EVS GLOBAL CHANGE

12/10/2010

Culture

Kuraburi Legend

A long time ago in the past, there used to be a man whose name was known as “Mee”. He was living in the area, which in the present is being called Kuraburi. He was very well-known for his attractiveness, and had a beautiful wife, who was called the “Black Woman”, cause of the dark tanned color of her skin.

One day, the “Black Woman” fell ill. In order to help his wife, Mee decided to go into the mountains in order to find herbal medicine.

On one particular hill, he met another beautiful woman, whose skin was as white as purest rice. He immediately fell in love with her, and forgot about his wife’s sickness.

Not so long after, he brought her back to Kuraburi.

The rumor about the romance between “Mee” and the white skinned woman was quickly brought into the ears of the “Black Woman”.

Caught by a tremendous sadness, the “Black Woman” ran out, without really knowing where she was running to. She just knew she had to be away, away from him, and all the memories of him, which had been the actual roots of her disappointments.

When the white skinned woman found out, about the Black Woman’s misfortune, she was distressed, and also ran away from Mee. She went back to the hill where he first met her, and became a nun.

Mee, who was left all alone, went up on another hill, sought reflection and became monk 

The field, in which the Black Woman was finding herself after she had calmed down, is now called “Tung Nang Dam”, which, directly translated, means the Black Woman Field, or the field of the black woman.

The mountain, which the white skinned woman had stayed on, as a nun, has been called “Mae Nang Kaow”, which means the “White Lady”.

The other mountain, on which Mee had chosen to become a monk, is now called “Khao Pra Mee”, which means the “Mee Monk Mountain”.

Several years afterwards, the white skinned woman ceased being a nun, and came to settle down in Kuraburi. This area of Kuraburi has been called “NangYon”, which means the “Returning Lady”, from that time on.

Even today some people believe that anyone who comes to NangYon will find themselves returning again and again.

Remarkably, the area, which lies close to the Mae Nang Kaow Mountain, is also called “Tung Rak”, which means field of love, partly because of the great amount of “Love” flowers that can be found there.

Advertisements

29/07/2010

CHILD NUTRITION PROJECT –

Lunch for disadvantaged children at Burmese Learning Center


The 90 students of the Burmese learning center in Kuraburi need our help.

As a result of their parents’ poverty, most children’s nutrition is very unhealthy.
While a few get packed lunch, many eat sweets for breakfast and dry instant noodles for lunch.
FACTS:
The Kuraburi area, and southern Thailand in general, is home to a large population of Burmese migrant workers. These hardworking people often come illegally in the hope of finding income and a better life. Their children mostly lack access to education and adequate nutrition. Unlike so many other areas, Burmese children living near the Kuraburi pier are able to take classes at a learning center. The dedicated teachers at the center have requested our help in providing lunch for the children. Without a food budget, and barely able to cover teacher salary, the center needs our help to make sure the kids have a healthy lunch.
SOLUTION:
It costs less than $1 USD per day to make a difference.
Financial support is needed for cooking equipment plus ingredients for 90 meals a day, 5 days a week, for the nine month school year. The teachers would prepare the food which, and would receive semi-annual cooking stipends of 1,000 baht per month, shared between the cooks.
The lunch program will:
 guarantee that children have one healthy nutritious meal a day
 create community by bringing together teachers and volunteers to cook and then share a meal with the children
 give the children an opportunity to learn roles and responsibilities during cooking, eating, and cleanup
 alleviate the financial burden on already struggling parents

PLEASE HELP – YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE QUALITY OF LIFE AND GENERAL HEALTH OF THE CHILDREN

NEEDS: 

In total, we are aiming to raise at least 9 months (one school year) worth of lunch money. The cost of feeding the children for a month is $1,250 (960 Euro), meaning we hope to raise a total of $11,000 (8,500 Euro).

Please contribute whatever you can, and together, we can do it!

