Monday, January 08, 2007

Happy New Year--I'm Back!

Wow, what a long break from blogging! Also a quick note here, my blog may be a bit behind, because it seems blogger (unfortunately) has some issues with either NTU's network or my computer.
Just back a few days ago from an awesome trip to Thailand. It's really a beautiful country, although even in 12 days I hardly saw as much of the country as I would have liked to. The shopping is incredible, the people in Bangkok are friendly, and they know the meaning of vegetarian food! Actually, some of the food was so spicy it felt like a fire was burning in your mouth, starting with the bottom of your throat and working its way up to your nostrils. Crazy...and that's what you get when you ask for just a little bit of spice!

Bangkok had such a mix of things to do. It's a big city with a great transport system, so it's easy to get around and see lots. There was everything from nightshows to shopping to catching a muay thai boxing match. The markets are incredible. At Chattychuk, the weekend market, you have to to find your way through a crowd of frenzied people trying to shove through stalls and stalls of food, clothing, woodwork, jewelry, household, toys and even furniture outlets. Singaporeans says bargaining there was much easier a couple years ago, before the tourists found the spot.

After 5 days in Bangkok, I spent a day touring Ayuttaya, the ancient capital of Thailand. Ruins and rubble, piles of stones and bricks that are left from times when old kings ruled the country. The current king is still revered though, despite the military coup---his picture is everywhere, and you even have to stand to salute him before you watch a movie in a theatre!

It would take pages to describe every day I spent in Thailand, so I'm taking the shortcut and just posting a slideshow of my first few days there. I'll add more posts with descriptions of a few other days soon. Also, please note that all my pictures are up on flickr! (Except for those from Phi Phi island because both Flickr and Blogger are having issues today). Again, to get to my flickr page, scroll down and look for the flickr badge on the left side of my page.

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