Tag Archives: friends

Gooood afternoon CORVALLIS!

14 Jun

Surprise!!

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So nice to be back with the evergreen!

Miss everyone who is in Europe who can’t be here!

Not Same Same..

24 May

Chula

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Without you all

Midday

29 Feb

Enjoying a midday meal on the sidewalk brings me back to days when life was much simpler.
When the biggest dilemma in my life was, “pineapple fried rice or spicy noodles from the guy”.

I long to return to those days.
To return to my old friends.

To enjoy warn weather, and carts at every street corner.
Walking down streets seeing familiar faces smile and exchange a greeting, as we both are excited to pass through each others life for a mere second or two.

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Reminisce

22 Feb

Speaking to my old friend, brings back great memories.

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1208..
How I miss you so.

Trying to Forget

26 Jan

Before I left Thailand, I remember people constantly asking me a question that I felt was completely preposterous. I was constantly asked,
“Are you going to keep your blog going even once you get back home?”
I remember like it was just yesterday, and saying right away “Why wouldn’t I?!”
It’s funny sometimes how things tend to change.

Now that I am back in California, I have realized that I did not live up to my promise.
It seems that as my trip began to slowly come to an end, so did my blog.
I slowly posted less and less. I found myself unable to write. Unable to pull out the camera and photograph things that would have previously intrigued me.

I guess for me, this blog in so many ways, is just a reminder

A reminder of all the places I no longer visit.
Of all the people I no longer see.
Of all the sounds I no longer hear.
Of all the things that made my last semester so amazing.

Of the life I am no longer living.

Its easy to forget all that had happened
Somedays I feel like all of the memories have faded away.
Like they are slowly being drawn from my head, while I am least expecting it.
Then I hear something, smell, something, taste something. And I am taken back to my journey. Taken back to the place I call home.
I think of  me and my fellow travelers. The exchange group and how much fun we all had together, and I just smile.
It’s unfortunate that it’s over, but I’m so glad that it happened

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I was reminded today how much I miss all my fellow travelers, and more importantly friends from my trip abroad.

Sometimes trying to forget can make you remember.

Christmas In the Village

26 Dec

So it’s the day after Christmas now. A lot has happened in the last day or two. People have left, yet at the same time more people have come to join me.

But before I go on about that, let me speak now, on how I really spent my Christmas.

Although the feeling of Christmas was all around in the big city of Bangkok, it was not where I decided to spend my Christmas.

I spent my Christmas in the “Village”.

Four or so days ago, I woke up from a night out only to find myself in a complete foreign place. I looked around.
No friends I could recognize. No place I could familiarize.
As I slowly got up I looked around only to realize I had no idea where I was.
I opened the door only to find clear blue skies, and green all around me. No buildings. No people. Only nature.

As I sat out on the porch, my memory soon came to me, and I realized that after sharing a taxi ride with some people I had met, I ended up at their house. Far from home and confused I ended up just sleeping there.

Well I ended up making a few friends that day. After a day in this “village” I had a made a new friend and found a totally different side of Bangkok, that I feel is seldom explored.
So as I said my goodbyes I knew it was a place I would have to venture back into. The people I had met, and the things I had seen are unable to explain with words.
I felt as if I had a new little family here in Thailand.

So as Christmas Eve came along I ventured back into this new and different area. After a long skytrain ride, a couple of motorcycle taxis, and a boat ride later, I was there.

So here is my story of how I spent my Christmas Eve.
Among my Thai family.

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As I crossed the big river, the sun was setting, yet my day was just beginning.

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As I arrived to the house, I was greeted by little Garfield. A big ball of fun.

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Six years old and ready to take over the world with his charm.

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Walking around the area was a breath of fresh air.
Literally.

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As I arrived, my new friends were already busy cooking. As it was Kung’s Birthday on Christmas Eve.

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The first thing they told me was “Are you ready to learn how to cook Thai food?!”
There was no way I was, but I just said yes anyways.
She turned on the wok, and pointed at a bag.
I looked and saw French Fries.
“French Fries?… You want me to cook French Fries?”
They looked at me blankly and just said, “Yes!”

So I was in charge of the very intricate Thai dish of french fries.

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Soon I realized that there was not much I needed to do, other than make sure they didn’t burn.
So I decided playing with Garfield would be more up my alley.

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So we played with a variety of hula hoops.
We ran around together.
Sword fought with pieces of straw.
I taught him how to fly in my arms.
And did all things most fun in life.

But soon dinner was ready and we needed to be serious.

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A wide variety of dishes, flavors, and foods.

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The birthday girl was quite happy to finally have all the food done.

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Although it was Kung’s birthday, it was Garfield who would be the one to blow out the candles.

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Auntie and her Garfield.

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As the night went on more people came and soon people left.
The celebration was far from over though.
We simply moved inside to continue our party.

The girls got hungry once again, and decided to devour what was left of the fish.

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With drinks, food, and friends all around, how could you not be happy.

