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After Finals

8 May

After a semester of nothing but fun in Bangkok, we headed out to the islands to enjoy our last weeks abroad.



It seemed like we were approaching the end.
Yet now I realize it was only the beginning.

We’ll meet again.
Don’t know where.
Don’t know when.

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Through the Woods

1 Apr

And to the Ocean I went.

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One minute I was sitting amongst the trees, the next I was watching the surf.

No where is like California.

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Days spent alone in nature.
Unforgettable and much needed.

Stroll Through the Neighborhood

1 Feb

My mornings begin with this.

My evenings end like this.

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It’s strange how we tend to never realize the beauties that have always been right beside us.

Last Sunday

8 Jan

I’m sitting in the little hidden garden amongst the concrete jungle just thinking.

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I don’t know any other way to really explain my mood for the last couple weeks, other than…thinking.

Not particularly sad nor happy, just wondering, contemplating, and curious to see what is in store for the future.

Life has been quite busy as I have been somewhat of a tour guide since the 26th of December, but it has been exceptionally nice to have my family around.

Around during the holidays, and for the start of the year 2012.
It’s hard to believe that this will actually my first post of 2012. Eight days in. Eight days late to some, but for me it’s just right.
So rather than have a post recapping my “2011 Experiences” or “The Things I Have Learned from 2011”. I will be posting a slight recap on my exciting start to 2012.

As the first day of January came around, my little sister and I walked into my apartment early that morning, only to find my mom awake waiting for us.
We looked at the clock only to realize it was a bit past 8 AM.
It was a shock, yet in Bangkok, you never know where the night will take you.

So we decided to get a good *nights* (day’s) rest before we were headed to the north of Thailand.

Before we knew it, we were on the bus headed to the city of Chang Mai.
As I put in my iPod, and closed my eyes, I found myself awoken in the new city we were to be spending our new year at.

Why not start off your year with a bang? So we decided to do a little something that was out of the norm.
First stop.

Tiger Kingdom.

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This took my mom’s nickname of “Kimmy Kat” to a whole new level.

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And just incase you were wondering if these were real or not, here’s a little proof that these are the real deal.

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After a day with Tigers, we needed some food.

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As we returned to our “hotel” I heard the sounds of a guitar riffs and sticks sticking a snare.
As I listened closer it was a familiar tune.
“Conformably Numb- Pink Floyd”
One of my all time favorites. So I decided to bid my family adieu and enjoy some music.

After a day of traveling, and a couple of weeks of playing tour guide, I decided to spend my night alone. Just a Chang, and two musicians to keep me company.

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We had a day full of activities lined up. So before I knew it, I found myself waking up and off into another tour bus.

As we got off the bus, we transferred onto a different sort of transportation.

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Unfortunately I was the only one with a camera, so this was the closest I could get to a picture of myself, riding an elephant.
For that I am sorry, but I hope this will do.

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After the ride we gathered around my beast of an elephant and stroke a couple poses with him.

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There defiantly was no question what sex the elephant was.

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Being the caveman I am, I had to see how tough the elephant really was.

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We ventured into a village where I was attacked by little girls selling bracelets.
Couldn’t help but snap a shot of this little girl who looked just like one of my little Japanese cousins.

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We saw waterfall after waterfall.
Beautiful to say the least.

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We visited another village, and had to try on some of the “native” clothing.

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This woman caught my eye.

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Burmese-Thai. A woman of the mountains.
You can see the wisdom in her eyes.
These are the type of people I can only wish I could speak to.

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After these many hikes, we all were happy to hear lunch was being served.

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We went to the highest peak in Thailand.
Although much colder than I am used to, it felt like a breath of fresh air.

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Up in the high country I feel alive. surrounded by trees. The crisp air in your face. The  fresh air all around me.
It reminded me of days in my past. When I would spend afternoons up in the mountains. Just thinking.

It’s a feeling that cannot be beaten, expressed, nor reproduced.

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She was kicking and screaming, but I just couldn’t help it.

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As we came back home, we decided to explore into a little cafe that we had all be itching to check out.
Passing this cute little place every morning, peering in, yet too afraid to experience it.

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It surpassed our expectations to say the least.

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On our final day we planned to relax, and we did just that.
Yet we had to cross a something off Kimmy’s “To-Do” list as well.

Cooking class here we come!

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I enjoyed a 5 course lunch all made by myself.

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Surprisingly my mother struggled, while the two children excelled. Quite a change, as my mom is quite the cook at home.
A nice change to say the least.
After a ling day of learning, cooking, and eating, I had to venture back to the cafe I loved so dearly.

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Throughout my whole trip in Thailand, my one wish has been to spend a day relaxing in a hammock under the sweet Thai sun.
Well it was just my day to do it.

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After relaxing on the hammock, I stumbled back to the “hotel” and crashed for the night.
We woke and were on the road again.
This time to the good ol’ BKK.

Similar to all other travel experiences in Thailand, we found ourselves in the middle of nowhere, jumping into a strange persons car.

Never fear though. As I have not been stranded once.

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We returned safe and sound, just a bit tired.

After a long day of shopping at the weekend market, I decided to take my family to one of my favorite places to eat good old Thai Street food.
Steamed fish and Curry is a must.

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And today.
Thought we tried to get an early start to our day of sightseeing, we have found ourselves just enjoying each others’ company with a cup of coffee in hand.

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I guess there’s a lot to see, and a lot to show them, but for me, I’d rather just sit here.
Sitting in my little get-away. Enjoying the sounds, conversations, and little things that make traveling so wonderful.

 

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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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Vicious Vietnam

18 Dec

Vietnam left me dazed, bruised, and confused.

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But it was darn beautiful.

 

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Sunset in Phi Phi

10 Dec

I’m on my trip now, but here’s a picture from the beautiful sunset in Koh Phi Phi.

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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.

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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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