Meet Buddy and Dori–Geckos on Steroids!

Me Ra Koh

Happy Monday morning! As I write this blog, I feel like I’m hosting the next episode of “Jungle Wildlife Meets Our Family” episode. πŸ™‚ But how can you not post these things when your in the thick of it? I love to hear that a number of you are sharing the blog posts with your kids! That just makes me smile!

I’m starting to notice that the whole insect and gecko world seems to be on steroids. Take Buddy and Dori for instance, our house-mates. Yep, they live here.

These are Tokay Geckos. Why are they called Tokay Geckos? When they make noise it sounds like a loud “DUU-KAYYY” call.

They are spotted little buggers and move every part of their body with each step. They are about fifty million times the size of what I’m used to when I think of the word “gecko”. But nevertheless, they live here in our home away from home. They are here to stay. And they will remain when we have packed and gone. So again, we try to share the living space with them as best we can. Hint, it helps to name them–brings the whole “impersonal, stranger in my home” feeling down a notch or two. πŸ™‚

The image above has me smiling in the bottom corner as I look at Buddy and Dori because as odd as it may feel to have them above my head every night while I’m writing, they are eating something I REALLY DETEST–Flying Termites. You only have to see this in action once, and then your begging Buddy and Dori to invite some friends over!

If your kids are reading along and want to see more images on the internet of Tokay’s, click away!

p.s. Amy, Clare and James, you’ll be happy to know that Pascaline named three sand crabs after each of you! πŸ™‚

Coming tomorrow, the end of the world!


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  1. sharon says:

    I can take the monkeys, Buddy and Dori are actually kinda cute, but flying termites… No thank you!
    Can’t wait for the next post!!!

  2. Judy says:

    You guys are very very brave people and I think you would make great missionaries the way these things don’t seem to phase you. I’ve lived here for 30 years and I still don’t like it when they are around and I would never live with a Tookay in my home. As I write he is calling outside my window– but if he comes in— I’ll go out! Your family is amazing!

  3. ann page says:

    Wow, i give you all the credit in the world i don’t know if i would handle all these “visitors” with as much grace and delight as you have! But it sure is fun to watch! So glad your amazing trip has been so filled with interesting fun! Looking forward to what you next days bring!

  4. Sue Christianson says:

    Wow! you have daily adventures don’t you? Thanks for sharing your adventures Me Ra! How’s it going with the Monkey’s? Sill waiting for a picture of that bathroom! lol! Have a fantastic time!

  5. jeramy says:

    i’m glad your housemates have a ‘purpose’….cause i’m getting chills up and down my spine just looking at the pictures.

  6. denise karis says:

    dude – thats crazy. Geckos are teeny… and termites – well, you dont see them. I don’t think Id do well out there. But yes, if they went after big termites and stayed away from me, then I might be cool with it – Id just imaging id wake up and they’d be on my face or something!!!

  7. Tana says:

    I am absolutely loving keeping up with your adventures!!! Wish we could be there!

  8. michelle s. says:

    I was showing my husband your blog (and for once he was interested in a photography blog) πŸ˜‰ and was saying to him that IF I were going to homeschool my kids THIS is how I’d want to be doing it! My kids (9 & 11) are also FASCINATED by the Thailand series! My son is begging to be homeschooled! πŸ˜‰ Keep posting, Spokane kids are loving it! πŸ™‚ Thanks!

  9. Becky says:

    I was thinking… oh those aren’t so big! Then I saw the second picture with you in the corner, and thought…. I retract that statement. πŸ™‚

  10. Becky says:

    Also, here’s a link to the tiniest Gecko I’ve ever seen. I took it in summer of 2006, with a plain point and shoot camera at a park.

  11. Becky says:

    ALSO… sorry to be a posting maniac, thought I’d tell you that I’m such a believer in what you’re doing that I told this young mom about your video Beyond the Green Box, because she was mentioning how much she loves photography but doesn’t know a thing about her new camera. I’ve never even seen the DVD, but I have one in the mail on its way to me… but I couldn’t resist pushing her to buy it too! It’s for her own good! πŸ˜‰ Thought I’d let you know that you have a customer hooked for life.

  12. Jesse says:

    Me Ra!

    Just catching up on your blog and am so excited for you. I miss Pascaline and can’t believe how big Blaze is! Is that the same BABY? Oh my. Thinking of you and sending you peace a love for your time in Thailand. My sister is there traveling now. It looks amazing.

    Best to you and the family,
    Jesse and Violet πŸ™‚

  13. Airika Pope says:

    Me Ra, Brian Pascaline & Blaze! After seeing all of your rock climbing photos (esp. Pascaline’s), Gerald can’t stop talking about taking a trip to Thailand. If I let him see your gecko housemates, it might just seal the deal. Perhaps we’ll be having an adventure of our own sometime soon (I hope so!). Love you lots–drink lots of yummy smoothies for me! Airika

  14. Toni C. says:

    Monkeys I can take, but geckos on steroids? They look cool though. Now I want to visit Thailand!