Day 16 Big-C my bratha
10.52pm: Today was an extremely long, productive, and another fun-filled day. For my internship, I first visited the fuel station. There are two fuel trucks available, but one is not operating. The fuel station is actually a different/separate company that has nothing to do with the airport. The only “thing” they have to ‘negotiate’ would just be the fuel truck, and the operator of the fuel truck. They have a storage unit for the fuel; they clean it every 3 years or so, and change the pipe for fueling also in 3 years. If it was in a larger/international airport, the fuel provided is linked through an underground system, where fuel is pumped…yep, underground. There’s a storage unit for the fuel underground as well. The fuel bought is based on market price, so it actually fluctuates a lot. The company currently operating this fuel tank (BASF (?) I’m not sure) doesn’t earn a lot of money, because there’s not a lot of airplanes that comes and goes through Sukhothai airport. They operate from 6.30am to 6.00pm. We’ll go back and visit when the boss comes in.
I also went to the reservation/ticketing section of the airport today, where I got to spend 5-6 wonderful hours with Pee-see. Her job is to handle phone calls and deal with passengers. By ‘dealing’ with passengers, she has to either rebook their flight because they weren’t on time, and didn’t catch their flight. They want to stay in Sukhothai longer or shorter. Basically customer service. She handles around 20 calls a day; her busiest times are an hour before flights take off—interesting? I personally think so. Back when she worked in Bangkok, she had at least 100 calls a day—she loves it here in Sukhothai; we all know the reason :).
While in the office, I talked with Mr. Bravo, and my brother for a little bit. Did some research on where I want to go in Japan, I’m kind of excited yet hesitant from some stories I’ve heard so far. -_____-. Oh, well, whatever, I’ll finally get out of the airport haha. After lunch, I went for a bike ride, another 6km or so. Sweated, and felt damn good :). As me and Kyle were passing the security guards, one of them looked cute; I nearly fell off my bike laughing at Kyle turning his head back trying to catch one last glimpse of the guard.
I love online window shopping :)
Heads up on Joe the Plumber (Thai version :) ): he’s currently not in Thailand, and still in Taiwan trying to tie the knot on leaving the school process. He’ll be here next week or so, and asked if I wanted to go anywhere particular. I took this opportune email to write: I WANT TO GO TO= BANGKOK, CHIANG MAI, PHUKET IF POSSIBLE. Haha, yep. Let’ s see if he plans on taking me and Kyle there :). I won’t be expecting too much though; I don’t want to keep my expectations too high either. My parents are arriving next week too—shit=in a conflicting/contradictory way.
La Haine—Le Chanson d’amour.
After a day in the reservation/ticketing office, me and Kyle head back home. After I finished my dinner, I went out for a bike ride—and met Pee-oii coming back home. She asked if I wanted to go to ‘Big-C’ (a huge supermarket), I was like “Uh, hell yeah….” [okay, not exactly :)]. You know it’s going to be an adventure whenever Pee-oii asks you out to go somewhere.
On this trip to Big-C, Pee-oii, Pee-ann, Pee-see, PEE-NAAM-PUNG, Kyle and I crammed in the truck. We [Kyle and I] headed to ANOTHER dinner. We went to this Sukhothai resort near town, and near Big-C. There were TONS, like… only, foreigners there. They were all German, heard only one American, and there were staff there. It was pretty posh, while natural, and outdoorsy. While we sat for dinner, everyone got bit by mosquitoes. Pee-oii runs to the truck to get mosquito removers (?) haha, I don’t know what its called in English. And a staff member brings out this typical Asian mosquito remover (requires fire, every Asian household knows what I be talkin’ bout :) ) and slides it under the table. The food was delicious. We had curry shrimp, shrimp salad, chicken, (please note that this is all meat, and no veggies. Thanks, Pee-oii haha), soup from shrimp paste (lol, what’s with the shrimp theme?), and an American/Western plate. HAHAHA, this made me laugh so hardcore. On this Western plate, there were french fries, boiled vegetables, and this… chicken steak thing. Pee-oii handed me the plate, and I was like “ohhhh, noooo, it’s okay, I eat this everyday. I’ll stick to the Thai dishes.”
