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History of Isolation..

Posted on Sunday, March 27th, 2011 at 11:16 am

Once upon a time, when we punished a crime..

… , apart from execution, there was ” isolation “, which, with this, I heard that the ancestors of Japanese were simply the convicts of crime whom were marooned onto the isolated islands out off the Mainland’s shore.

Same goes for Thailand,it seems,as there’s a Thai phrase “maroon them” which mean to isolate someone as a great punishment.

Well, for now I’m not sure whether that was a punishment or a bless for them, as Koh Tao(Turtle Island) looks just like a great destination for paradiso..

It was all begun with the BawornDecha’s Political Rebel in 1933 which ended up in sending all people involved to Koh TaruTao (now you might have learnt that “Koh” means “island” in Thai, genius ^^), where, decades later still, served as a jail for political convicts.. and then they were later moved to Koh Tao.

And the fact of this makes me wonder if the villagers on the two islands are the lines from those of the convicts, however they were once described as very kind and very generous and peaceful at heart.(Well, they still are, with a bit of commercial tweak)..



But since 1986, Thailand’s traveling’s begun to boom and soon the islands around there have become ones of the top-hit destination for “an escaping summer holiday”..


Soon the rows and lines of coconut trees were replaced with comfy bungalows and commercial places, today both Koh TaruTao and Koh Tao (pls note that the 2 “Tao”s aren’t the same words, TaruTao was a tweaked words from Malaysian “TaroTela”which means “full of bays”, whereas Tao in Koh Tao means “turtle”) have become national parks and full of investment on nice resorts and diving schools. Many concern that the islands would no longer belong to Thai people as many investors and estate purchasers are foreigners..

Now as my holiday is planed and tickets booked, and knowing that I’d land in a comfy resort with diving classes to choose from, and maybe some SPA and massage to try, and of course an internet surfing before I hit my bed each day, yet I keep imagine how it would be in those days, where the sky was deadly dark at nights and the only light was from the torches(if they were ever allowed to be lit) and the ( surely,must have been) bright billions eyes above, and only things the prisoners have ever seen were blueish eternal ocean and sky and lines after lines of coconut trees, have they ever wanted to jailbreak (if that option was ever potential) or have they, alas,  found their peace and haven?


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