Rainy Season

Few days ago it rained very hard in Bangkok. When it rains here, the traffic gets even worse than it usualy have. It took me 45 minutes to get to work that day, which was crazy considering the fact that my house is on the same street as my office.

Along the street of Silom, I looked through the car’s window and thought that the pavements look much better and neater when it rains, the street stalls suddenly lined up under the shelter and it left more rooms for people to walk (not that many people willing to walk through the heavy rain though)

Somehow heavy rain reminded me when there was a big flood in Bangkok when I was really young. I only remember that the water was as high as my knees and I had to walk a long way to get to the car (or the boat?) to get me to school. It was fun then, but when I come to think of it now if it ever happens again, I would be petrified with the germs that come with the water.

Heading to Phi Phi

Next week on Tuesday I’m heading off to Phi Phi with my crew, a reporter and a cameraman for three days. We are going to do a story on Post-Tsunami’s Phi Phi. I’m so looking forward to it as I had been talking to some interesting people who stay and do the volunteer work there. Can’t wait to see for myself.

It’s been more than four months since 26th December last year, but the process of cleaning up still carries on, I really admire the effort and the courage of those volunteers on Phi Phi island, (they are not even Thai by the way) who try to help and make Phi Phi as beautiful as it was before Tsunami has struck. On the otherhand, Thai government seems to be doing nothing much about it anymore, I talked to some officers yesterday and couldn’t get the right answer from them.

What I did all week after talking to Andrew Hewitt, head of the Tsunami Dive Project was calling up my friends both divers and non divers and encourage them to go to Phi Phi. This is one thing people can help, just to be there. So far few friends of mine will be going and they’ll try to ask around for some work, it’s a good way to spend their long weekend, Don’t you think?

Happy Labour Day Weekend Everyone

8 Comments so far

  1. Bonifide (unregistered) on April 29th, 2005 @ 4:35 pm

    I’ll be snooping around Phi Phi next week too. It’ll be interesting to see how far its been developed since my last visit.

  2. him (unregistered) on April 29th, 2005 @ 4:38 pm


    does that mean that monday is a holiday?

    god i hate being a freelancer sometimes. sigh.

  3. Ben Harris (unregistered) on April 29th, 2005 @ 5:41 pm

    Oh yeah baby! This is the BEST time of year in Thailand – lots of public holidays! Lucky for me someone told me before Monday rolled around.

    Anyway, welcome to the Bangkok Metroblog!

  4. Pailin (unregistered) on April 29th, 2005 @ 6:17 pm

    Yes Monday is a Holiday Him… :)

    what kind of freelancer do you do?

    Bonifide => Maybe we’ll meet in Phi Phi… :) we’ll be there hopfully, from tuesday to friday
    and will be staying around Ton Sai Bay area (on purpose of course!)

  5. teaz0r (unregistered) on April 29th, 2005 @ 7:38 pm

    oh man. that rainy day was so good. i stayed in bed till about 10am. and got to work at 10.45.
    oh rainy days are good.

  6. him (unregistered) on April 29th, 2005 @ 10:40 pm

    Print / web design & programming, photography, that kind of stuff.

  7. Alana (unregistered) on May 11th, 2005 @ 11:21 am

    Sawadee Kah!

    I’m one of the Chicago Metbloggers and spent some time working with the Phi Phi children recently in Krabi. Thought you may be interested in reading about some of the things I experienced with them and about the situation on Phi Phi.


  8. gloria (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2005 @ 6:46 pm

    When will the programme on Phi Phi be screened – Andrew Hewitt is a good friend so would be interested

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