Archive | October, 2011

Goood Morning Vietnam!

29 Oct

Hello Vietnam!

After spending a day in Vietnam, I have to say it is quite different from anywhere else I have seen I’m South East Asia.
Scooters everywhere! Lights, traffic, loud noises. It’s everywhere you go. It probably doesn’t help that we are staying in, what seems to be the tourist area of Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City.
It’s ok though, as tomorrow we will spend the day here in Saigon, then make our way up north.
I hope to see more country side, and less city. The city tends to overwhelm me, and disrupt my orderly balance.

Today though we spent our day visiting historic places from the war.
Actually being in the intricate underground tunnels, and bring amongst the war zones really evokes an intense feeling.
I knew that the war was quite horrible, but it’s not until you actually visit these sites that you are able to really understand it.

Well, I have no computer with me for this long trip. Just updating from my iPod, while we all take a little break from the crazy city.

Until next time….

PS: The Pho here is amazing! Now if only I could get the Vietnamese pricing, rather than getting charged 3 times the normal price, we will be I’m business.

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Laos Compilation

28 Oct

In a rush on my way out of the country, but thought I would psot up some more pictures from part 1 of our journey to Laos.

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A new Journey awaits us.

Time To Flee

28 Oct

As flooding is getting worse, more and more people have been advising us all to get out if we can.
Even the government has made this whole next week a holiday for all of Bangkok.
With still 1 more week off of school we decided its time we left as well.

So a one way ticket has been booked. To where, I will let you all guess.

South East Asia, here we come!

 

 

Snow Day in the Tropics

26 Oct

Living in California all my life, I remember being a kid and hoping and praying for a snow day.
Who would have thought that moving to Thailand I would get my wish?

As we returned from Laos on Monday, I was greeted by a call late that night. I was informed that although to me the flood had gotten much better, school was to be cancelled this whole week because of the flood. As we had thought it was getting better, in all actuality it was getting worse.

We had contemplated spending this week traveling, possibly take a little trip out to Vietnam or Cambodia. But after a quick deliberation, I decided that I needed to stay in Bangkok this week and focus on school. With 2-3 projects and papers due soon, it would make most sense to just stay here, work on them and get school out-of-the-way.

So I spent yesterday in my room. Both resting and working. Getting my creative juices flowing, and getting work done.
Today was the same. I woke with the sun rise and got my day started early.
I headed off to my favorite place to get work.
Today was a croissant plate, with eggs, and coffee to jumpstart my brain.

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As I sat here working on my paper, I suddenly received another email. The floods are getting worse, and school is to be cancelled until November 7th.
So I guess I lied. It’s not a Snow Day, its more like a Snow (couple of) weeks.
Who know what these next couple of weeks will bring for the caveman.

Here is a couple pictures not yet posted to give all a little insight into how it is here in Bangkok during these times of flood.

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Grocery stores and 7-11s are about as empty as they could ever be.

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Noodles and bread are obsolete.

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And Bottled water is by far the hardest thing to find these days. All stores are out, as people are stocking up in case of the worst.

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But even in these times of confusion people stay positive.
The ladies in front of 7-11 are still cheerful and could not wait to smile for the camera.

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Walls are being built taller now, and people everywhere are coming together to help prepare all of their houses and stores for the rush of water that is said to be coming any minute.

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It makes me feel so good to know that we were able to help out the people of our new home. Although I posted a couple of pictures last week, I have been in such a rush that I was unable to post up all of the pictures.

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Being amongst all of the people, helping right along side them was quite a satisfing feeling.

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Hundreds of people came to help. More people than you could imagine. It’s really amazing to see how many people can come together and work for a greater cause.

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It was a great feeling, to know that we as well could help along side the locals.

Just as I was sure that the weather in Thailand was getting better, as I stood over my balcony, I saw this huge cloud coming in towards us.

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The rain comes and goes. It’s hard to really say what will happen to where I live, but lets hope for the best in all of Thailand.

