Our recent visa run trip presented us with countless photographic opportunities. Most of the time I am far too slow at getting the camera out, the rest of the time I just forget, then think 'I should have taken a photo of that'. I am trying to force myself to take the camera with me whenever I am out and about, lets see how often I update my flickr account from now on.
Thoughts and musings
The tri-monthly visa run shennanigan is really a hassle that I could do without. Living and working legally in Thailand is fraught with so many stumbling blocks, keeping ahead of them can be a task. Our latest fiasco has been with the work permit renewals, these coincide with the visa renewals.
Before this gets too complicated I will lay down the facts.
This is really starting to get to me now, but lo-and-behold, we have got to do yet another visa run. They really do come round soooo fast, three months, whooosh - gone. In all the company setup and work permit carry on we have been through we ensured throughout that we would be 100% legal, I often ask myself if it was really necessary and worth all the money, time and hassle. Even though we pay tax, have non-immigrant visa's and have valid work permits, we still have to leave the country every 3 months. I often wonder if it is just a cash cow for the Thai government, after all most Thai's seem to think that johnny-foreigner has loads of cash to splash, why should the government be any different.
Christmas and new year were busy for the southern-islanders, Had-Rin is always bouncing but this year I hear it was quite busy. As per usual the northern end of the island was pretty dead, not much happens up this way, but thats the way we like it. By all accounts the island seems to be developing into an ibiza-style of resort with ee-d up tourists spending a couple of days here during the full moon and then slinking off on the Raja to the mainland.
I reaquainted myself with YouTube today, I had only ever used it for viewing funny clips or trying to find TV programmes from back home. Today I added to it for the first time. You see, I have tons of video clips that I have taken over the years, some of them are quite cool, from Cambodia, Thailand and America, I always intended uploading them but never quite found the time. To be honest I havent really got the time now.
Appologies all round for the lack of emails, blog posts and general contact. Since Christmas it has been pretty much non-stop around here, the high season has kicked in and there are so many tourists around it is unbelievable. Living here all year round you can really see the changes in the tourist seasons, some days it is dead, tumble-weed blowing across the high street, honestly it is that dead, and today, well ...its like wacky races on motorbikes all over the island.
Being out and about in the jungle you really do see some fantastic creatures. There is so much here to be wary of though, there are many creatures that could quite easily hospitalise you if they are given half the chance.
Glad to say we have survived yet another cross-country driving ordeal, the Ranong visa run. This time was a bit more relaxed as we took our time as we ventured from the Gulf of Thailand to the Andaman Sea, taking two days to do the journey with a pleasant overnight stay in a 'comfortable' bungalow just outside the main town of Ranong. I am starting to know the route well now, at times you wonder if you have missed your turn-off but gladly we made it all the way there and back without any back-tracking and no arguments about my driving :)
I know that I aint been too regular with posts lately, but when I noticed that the last post here was regarding travelling to Burma for my visa I realised how much Ive been lacking. Tomorrow were off to Burma again, lol, I cant really believe that the 3 month is up already, I hate this trip so much I wish the time between them could be longer.