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    Funny
    It's Ao who is all about the buffet
    If in BKK her son and mom will come over and use my buffet voucher

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    A violin ?
    You gotta be kidden me .. 555
    Softie ..

    Welcome to Thailand.
    See you and the crew soon..

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcTwoSix View Post
    Great
    Definitely check out Cafe Del Mar

    I was mighty impressed

    Enjoy your holiday

    And yes December is fully booked and not cheap!
    Will check it out for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chob View Post
    A violin ?
    You gotta be kidden me .. 555
    Softie ..

    Welcome to Thailand.
    See you and the crew soon..
    Looking forward to it mate.

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    If you've got 5 mins I'd love to catch up.
    However I'm very restricted by wheelchair plus car smashed up.
    I'm still in Kamala
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zablive View Post
    If you've got 5 mins I'd love to catch up.
    However I'm very restricted by wheelchair plus car smashed up.
    I'm still in Kamala
    Baz
    I'll have more than 5 minutes. Sit tight, I'll be over with a bottle of whatever your drinking these days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kuhio View Post
    I'll have more than. 5 minutes. Sit tight, I'll be over with a. bottle of whatever your drinking these days.
    `I'll drink anything that'll keep you upright on your bike 555!
    IIRC that night was in the IFAWAS days of a bottle each of red a night.
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    So our slow reentry trajectory continued on the 2nd day. After breakfast and organizing our massive stockpile of junk, it was straight from the Airport Novotel lobby into an extra large taxi (ala junk). From there, a traffic filled ride to Mo Chit that somehow didn't seem to take too long. We jumped out of the taxi and the bus ticket lady was immediately all over Nok before we could even get the luggage/junk out of the car. Seems there was a bus leaving just then that had 4 seats empty and she was keen to get us on it.

    Couple of minutes later we were rolling in the top half of a doubledecker Bangkok to Chiang Mai bus past Don Mueang on our way to Nakhon Sawan.

    At this point we basically still have not left the air conditioning since landing. This has the decided effect of making me feel like I am not really here yet. Having the bus be immediately ready after randomly showing up at Mo Chit is a new one for me. I expect there to be a two hour wait after a bunch of exited jabber between my wife and the ticket lady that typically goes on for ten minutes after which when I ask what was said I get, "Yeah, we have ticket". No, this time we are strait away on a bus before we can blink. (WTF have you people done to my country in the last 3 years....)

    I actually would have welcomed a bit of a wait at the bus station, not just for nostalgia sake. We needed to resolve our phone situation. All we brought with us was this ancient phone I had used in Thailand that has no data and uses alphanumeric entry for text. Bought it probably 7 years ago. Our Iphones are stuck on American networks and would cost a fortune to use. The plan was to just get a cheap SIM for this old phone I had until we got to Nakhon Sawan were we would buy a couple of cheap Android phones for our three week stay here. However, the prices shown at arrivals in BKK looked like bullshit to us and were busy, when we stopped in the airport 7-11 they told us they don't sell SIM cards there. (seriously, WTF have you people done to my country since I have been gone)

    So then we planned to buy one in 7 at Mo Chit so we could let Grandma know we are coming.........or not.

    That said, after all the travel, it would be nice to arrive earlier than we thought in Nakhon Sawan. Its about 3 hours north of Bangkok and we have a room booked at a hotel I have never tried before that looked better than the one we used last time but its always a bit of a crap shoot up north. We end up using my Iphone to call ahead after checking to see my company put on a passable international package and I can use it for something like 20 baht per minute. It got us through.

    The bus did the whole three hours in one push without stopping at the obligatory shitty prearranged stop and without needing to stop to drop off or pick up people. (WTF have you people done to my country) So bursting at the seams, we arrived at the bus station in Nakhon Sawan. My 4 year old insisting on dragging one of our 22Kg bags by himself to the delight of all the Thais watching the spectacle that is us arriving up north. All Leuk Kruengy and loaded to the gills with bags.

    Eventually find Grandma who is waiting with a pickup. On the way in, I saw that our hotel was just about 1Km from the bus station, so I jump in the back of the pickup with the kids, much to Ben's delight, hand my Iphone to Nok with google maps showing the way, which is one right turn and 1Km away. My wife gets into the cab with Grandma and Grandpa and we are off........on a 30 minute tour of Nakhon Sawan that we loop through......twice. Ahhhhh, home at last......

    Eventually made it to the hotel and am pleasantly surprised. Large room, aircon works great, clean, comfortable. For sure the best one I have found yet up here. It's called "The Paradiso" It does have what appears to be a girly karaoke right next door, and there is recessed blue lighting in the room behind the bed and around the edge of ceiling, also has big windows from the room into the shower, so long story short, we feel right at home. It seems the kind of place for either a family vacation or to shoot a porn. Which is typically where we end up.

