonderland and I am left wide eyed and teary with bliss and gratitude when I remember to stop and appreciate it.

I wish you could be here to experience it with me…even you, who burns in cloudy weather, would still LOVE it here!

It sounds corny, I know, but the truth is I have never been happier in my life as I am right now. I feel free to be me and experiment with healthy lifestyle choices…the ability to be ‘real’ and ‘authentic’ to be true to myself for once in my life and shed my 'Western' masks of who I 'should' be and what I 'should' do and how I 'should' behave...there's no need to pretend here and it's fucking awesome to have such freedom in your own skin.

Living here isn’t without it’s share of problems though…there is political unrest in Bangkok and has been for a while which is scary…a few months ago, it was full on and I really thought there might be a war, with all the blood shed and turmoil…but things have cooled off for the time being.

Hair loss is a big thing for me...my hair is down to my waist now but with all this heat, handfuls of it come out each day…it was like my body knew something wasn’t right…and I have been shedding like a dog…thank god I have a lot of it or I would be bald by now! Although now that it is summer here the situation seems to have cured itself.

Beware of ginormous hairy 'dust bunnies'  isn't that huge? That's like a week of not sweeping...for real real dude!

Seeing as I am living deep in the jungle, that means unwelcome guests into my house…Geckos, hungry mosquitoes, giant spiders that probably feed on small children, termites, ants, poisonous snakes, boa constrictors, huge lizards, and the worst…the  ‘gross’ giant cockroaches …remember how I couldn’t sleep for 2 days cause I saw that tiny little cockroach on the wall when we lived at that nasty ghetto apartment on Jane and Finch in Toronto? Yeah well, these ‘GIANT JUNGLE COCKROACHES' are bigger than my hand! It’s true!!! oh and did I mention that they fly? Yeah they totally do that too buddy! I totally get the heebie Jeebie's (yep I used that phrase...totally appropriate and the only way to describe the level of grossness I feel when I come into contact with them) ....YUCK...I don't know if i will ever get used to them!

My new Spider Man just outside my house eekkk!


Gecko's the size of Dinosaurs living in my kitchen, but when they hold 'hand's' they are too cute! Aww little love lizards!


Cute little Gecko that I don't mind having as a pet

Huge weird flying Beatles that seemingly have no purpose in life except to piss all over my towels that are drying and then fall to the ground on their backs and buzz annoyingly till they die!

2 or 3 times a year, 100's of millions of flying ants come out of the jungle  and get into everything...eww!  This leaves for a ridiculous clean up the next day as they all huddle together in the world's largest Orgy that I then have to sweep up and then wash the bug guts off my porch...oh Joy!

The worlds largest ant Orgy, on my porch, the morning after...each leaf looking thing is actually a flying ant! It takes some muscle to move all of those carcasses...

 
Creepiest turkey I have ever seen...nobody wants to eat this angry monster...not even you, oh lover of meat! He walks around like he has a serious case of 'The Downs'

The Bull vs Dog fights help keep the jungle life an entertaining one


The cutest spider I have ever seen...he lives in my bathroom. And yes, spiders are cute in comparison to gross cockroaches!

See, this is not cute! The first cockroach I ever saw...I named him George (he he inside joke) he is the smallest one I have ever seen here!

The Cockroaches freak me out so much! They only come out at night and they are always into everything in my kitchen...I just leave everything in the fridge but they somehow find a way in there too..GRRRR! Remember that movie Joe's Apartment? Yeah, this is worse than that and not for having a dirty place either...it's like these cockroaches are on steroids and can bench press 150lbs without breaking a sweat....(using a heavy Italian accent) now that's a cock-a-roch!!

But I must admit, having all these nasty Cockroaches running around in my kitchen is the best thing for dieting! I have lost a lot of weight recently as  I no longer go into my kitchen after 6pm…problem solved!  Say goodbye to late night snacking! Hello Nurse! lol Still they are so disgusting and make me so frigging angry…here’s a cartoon I drew to illustrate my cockroach anger!

When they startle me, I want to stab them

Better yet, it would be safer for me if I shot them...no risk of them crawling on me then *shudders

Me love you long time
Love Trish-Cock-Roach-Killer-itis...Te he he he I said...(highlighted)


FYI: Dear Duane is a diary I am writing for my best friend of more than 15 years…we have been estranged for 2 years and I miss him and want to talk to him so I can be 'normal' me (think foul mouthed 4 year old with Turrets, all tweaked out on Crack, Red Bull and Smarties stuck indoors at Recess for misbehaving).

So I write this diary to him to scratch the itch, NO! not the itch caused by Crabs or The gum disease known as Gingivitis!! The itch of missing talking like I do only when I am around him. (ME english good, me make weirdly constructed sentence whhoo whhoo aahhhha ahhhh)(That's my angry monkey sounds)

Maybe our paths will cross again some day…but until then, I need to be the retarded side of Trish, I cannot suppress her any longer! I have been saving this 'A' game material especially for Duane. It's time to share it, hopefully he finds it one day cause my cheesy jokes will make him laugh till he poops a little or a lot.

For more information and older posts, go here to the Dear Duane page

~I surrender to The Writing Womb~

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19 comments:

Todd Clark said...

Your are funny. I like your blog. Thank you for the kind words you left on my blog(s) [http://theimaginasium.blogspot.com/ and http://idbits.blogspot.com/]. That was nice. Usually if I want a comment, I have to leave it myself and I normlly just get irritated because I rarely say anything positive or flattering.

Is "gosesse" a word? That's the word I have to type to leave this comment.

goose = 1 goose
geese = More than 1 goose
gosesse = Eleveneteen french geeses?

I dunno. Nice blog tho.

Sara said...

My God, I love you.

