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.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Long weekend to Bangkok

A couple weekends ago, i was able to get away for a long weekend to Bangkok with Kim and Da. We've been wanting to go away together for about a year now, and it wasn't until a few weeks ago that we FINALLY found a time that all 3 of us could get away. Thankfully Da has a 'sister' who lives in Bangkok, so we stayed with her and just went on lots of day trips each day. worked out to be a pretty cheap holiday in the end (can't complain about that).

What i found pretty amusing was that for some reason, people in Bangkok can tell that i'm not Thai, and as a result tried to make me pay all the tourist prices - which at times is like 5 times the 'thai' price. But after a bit of reasoning and showing of my thai drivers licence etc to prove that i wasn't just here as tourist, we finally got away with paying the thai price, but had to put a good fight.

So we got to check out Ampawaa, a floating market town known for all the fireflies, went to a wax museum where i tried to pretend to be a wax statue to catch other visitors out (pretty funny), went to a crocodile/elephant zoo, went to another riverside market, went to Nakon Pathom and visited the royal grounds there and ate at the markets, went to church and got to meet heaps of cool people there. Their church was held in an old cinema, so made for an interesting atmosphere :)

Anyway, here are a few quick snaps of the holiday.

at the wax museum with all the past kings of Thailand

the lights at Ampawaa looking like the Thai flag

Da and Kim walking the markets Ampawaa

an awesome seafood feast - a plate of scallops for $2 AUD

the boats at the markets at Ampawaa

on the single bridge for ALL the people

at some seaside town - no idea where

trying to do a Sound of Music type shot

getting eaten by a croc

At the croc and elephant zoo

the flower arrangement bird on kim's head

learnt how to make flowers out of money