    We have tended to prefer staying in town at a hotel over staying on the farm in the village since Benjamin was born. It just would not be comfortable roughing it and there is too many snakes that Benjamin would love to pick up and play with for sure.




    Karaoke next door.....




    So after the long anticipated reunion between Nok and her Mom (they actually have issues, sort of a strained relationship), we head off to Tesco next door to get the phone situation sorted. They have some nice cheap (2400 baht) android phones that do the trick. However, it took about and hour and a half of a lot of jabber between Nok and these two dudes to finally get the voice and data working on both phones. The 4 year old is passed out on the glass cell phone counter. So at this point its really starting to feel like we are back.

    So we get some other supplies at Tesco and get dropped back at the hotel. We had some plans to meet up with someone later that night. You may recognize her:



    Ead has lived here in Nakhon Sawan for a couple of years. Nok and Ead are from the same village (Pho Sai Ngam) which is about 30 minutes north of here. We have kept in contact with Ead sporadically on Facebook so we decided to bring a some gifts for the girls and pay her a visit. Was good to see the girls doing well.


    She made us some noodle soup in her noodle shop she is running these days and after a short visit, and a large bottle of Chang, with the kids passed out on the floor, she drove us back to the hotel.

    Managed to stay up until 11pm that night, and even more importantly sleep until about 4am. These days the jet lag seems to hit me worse than it used to. Back in the day I would get off the plane exhausted, sleep right away and be good to go in the morning. However, since we moved to east coast time I find that when I come to asia I am dead tired by 9pm and I end up passing out and then waking up around 2am. Don't know if this is because of the move to east coast time, or just getting older, or not hitting the bottle right away upon arrival anymore.

    I am hoping its the latter and I can resolve this jet lag shit come the first night in Phuket.

    For now, typing this up at 3am, wide awake here in Nahkon Sawan....

    More later.
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    Thanks for the detalied report, kuhio. Keep them coming. I enjoy hearing about family stuff. I'm sure Nakhon Sawan has changed a lot since I was there last.

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    Gee Annika has sprouted...looking more like her Mum every day
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    Yeh , good report !

    I think Thailand , as far as services and 'options' are concerned , is light years advanced on 4 years ago.

    For example theres no mayhem at transport terminals anymore.
    You used to get enveloped at places like just out the doors ( and sometimes even Inside ) at Phuket airport , and you didnt know who to believe while some taxi man was picking up your bags and heading toward his taxi .
    Now theres 'taxis' , minibus share , metered taxi , Phuket Smart bus ( google PKSB ), and Phuket Airport Bus options.

    Stuff like that..

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    Quote Originally Posted by bacwaan View Post
    Gee Annika has sprouted...looking more like her Mum every day
    Yeah, really does look like her mom, Nathalie is a spitting image of her dad, but she was more camera shy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chob View Post
    Yeh , good report !

    I think Thailand , as far as services and 'options' are concerned , is light years advanced on 4 years ago.

    For example theres no mayhem at transport terminals anymore.
    You used to get enveloped at places like just out the doors ( and sometimes even Inside ) at Phuket airport , and you didnt know who to believe while some taxi man was picking up your bags and heading toward his taxi .
    Now theres 'taxis' , minibus share , metered taxi , Phuket Smart bus ( google PKSB ), and Phuket Airport Bus options.

    Stuff like that..
    Yeah I saw your report on the cheap bus from Kamala to the airport. Unthinkable in my day.

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    So what date you arrive at the Regent ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chob View Post
    So what date you arrive at the Regent ?
    Saturday evening around 7pm.

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    A little late to post so I have a few days to update. Blame it on the jet lag and being super busy up here.

    However, I am up today at 4am with a little time to write before we need to go catch our bus back to Bangkok and onward flight to Phuket this evening. Have had a hell of a time getting onto the proper clock. Probably didn't help that on Thursday I thought I would take an "hour nap" at 6pm after a few sangsom cokes and ended up waking up at 1:30am. We arrived here in Nakhon Sawan on Tuesday evening and are just now travelling back to Phuket as mentioned on Saturday. Previous trips we typically did not spend much time here because Nok does not have a large family and we would usually be collecting Grandma and bringing her with us. We have stayed up here for long periods (at least as long as I like) when I lived here.

