Archive | November, 2011

Caveman Thanks

29 Nov

Its a Tuesday afternoon, and I sit amongst ambient light, a laptop, and a notebook doing all that I can to keep my concentration on the studies ahead of me. The smell of espresso, and sounds of music, make it even more difficult for a Caveman to study.
But as I sit here and reminisce on the days that have passed and ideas that have not yet been posted, I cannot help but notice that an appropriate thanks is in order.

My travels have opened my eyes to many new and exciting things. I have seen lots and experienced much more. But from all of this I have found that the most important things have been the new and old friends who have followed me along this journey.

So I want to thank you.

Thank you to all of my loyal followers.
To the thirty or so of my subscribers.
To those who have commented.
To those who have liked.
To those who have donated.
To the people who have simply stumbled across the blog.
To all of you who have contributed to my posts.

Thank you so very much, as without you all, blogging about my Journey would not be half as exciting as it is.
So I will end this post, not with pictures that I have taken or of places I have been, but pictures I have received from my loyal followers.
As they have been kind enough to also share a piece of their journey with I.

 

A Thanksgiving card from the Cavefamily.

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A Black Friday greeting from the Rick Dawg.

My newest follower.

“The Right Start”: A San Franciscan Sunrise.

“The Right Start”: Greetings from Brazil. A sunrise on the beautiful coast.

Unexpected postcards received from followers.

A loyal follower’s “Caveman Memorabilia” on the wall.

 

Thank you all once again.

I love hearing from you all and thank you for all of the continued support.

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Thanksgiving Dinner

29 Nov

With the start of finals, and the beginning of the end of my stay in Bangkok, life has been quite busy.
Trying to do all the last-minute things while spending time with friends, has taken up most of my energy, leaving little to nothing for the blog. For that I am sorry, but I hope you all understand.

Many have been wondering what we did for Thankgiving. Well heres it

Last Thursday marked Thanksgiving. A holiday celebrated by many where I come from, but quite the contrary here. Although this was the case, I had quite the Thanksgiving, to say the least.
One of the American girls, Kim, decided to set up a Thanksgiving Dinner Potluck.
Much to my surprise it was a total success, and there was more food, drinks, and laughs than I would have ever expected.

As dinnertime came, we all were busy working in the kitchen getting ready for the feast. As usual the Caveman and boys from 1208 were the last o arrive.
We came to the sight of tables upon tables full of food.

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People as far as the eye could see. We had filled up the entire room from wall to wall.

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As all Thanksgiving celebrations should be, it was filled with laughter and smiles.

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Svenino kicked back and relaxed after a busy day in the kitchen.

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Sometime throughout the night we turned it to channel 12 and played “Big Brother”. We spotted the Norwegians downstairs at the lobby. After a phone call or two, they decided to give us a little show.

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Food had came and food and went.
Faster than we could imagine.

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The perfect Thai Thanksgiving photo. Empty plates. Chang Beer. Leo Beer. and Pots and Pans.

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We decided to spluge and buy something a bit different from the norm.
My new favorite beer. Paulaner Wieber.

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All in all, it was an amazing Thanksgiving. I would have never expected to feel so great spending a Thanksgiving away from my family.
But I guess it wasn;t untill Thanksgiving that we all came to realzie that we had slowly become a small family ourselves.

I am truly Thankful for all of the friends I have made and all of the relationships that continue to grow in my lifetime.

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Happy Thanksgiving

26 Nov

Life has been a bit busy, as classes are coming to an end and our semester abroad is winding out.
It’s funny how just now that we are beginning to be accustomed to life here, its time to leave.
Its ok though, as it’s the transience in life that makes us appreciate everything we have.

I wanted to personally thank all of you who read and follow me throughout m journey. All of my family and friends from home, my new friends abroad, and people I have met along the way.

You all truly make me appreciate life more and more each day.

So here is a little Thanksgiving greeting from the Caveman and the boys from 1208.

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I had an amazing Thanksgiving. I don’t think I would have ever expected so much.

I am most Thankful this year for being able to spend my day with these amazing friends.

Hangover High

24 Nov

A group of us decided that it was time to put our nice cloths to use, and enjoy the sunset in a whole new way.
We headed towards the other side of Bangkok to see the city in a new light.

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We walked into a shinny golden box, and soon we felt the sensation of rising.
Up and up towards the sky.

