Welcome to PlaaPlaaPlaa!

So you may be wondering why PlaaPlaaPlaa? What are those strange fish symbols above? What is ปลา and what does it mean? In short, this is a blog site, so surely there's going to be plenty of rambling. Unfortunately BlahBlahBlah was already taken, so I had to settle for the 'Plaa'. But there's actually more to it then just ramblings. The first fish symbol is actually a Christian symbol meaning ICTHUS - a greek acronymn which means "Jesus Christ is God's Son, the Saviour". The other strange letters you see in the last fish is actually the thai word for fish which funnily enough is pronounced "Plaa". So when you put it all together, this site is going to be my ramblings in telling people about how Jesus Christ is God's Son, the Saviour in Thailand (with plenty of good stories about food in between). Happy reading.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Fun, Rain and Fractured Toes...Ooops!!

The past few days have been awesome fun as 2 friends from Korat, Tong & Nick have come up to visit in Chiang Mai. It's been a really 'eventful' time so far with plenty of laughs, awesome weather despite massive amounts of rain, lots of fun tiaws (outings), another hospital visit and a fractured toe. "Oops!!"

So, some of the highlights of having Tong & Nick up here has been that they've had a chance to meet lots of my friends up here and have got to meet and spend time with John & Denise. Part of the highlight of that is that in October, Tong is hoping to bring a team of about 12 kids from the Korat church up to Chiang Mai to do a short term mission trip up here to work with one of our friends Png. We tried to start working out what to do when i was down in Korat a couple weeks back, but it was much faster when Tong and Png were able to meet and talk face to face AND in Thai! Much more efficient and productive i reckon. We'll be heading to the hill tribe on Monday so Tong can meet them all which will be a great opportunity.

All the rain of late (due to a supposed cyclone in burma or something) has meant that Chiang Mai is the most pollution free i've ever seen, there is blue sky and you can see every one of the surrounding mountains. It's the most beautiful that i've seen it.

But lots of rain also means the rivers are filling up, which also means that white water rafting would be heaps of fun. (always have to look at the upside of lots of rain). So Nick is a keen white water rafter. Ok, so they weren't massive rapids or anything, but we still had heaps of fun, especially as Tong was freaked out about the idea of going (despite trying to convince us that he really is an 'Adventure Man'). I'm sure he looks it in this photo,

Anyway, after getting down safely, we all ended up playing in the water, and boys being boys, Nick & Tong ended up tackling each other a bit. Well, bit of a freak accident later, Tong accidentally knocked his foot on a rock in the river and the short of it is.....he managed to fracture his 4th toe in 3 places! 'OOPS!!!' the upside, he got to ride in a wheelchair and even get a blue bandage to match the colour of the wheelchair.

(sorry, need to turn your head sideways again)
So looks like Tong won't be too mobile for the next month. At least he's got a few extra souvenirs from Chiang Mia he wasn't expecting - like a hospital card and a new injury. So far, he's still in good spirits and is convinced he'll be fine to go to the walking street markets tomorrow night. Hmmmm.... we'll see.

For those who are praying
- thank God for the opportunity of lots of friends to come and visit in the past few weeks
- pray for Tong's toe to heal quickly
- pray for the upcoming mission trip with the group from Korat and with Png. (i'll update more details on this a bit later)

anyway, here are a couple other fun signs i've spotted of late

at the zoo - are we trying to see the koala's or the Rhino's?

this was a tops sign that we saw at the hospital while waiting for Tong