The Long Journey Q4-17

It would be cliché to say yet again how time flies, but then it really did. Heheh. And now we are into the last months of the year. Oh what a year it had been so far! Having just come back from Hua Hin on our road trip, we have to report that it was a wonderful adventure making that drive. A journalog cometh soon…

And it has been a little more quiet in this last three months. Time to let Bankie recover a little! But that might have to wait. You may recall we’ve been longing to get to Jordan for the longest time right? Well guess what? The group has formed!! Yaaay! It means sometime in the middle of December we shall be waltzing to the airport on the way to another of our bucket list destinations. Woohoo!

But of course that would still be some months away.

We hope you too had a fun filled three months. Even if not traveling a lot, there can still be fun in our own backyard too! Sometime towards the end of the year, we shall make an announcement. It has a lot to do with having fun in your own neighbourhood(s). Look out for it!

Here’s our latest newsletter: The Long Journey Q4-2017. Enjoy!

 

 

We interrupt this broadcast…

No. We are not trumpeting any flight upgrade or that sort of thing. It’s just that after 7 days of no wordpress, we feel that we ought to summarize how it has been. Both on the road trip and also about being offline. So before we fly off from the city of Angels, we are sending off this post. So how did we feel?

The word to describe it : emancipated.

Yep. That’s really how it felt.

You probably know we schedule our posts ahead. So coming up with posts wasn’t the issue. It was not having the “strain” of thinking about the blog, responding to comments or reading the posts of others, from which we felt a freedom that we did not experience for some time. Incredible to realize this isn’t it?

Sometimes we simply put ourselves through too much pressure to read all the posts out there. And we really shouldn’t. Because if what we said is true : ie that time is but the only commodity that cannot be stored, then we ought to live our lives first and worry about the blog later. Don’t you agree?

Anyway.

The road trip has been more than fabulous. We are already so full of ideas as to what to share with you in the journalog and handprint stories… And Mel was soooo wrong. The Queen of shopping DID find quite some places and not a few things to buy. All utilitarian around the house of course!

And now, back to your regular programme of scheduled posts.

Off to Hua Hin!

Yaay! We are going on our road trip to this coastal resort town approximately 200km south of the city of Angels. Even as you read this we would have touched down in Bangkok and picked up the rental car to make the drive to the timeshare apartment. Yesterday… Yep this is a scheduled post so note the past tense.

Well, not quite.

For first we spent the first night not far from the airport, as we stock up on necessities and made a stab at Rod Fai night market. Heard of this one? Well look out for the journalog where more will be shared.

Only after that in the following morning (like now) will it will be a 200km+ drive. And we expect to take more than the 3 hours Google suggested since we will most likely sidetrack:

What will we be doing? For one thing when one have their own set of wheels, the road is open! Can you hear the music or our bad singing? Heheh… Suan has crafted out the following that we must do:

  • Vineyards (huh? Yep there are quite a few)
  • Royal retreats (Definitely see the rail station)
  • Night markets (For the food only)

No shopping? Yep. In this parts, there is nothing for even the Queen of shopping to identify for a browse. But mostly in between we shall be taking it easy. So no wordpress for a whole week. We’re suppose to be on vacation right? Hence our advanced apologies if it seemed we’ve ditched reading your posts… we are busy… heheh

Wish you are here! A journalog cometh. Watch this space and TTYL.

Fun days in & around Chiang Mai

Lanna, as the political entity that the region of Chiang Mai is formerly known, was an independent Kingdom until the late 1700s. Well, specifically Chiang Mai was Lanna’s capital.

If you dig a little deeper into history, you will know that Lanna was known as the land of a million ricefields. A million? Yep, that’s what they claim. But you see, this is where linguistics come into play. So we’ve got to be careful with translations. They are sometimes lost… Realistically anyway, how do you count rice fields? Perhaps by the plots? Anyway we digressed again.

Come here to see rice fields you ask? Not really, though that could be one of the activities. Did you also know that the notorious golden triangle of drug production and trafficking is said to be nearby? Won’t this make your heart flutter a little? Sounds dangerous doesn’t it?

And adventure we had both within the city and outside of it. Not only did we veered close to the supposed land of drug kingpins, we mingled with hilltribes too! Phew not head hunting ones, but ones with long neck.

Read more here about our adventures in Chiang Mai itself.

There is so much to do. Better yet, find out more about what you can see outside of the city. Will this egg you to make a journey to northern Thailand?

So ends our Thai series at this time. We do plan to go to our Hua Hin timeshare later this year, so look out for it!

The island’s name is Bond, shaken not stirred

James Bond would be proud. Because his name is used to name an island. We are so ashamed….that we mixed up the movies which led to the fame of this island. You see, we had this image of Ursula Andress emerging from the sea in a white bikini and a gun diving knife strapped on her you know where. And we thought – ah this must be it in Phuket. You see we had some confirmation bias – because we saw some tourists (ladies) posing knee deep in the clear waters, seductive pose not withstanding.

Nooooooo! Ursula starred in “Dr No”. Did you know that the white bikini she wore in that movie was sold at an auction for more than £41,000 in 2011? Sorry we digressed again.

The movie that actually inspired folks to name this island after Ian Fleming’s written character is “The Man with the Golden Gun”. You see the island in the story of the movie was the hideout of the villain Scaramanga. That island is supposedly in ‘Red China’, which in the 1970s was still out-of-bounds least of all to film producers of the west (this film was released in 1974). An alternative had to be found and it fell to Ko Khao Phing Kan.

So….no bikini clad lady emerging from the sea here!

Ok, what then is there to see here then? Read it all in our little story!

PS: Did you folks heard of Bangkok’s plan to “clean” up street food vendors? Seems like they are doing it in the name of ‘reclaiming’ the side walk. In the process, many vendors will likely not have space to operate… Oh no! On the other hand, they could be housed like food centers that look familiar with what we have here in the little red dot!

Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea

Snorkeling is such a fun way to interact with the fishes and corals in the sea. We mean, you see but don’t touch. Interact we hear your puzzling response. How does one interact with fishes and corals? By the way, all you sea lovers out there remember not to touch and take anything from the waters ok? Look, can. Touch, take or damage – a big NO NO.

So begins our short Thailand series.

Well, you don’t. Interact with the fishes that is. But that first paragraph was to introduce you to fun ways you can enjoy yourself when in Krabi. That is, being in the water and not just on land.

We had found this really good deal that included flights and 3 nights’ stay at the Sofitel in Krabi. Not one to pass up on a deal, we found the nearest long weekend and flew away…only to discover that it was the wet season! Sigh. That’s why it was so cheap…though the good thing is – there were hardly any other visitors staying at the hotel. Why? Because it was raining torrents for much during those days!

Well, that was also what we expected when we signed up on a snorkeling tour to the islands. Islands devoid of tourists. But hell no! There were soooo many people on the boat (and so many boats too) jostling for a piece of the ocean. Now, September is the shoulder season and the waters can be churning a little making it murky. Not quite the Maldives! Fortunately for us the day was not rainy, merely cloudy – so it was not a total loss.

Take a look at this essay and re-live the days we spent with the denizens of the sea. Do you enjoy snorkeling?