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As the doors opened we found ourselves in the most beautiful of rooms. Yet we still followed the light, to see what mysteries lay ahead of us.

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A magnificent sight.

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Need I say anything more?

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The clouds of Bangkok I love, are even better from up close.

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The city. The river. The sunset.
All Perfect.

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Even a Caveman can not help but enjoy kicking back underneath the great big sky.

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For only a brief moment, the sky turned a perfect purple.

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We paid for our refreshments, then headed to the actual “Skybar”.

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I am sure this is a sight that resonates in many peoples minds.

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Posts like these need, little to no words.
As it cannot be described in script. It must be seen in person.
But for all of my friends, thousands of miles away, I hope that the saying is true, and..
a picture is really worth, one thousand words.

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Thai Dinner With the Boys

24 Nov

As our time together in Bangkok is coming to an end, we have been doing the most we can to enjoy the people, places and food around us.
So as Sven, Kevin, and I headed out to the streets to eat, we picked up little Yaap on our way. By far, one of the funniest Duchies I know.

We walked down the road, hoping to eat at our usual night spot, an outside restaurant that is inexistent all day. It is not until nightfall that you magically see a full on restaurant appear on the side of the road.
Well that night the magical “BTS” restaurant was nonexistent as well.

Sad and confused on what we should now eat, we walked around until we finally found the place where we would be enjoying dinner.

As soon as we sat we decided to order a couple of bottles of Chang.

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As the drinks pour, the smiles start to emerge.

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It was going to be a seafood night.
AS we were in a real deal Thai restaurant, we ordered “Thai style” and decided that we would be sharing everything.

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When you order prawns in South East Asia, you really get a Prawn.
The whole thing.
Head. Legs. Tentacles. Eyes.

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It doesn’t stop Kevin though.

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Sven’s order of squid had finally came.
He was quite excited to eat as he wanted to make sure he ordered separately so it would not be spicy.

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Well… he thought wrong.

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After one bite, Sven realized he had made a big mistake. I saw his face turn from excited to sad.
Instantly.

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We felt for him, so we pured some more drinks and did all we could to cool his, as well as our mouths.

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By far this is one of the best ways to have food served to you.
Fiery hot coals underneath, and tasty squid on top.

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The aftermath.

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Smiles all around as we had just finished a real deal Thai meal.
Beer with ice. Sharing Seafood.
No complaints.

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We looked back at our meal with triumph. The Thais around us all looked around with confusion. First wondering why we were there, then wondering how we knew what to order and how to eat it.
The soon realized that although we look like westerners, we are no tourists.

I will finish the post in the words of Jaap.
I don’t think anyone could have said it better.

 

Three months ago we would be looking at the food asking what it is; Now, we just stick it in our mouth.”

Lunch With New Friends

21 Nov

Throughout my journey I have been lucky to meet a lot of really amazing people. Everyday I see a new face. Get a surprising email from a follower. Make a new friend. Join old friends.
But some days you unexpectedly run into people  who end up changing the way you see life as you know it.

Exactly last week, that is what happened to me.

It was a normal Monday morning. I got up. Got my things together, and headed towards the BTS to get a jumpstart on my studies.
I entered the elevator, with more people usual. I glanced to my right and noticed a couple I had not seen yet before. Something about them caught my eye. I don’t know what it was. Possibly just a new set of warm faces. Possibly it was the woman’s long red hair I envied, as mine was tied back.
I still to this day do not know, but something about the pair grabbed my attention.

We exited the elevator and I headed down the street. Music in both ears, in my own world. As I went up to enter the train I noticed the same pair. Walking into the same train. Coincidence I suppose.
As I got to my stop I headed out the door, only to find them doing the same. Coincidence once again.

So I went on my way. To the coffee shop I headed. I spent the better half of my morning there, getting ready for classes and projects. I even took some time to post a blog.
As the clock struck noon, I left, as I needed to get to class.

I walked to the MRT, the underground railroad, to take a train straight to Chula.
After buying a token, I headed down to the train platform. I stood there enjoying my new music, yet something had caught my eye.
I looked over only to see the same couple. Getting ready to go on the same train as I once again.
Confused looks over their face, they seemed lost.

I walked over. As they looked towards me, we all could not help but smile. We had not said a word to each other, but we both realized we had met once again.
I did my best to help them with directions, and came to find out they needed to go the same way as I.

