Trucks and Tsunamis

Just before I woke up today I had a strange dream. All I remember is a truck had lost its load and there was piles of twisted metal lying along the roadside. As I stood looking at it with someone a smaller truck suddenly rolled backwards and slipped off the road through some small bushes taking a parked motorbike with it as it slipped down and disappeared in to what was either a ditch or river or valley. At that point I woke up.

Later driving to work I heard that the Sumatra earthquake for which I had received an email alert for and had seen online at breakfast time had actually been felt by people in Phuket among other places. Luckily no tsunami had occurred. It was then that it suddenly occurred to me, my dream had presumably been triggered by the quake and had been a kind of subconscious tsunami or earthquake warning but, as the shaking had stopped, I was unaware that the tremors had reached Phuket and had no reason to be aware of the warning.

I never felt the 2004 earthquake as I had been outside in an open space at the time and the first earthquake I experienced here in Phuket, when a small quake hit Koh Yao, had woken me up but I had, in my blurry state, thought it was a truck driving past my house. The second time an earthquake hit I didn't put it down to passing trucks but grabbed my phone and checked Twitter!

Now I know that the next time I dream about trucks or piles of twisted metal it may be better to wake up and head for the hills!!

Amazing what the brain can do.

Ko Pian Hokkien Noodles - ร้านโกเพียรหมี่ฮกเกี้ยน

One of my all time favourite Noodle places is Ko Pian's in Krabi Road just opposite the Mae Ya Nang Shrine. Although there is no parking street-side, there is a large open space just nearby which can be used for parking and also to walk through to Jui Dtui Chinese Temple as well as the fresh food market. As of writing there is no charge for parking there.

I always choose 'Mee Haeng' dry noodles, and more often than not order 'piset' which gets you an extra amount of noodles to ensure being full! The restaurant fills up with local office staff at lunch time so better to get there before or after the rush. They close at about 5pm, or earlier if they run out of ingredients!

Okay, excuse me while I eat my noodles, see you next post!

Too Gap Kao - ตู้กับข้าว

Another favourite, not for setting, or for view, but for it's extensive menu!

Situated in Phuket Old Town in PhangNga Road just opposite the On On Hotel, Too Gap Kao has become a very popular dining spot with trendy Thais inc TV stars and musicians, which is usually a good sign that the food will be good!

The interior is colonial style with marble tables and several old photos of Phuket. I'm not a great lover of air conditioning and tend to like garden or beach side restaurants so the food was really the deciding factor for me.

I'm always happier ordering seafood or fish in a restaurant that really has a good turnover of customers so as to be sure of fresh ingredients and this place was busy! There are lots of Thai favourites as well as local Phuket dishes to choose from, big portions and (at least for what we ordered) none of those tiny servings covered with squiggles of sauce that look great but leave you starving. The staff are friendly and despite the number of people service is relatively quick.

As far as I know they are open everyday from 11am to late and I would recommend booking a table before you go, so call them on 076 6088888.