Tiffany Werkowitz

Spa Time!

 Posted by Tiffany Werkowitz at 8:33 pm  Thailand  Comments Off on Spa Time!
Jan 112010
 

I just got in from the pool. We’re at the spa now and I got a massage and facial this morning (and a hot shower!!) Not a bad way to spend a birthday! Its amazing. We work really hard at the sanctuary, I’m always dirty, and live in the most basic environment and I’m loving every second. I can’t believe how much this place has changed me (definitely for the better!). I cried for the first time yesterday. While I had seen Meow (our tiger) before, he had just been laying around in the sun but when I saw him yesterday he was coming over to us for a head scratch. He could barely walk. This gigantic, powerful creature lumbered over to us, falling a couple times, but always got back up to try again. He was chained up as a cub so tourists could take pictures with him. He was so malnurished he has permanent brain damage. They didn’t think he would survive when he arrived at the center and Edwin, the owner of the sanctuary, had to literally teach him how to walk again. What makes it worse is he loves humans. After everything we did to him he still loves us. I wish you could see him. He’s so big and intimidating and all he wants is a cuddle.

There is also a gibbon here (a small type of ape) that i have fallen in love with. His name is Bandit. He has only one arm and 2 fingers. He was born in an area that had a lot of toxic waste and was born that way. When they were developing the land, his family ran away but because of his disability he couldn’t keep up. He was thankfully brough to the center. With only 2 fingers he has a hard time grabbing some of the food so I sit with him and tear it up in smaller pieces. The funny thing is he’s the alpha in the enclosure. Its amazing watching him get around but he does it well. I’ll definitely try to get some footage of him and Meow the tiger.

I hope everyone is well and I hope to check in again soon!

Survived the first two days!

 Posted by Tiffany Werkowitz at 6:44 pm  Thailand  Comments Off on Survived the first two days!
Jan 062010
 

HI! I’m good but don’t have much time to write, My day off is on tuesday so I’ll post more then…it’s very beautiful here and a lot like camping. People here are great. the work is hard but its getting easier now that i am acclimating to the heat and time difference. I’ll prob only be able to email 1 to 2x per week. I’ll be going to the spa on monday night and all day on tuesday. It’s so cheap! They have a beautiful pool too so hopefully I’ll get something more than the farmers tan I’ve been getting. I’m SO excited for some pampering!! I’m pretty much always dirty but it’s not bothering me so much. I have 2 roomates and we’re in a decent size cabin with a bath. mind you, no sink or tub. the toilet thing isn’t so bad really, it flushes, kind of, just by pouring water in the top. my shower was interesting. Not winning any beauty contests thats for sure! I’ve been working with the bears for teh past 2 days. I love them!! you can throw dog kibble in their little mouths through the bars and they catch it. they just sit there with their little toungs hanging out waiting for the next piece. The gibbons are incredibly loud and naughty little things, but also entertaining. They think its fun to pee on you as you walk under their enclosures. One also likes to charge you for giggles. Yeah, funny. The tiger here is unbelieveable i was about 1 1/2 feet from him while he was just laying there, chilling out. Breathtaking. He had a rough life but looks pretty content now. The food is pretty amazing here too! There are a good number of vegetarians here so lots of veg options. I have also met some amazing people. Mostly from England, also Germany, austria, australia and pretty much everywhere else. only one other from the US. Ok, I don’t have much time so I apologize for all of the typos in here, not used to not having spell check to help me out. I’ll be sure to send more on my day off in between spa appts! I miss you all!!

Bangkok

 Posted by Tiffany Werkowitz at 3:04 pm  Thailand  Comments Off on Bangkok
Jan 042010
 

I’m finally here in Bangkok!! There was a good amount of snow in Seoul so we were delayed another 2 hours last night. Way too much traveling but so glad I’m done with that for a while! It’s beautiful and sunny here. Just had a nourishing meal of white bread with orange jam and tea for breakfast and waiting for my car that will be taking me to the sanctuary. Its quite a culture shock but everyone is very friendly. The hotel is nice enough, very clean but there is no shower, per say, just a shower head on the wall RIGHT next to the toilet. I could have sat on it while washing my hair. I’m still exhausted, as tired as I was when I arrived I couldn’t sleep, probably since it was like mid afternoon for my body…that or the rock hard bed…anyway, maybe I’ll be able to get a nap in this afternoon when I arrive. I hope everyone is doing well, I miss you guys and I’ll post more as soon as I can!

Almost time!

 Posted by Tiffany Werkowitz at 1:04 am  Thailand  Comments Off on Almost time!
Dec 232009
 

I can’t believe I’ll be leaving in 11 days! I have been really busy getting everything ready and have just started packing. While I’m really excited, I’m also a bit nervous but I guess that’s natural. I really don’t know what to expect! Well, I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and I’ll check back in next week :-)

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