Signs and Wonders

Dear Readers,
i am leaving Koh lanta tomorrow, but before that i will give you another insight in this idyll πŸ™‚

This is the “Jah Bar”, behind the counter is Chan, the owner.
He is grumpy because i did not seem happy πŸ˜€
Yeah he is a good guy.
The bar is really cool and i can just recommend everybody to go there and drink a nice lassi.
The “Jah Bar” is at the Andaman BayIMG_1658 IMG_1659 IMG_1660 Beautiful, isn’t it?
Note: Koh Lanta, Jah Bar!

 

Unusual signs? Not in Thailand, hail to the king!….IMG_1662“Jiraporn, Trade the Wood” …no..i..am not…laughing.. πŸ˜€IMG_1657This happens when you have a bad handwriting and the sign maker can’t read it properly
(top sign correct, lower sign…well)IMG_1664 The french guy and me went to the jungle to see the Klong Jaak waterfall.
The hike is amazing, the waterfall…well you’ll see later. IMG_1668 IMG_1669 IMG_1670 A lot of wild crittersIMG_1674 A tree washes its hair in the riverIMG_1675 IMG_1677A natural bathtub IMG_1678A banyan tree IMG_1679And this is not a pipe, but a root of exactly this tree, that somehow found its way through the stone IMG_1680Just like these IMG_1682 IMG_1683 IMG_1684The Xylophone Stalactites, they make really nice sounds! IMG_1685The….waterfall? more of a dribble πŸ˜€ IMG_1686 IMG_1688 IMG_1689 IMG_1690 Laurent and the giant treeIMG_1697 IMG_1698 IMG_1700These elephants are indian elephants, they have been used for working for a long time, now they don’t carry wood and logs anymore but tourists IMG_1703And this felt amazing! IMG_1705Gumtrees are our future, so i believe! IMG_1708On our way to and from the Waterfall we saw 50% Thai and 50% tourists on bikes.
This shocked me, but i am a tourist as well, and Koph lanta is really beautiful!
I really had a nice couple of days here, i enjoyed snorkeling, saw lot and lots of colorful fish, got a sunburn and massages.
Come here!
Or maybe don’t come then the island will stay quiet a few more years πŸ˜‰

So Long OleIMG_1709

Koh Lanta and between

After Krabi (Ao Nang) i went straight to Koh Lanta.
The ferry made some stops on the way to take some people aboard, but i still slept pretty well πŸ˜€
Arriving inΒ  Koh Lanta, i obviously did not know where to go, but Chan was there, a small Thai guy and owner of a reggae bar.
He offered me a free ride to a bungalow resort, and when i shared some music with him he offerd m a free place to stay. (thank you Motte for all the reggae music πŸ˜‰ )

The Beach is way better than the one in Ao Nang which was crowded, here it is way more relaxed, a few reggae parties but not the full on hardcore stuff that Thailand is known for.

Pictures:IMG_1573Me and Jim, in his place…see previous entry πŸ™‚

IMG_1602 IMG_1600 IMG_1599 IMG_1593 IMG_1592 Pictures of the ferry from Ao Nang to Koh lantaIMG_1586 IMG_1585 IMG_1583 IMG_1582Tourism in Thailand? BIGTIME! that is one of 20 massage parlours on Ao Nang beach, the massage was really good, but every saloon has 20 beds, it is just so massive!

But then i arrived in the Andaman Bay!

IMG_1651 IMG_1650Kirsten, Monique and me (2 south african girls i met in Penang already) IMG_1647 The water is so extremely clear!IMG_1645 IMG_1640 IMG_1638 IMG_1637 Relaxing is important!IMG_1634 More south African people IMG_1624 IMG_1623 IMG_1619 You can print you postcards yourself this time πŸ˜›IMG_1617 IMG_1612 IMG_1611 IMG_1608 Β Β  I am enjoying this!
I decided to take a week off and just relax and let go.
Tomorrow is birthday time, jammin on the beach!

So long
the tanned relaxed and massaged
Ole πŸ˜‰

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goodbye malaysia, Hello Thailand!

After finishing my work on the yacht i hastily tried to get the last ferry to penang, where i wanted to get a 2 Month Thai visa.

