Friday, August 28, 2009

Body and Mind

Blue sky ...
Cotton-white cloud ...
And crystal clear sea-water ...

Phuket, I like it!

Before I go, I thought Phuket is a well-developed city like Penang...
But when aeroplane touched down Phuket International airport on Sunday night, I see darkness everywhere.
My eyes were wide open, seeing all the small small light here and there ...
Only I realise, Phuket is still having natural and simple lifestyle!

I mean, it's an international tourist spot, yet it is still quite tranquil ...

This is Patong Beach, where I stayed throughout my holiday here.
It rained almost everyday, but all are short term rain.
Like someone in the sky water flower...Heavy rain just sweep through the town, then sunlight come out again.

My first aim for this holiday is go snorkeling ... Yes, I did it! But when I went inside the sea, I suddenly chicken-out ... end up only manage to see fishes, not coral :(

Beside sea-water, Patong Beach is famous for its night-life.
I went to a club with some friends, it's really a crazy night and I enjoyed it so much~~!!

Vodka lime, Kaloa Coke, dancing girl ... crazy dancing on the floor ...

During the day, we went sight-seeing ... Visit the beach for suntan..

At night, we see different scenery...

Pretty girl? They are man le....! so lady like until I felt shame of myself...

They will smile sweetly and wave to you, ask you go over and take photo with them.
If you reject them, they will shout at you!
I got a shock....
Better don't disturb them wey..!

Going for vacation, most importantly is to have good company.
I had a group of friends who really made a good company for this trip.
I laugh so much...They are all crazy people~~!!
6 friends: 4 Thai-friends, 1 Penang-friend, and 1 from England...
Nok, Noi, Prim, Mumi, Christine and Tina... We will meet again!

I realize, to have good holiday, not so much of the surrounding.
It is about our mind, whether we are relax, prepared and enjoy it.

Life is short, just enjoy whenever we can, right?

Monday, August 10, 2009

I met with a historical man

I was assigned to fetch this patient to Hospis the other day.
Along the journey from his house to Hospis, he told me about his history.
I was like, wow~~! I bumped into a historical man!!!

(See the photo above)
His name is Mr. Loke.
He is 85 years old!
And he was one of the many labourers who built the death railway in Kanchanaburi~~!!!!

When he told me: Do You know the death railway on River Kwai?
Me: Yeah~~~ I had been wanted to visit it.
Mr. Loke: I was one of the many who built it.
Me:! Why did you want to work there? Better money?

hahahah...... so silly la me~~!!!

I thought he wanted to "jump aeroplane" and earn good money~~!!!

He replied: Not I wanted to work there! The Japanese soldiers caught us to work there~~!!!
He: all the healthy teenagers were sent there to build the bridge.
He: That time Japanese wanted to attack India, but they cannot use the sea-route, because on the sea, they got no where to hide, the British will sure be able to bomb them.
He: Therefore, the Japanese think of building the railway to connect Thailand and Burma, and then from Burma, they can enter India and attack that country.

It was so tough to build the railway track, because everyday at 1pm, the British warplane will fly to Kanchanaburi and drop bombs to break the bridge.

When the planes come, all these labourers and POW (prison of war) will have to hide in the thick jungle, so that they will not get bomb.

After the bomb over at around 6pm, they have to quickly climb down to the valley and collect back all the woods, so that they can continue to build the bridge and the railway track.

So many Mat Salleh were being caught and sent there to build the railway too.

They are all prisons of war....

Even if they are sick, having high fever or terrible cough, they still have to work.
No MC, no rest day ....

The Japanese everyday will patrol around, checking who was lazying.
If they found anyone not doing their work, surely the ass will get hot and spicy treatment.

Mr. Loke was telling me how much he had gone through during that three-and-a-half years.
He said there was always repair work to be done as the British fighter planes from India had bombed bridges and railway stations along the Siam-Burmese border. They had to work under the scorching sun to repair the damaged tracks.

The workers also had to go down the river to remove the wooden beams of the bridges that had been bombed, to enable new structures to be erected. It was exhausting work. They had to work late into the night. Though they were exhausted, they had to keep working, otherwise the soldiers would beat them with sticks. Many workers fell ill and died. Each camp had 500 to 600 workers, but the number dwindled as the workers succumbed to malaria and dysentery. However, new workers were brought in to join them.

After the war was over, he still could not go home yet, because all the railway tracks were damaged!
They had to spend months to repair the railway, so that the train can come to their camp and pick them up.

Then Mr. Loke was sent to Bangkok, and waited there for 7 months, for the ship to come and send all of them to Singapore.

It was a long journey home.... When he told me finally he manage to board a ship, and reached Singapore, he still cannot go home yet.... The government quarantine them for one week, then only allow them to take train home.

When I hear until the part that he managed to take a train home, the government some more gave them $5 each, I cried~~!!
I felt the feeling of being home... It is so nice to be home....

It's a touching story...
We are so fortunate to live in a peaceful day.
But yet let all the human problem bother us.
Friends don't "friend" us la... office politics la... parents problem la ...
It all looks so small matter now....

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