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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok March 17th 2014

Up at 7AM this morning as we had to get up and start packing for a flight to Bangkok, and upon arriving in Bangkok, it is a total different city. There are skyscrapers, large companies, and its somewhat pretty developed. We are staying at the Lebua Tower and the 6 of us are staying in "The Hangover II Suite" where all the cast photos and the famous scene is shot at. (see pictures) The view here is breathtaking as we are 53 stories up high and we have these amazing views. (see pictures). We have a personal kitchen, living room and 3 rooms for 6 people. *** In my next blog, I'll be posting my explorations and photos of the city because I could not explore as much as I wanted to as we got in ... read more
Living Room Suite
Kitchen Suite
View Balcony

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok March 11th 2014

Part I It's tax season in Thailand, and time to file returns. I received my paperwork last week along with instructions for filing online. I'd been advised that the website is completely in Thai, so I should either use Google translate or have a coworker help me. Or both. Following the instructions, we found the webpage and then discovered that as a first time user of the website, I'd need to register. Simple taxes, simple account creation. No problem. There are only three things that are certain in life: death, taxes, and the in-simplicity of taxes. We three worked together to fill out the registration form. We had it filled out completely and then... nothing. We went back to the instruction. No information there. We looked around the website. Nope. My coworker finally ended up calling ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok March 10th 2014

Well, it's March now and I've officially lived in Bangkok for a little over 8 months. I can't believe it. Last week someone asked me how long I'd been here and I had to correct myself! The time really does fly. So, how is life treating me here? Pretty well, actually. I'm tired, but that's because I'm always on the go with work, friends, or other exploring fun. They say it takes about a year to really settle into a place and build a life, and I think I'm on track. Work is going well. We're still getting more and more students and now we even have a second foreign teacher! I'm also fortunate enough to have a great boss and team to work with. Knowing I have support makes such a difference day to day. ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok March 4th 2014

I'm writing this from the bed of my sleeper train on a 14 hour overnight trip ($28) from Bangkok to Chiang Mai in the North. Why waste a day with travel, when it can be accomplished while you're sound asleep? Bangkok is a huge city, and a lot of the sights are over in the old town Rattanakosin area, which is kind of a pain-in-the-ass to access from most parts of the city, including Nana, where I was staying earlier. Plus, the famous Khao San Road backpacker holy site is over there, so I figured why not change venue and spend a few nights over in that part of the city. Well, I had figured that 3 nights would be a good stay, but I ended up staying 5, due to me by accident making my ... read more
Good fights
My fav street food spread, one road up from Khao San
Wat

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok March 3rd 2014

Yes I know it's been some three months since I left you hanging, back in my Southern China escapade. Well, it does seem like an eternity has passed, but since then I'd returned back home to Singapore for about a month, then headed back up again to my de facto second home in Bangkok once more. I've been here since the start of the year, for another two-month's worth of Thai classes, my fourth stint here since I started on my now almost-two year adventure. The past few months in Bangkok have of course been eventful, thanks to the protests (so what's new?) which saw several major intersections closed and blocked for several months. Notwithstanding the almost daily sniper and grenade attacks at the protest sites during a few particularly tense periods, which resulted in several ... read more
Gnidart Gnaihc Nan?
Look closer
Best Cheap Coffee with Fresh Milk in BKK

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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok February 28th 2014

Saturday, Feb 1 Hard to believe it's February already. The past few days have been nothing but Chinese New Festivities. I had no idea CNY was so big in Thailand, but once you get outside of the tourist areas, it's huge. While I was unable to make it to Chinatown (unfortunately) my local mall did have some lovely decorations. And I brought mini oranges in to work yesterday. I'm celebrating the CNY like I always do: outside of China. Tomorrow are the elections. Protesters marched through Chinatown today, possibly confusing everyone by switching from yellow to red shirts for the CNY. Tomorrow they're expected to be everywhere else, most likely including the district office and parking lot conveniently located across the street from my apartment. Tables are set up and chairs are stacked, everything blocked off ... read more
Happy Chinese New Year!
Happy Chinese New Year!
Happy Chinese New Year!

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok February 28th 2014

Tuesday Well today I packed and spent the morning in and out of the pool and reading on the sun lounge (in the shade of course). When I arrived in BKK I assumed that my red belly was from the heat, till I saw the pattern on my chest of my bikini top. Sun burn, darn it. But not serious. I had a few more photos taken with mine host, Manu. He was always taking photos of me. And the girl from down the road, who spoke good English confirmed my decision to return by mini bus rather than the train. Quicker, cooler and cheaper. At one point we were held up for a short time by an accident. As we slipped past I saw it involved 3 cars. The last car, a large ute had ... read more
the pool and the colourful cabins
one of the tree stump cabins
the Asian pied starling

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok February 27th 2014

After pulling an all-nighter in Hong Kong, I arrived in Bangkok at about 16:30 on Saturday afternoon. I was pretty tired, so decided to take a “nap” when I got settled in my hotel, around 19:00. Unsurprisingly, I woke up from my “nap” at 02:30 :D Since it was Saturday night, and I was staying near some of the major nightlife areas of the city, I figured I'd head straight out to survey the scene. Every characterization I have heard of Bangkok is merely an understatement compared to the real thing (Ok, maybe not the Hangover II, which I felt compelled to watch just now). The city is huge, varied, crowded, chaotic, in-your-face, and laughably inexpensive. There are enormous numbers of Thai prostitutes here congregated in the red light districts. There are a lot of old ... read more
Decent spread
Fried Street
All too common

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok February 26th 2014

As I've mentioned previously, I go to a pub quiz each week. My team members and I look forward to it and, without a doubt, it's a few of the best hours of my week. One of our members left Bangkok but now has started returning every other week. It's like a reunion each time. This week, we added a fifth member who we like and promises to come back. The quiz began and it was a race to the bottom. As the rounds went by, we sat there, but then realized that other teams were using their bonus round points before us. So, while were in last place, it was mostly due to other teams already cashing in the opportunity for double points. Heading into the fifth and final round, we still sat at the ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok February 25th 2014

I went to a tiny art gallery, tucked away down a narrow soi, for a meet-up of a new group. I've gone to several Meet Up events since arriving in Bangkok, and always met some great people. (Meet Up events are organized by interests and you join the group online, then RSVP to specific events for each group.) Tonight would prove no different. We met at the gallery, and I think the first thing almost everyone did was comment on how much they liked the space. (Myself included.) The featured art was all done by one artist, Fernando Aceves Humana. He had oil paintings, lithography, etchings, and, my favorite medium, photography. We all walked around admiring the art, talking about the art, and just chatting in general. Then we went upstairs. Upstairs there were more lithographs, ... read more




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