While we were eating, there was traditional Thai music playing from this traditional xylophone, drums, and some cymbals. It was played by, I want to say, elementary, middle school kids. They were very talented, I must say. Then there were several dancers that appeared on stage (Kyle has all the photos, DAMN, I really should bring my camera out at all times no matter what :( ). All the dancers hands are gorgeous; the way they pose their hands are just words cannot describe how elegant it appears. I tried making my hand look so elegant/gorgeous. COMPLETE FAIL. “Look! My hand looks like sausages!” Laughter erupts :). Pee-oii told me that actually all Thai people have very nimble/flexible/elegant hands because in (around) first grade or so, all the children learned the Thai dances as a cultural lesson, so everyone pretty much knows how to place their hand in this elegant pose. During dinner conversation, Pee-naam-pung kept making fun of everyone. It was funny, yet mean, but everyone laughed about it. Pee-ann’s real name means: little girl. Pee-naam-pung’s hand went from small to large and sarcastically says “LITTLE girl.” I asked Pee-oii how to say mean : “je rai!!!!!!” Pee-see’s real name means moon, and Pee-naam-pung again says “FULL moon.” And, Pee-oii’s real name means “protected by the sun;” Pee-naam-pung had no taunt to add to that. [DID I MENTION: every Thai person has a nickname? Because I personally think 1. their real name is too long, 2. it’s just tradition, and it’s easier for everyone to remember.
For a period during the dancing entertainment, there were 6 children, in elementary school I assume, that came out. Omg, there was this kid in the yellow who was so enthusiastic he was off beat all the time. HAHAHAHA, soooo cute!!! Anyways, everyone clapped after each performance (previously, and the children too). The children came off stage and asked people to dance with them. Oh, god. The first set of kids (one boy, one girl) approached a 2 Germans and an American, but they didn’t understand. So, they moved on to our table, and everyone kept asking me and Kyle to go, but I was like “uh…shit, hell no. hahahaha.” then they finally grasped a lady from a long table of Germans. A second set of kids approached our table and… I succumbed, and followed them to the lawn. Oh my god, that was fun, and really cute. I tried to apply my newly learned hand-pose. Pictures to prove soon :). They were so adorable, 3 foreigners (me included) had fun doing it—at least, I know I did. I’m glad I went and followed those kids kekekeke.
After dinner for a relatively pricey price (I went to the bathroom when Pee-oii received the check :/), we headed to ‘Big-C.’ Went on a typical grocery store trip, where actually everyone split up. I passed the Pee-ann in an aisle, and hurdled over in laughter. Her cart was filled with burger buns. I was like, “WTF!!!!” it was for tomorrows catering services, and I was like”BAHAHAHA, ohhhh kayyyy.” A lot of people were staring at me… ? Am I really that fucking white? (Pee-oii said whiteness attracts a lot of people, GUH-REAT. I get stared at everywhere (?) ) Oh, whatever, they didn’t have hostile looks, and they smiled at me.
CAN I JUST SAY: 1. I get stared at in Taiwan because I’m too fat, and I like wearing short shorts to show my fattiness. 2. I get stared at in Thailand because I’m too white, and I wear glasses (no one wears glasses here because they aren’t geeks/nerds haha). 3. I get stared at in NC because I’m fucking Asian -_____-. 4. Should I keep going, and list why other countries like staring at me?
It’s currently 11.28pm, and I’m tired, and I need to get up at like 8.30am to head to the catering kitchen at 9.00am. Pee-ann’s going to making new food instead of that rice burger thing, I’m uberrrr excited.
Fridge stock-up update: Yakult!!! And Activia. I need to buy actual snacks, and I need fruit in my life!!!