Reunion in Phuket 普吉小聚

120114 Phuket 008春節前,去了一趟普吉島。

上一次我們三人同遊是在外蒙古,這回其中兩人結婚生子,於是成了家庭聯歡活動——不過得不時提防一家的弟弟去咬另一家的哥哥。

之前對普吉這種度假勝地沒啥好感,去過之後,不得不承認人家歷久不衰還是有道理的。

首先,住的很好。可租可買的海景公寓,設備很齊全,再花200泰銖租個小摩托車,騎10分鐘車就到Kata海邊。

I took this trip to Phuket, Thailand before the Chinese New Year. It is like a reunion of three of us going to Mongolia together a few years ago.

Now the other two friends both got married and each has a baby son. So it is like holidays for two families. On top of everything fun you do in holidays, we also need to watch out the kids to ensure the younger one does not bite the older one.  (that is how Enzo likes to show his affection)

120116 Phuket 002之後搬去朋友的豪宅,晉升到七星級待遇,還附贈一個小朋友可以玩 🙂

I first stayed at a nice condo by Kata Beach ( in order to go to the beach, I borrowed a scooter and had my first ride after so many years. It confirmed that there are some things  you never forget)

Then I moved to a friend’s  beautiful villa. That is a really WOW place.

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(下面是 Kata Ocean View Condo 的房間隨拍。聽說明年已經幾乎訂滿了,現在主要是歐洲人和俄羅斯人在這裡。租房、購房請洽:www.oceanic-global.com/
Pictures of my room at the condo. It’s for sale or rent at www.oceanic-global.com. Mostly European tenants with emerging Russians coming to Phuket)
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Kata海邊人不致多到令人難忍。超級高興從寒冷的上海來到溫暖陽光下,而且終於有機會帶上一些買了很久卻還沒用過的東西:西班牙買的烏龜海灘包、日本的防水喇叭、印度的紗麗,加上德國的夾腳拖鞋和美國的太陽眼鏡,最近大概看了太多時尚雜誌,於是拍了這幅超級唯物的相片~
Kata Beach is nice as there were not too many people. I must have read way too many fashion magazines on iPad so cannot resist taking such a photo of materialism: my turtle bag from Madrid, water-proof speaker from Tokyo, sunglass from US, flip-flops from Munich, and the latest addition is saree from India which serves multi-purpose functions 🙂
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海邊雖有無數多餐廳,因為在曼谷狂吃了一圈,普吉第一餐決定吃路邊攤,就一份清爽的涼拌米線,然後買了山竹、芒果和龍眼回家吃。山竹吃到飽,呵呵。
Great salad for lunch and then fruits, fruits and more fruits for the rest of the day!
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躺在開冷氣的客廳裡,望著窗外不斷變化的海邊風景,從晴天到這個下午的海天層疊景色,大自然妙哉~
And one of my favorite parts is to watch the constantly changing view of the ocean while lying on the sofa. It changes from sunny blue sky to these elegant layers of colors from sea to sky!

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時間不夠去Similan Islands潛水,所以在Kata Oceanic View的介紹下,訂了這個Phi Phi島的一日潛水。

上了一艘俄國船,配到一位意大利的潛導,我們竟然還都參加過澳洲同一家公司Taka Diving的船宿潛水。

船上除了滿是俄羅斯人以外,還有兩個亞裔美國女孩令我大長見識!她們可是擦著眼影潛水唷,我還仔細觀察了,真的很防水,上來後,比我化妝5小時後還不掉妝。想像有人穿著泳衣加上舞臺濃妝…無語。

I did not have enough time for a liveaboard diving tour to Similan Islands and ended up taking a day trip to Phi Phi Islands. It was a Russian boat and guess what? full of Russian divers and all sort of alcohols. Of course, alcohols is only allowed after the last dive.

Also one eye-opening takeaway of the trip is that, as demonstrated by two American born Asian girls, you can have full eye makeups while diving. Wow, the waterproof cosmetic is certainly beyond my expectation.
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上面就是里奧納多拍The Beach的地方。人很多,還是在附近找個屬於自己的一方水天玩玩,比較自在。水是真漂亮。
Above is “The Beach” where Leonardo Decaprio shoot the movie. It was previously a rather unknown site, and now, thanks to him, it is pretty packed. Still, plenty of good sites to enjoy the water around the beach.
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總覺得這個船對著大岩塊的場景很眼熟,它們像是在進行某種特別的對話。
It feels like the rock and the boat are having a very special dialogue.

