Tuesday, September 30, 2008
* "the Divinity in me recognizes the Divinity in you," or
* "the Love in me recognizes the Love in you," or
* "the Oneness in me recognizes the Oneness in you."
...you get the idea.
when you greet someone with "Namaste," you are usually facing them. you bow slightly, in his/her direction, with your hands in the "prayer position."
in thailand, there's a whole lot of bowing going on.
nothing, however, could ever prepare you for this:
what do you think that ronald mcdonald is saying?
* the saturated fat in me recognizes the saturated fat in you?
* the wardrobe-challenged me recognizes the wardrobe challenged you?
* the processed me recognizes the processed you?
* the u.s. in me recognizes the u.s. in you?
* the bad-hair day me recognizes the bad-hair day you?
...and on, and on, and on...
if you jump into the water with a "bread ball," you can also attract a school of fish.
Monday, September 29, 2008
* thumb jam (9-28), koh nangyuan, attempting to kill a spider in the bungalow (failed).
* small cut on right ring finger (9-28), koh nangyuan, during a cave dive.
okay...that's a lie.
last night i broke down and got a beach-side thai oil-massage. i've been reading a GREAT book called "the handbook to higher consciousness" by ken keys.
...life is soooooooooooooooooo difficult, at times.
4 nights, 8 dives
* 6 boat dives (3 cave dives), 2 shore dives
-hu wong pinnacle
-chum porn pinnacle
-gray reef sharks
-fusilier (the ones that spell words on "finding nemo")
-blue lined grouper
-clownfish (nemo), sea anenome (sp?)
-andaman butterfly fish
-blue ringed angelfish
-rounded porcupine fish
-gold saddle rabbitfish
-two colour parrotfish
-scaly giant clam
...and on, and on, and on.
if it was my last dive,
if it was my last day,
i'd make the most of everything and blend into the Play
* today is my last day on koh nangyuan.
* the goal is to savor every breath, every sound, every taste, and every feeling.
as you explore, you'll often find yourself walking on boardwalks that are pretty-much held together by sticks.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
...the term "shark!" is universal.
if you choose not to speak at all, the proverbial "hand on the head, fingers up" (you know, jimmy buffett "fins' style") is a good way to say "shark!" in sign language.
willy, you would have loved this trip. there were anywhere from 2-6 divers per trip, and we had the boat totally to ourselves.
form: a little relative, another way of seeing
formlessness: the State that waits for every human, Being
* we can experience Formlessness, in form, by eliminating in-form-ation.
* these states occur during times of non-thought, as in meditation, massage, scuba, etc.
-inpired by "a new earth" by ekhart tolle
the first one was just lying there, in my path. i wanted to pick the first one up, but thought twice...
...but i couldn't resist, and touched it's tail and it went slithering away.
the second one was a small one, and crawling on my porch. when i went to take its picture (left), it crawled onto the window, down the edge of the bungalow, onto a tree.
i've since learned that these are "green tree snakes." they are green and black, and are not poisonous.
the deal is... a bungalow for $13 and change -- if you pay for two dives per day. since i hadn't been diving in years, it took a little thought (about two seconds) to make the decision to stay for 4 days, here.
the bungalows are up in the woods, on the side of the mini-mountain.
this is the view from the porch bungalow.
fly through crystal, colored water,
breathe and "let it be"
you're at Home, but not AllOne, at
now that i've seen the "wrong side of the road" driving for a couple of weeks, it isn't as scary.
i mean, it looks scary, but i haven't seen an accident and there are virtually no dents on cars in samui.
when you live your life out of a backpack, everything has its place.
you also learn to pack everything that you need for the short trips, when you leave the backpack in the room.
lesson learned: you can survive with less than you think!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
mohit, please e-mail me a couple of pictures to upload to the sangrock blog-post.
this excursion was to angthong national park, which is famous for its numerous, uninhabited islands that seem to explode out of the powder-blue water.
first stop: snorkeling (although the visibility wasn't great, the coral was awesome).
second stop: sea kayaking (below is the launch area)
third stop: lunch in the park (monkees, food, beach, etc.)
forth stop: hiking up to the caves
this was a trip. if this hike were in the u.s.a., there would be lawyers waiting at the end to cash-in.
no waivers, no "signing your life away," just climb and pray!
as you can see (from the sweat), it was a workout!
fifth stop: the green lagoon
as you can see, the lagoon is green. it's a salt lake.