Turned out the last ferry to Kuala Kedah was full, but i went to the terminal in hope that there would be a spare seat πŸ˜‰
i was lucky.
After a very rough boats tour, i met a nice old guy who dropped me at the busstation.
From there i drove to Penang.
(for anybody who.wants to get from Langkawi to Penang, this is the latest possibility…and also cheaper than a direct ferry)

In Penang i had a VERY nice taxi driver who helped me a lot, and even wanted.to give some money back because he saw, that i tried to save money πŸ™‚
It seems all the friendly taxidrivers group up in Penang, because the driver who took me to the embassy the next day told me that you need a passport copy and 2 fotos for applying.
All worked out very well.

While waiting for my visa to finish, i ate at Jim’s place, met some nice people and even got to sleep on the couch there, because all rooms were full.
JIM KNOWS EVERYTHING!!
Go there! It is worth it!!!

I took a minibus to HatYai, and a local bus to Krabi (which is the cheapest way to go!)
on the bus to Krabi i met a nice Thai guy, he couldn’t speak english but when has this ever stopped people from beeing friendly and ole from trusting them.
He had a friend who ownes a karaoke bar in Ao Nang, she could speak english, so i just followed him here πŸ™‚

Tomorrow i will take the ferry to Koh Lanta.
(so far what happened to me the last days πŸ™‚ )

Malaysia conclusion:

Malaysia is develloping!
A modern country which is comparable to Poland.
It is a muslim country, the people are racist in a peaceful way: 60% Malay, 30% chinese and 10% tamil…
at least that are the numbers that have to be forfilled in a public university.

It is apparently not as corrupt as Indonesia, not as touristic as Thailand and not as dirty as India.
-> i like malaysia

food: a lot of chinese food here
very good is:
-satee which is kind of a spicy fondue made in peanut sauce…hmmm
-the roti, which is very different from what i was used to from India
-tryΒ  Jackfruit, a very strange fruit!
i did not like the aftertaste, but i also don’t like blue cheese πŸ˜€

so long Ole

p.s. we have to switch to the old model again, because the internet in Thailand is very slow…

Daywork on a Superyacht

how do you get a job on a Luxus yacht?

simple:
you go to the jetty of your choice,
you post a poster saying that you look for a ride to thailand,
speak to the first person you see about the weather and your plans
–> TADAA, you accidentially got yourself a wellpaid job on a boat for a few days πŸ™‚ IMG_1566The Twizzle

Daywork means that you work on the boat from 8am-5pm and then go home again. I found the work surprisingly nice, even though it was just cleaning the engine room.

I got friends with the chef, and he packed some food for me (watermelons, coconuts, cookies etc) i got to try black caviar, which they would have thrown away otherwise…a 300$ pack o.O
And also with the chief engineer, who really liked my work. He wants to get a german 2nd engineer now, because of the german efficiency πŸ˜€

Now i am in Penang to get the Thaivisa, from here i will probably take the bus to phuket, as there seem to be no ships willing to take me there :/ anyhow, i am looking forward to Thailand.

so long ole

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Picture Boatique

hey my my dear readers.
i finally have fast internet to show you some impressions from Naga Pelangi.
We went around the Island Lankawi πŸ™‚

IMG_1440My Kingdom for 10 daysΒ IMG_1441my real kingdom for 10 days πŸ™‚

IMG_1458Getting the guests with the dingyIMG_1464 LANKAWI:IMG_1478 IMG_1490 IMG_1511 IMG_1518 IMG_1519 Patriotism in Malaysia πŸ˜‰IMG_1520 Paradise?IMG_1526 A fresh water lake just 100m from the sea…IMG_1544 Now i stopped working on the Naga and started on the Twizzle:

but later more πŸ˜‰IMG_1566So long Ole πŸ™‚IMG_1554

personal thoughts

the chinese couple are gone now.
but another crew member arrived, Ive from switzerland who is Β capt’n himself.
but back to food:
day 3:
spaggethi carbonara
rosmary chcken (thank you mom for this recipe)
day 4
cuttlefish with chinese noodles and chicken
steamed fish and hashbrowns
day5
chicken coconut soup (thanks to ludi for this) and pork chops with rice

and then they left.

