Todd: So I’m here with Jerri and she
is from Thailand, and we’re talking about islands. So
these islands in Thailand get a lot of tourists.
Jerri: Yes, right.
Todd: Thailand probably gets more
tourists to its islands than any other country in the
world. Is there like any concerns about the environment
or development on the islands?
Jerri: Yes, of course. Wherever there
are people, there’s always an effect on the environment.
And you see this a lot, especially on the most visited
islands such as Phuket and Samoi with the development of
condominiums, schools, malls, leads to deforestation, of
course, and more pollution. You also see the effect more
on the more vulnerable islands like the smaller islands
such as, I think, Koh Phi Phi or Koh Lanta. All of the
islands used to be full of trees and it used to be like
national parks. And now with the people taking speed
boats and everything, you really see the oils on the
sea. The coral reefs are not as colorful as they should
be. All the plastic that comes with, you know, getting
food boxes, plastic straws. Yeah. And you really see the
ecosystems in the sea are affected.
Todd: Yeah, that’s what I tell –
that’s a problem that we have to solve everywhere in the
world, it seems like, especially the plastic. Do you
know about Easter Island in Chile? You know, with the
big stone statues?
Jerri: No, not so much.
Todd: Yeah, that reminds me of Easter
Island which is, you know, famous in Chile for its
really large stone monuments like the stone faces. And
they couldn’t figure out how the people
disappeared or why they disappeared, and now they think
it’s because they cut down all the trees.
Jerri: Oh, wow.
Todd: And after they cut down all the
trees, that basically destroyed the environment, and the
people couldn’t survive anymore so they had to leave the
island. So islands really are vulnerable, especially
with their trees, right?
Jerri: Right. Yeah, absolutely.
Todd: That’s one of the reasons I
really like Koh Chang, because you can only develop on
one side of the road, you know.
Todd: So there’s a road around the
island and if it’s on the beach side you can develop,
but anything inland on the other side of the road,
there’s pretty much no development.
Jerri: Yes. But there are also on the
positive side you see, you know, when – there
are things like bad things happening to environment, you
see innovation, people actually coming up with ideas. So a lot of hotel chains, for example,
are becoming more sustainable. They’re incorporating
metal straws, paper straws. So you do see some changes
but there’s a long way to go.
Todd: Yeah, you know, I think that’s a
great point. Like eventually, business can find the
Jerri: Yeah, yeah. That’s always…
Todd: It’s in their best interest,
right? Oh, that’s really nice. So what about the
economy? I guess the biggest jobs are the resorts?
Jerri: Yes. So the Thai economy relies
on tourists. Yeah, like the hotels, the restaurants,
that’s where we get our money flowing, I would say.
Todd: Right. So that’s your [inaudible
0:03:19.4] of the capital influx from other
Todd: Right, okay. So, you live in
Bangkok. Out of curiosity, how often do you get to a
resort or to the beach?
Jerri: More than I should, to be
honest. Like I love the islands so every opportunity I
get, I’ll fly down south, and then visit the different
ones. But yeah, as I mentioned, my favorite one would be
Koh Pangan. Yeah.
Todd: Can you fly directly from
Bangkok to Koh Pangan?
Jerri: Yes. Well, not directly, but
you can fly to the mainland which is Surat Thani. And
it’s actually nice just to spend a day there because
Surat Thani, there’s like a culture there and then you
get to try the authentic Southern food before you
actually go to the islands and it becomes a little bit
more like Western, with the taste and everything. So
that’s my recommendation. And then the next day, you can
just go to the pier and take a ferry to the different
islands you want to go to.
Todd: Oh, wow. So I definitely,
definitely want to take your advice.
Jerri: Thank you.
Todd: Well, that’s really nice.
They couldn’t figure it out.
You figure out something when you come up with an answer. Notice the following:
- Computer technicians figure out how to make
- Did you figure out the answer to this
come up with
People actually are coming up with ideas.
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- Jack came up with a proposal for his boss.
- My friend came up with a plan to find his dog.
There are a lot of hotel chains.
A hotel chain is when one company owns many hotels with the same name in different locations. Notice the following:
- Marriott is a hotel chain with hotels in many
- You can actually trust the quality of a hotel
a long way to go
But there’s a long way to go.
When you have a long way to go, you will need to do many things before you reach your goal. Notice the following:
- Peter has a long way to go before he
- The young girl has a long way to go to be
eligible for the Olympics.
It's in their best interest.
Something in your best interest will be helpful to you. Notice the following:
- It is in my best interest to save money
instead of spend it.
- His mother thought it was in his best interest
to go to a local college and not leave home.
You get the capital influx.
Capital influx is when money comes to a business or country for a large project. Notice the following:
- The capital influx from many countries helped
Nepal rebuild after the earthquake.
- Without capital influx from investors, many
small companies would never survive.
a long way to go • best interest • capital influx
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