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I’m over the moon

I really hate blowing my own trumpet but if someone is kind enough to do it for me then I’m happy to share what is now, after all, public on Amazon.
It takes a lot of hard work and time to write a book. Sometimes authors get it right and give pleasure to a lot of people. Sometimes we don’t however hard we have tried. When someone expresses gratitude, enjoy it, if they criticise you brutally accept it with good grace. Either way you know you have touched the reader.
At the moment I am feeling a warm glow because of the very kind words written by an Amazon reviewer. They will hopefully sustain me when the inevitable happens and some critic lays into me. Hopefully I will be able to learn from the bad reviews as well.
5.0 out of 5 stars Don’t pass this amazing book by!, March 13, 2017
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Nomads of the sea

No one wants us

For we are Moken.

Long time here yet

Still not broken.

 

Three hundred years and more,

Stateless nomads of the sea.

Skilled seafarers far from shore,

We had no home but we were free.

 

No schooling now for our children.

In sickness, we have no care.

Nomads still, we carry on.

Tourists, they just stop and stare.

 

Poorer now and losing face;

No basic rights in any land.

Exploited by this venal place;

We are just a one man band.

 

They used our skills for gain;

They made us dive too deep;

‘Nam neeb’ and dynamite destroyed us;

Now we’re just a crippled heap.

 

Poor man, rich man, beggar man, thief.

Seldom do we our stories write.

We are but nothing in this land.

But this land is ours by our birthright.

 

Even where we’ve lived for years

They will not let us call home.

Ancestral bones are buried deep

In land that we can never own.

 

Fish and forage;

Land or sea.

Shelter scavenged we accept.

Never discerning, we were free.

 

When we were young

We dived and dined.

Our great sea gave

Fish and shells and lobsters fine.

 

From Koh Phuket to Surin Islands,

Free to fish on natures patch.

Now from Surin we are banned;

No turtles, cucumber, clams to catch.

 

Without the sea we cannot live.

Sell a photo for a buck.

Embarassed, begging for some food.

Does any tourist give a fuck.

 

Thai, Burmese, Rohingya, Moken.

In the big dream many others

See the world for what it is,

Because forever we are brothers.

 

Still no one wants us.

We are Moken.

Long time here yet

Still not broken.

The best way to see Thailand – Excerpt (4)

THAILAND DIARIES – VOLUME 2 – DRIVING THAILAND

Driving Thailand is the second Volume of my Thailand Diaries and is now complete. But before I publish it as my second FREE e-book I have decided to post a selection of excerpts which I hope will encourage you to download and enjoy the whole book.

CENTRAL THAILAND (Part 1)

The drive to Bangkok

The drive from Phuket to Bangkok is peppered with a profusion of greenery and overabundance of tropical splendour. Take two days, break the journey and stay overnight at Hua Hin (550kms from Phuket). The first day is a long one, approximately ten hours driving including stops. You can sleep in a bit because from Hua Hin to Bangkok (150+kms) is about three hours depending on your destination and traffic. Continue reading The best way to see Thailand – Excerpt (4)

The best way to see Thailand – Excerpt (3)

THAILAND DIARIES – VOLUME 2 – DRIVING THAILAND

Driving Thailand is the second Volume of my Thailand Diaries and is now complete. But before I publish it as my second FREE e-book I have decided to post a selection of excerpts which I hope will encourage you to download and enjoy the whole book.

SOUTH WESTERN ISLANDS – KOH PHUKET (Part 2)

Inviting but sometimes dangerous Andaman sea
Inviting but sometimes dangerous Andaman sea

Dangerous waters during monsoon

The Andaman Sea on the Western shores of Thailand claim many lives every year in the monsoon season between June and October. Phuket has its fair share of tragedies and the lifeguards do they best they can to warn tourists, Thais and ‘Farangs’ alike, of the dangers of the sea and deter them from entering the water at certain times and places on the beaches. There are big notice boards, in several languages, on most beaches explaining the dangers of ‘rip’ tides and what to do if you get caught and dragged out to sea. It seems that a great many are oblivious to the power of the sea. They seem to treat it with all the frivolity you would treat a nice warm bath with a plug-hole which you can disengage if the water has the temerity to rise above your ‘three piece suite’. Continue reading The best way to see Thailand – Excerpt (3)

The Best way to see Thailand – Excerpt (2)

THAILAND DIARIES – VOLUME 2 – DRIVING THAILAND

Driving Thailand is the second Volume of my Thailand Diaries and is now complete. But before I publish it as my second FREE e-book I have decided to post a selection of excerpts which I hope will encourage you to download and enjoy the whole book.

Early morning at Rawai Pier
Early morning at Rawai Pier

SOUTH WESTERN ISLANDS – KOH PHUKET (Part 1)

Thailand has many islands in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand such as Koh Pkuket, Koh Samui and Kho Phi Phi. I have stayed or lived, on and off since 2006, in Phuket but, as yet, have not visited any other islands. This section of the book gives a broad overview of a tropical island I love but which unfortunately is becoming overcrowded more and more each year. Continue reading The Best way to see Thailand – Excerpt (2)