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Showing posts with label travel/tours. Show all posts

19 April 2011

Songkran in Huahin


Thailand has just concluded Songkran (traditional Thai New Year), which is celebrated on April 13-15.  The festival has many fun features, most significant of all is water.  People are out on the streets getting drenched, dancing, eating, greeting each other a happy new year. This is a scene in Huahin last week. Hilton Hotel is behind that old house which is actually a bar. Behind it is Hard Rock Cafe, and the opposite side are an assortment of shops and restaurants.  White foreigners participate in this event too as you can see.  They have as much fun as the locals.
   


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05 April 2011

Sai Yok Noi Falls

My latest visit to Kanchanburi was my third in thirteen years. Of the three visits, I enjoyed this most recent the most. Everything went as planned. We went with Good Times Travel. Their tours are well-organized and their mini-buses not crowded with tourists. They conducted the tour with just six of us: 3 Italians, 1 Thai, 1 British and 1 Filipino. Our first stop was the Sai Yok Noi Falls.


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07 December 2010

Chili commerce

Mai sai prik na ka, (no chili, please) is what I always say when I buy a short-order meal. Sometimes the instruction is followed; sometimes I just have to sip ice cold Coke all the way. Chili is major in Thailand. Where fruit chunks are what you normally see on your blender, it is chili here. You have to watch what you sniff or look at if you pass by street food cooking or you sneeze and tear up as some aroma finds its way to your eyes and nostrils.

Biting red and dry, these quiet chilis are practically harmless... until they are stir frying in the wok. What could be next...

Ingredients beyond what makes up ketchup or mustard are on display too.
It is early Sunday market in Saraburi. This tent finally sets me in the mood for commerce.

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25 November 2010

So big

Mommy Moments is where Moms muse about motherhood and show off their kids.

Joys, worries, disappointments, hopes, challenges and successes are shared.

Chris hosts this meme every Friday at The Mommy Journey.


Today's theme got me debating if these punching bags would do.

Maybe HK skyscrapers would count. Three of the world's tallest buildings felt lofty across the horizon. So big too.

They dwarf me much like the way challenges of mommyhood do. But then life is bigger than all these biggies. And good too.

21 November 2010

a la Randomness

Our Weekend Memoirs: Palenke de Saraburi
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Those sunflowers I posted on Tuesday's My World meme was a bit of a long, full Sunday I had with friends last weekend. I'm sharing snapshots on an installment basis as parts of the day held different descriptions.

We went out to explore Saraburi Market in the morning. It was windy and our hats were in danger of being blown off our heads. We wandered between stalls and found strings to fix the flying hat situation. There! 3 baht a piece and the hats stay put.

Manao taw rai ka?
(How much is the lemon?)This is our Pacman-Margarito breakfast. Munch, swallow, brace for the punches. Now if I could have the abs of those cheerleader trio I would be glad to skip this yumminess.
But I don't so I'll settle for a low pitch Philippine national anthem. I wonder who is she....
Pacquiao and Margarito are not roosters jabbing each other's guts out, but neither can I stand blood sport. It was quite a relief when the match was over.

Ebie and Arlene host Our Weekend Memoirs

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Sunday Stealing: Questions a la Randomness, A Meme


Today we ripped this meme off a blogger named Kimmy from the blog The Smug Cloud. She doesn't state where it came from. But, it was probably stolen there as well. So, of course, that will be as far as we go. Tracing back our theft's thieves might take some time. Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!


Cheers to all of us thieves!