But I hate cockroaches. Seriously, if I have to kill a cockroach, I will actually cry. Real tears. Because I hate them that much.

Other than the cockroaches, it sounds AH-MAZ-ING there. Can I come visit? And we will both stay far, far away from the kitchen after 6 pm? Cool. Just booked my ticket!

One Blonde Girl said...

Damn, girl! I was wondering what had happened to you. Now I know. You're living a fab life and don't need to be wasting so much time with this here web thing (apparently you have other webs and creepy crawlies to worry over.) I could only dream of living the life you're living. I admire your courage and independence. Me? I feel like I'm reverting back to my old, weak, spineless ways. Although, now you've inspired me to consider jobs and paths that don't necessarily involve teaching (maybe volunteering?) as that doesn't seem to be going so well for me right now. Glad to see you're still alive.

ayvan's said...

Nice photos...

Wow, that was awkward said...

Did you say $6 massages! How do I sign up?!!

IndigoWrath said...

Hey Trish! Good grief, the country sounds awesome, though I don't fancy the invertebrates. Coool pictures, too. Indigo

YogaSavy said...

You are back! Was missing my dose of funnies from you. Thailand land of paradise. Love it

Jess said...

It's been too long!

Lucky enough to have been to Thailand twice... never to your island though. One of the few places I've been where I think I could live. Just beautiful!

Chara Lynn said...

Truly amazing photos! Great post as always!
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Didactic Pirate said...

So I'm scrolling down, reading along, enjoying, looking at your beautiful photos, feeling more calm and attuned to my inner peace with each one... and then I scroll down further....

GAHHHH!!!!! Big cockroach!!!!

Inner peace gone.

Natalie said...

I was SO with you about how fantastic it would be to live in Thailand until I saw the bugs and crawly things...YUCK! We vacationed in Fiji and I couldn't believe the size of insects, spiders, lizards...all of those nasty little things! Couldn't imagine living with them all the time.

I love that you said an entire country was "the tits"...it's why I love your blog!

It's me MARIANA said...

Girl, I missed you! I was wondering what were you doing that you havent posted lately. You are living a great life, I see. Im secretly jealous...

Patricia said...

Hey everyone! Thanks for the comments, I have been missing you guys a lot and will resume stalking your blogs shortly...after the season is done here on the island love you guys! xo
@Todd; i believe gosesse is italian for Go fish when playing the game of go fish...i looked it up...your site rocks lol I may have to apply for your awesome no pay jobs cause i want my submissions to 'be ill considered, laughed at, and most likely thrown away.'

@Sara ;o) missed reading your blog i would often think...hmmm i wonder if sara is still swearing a lot and then i vowed to read your blog as soon as i got a minute...still haven't had one of those but after this weekend the fun should slow down a bit ...i love that you are so diligent in your efforts to secure a ticket...sure come visit we can be cockroach killing wonder women!

@oneblonde...another blog i have been thinking of often and missing a lot! It does take a bit of courage to get here but once you are here, you can't imagine why you were ever nervous in the first place...plus I live very very comfortably on only $5000 a year here with most of my meals in restaurants, a massage every week, yoga classes ect....something to consider if you can scrounge together 5 grand

@ayvan thank you they were fun to take

@wow yep $6 for an hour long massage and if you go to chaing mai, you can get a two hour massage for $9 and they actually come to your hotel so you never have to leave your bed!!! sign up is in thailand only

@indigo...thanks man, it is beautiful mostly i am used to the critters although it has taken me a long time but i think it's worth it ;O)

@Yoga yes, I am back briefly gotta disappear again for about a week then all my friends go home and i will have loads of free time to write again...good to hear from you ;o)

@Jess, it totally has been too long lol...so, you have been to Thailand twice and never to KPG? I have been all over thailand and feel like this is the best place to bunker down for a long duration you gotta see it next time you visit

@chara...omg lady i missed you...glad to see you switched sites i will look you up towards the end of next week when i have some time

@didactic...lol sorry about that, now you know how i feel every day around dusk...its a race to the kitchen to shovel some food down my throat before they ruin my inner peace ;o)

@natalie fiji must of been amazing! have any pics you wanna share? i have gotten used to the bugs mostly, but sometimes when i am missing home i become a raging lunatic trying to murder all the bugs that cross my path...only once a month or so if you get my drift ;o)

@it's me...thanks i really missed blogging but the beaches and dinners and wine and parties and dances and massages and...well you get the drift...fun has to come first sometimes

xo

~Onreeone~ said...

what a great blog Trish- thanks for posting the pictures. The Buddahs and the ocean are amazingly beautiful. Now those roaches and other critters you got going on in the house--I don't know if I could deal with them, but hey...what a trade. Glad you wrote and looking forward to more from you. Enjoy~

CaraBee said...

I don't know how I would ever get anything done with all of the beauty around. What is the industry on the island? Is it entirely based on tourism?

I have to say, though, those bugs would freak me right the fuck out. I do not enjoy spiders, not one bit. I would be the crazy lady running around with a can of Raid and a flyswatter all the time.

Thanks for the tour!

Lisa R. said...

Love your blog. I may have to stalk you.

Rich said...

The weekend lasts for 2 weeks there? Dang. Time to move! Just stopped by to say Howdy and Waaaaaassssssuuuuuupppppppppppppp! :)

Two Feathers said...

Ok.. so having read this, I am now horribly and painfully ... did I say horribly and painfully??? that doesn't quite cover it.. I am SO JEALOUS that I could just spit!

Love this little blog, by the way... glad I discovered it.. I guess that's one reason to actually read the comments left on mine.

layana said...

Wow you were able to travel to most of the beautiful spots of Thailand! That looks like a time well spent there. I love your yoga pose by the secret waterfall.

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