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Thursday, 1 July 2010

Giving Makes me feel good.


In
Thailand our hotel was amazing, we stayed at the Centara Grand Mirage (google it)  it was a five star luxury hotel. Mr Special chose well.  There were a couple of maids that cleaned our room each morning. They also dropped in with fresh water and fresh, if not funky looking fruit every day and every evening they came back to turn our bed down and put flowers on it.

One thing I liked is that they not only cleaned but kept the place tidy, if we threw clothes on the bed, we would return to find them folded up it was so sweet. Also one day we went out and left the room safe open and not only did we not find one thing missing one of the maids came and told us about it. They were lovely.

At some point during the holiday I decided to buy them earrings. I knew that they probably were not earning a lot, especially not enough to adorn themselves with jewellery so I thought it would be a nice gift. One morning when I saw the first maid I had them in my bag, I gave them to her and even though I knew she couldn’t understand a word of English I said to her “Thank you for cleaning my room” and did the Thai thank you (lotus hands) sign. She was very composed and bowed to me and then went into her little maid cleaning room. Mr Special said he heard some excited chatter coming from there straight after. I saw the other one in the afternoon and gave her a pair as well.

Do you know that for the rest of the holiday I didn’t see either maid without these earrings in their ears? They were SO grateful. They price that these earrings cost could never be more than the good feeling that I got every time I saw these maids.

Also just before I went to Thailand, I told the guy in the JA shop that I was going and he asked if I could bring him something small back, even if it’s only worth 50 pence. We got him a fridge magnet. I dropped it in to him today on the way home. When I popped in, he and his mum were there and they nearly started crying when I gave it to them. I know it sounds a bit over the top but I think it was really overwhelming that a stranger who doesn’t know them at all, went all the way to Thailand and brought them back a gift.


It gave me so much pleasure to see both the maids and the people in the JA shop so happy. Now I truly understand this quote.

"I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver" 
Maya Angelou 


 
Yeah no toilet paper, you got to use a hose...


Look how beautiful the wall was

Our room
 I want one of these in my own house

 The bed at night

Our fruit Bowl
The hotel had a pool bar you swam to

I used to sit on those yellow things and float around all day
We ordered room service and it came with a table and cocktails
Yeah I loved chilling in the pool area

This is the hotel lobby, Mr Special took this, my photography skills are not this advanced!

5 comments:

BorednTalkative said...

That was very thoughtful of you. I've heard great things about Thailand, hopefully one day I'll get to experience it for myself.

Shona Vixen said...

That was very thoughtful of you and yes giving does also make you feel good!!
Lovely hotel too

Tricia said...

Wow! the hotel is beautiful and yes, giving is so refreshing.

E.M.H. said...

Giving is always a great feeling. It's amazing how grateful others for the simplest things and gestures :-). Your hotel looks fabulous and just beautiful. Looks like you had a lot of fun!!!! :-)

Mr Special said...

Giving is good. Thailand is good. And the bed in the hotel is very good...