GO TO: WWW.ANDAMANDISCOVERIES.COM/RESERVATIONS-PAYMENT.PHP AND PUT ‘LUNCH’ AS REFERENCE

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT INFO@ANDAMANDISCOVERIES.COM

10/06/2010

La Recette du Mardi

June 8, 2010

This recipe is traditional  dish from southern Thailand. You can find different recipes with most of the time curry sauce. Here it’s with coconut milk and pineapple ! un pure délice !

Kanomjeen Saonam

Rice Noodle with Coconut Milk and Pineapple

Ingredients :

1 kg rice noodle

1 head pineapple

¼ cup ground dried shrimps

½ cup thin slice ginger

7 small head garlic

¼ cup of chili

Soy sauce, lime , sugar

Directions:

  1. Peel the pineapple and remove eyes. Coarsely chop the pineapple
  2. Peel the garlic and thin slice widthwise remove to the plate
  3. Peel the ginger and thin slice lengthwise remove to the plate
  4. Thin slice the chili and remove into the plate
  5. Ground dried shrimp and remove into the bowl
  6. Mixed soy sauce, lime and sugar in a bowl add some chili and garlic
  7. Heat the coconut milk in a small pot, add some salt and stir for 5 minutes remove from the heat and let it cool
  8. Served rice noodle with pineapple chopped, garlic, ginger, chili, ground dried shrimp, sauces and on top coconut milk.

What Kind of food do you want to eat for the next Thai cooking course?

Laura Pelegrina ( Student and Sous Chef)  : Spicy mushrooms salad, Lab Pla Tod (fish cakes)

Chittri Phetcharat ( Teacher and Chef Tu ) : Spicy mushrooms salad, Lab Pla Tod

Bodhi Garrett : Mushrooms salad

Karen Spackman: Lab Pla Tod

Nattaya Sektheera: Omlett stuff with shrimps

Nadanong Chanpaibool : Lab Pla Tod

Sirikanjana Chantakean: Mushroom spicy salad

Larra: Lab Blah Tod

Petchrong : Fish Salad with herbs

Wasan Phoochareaondeth : Fried duck grill with basil leaves.

Rendez – vous next tuesday for Spicy mushrooms salad and fish cakes.

24/05/2010

Nai Tui Hike

Nature is free,

Jenny, P’Nat et moi même sommes parties faire une randonnée de 2 jours dans les montagnes de Kuraburi. Départ 10h30 du petit hameau Nai Tui, équipés plus au moins bien, et c’est parti pour 30h de marche à travers la jungle thaïlandaise. Au programme, de la marche, de la marche,  de la découverte, de la faune et flore indigènes, du riz, et des fous rires. Nous sommes les premiers cobayes à tester cette nouvelle randonnée ou tester cet entrainement militaire!!!

Pendant la saison sèche, la haute saison, la rivière est assez asséchée, le point positif c’est que nous pouvons marcher sur les rochers sans aucun soucis, et attendre un peu avant de s’aventurer dans la forêt dense et observer des espèces indigénes dans les petits trous d’eaux tel que des mini crabes, des crevettes de rivière et des ecrevisses.

Au tour de la découverte d’une extraordinaire flore, parmi les lianes, les bambous nous avons pu voir quelques bulbes de la fleur Rafflesia Kerii, appelée Bua Phud en Thai, elle est aujourd’hui très prisée de part une beauté sans défaut et de part ses effets thérapeutiques, pour les thaïlandais cette fleur serait le remède pour guérir les fièvres, les mal de dos mais aussi serait un stimulant sexuel.

La première journée fut longue et périlleuse, vers 16h la pluie a commencé à tomber, une pluie torrentielle, quasi impossible de continuer la marche, nous sommes plus très loin du campement mais la visibilité devient terrible, chargé du sac de secours, je tiens en main les affaires importantes au sec! Ils ont confiance ahahaha !!

Et là le meilleur moment de cette randonnée, une course d’orientation sous la pluie à travers la jungle, lianes et tutti quanti..génial !!

