Just a quick update, decided to leave Koh Lanta and book and early flight back to Bangkok.. I am in Bangkok now until 24th June when I return to Bali, I must confess the last few days and nights here have been bizarre in terms of experience emotion for me. Bangkok is an extremely culturally diverse and hosts an highly concentrated mix of colours, flavours, sights, sounds, and vibrations, It has been very enriching yet also very challenging to my existing thought patterns. I am realising how different my processes, prejudices and general ideas I have been pre programmed in me from a life in the UK are from the traditions, methods, attitudes and actions from the people dwelling in Asia.
I am presently sat in an internet cafe on Koh San Road waiting for two good friends of mine from who arrived in Bangok last night on a journey starting in Bristol. Their names are Tim and Dan and we all share a long history of a love for skateboarding. Ill keep this short until I get some time to upload some good hopefully interesting content from my travels so far.
Bangkok Honesty / Karma note
Yesterday I went to purchase a new macbook magsafe laptop charger to replace the one that blew up in Koh Lanta.. Bottom line is I went to use my laptop this morning and I could not find it anywhere. After feeling my heart palpitate as it skipped a whole bunch of beats I remembered that I had left it under the pillow in the hotel that I checked out of the day before. Basically 36 hours had passed since I had checked out in the search of cheaper accommodation. My main reasoning for this was my previous room was 650baht aday 53baht to a GB pound, I managed to find a room for 280 baht in the same road and I thought this now financially allowed me (within the financial part of my conscience) a 2hr oil massage each day as a reward for the saving I had made. Very obviously there is something intrinsically very nurturing and healing when a beautiful Thai woman rubs her hands all over your body for two hours working out all the knots in your muscles from 6 months of constant surfing and paddling.. (I actually want to expand on this) however not all massage and health spas operate under the same principles and I thought maybe a trade off for a “happy ending” (to be explained) was losing my laptop in the universal Karma stakes.. I guess not so happy endings all round!
I seriously cannot begin to explain articulately the emotions relating to this. On par with finishing with a girlfriend! Damn electrical devices are becoming so valuable in my world, not due to their purchase price but the data and content that they store.. I literally leapt up and ran to the previous hotel, there was an unfamiliar face at the desk and basically between heartbeats I explained I had left my laptop in my room, she said nothing stood up and walked away. In was just think Oh fuck! I havent backed up any photos for a month and still need to sort out some VAT and Income Tax stuff and all the info was on my laptop, not to mention to replace it is about a grand (2-3 months living and surfing budget in Bali)
However to my delight upon her return she had my laptop in her hand,.. relief beyond belief, now I really have had to address my short term memory loss issues as a result of all the repeated head injuries over the years and from smoking too much weed as a young man. ( Evidence for case weed affects memory)
Technical Note 1.
I have been having techincal problems with my blog and server hosting recently and I have not been able to upload any photographs for quite some while now, so when this issue is repaired I have a whole bunch to go up which should give those of you who have not visited Indonesia or Bangkok a general insight into the culture and scenery here….I will be inserting all content into previous posts where appropriate as I want this blog to be as comprehensive and accurate as I am able under the circumstances I am preesented with whilst travelling.