|My tuk tuk driving showing me
They talk. A lot.
My tuk-tuk driver on our way to Pradiphat decided early on when I aboard his little tuk-tuk that I am a local. He started to converse in Thai to which I politely smiled and shook my head. When it was apparent that I was not understanding him, he asked me where I came from.
I told him Philippines.
He nodded and brooded over the information and then he slowly got his newspaper. He asked me in his thick Thai accent..."Do you know Manny Pacquiao?".
|My tuk-tuk driver shows me our champ's column
in the BKK daily newspaper
Now, regardless of the stupid things Pacquiao threw himself in, the kid is a good fighter. Let me correct myself..He is a great fighter! I have been cheering for him ever since I saw him fight years ago, even before he got his belt. Heck I was in Robinsons Theater to watch him on the big screen...Alone and weirdly making friends with my seatmates in the 1 minute and 50-so seconds the fight lasted.
I smiled broadly.
Isn't it great that they have heard of our great boxing fighter?
My tuk-tuk driver informed me that he was invited by the King for his birthday last year. His Majesty the King, General Chetta Thanajaro turned 82 last December 5, 2009 -- ehem...my birthday is December 5. If I remember correctly I was on my way to Thailand during this time to celebrate my birthday amongst other things...but Cebu Pacific did not let me in because my passport was not in a good condition!!! Ugh! So I spent it quietly in a guesthouse somewhere in Manila...good to know some celebrants had a blast =P