I liked this…

From Humans of New York

“If you could give one piece of advice to a large group of people, what would it be?”
“Try your best to deal with life without medicating yourself.”
“You mean drugs?”
“I mean drugs, food, shopping, money, whatever. I ain’t judging anybody, either. I was hooked on heroin for years. But now I’ve learned that every feeling will pass if you give it time. And if you learn to deal with your feelings, they’ll pass by faster each time. So don’t rush to cover them up, or you’re never gonna learn.”

a push, a shove and a rush of blood…

I was pissed.  But I am over it.  Life’s to short.

This is what transpired earlier today… which started with a facebook post from Lek along with some sadly graphic but important pictures of elephant torture.

On the 13th of March every year is the day that Thailand celebrates the Elephant’s Day ! I will dedicate my page from now on to reveal the suffering of the elephant. I want to share the picture to let the world to know what is behind the elephant show and circus and entertainment , how the elephant so suffer from this !

Today, too many hundreds of thousands and beyond of tourists still pay money and expect to be entertained by the animal ! The world is complete with the black heart and no understanding. How can our message reach them , how can our message teach them. This picture, these eyes of suffering, speak thousands of words to the tourist. Your voice will help to save the elephant ! Please do not hesitate to speak strongly !
with NuNa Silpa-archa

Then through several posts, this one person, Jess something made this statement that got a rile out of some people including me.  I’m sure she will retaliate again tomorrow but i don’t really give a shit anymore.

 Jess Sathiest 99% of this human population are selfish, self-absorbed & apathetic assholes. They know cruelty exists, they simply don’t care. Their needs are far too important to concern themselves with the suffering of the animals who are tortured. They pay the abusers to watch a show, or to be entertained & by default they expect these animals to perform. Their warped thinking is: “If we pay for it we have a right to see these animals perform for us.” This is why I am misanthrope. I despise my race & will never show any empathy or have any sympathy for any form of human suffering. My heart & my fight belong to the animals. Humans need to perish. Education is not they key because most humans possess a neanderthal mentality that no amount of education can change.

Libby Helton Jess im sorry you hate the human race and you are certainly entitled to feel how you feel but I too stand by what I said. We will agree to disagree. Your country is diff than mine. We don’t have such horrid traditions such as you described. Thank you for educating me on some of them. I’ve learned something new and that being said we all want the same thing. Animal abuse and cruelty need to end.

Jess Sathiest Danny Henriksen I have no idea what the point of your post was?? Where in my post did I say anything about stopping what I am doing and giving up the fight?? I expressed my loathing of the human race and said I feel no empathy or sympathy for them because my heart and my fight was, is and always will be for the animals. I also said that the human race was not worth ‘educating’ because it does no good – they already know the truth they simply don’t care. All I read in your post is what you do, so if you needed a platform to get out to the world how much you do then you accomplished that, but your comment to me was pointless. I too am an animal activist and I too march and protest and even sign petitions. I cant see it making much difference or any difference for that matter, but I still do it. However, I do not believe humans have the capacity to change so instead of believing something like this with all my heart (as you indicated you do) I prefer to try and help the animals around me that I can actually help. I cant save all the animals of the world but the ones I can help I will help.

Cat Ghislaine Garber Wow. For those who have no faith in the human race… i feel sorry for you. Does that mean we give up and stop fighting for animals? People are making a difference in trying to help and protect and save these animals… and forests… and pastures. .. etc. But things don’t just change overnight. I will continue to be involved and support the cause. As a species we have so much to learn but I have hope.

Jess Sathiest LOL Cat Ghislaine Garber why on earth would you feel sorry for people who don’t share your mindset?? You should instead direct your pity at the ones like yourself who have the faith and hope in this human race. I certainly don’t need or want yours or anyone else’s pity for how I feel. I am quite open about my loathing for this race and have no hope for us. So you believe what you want to believe and hope for, but keep your pity for yourself, okay? Good!

Cat Ghislaine Garber Sadly the intent of Lek’s post is getting lost. Jess Sathiest you perplex me. Do you loathe and hate yourself as well? Or are you the only good human alive? I the don’t read realism in your views I read pessimism.

Jess Sathiest LOL Cat Ghislaine Garber you amuse me with your mundane garble. I am misanthrope, look up the word & educate yourself to what misanthrope means. To your last bit of garble – realist or pessimist, both suit me fine. As long as I’m not delusional in my beliefs  Im off to bed now, it is soon going to be midnight here. Go amuse someone else. TaTa.

Cat Ghislaine Garber Nah Jess Sathiest I don’t need to look anything up. Plain and simple you are mean and insulting and use misanthrope and other semantics to justify your rudeness. I have you figured out just fine. For someone who hates the human race you sure like to be around them or you wouldn’t be on here. You like to hear yourself rant and get a rise out of others. By the way you and you alone in this series of posts define the word loathsome. Not the Lek’s of the world. Sweet dreams. But you probably don’t have those either. Over.and.out.