    However, this time the reason we are up here for a while is that Nok has organized a charity event for the kids that attend the school she attended in her village growing up. It started with an idea she had to hit up all of the ex classmates that she knew on facebook and see if she could organize a reunion of sorts where they would meet at the school and all chip in to buy the kids a special lunch and ice cream. So she had me help her make a video to post on facebook asking her friends to help. This video ended up getting a lot of shares and slowly people ended up wanting to donate a little money to chip in and help. This came from all kinds of people so Nok decided she would set up a fund for donations for students who the school administration designated as good students who also have financial issues.

    As the event grew, Nok's teachers and school administrators really helped to make the whole thing a full day event and helped to organize everything to take place this Friday (yesterday). In the end, Nok ended up raising over $3K USD for the school. Even our local Thai temple in Michigan got involved.

    We ended up being able to support all of the kids in the seats (over 100)




    Nok with one of her teachers she had growing up presenting to the kids




    One of the older students giving a dance performance



    Some of the kids afterwords, Ben and Tawan joined them on their playground



    Dancing around the school grounds with alumni



    Ben seems to be popular around here, especially with the ladies



    The attention Ben seems to get has surprised me a little bit. People tend to come up to him and touch him, usually pinching his cheeks at what not. He and Tawan both seem equally perplexed by this.


    Made us think about what we are going to do when he is 15 and we bring him here




    Since this event was going on, we planned to spend the week here so we could work with her teachers to prepare everything and get a little time for the kids to spend up country on the sugar cane farm. This turned out to be far more of a hit with the kids than I thought it would be. It's easy to forget as an adult that riding in the back of a pickup for half an hour on a Thai highway at speed is just a dangerous backbreaking activity for me, however the kids freaking love it. Also, for me the farm is uncomfortable, buggy, dirty, snake infested, hot and sticky, and a mosquito and flea ridden hellscape. For the kids there is freaking dirt and animals, weird animals at that. Throw in a new puppy and they were in heaven. Will probably have to spend even more time up here on subsequent trips and it gives the kids some good perspective to contrast their lives in the States, and they just love running around between the sugar cane stalks finding hissing beetles and the like.

    So the couple of days before the event were spent with the teachers for a bit of organizing, but mostly just lazing around the farm, taking Honda Wave rides on the dirt roads, visiting the little bit of extended family Nok has in the area, chasing various bugs and animals and trying to keep the 4 year old away from anything poisonous.

    Little bit of Sangsom and a lot of jet lag.


    For prefers puppies on the farm to the beach in Phuket......for now











    Cultural experiences with Mommy






    Farmed out


    Finally, the one good thing about being on this jet lag schedule it allows me to go on jogs at first light. Back home I never run in the morning. However on some recent biz trips to Shanghai, having the same jet lag problem, I have found I really enjoy running around a new city as a way to get the lay of the land. In Shanghai, the streets are deserted and I am the only one out there. The streets are wide there with huge sidewalks with tons of space.

    Here in Nakhon Sawan, there is a large park with a man made lake that was basically built for exercise. They have all of that equipment at various points around the 2 or 3K loop and nice even paved foot path with direction lanes, bridges over the man made lake etc. I have been really surprised to see hundreds of people out there running along even at the first crack of dawn. Total contrast to China.

    While this is a nice place to run, I really wish I could run on the streets here. There is just not enough room and also another major problem, soi dogs. I found that even if I just run the short distance from the hotel to the park on the street, I would look back and have 2 soi dogs nipping at my heels that I didn't here over my headphones. Don't know if they would just follow or actually bite me but its unnerving to be surprised by them.

    Will try again in Kamala as the streets should be quiet at 6am and hopefully not too many dogs. Would love to run the hills there.



    One of the bridges over the lake in Paradise Park Nakhon Sawan



    Onward to Phuket!

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    I remember sitting having a drink with you Brian on my first trip to MTB. Nicke always said you were the voice of reason in an otherwise Kaleidoscope of mayhem. Nicke used to advise me to take on board your take on the antics of the girls or certain behaviors. Really enjoying this report and looks like you are having a blast.
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    What a nice report Kuhio. Your lady can be proud of herself for organizing such a nice event for the children... and their parents.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Notorius View Post
    I remember sitting having a drink with you Brian on my first trip to MTB. Nicke always said you were the voice of reason in an otherwise Kaleidoscope of mayhem. Nicke used to advise me to take on board your take on the antics of the girls or certain behaviors. Really enjoying this report and looks like you are having a blast.
    not so sure he lived up to that rep the night he got supermao, ran the stop at the police checkpoint and crashed his bike...but that's ancient history now...555
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    Quote Originally Posted by bacwaan View Post
    not so sure he lived up to that rep the night he got supermao, ran the stop at the police checkpoint and crashed his bike...but that's ancient history now...555
    But he was only 100m from home!
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