I have been away from my blog for far too long so it is time that I update it and share some of my recent experiences. Thanksgiving 2014 for me was spent in The Philippines for the first portion and then in Thailand for the second. Each year a group of my college comrades meet up in a different location around the world to spend Thanksgiving together.
The tradition began in Singapore, Singapore in 2011, followed by Manila, Philippines 2012, Stockholm, Sweden 2013, Phuket, Thailand 2014, and this year I believe we will hitting Dubai, U.A.E. for our 5 year reunion. Time will tell if we end up choosing that place but for now lets take a look at the Thailand recap.
Mission 1… Find food!! My friends were a bit leery about walking into some hole in the wall spot especially in South East Asia where there is no guarantee that what you will eat is familiar to your taste buds but I assured them that the hole in the wall places were the best and we had to try it. Minutes later we were all being served up bowls of what I have determined to be duck and wanton soup. It was delicious as I had expected.
Pretty much everywhere I have been in Asia, people have randomly asked me to take pictures with them so why would I expect this time to be any different? I was either Kobe Bryant, Barack Obama, Will Smith, or Usher. Pick one. That’s who I was that day. I think this was probably the 5th picture I was asked to take with some random Asians (whom, lets be clear, I have never met nor had a conversation with in my life) in this day alone! I switched up the game though and asked them to take a picture with me. All of their faces looked surprised when I asked. I guess they figured, why would I need a picture of them? Good point. I did it anyway. 🙂
Mission 4… Feast!!!! Garlic lobster and some sort of curry chicken I believe. The below are only two pictures of the 7 different dishes we actually had. I unfortunately forgot to photograph the rest because I was busy eating it.
We arrived in Phuket and this is the sign that was waiting for us. Yes, yes, BEAST MODE in full effect.One thing I love about Thailand is that they don’t bother with waivers and release forms like they do in the states. We literally told our boat driver to take us to the ATV’s and he did. Upon arrival they started them up and handed us the keys. I had to ask the guy where the brake was because apparently that is not pertinent information for riding one of these. Seconds after this picture was taken we were racing through the jungle!
Of course we had to see the obligatory Muay Thai fight. This was the first time I was actually able to sit front row at a boxing match. I quite literally had blood, sweat, and tears, of the fighters spattered all over me. Needless to say I took antibiotics right after. I don’t play that ish…
In this cove was extremely calm water. Because it was almost entirely surrounded by the rocks in the background, the rough waters of the ocean do not make it inside which results in a completely flat surfaced lagoon, perfect for diving off of the side of our speedboat 🙂
Mission 6… Take epic picture at the famous Maya Bay, from the movie “The Beach”. I have literally dreamed of this place for years so it was absolutely breathtaking to have my feet in the sand looking out at this view. My grandfather had a saying, “if a man can’t live like this, he should just die.”