09-10-23: Tragedy strikes the family…

…only…this is not some fictitious storyline.

A week ago, my wife’s nephew was involved in a motorbike accident, which left him fighting for life with massive internal injuries. There was to be no happy ending though, and he sadly died later that day.

Thailand is notorious for RTA’s and especially involving those on motorbikes. A lack of training. Lack of awareness. Lack of a safety helmet in most cases, A general feeling that motorbike is ‘just like a pedal bike’, like a toy, prevail. Often 2, 3 and even 4 up on the bike, There is little chance of escaping with no injury if a bike accident occurs. Crazy car drivers only add to the consequences if and when there is a collision.


He was trained. He was wearing a safety helmet. He was not carrying passengers, and he was aware of the road. He died quite simply because…he was going a little bit too fast and lost control, colliding with another motorbike. He lost his life but the other rider got off almost scot free. Such is the danger, and terrible unfairness of using a motor vehicle in Thailand. He didn’t deserve to die.

He was just 23 year old. R.I.P Kong.

Writing this, and thinking back made me realise that I have now experienced 3 generations of death in this family. Joy’s Mum passed away with old age, her brother succumbed to stomach cancer at 31 years old and now this incident with her brother’s son. In each case, the 5 or 6 days in the Temple makes you really reflect on life, and what is important.

Stay sharp everyone and dont put off seeing the doctor if you have any health concerns. None of us knows what is just around the corner, so live your life to the fullest and never forget your loved ones.

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