We were out enjoying nature while our apartment was being robbed.

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Steve enjoys the view while waiting for lunch at Promthrep Cape Restaurant.
The day seemed to be going so well. We had driven down to the southernmost point of Phuket -- Promthrep Cape -- to have a look around. The scenery there is the type that lifts your heart and causes you to wistfully want to stay forever. We had a $20 lunch with a million dollar view, and then had a nice hike to the tip of the cape. It was incredibly windy and rugged and wonderful. There were no tour buses and few tourists, and no men jumping out to sell Steve a suit. Fantastic.

Our next stop was Peach Beauty, the same place that cut my hair, for a nice treat: manicure/pedicures, and foot massages. As an extra bonus, there were some very cute puppies playing outside the door to keep me amused.
Kitty hopes for table scraps.
What a lovely day!   

Then we came home to find the apartment gate wide open, and the apartment door unlocked. Odd! We walked in figuring the cleaning lady must be doing her thing. But she was nowhere to be found. Weird! And kind of eerie, too. We had a good look around and found that everything seemed to be in order…my MacBook Pro was on the table, my iPhone still next to it. Steve’s Dell station was in the living room. OK, no worries. We thought the cleaning lady must have come in, then run back out to get something and left the door open. She is maybe coming back.

We went to work on our computers and all was fine, but after awhile it was clear the maid wasn’t “coming back.”  Steve said, How on earth could the door have been left open? What happened here? We debated what may have happened, prompting another search for things that might be missing… then I realized my purse was gone!

The car rental guy has my passport, so that’s safe.
Steve on the hiking trail at Promthrep Cape.
Whew. I had most of my main credit cards and debit cards with me, although there were two credit cards that I will have to cancel. My pilot’s license was in there and is now gone, dammit. That will be a pain to replace. I had about $250 in cash. OK, this isn’t a MAJOR deal, it could have been much worse. We called our apartment contact, who came over with the building manager. They will replace the lock tomorrow and all will be fine. We wondered why someone would bother to come in to steal just a little cash, and leave all this other stuff.

About two hours later I had a startling realization … my traveler’s checks! I had moved them from my backpack’s “secret pocket” to my purse when we went on the Phi Phi island excursion. Steve had the check receipts, so I called American Express.
How do you like my "hiking shoes"?


The lady asked me a series of questions, including… Were the checks signed? No, they were not signed. Were they supposed to be signed? The bank didn’t tell me that I needed to sign them, and I don’t use these things normally… I just needed lots of cash on this trip to pay for the apartments we’ve been renting. Apartment owners don’t take credit cards.

The Amex lady told me (with no small amount of satisfaction and pleasure) that my “claim could not be honored” since the checks hadn’t been signed. These checks are basically bearer bonds. Whoever has them can just sign them and they are his. Or hers. I may as well have been carrying cash.  

The checks cost me $4000 and now that money is gone. This is a tough thing. I keep telling myself, Well at least my computer and cameras are safe. But it’s not working. I feel sick and sad and mad at myself and the world.

cmgervais says:
Yes, the building management (who is taking this very seriously) searched the whole complex for the purse, but found nothing. They also reviewed all the video footage, but report seeing nothing suspicious. The whole thing is perplexing!
Posted on: May 14, 2008
sandra-kids says:
did you look around the facility? sometimes theives take the cash as stash the purse?
Posted on: May 14, 2008
newtampo says:
Glad to hear that and thank you :) As we travel for for fun and to get some experience. Sometimes's good, sometime's bad but it'll be a good memorable at last :) Hope you are happy and enjoy the rest of it and hope you come back to visit Thailand again :)
Posted on: May 14, 2008
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Steve enjoys the view while waiti…
Kitty hopes for table scraps.
Kitty hopes for table scraps.
Steve on the hiking trail at Promt…
Steve on the hiking trail at Prom…
How do you like my hiking shoes?
How do you like my "hiking shoes"?
Promthrep Cape Restaurant.
Promthrep Cape Restaurant.
Promthrep Cape Restaurant.
Promthrep Cape Restaurant.
Promthrep Cape Restaurant.
Promthrep Cape Restaurant.
Lunch with a view! Promthrep Cape …
Lunch with a view! Promthrep Cape…
The view at Promthrep Cape Restaur…
The view at Promthrep Cape Restau…
Promthrep Cape Restaurant statue.
Promthrep Cape Restaurant statue.
Steves curry dish at Promthrep Ca…
Steve's curry dish at Promthrep C…
Lunch at Promthrep Cape Restaurant.
Lunch at Promthrep Cape Restaurant.
My beancurd dish was actually ho…
My "beancurd" dish was actually h…
Promthrep Cape Buddhist shrine.
Promthrep Cape Buddhist shrine.
Buddhist temple at Promthrep Cape.
Buddhist temple at Promthrep Cape.
Promthrep Cape Buddhist shrine.
Promthrep Cape Buddhist shrine.
Elephants at the Promthrep Cape Bu…
Elephants at the Promthrep Cape B…
Elephants at the Promthrep Cape Bu…
Elephants at the Promthrep Cape B…
Promthrep Cape shop.
Promthrep Cape shop.
Enjoying the Promthrep Cape view.
Enjoying the Promthrep Cape view.
Me and Steve at windy Promthrep Ca…
Me and Steve at windy Promthrep C…
Our hiking trail. Nice.
Our hiking trail. Nice.
Steve steps out to the edge for a …
Steve steps out to the edge for a…
Steves shot. End of Promthrep Cap…
Steve's shot. End of Promthrep Ca…
Lone palm at Promthrep Cape.
Lone palm at Promthrep Cape.
Big headed lizard thing!
Big headed lizard thing!
Lone palm.
Lone palm.
Steve at Promthrep Cape.
Steve at Promthrep Cape.
Steve hiking at Promthrep Cape.
Steve hiking at Promthrep Cape.
Steve hiking at Promthrep Cape.
Steve hiking at Promthrep Cape.
Lone tree at the tip of Promthrep …
Lone tree at the tip of Promthrep…
Me, windblown. Promthrep Cape.
Me, windblown. Promthrep Cape.
We hiked from the top, way over th…
We hiked from the top, way over t…
Man taking pictures of the waves.
Man taking pictures of the waves.
View from Rawai Beach Lookout. Kat…
View from Rawai Beach Lookout. Ka…
Kata Noi beach and our apartment c…
Kata Noi beach and our apartment …
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Pup picked a bad place to nap!
Veiled woman at the Rawai Beach ou…
Veiled woman at the Rawai Beach o…
Phuket pup.
Phuket pup.
Little girl and pup.
Little girl and pup.
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