Outtakes from the Full Moon Party, Koh Pha Ngan, Thailand

12:17:00 AM Jerik De Guzman 0 Comments




Last week, i saw the post of my American friend, Stephanie, whom i met in Koh Pha Ngan. She's currently in India now. Last i heard was that she was trying to learn how to cook Indian food. Anyway, i saw she posted her pics in Thailand with this photo included in her album. If you haven't heard yet, the Olympus camera i brought with me to the trip got super drained battery. I had no fuckin' camera in Koh Phangan. My Sony Cybershot was washed away also in Tonsai Beach, Krabi. So, i'm left with useless disposable camera. Cost me quite my 1 week stay in Thailand for three disposable cameras that don't function well as expected.

Anyway, this is one of the shots in Koh Phangan. We were having dinner at this great American restaurant near the beach in Haad Rin. This is my other friend Melanie. She's from Germany, and she's gonna be a doctor soon. I was eating my burger. Yes. One day, i got tired of eating Pad Thai. We saw the other table, a group of backpackers, painting the town red, literally. There were paints all over their faces of different colors. The tradition here in Koh Phangan is to paint yourself before the party at the beach starts. These paint glows in the dark.

My two friends painted each other - one with an Indian inspired figure with matching bindi, the other, a third eye. I, on the other hand, left the painting to girls. They painted my face orange, that would clearly appear in my dark brown sunburned face. 

It was fun. I missed it a lot. Later on, i got a happy face on each knee by a new Thai friend i met. I forgot the name. Why are Thai names so hard to remember? I think i got a kiss mark on the neck, and some other weird stuff from an Australian girl on my forehead.

Wild. But super happy. Would love to go back to the Full Moon Party again. I don't make promises. But i have a strong feeling, i will be back again very, very soon.

P.S. I miss the two girls. I met them at the central station in Surrathani. Their train got delayed. So, we ended up taking the same boat ride to Koh Phangan. We started hanging out, and even stayed in the same hotel. They left the next day for a quieter beach. I stayed because i was there to party. After i was tagged a long for shopping, we went to the British bar that serves warm beer and shows Knocked Up on screen.

I saw one side of the wall covered with yellow paper. There were messages from backpackers around the world. So, we decided we should write as well. We drew a map of the world- there's the US, Germany and of course the huge archipelago of the Philippines. We wrote,"Backpacking bridges the World. Friendship starts with backpacking". 

The world is really so small, and you're bound to meet people along your journey. We didn't want to make our message sound to dramatic and cheesy. Although it ended up being cheesy anyway, but very memorable indeed. I promise to come back and paint myself with Pinoy Boy Rocks in the chest next time.

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