As we entered the train we began a conversation.
We only rode together for maybe 5-10 minutes, but in that short amount of time, I felt like I really got to know them. We spoke of school. Of life. Of family. Of our different homes. Of where we had been and where we were going. They have me suggestions, as I did for them.

Before we knew it, it was my stop.
We said our goodbyes and went on our own ways…

As the week went by, we coincidentally crossed paths numerous times.
In the elevator. On the street.
Every time for only a minute or two. But every time learning a bit more about each other.

They had told me on Wednesday, that they soon would be headed back home. I was disappointed to know that we no longer would be bumping into each other, but very happy to have met them.

So I decided to write a little letter to them, tell them thanks, and include a decal, for them to be able to follow my journey.

As the end of the week came, I had no longer bumped into the lovely couple.They were on their way home.
But as I walked past the reception desk, the lady called me over and handed me a card.

I opened it up only to find a hand written note, a train pass, and 500 Baht.
My mouth dropped to the floor, as I was expecting nothing of the sort.
I didn’t know what to say nor what to do.

I read the card, and as they had expressed their gratitude for the letter I had written them, they also included a little note that read…

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Taking “gifts” from people, is always hard. I didn’t know what to do.
But I thought about it, and realized that there was only one thing to do.
Go enjoy a great lunch with no one else but my two new friends.
Although they were not there in a physical sense, there were with me in heart and mind.

I decided to dedicate this post to them. So that they could get a little insight into how they had made my week an amazing one, and how great the lunch was.

Yesterday, after class I decided that it was going to be the day. I would be enjoying a lunch with my new friends.
They had told me about this great place they had gone the night before.
Cabbages & Condoms.
Funny name, but an amazing place. I decided that would be my destination.

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As I walked in, I immediately knew that this was exactly what I needed.

I decided to sit outside and enjoy the scenery, as it was in a beautiful location. Trees of green, and cool air.

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As I opened the menu, my day became even better. Vegetarian options were plentiful and looked delicious.

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My waiter approached me and asked if I wanted anything to drink. I remember the couple telling me that they had enjoyed a beer. So I decided to get a beer for one, and a Pinta Cola da for the other.
I was going to enjoy my lunch out with them, just as they would have wanted me to.

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I was parched from all of the walking I had done, and decided to get a good beer for a change. It had been quite a while since I was able to drink a “real” beer, so I said why not? Might as well enjoy my time.
After one sip, I was in heaven.
The frothy German Wheat beer flowing through my system, made me remember how much I missed drinking a good beer with friends.

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So as I enjoyed my beer, I decided to open up my card once again and read the letter they had enclosed.

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Reading it again I was amazed at how gracious and giving the couple were. Nowadays finding people with hearts as big as theirs is a rarity.
It truly moved me, to think that two people who had met me only days before would be so kind.
Its things like these that give you hope and make you realize that there are so many amazing people in the world.

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My food soon came out.
Pa-nag Curry with mushrooms and rice.
One word to describe it.
AMAZING.

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Before I dug in I stepped back and looked at all that was in front of me.
I was so excited to be enjoying this great meal with and on behalf of my two new friends.

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As the meal came to an end, I was stuffed.
The meal was amazing, and they drinks were to die for.
The waiter came up after it all had been taken away, and asked if I cared for any dessert. I wanted to say no, but I couldn’t help it.

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Mango with sweet sticky rice.
To die for.

My bill came around and instead of a mint, I was given a different kind of take away.

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I looked around and realized that all of this was thanks to the couple I had met just one week ago. It was surreal.
I don’t think I could ever thank them enough.

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So I wanted to write this post. Not only to show you how amazing my meal was, or to explain another great place to eat in Bangkok.

But to show how the smallest of actions, can lead to unexpected friendships, and amazing experiences.

So heres to you Sue and Gary!
You two not only gave me an amazing lunch, but gave me a totally new outlook on life. I am confident to say that amazing and giving people still exist in the world, although many seem to doubt it.
I hope that we meet again in the future.
Whether it been sooner or later, I hope that you know we will be friends forever.

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It just shows you once again, how a “little” really can do a lot.

Cheers!

-The Caveman

Deal of the Day: Firehouse Burgers

20 Nov

As we walked home from a long day of football, Kevin said words that sent our night into oblivion.

