Its a close up of a flower but I love how it turned out
Anthony and I took a while getting up this morning as we were both beat from the day before. He was on 90 minutes sleep and I 180. Nedless to say, we both needed a sleep in. At around 1:30 or 2 we surfaced onto the streets of Koh Samui. Ant really wanted to go to the beach as he hadn't seen them other than briefly the day before as he'd been trekking up north. I on the other hand had been to some of the world's finest islands amd nbeaches over the last 3 weeks which made me indifferent. I was starving and thus we walked the main road looking for some good eats but there is just so much good shopping to be had. Every single store sucks you in and feasts on your inner superficial being.
Seafood Feast! 1400 Baht!
Brand name after brand name, one becomes claustrophobic by the amount of designer goods being hawked at you. I haven't shopped at all since being in Thailand as I know I am flying out of Bangkok
and thus will load up there. Why not? The epicentre of the fake clothing shopping capital of the world and that way I don't have to carry the stuff around. The only problem is your playing the game of risk. What if Samui, a beach island, has more beach type goods while Bangkok as more inland styles? This is truly tough stuff but, as this is the gayest conversation ever, I will move on. I will say that it is the art stores that really get me. Some of it is sooo cheesy but some of it is really really amazing.
I look forward to picking up some pieces on my way out. I bought some (F)Ray Bans Yesterday. (That's Fake + Ray Ban - in case you aren't too quick on my uptake). Wicked glasses, thick plastic shell, blue plaid. Really nice. Really me. Anthony wanted to buy the same pair but I grabbed the last ones. This island has seriously, probably 3000 shops divded by 5 types of shops,. Bags (Gucci, Louis, etc), T-shirt/Clothing, Art, Sunglasses, etc. He walked through Koh Samui looking for the same pair of sunglasses that I had abought. Eventually I gave the poor guy my shades. I liked them, but he LOVED them and thus they are now his. There were some conditions though... 1) I can borrow them if I want and 2) If he receives 6 unprovoked compliments on them in front of me, I get them back.
Anthony and I with and officer and a gentleman.
I thought I'd make it interesting. Moving on - eventualy we found our way to the baech, grabbed some food, I wrote some blog, and then we walked the beach from one side to the other. Eventually we sat down, it was now around 4:30 and chilled while the sunset. I have figured out a HUGE deciding factor of where I am going to vacation for now on. I will only pay money to vacation on beaches that face West. I hate sitting on beaches that face east. You lose the sun at 3pm instead of 6. It is so lame. I want sun, without sun, there is no beach. I want the sun until it is ready to set and when it sets, I want to watch it sink into the ocean. I bought a new book earlier this day by the way. I was going to buy Shantaram which was recomended to me by some family in SA but Anthony was saying his favourite book is Kane and Abel, as well by Jefferey Archer.
Terry, Chloe, Anthony, Jemma, and Laura at Ark Bar
I as really leaning towards Shantaram as although I loved Jeffrey Archer, he has a distinct style of writing and again, although I liked it, I was ready to read something different. That being said (Curb Your Enthousias reference), I went with the Archer book as Anthony said it was even better then the last one I read. Btw - if you care, The Beach, the book, was good, but as always, the movie ruined it for me as all I could see was DiCaprio when I read about Richard, the main character. THAT being said, I am happy in this one case that I saw the movie first as the visual within the story is so crucial to the story, that I would rather see it vs. imagine it. We went for dinner last night. 1400Bht for two! Seafood Package. For $20 dollars, we feasted like kings on Tiger Prawns, Red Snapper, Blue Crab, Squid, and Mussells.
The Bucket Presentation at Mango
All BBQed (besides the mussells) with garlic and butter. OMG! So good. I could do that every night. The best part about seafood is that even if you are full, you aren't sick full like you would be if you ate carbs or a giant steak. So light and fresh. From dinner, we went to the Bondi Bar to meet Tarry, the Sarjeant, and Chloe. From there, we went to Ark BAr and we went off. First it was four of us. Then the two english girls we met at dinner the night before saw us and sat with us, then I ran into three really cool english folk (2 girls, 1 guy) who I met in Phi Phi and were really excited to see me and vice versa. From there, we went to Mango Bar I think. From there, I went to bed. GOODNIGHT.