J’ai eu l’impression de vivre ” Lost ” pendant 10 minutes ! (Désolé pour la référence)

Bon le seul point négatif, ce que nous  n’étions pas super bien équipé pour la  pluie, donc pour la 1ère fois depuis 3 mois j’ai ressenti le FROID ! Nous avons fait plusieurs feux pour se réchauffer et “brulé” nos habits pour passer une bonne nuit au chaud. Installation des hamacs, cuisson rapide d’une grosse gamelle de riz, poisson séché( beurk) et dodo.

Réveil matin 7h ! Le groupe de randonneurs est déjà en forme et se prépare pour une autre journée de plus de 8h de rando …J’ai cependant dormi comme un bébé dans cet hamac, c’est tellement plus confortable qu’une tente.  Bon c’est vrai, la ficelle de mon hamac à lâché dans la nuit, je vous laisse imaginer le bleu que j’ai eu pour amortir ce réveil en fanfare ! Au petit déj, du riz et des sardines à la tomate.

C’est reparti, par contre aujourd’hui on fait de la descente, seulement de la descente sur des feuilles mortes, Watch out !! terrain glissant.. pas de lunch, de l’eau et point bar. On a eu la chance de voir des singes , mais les animaux sont restés éloignés de nous, les guides étaient assez bruyant à vrai dire, à chaque pause petite musique de rap/ house Thai! Ca m’a bien fait marrer. Le potentiel est là, mais il y a encore beaucoup de travail avant que cette randonnée soit habilité. A la fin du voyage, le guide nous apprend que c’était son ancien QG de chasse… oh Thailand ! ! Oh Amazing Thailand , tu me surprendras toujours.

07/05/2010

The Phallus Shrine in Phra Nang Cave, Rai Lay

The Legend

Phra Nang Cave

The fishermen, who say the cave is the home of a mythical sea princess, believe their offerings will bring them success in their fishing and protect them from danger, but what is more remarkable is that the cave contains a large collection of carved wooden phallic symbols, offerings and other objects believed to help with fertility. The cave, on the east side of the Railay Bay is famous for its wonderful stalactites and stalagmites. Since ancient times, Phra Nang (Princess) Cave has been where fishermen, before going out to sea, have made offerings to the symbolic Phallus of Shiva (known as the Siwaleung or Palad Khikin Thai associated with fertility and virility.)

Some fishermen do still come here to make offeringsin the form of incense and flowers to ensure a safe journey.

View from the cave

pieces of my EVS

Filed under: Thailand Photo Album — Tags: , , , — evs global change @ 05:42

Rainy Day at the Office

Ban San Fan Orphanage, new project

Ban San Fan Orphanage cooking

" Wai " Sawadeeekaaaaaaaa

My neighbours playing in front of my house

(more…)

18/04/2010

Burmese Learning Center Field Trip

Filed under: Thailand Diary — Tags: , , — evs global change @ 12:21

by Laura Pelegrina

2 march 2010

A special day for the Burmese Learning Center. Today it’s the last day of Leo a volunteer from Danemark. He spent one month at the school and teach English to the kids.

That was a fantastic experience and he wanted to give something special to their children. So he hired a bus and we went to the beach in the morning, playing games as cartwheel on the sand, or making sandcastle. We all had so much fun. And how it’s so beautiful to see their eyes sparkling everywhere, just happy to be along the coast.

 Then we went to river next to Kuraburi, we had lunch there. Everyone helped , making the sauce, spread the rice into lunch boxes, mashed the chili for the salad and the chicken…. We had a Burmese meal , delicious!!! And all that in a wonderful place, following music and the famous dance “Do RE Mi .“

To finish the day everybody in the river, bigger tried to make some jump in the water, and the little children stayed long the coast and starting to learn how to swim. It was magical , even for me that was one of my best day in my life. A day full of smiles and happiness.

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.