Sunday, March 11, 2012

Phuket

Shy

As of this moment I have 23 pages of written blog stories that have never been published - and i've yet to go through all my documents ;p lol lets see if i can clear the back log from 2010 in the next few weeks ;p

Here's the story of Phuket the place I didn't think I will fall in love with ;p


When I was doing my research on Phuket the main word I kept hearing was how commercialised it was. So I did have my reservations. We arrived at Phuket late at night famished and absolutely loving our hotel room which came with a kitchen patio and a wall sofa which I absolutely loved.

Once we finished taking in the room, we headed downstairs to find food. We were staying in the non entertainment district of phuket on what we later realised was one of the best beaches in Phuket. There was a family mart right next to us which is something like 7-eleven an opens 24 hours. The one Italian restaurant was already closed. That’s when we spied a restaurant with a dubious sign saying Thai food. Since we were hungry we decided to just head there and try to get some food since it was past 10pm.
We walked in to find a long haired dude and asked if the restaurant was still open.

He answered us back with a question “where are you from?” We said Malaysia and he went not India? We laughed and said no and then he told us to sit down and immediately tells us “NO FOOD” and starts laughing away. We were gobsmacked for a moment and tickled by his antics when he brought us the menu.

our awesome cook

We got him to recommend a curry as well as our favourite green curry. Yes I know who eats two curries? Two crazy gals of course ;p

He comes back a while later with two bowls of curry one reddish and another greenish. They looked yummy but looks can deceive right?

One sip of the curry and we were in heaven, that was the best curry I had ever tasted. It was just so amazing. Spoon after spoon of the delicious curry went into our systems as we oohed and aahed. We knew immediately that this was going to be our favourite restaurant in Phuket.

He came back later and entertained us with his antics and stories of being a singer and even sang a thai song for us. He turned out to be the cook who had learnt his skills from watching his mom cook!
We ended up going back there for lunch everyday ordering more green curry and tomyam which was as great. I even got him to pose for my camera though he suddenly turned shy on us.

We never got the same taste anywhere else after and I’m afraid that curry is never gonna taste the same for me again. I so want my tomyam now! ;p

Phuket was absolutely lovely, I wish we had stayed longer and not headed to Bangkok. The trip felt too short. Our part of the beach was absolutely stunning, we drove around the beaches to check out the other beaches and I can still say ours was the best. It was quiet not too crowded and the best part there was this one cove that was protected by a hill so you got shade throughout the day. The only thing was our hotel wasn’t on the beach but they were such lovely people.

gorgoues

We spent most of the time in the water either at the beach or in our lovely pool on the top floor. Loved the routine of waking up and having American breakfast with yummy bacon and runny eggs (missing them so much now) before heading to the beach and lazing in the water and swimming with the fish! Yes this was the first time I swam with fishies and they were the pretty yellow blue ones. At one point we got surrounded by 3 schools of fishes, kinda freaky though I kept imagining killer piranhas attacking me ;p hehehe

Then we’d head back, rinse of the sea water, have a yummy lunch, circle the island a bit before heading up to the pool to laze and soak around. The best part of the pool, it had shady spots so you didn’t end up getting sun burned as well as the pool bar where your drinks come straight up to the pool side. Ah life was awesome.

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We did head to patong one night to check out the night life. More on that later about the amazing band we got to hear. But patong was so different from our side. It was like two different worlds on one island.  We did take forever to get there as we followed a dubious signboard that took us through super steep hilly roads and winding towns before we finally reached Patong only to get back via a super easy, short but lonely road past the beaches.

Sigh I wish I was still in phuket swimming with the fishies and having awesome curries! ;p

ps: I loved Phuket so much I'll be heading there again this year ;p 


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Friday, March 09, 2012

Poraali

There are two things that you should never possess in life – one is wealth and the other talent. Unfortunately those are one of the two most important ingredients in life. 

These two qualities are interlinked with each other like a simbiotik relationship where both need the other to live. Wealth, yours or anothers is needed to develop your talent, similarly without talent wealth can neither be achieved or maintained.

So why shouldn’t you possess the two most important ingredients in life?

Because they are both the root of all problems. Jealousy, greed or betrayal are merely actions that arise due to wealth and talent. Without the root causes you will not be subjected to evil actions.

Funny how life works right?

I always say that life is weirder than fiction. Most of this is based on the stories I’ve lived through or seen people live. Every now and then I watch a soap drama or two not because they are entertaining simply because the things they show are much milder than everyday life. Only difference in real life, the strong do not cry that much instead they weep silently as they battle the demons flying towards them.

The world is ruled by money and the idiot who says its not important either has too much or is living a lie. Look at the saints of the 21st century who zip across continents in first class flights and live in air-condioned mansions and such. Sure some of them do some good, but didn’t they relinquish life? So what are they doing amidst luxury?

Talent is a funny quality. If you’re an average dude, no one bothers about you. Anything above average and you’ll soon be the target of jealousy for someone wants the money and fame your talent earns you.

That’s where we come to Poraali the movie directed by Samuthirakani. It simply means the man who fights to overcome hardship. Its an absolutely brilliant movie.

Watching Poraali reminded me of the disparity in life. Picking the central theme of wealth, the story takes you into the lengths the family would go to attain the wealth that was neither contested nor wanted by the hero, director Sasikumar.

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve watched the movie, I think I could pretty much quote different parts of the movie and still want to watch it again and again.That’s probably why I love the work of director Sasikumar and Samuthirakani. They bring out reality in such a simple way using average people that it seems unbelievable.

Would your own sibling or child go after your money? Trust me the world is a crazy place filled with people who would do anything for money.

For all those people who lust after anothers money or wealth be it your parents or someone else, you should be ashamed of yourself. Its one thing to be gifted something, its another to demand wealth based on your own greed. Until people realise that money needs to be earned and not pulverised from others, greed will hold the upper hand that leads to all kinds of evil.

The simple truth is, trust no one. For all older folks out there, do not leave anything for your children until your death that too make sure you put enough conditions on your will to ensure no one kills you for your wealth. Make sure you have a will and even if it’s a family business, ensure the profit of your hardwork comes to you first and not to anyone else. Do not give away your life savings to your child or change your property to their name. those homeless folks on the streets? They’re not drug addicts but most are parents who have been left to rot on the streets by their own children.

Trust no one, you are the only one who can decide the course of your life.


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