Allergies in Thailand
First morning in Thailand, our friend wakes up with swollen eyes. It didn’t seem bad, so we went on our way. She felt fine, albeit a weird sensation in her eyes. However, after showering that evening, her eyes got really red. She made it for dinner but hurried to wash her face again when we got in to soothe the itchiness. Only after she was done, it finally clicked. She used a new brand of face wash cloths and was having an allergic reaction! She washed her face again with water and mild soap, took some allergy pills and went to bed. It had to be better in the morning, right?
Poor girl spent the entire night tossing and turning, cold compress on her eyes, unable to sleep. We took a picture of her in the morning and ran out to find a pharmacist to help. Many eye drops and pills later she was finally herself again! Whether you’re prone to allergies or not, during vacations is a really bad time to try new skin products!
I don’t know about you, but personally I don’t want to spend my vacation shaving. So in preparation, I always make sure to do all the necessary waxing the day before I leave. This way everything is smooth for most of the trip and I only have to do touch ups as required!
Trying to cut costs, I bought a no name brand of the wax strips I usually use. Legs went fine, bikini line as well. But when I got to the arm pits, it all went downhill real quick! The cheap wax stuck to the skin more than the hair and it ripped off a layer! The result was painful, irritated skin, and me spending all evening with my arms up to avoid rubbing.
Needless to say that deodorant was a no go until the irritation went away. I spent the first 3 days in over 30 degree heat, not able to wear deodorant. Sorry guys!!
Detectives in Thailand
Walking around one evening in Thailand, we stumbled upon someone’s wallet. Looking around, there’s nobody. We check for ID, call out the person’s name in the nearby shops, but no one answers. Our next thought is to bring it to the police, but as we start walking that way we begin doubting. What if they’re corrupt? It’s dark, we’re smack in the middle of tourist county, and everything around us screams tourist trap. Our thought was “they’ll never get it back”.
And so we ended up spending a good part of the evening playing detective. First, tracking down a tour company they had used to find their hotel, and then finding their room number by using the front desk info ourselves as the lobby was empty. Luckily for them we are honest people and brought it back intact - it could have gone the other way.
We lost an entire evening of our trip that night, but we were happy as they gave us money for frozen treats in exchange! We're also considering adding this new experience to our resumes, any thoughts?
My friends and I were on a girl’s getaway to the Caribbean. On our final night, the drinking got a bit heavy for two girls in particular and they walked in the disco like celebrities, waving and saying hello to everyone. They approached two women who looked lonely and invited them to dance with us, and all was well until their pimp(!!) came over and requested payment for having “used” his girls.
Luckily for us, the club’s crew helped defuse the situation without requiring the exchange of money or any serious argument. We all went to bed very relieved that night! And we learned our lesson: be careful who and how you approach people, and above all, watch your alcohol consumption – things escalate quickly!
Don't Feed The Fish!
My friends and I went on a snorkelling tour after a late night out when we were in the Caribbean. Light headed and in anticipation of a long day, we ate a big breakfast that morning in order to break the hangover. We all admit that it was not our brightest idea; especially knowing that a couple of the girls often have motion sickness!
We got on the boat and managed the first two locations with much difficulty, but on the last stop things went south real quick. We weren’t in the water five minutes before one girl announced, “don’t swim to the left, I was just sick”, which of course made another girl turn green in seconds. We had brought fish food to attract the fish once in the water, but in the end we could have skipped it since the vomit seemed to attract them just as much (ewww!!!).
A couple of years ago, my new boyfriend and I went on our first vacation together to an all-inclusive resort to celebrate my birthday. With mile long white sandy beaches, clear blue skies and an amazing infinity pool, it was paradise!
My boyfriend has a lot of dietary allergies and restrictions, so he decided it was best to eat only burgers and fries every day, for every meal, all week. This technique usually works for him, but unfortunately this time around the burger meat wasn’t cooked properly. Sadly, he ended up spending most of our vacation cuddled up with the toilet instead of me! He hardly left the bathroom in three days, and I ended up spending my birthday watching TV shows in a language I couldn’t even understand.
Needless to say, there wasn’t much romancing going on during this vacation!