What was the last thing you put in your mouth? cappuccino

How late did you stay up last night and why? a quarter past 12

If you could move somewhere else, would you? in a heart beat

Have you ever been kissed under fireworks? no

Do you believe ex’s can be friends? yes

When was the last time you cried really hard? duh... can't remember. I'm not a crying type

What items could you not go without during the day? water

Who was the last person you visited in the hospital? a cousin who gave birth

How do you feel about your life right now? saint-like (I just watched HP7, I)

If we were to look in your facebook inbox, what would we find? unread messages

Say you were given a drug test right now, would you pass? with flying colors

Has anyone ever called you perfect before? yes

Someone knocks on your window at 2:00 a.m.: who do you want it to be? pizza delivery

Do you think too much or too little? somewhere in between

Do you believe in fairy tales? of course

Have you ever licked the back of a CD to try to get it to work? no

What’s the largest age difference between yourself and someone you’ve dated? 3 years my junior

Have you ever been on a blind date? no

Do you have any friends that you’ve known for 10 years or more? yes

Have you ever had a crush on a teacher? no

What song do you want played at your funeral? Be Thou the Glorious Answer to All My Questionings

Would you tell your parents if you were gay? if it won't give them a heart attack I would

What would your last meal be before getting executed? you

Do you walk around the house naked? when I do I'll let you know

What do you do as soon as you walk in the house? whatever I fancy

Who is the person you can count on the most? at the end of the day - myself

What is your favorite Holiday? a blue sky holiday

Would you ever get plastic surgery? I'd rather spend the money on travel

Have you ever caught a fish? no

What is the first thing you notice about people? eye expression

What is the farthest you’ve been from home? 14 hours on an airbus

How did you meet your spouse or significant other (or most recent one)? thru my boss

Where was the last place you drove (other than home/school/work)? mall

Bud Weiser hosts Sunday Stealing

08 October 2010

Coconut husk


"... and you're travelling with your daughter, Ma'am?" asked the immigration official at Ninoy Aquino International Airport. He examined CJ's passport then looked at CJ and his shoulder-length hair. The official furrowed his brow. I stifled a laugh. At Bangkok Airport, the confusion scene was similar.

CJ's 'normal' hairstyle is short like most boys.

Sometimes a hair saloon would take the liberty of cutting him their version of stylish -

Once he wasn't aware of the camera in my hand. He turned and I clicked right into his long bangs -

Round and round Hong Kong, I had no idea his hair was this long already until this photo was uploaded. Only a few hours after we arrived home, CJ's grandma had his long hair trimmed very short.


Now he looks like a coconut husk floor scrub.


We're doing hairstyles this week @ The Mommy Journey.

26 September 2010

Aweright

Our Weekend Memoirs: Getaway, Koh Chang
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My lair's got 24-hour security. Besides, it's a burglar's disappointment so without the slightest scruple, I shouted out on FB, "aweright, aweright paradise here we come!"

A city girl revels in her weekend luck: mountains behind, ocean in front.


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Sunday Stealing: The "I've Been Tagged" Meme


Today we ripped this meme of a blogger known as Kara at The Ramblings of a Marine Wife. We actually found the meme from Shius from the blog Addicted 2 Shius. Since this is a meme that has been going around for a while where you answer questions, and then add questions, we decided to use three sets. Kara explained that she was tagged by Life with the Lebedas. But it was probably stolen there as well. So, of course, that will be as far as we go. Tracing back our theft's thieves might take some time. Link back to us at Sunday Stealing!

Cheers to all of us thieves!

1. Where are you from? from the Pearl of the Orient Seas

2. If you could live any place in the world, where would you live? Venice of the Costwolds

3. What's your favorite blog? I'll check them out of course! how about mine?

4. What is your biggest blogging pet peeve? 'silent' replies; but I don't really care anymore. If you don't comment back I won't bother either.

5. What's your favorite TV show this season? I need a new show! :) Downtown Abbey

6. What's your favorite 'down' time {nothing computer related}? brunch

7. Are you a parent? If so, what's your favorite thing to do with your children? tantrumless sightseeing and dining out

8. What about your blog, have you considered changing? templates - from time to time; content - not ever

9. What do you do for a living (if you work outside the home or if you work at home)?

cartoonstock

10. What is your favorite song at the moment? What is your favorite song ever?
The Glory Of Love, Mayim Bialik version

11. What is your favorite niche TV channel to watch? I rarely watch TV nowadays

12. If you could have any career, what would it be and why? something in forensics - I like the way the dead talks back

13. What is your favorite outfit? long summer dress with spaghetti straps

14. If you could tell your teenage self something, what would you say? snap out of it

15. What is your favorite recipe? my mother's escabeche

16. What is the funniest joke you've ever heard? submit to your (insane) husband

17. What is your favorite vacation spot and why? something like my OWM post above

18. What are you most excited about with fall here? no fall here

19. Did you envision yourself to be where you are today ten years ago? If not, what did you envision? My vision (living in a charming cottage) was hexed. Ten years after I'm still stuck in a freaking faculty office.

