Tonight there was a small electrical fire in my bathroom. I was having a shower and singing ‘If I Die Young’ by The Band Perry (which seems inappropriate considering what happened), when I smelled an odd burning plastic smell that seemed to increase in putridity as the shower, and song, went on.
When I got out of the shower I thought, ‘hmm, this smells a lot like the great Bookstore fire of 2010’. That time my colleague and I discovered a melted transformer in one of the shop’s fluorescent lights. The ensuing blaze closed the mall and welcomed three of Auckland’s fire crews.
Anyway, there was this fire in my bathroom. So I went down stairs and asked for the engineer.
‘What’s your query ma’am?’
‘The plug socket in my bathroom is about to start a fire.’
‘They’ll be right there.’
‘Course they will.’
So I end up with two guys on their hands and knees in my teeny weeney bathroom, which is already reasonable wet due to me hopping out of the shower. They turned off the power to that room, de-fired the socket and left.
I then had a great dinner time talk with my property agent and hopefully it won’t be long before I can have showers again. For now everyone at work will have to get used to my particular level of unkeptness and I wish I had security clearance to the part of the office with a shower.
For those who are concerned about my apartment burning down, there are five sprinklers over the 36 square meters. Here’s to never needing them!
But, you know, fires are a fantastic segway into what I wanted to talk about today – Thai BBQ!
I didn’t have a Christmas dinner this year owing to being alone in my apartment (apartment tour reference number 2). When we were wondering what to have for dinner on my first night in Koh Phangan we decided to wing it and stroll down the road.
We found Seethanu BBQ where, for BHT159, you can have all you can eat of everything. It was really a big mistake on their part because we certainly ate all we could eat. Then we did it again and again until we had been their four days in a row. They had an array of veges (bok choy, green onion, lettuce), fish and other seefoodies, four kinds of marinated chicken, marinated pork, beef, tofu, eggies, tropical fruit… a feast!
This place is everything awesome about communal eating. You all sit around a big table which as either one or two coal fires. The staff then come and set up the BBQ which allows you to do both boiling and frying. Then you cook whatever you like yourself. Some nights I had noodle soup, some nights I had straight BBQ of meat and only meat.
I said the other day that I wasn’t overly mad about Koh Phangan, but I can safely say that we were absolutely devastated to leave that BBQ place behind!