July 31, 2013
The resort where I used to work is an ideal wedding location. Mike and his fiancee chose to get married at the P. I bet it was the biggest wedding of the year because staff from different departments came to help clean and decorate the pool deck where the wedding was held.. Talk about teamwork! When I arrived, everything was set. My job was to document the event and I snapped away as soon as I got the chance.
July 28, 2013
On the girls' last day in Samui we headed to Beach Republic in Lamai. It was the girls' first but my third visit to the resort. I was there a few weeks back to see the son of a family friend who works as the Director of Sales. This time, it was them meeting for the first time.
The resort charges outside guests Thai Baht 1,000 per person. The price includes the use of all the resort's facilities, food and drinks. The girls were in their swimming attire and they badly wanted to go swimming so they didn't mind paying. I had to rush back to work so I only stayed for a couple hours.
July 22, 2013
|We were all bundled up|
I am a people person. Everywhere I go I meet different kinds of people. My trip to Malaysia in May this year has lengthen the list of my new friends. One of them whom I gotten close to is the PR Manager of Ice Bar Koh Samui.
I 'd been planning my visit to Ice Bar for a while. I had to cancel it a few times because there was always something that would prevent me from going. My work at the resort is unpredictable. If something comes up and my service is needed, I have to stay. Well, the girls were visiting so I thought it would be nice if they experience the arctic feeling at Ice Bar. It's also my chance to see it for myself.
July 21, 2013
Choosing Le Cabanon from numerous restaurants which lined the streets of Fisherman's Village was a right decision. We loved the food. The staff were attentive and helpful. The restaurant is on the beach so any diners can get to enjoy the ocean breeze while eating.
July 17, 2013
|The big sign. You won't miss it.|
My sister came down to Koh Samui with my cousin and a friend in tow. No words could describe my excitement and happiness when I saw them for the first time in three months. Yeah. Three months was not a long time but given our closeness, it seemed forever.
They were here for only four days so I made sure they maximized the short time they had. I took them to Fisherman's Village in Bophut . On Fridays the place is transformed into a walking street. It was Monday when we went. The area was quiet. Such a perfect time to catch up with everyone and enjoy dinner.
July 14, 2013
July 12, 2013
Due to high occupancy, the resort hosted another barbeque event. This time we invited fire dancers to liven up the night. Except for the outdoor bbq, everything went as planned. Our sincere appreciation to all our guests who made this evening possible.
July 5, 2013
|Complimentary welcome drinks|
Holding an outdoor party during monsoon is a challenge. Getting in-house guests to sign up for the event is even more difficult. Only a few days before Thai Cultural Night, we worked hard to convince our guests to attend the event.By the time the event started we had almost 70% percent attendees. I couldn't remember how many times I prayed for a nice weather. God heard them. The weather cooperated and we had a perfect party at the pool deck. Yeeha!
July 3, 2013
I had a whole day to relax before going back to Thailand so I went with a friend to check out snake temple in Bayan Lepas. It was a forty minute bus ride from George Town.
The Snake Temple (Chinese: 蛇庙; pinyin: Shé Miào; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Tsuâ-biō) is situated in Sungai Kluang, Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia and is perhaps the only temple of its kind in the world. The temple is filled with the smoke of burning incense and a variety of pit vipers. The vipers are believed to be rendered harmless by the sacred smoke, but as a safety precaution, the snakes have also been de-venomed but still have their fangs intact, visitors are warned against picking up the reptiles and placing them on their bodies for taking pictures. Local devotees believe that the temple's snake population has come there of its own accord.
The temple was built circa 1850 in memory of Chor Soo Kong (祖師公), by a Buddhist monk. Chor Soo Kong (also known as Qingshui) was born with the Tan surname (陳昭應, or Tan Chhiau-eng) in China during the Song Dynasty (960-1279). He was very serious about spiritual attainment and was ordained at a young age. Legend has it that Chor Soo Kong, who was also a healer, gave shelter to the snakes of jungle. When he died at the age of 65 after a lifetime of good deeds, he was bestowed the honorific title Chor Soo, meaning an eminent historic figure continuously revered by a community generation after generation. After the completion of the temple, snakes appeared on their own accord. The Snake Temple was originally named the "Temple of the Azure Cloud" in honor of the beauty of Penang's sky.
July 1, 2013
I had no chance to see Little India when I went to Penang 13 years ago. Visiting it was on my "to-do" list. I got really excited when I learned that the area was just a walking distance from my guesthouse. When a new friend mentioned having Indian food for breakfast that day, I asked if he could take me and my other two friends to the same restaurant. He wanted to go Indian for dinner that day so four of us went.