I can't recall whose turn it is to write
so I thought I'd drop you a line.
Last weekend I went to Hatyai with some
friends and had a wonderful weekend shopping. Once again my views
on the friendliness of the Thai people were reinforced. They are
very helpful compared to Malays.
I had a 2 hr ancient massage which was
quite good (a bit painful at times). You feel really good after
The food at the motel was very nice which
is rather unusual as the food in Thailand is rather ghastly at
most places. Needless to say after hearing all about my weekend
and bargains we've decided to go back up at the end of October
for a weekend, Fri, Sat Sun.
I bought Andrew a very nice leather briefcase
(genuine imitation Dunhill). They call their Gucci, Yves St Laurent
etc. genuine imitations which is rather amusing. One thing that
is genuine is the fact that it's leather. They do the lighter
tests on wallets etc.. If it doesn't melt it's leather.
We are taking the amah and Sam and Jenny
next time we go. Madglune is jumping up and down really excited
about going again.
Deepavali, (which is similar to Christian
Christmas) a hindu celebration is on 21st October and Andrew and
I have been invited to a Deepavali party along with Sam and Jenny.
They really like to invite the Aussies along to their houses.
Our amah is a Christian so she doesn't
celebrate Deepavali even though she is an Indian.
We have identity cards (ICs) up here.
All the RAAF wives have green ICs and the locals blue ICs. I found
out something interesting about the IC system the other day. Madglune
was born in Johore Baru (near the Singapore freeway!) which at
the time was under Malay rule. She used to have a red IC, which
means even though she is 3rd or 4th generation Indian, she had
to apply for a working permit in her own country (Malaysia) and
she was supposed to eventually return to India even though her
family hasn't been there for 3 or 4 generations.
People born in Penang which was under
British rule were given blue ICs, so you can see that the Malays
are more corrupt.
I had a friend of ours' (Danny Chong)
brother from Melbourne around here with his Aussie wife last week
and Ronnie was saying that he hates it here now. He hasn't seen
the place for 7 yrs and he said that the muslim women and men
hae become more extreme than they were 7 yrs ago. They wear the
full regalia up here, long sleeve shirts, long skirts, head veils.
The country is also becoming poorer rather than more self-supporting.
English has been cut out in schools so I would imagine there'll
be fewer childen going to overseas universities and very competitive
to get into uni here.
Jenny and Sam are looking forward to
going back to clean Aust. No open monsoon (more likely rubbish)
drains and people not spitting everywhere.
I took a photo of a monnie monster (tramp)
yesterday. I hope it works out. They have long, dirty, curly fingernails
and toenails, matted long hair and baggy shorts with most of their
glory hanging out.
In Thailand I was amazed at the amount
of kids (early teens) with their legs amputated and an arm amputated
on some, out begging. I imagine they have been amputated on purpose
so the children can beg for sympathy and money.
A lot of women sell their children to
rogues, pimps etc. and prostitution is rife in Thailand at as
young an age as 10.
I must go now as Andrew will soon be home
By the way have you read 'The Australians'
series by Vivian Stuart? There are 7 possibly 8 volumes. I have
7 here belonging to a friend which I must read before I go. I'm
up to volume 4 so I see no hardship in finishing it. I intend
to buy the full series for myself when I get back to Aust.
Keep well and good.