This little froggy went to market in Phuket…

On August 4, 2011, in Latest news, by RebeccaJK

Sonny the frog

A couple of weeks ago I was at the market in Patong. I was poking around the fish section when I noticed a box full of live frogs. And then I remembered the ‘frog-on-a-stick’ I wrote to you about a few weeks ago. (If you missed it you can read it here). They were all crammed in and looked really sad. So I asked the guy how much they cost. He looked at me like I was crazy. I suppose he doesn’t get many foreign women buying his frogs. “120 Baht a kilo, one frog – about 30 Baht” he replied. I guess he thought I wanted to put them on a stick and barbecue them. I’d already noticed one.  He was a big one – right in the middle of the box – and he looked really, really sad. He’d need a friend, right? So I picked another. The stall owner was a bit rough with them.  He bundled them into a plastic bag and sealed it tightly. I asked him if they’d be ok.  I was worried they might suffocate.  He just nodded and smiled; “yes, Yes, YES”. But I wasn’t convinced because he probably thought I wanted to cook them. So I paid him.  Didn’t wait for my change.  And ran to my car. I was making good time and there was plenty of rustling coming from the bag so I started to calm down a bit. Then I hit a traffic jam. I didn’t know what to do. So I turned the air conditioning on full.  Don’t ask me why – I just thought it might help. I considered opening the bag for a minute. But then I imagined two large frogs jumping around in the car whilst I tried to drive.  I decided against it. Luckily the traffic cleared quickly. When I was almost home, there was a loud bang and I thought the bag had burst.  But when I arrived, it was ok. And there was still plenty of movement inside. I ran down to the pond and set them free. I felt pretty pleased with myself.  And decided to call them Sonny and Cher. But I made a big mistake… I forgot to tell my Thai staff. The next afternoon my gardener and handyman, Jock, said to me: “There are frogs in the pond.  Did you buy them?” “Yes, I rescued them” I said proudly. “They’ll probably hop off” he said. I thought that was a strange comment. But he’s Thai so he probably knows frogs better than me. A little later my maid, Kaew, said something similar; “they’ll probably hop off you know”. I started to get suspicious.  I’d just bought two frogs which are a delicacy for the Thais.  So I went to check the pond. There was Sonny relaxing in the cool water.  But I couldn’t see Cher anywhere. To be honest, I was a bit upset. I hadn’t told Jock and Kaew that I’d bought Sonny and Cher to set them free.  They may have had Cher for lunch – literally! But let’s assume that Cher “hopped off” to a better place and is enjoying her new found freedom. That was a few weeks ago. Sonny is still in the pond.  I say hello to him every day. This is a picture of him… Sonny the frog I also see his friends at the market, but I try not to look too closely. I only have so much pond space at my house. And I don’t want to get a reputation as some mad foreign woman who buys all the frogs. Mind you… The other day I saw some turtles at the market.  I don’t know if they’ll live in a pond – but I’ll let you know. Best, Rebecca

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11 Responses to “This little froggy went to market in Phuket…”

  1. Alan says:

    Thanks Rebecca

    well done

    … just wondering what happened to the practice of Buddhism in Thailand.

    Regards

    Alan

  2. David says:

    Rebecca
    I liked your story..

  3. Raymond says:

    Rebecca,
    You are most hilarious!
    Thanks for sharing that lovely story!

  4. BRIAN says:

    GOOD ONE IN CANADA THERES AN ALIEN BREED OF BIG FROGS EATING EVERY THING INSIGHT INCLUDING YOUNG DUCKS. SMILE IT MAKES YOU LOOK PRETTY. BRIAN

  5. Richard says:

    Sonny is getting really quite plump, and looking like he is about ready to hop off. 555

  6. Steve says:

    A REVERED AND MUCH LOVED JAPANESE POET NAMED BASHO 1644-1694,
    JAPANS GREATEST POET; HE REVERED NATURE.
    BORN OUTSIDE KYOTO, HE STUDIED MEDITATION &
    HE WROTE IN HAIKU MANY POEMS. HERE IS ONE I LIKE .
    OLD POND,
    FROG JUMPS IN,
    PLOP.

    NOW , I BUILT A LOTUS POND AT THE CENTER OF MY
    MANDALA GARDEN,(YOU KNOW A CIRCLE WITHIN A SQUARE WITHIN A CIRCLE),
    ( THE 4 GATELESS GATES),
    AND LOW-BEHOLD, TWO FROGS
    HAVE TAKEN UP RESIDENCE THERE!~
    I CALL THE BIGGEST ONE BASHO
    AND THE SECOND ONE IKKYU, AFTER
    IKKYU SOJUN, 1394-1481, AN ECCENTRIC GENIUS ,
    A BELOVED FIGURE IN JAPANESE ZEN.

    i SEE THEM EVERY MORNING AND DELIGHT IN
    THEIR PRESENCE.

    MAY YOU BE WELL.

    STEVE

  7. Paksoo says:

    Dear Rebecca,

    Greetings fronm Malaysia and thank you for the interesting story. If you ever visit Penang, let me buy you lunch.

    Regards,
    paksoo

  8. Vladimir says:

    Dear Rebecca.

    Many Thanks for Your Emails.
    You really let some fun with them in my life.

    Best regards. Vladimir.

  9. Martin says:

    Dear Rebecca

    How are you?

    Sometimes we do not know what we do not know in the life,because different contury has her own cluture for people.

    In China, the people eat this,too even dog,snake….Can you image that?Unbelieveable!!!!

    However,I do hope Cher is still living somewhere with happy life!

    Regards

    Martin Leou

  10. Paddy says:

    Gday Rebecca
    Well I can understand you feeling about what you see and what can upset you, I live in China and the only thing these people think about is them selves and everything else is part of the food chain, I think the worst thing is that they like their food fresh like kill it and eat it now, the other night I went to dinner with some Chinese friends and we had a fish that they picked from a tank alive and when it was served it was scaled gutted and deep fried, now that may seem ok but the head was still ok and the fish was still alive, its mouth was moving and they told me they come to this restaurant for me to see this, I said to them I thought you all knew me better then that and asked for the fish to be taken away..

    I tried to explain to them that a lot of western people are against things like that and things like shark fin soup and killing wales and eating cats and dogs and un hatched chickens still in the shell, and the simple minded people who think that eating a tigers penis will give them power in bed, I told them we western people have never needed extra power in bed as we dont have this problem…

    Yes its a sad world that we live in and like I said to my Chinese friends, just because the fish desnt have a voice doesnt mean it can not feel pain…

    it must have been a pain full death just to entertain some one for a short time …

    Paddy..

  11. Ben says:

    Hi Rebecca,

    God bless your kind soul! Sonny and Cher were lucky to have met you. Humans would become less aggressive consuming less meat and more vegetables and fruits instead.

    Thanks for all your mails re Phuket real estate – always a pleasure to read them.

    Have a good day.
    Ben

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