I work alot here on the ship i am becoming very good at sanding and scrubbing wood.
I read a lot and i become more tanned πŸ˜‰
Continue reading

Work and injuries

Ahoi everybody.
i am on a boat as you know.
i work as cook and do scrubbing the deck, winding up the anchor, sail and Dingy (zodiac) etc.

Working as a cook is fun, but in the contrary to cooking for friends you always feel like you have to fulfill an expectation.
There is definitely peer pressure. But it is getting better, i start feeling normal in the kitchen…which becomes really warm, as there is no wind.
It feels like a sauna especially when i have to use the stove…

the menu so far:
day1:
dinner: Prawns aglio olio (thanks to my dad for teaching me that)
day2:
lunch: Tibetan Pizza
dinner: steamed Fish and rice

tomorrow:
lunch: spagetti carbonara
dinner: rosmarin baked chicken

etc…

but thats only one part of my work.
as is stated i have to scrub the deck.
So all together i got 4 cuts on my fingertips…
It makes scrubbing really hard if you have cuts on both thumbs πŸ˜‰
but the ship slowly looks better than when we started.
and i am glad that my main task is cooking, Stefan has to scrub the deck all the day…

The landscape is beautiful. All the small islands, rocky coasts, mountains… it is amazing.
I am on the internet with my phone, so i still cannot upload pictures :/
but i will for sure.

So long
Ole
p.s. Thanks for all your feedback. It really keeps me motivated to continue keeping up this blog and to keep going.
I actually think about you all the time…it might be a bad thing to think how i can show you something, but i enjoy the time.
You are a bonus πŸ™‚

My life on a boat

So my dear readers,
i made it. I am officially a pirate.

Well ok almost, i am a ships cook.
My ship is called “Naga Pelangi” which means Rainbow Dragon in Malay. It is the only “Perahu Besar” (mal.: big boat)Β based on the ancient cargo boat design but finished to modern yacht standards.
(http://naga-pelangi.blogspot.com/)

I have to cook lunch and dinner for the guests and us (Christoph the Skipper and Capt’n, Stefan who is another deckhand and me)
The deck: both pctures are shot from the front

In the back there are some solar panels for providing power.

Stefan and meIMG_1457
This is Christoph at work.

 

I think the coming time will be amazing.
The next 6 days we have 2 guests onboard.
A chinese couple who are good friends of Christoph.
So we are going to sail around Lankawi, thats cool, so i can see some views of the island as well.
I don’t know how my phone will work the networking.
I am not really able to upload pictures (all of these exept the pic of me and stephen are links πŸ˜‰ ) so i might have to wait until i have wifi somewhere.
but i will write some stuff.

so long Ole πŸ™‚
p.s. ARRRR

 

 

New years eve in Kuala Lumpur

 

 

Dear Β readers, it was Β a long year.
It started and ended with fireworks.
Well for me at least.
I spend less than 3/4 of that year in germany,
While travelling everybody changes, i for example became more quiet and tranquil. It is really easy for me to adapt to different people and cultures, but sometimes there are some things you don’t want to adapt to. That is the priority, don’t break yourself.

I have been told that i am very mature for my age.
Also Β i have been told that i am very childish for my age.

I like the thought, that i act like a child and think like a grown up,
there are too many people who do it the other way around.

I finally found work on a boat.
It will be a charter boat that cruises around Lankawi.
Lankawi is a very beautiful group of islands north of Malaysia.
The boat is a traditional style Malaysian freight ship.

the ship

maybe you noticed the german flag, the skipper is a german.
I will be chef (cook) and deckhand and i am so looking forward to it!

My new years eve was really relaxed, cooking awesome food and then watching the fireworks of the balcony. (after all the food nobody dared to go swimming in the pool πŸ˜€ )
And Β now some (in my opinion) boring pictures of KL
Just for you πŸ™‚
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Ok i admit, that i actually like the last picture, but the rest is not really creme de la creme.
Making pictures of fireworks is always diffucult, and with a bad camera it is just snapshooting.

anyhow the pictures from the sea will be more interesting i guess πŸ™‚

So long
Ole
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