Tammy's Volunteer Tour

An Online Journal of My Volunteer Work in Tsunami Affected Areas in Asia

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

At Peace

Well I have now been here a week!
I have been working at a bunch of the different work sites, and have really been enjoying myself. I have mostly been doing concrete work in bathrooms and the plumbing/digging for the septic systems. This has been challenging work because the houses mostly rest on clay and the trenches we dig have to be approx 2 feet deep and usually about 20 feet in length/1 foot width.
Today we finished the last septic system for the Bang Sok area. We are working in conjunction with the Mercy Foundation on this project.

I'm actually pretty sick right now but I am pulling through just like a trooper. I think I have used up all of the kleenex in Khao Lak so they are forcing me to use toilet paper..lol Don't worry, it's nothing serious, just very draining and I think I am starting to scare the locals because my voice is gone. The plan is to sweat this one out!
We have been taking our lunch break at this beautiful beach. The water is gorgeous but it has taken getting used to the baby shrimp jumping on our feet.
I got up early yesterday morning to say goodbye to a friend that was leaving for Australia and we saw a group of monks in town. This was one of the most peaceful sights so far. It was very quiet in town at 6:30 in the morning but you could just hear the monks blessing the families with a prayer song. The community members provide the monks with rice and other dishes of food and in turn the gentlement bless the families.
I spoke to a friend here about visiting the monastery and she actually asked me to come and teach at the monastery with her. Of course I jumped at the opportunity. This has been set up so that I will teach two times a week.
The students are Burmese workers between the ages of 12 and 28. I am really enjoying the time I get to spend with them and I think they appreciate my effort as well. It's funny to hear Burmese and Thai people speak english and sound like a Brit. hahaha... I had to explain that trousers are pants and pants aren't underwear. How bizarre!
I hitch to the temple when I go and I have had a few very interesting people give me a ride. Eak (the Thai that I teach for) doesn't like me hitching and instead gave me a ride back into Khao Lak. The boys I teach wanted to come for the ride, so we all jumped in the back of the truck. When we arrived Eak asked if he could take me to dinner. This was very unexpected but very much appreciated because I was starving. Eak has offered to pay for me to get a scooter so that I don't have to hitch my way to the temple on the days I teach ( he doesn't understand that I like it) so we will see how this pans out... I still have to learn how to drive one. haha

I wear a lot of the local clothes (fisherman pants), and flip flops everyday. I am trying to find the happy medium for the food and my stomach, but have not been successful yet. Chocolate and icecream are dear but available. The mosquitoes are bitches and the bugs are the size of my hand!

There are all kinds of spiders here, but I am more scared of the toads! I had to pull one out of a new septic hole and I was screaming at the top of my lungs, followed by a laugh straight from my toes!..LOL I have seen lizards,a scorpian, crazy little pigs, and a manta ray. They have squirrels here, but none as psycho as the ones at Queens.
There are a few people from my group heading to Pakastan to help in that devastation and I have donated a few supplies and clothes for them to give the people (maybe a few city of Kingston t-shirts will show up on the news;)
Well I better get going and find some neds and disinfect this keyboard so no one else gets this germ. I miss you and love you

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