Phuket in general, has 2 sides. Also for us personally, it had 2 sides.
Phuket really is a tropical paradise, with white beaches,crystal clear lukewarm water and rainforests. The people, once you spend some time with them, being friendly with them, are soft, kind and servants by nature. (That is most probably the main reason why so many western men has Thai ladies as wives/girlfriends.) There is a lot of development and building of millionaires security complexes. One sign reads: "Millionaire mile is just getting longer!"
The other side? Phuket is dirty. The water at the main beach is not crystal clear anymore, the streets full of paper and the water undrinkable. The people are so lost: giving offerings at cement alters, praying to budha, spending the little money they have on flowers for the gods. The tourists are also lost. Sun bathing until they are a blue-brown colour (or crayfish red), getting yet another tattoo, shopping a little bit more and walking on the beach with nothing but a small bikini pant (I’m talking about the ladies!) The rural areas and houses of the locals are also dirty and messy.
The Thai food is very good and not too foreign on the tongue. The fruit is wonderful and affordable. We could eat enough and stock up on vitamins! The shopping is an adventure, with bargaining a must. The excursions too many to choose from, well organized and affordable. All in all a good place for a family holiday.
Tuesday, 17 Febr we had a wonderful time around
“What happened?” I hear you ask. His finger got trapped in the ladder of the boat as he went down into the water. He could have jumped, but did not want to splash water on the older lady standing there.
A Summary of what followed: we went back to Phuket in a very speedy speedboat of another tour agency and went straight to hospital. Dawie was as white as a sheet and in a lot of pain. The 3 boys were brave, but quiet..
The 4 of us went back to the hotel, alone. We fetched Dawie the next day and stayed in the hotel for the next few days. We decided to have 2 days of school and take our holiday the next week, which worked out good.
We prayed a lot, talked a lot and tried to learn what we could learn from this trauma. One thing we know: God can and will continue to protect us from the evil one. No matter how hard he may try, he cannot harm us or steal our joy. Our
We did not write about this earlier, because we did not want my mother to hear. She is in
So yes, Phuket had 2 sides for us: an exciting ,fun side and a traumatic side. But God is faithfull and in Him we are content and at peace.
So when Dawie says: "I lost my finger in Phuket", he literally means it! We jokingly tell him that he is taking this weightloss thing too serious!
We praise God that we still have each other. An accident can happen so quickly….
I Repeat: SENSITIVE VIEWERS, DO NOT CONTINUE