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We had been working all day, and the girls found themselves ready to pass out.
Yet as soon as I decided to take a couple group photos, they all got up and ready to pose for the camera.

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Our “Christmas Day Family Photograph”

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We enjoyed ourselves well into the night. Quite past midnight, and deep into Christmas day.
But as all things must come to an end, we had to call it a night.

Waking up was difficult, but I knew that waking up in the village would make a great Christmas.

So after eating some breakfast, Kik headed to work, we headed out into the village.

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I don’t think there is any better feeling, than riding on the back of a motorbike, riding through the greenery and nature of this area.

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After a quick ride we found ourselves at the local weekend “floating” market.

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As we walked around, I was amazed at all of the new things around me.

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New foods, tastes, smells, and experiences.

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Soon though I realized that time was moving faster than I had expected. I needed to head back to my home to get my place cleaned up and ready for my visitors.

So I climbed back on the motorbike and we headed towards the boat area.

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Sooner than I had wanted the day had come to an end. As I saw this Wat, I knew it was time to say goodbye.
I looked back at her as she rode away.
Not knowing when or if I would see her, Garfield, Kik, or any of my new friends again.
That’s quite a strange feeling. As my time here is running out I am slowly beginning to internalize that feeling.
It’s hard to say when I will see many of my friends again. I can only hope for sooner rather than later.

 

Its funny. You can be in a place for, what you feel like is a long time.
You get familiar with it.
You get to know where to go, where not to go.
You think you know it through and through.

Then something like this happens and everything you thought you knew goes out the window.
It’s like I came to Thailand just yesterday again.

When you open up your mind, and let go of all reservations, life can turn down a wonderful path.
A path not many explore nor will ever experience.

So I hope you let go.

Let go. Open your arms. And experience something you never could have dreamed of.

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Goooood Afternoon Vietnam?

19 Dec

Decided it would be a little better to sum up our trip to Vietnam with a video.

Enjoy!

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.

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.

Hangin’ with Royalty

14 Oct

Its already Friday night, and I feel like the whole week just wizzed past me without me even knowing it.
Life’s been busy. Not too busy, but busy enough to keep me occupied.

I woke up early yesterday morning. As I sat at the table, finishing up the last touches to my latest video, the phone rang.

“Darius?… Want to go to the Grand Palace today?”
I thought about it for a second, “Uhh, Sure! I don’t have anything better to do!”

So with that being said I got dressed and headed down to the lobby.
We walked out, by 8:30 AM. I was still exhausted from the night before, so we all grabbed Thai coffees to go.

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Thais love to put drinks in bags. It is the weirdest and most ingenious idea ever. You can walk with it. You can throw it over your shoulder. You can hang it off your handle bars. Best of all it keeps your hand free!
I have only ever seen other people with them. Even when I tried to get a drink in a bag, or get a handle around my drink, it never worked out. It’s a “Thai thing”.
But finally I had made it into the club!

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We were off.
After a taxi ride, we were there. We walked up and then were told it was closed.
AGAIN!? This would be the second time I would have been failed. We walked down a little and found that it was wrong. It was open.
We went in, and entered the Royal Palace.

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The Girls had to cover their legs.

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The palace was amazing. Beautiful buildings all around us.

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Everything that looks “gold” is real gold. Even paintings on the walls were plastered with gold.

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Rob pointed out this girl who he thought was quite the “cutie”.

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Touch ups.

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The girls were looking quite dapper with their skirts.

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This picture would set up the premise of the rest of the day.

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The sky looked amazing behind the beautiful architecture.

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While I stared at the man’s camera setup, Rob went for some water.

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We couldn’t help but take pictures with the Thai guard. Just like in England, he wouldn’t budge a smile.

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Giant building in the middle.

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Unbrealla pictures!

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As we left,the girls indulged on a fresh coconut.

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We headed into the official King Rama VI Chulalongkorn museum.

This sweet hole in the wall would dispense postcards with every 10 baht you stuck in.

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I got very excited.

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The gift shop had even more postcards. I got very excited. I think I bought enough postcards to last a little while.

We headed back into the streets to find some grub.

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Found a little place to sit down and eat.

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We walked and we walked, until we found ourselves at the river.

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The weather was quite amazing, considering we are all preparing for a flood.

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We explored around our rival school, Tomasat.

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Then me and Rob became Thai dancers.

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The girl at the desk decided to join Rob.

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We crossed a bridge.

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He was so happy.

A little glimpse into the realities of the times in Bangkok. Flooding all around us.
Its only a matter of time until it hits us as well. We are all crossing our fingers, and hope for the best.

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After that, we headed to the infamous Kao San Road.

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Experienced some sweet day shopping, and some weird backpackers.

This Thai salesman was quite awesome though.

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All in all, it was an awesome day.
Did more touristy stuff than I fell I had done since my stay, but it was quite fun.
I need to do more of it from now on.

Kim convinced me that I needed to have more pictures of myself during my journey.
She said my mom would be happy to see me. Lets hope so!

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