20. If money were no object, what would your dream house look like?

aerial view

21. What is your all-time favorite Disney movie?



22. What blog do you think isn't getting enough notice? those of bloggers who don't comment back. Lol!

24 September 2010

Disney Magic

Relying almost entirely on milk and unless starving, CJ doesn't eat. So when I witness moments like this, I feel relieved. His recent snack choice is kechup or soy sauce. To make him eat something healthy I try these strategies simultaneously: coax, beg, threaten, set an example by eating the food myself or bribe.

"I'll let you play all you want with Winnie the Pooh, Lion King and Mickey Mouse if you eat," goes the motivating factor behind this episode. Ibbity-Bobbity Boo! a little mouth opens wide.

For a picky eater, this bite looks big enough to last him til the next snack time.

Snacks going on at the Mommy Journey.

12 September 2010

Tug o' War

Sunday Stealing: Sunday Stealing Player's Meme
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Today we ripped this meme not from a blogger but from you, our players and friends. We asked for original questions last week. And did you guys deliver! We believe we’ve got everyone in the credits. If we missed you, let us know! The star players who submitted questions were: Hooting Anni, Niko, Wendy, Melanie, Ace, Bambie, Zoan, Dixie Chick, Lynette from A Blog in the Rough, The Gal, Katie, Hazel, Me, Mark from An Erie Tapestry, Mamo Ko, Cat., Noelle, Kwizgiver, Shakaku, Catch Her in the Wry, Brandt, Debster, Zh3en22, Americanising Desi and Kathy. Head over to the SS headquarters for the grand theft.

Cheers to all of us thieves!

1. :::sniff, sniff::: Is the dog in the house? he got sent overseas. you're just seeing his framed photo sitting prominently on the bookshelf

2. What is the best piece of advice you've ever received? There is always room for improvement. You only stop learning when you die.

3. What's the worst experience you've ever had involving alcohol? if I ever get myself drunk and sober right back, I can then slur a speech on this

4. What's the worst thing you've ever done to another person? execute a desperate decision on him

5. Who do you think started the concept of memes? someone creative with lots of time

6. Give a song title or line that describes how you are feeling right now "although it's been said many times, many ways Merry Christmas to you!"

7. What's your favorite search engine? Yahoo!, Google, Ask, Bing? or something else? Google

8. If Paul is the Cute One and John is the Smart One and George is the Quiet One and Ringo is the Funny One, which Beatle are you? I like the sound of 'George' best among the four

9. The democratic government decides that, not only do we have to share our money with people who choose not to work, we also have to share our children with those who do not want to ruin their bodies with being pregnant. Which child do you give up? absolutely none

10. When should you procrastinate - now or later? in my mind it's definitely later but....

11. What is your favorite fast food? Jollibee

12. What was your favourite game as a child? house and tug of war

13. Why terrible twos have to be terrible because they're double trouble

14. Describe your favorite family member. a handful. he calls me Mommy

15. What does your favorite breakfast consist of? coffee, fruits, corned beef with rice

16. What food is better the day after it was made? jack fruit with dried tuna in coconut milk, spring onions, ginger and lemon grass. everyone at home is suddenly hungry the day after it's made

17. What was your last big purchase? 96-hour holiday abroad

18. When was the last time you kissed someone and really enjoyed it? 17 years ago

19. Why are there memes? so there's something to feed the memesters

20. Described yourself using two words that rhyme. (i.e. fuddy-duddy) Anastasia Whatgotcha

21. If you were given the option of a "do-over" in life .. would you take it? nope

22. What movie makes (or has made) you cry? What touched you about it? anything that portrays a human being at his best, noblest, most selfless, most glorified

