The Pineapple Incident

My friends here in Thailand will tell you that perhaps I have been a bit irrational when it comes to approaches the street vendors here. After a couple incidents where I felt a little ripped off as the “single, foreign travel girl”, I am a little wary off approaching transactions where the cost is not clearly marked and irrefutable.

There is also such a culture of bargaining here, that the price a seller might tell you on a sarong or t-shirt is completely and totally negotiable, but I really don’t know if I have the presence to negotiate. I think the attitude to walk away has to be ever present.

In any case, I think food is a bit easier on the price because it is so cheap. Fruit is about 20 – 30 baht and hot food is probably 30 – 40 baht (30 baht equals 1 American dollar). It’s a lot easier to point and ask for what you want and food, more than any type of good, has to be sold. So I think they’re apt to quote a fairer price to anyone, farang or not.

Many of the vendors that sell food have their little kitchens attached to platforms on their motorbikes. The fruit-man comes around the the gym area and honks his horn to alert the camp to his arrival. He has a glass box filled with ice and fruit. You point at what you’d like they finish the chopping process and stick it in a bag for you (everything comes in bags here, including soup).

Obviously, the process is much easier and less mysterious than I imagined. Therefore, I’ll provide a step-by-step instruction of just how simple it was.

Step 1: Find the fruit man

Step 2: Point to the fruit you’d like and watch as the fruit man packages it up

Step 3: Enjoy!

Training, Week 3

After training for a while, everyone accumulates little injuries. My friends and I have developed a long list of aches and pains and innumerable bruises. For your physical safety (and mental capacity as well) you have to take a class or two off to recuperate. I had to take some time off training this week because my right wrist was bothering me. I really think you need to take care with injuries like this, so I wanted to give my wrist some time.

This morning, I had a great session. My wrist was starting to hurt again, but the trainer was being very nice and understanding, showing me different kinds of moves (hello spinning back elbow) and combos. He was also working on cheering me up,  which was much appreciated; time away from training can make you feel a bit dejected in terms of progress. My trainer did notice I was missing the last couple days, which helps for accountability.

I have a couple more days to train before my trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. When I come back, I think I’m going to make some changes to the expectation of my trainings, maybe a set 3 days a week or so. It’ll give me time to focus on my other trainings and enough time to rest properly in between trainings, which I think will be great in the long-run. 🙂