Saturday, July 29, 2006


The UN has called for a three-day truce between Israel and Hezbollah to allow for aid to enter southern Lebanon and for casualties to be removed.

US President George W Bush has (again) dismissed calls for an immediate truce, arguing instead for an international force to be deployed in Lebanon.

Day 7: Kanchanaburi

Sat, 17 June, 11.37 am
Day 7

Sitting at the back verandah of my raft room - its ridiculously beautiful. The Kwae is flowing all around me and there is a soft sound of small waves 'pluf' - almost the same sound as when a pebble hits water. Breezy today so the raft is moving with the waves..

Woke up in the morning to a curiously 'wavy' room, a desperate grab at the sides of the bed and 'what the!?!', was the first thought of the morning. 'Uh I hope the raft is properly moored or whatever they call tying it down, and that the management knows the weather is choppy, after all it would be decidedly embarrassing to shout at the management with my raft flowing down the river 'uh, excuse me, but I think my room is unmoored and is flowing down the river, uh, can you please help!' , while they look surprised at the Indian girl trying to jump down from the raft, such scenes floated fleetingly in my head (mmm..floated fleetingly - I like the sound of that). Telling myself to be practical I woke and was up on another bright day in Thailand.

I can hear the crickets from across the river, from the thick shrubs on the opposite bank. Now and then a noisy motorboat passes by at high speed, ferrying tourists, and there are faraway sounds of (Thai) music blaring from speakers somewhere, or maybe its one of those karaoke boats.

F must have checked out today. We said goodbye last night. I was to leave for a different town today, either Ayutthaya or Phitsanulok, instead have decided to stay on for one more night and just enjoy the serenity from my raft. Just taking it easy. Met F the day before. Haven't met many single travellers during this trip. We spent yesterday walking around the town and we got along well. It was nice to have someone to talk to after travelling alone for a while.

(to be contd.)


'.., I wonder why the promises I make to other people always become more important than the ones I make to myself.'

'That everyone's just trying to find what makes them feel good...'

'I remember reading somewhere that no one can make you feel intimidated without your permission.'

'I give them a smile I don't really own..'

'..I know how much that hurt. But you cannot control other people's actions. You can only control your response to them. And you have to pick your battles wisely, because it just takes so much energy to be angry. Energy that you can put to better use.'

Faking 19: Alyson Noel

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Deep regrets

An Israeli bomb killed four unarmed UN observers from Austria, China, Canada and Finland, after their UN post in the town of Khiam was hit by an Israeli air strike on Tuesday...Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has expressed "deep regrets" over the deaths.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Always be reasonable

Some gems I came across in a book at Ban Thai Guesthouse, Sukhothai, Thailand:

Intellectual knowledge can be a major obstacle on the path to real knowledge, especially if this knowledge is used with haughty pride.

Try to understand that tranquility, peace and quietness is (sic) not found outside. Wishing for the world to be quiet for you is absurd.

Take your life as it is. Do not think: 'It could have been like that'. Do not curse one of all your days. Whatever you have to bear, bear it! Everything whatever crosses your way, bless it, and you will be blessed.

Always be reasonable.