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This Little Froggy Went To Market In Phuket..
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...
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.
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.
Rebecca Smith is a real estate journalist and author with over 15 years’ experience. She has published 3 books to date:
'The Definitive Guide to buying property in Thailand'
'10 simple ways to slash your marketing costs and sell more property'
'The Definitive Guide to buying property in Phuket'
Rebecca is currently the sales director for Ocean Villas Group and Phuket Ocean Villas.
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