23. What is one big mistake that you did in your life? And what did you do to make it right? fell into a stupid pit; sealed the pit off after I got out

24. When Life Gives You Lemons, What Do You Do With Them? make a lemonade of course

25. How different are you in real life as compared to the online identity you have created for yourself? online is just an understatement of my offline

26. Do you know what your parents would have named you if you had been born the opposite sex? I sent a text to my mother for this. She replied: Jessie

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Our Weekend Memoirs: Tugging
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At Suvarnabhumi (Bangkok International Airport) on a recent out of town trip, I wandered round a bit before dragging my luggage towards departure. This reminds me of a game I enjoyed playing when I was a kid.


A three-headed dragon for the winner!

Click here for more Memoirs.

06 August 2010

Camera averse

CJ's aversion to being photographed is getting worse. Now I have to master the art of stealing shots. This is a rare click that managed to capture most of his face. I'm happy I got his long hair before the lola decided this style should go.

Sometimes I think the aversion is a kind of condition but well... for this week's MM theme: lights, camera, pose...

Voila! that's his pose.

There are proper, decent poses of kids on Chris's MM participants list. Check them out at The Mommy Journey.

23 July 2010

Park day

Age or science is backing up my aching heels - from 3 inches virtually 24/7 at work down to a couple of cms, tendons had to be on adjust mode while I traipsed a huge park with CJ, fulfilling my promise that I'd give him Disneyland for his 6th birthday.

So I attempted a Mommy-made up version of Winnie the Pooh's Blustery Day while relaxing tired muscles. I didn't realize how much fun a day out could be...

especially if you didn't have to worry about humidity.

01 April 2010

Medieval stroll

In York I was inwardly moaning that I could not join a ghost walk because I could not stand the cold. I missed viewing 13th century manuscripts because the tour ran out of time. So these 13 things I love about what I did not miss in that lovely city had better make up:

1. Guy Fawkes hotel. Although having a large portrait of England's catholic restorationist in my room was eerie, the four poster was cozy

2. Historic breakfast. It's served adjacent to the cottage where Guy Fawkes was born

3. Room with a view. The window is like a picture frame into which part of northern Europe's largest cathedral fits

4. York Minster: massive, magnificent, enough said.

5. Staring awed at the Five Sisters, reputed to be among the finest and rarest in the world.

6. Evensong. Beckoned in by the vesper chime, I quietly joined other worshippers for a bit of spiritual exercise

7. Minster choir. As voices rose to the spires, so swarmed gooseflesh from my gloved fingers to my shivering scalp

8. A chance to help preserve the Minster. 7GBP+/minute, cutie contribution lettered on a scroll signed by the dean

9. The Shambles. Meandering medieval street; picturesque and oozing with history

10. Relaxing in the market square. There I was examining my photos, unaware before looking up at a sign that hundreds of years ago heretics were burnt at the stake inches from where I sat

11. Hats on display reminded me of Lady Di

12. Beautiful dolls... controlled ogling in the shop

13. Browsing books. Blurbs transported hopeless romantic me into a gothic neverland

~ Megan and Janet host Thursday Thirteen. Click here for more lists ~

09 February 2010

Bananas and concubines

What did Thailand's King Narai and Israel's King Solomon have in common?

After exploring King Narai's throne hall, I made my way to the living quarters of his women. My mind was prepared for large, cavernous remains; half-expecting a dusty, out-of-tune grand in the midst. I was both surprised and disappointed. The place looked like a row of classrooms. Ah well, they were minor wives. A Hanging Gardens of Babylon replica, no matter how skeletal it's imagined to be, was too much digression. The renovation at some parts nudged me all the more back to the present.

But not for long. Towards the end of and opposite the quarters I found something I have never seen before:

Could King Narai's concubines be as numerous as these?

My outdated camera went bananas...
The entire bunch looks bent on lengthening down. Stretch, blossom, wither to the ground. Take my kiss back to Mother Earth, will you?

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