2 halos and a backpack.

Mar 26, 2006 at 07:24 o\clock

Back home on Tuesday

by: JandS

Mood: very very sad

Sadly Jamie needs to have an operation.


He was diagnosed with a Herniated Disk to the spine on Tuesday.

The op isn’t a major deal, but needs to be done within the next 2 weeks.

We tried to persuade the insurance to pay for the operation here, at Bangkok International Hospital, apparently one of the best in the world.

But no, the insurance will fly us back to the UK on Tuesday and will leave us in the kind hands on the NHS, somewhere in Somerset-, probably on a 6 months waiting list.


Hopefully we will get to see you all tho!







Mar 14, 2006 at 11:30 o\clock

Some numbers

by: JandS

1 - The number of poodles spotted making sweet love to a surprisingly delighted women's leg.
3 - The number of howling Dutch skinheads ruining our 1 night at the 'Relax Resort'.
5 - The number of different meanings the Thai word 'mai' can have.
6 - The minimum number of times a day the kittens fight each other.
20 - The number of Thai Baht needed to buy a kilo of fresh green-lipped mussels.
46 - The number of degrees celcius the temperatures have hit in Khao Lak.
60 - The number of cm in length of a metal pole used in a fight on the boat from Ko Phi Phi to Krabi.
73 - The number of 1cm diameter spiders that hatched all over our kitchen wall.

Mar 7, 2006 at 06:31 o\clock

Some pictures

by: JandS

Our home



Feb 19, 2006 at 09:19 o\clock

Let's have a look around then

by: JandS

Mood: Absent minded
Listening to: Excited divers returning from a trip

Having spent the last 4 months in a few square kilometres, it has been decided that a small exploration trip is in order. Plus there's a really hard-looking black and yellow spider that's set up web on the rear porch who really needs his own space right now.
So, the plan is: Phuket (town and beaches), Kho Phi Phi (where they filmed the movie The Beach) and then Krabi (limestone cliffs and that island that James Bond visited whilst tracking down the man with the golden gun, probably).
Briefly left behind will be two new arrivals - the kittens that Sabs was odds-on favourite to bring home. Unfortunately this computer currently being used is pretty archaic and won't allow picture transfers so pics will have to wait for now. The spider pics will of course be more interesting though.
In other news:
Birthdays. Jamie turned 33, and would like to thank everyone for the phone calls and messages they sent. Good to hear from you all.
More football. Played in a stunning setting in Pang Nga stadium surrounded by limestone cliffs and dramatic skies. The hapless westerners were spanked 4-2 by a pretty slick Thai team.
Cheese. After 4 months without any, Sabrina was delerious at the site of a slab of pretty average Cheddar and is still wearing a nicely satisfied grin hours after finishing it.



Feb 3, 2006 at 12:39 o\clock


by: JandS

Sabrina recently displayed a staggering level of Thai culture intuition when, meeting a male masseusse with a recently shaved head, she makes a buzzing noise and mimics sliding a shaver over her head. "Getting hot now huh?", she adds enthusiastically. "Buddha", was the stony-faced response. (Novice monks are required to shave their heads).
In other news, a Sports Day on the beach was held in which many nations got to sample the various activities English school children get to face once a year. After much cheating, grappling, failed wheelbarrow race combos and some rope burns from a tug-of-war, a quick cup presentation was held and much drinking commenced. Still, having a glistening ocean to run into when the sun got a bit much compensated nicely for the unneccessary energy expenditure.
Jamie has been moved up to 'No.2' on site, meaning he now has the option to join in the real work or fake an errand and seak refuge in an air-conditioned truck. As it happens, right now the project manager is off diving and Jamie is temporarily in charge. This is probably not a good idea considering the vacuum that resides between his ears. Time will tell.
Sabrina got to meet a manic Thai gran whilst on a beach clean up who was able to lift 30 kilo sacks of rubble and transport them on her back. The offer of some Thai whiskey from her may be a clue to the extraordinay strength on offer. Sabrina insists she turned it down.

Feb 2, 2006 at 12:39 o\clock

The Mac saga

by: JandS

Are you sitting comfortably? OK...
Back in December, a poorly Mac laptop was delivered to an Apple store in Phuket. The owner (Jamie) took it there under the premise that the store's engineers could fix it. After explaining that the screen doesn't work the shop says they would need to 'look at it first' and Jamie was to recieve a phone call in the next couple of days. OK. A week later, Jamie calls the shop. Apparrently they can fix it. Happy days he thinks, and all for around 70 quid. Should be back in his hands in a week...

...3 weeks and many calls later, it transpires that the part ordered from Singapore has not yet arrived...

...another week: ah, it's in now...

...another week: part doesn't work - it's going back to Singapore...

...two weeks later: got another one

...another week: ah, doesn't have seem to have fixed anything. Jamie is helpfully told that the screen doesn't work.

Jan 19, 2006 at 06:30 o\clock

Tap Tawaan Party

by: JandS

Mood: Drunk
Listening to: Thai KareoKe

Jamie, Helen, James, and the man who got punched up by his wife for talking to a farang girl.

