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Singing the song "Whoah, we're going to Ibiza"...

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... and changing it to ""Whoah, we're going to Krabi". Hmmm, should really be "kraaahhhhaabbii" to ryhme or beat, shouldn't it?

Anywho, our adventure is getting close to those jaggy rocks for climbing and I'm going to positively inspire Keith to do his climbing Tom Cruise, MI 2 style - you know, at the start of the movie when he's rock climbing with no shirt on. Whey hey! :)

Enough babble on that fine thought.

We've been out and about and topping up tans for the last week. I've read another 2 books and just been to buy another one today. See, when one's brain is not active in accountancy, one's brain turns to mush. Lets hope my Barbara Taylor Bradford novels keep the logic cells working.

Now, c'mon, you must have thought "WHAT" at my choice of author. Well, I hope you did anyway. Stranger things have happended!

Going to walk down to the pier in Rawai now to watch Keith do some fly fishing.

Reminded that as I type this, it is fast approaching Friday afternoon in the office and those ice cold beers will be a shouting at you. Enjoy and have one for me too!! If you are not in the office, enjoy a beer anyway, it's not like you need an excuse :)

La Di Sawat

Pamela x

Posted by PJB 04:01 Archived in Thailand Tagged backpacking Comments (0)

Where are we???

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Sorry for the late update guys, we've been moving about and I've been rather sad...

We left Preychrouk on 22 March and then left Cambodia on 23 March. To say that I shed a few tears is an understatement!!

When you have the opportunity to share in such a wonderful experience, it is tough to say 'see you later' - as you know, I don't believe in goodbyes - people cross your path for a reason and the reason and people should always be appreciated. Anyway, enough psycho-babble from me :)

Our students finished up at school for Khmer New Year so we thought it was best to head off then. If we hadn't, I think I would have been asking Pip for her job as volunteer co-ordinator!!

As for now, we've just spent a real chill out week in Koh Chang (Elephant Island, although we never actually seen any efalumps!) and I've got sun back on my shoulders. Don't know if I said... it is quite offensive for women to show their shoulders in Cambodia so I was well and truly covered up for the 6 weeks we were there. Bizarre as it may seem, I actually felt quite physically cold when I put my wee strappy tops on again in Thailand.

We were supposed to catch our flight back to the UK on 3 April and, after much, much, much deliberation (not!!) we have decided to extend our stay by another 6 weeks. So much to see and do.

We headed from Koh Chang to Bangkok and it was amazing to see the difference in ourselves from when we first arrived. No longer rabbits in headlights, hee, hee. We even got to converse quite well with the local katoeys - great fun!

After heading back to the Isle of Man, David (Keith's younger brother) flew back out to see his beloved Nok after only 5 weeks. The love bug, eh! A week later, John (Keith's older brother) decided to jump on a flight and come out too. Fab :)

So, I'm surrounded by 3 fantastic Irishmen and I'm loving every minute. They are fiercely protective so no late night ping pong shows for me, ha, ha, ha.

We came back down to Rawai a few days ago and have spent our time catching up with all the friends we made last time around. Even the folks at 'Yer Woman's Place' recognised us!!

We're going to be heading off to Koh Phi Phi (where "The Beach" was filmed) in the next few days, then to Krabi for some climbing - yippee, then...hmmm...who knows where.

Now, I'm giving you guys the low down, where are your updates for us?!

La de sawat, Ley high, Adios, Au reviour, Goodbye and Cheerio.

Pamela x

Posted by PJB 00:56 Archived in Thailand Tagged backpacking Comments (1)

Some more photos for you - and videos!!

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Hope you enjoy :)

We've reached our monthly photograph upload limit so the next instalment of Preychrouk will continue soon.

Pamela x

P.S. The temperature really was 40 on 22/03/07!

Posted by PJB 06:08 Archived in Cambodia Tagged volunteer Comments (0)

Congratulations to all the kids born in the...

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...1940's, 50's, 60's and 70's !!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a tin, and didn't get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, our baby cots were covered with bright coloured lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

Riding in the back of a van - loose - was always great fun.

We drank water from the garden hosepipe and NOT from a bottle.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.

We ate cakes, white bread and real butter and drank pop with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because......

WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.

No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem .

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no cell phones, no text messaging, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms..........WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents .

We played with worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

Made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although we were told it would happen, we did not poke out any eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!

Local teams had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned
HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!

If YOU are one of them... CONGRATULATIONS!

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?! :)

Posted by PJB 04:27 Archived in Cambodia Tagged volunteer Comments (1)

Cambodia photos now uploaded

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At last I hear you say!!!

This is the first instalment of Cambodia and it is our best bit = Preychrouk School.

Hope you enjoy looking at them as much as we did taking them.

Pamela x

P.S. We've reached our monthly upload limit on our website so the next photo instalment (Angkor Wat, Tomb Raider Temple, etc) will be in a few weeks time.

Posted by PJB 23:27 Archived in Cambodia Tagged volunteer Comments (0)

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