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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok February 9th 2020

After a night on the train it was wonderful to just enjoy a hot shower and brush my teeth properly. And in a little while I had a message from Jiab, a young Thai friend who used to be one of my students at Home End. I arranged to meet her, her children and her parents at a nearby restaurant , only 5 minutes walk from where I was staying. I felt thoroughly spoilt as they piled delicious food on my plate, and Jiab's two little children were absolutely delightful. Alba and Alfie. The family stayed with me for a night on a visit to the UK about 18 months ago, and I'd been captivated by Alba then. Alfie arrived only eight months ago I think, and although he wasn't joining in with the lunch food, ... read more
Jiab’s mum with Alfie
Lunch with Pat, Jay and their mum and dad
Alba and Jiab

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok February 3rd 2020

Getting final packing finished, being picked up for the airport at 2.30pm! Leaving behind grey damp cool weather for blue skies and warmth! In Heathrow Terminal 2 lots of masks. We arrived in Bangkok after a 10 hour flight a little ahead of time at 3:10pm... read more
Via via around the corner from our hotel

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok January 13th 2020

We are once again in Bangkok. Our first day was mostly spent with a quick swim in the pool, a meander along the streets just to see what had changed and then lounging around in the air con room. We were suffering from a bad dose if jet lag which is unusual for us but it was probably due to dehydration. On the seond leg of our flight from Abu Dhabi to Bangkok we were trapped in our seat. We had the window seat and the middle seat. A lovely young Thai lady was allocated the aisle seat. She smiled sweetly as she sat down and then promptly pulled down the tray table, plonked her I pad on it and plugged in her ear phones. As usual with anyone from this area of the world , ... read more
We walked along Soi Rsmbutti from the taxi to our hotel
Tuk tuk struggling through the busy night time streets
A Wat near our hotel

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok December 29th 2019

610am. That's the time I was sitting outside my hotel room ready to be picked up at 615am. I let the hotel reception know, on the off chance they turned up and I had gone inside. I popped in to go for a squirt, heard some tooting outside. Thought that was my ride. Sprinted out faster than Cool Runnings, only to find no-one there. Thought they might've driven off without me. Called the number I had, they didn't answer. Thought I'd been set up, so called again. The lady answered and told me they are on the way. An hour and 4 calls later, just when I was about to accept I'd lost my money, they rock up. Strangely, everyone on my tour speaks Spanish - given it's not specially Spanish - just worked out that ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok December 28th 2019

Be warned, this is a longun. With more or less a 26hr day prior, I decided today was going to be a chill day. Little exploring, little relax and massage, taking things slow.. however, I don't fucking work like that so it was full on from the moment I woke up. Mission 1: You're vegan in a foreign place, find food. Probably best not to decapitate people because you're hangry. Thanks to happy cow, I located a place and set out. Now, this ended up taking significantly longer than anticipated as I couldn't get roaming working on my phone and I hadn't got a SIM card yet. O wondered the streets mindlessly for about an hour, taking in the first experience of Bangkok during the day. I thought I'd figured out where I was going based ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok December 27th 2019

And there I was, hugging my mother goodbye at the airport before departing on an adventure for a month by myself with no knowledge of where I was going or even why I was doing it. It wasn't until I got to the other side of security that it dawned on me "Oh fuck, I'm competely alone for the next month about to fly to the other side of the world." Boarded the plan and sat next to an islander chap called Corey and his wife embarking on their honeymoon. We chatted for a bit before doing what humans have become good at and competely ignoring each other with flashing images that completely disconnect us from the fundamental trait of communication - thus isolating ourselves and causing significant personal and social issues. But hey, it's sure ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok October 25th 2019

This morning looks like each previous morning this trip, beautiful sunrise and already getting warm. At the very empty breakfast buffet for the last bacon and omelette breakfast for awhile. It will be back to the normal cookies in the car on the drive to work. Couldn’t online check-in for the flight, even though booked through Delta, the originating flight from here is on Korean Air. I’ll need to make sure I leave for the airport a little earlier. Kind of mixed emotions right now. I’m anxious to get to the last training and give it everything I have, but I’m also ready to get back to the US. although I’m not exactly excited about the length of the flying. I won’t be surprised if I sleep the entire 6 hour flight from here to Seoul. ... read more
So true....
Jomhod after training
Ajahn Len

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok October 23rd 2019

The morning looks the same as yesterday, clear sky. The close of training is rapidly approaching. Three more morning sessions and only one afternoon left. Today’s temperature was 94, and the heat index was a nice, balmy 107. It’s no wonder I was feeling exhausted during the run. Quiet mornings continue at the gym. Its nice to have the relaxed atmosphere, but there is also feeding on the energy of other boxers, fighters and trainers banging away on the pads and bags. I was visited by my friend this morning, looking for a handout. I’ve only seen two of the 3 dogs from previous, although there are at least two cats who show up and kneed away with their claws on the mats. There was a possible thunderstorm brewing, but it never materialized. Could have used ... read more
Gym friend
New gym pet

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok October 23rd 2019

Today will be the last two-a-day workout for the trip. Finishing today will leave me with only one tomorrow morning. I’m hoping the weather is not as hot, but the forecast is hot and steamy again today. Maybe the extra time off yesterday afternoon will help. I’ve got just enough room left on the video card for maybe one more session, so I’m going to try and record the last one tomorrow. I finished mostly all of the shopping last night. The morning went very well again. I was the only one training. Running was still 11 laps and the temperature was 94F with the heat index at 105 and climbing. The last 3 laps were hard to get through, but I was just counting in my head in Thai and it seemed to distract from ... read more
local transport
Hotel fish tank
BTS ride back to Nana

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok October 22nd 2019

For the first time this trip, I was awoken by my alarm at 5am. I did wake up at 3:30 but was able to go back to sleep. Looks like that workout yesterday really wore me out. The challenge for today will be to see if the intensity level I had yesterday continues through today. I’m still planning for Wednesday afternoon off for a little sightseeing and shopping. I’ve not really done much of either. The sellers, maybe not as many as years ago, still set up stands each night (some even from the early morning) along the street with just about everything imaginable. Just out of curiosity, I checked the Fitbit and yesterday it was 14.81 miles (28000+ steps) and 3477 calories, and today nearly the exact same. That doesn’t include the 20-30 minutes with ... read more
Liniment of Motivation
Lunch break
Jomhod training

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