Bangkok Reunion - October 2013

Trip Start Oct 15, 2009
Trip End Dec 15, 2013

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

This trip, I plan to be in Bangkok for the first two weeks. I’ll be posting details and photos to this blog. My plans include a few weeks of on site volunteer work for OLPC also. I’ll be going to Malaysia and to Cambodia for that and I will be posting details and photos of that time in my OLPC Vietnam Blog.

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I have been traveling since noon on Thursday, November 24. I headed out on the Dartmouth Coach in Lebanon NH to Boston. Friday morning early, I flew out to San Francisco for 2 nights to visit Aaron and Megan and to break up the long trip to Bangkok.

We had a lovely weekend and I left Sunday morning (October 27) for my first flight to Bangkok through Tokyo. As I write this draft, the pilot has announced that we will be in Bangkok in about an hour. And it is about now, Monday night, October 28 at bout 10:00 PM Bangkok time that I just can’t sit anymore. No matter which way I go, each time I do this, the trip is long and hard on the body! The travel time door to door...and just counting from SF is more than 24 hours. I must really want to go to Bangkok!

I have not seen Noah, Sumalai & Terran for more than a year. Terran is 2 years old already. He will have changed so much and I can hardly wait to give him a hug if he will let me.:)

For my family, I’ll post a few pictures from our SF weekend. On Friday night we had a wonderful dinner at Kolkarri. The food was beautifully prepared and  was delicious too. The service was 5 star. I had the grilled whole sole (local and caught the same day) and our waiter served it fileted for me.

I stayed at the Marriott Marquis on points. It’s on Mission Street just a block from where my kids live. The hotel was fine and I made great use of the concierge lounge which serves a full breakfast and evening schedule 7 days a week! Tip: Next time I’ll be sure to ask for a room not next to the elevator as I did hear that (like a train) throughout the night and I was too lazy to ask to change rooms.

On Saturday morning, I headed down to Chinatown. Tip: The Eastern Bakery on Grant Street ()just a few blocks in on the right from the Chinatown Gate, has the best warm Dang Ta in SF. They are not displayed. You must go in and ask for them, it’s a local secret. I had found them on my last trip. For the uninitiated, Dang Ta are the Chinese version of Nata, the Portuguese Egg Tarts that the Portuguese brought with them to China when they settled there in the 12th and 13th centuries. I first had them in Lisbon and next in Macao, and someone told me that the Eastern Bakery in SF makes them in the traditional way. YUM!

Next I had a traditional Chinese massage at The Therapy Center. From the bakery, cross the street, walk a block or so on down Grant toward the Bay, and turn left and look to your left for the big sign and nice clean shop. For pre or post travel health, Tip: I highly recommend a good foot, back and shoulder massage.

It's Wednesday morning, my second day here. Yesterday I was like a zombie but it was wonderful to see Noah, Aor and especially Terran. He is a very sweet child and I am so lucky to be able to visit my grandson. He is 2! Need I say more?

I booked a serviced room in the Thai CC Residence building just steps from the Surasak BTS.It is rented by the owner of the nearby Littlest Guesthouse. I had found reviews on Trip Advisor and Air B&B. It's less expensive than hotels and that will help! So far, it looks like this will work out just fine. I'll reserve my full review for later after I have been here for a while.

I finally got some sleep last night. I've been to "Seven" (7-11 to get my local Cell phone Sim chip, and bottled water for my room. This morning I took a walk to scope out the Sathorn Rd neighborhood where I am staying for 2 weeks. My goal was breakfast. My favorite little green tangerines are in season and there is a juice seller within a block. I saw a lovely cart with what looked like barley, tapioca, corn and two kinds of beans. I was given 3 plastic bags a bowl and spoon; 1 with crushed ice, 1 with the barley, beans etc, and one with sweet syrup to pour over it. I came back to put this version of Thai cold cereal together. The syrup was too sweet for me but the rest was interesting and tasty. Of course I took photos - don't miss them.

Tip: Drink only bottled water and keep a bottle in your room for tooth-brushing too.The ice in Thailand is commercially produced with safe bottled water. Generally crushed ice around Bangkok is safe and if the vendors cache looks clean it's fine to eat it.

I am planning to get a good post-travel massage this afternoon before meeting Terran and his nanny for an outing, so I'd better get going.

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