First days at Lamai in Koh Samui, Thailand

Walking through the town of Lamai to get a feel for the area 

In Thailand, it is polite to remove your shoes before entering homes and some shops

In Thailand, it is polite to remove your shoes before entering homes and some shops

Child playing behind an alley

Child playing behind an alley

On the street, we found a man "playing" with his pet scorpion. This was particularly weird for me because not too long before arriving in Thailand, I had a dream where I was laying on the ground in an all white room, with all white furniture, and there was a black scorpion roaming around leisurely. From my comfortable place on the floor, I calmly watched the scorpion without fear, very curious of its behavior. I forgot about that dream until I had an overwhelming recollection of the dream way later in the day. This jolt of awareness prompted me to research if the scorpion was an animal totem, if it symbolized anything, and what dreaming about one meant. Here's what I found: 

A scorpion symbol may cross your path in a dream or in reality... The scorpion promises a transformation, but it is up to you to determine whether the change is a chaotic or calm one.

A single sting leaves the scorpion’s attacker or prey paralyzed, allowing it to either escape or feast. With the help of the scorpion animal totem, we are empowered to protect and defend ourselves. 
For our purposes, it is best to accept the scorpion as a symbol of protection, rather than as a dark and foreboding omen.

Buddhist spirit house shrine outside Thai home which houses the spiritual guardian

Buddhist spirit house shrine outside Thai home which houses the spiritual guardian

Men work on cables that hang over shops, hotels, and homes. 

Men work on cables that hang over shops, hotels, and homes.