we threw bread to the fish, and watched barracuda eat those bread-fed fish. the woman in the picture is judie, from france. she and i were paired-up as sea-kayak partners.
sixth stop: lookout point
just a glimpse of the view, but pictures could never do it justice.
tomorrow, the trip will take a decidedly "dive-oriented turn." i've decided (yes, willy) to spend a few days at koh nang yuan, to dive by day, and catch up on some reading by night.
once there, i might not have access to the internet for several days, but i'll do my best to keep y'all up-to-date.
if you aren't doing anything, zip on over to koh nang yuan (see the blog entitled "koh nang yuan"). you can catch a fast-ferry from koh samui for less than $5.00! the accomodations are covered in my dive package. as they say in australia, "no worries." :)
it was a feast of food, laughs and bridging the language barrier.
pictured from left (front to back); right (back to front): gran, ta, alex, len, meow, bee, koy, add and piek
to the staff at coconuts:
thank you for a fantastic stay.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
is it possible that (mother) earth is a "body," and that we (humans) are a virus?
when you travel, you notice that human beings tend to leave a mess, wherever we go. the amount of litter on beaches, streets and parks (whether it's thailand, brazil, korea, cancun, cozumel, jamaica, haiti, rhode island, etc.) is startling.
current events show that we're also trashing ourselves (economically speaking).
what are we doing to ourselves, on a physical level, via consumption?
if there is a planetary cancer, what would you advise mother earth do about the vir-us?
on a more positive note, isn't there a such thing as "spontaneous remission," and isn't it possible for us to change the course of dis-ease?
could YOU be one of the planetary helper-cells that help facilitate earthly wellness?
if each of us picked up one piece of litter per day, we'd clean our planet of more than 10-trillion pieces of litter in less than a month.
2. hard working
3. strong, yet meek
every massage therapist should spend time here, if only for the experience of a gazillion new ways to treat the human body.
after fielding the usual questions:
therapist: "were you from?"
therapist: "you by yourself?"
therapist: "you have girlfriend?"
me: "no, khap kun ka." (translation: "no, thank you.")
anywaaaaaaaay... she asked me "what i do," and, i said that i was a massage teacher, here for thai massage training.
before i knew it, it was "let's massage lenny time," as the other therapists decided to show what they'd learned at school.
the rest is thai massage history.
soooooo... thank you to the beachside thai massage therapists:
nuch, aeng, tuk, da, fon, and tip.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
the boat took on sooooo many waves that i actually donned my swimming goggles for the ride.
a few of the other passengers chuckled, at first, but by the end of the ride everyone was looking to buy a pair of goggles.
once we got to the island, well... you can see what it was like.
here's the way it went down:
the car that they delivered to me was a standard shift, which means that i would have had to shift with my left while driving on the left, while sitting on the right, while navigating with a brochure map. ..my conservative USAA insurance friends will be happy to hear that i did not attempt this venture, so the rental car company took the car back. ..waaaaaaaaaaa.
the hotel staff at the cocooning hotel & restaurant were sad that lenny wouldn't be able to drive around the island, so "tonwan" (barmaid/hostess/reception, pictured below) said that i should take her boss' car for a cruise. ..huh?
................................................from left to right (lat, lenny, tonwan)
you know... "hey, lenny, take the loaner." (uh, oh)
against my better judgment (sorry, jean and judy), i accepted the offer. ..please don't report this to USAA. ..i'll never do it again... promise!
anyway... picture this: you are driving on tiny, dirt-concrete roads. ...insane drivers (cars, trucks, and scooters) are coming toward you and passing you from behind. ...left is right and right is wrong. ...cows are in the street. ...some vehicles would have to be categorized as "scooters-plus" (the base is a scooter, but a contraption has been built on the top... in order to add an extra wheel... in order to carry lots of stuff (including a family of 16).
there's more: the signs not only aren't in english, they aren't even in the same alphabet! ...not only that, but the letters look like a bunch of squiggly lines!
below are some of the sights:
soleil bungalow resort
chewang beach (below). ..this is the tourist beach on the island. ..the night-life is supposed to pretty outrageous.
lookout point (below), looking back on chewang beach
"lamai" (for serenity, on the south-east of samui) is pictured below.
how can you not have lunch in a city named "thong krut" (lunch $3.53 u.s.). ...the boat (pictured below) acted as the view from the restaurant. ...it did not appear to be available for hire.
upon returning to the cocooning hotel (and in need of a thai massage) it was time for a "singha" (beer) -- just to settle the nerves.