Thursday, February 11, 2010

Just a little more...

I forgot to mention a few things from earlier, I went to a Thai shooting range with my new friends and we shot all sorts of pistols and rifles for about 30 to 40 USD ( every time I say USD I mean US Dollar by the way) it was great fun! The core "Wolf Pack" a la "The hangover movie" is Kevin,Myself,Tony,Ashley and Scott. All of them being from England except me of course. So naturally I have shot a gun a lot more times than they have. But, for being Brits they didn't do too badly. It is amazing what you can do here in Thailand if you have the cash. All we did was shoot at targets but I got to shoot a rifle, a .380 and a .45. It was fun!
I also met a guy random from Plano Texas which isn't far from me at all back home so it was neat to meet him here all the way in Thailand. Its amazing who you run into here and it really is a small world for sure. He seemed like a cool guy to me. I guess I should take some time to explain this "Wolf Pack". We recently re-watched the movie "The Hangover" together and each of us is a character from that movie. "us" being Ashley,Kevin,myself,Tony and Scott. the 5 of us core group is the core group and we have really bonded and done alot together so its great! Right now we are here on Phi Phi island close to the "James Bond Island" from the movie. Yall know the one from the pictures.... Just paradise here....

Next I want to talk about Thai building codes/standards. I really dont think there is any. Before yall start to worry about me, I haven't felt totally unsafe in any building so dont worry but, I see buildings going up everywhere all over the place made from every kind of material and I seriously doubt here in Thailand there is any definite standard or health and safety. I saw a guy get up on a bamboo ladder and climb INTO live power lines with no protection at all! it was madness! You should see their power lines here, there is about 5000 lines strung all at once it is crazy! I will snap some pictures of it. Tuk Tuk's (Thai Taxis) are the best way to get around here in Thailand. I haven't been in a single "metered" taxi since I have been in Asia but basically you go up to a driver and tell him where you want to go and he quotes you a price which you then haggle on (usually half of his first price) then you pay cash and your on your way. Sometimes their will be "stops" where you are forced to get out and look in shops where the tuk tuk drivers get commission if you buy sometime. It is cheaper if you go that way, if you want "no stops" it cost more but, you arent required to buy anything in the shops so if I have the time I do it that way. These tuk tuks are open air trucks or motorcycles that can fit 1-6 people if you really squeeze and they drive like madmen but, I have always got where I wanted to go in 1 piece. It is an interesting experience for sure....

That is all for now. Yall take care,Ty

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