I also wanted to give out a little notice to all of my faithful followers. Do not think that I have forgotten you. Postcards have been gathering and gathering. I have many that have been written and ready to be sent out, but with the floods all around Bangkok, I have decided that it’s best to hold off for a while.
I would hate to have all of the postcards be ruined or lost with all of the water here.

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I promise that soon you all will be hearing from me though your mailboxes.

Farewell Old Friend

26 Oct

Its almost midnight here in Bangkok.
I’m siting here in front of the computer and while I should be working on an assignment, or updating the blog on my trip or day back at home, all I can think about is my Old Friend who is now gone.

I am sad to say that after four long years of hard work and dedication, my car is now gone.
Known by some as Ruby, the ‘Wolfreign S14’, and others just as “Red 240 with white wheels”, but to all known as my car.

While on my journey into Laos, I was informed from my father, that the car was sold. A new owner had already taken it home.

It’s hard not to think back to all of the good times I had with my old friend.

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We had traveled together.
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How many times I had laid underneath it. Spending the majority of my days working on it.

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I cannot begin to count the long nights spent in the garage with it. Having garage parties with friends, working until all hours of the night getting it ready for days at the track.

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Eating together.

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It had its problems, as we all do. But at the end of the day, it always looked pretty.

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But most importantly I can’t help but reminisce on time spent driving it.

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My last memory of the car.

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As much as I have kicked and screamed, and at many times hated this car, it really grown to be one of favorites.
Rough around the edges, lots of little hiccups here and there, but at the end of the day always did me well.

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So here’s to remembering old friends, as the memories live on even when things are no longer with us.

Laos

25 Oct

Here is a quick update on my trip into Laos.

Still recovering from the insane length of travel so I will let the pictures do the talking.

Laos was by far the most beautiful place I have been as of yet. I still cannot believe how untouched the country is still.
Amazing place that must be experienced.

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Welcome to paradise.

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RIP: Behind the Faceshield

24 Oct

I came home from a 20+ hour journey back from Laos, only to find out that another life had been lost to one of the motor sports that I love.

Just yesterday, Italian Moto GP racer, Marco Simoncelli passed away after a fatal accident at the Malaysian Grand Prix. Only 24 years of age, it’s sad to hear of such a tragic death. Known for his aggressive driving style and unique personality both on and off the track
It was only last week that I watched him on the TV get a 2nd place finish in Australia.

It was also just one week ago that Indy car driver Dan Wheldon, passed away in a 15 car accident at Las Vegas. A two time winner of the Indy 500, and an amazing British driver.

Although quite different from usual posts, I felt as if it is just something I had to do. Many people who know me, know that my life has revolved around motorsports from a very young age.
Ever since I was a teen, I have spent countless days on the racetrack. My life has revolved around this very place.

Most recently I have grown an addiction to life on two wheels as well. Sunday afternoons you can find me riding my motorbike through the redwood trees, and enjoying lunch among friends at the oh-so-famous Alice’s restaurant.

So for me, these stories of these tragic deaths really hit home.

This just shows us that life is short. It’s unexpected. There’s no telling when or what will happen.
So live your life to the fullest and don’t ever look back.

Rest In Peace Marco Simoncelli and Dan Wheldon.

For just as you two, I as well feel most at home behind a faceshield.

 

Waking up to Paradise

21 Oct

I woke up this morning only to see this.

2 euros each a night for a giant living area, 3 rooms and a bathroom.

How can you not love Laos.
Only have my iPhone so updates will be short.

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Laos Lovin

20 Oct

Spent at least 16 hours traveling but now we are in paradise.

Laos is possibly one of the most beautiful places I have been as of yet.

Let the fun begin!

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An Off Day

19 Oct

Have you ever got up and felt as if there was a perfect song to explain your mood.
Welcome to my world.

Some days you just wake up on the wrong side of the bed.