A very sad ending to what supposed to be a once in a lifetime journey
10th February 2013
I do believe that things happen, and hopefully it happened for a reason
I planned everything already, so that I can have fun for the last 2 days of my stay here in Thailand - Take the Aiport Rail Link to Raemkhenheng, and then take a cab straight to Sirthorn Steak House, to have my halal Korean Buffet dinner. And then, take the Airport Rail Link again to Rachaprapop, and spend a few hours drinking coffee inside a 24 hours fast food restaurant, and at 2 AM go to the Rad Fai Flower Market to see beautiful fresh flowers from all over Thailand.
After that, take the morning bus to Hua Hin, and spend some quality time there while waiting for my train back to Malaysia at 7 PM. It was perfectly planned, at least for me, until something shitty happened.
I left my camera inside a green coloured cab, in front of Sirthorn Steak House.
I panicked, and didn't know what to do. I calmed down, and immediately went to the Musolla at the restaurant to perform my prayer. After that, I called Fred.
"Hello Fred, Adam here"
"Yeah, what's up"
"I left my camera inside a green cab"
In Bangkok, there are a lot of different coloured cab, from different company.
"Oh...oh..that is bad"
"Yeah, do you by any chance have their number (the company) ? "
"No. But what you can do is, take the number on other green coloured cab, and call them fast"
And so I did.
I called them immediately. 02 - 6182680
The thing about Thailand is, they don't entertain people, especially not of their own kind, and I was redirected to several numbers.
1584, and lastly
The first number redirect me to the second number, and the second number asked me to go directly to the police station, and after I bought my smart ticket (coin) to the nearest Airport Rail Link station that is close to a police station, I called them, and was redirected again, to a different number..
This time, I had a lengthy conversation with the lady over the phone.
After I explained my case to her, she, with her lazy tone said that they cannot do anything unless someone else report that he or she found that camera, which is impossible. Nevertheless, she asked for my particulars, and my phone number.
"That is my Thai phone number. I'm going back to Malaysia tomorrow"
"Owh, can I have your email sir"
"It's adameben [at] ymail [dot] com"
And after I asked her should I make police report or not, she said "You can if you want to claim for insurance " but it is going to be very troublesome as I need to bring along with me, a translator.
I did plan to go to the police station, because that camera, is not cheap. And even more expensive if you compare the price of that camera, here in Thailand. But finding a translator ? Impossible. Not because I'm very shy, and is not willing to ask for someone else's help, no. Because more than 95% of Thais that I encountered during my stay here, did not understand a single word from me.
Fred by the way, is a Russian.
Sometimes, some people are way to extreme. Haha. Taken at the Bridge of River Kwai. I had few photos of my short trip transferred to the iTampon, but most of them like the camera, are gone-case.
And so, I canceled all my plans, and go straight to Bangkok Hua Lamphong train station, to change my ticket from Hua Hin to Sungai Kolok, to Bangkok to Sungai Kolok. I have to cancel Hua Hin, and decided to extend my stay here in Bangkok for few more hours as I'm still very hopeful that someone is kind enough to make a report after he or she, find that camera.
To make things even worse, there is no room available, near Hua Lamphong. There is one however, but the price is a bit "premium". But they don't accept Ringgit Malaysia. I am out of Bahts.
11th February 2013
10:30 AM - Made a call. Still, no one reporting that they found the camera.
12:30 PM - Made another call, and was told it was near impossible to find the camera
There are more than 1000 green coloured cabs in Bangkok Alone.
Why, why, why ? What did I do wrong ? Here are some reflections for me :
I only let my mom knows that I went to Thailand after I reached Bangkok.
I am technically, a bad Muslim, and I deserve this.
If this is His way to teach me, I'm glad that I lost only a camera, nothing more (hopefully)..
I'm very "attached" to that camera & I'm very emotional few hours after I lost itAfter that, I did let that camera go, although I'm still very hopeful
Like Taylor Swift said, "Oooh..We are never ever ever geting back together"
And so ladies and gentlemen, here are the moral of the story.
Buy, buy, buy travel insurance. They cover almost everything, and also pay for any items that you lost, or damage while you are travelling. Not much, World Traveler insurance for example, cover up to 250 USD. Secondly, situation awareness is very important. Be alert, take note of everything if you decide to take a taxi - plat number, registration number, driver's licence etc. Third, no loose items. Store and place everything inside your backpack when you are on-the-go : your wallet, passports, phones and not forgetting, your camera. If you want to take picture of while you are walking for example (ehem) use a strap, and hang that camera on your neck.
Sai - Yok Noi Waterfall. This is a part of the Special Excursion Train package available only on weekends & public holiday. The train depart from Bangkok Hua Lamphong to Nam Tok. Along the way it will stop at Nam Phon (site visit to one huge Wat) , Kanchanaburi & Tha Khalin (just before Bridge of the River Kwai, so that you have the chance to walk on that bridge)
Now I need to find and save some money so that I can make love with other camera. But this is currently not in my top priority list.