samui gazette | sept. 17 - 30, 2010
Samui Mala Festival Celebrating The Peace Within Saturday, September 18 Hosted at: Yoga Thailand Open the Mala and discover the peace within. The original Global Mala first hosted in 2007 was based on the UN day of peace and yoga was an integral part of the Samui Mala inspiration. This year the festival opens again with a day of peace at Yoga Thailand including guided yoga classes, guided Pranayama basics, and an insight into how we begin with the peace within to reach out to others. A donation for admission will go towards Yoga Thailand’s Centered Foundation charity project (renovating temples and schools in Samui).
Seva Day Full Moon Sharing & Feast Thursday, September 23 Hosted at: June’s Art Cafe, Bophut This day is both a full moon and the fall equinox which makes it a special day at June’s Art Cafe in Bophut, where friends of Samui Mala will join to make music together in honor of June. June’s monthly Full Moon Seva
Day, where many of June’s regular customers come together to share her delicious and healthy vegetarian food in exchange for a dona-
tion towards a charity or Community festival green project, is now a well established island The Samui Mala has always been tradition. From 10am supported by the host venues, to 8pm June’s Art Cafe local hotel and tourist associations, Samui Town Centre.
private businesses and individuals. Our aim is to raise awareness of sustainable, healthy living on Samui, create networks of individuals interested in environmental issues and to raise funds to support educational and charitable Samui Mala Green Kid’s Day causes. Everything is a gift! All Saturday, September 25 activities are run by volunteers, Hosted at: ISS (Blue Water School) all venues, facilities and materials and participation by speakers Samui Mala’s Green Kid’s day will be held at ISS or performers is donated freely. (Blue Water School) and focus on environmental education through fun. This year Samui has been While some venues and events can concerned about drought and coral bleaching, and provide facilities free of charge, the threat of pollution from oil exploration in the others charge for entry or food and gulf, and so there will be a dedicated focus via sci- drink to cover basic costs depending ence experiments, movies, lectures and presentaon circumstances, or to raise funds tions to focus on water. for education or future activities.
Children from all communities on the island will spend the day together enjoying healthy and green activities, films, competitions, martial arts demonstrations, song and dance and a chance to become the stewards of the environment they will inherit. GIDOA (Green Island Dive Operators Association) will join to make the day even more “blue” and to focus on the beach and sea and environmental education. The Samui Jazz Festival will hold music workshops on the day for beginners and children who are already students of music. At the same venue the Rotary Club of Koh Samui will organize a “recycled retail” area to raise funds to buy a “jaws of life” for Samui Rescue. Other shopping treats will include locally sourced goodies from food to handicrafts. The Samui Bicycle Club will join in with fun and games, and there’s room for more - you are more than welcome to contribute in any way you can to make this a great day for kids, and their parents.
Experience the Elements of Healing Saturday, September 26 Hosted at: Hosted by Kamalaya The final day of the festival is a healing day entitled “Experience the Elements of Healing.” For this busy healing day which starts at 9am, there is an exciting series of “handson” sessions with many of Samui’s teachers and practitioners inviting guests to actively participate and experience the elements of earth, fire, water etc. This is an opportunity to really try it out for yourself: join to co-create a meditative mandala with artist/architect Rob Powell, experience a fire ceremony, and immerse yourself in the mediums of sound, movement, dance as well as a taste of healthy foods and drinks from Kamalaya’s award-winning kitchen.
KOH SAMUI TOP TEN LIST Rob Newman
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Top Ten Ways to tell if the oil drilling off the Koh Samui coast didn’t work out as well as the oil companies said it would
10. Koh Samui tourist brochures now refer to the “beautiful chocolate brown ocean waters off of Koh Samui.” 9. Chaweng Beach renamed Exxon Valdez Beach. 8. Bangkok Airways flights always packed and seats never available as seats are filled by burly cleanup workers. 7. New nighttime pastime -- lighting ocean water with match and watching water burn -- better than Full Moon Party bonfire. 6. Genius high end Bangkok PR firm hired to bring in tourists rebrands Koh Samui as “The High Octane Island.” 5. Low end discount PR firm out of Pattaya hired to bring in tourists rebrands Koh Samui as “Samui -- What a Gas.” 4. TWhen you order crab cakes at dinner the waiter asks “leaded or unleaded?”
3. On windy days at the beach, tourists are able to hold down their beach blankets with blobs of tar. 2. Full Moon Party cancelled to the year 2021—no way to get to Koh Phangan -- all boats and speedboats around Koh Samui and Koh Phangan used in cleanup effort. Tourists currently stranded on Koh Phangan told to plan on staying to 2021 and offered free daily scuba lessons and taught Thai classical dance until rescued in 2021. 1. Good news! Instead of filling your car at the gas station, now you simply open your gas tank and dip your car in the ocean. Rob Newman is a television commercial producer who first fell in love with Koh Samui in 1995. With blessed thanks to his United Airline 1K status, he now commutes between his homes in Los Angeles and Koh Samui. Rob can be reached WaldoIsOnKohSamui@gmail.com.
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