As regular readers of Gaygoat.com will already know, back in 2013 I travelled to Thailand and trained with Master Pimu of WPT Gym. It has taken a while but Bob from The Higher Way and I have finally got together to record the podcast below. Please do share your thoughts about this podcast, part two is coming soon!
For those readers who are actually wondering if I am training or not, here is a video from one round with Kru (teacher) Pit:
Mr Pit (fight name Sorapit Fairtex), is the most experienced trainer and one of the longest serving trainers of the Kiatphontip gym. He has a wealth of Muay Thai knowledge and he is an excellent teacher. His prior experience has been at Kiatsongrit camp for 17 years where he trained Changpuek Kiatsongrit, Nokweed Devy and his brothers Paidang and Santos, among many other fighters who he has helped on their fighting career.
I am very blessed that each training session, Kru Pit is holding the pads for me, the way he teaches is just fantastic. If he sees I am all tensed up, he will just start dancing to the music and get me to dance as well!!
If you get a chance please do come and train with Kru Pit. A post of the gym and facilities is coming soon!!
I am sat here with my one vice, black coffee. Which according to some websites is a good thing and with other websites it is bad!
All I can say is everything in moderation (well sometimes!.)
I am pondering the life changing goal of a 25kg (well 20kg now!) weight loss. Taking extreme measures as to only eat what Noona at the gym cooks for me. No sweets, snacks, fizzy drinks or alcohol. For those who know me, know that this is not easy, especially when I walk into coffee shops and see an amazing selection of cakes. By the way, I have a sweet tooth!
Luckily, here in Thailand, when I do fancy something sweet I can get some pineapple or watermelon, it gets rid of my sweet craving. Here the fruit tastes like it should…..!!!
At the gym I get a good variety of fresh fish, meats and vegetables with rice which is the staple diet.
A lot of my eating habits need to change, for example, I am a very fast eater….the food would be piled into my mouth, head straight, unchewed into my stomach, where the poor stomach would have to do the hard work of processing it. By the time the stomach has done what it had, the second load of food appears, for my stomach, this is a never-ending story. Feeling sorry for me stomach?!
Also, snacking is a big no, easy to say whilst in Thailand, as the heat distinguishes the hunger.
This is all a mindset that needs to be changed for a long and healthy future…..
From hating Bangkok to actually loving it for what it has given me. It has made me open my eyes to what a rat race we live in, people are just so busy within themselves and not bothered about anybody else. People here are very quick to judge, I have been called Osama, or they think I am an Arab or just a stinking ignorant Indian. When I tell them I am from the UK, they look at me with disbelief.
Apart from one, the Sikhs have been very unfriendly. This has actually stopped me from visiting the Gurdwara. My friend was doing an Akhand Paath, I asked what help can I give, he looked at me confused, help?! We just give the money to the Gurdwara and they take care of everything. We then only attend on Sunday. Here money talks…..!!
In the ‘ghetto’ you see people living in one bedroom houses, sorry that is incorrect and I should say one room houses. Everything is done in the one room, it is a living room, bedroom, kitchen and dining room in one, if lucky the toilet is outside. Yet, when you walk past they are happy to say hello and talk to you. Some people are actually offering me food! No matter how little food they have, they are always eating, smiling and joking as a family. We have so much yet we always want more…..!! The media, a fantastic marketing tool always brain washes us into thinking ‘we need that…..!’ Or ‘we should look like this…..!’
There is a huge drinking and drug culture here. From doing a quick search there is no support network here for people to talk or resolve their issues. There is a Kundalini Yoga class downtown but they charge 400 baht per class (about £8 GBP). This is a huge amount of money so the clientele will be well off.
The people in the ghetto have got used to me, well I do stand out! Probably the only guy there with a beard and moustache! They always have time to talk to me. The motorbike taxis are always discussing football, now I do not know a thing about the sport so I just mention a few club names and they cheer me! The stall holders are always asking how am I or where am I going. It is a genuine interest. Of course this relationship did not happen overnight but built over the last three months.
I have got so much out of Bangkok but given back nothing. Now this really upsets me, the Thais are amazing and once you build a bond are very friendly.
If you have any ideas how we can help, please do comment or email me…..
We are having a fantastic cup of coffee at Caffe Reggio, a small Italian family run business. Harinam Singh showed us this place and the conversation is fantastic. The wifi is a great high speed connection.
119 MacDougal Street
New York NY 10012
From their website:
“Welcome to Caffe Reggio, the home of the “Original Cappuccino.”
Caffe Reggio is proud to be the first caffe in the United States to serve Cappuccino.
Since 1927, we have been the most popular caffe in Greenwich Village, and once you have visited us, you will understand why. ”
The above statement us very true and we recommend visiting this caffe.
After spending time with a fantastic sangat, Harinam, Sarah, Sangeet and myself took the underground (F line) back to the hotel. Sarah got off three stop later as she lives in Brooklyn. Harinam kindly said he will show us Greenwich where we can have a coffee.
Greenwich is the most expensive area in Manhattan. It did not look like it! Harinam explained there will be exclusive pockets where the prices will be very high.
We first stopped for frozen yoghurt at G R O M in Greenwich village:
233 Bleecker St
New York NY 10014
Sangeet had the mint chocolate chip and Harinam had mint chocolate chip and sorbet. They do eggless ice creams and they are fantastic.
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