Ok, so we come to the ferry trip across from Koh Samui to Koh Phangnan, lovely and smooth, 1 hour, quite enjoyed it as I stayed inside and played Angry Birds to take my mind off the sea! Then the trip took a turn for the worse as we left Phangan to reach our final destination: Koh Tao. The next 1.5 hours was pure hell of being tossed to and fro, diving in and out of the waves and smashing into them. Jimbo was on the top deck and I wondered why he didn't come down to be with me on the less swaying level - I later found out that it was because he couldn't stand up as the boat was swaying so violently. There were people being sick and over time I got quite upset as I couldn't see Koh Tao appearing in the distance and wondered if we were going to make it. Thankfully I managed to keep my lunch down but only just! When I finally met back up with Jimbo after the boat docked, he looked green and this is the man that'd laughed at the force 10 gale we'd sailed in on our trip to St. Malo years ago!
Our lovely hosts who owned the 2 villas we'd be staying in were at the port to meet us and told us that the waves were higher than the previous week when the ferry had sailed in 3 metre high waves and they'd been on it and they'd felt really ill. THey chucked my enormously heavy, big and pink suitcase in the back of the taxi driver 'Mr Bear' pick up truck and Jim got in the back with some other guests while I got inside the cab with Mr. Bear. I didn't want any more fun that day thank you very much. The roads are very rugged on Koh Tao with only the main road which runs North/South being made of cement so Jimbo and the others had to hang on for dear life, especially when we went up what will be from henceforth known as 'THE HILL OF MENTAL STRENGTH'. Now I have measured this hill with my iphone spirit level and it's 45degrees steep, for 80metres! Now they do have a moped that you can use to get up and down and into Sairee town, but bearing in mind at the bottom is a rugged track and no street lights and then when in town, no road rules, Westerners bombing around and Thais mopedding slowly it's a recipe for disaster! So we've walked up and down this hill twice a day now and will have done for 21 days by the time we leave and boy am I fit. We take our torches out at night and the Thais we pass on the way who walk too (who think we're mad as we're the only Western people who walk) say hello. We get to see the water buffalo and laugh as they wander across the road on a rope and it pulls tight and it becomes a trip wire for mopeds and trail bikes and we also get to hear the frog chorus in the swampy bit at the bottom of the hill. This hill should actually replace the hill in the film 'The Hill' which is a mere mole hill! I think this hill could break a Paratrooper after just 2 days!
Anyway, onto our villa. Amazing doesn't do it justice and we've been lucky as we've got to stay in both villa 1 and 2 as I asked to move so i'm more secluded and can walk around 'as nature intended'. We have a balcony which overlooks Sairee and an infinity pool. A media centre with over 1500 movies on it, wifi and more than anything, peace. Absolute peace and quiet, bar my singing. As the villa backs onto the jungle we have a lots of visitors in our villa: geeks (plus huge mama & papa geeks that made me jump), a snake in the bathroom, huge spiders, moths, squirrels, frogs and bats. So if you don't like wildlife, forget it. The only animal I don't like is the bastard Mosquito. For some reason they love me, but that love is not reciprocated, so at night instead of smelling of my Penhaligons Lily & Spice, I smell of Deet. I think Jimbos getting used to his eyes watering whenever I come near as the lemon smell wafting off me gets into his eyes, lol.
Anyway, our days consist of getting up late, opening the curtains on an amazing view. Jimbo cleaning the pool (why do all men want to do this job, yet you can never get them to pick up a hoover), meandering (down the hill) into Sairee town for a thai soup, lazing in a beach bar, having a swim in the sea and then grabbing some late lunch. This lunch then fuels us to get back up 'the hill' and into our pool to cool off. We then watch a movie catch up with our frailly via Skype and head back down into Sairee for dinner. Their is an abundance of great, cheap food here from fresh fish and obviously Thai food to pizzas and burgers for those who want some crap to eat. There's street food stalls which do lovely skewers and we nearly always end an evening by visiting the 'pancake man' who makes them with such frivolity that people just watch him work and cheer when he lobs his banana skins over his stall and into the bucket on the other side - he never misses! All the beach bars have fire dancers and people let off chinese lanterns, some crash and burn, some sail off into the distance but it seems that whatever you're enjoying doing, someone else is watching and joins in too, which I love. The sense of community here is fantastic. It's a divers heaven and although i'm not diving as visibility is low at this time of year, the area is supposed to be the best for diving in Thailand. We haven't really explored but we're going to get a water taxi boat to another bay on the island tomorrow and i'm sure we'll end up enjoying fresh coconut juice straight from the coconut with the top cut off and lovely food wherever we go.
Christmas Day was weird, enjoying it in the sun. Jimbo and I had put a limit on a £10 spend on each other and we didn't come close to spending that on each other as everything is so cheap here. We opened our presents and went down for lunch at a restaurant that was doing a buffet. We had turkey and all the trimmings, seafood including salmon, giant mussels and prawns and amazing cheesecake and chocolate cake for pudding. The lights went out as usual in this restaurant and everyone cheered and Ed the owner took a bow and said he'd made it happen specifically. It was a fantastic lunch and we were stuffed, as is obligatory on Christmas Day. We passed the lady boys who advertise their club by standing at a cross roads on a walk way that everyone passes trhough at some point during their night. They were all dressed up in santa outfits and trying to sing Jingle Bells, which wan't exactly the best way to advertise their cabaret events, but they were even more jolly than normal and having their photos taken with everyone which they love - such show offs.
During our time here we have been working on a small project with the general worker for the villas we're staying in. His name is Yu. He is 35, Burmese and earns just £7 a day. That is more than the average worker gets on Koh Tao and much more than he could possibly hope to get in Burma. He sends most of the money home to his family who still live in Burma who have no light in their home. By home, do not take this to mean bricks and mortar like the houses that you and I live in, I mean corrugated iron shacks. However, he is very proud of his family and speaks often of them with love. Now Yu wants and is capable of lighting his house and also that of his small village but does not have the money to buy the things he needs. He wants to do this by solar/wind power so he is self sustainable. Now Jimbo has been researching how to do this (he has the knowledge) and is buying him books on how to do this and I am working on getting him the things he needs to be able to have light and power. If you, or someone you know has any of the following (second hand things are not a problem), can donate or provide at an extremely low cost, then you will be doing an incredible thing. If you couldn't turn on the light when it got dark at night, what would you do? What would you do if you couldn't charge your computer or phone up to read this blog? All Yu wants is 1 light bulb and 1 electrical socket in his house which will in turn show others in his village that his idea can be achieved. Surely WE can help him to achieve this!
List of things needed:
Solar panel or solar cells so he can build his own panel
Hand tools (no electricity to charge electrical ones up)
Light bulb sockets
Anything that is small and easily postable to Thailand and then cartable to Burma.
I haven't put a list of all the things we need as car batteries are obviously gonna cost a fortune to ship. If you can supply anything than please email me here so we can take it further: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively you can catch up with my latest shenanigans on my website: laralatex.com Over the Christmas period I am having huge fun with Anna Joy and Kai Taylor in one of my most enjoyable scenes to date. I get to lick pussy and get fucked by Kais huge cock, fantastic!
Happy New Year x