1.25.15 Sunday

Today was a very laid back day.  We first went back to the ENP office to donate more clothes.  Dontating clothes helps the Hill Tribe village that will end up receiving them and it makes more room in our suitcases to bring home market finds!! 🙂  From ENP office, we walked to Tai Paeth Gate, which was barely a quarter mile, for Sunday market.  We found a different vendor that was making fresh dumplings – yummy still!!  And we got grilled corn on the cob.  We bought a few more last minute things: happy pants (stretch loose cotton pants that are great for hot weather), scarf for mom, more hanging lights for the girls…  Definitely my favorite day market and in a great area for exploring.

By the time we finished looking at everything we wanted to, we decided to have late lunch early dinner at the Black Canyon Cafe.  We each splurged on delicious coffee drinks… this is my black hazelnut frappe.



We returned back to the hotel for one last swim at the pool.  Then showered and packed our suitcases.  This is always one of the saddest parts but we are ready to get back to our families….  Good bye Lotus Pang Suan Keow.  See you again soon!! [  Now for the 24 hour trip back home… 🙂 ]


From the lobby looking up



Open lounge area on ground floor



Open lounge area on ground floor


1.24.15 Saturday

Today is another day of exploring and shopping!  But first I want to capture what the hotel looks like from outside our room.  The center is like a humongous atrium that’s light and open.  Our view of inside the hotel from our 12th floor location – we are room 21221.


We go back down our favorite street (maybe one day I will actually write it down) which is just walking distance from our hotel.  We find a very nice boutique-y plaza next to the Factory Outlet that sells the Celadon.  There are about 15 little shops that sell clothes, jewelry, shoes, hats – a goldmine for fashionable chicks like us.  Since the Factory Outlet is still closed, we decide to take a red bus to Saturday market.  We get there at about 1 p.m. not realizing that the Saturday market is an evening market that does not really start until 4 p.m.  We decide we do not want to hang around that long — the pollution (car exhaust) is exceptionally bad.  Instead we discover that one of the street that Saturday market is next to is full  of shop after shop of silver jewelry.  Imagine a street with one candy store after another (if you like candy), that is what it is like when we are looking at the jewelry.  Of course we buy  a couple of pieces. 🙂

We decide we will head back to the hotel, go for a swim.  This is our gorgeous swimming pool on the 7th floor!





After a relaxing hour at the pool, we shower and have dinner at Tops Market, you guessed it, pad Thai.  I have to lay off the Thai curry, the hot spice is starting to get to me…  We then go back to the street that sells the Celadon and pick up a couple more pieces that have the elephants decorated in the pottery.  We stop at the boutique plaza next door and drink some water.  Hi Sabine!! 🙂



On the way back to our hotel we see this tree all lit up.  Looks better in person, but at least I’ll never forget it, even with this blurry picture.





When we get back to the hotel, we eat cookies in bed and watch the one American channel that airs some decent TV shows.  Life is good.

1.23.15 Friday

We decided to sleep in this morning.  It feels so good to sleep in a warm bed, and in a room where we actually have to turn on the air conditioning instead of adding a fourth layer of clothing (as I did at ENP).  Eventually we stroll down to the 1st floor for our complimentary buffet breakfast.  There is a huge assortment of food but Sabine and I stick to the usual Thai salad bar.  However, when I see these mini croissants, I have to get some mostly because they remind of 2 of the dogs, Son Luk and Thai Pei,  that we would hug daily at ENP and it makes me smile.


the shapes here remind me of the back-leg paralyzed puppiesh playmates of Steel, Son Luk and Thai Pei, when we would visit them all in their tiled enclosure. They always sat like this it would look SO cute!!! ♡

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One of Steel’s playmates. Note the resemblance of the croissants to Gimpy2’s  (Son Luk) legs. He is paralyzed in the back legs with muscular issues. Totally adorable. ♡

After breakfast we decide to explore our favorite street which we discovered the last time we were here 2 years ago, to do a little shopping.  This is ALWAYS fun.  We find a factory outlet shop (Thai style) that sells Celadon (famous in Thailand) and we buy some beautiful bowls with elephants on it.  We are thrilled at this find.  We find a few other shops where we buy a few gifts and, of course, some stuff for ourselves.

We eat lunch at Tops market in the Central Mall (connected to our hotel) and order one of our favorite meals,  Thai curry chicken.


Instant colonoscopy prep.

The we go to TaiPeth Gate, which is where the Sunday (afternoon) market is.  we had found 2 or 3 very nice boutiques that sell pure silver jewelry as well as scarves.  We buy more goodies and have a great time spending the afternoon outdoors.

When we return back to the hotel abd because it is 93º F, we decided to go swimming in the HUGE (Olympic sized but nicer shape) swimming pool on the 7th floor – outdoors.  How lovely!  We swim for an hour, shower and go for pad Thai at Top Market.  We go back to the Night Bazaar again and make sure to get to Lanna Silver.  I buy the elephant pave bracelet.   I will always love this store because of the large selection of gorgeous, uniquely designed silver jewelry pieces.  And they always take you up on the saying, “Can you please give me any discount?” 🙂

By the way, I will get pictures of the swimming pool tomorrow.  I love it here!!!