An Odyssey Begins

Trip Start Mar 11, 2006
Trip End Aug 01, 2006

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Friday, April 28, 2006

Our flight from Bagkok to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia (explanation in a moment) set for the 28th, we had one day to get back up. With some time to kill in Krabi and Surat Thani before our minibus to big bus up, I spent the majority of my time trying to figure out how hundreds of spam emails were being sent out in my name and trying to figure out how to stop it. Short, annoying answer is most likely a virus on an internet cafe computer somewhere in Thailand snagged my contacts while Gmail was open, faking who the email comes from is a snap, and no Virginia there is no way to stop it until it runs its course and tires itself out. I have no advice for the world traveller about how to avoid this, just be sure to practice safe surfing. At lease my apology email was a good excuse to get in touch again with some friends I had not spoken with for a while! Our bus trip to Bangkok was a little upscale, the VIP AC variety is what they sent that day. We even got to enjoy an odd free dinner and Stealth on the way, I liked when the plane talked and got sassy. In Bangkok waaay too early in the morning, I groggily to my everlasting regret left my (Mary's) lucky brown hat on the bus, I even got the phone numbers for the bus companies to try to track it down but no dice.
After a half day of errands and updating this travelogue a bit (I am really quite a slacker with this I'll admit), getting our custom shirts and jackets sized to be perfectly fitted and boy did we look good in chocolate brown pinstripe and classic black and white respectively, we were off to the airport for an odd set of flights. When I first researched our trip to the Philippines, I was blown away with Air Asia's fares as opposed to Thai Air which seemed to be the only other way to get from Bangkok to Manila. Only catch was that we had to get two separate flights, with Malaysia in the middle, and we'd not be flying to Manila per say, more on that later. In any case, knowing that Air Asia is no frills or food we paid the annoying airport departure tax that they have in some countries just to rub it in, stopped to eat for the first time that day (we've developed the camel theory of travel where if you time it right and put down a moderate amount you can get by comfortably on one meal a day) and caught BBC news that Nepal was looking like it'd be politically stable by the time we were to arrive and then up and away to KK!

Moral of the story: Worst. Computer karma. Ever.
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