“Dude…a burger and fries sounds really good right now”

As he said that I suddenly got taken back home. Visions of diners, BBQs, and juicy burgers popped into my head.
I looked at him. Smiled. And decided that nothing other than a Burger and Fries would suffice.

NO McDonald’s or Burger King crap. I needed a real deal Burger and Fries. (Well…as real deal as it gets for a Vegetarian)
People who know me, know that it doesn’t take much to get me excited. So when I headed home, I went onto the web to search for the best burgers in Bangkok.
I stumbled across an awesome blog. Ironically it has the exact same layout as mine, and is specifically for the “Best Burgers in Bangkok”

On the top of the list was my favorite Pub, “Bully’s”.
None of the guys had been there, but we decided to check out something none of us had been to. There was a new place, not too far from us, that sounded like exactly what we needed.

We showered, got ready and hit the road.
A quick BTS ride to Nana, and a walk down Sukumvit Soi 11 and we were there.

FIREHOUSE.

We glanced in, and I was immediately surprised. It was much fancier, and much smaller than I was expecting.
A very nice ambiance, yet no one inside.
I got scared.
We sat down to two very nice waitresses waiting on our every move. It felt a bit weird at first, but after a while, I figured out that this is what farang men in this area are into. We took their generosity as a compliment though.

The place had great decor, along with some of the nicest silverware I have ever used.

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Much different from the usual fork and spoon that ends up bending while trying to stir our rice around.

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We opened up the menu, and were greeted by an array of dishes.
Burgers along with many other things to choose from. A surprise to us all, but we had come for one thing, and one thing only.
A slab a juicy *meat* in between two buns, filled with condiments from the heavens, and a side of fried potatoes.

We decided to go a bit gusto, and order an appetizer as well.
Fried Calamari.

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Six Golden fried Os of calamari popped out.
We all were starving, so we dug in.
Fried to a perfect crisp, with a soft succulent squid inside. We all looked up at each other with smiles with the first bite. I don’t think we could have asked for more.

Soon after we finished the Calamari, the first burger popped out.
Our eyes were fixed on it, as we all were hoping it would be placed in front of us.

It was Kevin’s. Sven and I stared with jealousy.

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Huge burger & Crispy fries placed on a slab of wood.
AMAZING.

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As he bit into it, I saw his eyes light up.
It was exactly what we were all hoping for.

Right as he went to tell us all about his burger, I saw a light out of the corner of my eyes.
It was my burger.
I went with the SurfBurger. Although it may not be up to par for the strictest of vegetarians, it could make the  most hippie Vegans turn to pescatarians.

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A giant fried fish, placed inbetween two buns. Tartar sauce. Veggies. Huge potato wedges.
YUM.

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Biting into it was going to be a challenge. I planned for a strategic attack, but ended up giving up any plans I had previously made.
I went in for a full-fledged attack.
My taste buds thanked me for it.

As me and Kevin were enjoying our delicious meals, Sven sat there salivating.
I started to move over a bit, as I was afraid my burger was in danger. But before we knew it, his monster of a burger was here.

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They really should rename it from the “Breakfast Burger” to the SVEN Burger.

Sven stands at a steady 6 foot 4. Only a man of that stature could take on a burger of this size and magnitude.

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Giant and juicy is best way to explain this one. Not just juicy, REALLY JUICY.
With every bite, Sven fell deeper and deeper in love.
How could you blame him?
A giant patty. Bacon. Cheese. An Egg. Veggies.
The perfect burger for a carnivore.

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He had no problem eating it to the very last bite.

After we all finished, we sat back and just basked in our glory, as we had just found the goldmine.
The Burgers were amazing. The ambiance was great.
Service was exceptional.
Nothing else we could have asked for.

So we said our goodbyes, and headed back.

We headed back home in our glory, only to run into one of my dream cars.

I don’t think the night could have been any better.

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One day…

A place like this deserves much more advertisement.
Firehouse Pub and Restaurant.
Amazing food and service.
The owner even came out to thank us, and was excited to hear of their feature on my blog

So I hope that next time you feel like indulging on some delicious burgers, you consider Firehouse.
I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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Look for more “Deal of the Day” posts, by the guys from 1208.

Saturday Satisfaction

20 Nov

I woke this morning with a soreness I haven’t felt in a long time.
I mean sure, I have woke up sore numerous times over the last month, mostly from the aches and pains from my accident, but today is different.
Today I am sore from, EXERCISE.

