Thailand has an interesting War history, which I have learned...

Thailand has an interesting War history, which I have learned more of since visiting. During World War II, the Japanese used Allied prisoners of war to build a railway from Thailand to Burma to avoid problems often involved when transporting supplies by sea. As you can imagine, there were many atrocities undergone by these prisoners, and due to this, the track became known as the ‘Death Railway.’ 

I visited the bridge across the Kwae Yai River, just north of Kanchanburi, known as the Bridge on the River Kwai. And, yes, I whistled the tune from David Lean’s 1957 film. No one nearby seemed to notice.

Traveling alone is both a blessing and a curse. It’s nice...

Traveling alone is both a blessing and a curse. It’s nice to plan the day by myself, because I get to decide what I am doing, where I am going and what I am eating. It’s also a bit lonely not to share the experiences with friends. Yet, I make new friends, and most of the time, I get time to contemplate things. Case in point, I decided to take a bus to a floating market. I finally met and spoke with a few foreigners; either traveling alone but many traveling as couples.

Waiting out the rain

It’s raining. Walking around in Bangkok sucks when it’s raining. The streets smell worse, some areas are slippery, and the mosquitoes come out to play.

Decided to wait out the rain by listening to, and then subsequently looking up the lyrics to One Night In Bangkok. Cliché? Probably, but I don’t care.

I’ve never really paid any attention to the lyrics before, but I think they’re kind of funny now. Full of lot of interesting idioms, that’s for sure.

My favorites:

“One night in Bangkok and the world’s your oyster. The bars are temples but the pearls ain’t free.”

“I get my kicks above the waistline, sunshine.”

“One night in Bangkok and the tough guys tumble. Can’t be too careful with your company.”

“I’d let you watch, I would invite you. But the queens we use would not excite you.”

Like every city, Bangkok has its own sounds and smells.

Like every city, Bangkok has its own sounds and smells. Taking a stroll the first morning brought on scents like fresh cooked poultry (chicken and duck!), fruit juices, curry, and –it cannot be said nicely, but it should be said—pollution. The sounds make me laugh because they’re so foreign. Languages from all over the world are present at my hotel, including a woman at the front desk that speaks Polish. No English –but Polish! Awesome!

Another day, another flight. I am going to Thailand. By...

Another day, another flight. I am going to Thailand. By myself.

Wed, Sep 07 - 2:20PM from PDX
Narita, Tokyo - 5:50PM (Thurs)
Thur, Sep 08, - 6:30PM from NRT
BKK, Bangkok - 11:05PM

Tue, Sep 20 - 5:40AM from BKK
Narita, Tokyo - 2:20PM
Tue, Sep 20 - 3:30PM from NRT
PDX, Portland - 8:45 AM

I am a hotpot of different emotions, ranging from excited to nervous. I know this will be a good experience for me. I worry about how I will fill my time or how I will get places. I will strive to enjoy every moment, good or bad.

As my very beautiful friend, Mary told me, “Have a great time, and don’t focus on what is coming next. Plenty of time for that later. And be safe.”

Places to Visit Nearby (Korea)

Travellers starting in, or moving on from, Korea have an number of exciting options of where to explore next with a number of relatively nearby Asian destinations offering an interesting onward itinerary.
Travellers can choose to head for the neighbouring Asian nations of China or Japan, or opt for a complete change of culture by catching flights to Mumbai and heading off to explore India.

i'm coming home, coming home, tell the world...

Well, I'm already back so the song lyrics are a bit outdated but whatever.

I was optimistic that I was going to avoid jet lag and the ensuing insomnia since I did catch three hours of sleep last night but alas-- here I am wide awake at 3 in the morning. I hate the first 48 hours of coming back from Asia-- they literally hurt. Not only are you sleep deprived but my stomach isn't used to Western food anymore. And it's boring as hell when you're the only one awake in an entire house. Luckily we have markets open 24 hours a day here so I might end up walking over in a few minutes.

The journey back wasn't bad at all. People were remarkably kind to me at different points.
And I love Beijing's airport! So I'm not in a terrible funk about returning to the States.
I know I should be gathering a few loose ends together so I can be ready to head out again next month but I am just too exhausted to think about it.

This and That Vol. 3

Some shots from Thailand that I forgot to post and other randoms from around the hood. Click on the thumbnails to see the full size.

samui fruit carving

Ah, back to Busan tonight. I'm always sad to leave Thailand, but I believe this time I won't be away for as long. Oh mangoes! You are my true love!

We went to the island Samui for a week. I can't say very much about it. I did take a fruit carving course while I was there! Here's some of the things I did.

just in time for these words from our sponsors...

I'm back after a week in Chiang Mai and another in Samui. Samui was kind of a bust; it rained and I'm just not a big beach person. Chiang Mai - Oh I loooooooved it. Gonna get right on posting about it, I might just do several posts tomorrow since I leave Thailand Wednesday night. Erk.

It's a strange, cold day here in Bangkok. Yeah, that's right-- COLD. Never thought I'd say that about Thailand. Especially since the hot season is almost upon us.

So I wanted to run a little poll by any and all who have been reading my little blog. It's called where should that girl go next? Haha. But seriously, I'm feeling like I always do: lost, lost, lost. So it's back to Busan and then they have booked me a flight back to America which I cannot get a refund on, unfortunately.

I have been contemplating on living in Korea again. Lord knows it had its trials but I made it through them, to a point where I'm comfortable with the country. And the money's good.

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