Written by Angela
This week I witnessed two friends fall in love. What a glorious thing. Usually, anything vaguely romantic is enough to make me choke on my own tongue, but this one was a bit lovely. Especially given the dodgy backdrop of Patong bar girls and lady boys. Frankly, I find a man who prefers a real woman to these alternative options a breath of fresh air. This was a romance of Grand Gestures. In spite of my immense levels of inbuilt cynicism, a GG gets me every time. A friend of mine in NZ used to have a man who would fly from another city just to take her out for a meal. How’s that??? And where do I get me some of it? Most of my ex’s couldn’t stretch to making me a cheese toastie for dinner!
This particular GG enabled the girl love partner to take a well deserved break to another island paradise for a weekend “getaway”…so caught up was I, that I made my own GG and took her kids for almost 4 days. See what I mean? I don’t even like kids. Aside from thinking that perhaps they (the adults, not the kids) should just get down and dirty like normal people do, I do admire anyone who has been through the relationship wringer and is willing to have another crack – even for a short time. “Get amongst it”, I say ‘cause, “We may never pass this way again”.
In bike news of the week: I doubled my first full sized human being. Well done me. Also, I completed the elusive maneuver known as the “triple-double”. Now mathematically, that may seem to equal six people on a moped, but I am not Thai! So according to the journo friend of mine who coined it…me biking with two children-of-the-corn on the back = “triple-double”. And ‘cause she is a journalist, she knows about words and stuff.
The white bikini has made a welcome return, finally. You know it – the triangles that are left after you take the real bikini of. I love it as a sign of how far I have come from the unbearable whiteness of being.
“I had a romance novel inside me, but I paid three sailors to beat it out if me with steel pipes.” - Patton Oswalt
Angela is a fearless and tireless ambassador for all that is good in this world – especially if it involves wine and cheese. This self confessed hedonist is taking a break from her life of international fame and fortune to volunteer in Phuket for 6 months with a charity called Phuket Has Been Good To Us. Although she has lived in some fabulous other countries, she is a first time migrant to Thailand, having previously visited a number of times to work on her tan and learn how to drink from buckets.
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