It’s funny. You don’t understand how important physical activity is in your life, until you are deprived of it. After my accident, I was unable to really do anything that involved strain of the body. No more gym, no basketball, no sports, no…nothing.
But yesterday that all changed.

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Before I continue on about my amazing Saturday, I should give a little recap on whats been going on, and why there have been no posts in such a long time.
Well, this week proved to be one of the most hectic weeks I have had in Thailand.
School is wrapping up (only 2 more weeks), and  all my classes had final projects due.
So in between school, rest, and life, I have had almost no time to take a single picture and post it up.
The week has consisted of many trips to coffee shops, and lots of caffeine.

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I spent one night at Coffee Society, working until 2 AM. It may be more expensive than most, but open 24 hours, and free, fast wifi.

The thing I love about Bangkok, is that you could have your face stuck behind a screen until 2 AM, and still come out to the most lively streets.

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The rest of my days this week have consisted of many things that have sparked my interest, but those will be expanded upon within the next couple of days.

So yesterday as we all woke up after a long night of celebration, we came together to have a Saturday afternoon in the sun.
Today was going to be my day to experience real Football.

We headed to Chula, and got ready to find a field to play

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Finding a field proved to be much more difficult than expected, but in the end we found what we needed.

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As always Lucas cannot help but pose for the camera.

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And Kevin is caught in his naturalness.

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JAPP.

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The face of a champion.

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The ultimate goal keeper.

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I ended up just holding down the goal most of the games, but goalie is a position that I enjoyed playing.

We played game after game under the hot sun. I have to say that it was an amazing feeling to be back on my feet running around.
Being away from it, made me appreciate it even more. Lazy to take pictures as I just wanted to keep on enjoying myself out on the field.

On our way home, Kevin made a monumental suggestion.
Look for the post, as we had a magical meal in Bangkok.

 

The Right Start

16 Nov

The start is the single most important factor in how your day will turn out.

Lately I have noticed that more than ever.
For the last week, my day has started on the edge of my balcony.

Watching the sunrise over the big city surrounding us all. Starting your day outside, gives it a jolt.
The warm sun makes me think today will be a good day.

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With a view like this, how can you not have a good start?

Night At the Terminal Gates

16 Nov

We spent last night at the terminal gates.
Who would have thought that I would have been able to go to Japan, England and California and back in one night?

The possibilities are endless in Bangkok. Even if you can’t really go back home, they create “home” in Bangkok.

Last night we decided to stray off the normal path once again, and get dinner somewhere new. Although I had been there already, we headed to Bangkok’s newest attraction; Terminal 21.

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As if Thailand didn’t have enough malls already, they created another one. Once that is built to resemble an airport. Not only does it resemble it, but each floor is a different country and city.

Although I went camera-less yesterday, here are pictures I had snapped exactly one month ago, when I first went there.

As it was the grand opening, the mall was full of celebrities.
Literally.

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The mall is pretty amazing.
Filled with escalators to take you from any place to the next.

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As I stared up towards the sky, I saw a familiar friend.
I couldn’t help but smile to see somewhere that reminded me of home.

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The mall is filled with things from all over the world. Every turn you are amazed by the next beautiful thing.

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Then as I looked for food, I saw a crowd of people huddled around a woman. Who she was and what she is famous for I have no idea. All I know is that flashed were going off like paparazzi that just saw Britney Spears, and I couldn’t miss out on the action.

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Constantly traveling with an entourage, I was curious to know who she was. I guess I will never know.

As I went to the top floors I saw another sign that made me shine inside.

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Familiar roads reminded me of my last days in the states. I spent my last Saturday in San Francisco. With no one but my faithful companion who has still never let me down.
My bicycle.
Riding up and down the hills of San Francisco, from one end to the other was something I can’t forget. There’s something about that city that just brings the life out of you.

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I headed to the food court only to find that they had a vegetarian restaurant. Bingo!
Great food and cheap too!

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After spending hours traveling from one city to the next I was exhausted. I headed back down on the express flight.

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What a journey.
The places people create nowadays are amazing. To some it was just a mall, but to me I was taken back home again for a night. A nice little reminder of how much I miss home.

I headed out and was hit with the excitement of cars, people, sounds, lights, and smells.

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I had traveled the world in one night. I went back to the Bay area and back.

And  suddenly realized how much I had missed my new home.
Bangkok.