Posted in Thailand, Travel

Of course, my real ambition is to be a foreign correspondent

(Sometimes my randomly selected titles are so fitting)

What a day and it is only 2.30pm!  I awoke relatively early this morning so have been Getting Things Done.  I woke up first around 6.30 am and looked out the window to a dense fog.  I have taken to sleeping with the curtains open so I can gaze out the window and go waaaah when I can’t sleep and when I woke up at first, it looked like I was on a plane going thru the clouds.  When I woke up again later tho, it was perfectly sunny – weird. 

I have been taking advantage of the free breakfast at weekends this morning, with a bacon sandwich and some pineapple – the only thing that marred it was a British sikh teenager bellowing DOUGHNUTSSSSSS at the top his voice for about 10 minutes solid.  I have no idea why, or why his parents and extended family didn’t think to shut him the hell up … it’s moments like those that you’re embarrassed to be British.

So, after breakfast I decided to head to the supermarket to hunt down a duvet, etc for the new apartment, and headed to old faithful Tesco Lotus.  I have had in the back of my mind for the last few days that I would get a haircut as my hair is just too long to keep tidy in this heat.  So when I walked past a hairdressers offering haircuts for approximately £4, I decided why the hell not, and went on in.

The staff did not speak any English but I was armed with my phrasebook, opened to the At The Hairdressers page and between that and some gesticulating, I ended up getting a pretty decent amount of hair chopped off, with the only slight worry being that they made it curly as I had gone in with it tied up and they could not see that I have a panic attack if my hair is anything less than poker straight.

I was feeling pretty pleased with myself after that and even more pleased when I managed to get almost everything on my list in Tesco including a comforter duvet thing, some amazing pillows and the cutest plates ever.  I’ll photograph it all when I move in of course.  I got back to drop all my stuff off and pottered round a bit and then decided that seeing as I was on a bit of a roll I would go out and find the Chinese temple that is near the hotel.  After a hot trip down the wrong soi I found the correct one and found a really amazing place.

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 There was some sort of service or ceremony taking place when I got there – lots of people walking round the perimeter of the compound with incesnse, chanting, etc.  In the main pavilion was some monks making offerings to the giant golden buddha there whilst 2 other monks kept the rythm for the worshipping on a drum and a giant bell.  It was really peaceful yet noisy and was nice to walk around with my shoes off on the cool marble floors.  No one seemed to mind a farang walking round too much and I had a good wander around.  I would have taken more photos were it not for the batteries in my camera packing up, but you can see the ones I did take here.

Now I am back at the ranch contemplating heading to the pool for a dook and some sewing.  Back to work tomorrow, so I think taking it easy for the rest of the day is in order.  I found proper sun block this morning so I am off to slather that on to try and stave off any further sunburn carnage.



I’m Claire and I live near Glasgow, in Scotland. I have strong family ties to Cincinnati, too and regard it as my second home. If I had to describe myself in five words, it would be thus: Does. Not. Suffer. Fools. Gladly. I’ve been cross stitching pretty much all my life, but professionally since 2005, first as Miso Funky, then as The Bellwether and now under my own name. I'm known for my witty, sarcastic and occasionally profane typographic designs. My work has been featured in The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Channel 4 and on BBC television as well as numerous media outlets across the globe. At one point, I was kind of a big deal but I mostly just dabble in it these days when I have time. My website is a repositry of cross stitch charts, travel and food blogging and you'll find it at I also love to travel and eat, ideally travelling somewhere great to eat something brilliant. I'm fascinated by social history, particularly the Victorians and will absolutely beat you hands down in a quiz about the Tudors. Dogs are LIFE. I like being in water and have lots of ideas that will never see the light of day but would definitely be a winner on Dragon’s Den/Shark Tank. I love to give people gifts. I! also! overuse! exclamation! marks! sorry!

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