Carter Faison

Almost time to leave…

 Posted by Carter Faison at 11:52 am  Thailand  Comments Off on Almost time to leave…
Jun 262007

I’ll be finishing up at the centre Wednesday and leaving Thursday morning. It’s going to be sad going, but work has been hard and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to my stay on Koh Samet. I’ve booked a bungalow on the beach ( and am excited about a few days of solitude. I’ll be heading back to Hua Hin tomorrow night for one last night out with the volunteers – last week was loads of fun. There are going to be so many people (AND ANIMALS) I will miss; I can’t even begin to think about saying goodbye.

I’m melting.

 Posted by Carter Faison at 11:51 am  Thailand  Comments Off on I’m melting.
Jun 212007

Hua Hin is really a fun town, but once you check out of your guest house all you do is sweat and stink. You can jump in the ocean, but all that does is coat you in a salty film. So, I’m trying to cool down while Connor and David get a Thai Massage down the street.

Last night we left the centre at about 7, checked into the hotel, and started drinking heavily. We had dinner at some itilian restaurant which gave my stomach a bit of a problem. After the oiliest pizza I have ever eaten, we headed to the Hilton Bar for a few beers and bought the 18 year old a tequilla shooter. Then we headed to the Irish Pub down the street where we started drinking New Castle – which apparently impressed the owner enough to come and introduce himself and give us his life story, literally from beginning to end. At this point I had already had a bit too much to drink and was deathly tired from the festivities at the centre so at about 12 I headed back to the guest house. Connor and David apparently stayed out until three, met some nice Thai girls – and not the kind you are thinking of – and we are set to meet them around one on the beach. At about 7, the rest of the volunteers come into town and the debauchery begins again. Not looking foward to my 6:30 AM job tomorrow morning…

At the centre things have quieted down after the langur death and the situation with Poppy – who had a still born cub. It seems like everyone will be leaving this weekend and it will be hard to say goodbye to some of the friends I’ve made.

Lately I’ve been on special diets during the day. It involves preparing food for the special animals in quarintine and the animals who don’t eat the typical primate diets (the langurs, loris’, the horn bills, civets, binturang, iguanas, leopard cats, and the baby macaques. Speaking of the babies, there are two very young macaques (the stumptail we gave a special name because he takes to suckling on his private areas as often as possible) and their foster mom Bandit – who only has one arm, no legs, and two fingers. But with all those handicaps she seems to keep them in line.

We just got a new macaque rescued from a school near Bangkok and are in the works of getting three new sun bears, a porcupine, and maybe some more mouse deer.

I will be leaving the centre one week from today and although I do miss flushing toilets, AC, not smelling like a foot 24 hours a day, and washing machines… I am really, truely going to miss it. I have made so many new friends that will be really hard to say goodbye to.

Well I am off to maybe take a nap. The last few nights have really dampened my sleep pattern – working on about 5 hours of sleep a night. Then it’s off to the beach and maybe a thai massage this afternoon.

I miss you all and can’t wait to share this experience with you when I get home.


from Hua Hin

 Posted by Carter Faison at 11:48 am  Thailand  Comments Off on from Hua Hin
Jun 162007

Zoe and I decided to take a day off from work and are spending the day in Hua Hin. After about two hours we decided to get off the beach and cool down a bit. The only places with Air Con are the internet cafes and McDonalds, and after wanting to throw up all my french fries we decided to go to the internet cafe down the street from the beach. We started off the day with a little starbucks, made the worst sand castles in the world, and came within to inches of a jelly fish. Although the beach is really nice, I’m looking forward to the nicer Koh Samet at the end of the month. We plan to wander around town for a bit and head to Tesco to get a few sweets before returning to the centre around 5:30.

A baby langur came to the centre yesterday evening. It wasn’t expected to live through the night but by morning it was doing much better. Mark, the vet, said it could pull through but problems like this seem to return. Also, 4 new Hawks and a Sea Eagle were rescued on Thursday from Bangkok. There are talks of a new elephant and maybe another monkey.

I’ve really settled into life at WFFT. It really did seem a bit stressful at first, but now I feel at ease with the whole living situation. Although I’ve been sweating like a prostitute in church, I’m able to stand the heat much better than at first. A fan seems suitable enough for 100 degree heat, right? And I don’t know what I’m going to do when I get to come home and flush my toilet paper, or let alone flush… It really isn’t as bad as it sounds, and it makes me think we have too much unnecessary crap in the states.

I think I may head back into the heat and explore the town. Wish me luck in prostitute dodging!


knee deep in bear poo.

 Posted by Carter Faison at 11:46 am  Thailand  Comments Off on knee deep in bear poo.
Jun 112007

et’s recap the last week:

Thursday night three crazy Europeans and I went to the Petchvarin Resort in the middle of nowhere. It was lush. Me and my roommate kept our room at about 18 degrees (as compared to the usual 40 at the centre). We were the only 4 in the entire resort and had the bar (which I used a little too heavily), the pool, and both restaurants to ourselves. We spent the entire day in the pool, only leaving the water to eat. As you’ve probably guessed I am currently the color of a lobster. Well worth it though.

Saturday night about 20 volunteers went to the Hua Hin Jazz Festival set right on the beach. Some other crazy europeans and I found a rock in the water to sit on, but after a few drinks we made out way into the ocean to dance. Jeroen, the wildest Dutch person I’ve ever met, got a little too drunk and decided to take everyone with him under water – I’ll be sad when he leaves Thursday.

Today I was on bears again – picking up old food and poo from the enclosure, and then hiding food and releasing them. Then I cleaned Oom Poom’s pool, which had about an inch of nastiness attached to it. I also was on “Volunteer House”, which everyone seems to hate. Basically I clean up the volunteer house – the bathrooms, kitchen, and dining room. The only bad part is taking out the toilet bins where we throw the toilet paper(or bog roll which I’ve learned to call it).

No new attacks from animals, but at the festival I cut my feet up on rocks quite a bit. Tash has performed minor surgery and removed most the sand but it still hurts a bit to walk.

Nothing much else is going on, just staying busy with the animals and enjoying my free time at the centre. I really am enjoying every second… now that I’m acclimated to sweating a gallon an hour.

Hot and sweaty.

 Posted by Carter Faison at 11:45 am  Thailand  Comments Off on Hot and sweaty.
Jun 032007

After about 40 hours of travel I’ve finally made it to the centre. On my way there was an unexpected (but very plesant) stay in Taiwan. I had to get a room for the evening and, thanks solely to Amanda, I stayed at the very nice Grand Hyatt Taipei, who sent a limo to meet me at the airport.
After making it to Thailand I found my taxi driver without a problem. Once – three and a half hours later – I made it to the centre, everyone was very warm and welcoming. I’ve spent the day feeding the bears, cleaning up their poo, and watering the gibbons. One gibbon, Madge, who doesn’t care for men, found it necessary to try to take my head back to her nest. I spilt my water and crapped my pants, but I survived.
Well, I’m off to the centre again to feed the bears. I love and miss you all.

One Week…

 Posted by Carter Faison at 11:43 am  Thailand  Comments Off on One Week…
May 252007

I’ve been vaccinated in every part of my body and have a small pharmacy to carry abroad, but have I packed yet? No. Packing will begin the day before and probably the morning I leave. I am getting excited – I cannot wait to be with people from all over the globe with similar values. And to be back in Thailand again; how could I have picked a better location? Working with primates/bears/elephants, etc.. on the outskirts of Kaeng Krachan National Park. It hasn’t really sunk in that I am going back, but I think that is overshadowed by the 35+ hours of travel. Mai Ben Lai…

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