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Peter`s ramblings on facebook in the last few days...
From Peter in Thailand. Thursday 2 July. Local Time: 11.55am... Good Morning... Sawadee Ka (or Sawadee Krab if you`re a man)... I don`t know whether it makes their day as much as it makes mine but every time I walk past the firm of accountants next door to the English Club here in Trat with its huge glass window behind which are a dozen or so computer desks with young Thai ladies sitting working at them we always have a wave and a smile smile emoticon I`m uploading my latest video as I write this... A stroll through Trat Town Centre and Market. Packed with interesting stuff about the town and curious goodies on the market stalls. It`ll be available to view soon. Then I`ll set to work editing the film about the young men here who took their place as Buddhist Monks in the fabulous Temple ceremony I was invited to yesterday. By the way, the week after next when I return to Bangkok, depending on how well my leg is recovering (Seems ok so far), I`ll decide on whether to risk moving onto Malaysia followed by my 3 month filming tour as originally planned, or whether to head back to the UK for a while. Tough decision. My extended Thai visa runs out on the 15th anyway but I could always do a visa border run (over the border into Cambodia for a few hours and then back into Thailand) for a little longer. ..Hmmm...Decisions ...Decisions.
This afternoon I took the opportunity to talk about a few of the issues effecting the planet with one of the older Thai teenagers who comes here to the English Club for lessons. Good to find that for such a young man, environmental issues were one of his concerns.
Peter`s update from Thailand. Tues 30 June. Local Time: 10pm.
Well, it`s been another hot, humid and sunny day here today so I took myself off with the camcorder down the road a little way and into Trat town centre. There is a huge and busy market with lots of interesting local foods and other curiosities that I wanted to film. Naturally, with it being so hot I had to call into one of the local hostel bars (lol) which is where I met and got chatting to Mark, 50 something, who`s been traveling over here for the last two years. An interesting chat with another like minded adventurer. He`s a software developer and works online and so can work from anywhere in the world as long as there`s an internet connection. He drives a car which has tinted windows, like 99% of the cars over here, and was telling me that when he drove over the border into Cambodia recently, he was pulled over by the police. Apparently tinted windows are illegal in Cambodia. When it came to pay the roadside 'fine' the police captain asked him, "How much have you got?". This, unfortunately, is often how it is over here, particularly in nearby Cambodia. Beer money for the 'mafia police'. He offered then the equivalent of a fiver but was told it wasn't enough. They eventually settled on £10.
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