Thailand Tidbit…

It may be hard to imagine, but there are McDonald’s in Thailand. Not only that, but I also spied a Kentucky Fried Chicken and a Pizza Hut. There are even 7-11s.

However, these types of chains are few and far between. 7-11 is probably the most prominent. Fast food restaurants are nearly non-existent. So much so, in fact, that when you do happen to see a McDonald’s you’re forced to do a triple take to make sure you really saw one.

Most everyone will agree that a dearth of American-style fast food is probably a good thing. Some, however, will dig further and ask… well what do you in Thailand for a quick bite?

For the answer to that, one does not need to look further than the street. There are street vendors EVERYWHERE in Thailand. If you’re feeling thirsty, there is the soda vendor. If you’re feeling like some fresh fruit, there is the fresh fruit vendor. What… you say you have a hankering for dried squid? Well, my friend, you’re in luck because the dried squid vendor us just around the corner. Hmmm… Dried squid doesn’t do it for you? How about porridge with meat and veggies? or grilled chicken skewers? or grilled fish balls? or corn on the cob (yes, corn on the cob)? …well you get the idea.

There are all kinds of vendors, selling all kinds of food EVERYWHERE. I don’t want to give you the wrong idea either. These vendors aren’t yelling at you trying to get your business. They’re just there ready to take your order at a moment’s notice. So yeah… there are McDonald’s in Thailand, but the only reason to go is if you really must have a cheeseburger right now!

Thailand Tidbits…

There is an interesting thing about Thai language… gender.

The common Thai greeting is Sawadee. If you’re a woman, you add ka. If you’re a man you add krap. There are several instances where this gender identifier is attached to the end of a statement.

Women always use the ka identifier no matter who they’re talking to… man or woman. Men always use the krap identifier no matter who they’re talking to… man or woman.

So… saying Sawadee ka/krap is akin to saying… “Hello, and by the way, I’m a woman”… Or “And a manly hello to you!”

–sam

Thailand Tidbit

They drive on the left side of the road in Thailand. Well… actually… to say they drive on a specific side of the road is misleading.

If there is oncoming traffic on a two-lane road they drive on the left side of the road.

If, however, there is no oncoming traffic, it is very likely that the person will simply drive in the middle of the road without any regard to the lanes that might be marked on the road.

Driving on the left side means that the steering wheel is on the right side.

Now lets jump over to Cambodia… They drive on the right side of the road with the same odd middle of the road driving that occurs in Thailand. To make it a bit more confusing… the cars in Cambodia have the steering wheel on the right side, just like in Thailand.

This has been the first of many Thailand Tidbits…
–sam

Checking In…

Left Cambodia today… yesterday’s visit to Angkor was really amazing. An entire day of walking among the ruins of the Khmer empire.

BTW… here is where I stayed in Cambodia… http://www.boreiangkor.com. Very nice hotel.

I’m typing this from a tiny internet cafe off Khao San road in Bangkok. I’ll be in Bangkok for the next few days, and I’ll be returning to good old O-Town on the 31st.

I’m having a breakout of the geek hives just now… I’m going to check out the new Lord of the Rings movie tonight. I would have gone sooner, but I wasn’t anywhere near a movie theater.

I hope everyone is well…

–sam

p.s. Pictures will be posted when I return… 🙂

In Thailand…

OK gang… I’m in Thailand… on the island of Samui to be exact. Beautiful… just Beautiful.

Going to Cambodia next week to see Angkor Wat. That should be the highlight of this trip.

Oh yeah… I ate at a restaurant called Captain Kirk today. I can’t believe I ate at a restaurant called Captain Kirk. It must be the jet lag.

Speaking of Jet Lag… I traveled for 27 hours to get here. Then I slept for 4 hours and got on a plane to Koh Samui. I’m tired… may start slurbing speeeech sssooonnn.

Signing off now… cuz it costs $3 per hour to use the internet here (at 28.8 speed).

Lotsa love
–sam

Re-Learning Geometry…

Whew… yesterday was great. I learned how to mark a site with the footprint of a house. There were so many things about a house that I had never considered before. It’s relationship to the surrounding countryside, the tree line, the sun, available shade and prevailing winds.

Once that was figured out… it was a matter of understanding what the most important activities were in a house. For me, it was lounging… of course. My favorite activity, for those that don’t know me well, is to sit in a comfy chair and do a bit of nothing. Mmmmm… Gives me goosebumps just thinking about it. 😉

Anyway, since my home idea would be based on lounging, I had to arrange all of the pieces I wanted in my home in such a way that lounging would be the centerpiece… and everything else would supplement it.

Then… after taking measurements of my site and the various natural features around it, I placed my building where I thought it should go. After my 10th revision, I, with the help of one of the instructors, realized that the shape I was working with didn’t do what I really needed it to do… so I played with shape for a bit, until I stumbled upon a parallelogram. Very cool. Now my building concept is an elongated parallelogram jutting out from the side of a hill with a berm protecting it from roadside noise and forming a natural courtyard.

I’ll learn to today if my plan is workable, but even if it isn’t I have learned quite a bit from the process. 🙂