It was a long, long day. Billy was working nearby and Kaya and I decided to use the hotel facilities, after we had had lunch. Panwa Beach Resort was nearly empty, and located on one of Phuket’s nicest beaches. We had tagged along with Billy so that the little one could get out of the house and play on the beach ( one of the best places for unschooling my friends!! NATURE!). We chased crabs, played in the baby pool, and drank mango shakes in the sun.
I had no idea we were on tsunami watch until my husband someone mentioned on twitter about the quake in Indonesia, and how all of the Indian Ocean was on alert. And here we are, in Phuket, that got totally nailed by the tidal wave back in 2004.
Hospitals have been evacuated. Hotels, malls.
So here I was, on the phone with my mom trying to explain everything was going to be ok. And in the back of my mind I am in panic mode: what the hell is going to happen? We aren’t on the coast, we’re not in Patong. But we are still not high enough, elevation wise, to be in a safe zone. Supposedly the wave has in fact hit and it was small, but for some reason we are getting very little coverage here as to if we are still on alert.
It reminds me of when kaya was a baby and we lived in Korea, near the North Korea border. One day I heard sirens that reverberated all throughout the city, and that signaled an air raid. I was utterly paralysed.
Were they invading?? What the hell is going on??
Billy wasn’t there, he was in school, about 20 minutes from home. I looked out the window, expecting people to be evacuating their homes and saw nothing, no one. All I heard was that loud as hell siren.
It eventually ended, and I went to the cafe next door. They had no idea what I was talking about. I explained and they said ‘ Oh yeah’. Apparently they were used to it by now, used to that ear splitting sound. Yes, it was a drill.
I didn’t care. I wanted to leave right then and there. That was the time that the siren had been sunk and nonstop overseas CNN and whatnot kept reporting ‘war imminent’. All my Korean friends assured me there would be no war, but the US media really played it up, and that loud siren never left my memory.
War never broke out, and North Korea is making its usual threats and insults all the time. had we stayed, we would have been fine, but I would have been incredibly scared the entire time. I’m a mom.
After that incident, I am here in Phuket and yes, there is a tsunami warning and people have evacuated their homes. I don’t know what is going to happen, but I am not freaking out anymore. The island is ready now for whatever happens. They don’t want a repeat of what happened in 2004.
I will update you all on what happens, but as of right now, I think we will be fine. It is nonetheless not an enjoyable experience, for any of us.
from us, Rimtang Chalong. We never entered it for some time,
thinking it was expensive.
But it is very reasonably priced and honestly, it is a major break for me, after a day of unschooling my preschooler.
It makes me insanely happy knowing we have a place near us that has free wifi, looks
like a five star restaurant ( with ornate Thai design everywhere) and great food.
If you are prepping for the holidays, one of my favorite places to shop is Limelight, in Phuket Town. The indie market has some great homemade and vintage finds! I also love for kids’ clothes the Tea Collection! Tea Collection will be having a special Black Friday sale featuring $15 dresses for girls and $15 pants for boys valid 11/25 through 11/27. For girls, I love the Pinata Stripe Dress! This dress was inspired by the brightly colored striped pinatas in Mexico. The dress is made of 100% cotton and machine washable and is sure to create tons of fun. The Ticking Stripe Pant is really cute, as is the Little Citizens Pajamas. This adorable pj set is inspired by Mexico’s famous Arbol del Tule. Not only are these pj’s adorable but proceeds from your sale will benefit the Global Fund for Children and their work advancing the dignity of children around the world. I also love the Art To Go Deluxe Set. This is the perfect gift for the little artist whose creativity won’t be contained–even on the road!
Before I head off to bed, I want to post our pics from a recent trip to Rang Hill here in Phuket.
( SERIOUSLY) toilets man has ever known. You get a view while you urinate!!
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We have had a very good/interesting luck to live by temples or churches wherever we have lived. At least, in the past few countries. Now, we live right next to Wat Chalong, the largest Buddhist temple in Phuket. Although very touristy, the temple has stunning architecture and is almost like a pilgrimage site for Buddhists throughout Asia; I see many buses of Koreans coming to pray at the temple.
It is a fantastic place to take children ( in the early evening, when it’s not too hot). Kaya loves the elephant statues and garden.