Showing posts with label Easy Day Thailand Team. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Easy Day Thailand Team. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Easy Day Thailand Office Blessing

New Easy Day Thailand Office in Kathu, Phuket
New Easy Day Office
These are very exciting times at Easy Day Thailand, having just had a very successful high season, the company is expanding to such an extent that now we need bigger and more convenient offices from which to operate.

These new offices are located in the Kathu district of Phuket.

The Easy Day team, before they became Easy Day, were already friends, and with together with a single dream of implementing a business plan where by creating the finest Tourist Operation Phuket has ever seen.

With many years’ experience behind them already in the industry, all that was needed was a plan to bring this talented team together on a daily basis.

Quote from the Easy Day Team:
“We knew we could provide a better service than what was available and that's what we now do.”
Monk Blessing Ceremonie
Blessing Ceremony
So on Saturday May 10th 2014 marked a pivotal day in the history of this great company. The new offices in Kathu were prepared for a very special visit from the local Temple. Nine Monks came to bless the buildings (Tam Boon), the business and the staff that work here at Easy day.

What is a Tam Boon
The Tam Boon Ceremony is of vital importance in Thai culture, Thai’s believe that if there is no Tam Boon ceremony conducted, then that the new property will only ever have bad luck.

Tam Boon Ceremonies are traditionally held in the morning time and require nine Thai Buddhist Monks to conduct the proceedings. A meal must be given to the Monks once the ceremony is complete, however, the Tam Boon must finish before 11am.
Monk Blessing Ceremonie

Allowing the monks enough time to finish their meal before Midday is very important as midday is the moment the fasting begins for them. The monks are forbidden to eat anything else from this time and for the rest of the day, until the following morning.

A lot of hard work went into preparing the Easy Day offices for the Tam Boon and everything was pretty much set up the day before. There were nine cushions and nine mats placed down on the floor ready for the ceremony, a pair for each monk. The mat being for the monks to sit on whilst performing the ceremony and the cushions are for each monk to lean against.

Monk Blessing Ceremonie - FoodThe Easy Day Team prepared a sumptuous Thai cuisine feast fit for a king, with many of the more traditional Thai delicacies being prepared. All this must be done the day before the Merit Making, with only the finishing touches being made on the actual morning of the ceremony.

Each monk also has to have a candle, a small garland of flowers and incense. Offerings were also bought for each monk to take back to the temple included gifts like food, new monk's robes, candles, laundry detergent, even light bulbs and matches; all things that they need for everyday life.
Buffet Lunch for the guests
Plenty of food

Once the ceremony was over, the Monks were served their food while all the staff, customers and agents and other guests waited quietly by.

Traditionally, Monks always eat first and no one else should eat until they have finished their meal and departed back to the temple.

So once they had left everyone else was able to sit around and enjoy the wonderful food that had been prepared. It was a wonderful and enlightening experience for all of us involved and one that will hopefully serve our company well in the future.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who was involved and to all those that shared this wonderful moment with us and we look forward to working with you all in the future.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Panyee Bungalow Restaurant - Phang Nga Bay

Last Saturday we did an inspection tour at Phang Nga Bay and James Bond Island to refresh a bit our best seller private tour. This time we left from Tadang Pier near Phang Nga Town, with the longtail boat went to see Koh Ping Ngan, James Bond Island and last stop was for lunch at Koh Panyee.
Koh Panyee - Phang Nga Bay - Thailand
Koh Panyee from North East

Koh Panyee is a tiny Muslim village built on stilts next to a small cliff that is an island itself, despite the small dimension the island has two very different souls. The south side is taken by tours package restaurants, where all massive tours to James Bond come to have lunch and do some shopping at souvenirs shop. While the north side, near the cliff, is where can see the island and village life there, at the extreme north east side, we found the Panyee Bungalow Restaurant. There were some local people from Phang Nga Town, small tour groups and some independent travelers that made their way to the piers and then to the island.

Phang Nga Bay - Thailand
Koh Tam Loe
Koh Panyee
Panyee Bungalow Restaurant

So we decided to give a trial and we ordered the House Dish, snapper fish cooked three times, the fish is fried, then passed again in the pan with chilly paste and then in sweet and sour sauce. The staff asked if we liked spicy or more sweet...surely spicy.

Panyee Bungalow - Phang Nga Bay
Food is ready..and a lot
Then prawns Tempura, mixed vegetables in Thai style with soy sauce, fried rice with sea food and steamed rice. Everything was fresh, tasty and in large portions, we couldn't eat all because too much for two people.
Panyee Bungalow - Phang Nga Bay
Souvenir shop at restaurant

Panyee Bungalow - Phang Nga Bay
Terrace on the sea
Panyee Bungalow - Phang Nga Bay
Fish cages next to the restaurant ..fresh sea food

Must say that Muslim cuisine is always a bit sweet so ask for fish sauce, salt or lemon if like a more bitter flavor or simply ask to not add sugar.

The Island is traditional and so won't have any pork on the menu and alcohol is banned.

We think all was good from staff to food, location to kindness and so we are now using this as "our" restaurant for the private Phang Nga tour.
Panyee Bungalow - Phang Nga Bay
Panyee Bungalow Sea Food Restaurant

A note about the name, the owner Mr "Bao" is planning to build first Koh Panyee bungalows next to the restaurant, may be next year. In the hope he can make his dream come true he started with the name "Panyee Bungalows".
Diego Bianchi - ERasy Day Thailand GM
Diego at Panyee Bungalow -what great day !

If you have there at this restaurant please leave your comment.