Jamie's new best mate.


Jan 19, 2006 at 06:18 o\clock


by: JandS



New Year Bhuddist Blessing

Jan 19, 2006 at 06:04 o\clock

Man City 3 (or 4?)

by: JandS

Mood: Embarassed
Listening to: Jamie whipping

Jamie is action (back with red t-shirt)

Sadly he never scored.

Forangs 4   Tap Tawaan 2


Jan 19, 2006 at 05:40 o\clock

A normal sunday morning

by: JandS

Mood: slighly concerned

Found on our doorstep.

Snake soup for dinner.

Jan 12, 2006 at 07:33 o\clock


by: JandS

Sabrina wants some, Jamie is not so sure. Sabrina is odds-on favourite to win. Watch this space for furry photographs sure to be appearing soon. Meanwhile, following some laughably desperate empire-building at the volunteer centre, Sabrina has decided to join the field workers and start work at the boatyard project: http://www.tsunamiboatproject.com/ 
Jamie has done a remarkably good job at not hurting himself, managing a full three days in a row before slicing his leg on some metal strips. Photos not necessary.

In other news:
Jamie played in a football match where the 'farang' (foreigners) beat the villager of Tap tawaan 4-2, despite playing for 35 mins against the wrong opposition and getting very tired. A party followed in which the wives of some elder village women got jealous of husbands dancing with volunteer girls resulting in public fisticuffs. Amusing, but ultimately put an end to the party.

Jan 2, 2006 at 05:45 o\clock

Nearly missed it

by: JandS

A series of tough days sunbathing and swimming meant that when the 31st came round, it was all a bit of a shock. Dates had become irrellevant and - convinced that it was the 30th - a night with a masaman curry and King Kong was planned. Imagine the surprise when the party invites came in. Still, a shower, some make up (on Sabrina you understand) and a cheeky vodka kick-started the eve.
Since arriving in Khao Lak, one eatery has been frequented regularly - Weerapat's Kitchen. It's the cheapest, freshest, friendliest joint in town and was naturally the choice destination for N.Y.E. And yet still they out-did-themselves by rustling up a huge tasty Thai spread, handing out the beers and declaring it all to be free! Much vodka, fireworks and lantern-lighting saw out the night.

Oh, and another thing:
HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone!

Dec 26, 2005 at 10:29 o\clock

One year on...

by: JandS

The stranded police boat featured in the October 10 entry has become a symbol of the tsunami, and today it was the focus of the local memorial. On arrival, flowers were handed out to be placed on a large centerpiece by the boat itself. Later, following a one minute silence to remember those that were lost, a public address drew attention to the remarkable strength of the community and the huge efforts towards recovery that has gathered people from all over the world.

Despite all this taking place under a brutal sun, within 2 hrs we have been treated to yet another tropical downpour…

Dec 25, 2005 at 10:24 o\clock

Happy Christmas

by: JandS

Seeing as they have no real interest in Christmas, the group of Burmese settlers that live nearby thought that today would be the perfect day to begin a small construction project from around 7 a.m. It was soon clear that hiding heads under pillows was ineffective against shouting, hammering and sawing. Despite this abrupt start to the day, much fun was had opening presents, fetching coffee and banana bread from Ms Coffea (the local fresh coffee lady) and marvelling at the yellow circular thing in the sky, which apparently is know as 'the sun'.

Later, an enormous and very tasty breakfast was cooked by Sabrina and Wendy for around 9 people, which was a considerable achievement on just one burner and a hotplate. Jamie pitched in by getting in the way a bit and fetching juice.

Even later, almost the entire volunteer community were joined in getting drunk at an open-air party.

Dec 14, 2005 at 07:18 o\clock

A bunch of stuff wot happened...

by: JandS

Due to a number of factors (Jamie's Apple Mac breaking down being a major one) you may have noticed a bit of a yawning gap in the entries. The Mac is not yet fixed but efforts will be made to keep on track. Unfortunately images will not be returning as they are trapped for the moment on the camera.

Being concious of the fact that it's unlikely anyone (quite rightly) will trawl backwards, there will now follow a rough guide to the last fortnight-or-so...

 ... sabrina has been instrumental in setting up a emotional support service for volunteers ... it's rained way more than it's been sunny ... at 5.30 every evening there is a deafening screeching from some unecessarily large crickets in the jungle ... one 'visa run' has been endured that included a 6 hr bus ride, a soggy croissant, a soggier boat ride, a fine for running over our alloted time, a man chewing cocoa leaves with bleeding gums offering viagra and a cheese sandwich in Burma that turned out to be ham ... many large dumb flying have headbutted the new bungalow ... a trip to Phuket (pronounce it how you like) occurred that was pretty depressing and featured a 75p 3.5 hr bus ride home accompanied by a truly hideous video of a live thai band played at a volume that could be heard for a 300m radius ... someone in bangkok 'pressed the wrong button' and unwittingly triggered a tsunami evacuation ... tans have faded alarmingly ...