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Bangkok Day 3/Golden Triangle Day 1: Whirlwind of events!

I know I haven’t posted forever! I’ve been so busy, this is my first real FREE time! Here we go!!!!!

Bangkok Day 3 was basically a half day in Bangkok because we had a flight in the early evening to Chiang Rai. We got up early and went to the amazing breakfast buffet again (Sushi, Normal American breakfast food, delicious fruits, and more).  We went over to downtown Bangkok, where all the malls are located. My dad was went to go hang out with his friend at his office, while my mom, sister and I went to malls located on the Sky Walk.  The Sky Walk is a upper walkway, connected to malls all along downtown and Central Bangkok. Underneath are all the main streets, as well. If you followed the news about the Red Shirt Protests, you will know that downtown and central Bangkok is where they camped out. The Central World mall was the building that they set fire to. While we were walking near Central World, we saw bullet holes in the glass along the walkway. It was scary to think that happened only a few months ago. Then, we went into MBK, which is an 8 story mall, packed with small stores, department stores, and a market full of chachkies. We got a few souvenirs, and left to go meet up with my Dad at Siam Paragon (Fancy pants mall).

We walked around a bit more, then met up with our personal driver for the couple days we were in Bangkok, Mr.A (who was hardcore. It felt like we had a body guard or something), and he drove us over to the airport. Our flight was at 6pm on Thai Airways, only an hour flight, so it was easy.  We got met at the airport by someone from our hotel (The Anantara, for reference). It was close to a two hour drive from the airport to our hotel, but well worth the beauty.

Unfortunetly, we arrived after it was dark, so we didn’t get to see much of the beauty or the Golden Triangle, but our hotel was gorgeous. We got greeted at the front desk with lei’s of jasmine and flowers, and sweet lemongrass tea. A very nice and warm welcome.

It was a bit of a schlep up to our room, especially being hot and humid out (Even at night), but in the end they were beautiful. My only real problem was that there was no real “bathroom”. The bathroom, instead of being separated by a door, was separated by a couple sliding doors that had near-see through plastic in them. I didn’t understand, but I got over my bathroom modesty rather fast.

That’s all we did that day/night. Stay tuned for more. I know I am very far behind with blogs, but I’ve been really busy!

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Bangkok Day 2: New Bangkok.

A good way to classify yesterday is “Old Bangkok”. We saw the underside, the belly of Bangkok. Today, we saw where all the action happens. Where all the “new” people live. Giant malls lining the sidewalks, filled with high end stores. We walked on the “skyway” which is above downtown, with entrances to all the malls. One really interesting thing we saw was Central World, which is the biggest mall in Southeast Asia, but it’s not open currently because of the bombings from the Red Shirt protesters.

Our family friends had to be evacuated from their apartment, because they were right downtown, which is where all 50,000 or so protesters camped out. We saw windows that had bullet holes in them. It was eerie, because people were walking around like it was nothing, like nothing had happened. But, a lot of these peoples lives were greatly effected.  The protests went on for two months, and they had speakers set up that would BLAST speeches 24/7. It was not easy to just ignore this when your windows were shaking constantly.

Anyways, then we went to the Jim Thompson house. He was a man who moved to Asia post-WWII, and fell in love with Thailand, the people and the culture. He revived the Silk industry here in Bangkok, and was a very important man, til his random and strange disappearance in the 60s.

It got really hot out at this point, and really humid, so we decided to go home to the hotel for a quick swim before dinner. Dinner was at the Vertigo restaurant 61 stories with an open roof top. It was really pretty, but the food and drinks were mediocre. We got to see sunset, and it was nice enough out that we weren’t that cold all the way up there.

So sleepy. Bed now. Tomorrow we leave Bangkok and go to the Golden Triangle, and Chiang Rai (spelling?)

Bangkok Day 1: Life Changing.

Let me say this: I will edit the last post eventually, but first I need to talk about today.

So, today was our first actual day in Bangkok (We arrived last night). We woke up, and went downstairs for our “complementary” breakfast. Which to me normally means a small amount of fruit,bread, maybe cereal, who knows…nope…here FULL buffet…tons of baked goods, amazing fruit, meats and cheese, pancakes and waffles,etc. It was awesome! I tried dragonfruit for the first time. It was yummy, kinda tasted like kiwi.

We got picked up by a van, which looked like a normal van on the outside, but was like a limo on the inside. We went to the Grand Palace and Temple first, where the famous Emerald Buddha is located. It was so breathtaking. I took a million pictures, so await those, eventually (I swear I will post pictures online! I just have limited time!) I can’t even explain how I was feeling. It was so incredible watching everyone praying and bowing towards the Buddha, it was very special.

Next, we went to Wat Pho, where the very VERY famous temple of the Reclining Buddha is located. Made of cement, and covered with gold plating, the Reclining Buddha is over 46 meters long (VERY LONG). It was breath taking, and wonderful.

