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Nov 21, 2014 - Day 26 & 27: The end is in sight

Lois writing now, while waiting in the Tokyo airport. We spent Thursday morning lollygagging at the Oriental Kwai Resort, and then Emmy arrived to pick us up. Lunch, then a visit to the Tiger Temple. It was the only disappointing part of this entire trip. The tigers were always chained and seemed sedated. The staff was rude, and the place was ugly. There was no educational component to a visit. There was a real push to sell additional services. For example, for the standard photo you were only allowed to touch the hind quarters of the...

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Nov 3, 2014 - Visiting Luke's Foster Family

On Luke's second time visiting us, we played in the hotel room and in the garden area (they have numerous palm trees and a koi pond). When it was time for Luke to go back to the foster family, we were able to ride along (some of the families went the day before, and one went the same day as us). It was about a 2 hour ride north of Bangkok, and in a very rural area (the other three kids were from foster families south of Bangkok). As we pulled into the dirt road, we passed a few very humble houses built on stilts and with satellite dishes....

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Nov 3, 2014 - Cruising the River

We took a dinner cruise down the river, and apparently this is quite the tourist attraction! There were several ships leaving from the docks, all loaded with tourists of every nationality. Our transport had German, Italian and English customers. The buffet was an interesting combination of western, Chinese and Japanese cuisines with pasta, dim sum and sushi all making appearances. During the feast, a woman sang a wide variety of 70's pop songs (carpenters, ABBA, Bee Gees), and then after dessert, the real entertainment started. Some of...

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Nov 2, 2014 - Luke has landed

Luke has landed!! We net him today at 1025AM, along with the other four kids being adopted this trip. Besides him being the cutest, he was also the best behaved (no, I am not biased at all). There are two boys and three girls being adopted, and the range of emotions and responses to the situation was very telling. When we first met Luke, he was very quiet and wouldn't smile; however he would engage with us by throwing the ball back and forth and playing with his matchbox cars. After about an hour or so, he would say a few words in Thai,...

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Nov 2, 2014 - Impendng Arrival

Today is the day... we will meet Luke in about three hours!! We have a meeting with the social worker at 930 local time , and then Luke will be here around 1030 (830PM PST). We'll spend about 4 hours together before he goes back to the foster family.... Obviously much more to come!!!

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Nov 1, 2014 - One Night in Bangkok - The Malls

Today we ventured to a park to see how people in Bangkok spend their time on a Saturday. Apparently the locals are smarter than the tourists as there were a ton of foreigners and yet very view Thai people, which have coincided with the fact that the temperature was over 94 and humidity of over 90%. The park is very green, and yet no playground equipment and only benches for people to sit and talk. Finding the park to be of limited use to us (and hotter than Hades), we left on the Skytrain to see the malls. The police officer that sent us...

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Oct 31, 2014 - One Night in Bangkok - day one

Where to start? Once upon a time... nah.... it was a hot, and humid day.... nope (it was)... how about this? You are entering a place beyond sight and sound; you have entered, The Bangkok Zone. Yep that works... So, today we got up at 2AM local time due to our "made in China" alarm going off. The hotel has a breakfast buffet with the usual Asian/ American options. In the Asian buffets, I always smile to see hot dogs (called American Sausages) next to things like Kim-chee or salted fruit. Once we were fortified with the hybrid meal, we set...

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Oct 31, 2014 - Hotel Bangkok aka Pantip Suites

Our hotel room is HUGE! When the hotel described it as 1,100 square feet, I honestly thought it was a math error converting from meters to feet; however I was wrong! While the hotel is older, and the rooms not 4 stars, it will be just fine for a couple of weeks. Also, this is the hotel our adoption agency wants the families to stay in, so here we are. The staff is all very friendly, and of course, Lily is the star of the show. She will be greeted more often and much quicker than Letty or I, and of course Lily is not shy. It is funny though...

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Oct 31, 2014 - Welcome to Bangkok

We made it!!! After flying for 16 1/2 hours and sitting in the Taipei airport for another 4 hours, we are finally in Bangkok!! The flight was great, and again the crew was amazing. The breakfast options were a bit more mundane than fish floss, but still had the wide variety of options for both American and Chinese palates (quiche or noodles?). The flight was also more packed than the red eye out of Seattle; however half the plane was staying put for the second leg of the flight to Amsterdam. Walking up the jet way to the airport was a rude...

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Oct 26, 2014 - Day 2 in Bangkok

This is Lois writing. Today (Sunday) we had a tour of some of the major sites in Bangkok with our guide Emmy. We visited several opulent temples and the Grand Palace. In the United States we don’t seem to have quite so much flashiness in our public places, like we’ve seen in other countries. Religion and a monarchy seem to foster such displays. It continues to be quite hot and humid. Even Emmy thinks it's hot, and she is looking forward to winter. Because we were "seeing the sights" today, we encountered a lot more crowds than yesterday,...

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Oct 25, 2014 - Flying over; Day 1 in Bangkok

Lois writing first - then John We left TVC on Thursday a bit after noon, thanks to the Jim Breit chauffeur service. Flew American Airlines to Chicago, and less than an hour later, we were on the next flight to Tokyo. Thirteen hours in the air is a bit much, with cramped seating. On our other overseas flights (using Delta), we were able to pay a bit more to choose bulkhead seats with more leg room, but American didn't offer that option on this flight. They also wouldn't allow us to choose our seats for the Japan Airlines flight to Bangkok...

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Oct 14, 2014 - Bangkok, Thailand

Peter checked in from Bangkok and was planning to go into the city with a group of his friends. He expected to see some interesting sights because the port area there is pretty much like you might read about in an old book, with opportunities to purchase services for almost any kind of vice one might have! The ship will remain in Bangkok overnight. He concluded our call when he was about to run out of minutes on his telephone calling card, which he is not planning to add money to, since he will be home in a few days! He is planning to call...

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