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.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

bai Pai (went to Pai)

So if FINALLY got to go to Pai, a town about 2 -2 1/2 hrs out of Chiang Mai. It's a place where everyone always say they want to go, but most have never been. So last week, there was a 2 day public holiday on the Tuesday and Wednesday. I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to go there since usually weekends are a no go with church, cell group and church music practice, then during the week, most of my friends have to work. So the midweek public holiday was awesome, since we could go somewhere overnight and take our time and feel like we actually got a break.

However, i didn't think that i'd have to battle the problem of 'rain' and the issues it brings up with many Thai's who just don't want to travel or go anywhere when it's raining, cos it's too dangerous! So even tho we had discussed and planned it for 2 weeks before, we didn't know if we didn't actually make the final decision until the tuesday morning whether or not we'd go. Unfortunately the indecision meant that 7 of the 10 people that were going to go pulled out, but that's cool, it meant that i was able to have a really good time with Jai and Ang, 2 of the teachers from school.

It was a great time away to rest, see more of the countryside and more importantly, i had some good opportunities to chat with Ang about the gospel as we drove to the 7hrs all up (we took a few detours on the way - not cos we were lost like in the past, but to see hot springs, lookouts that were so foggy we could only see about 10m in front of us).

Here are a few happy snaps from the trip:

3km to Pai

view from our room at Pai

me & nong Jai

Day view outside our room

Night view outside our room

is this sign banning 'odd' days

check the view at this lookout

this mountain reminded me of the mountain at the beginning of Indianna Jones

the chocolate waterfall from Willie Wonka's chocolate factory at the hot springs

the path to the hot springs

at the hot springs

At the chinese village in Pai

With Ang at the chinese village

the manual ferris wheel at the chinese village

132km back to Chiang Mai
the manual ferris wheel in action