Update #: 16
Currently: Just finished having breakfast and watching Kill Bill 2
Recently: Island hopping around Ko Samui
Feeling: Sooo relaxed.
It's amazing what a "Bucket of Joy" at 4am can do for a person recovering from a sinus cold. Actually, I think the "traditional" (aka: not dirty) Thai massage helped a bit more - the drink was just kind of an upper :)
Last night at about 9pm I hopped on a boat and left Ko Samui for Koh Phangan for a full moon party. I still wasn't feeling 100%, but it's not like these parties happen every night so...About 45 minutes later we pulled up to a beach that was full of thumping bass and glowing neon, but not really that full of people.
I took one of the last boats out there so I was a little disappointed that the beach wasn't jam packed upon arrival. Now, there were definitely thousands of people on the beach, but only two or three thousand...I was expecting more around seven to ten thousand. After some wandering around, I soon found out that there was a lot more to the island than just the beach.
I went and got some pineapple and chicken fried rice and caught the end of Shrek 2 - it was on a sweet flat screen TV ok? (common thing here is to offer dinner and a movie - since most of the restaurants offer similar food you pick where you want to eat by who's showing what. however, for breakfast today, the place I went to just had a huge library of DVD's and you could pick whatever you wanted...also plenty of books and magazines - very nice) After eating, I still wasn't in the mood to join the party so I walked around the town some more and stopped in one of the massage places, not really wanting a massage, just needing to lay down for a bit. Well, a few minutes later I decided to get one - and it turned out to be the right move. Best massage I've ever paid for (out of all 3 massages that I've bought) and the $4 price tag wasn't too shabby either.
Feeling 100% better, I made my way back to the beach...and so did the other few thousand people who weren't there upon my arrival. There were stretches where there were so many people that you couldn't see a grain of sand. I picked up a Bucket and made my way through the crowds, taking it all in. Along the way I stopped to watch some Fire Dancers (also fire blowers, twirllers, spinners, etc...). I started talking to this Canadian guy for a bit, and while we were talking, this small german girl came up to us and asked if she'd seen me before? Umm...
But wait a sec, I had! I helped her out with a computer problem while we were in an internet cafe in Hat Yai. So anyways, we got to talking and had a good time just hanging out along the shore. After an hour or so, she and her friends headed back to their bungalow (while the night was still much to young) and I got another Bucket and got lost in the crowd.