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January 8, 2017

Already an eventful start to the new year in Thailand

This last week has been an experience of some real contrasts.

On one day, I was in bare feet and swim trunks, snorkeling in Thailand; and then come home to San Marcos, and I am wearing heavy winter coats and sweaters. I know the cold weather is only here for a few days; but it is still not as much fun as watching coral and schools of colorful fish in the ocean.

Another contrast about the trip was when I stepped off the planes in Seoul, Korea and Phuket, Thailand, and noticed that everyone was so thin. I don’t think I saw any obese or overweight person around the entire airport. Getting off the plane in Los Angeles and San Antonio on the way back, I found the overweight people walking around. Quite a contrast in first impressions of a country.

Since my entire trip was on a catamaran with eight other people and an onboard chef, I can see why the people in those countries are mostly thin. Our chef was a lady from Thailand who made gourmet Thai food for every meal.

Breakfast included six fruits on a plate (grapefruit, apple, pineapple, mango, tangerine and papaya) every day with some scrambled eggs and toast on the side. Lunch and dinner were fresh vegetables, chicken or pork, noodles, or a rice dish with several varieties of toppings.

Very tasty meals, and quite healthy for you. My problem was that “Loui” kept telling me, “You need to eat more. If you lose weight, I lose my job.” Fortunately, I remained even on the weight-gain side of things.

While much of the time was spent on the boat, going from one island to another, the stops provided some exercise. Sometimes it was snorkeling in secluded bays; and other times it was walking along the beach or through a wooded area for some exercise.

The one snorkeling excursion that stands out was at low tide, when we snorkeled through a cave with flashlights to light the way. On the other side was an open area with a nice sandy beach, and walls that went straight up about 200 feet. Very impressive sight.

Most of the time the sea was calm, and walking on the boat was not difficult. The last two days were a little rougher; and holding on to something was a little safer for me to travel around. I still felt like I was on the boat after two days back here in San Marcos when I first stepped out of bed.

The most difficult part of the trip was getting there and back. I am not used to sitting on a plane for over 20 hours at a stretch. Sitting that long really requires a few walks up and down the aisle to stretch the legs and get some circulation back.

The other difficult thing was going through a security check in every country, and standing in line for an hour or more waiting to go through immigration checks. But averaging out the trip versus the travel, I think it was worth it.

One other point that my wife liked when she went looking for gifts to bring back was that the rate of exchange was 34 cents to the dollar. Something that was listed for 100 bahts (their form of currency) was only about $2.90 in American money.

Thailand doesn’t have coins like a nickel, dime or quarter. Coins are 1B, 2B, 5B and 10B; and after that it is all bills in 20B, 50B, 100B, 500B and 1000B. It took a little getting used to; but a little bartering helped get something in numbers I could understand.

Between the sitting and snorkeling and healthy eating, I guess I came out about even in terms of keeping fit to start the new year and keeping those resolutions.

Moe Johnson
Dr. Maurice Johnson - better known around San Marcos as “Moe” - is a professor in the Department of Health, P.E., Recreation and Dance at Texas State University - San Marcos. Moe has been a fixture in the San Marcos running community - both as a runner and race organizer - since way back when Moby Dick was a minnow. His column on running and fitness appears each Sunday in the Sports section of the San Marcos Daily Record.

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