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Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok June 24th 2010

Geo: 13.7308, 100.521Got up at 7.15 this morning and went straight down to breaky, we'd been there for roughly 15 minutes when Nana and Pa arrived. Finished at 10 and went back up to the rooms to get ready to go out. We walked to the Asok train station, through Robinsons Department Store and across the bridge, we caught 2 trains and ended up outside MBK shopping centre. But before that we stopped and looked at all the damage the 'Red Shirts' had caused. It was horrible, there was three main buildings that we could see that had been affected which only looked one or two stories high, and right around it was all burnt out and bare. There were a few people who looked to have the job of cleaning everything up but it would ... read more
Nana, Melissa, Kate and Pa
Street view from Robinsons
Robinson's - colour coded tops

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok June 23rd 2010

Geo: 13.7308, 100.521As we got to bed late last night we slept in today - well a sleep-in when you're on holiday. By 8.20 we were down at breakfast to find Nana and Pa basically the only people there. There would've been no more than eight other groups down there in the time we were there! This was good as it meant it was quiet but it also meant that the buffet was smaller than last time, a lot smaller. We believe the 'Red Shirts' scared everyone off. After breakfast we went back to our rooms, changed then went out again. We met Nana and Pa at 'Georges', their tailor friend as the cleaning lady was in our room so it took us a while to be allowed in. From Georges we walked to McDonalds outside ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne June 22nd 2010

Geo: -37.8143, 144.963We arrived at the airport after dropping the cats off for their holiday, getting petrol, picking up Nana and Pa and hitting several lots of roadwork's.We checked in straight away then went to McDonalds. Everyone was sitting in the "Dining Room' as they call it when I went out to get a sundae and saw Mark and Sophie Knight and their three children - they were off to America for 3 weeks. The flight was average, it was very full and they had changed our seats so we were sitting in the middle next to an elderly lady. I was really angry because Nana chose this flight so I could use the window because we normally get a night flight. The person next to me was in one word a pig. She put her ... read more
Melbourne - Bangkok menu

Oceania » Australia » Victoria June 21st 2010

Geo: -38.1, 145.717Nana and Pa invited us to go to Thailand with them. The day before Nana paid for the tickets riots broke out in Bangkok."During the anti-government ("Red Shirt") protests, which took place from March to May 2010, a series of violent incidents, including grenade attacks, occurred. On 19 May, the main protest site in Bangkok was cleared by security forces. Clashes between security forces and protesters left over 80 dead and more than 2,100 people injured during this period."The trip went from 'yes, we are going' to 50% chance of going, finally got to 2% chance then 'no we're not'.The riots were finally over and, with less than a month to go until our departure date, Nana decided it would be safe and tickets were purchased - WE'RE GOING TO THAILAND!!PHOT... read more
9 Apr  - Anti-government 'red shirt' protester
20 Apr - Protestors gather behind barricade
23 April  - Protesters amass in front of barricade

Oceania » Australia » Victoria April 10th 2010

Geo: -38.1, 145.717We went on so many things on this trip that either are or were the biggest/best/tallest/fastest/highest/etc in the world. MALAYSIA FIRST WORLD HOTEL, GENTING HIGHLANDS In 2006/2007/2008/2009, Guinness World Records listed the First World Hotel in Genting Highlands Malaysia, as the world's largest hotel with a total of 6,118 rooms. FIRST WORLD SHOPPING CENTRE, GENTING HIGHLANDS The highest shopping destination in MalaysiaGENTING SKYWAY, GENTING HIGHLANDS is 3.38 km long which at its opening used to be the world's fastest and South East Asia's longest gondola lift.CASINO DE GENTING is one of the finest gaming destinations in Asia with over 200,000 square feet dedicated to the providing you the ultimate gaming experience. BATU CAVES STATUE Standing at 42.7 metre high, this i... read more
World's largest hotel
Finest gaming destinations in Asia
Highest shopping destination in Malaysia

Oceania » Australia » Victoria April 10th 2010

Geo: -38.1, 145.717Home at last after a long flight.Unpacked.Peter dropped in for an hour then we went to bed and slept!!!... read more

Asia » China April 9th 2010

Geo: 22.2949, 114.171We're going home today. Andy and the girls left early. I would like to say that I waved them off, but, at 5 in the morning I had better things to do - like sleep!!Mel and I went for a last walk around Nathan Road and went and bought Andy a pair of shoes. He had ummed and ahhed yesterday and had decided not to buy them but changed his mind!We did the last minute squeeze of the suitcases to fit everything in - we came with a very full little suitcase that was placed in an empty larger suitcase and am going home with two very full suitcases. And I didn't think we had spent that much!!!!We checked out then walked to the bus stop. We hopped on the bus and waved good ... read more
final squeeze in

Asia » China April 8th 2010

Geo: 22.3317, 114.189Today we decided to go to Kowloon Walled City Park. This used to be a 'no mans' land that was not ruled by England or China. For 30 years this area had high rates of prostitution, gambling and drug use. It also housed a lot of illegal doctors and dentists with Chinese qualifications and years of experience, but lacking the expensive licences required to practice in the rest of the Colony They set up their clinics on the edges of the City and charged their patients a fraction of what they would pay elsewhere. It is so hard to imagine what life would have been like in this place. When the buildings were pulled down, a park was erected in place of this city as a memorial to the walled city and the people ... read more
Walled City
Kowloon Walled City Park
Dentist Street

Asia » China April 7th 2010

Geo: 22.3833, 114.35Andy and his girls were meeting us at the Star Ferry terminal. On their way there, Andy was approached by a friendly girl who asked us to participate in a survey. They were asked a variety of harmless questions ranging from the duration of their stay in Hong Kong to how much they paid for their hotel. The survey ended with the man giving them each a scratchcard as a reward for taking part. Hayley scratched her card to reveal she had won a free T-Shirt and then Andy scratched his card, Amazingly Andy had won the big prize The lady was delighted and vigorously shook his hand, then called over another colleague who was also very delighted to see the big win. Andy was guaranteed one of the 5 prizes listed at the ... read more
Queuing for the Raging River ride
Raging River  ride

Asia » China April 6th 2010

Geo: 22.2787, 113.943We caught a train this morning, then a 'Gondola Lift' up to see the big buddha. They have to add so many words to the title so it will qualify as 'the best'. You can't just say outdoor buddha or sitting budda as there are others of those in the world. So this one is the 'worlds TALLEST OUTDOOR BRONZE SEATED buddha!!!!The statue is named Tian Tan Buddha It is one of five large Buddha statues in China. The Buddha statue sits on a lotus throne on top of a three-platform altar. It is surrounded by six smaller bronze statues known as "The Offering of the Six Devas" and are posed offering flowers, incense, lamp, ointment, fruit, and music to the Buddha. These offerings symbolize charity, morality, patience, zeal, meditation, and wisdom, all of ... read more
Worlds Tallest Outdoor Seated Bronze  Buddha
Worlds largest outdoor seated Buddha
Worlds largest outdoor seated Buddha

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