也還好沒去參加那個數日的潛水之旅。因為在上海重病,肺還沒全好,昨天才吃完最後一天的抗生素,今天就下海。第二潛時就覺得肺有點疼,為了避免永久性損傷,放棄了第三淺。才有時間拍了上面那些Phi Phi 島的相片。
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Overall, the visibility for diving in Phuket is not that good. Plus my lungs feel heavy and congested in the 2nd dive so I gave up the 3rd dive due to fearing that I had not completely recovered from the bad cold caught in Shanghai. ( What was I thinking? I only stopped antibiotics the day before diving…  Good that I did not do the 4 days trip to Similan Islands. )

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既然來了泰國,不按摩就太對不起自己。

第一天在海邊按摩店做泰式按摩,按摩員覺得我的背很僵硬,一直問我是幹嘛的,怎麽會把背弄成這樣?我都不好意思跟她説我是無業遊民。她可能以為我是窮學生,免費幫我做了運動按摩。

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朋友帶去的地方,環境就更好。附設Spa、蒸汽房和露天按摩池。

中國人也終於沒讓俄羅斯人完全霸佔普吉島,在這個按摩地兒,見到一團來自成都的大陸遊客。其中一位老先生,一進桑拿房,就“呸”的一口痰吐在地上!@#¥@《

我很努力的保持面不改色,內心一直祈禱高溫能把細菌都殺死,並且提醒自己千萬別踩到那個地方。最後,第一個憋不住跑出去的是他們自己人。

Spa and massage is of course on the must-do list. And I finally realized that the Bangkok airport massage price is several times of the prices in Bangkok downtown and Phuket!

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泰國是佛教國家,我們又全是佛教徒,所以也得去看廟。

Thailand is a Buddhist country and we are all Buddhist so we naturally went visiting the local temple.

廟的某些建築元素老讓我想到巴黎聖母院。
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上面左邊是高僧舍利,右邊是之前住持的蠟像。蠟像做的活靈活現的,我一進那房間就覺得毛骨悚然(很尊敬的悚然),還想搞不好是肉身佛。
To the left is relics of some highly realized monk of this temple and to the right is a statue of one of the high monks who passed away already. The wax statue was so vivid that at first I thought it might be a real body (many highly realized beings left their bodies without any signs of decay after they passing away)
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最後一天去了珊瑚島,主要是浮潛。
The last day we went to the Coral Island. Great weather, sunny but not too hot.
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年輕就是本錢,青春無敵!她們平均年齡不知有沒有10歲……
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略深的地方有海膽,有朋友不小心踩到,腳跟密密麻麻的都是刺。海膽刺很易碎,拔不出來的,導遊拿檸檬把刺都弄斷,讓我們自己人撒了泡尿,踩到水雷的就只能把腳浸在尿裡,等著尿把體內的刺給泡軟、化掉。晚上回家繼續拿醋泡。我開玩笑説你很愛吃海膽唷?她以前還真的蠻喜歡吃海膽蒸蛋。於是朋友一家人發願,從今年起,全家再也不吃海膽。
The visibility for snorkeling here is great. Have to look out for sea urchins though. A friend of mine unfortunately stepped into one 😦  Their family have an interesting practice of quitting one kind of meat each year to gradually become completely vegetarian. Therefore, naturally, the meat selected for this year is sea urchin.
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很喜歡太陽透過波浪映在海底的光明紋路,常常看著恍神,都沒有在看魚。
Love this light web of wave reflection in the bottom of the sea. Watching its wavy motion can bring me to trance.

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普吉吃的不錯,從泰國菜到意大利菜,都有好選擇。
A wide selection of good food, ranging from Thai to Italian. And we even found a jelly dessert same as something in Taiwan.

路邊攤還有賣跟台灣一樣的仙草,呵呵。
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很久沒喝酒了,最後一晚友人開了瓶紅酒,就因為我前晚説自己不喝白酒,這麽一來,不好意思又説不喝。果然一開始喝,就沒停的喝,連喝了四種酒,包括我愛極了的Limoncello。

副作用是一開始喝,就停不下來。回家後,把家裡各種酒類全部喝了一遍,當下感到“酒鬼大概就是這樣”。幸好過兩天就到了初一,再次斷除酒杯。

The last night in Phuket I started drinking again, from red wine, to Muscatel, to Mirto and the long-time-no-see Limoncello 🙂

The thirst lasted 2 days after I got back to the freezing Shanghai. I literally savored every single kind of alcohols at home except for vodka and finally quitting all again since the Chinese New Year.  Better stay away from anything that I may get addicted to.

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a simple wandering being on less beaten tracks in samsara

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