After that, we walked over to a dock, which we took to take a canal ride through the back streets of Bangkok. It was very interesting, because lining the river were tons of huts were people lived. The best part, was that I didn’t feel bad, or sympathy at all. Most of these people looked, and seemed very happy as we rode by on our boat. Most people also waved and smiled at us. Just being happy, no matter where you live, no matter what possesions you might own, or not own, is beautiful.

Then, we walked through the Flower Market, and the Fruit Market. I’m sure we only got a slight taste of what everyday life in Bangkok is like, though. Tons of colored flowers lined the streets…of all sorts of flowers that I’ve never even heard of…the fruit. Tons of fruit stands scatter around. We got a Mango-stein. it was so yummy! It was kind of like an orange, but it tasted like mango. STRANGE.

We then went over to Chinatown, and walked through the crowded marketplace there. Markets are VERY popular in Bangkok. There are all sorts of goods that were sold in the Chinatown market. Fresh fish, meats, dried fruit, beans, nuts, vegetables…fresh food ready to eat, paper goods, random goods. So much to see and do, and so much to say. Honestly, talking about Bangkok is very difficult. I will eventually post pictures and as a reader, you might understand a little bit better.

Dinner was at a very fancy restaurant (That of course I can’t remember the name of right now). Pina Coladas on the rooftop, watching night fall over Bangkok. Then a nice Thai dinner (Rice, veggies, etc, all family style). Followed by a swim in the infinity pool that’s located in our hotel, overlooking the river that flows through Bangkok. After the swim, we went upstairs to the Executive Lounge (top of the hotel) and had a night cap (Margarita for me. Not much of a night cap, but it was good!)

So tired though, I am getting terrible at writing blogs, especially because i usually write them late at night.

Tokyo Day 5/6/Bangkok Day 0: A whole lot of STUFF.

So, I’m combining 2 days of posts into one, because the second day (Tokyo Day 6 and Bangkok Day 0 are the same day).

Tokyo Day 5: Akihabara, and Alice and Wonderland.

There isn’t too much to say about this day. I woke up grumpy, and had a really bad day the whole day.

Went to Akiba, a GIANT electronics store and spent like, 3 hours there. Then we went over to Ueno Park, to the Tokyo National Museum and walked through the first floor. It was cool, lots of cool artifacts, some swords, old maps of the highways, and a special exhibit with Buddha statues from across Asia, and the path of Buddhism.

We went to go eat, I got in a fight with my parents, blah blah blah.

Then we took a few hour break, then went to the Alice and Wonderland themed restaurant in Ginza. It was really awesome! I slightly dressed up. I wore my musical note tshirt, blue skirt with my new Mania Q tutu underneath. Eventually when I get home, I’m going to start blogging about my outfits and such.

Tokyo Day 6 and Bangkok Day 0.

Today we went to Mauri One, which is a mall in Shinjuku aimed for 20-somethings. The first week of July is a huge sale week, so lots of stuff was 50%, but it was still VERY EXPENSIVE because most of the stores in the mall were lolita brands. I did get a pair of unicorn bloomers from ACDC though.

Then we headed back to Harajuku one last time for Daiso to buy gifts for people. We also got a few charms from Paris Kids.

then we were off to the airport to fly to Bangkok. 6 hour flight, not so bad. VERY TIRED NOW. going to sleep.

sorry if this is a really bad blog, but I wanted to let people know what was going on in my life.

love you all.

God, I am so tired I can’t even think. We are staying a really nice hotel in Bangkok though, the Millennium Hilton. Nicest hotel I’ve ever stayed in.

Then

The Start of an Adventure.

Tomorrow, I embark for Tokyo and Thailand.

I am so excited, I am so nervous. I don’t know what to expect. I have no expectations at all. Except to have fun. I have learned that is all I should expect. Don’t have too many expectations, then when things are bad, they won’t be as bad, and when things are good, they will be great.  I am all packed up, my plane bag, and my suitcase.

We will be in Tokyo for 4 or 5 days. Then off to Thailand for 3 or so weeks.  I will be blogging almost every night, to use it as kind of a travel journal for all the things we do, eat, see, buy, etc.

My iPod is charged, so much music. Full discographies of Talking Heads, the Beatles, Emilie Autumn, Regina Spektor, and more albums of great classic artists, and new artists that I have yet to really learn their music and art.

The trip basically goes as follows….

-Tokyo MADNESS. Seeing everything we can, in the small number of days that we have in Tokyo. (Harajuku, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Roponggi Hils, Nikko, etc.) LOTS OF PICTURES. Lots of video, I will post a link to my YouTube account, once I start uploading videos.

-Off to Bangkok for a few days. Seeing the sights,  staying safe (I won’t let my little sister get kidnapped). At some point we might be touring a fancy clothing company. Who knows!

-Then off to the Golden Triangle (where Thailand meets Laos and Vietnam), to do some work at an Elephant Conservatory in Chang Lai (I think thats what it’s called. Links will come later.)

-3 days there, then it’s off to Phuket. 4 days of beach. PURE BLISS.

– another 4 days in Krabi. Another beach. YES!

God, this is going to be a life changing amazing adventure.