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Dec 31, 2014 - Silvester/Neujahr - 6 Stunden vorher ...

Dieses Jahr hatten wir wirklich die "Nase vorn" bezüglich dem Jahreswechsel. Zuerst wollten wir eigentlich auf einem Boot auf dem Fluss den Silvester verbringen oder dann in einem Restaurant am Fluss. Natürlich war aber schon längst alles ausgebucht. So entschieden wir uns, "zuhause" zu bleiben und im Hotel zu feiern. Dazu hatten wir ja auf unserem Pool im 14. Stock (inkl. Bar und Restaurant) die beste Aussicht. Da wir nicht das 7-Gang-Menü im Restaurant nehmen wollten (zu stolzen CHF 150/Person), entschlossen wir uns, in der Bar den...

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Christen's on Tour

Dec 30, 2014 - Shopping and relaxe

Heute hatten wir kein Programm, d.h. die Jungs wollten noch einige Einkäufe machen und wir hatten auch noch einen Einkaufszettel bereit. So führte unser Weg ins Central World Shopping Center - ein 8-stöckiges Gebäude mit jeweils Rieseneinkaufsflächen - wir hatten also genügend Auswahl! Im Shop von Scotch & Soda fand jedermann/-frau dann etwas zum Anziehen. Nach X Stunden im - für einmal nicht unterkühlten Shopping-Center - mussten wir dann nur noch die lange Anstehschlange beim Ticket-Schalter überwinden, um im Hotel noch 3 Stunden...

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Christen's on Tour

Dec 29, 2014 - Shopping, Königspalast und Tuk-Tuk

Nach unserer Ankunft hier in Bangkok besuchten wir zuerst noch das Einkaufszentrum SIAM (bequem erreichbar per Bahn - Haltestelle vor der "Haustüre", über eine Passarelle vom 3. Stock unseres Hotels), wo wir später Michael Oertli (ein guter Freund von Fabian und Roman der schon über 1 Jahr in Bangkok für eine Schweizer Firma arbeitet) mit seiner Thai-Freundin. Er führte uns in ein "Hinterhof-Restaurant" (Jim Thompson House), das wir nie gefunden hätten. Dort genossen wir die Thai-Küche in vollen Zügen! Das Highlight des Abends war dann die...

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Christen's on Tour

Dec 28, 2014 - Bangkok, The End

Today, we left our incredible hotel with the King-sized bed and beautiful view of Bangkok :( :( but now we're on a train headed to the River Kwai and Kanchanaburi province!! The fun never stops. Yesterday, on our last day in Bangkok, we went to the King's Palace in Thailand and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Here, we saw where the ashes of THE Buddha are housed. WOW. We also were herded through like cattle to see the Emerald Buddha (which is apparently not emerald at all, but jade). I had a freak out moment, because in all my preparation...

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Dec 28, 2014 - First days in Bangkok

I'm wide awake at 4:30am from jet lag so why not blog?! Our first 2 days here have been incredible. Some highlights: --We were dropped off by our hotel shuttle, miles from our hotel with no map and spent the rest of the afternoon wandering back and exploring Bangkok. We overcame the language barrier and successfully ordered food from a street vendor (cost: less than $1 USD) and found a little massage parlor where we got one hour Thai massages (cost: $6 USD each). That little Thai woman was at one point sitting between my legs and stepping...

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Dec 20, 2014 - Kep/Phnom Phen/Battambang/Bangkok

On 5 December Ali & Joe travelled to Phnom Penh, primarily to visit the Killing Fields and Tuoi Sieng Museum - the high school where over 17,000 people were held and tortured by the Pol Pot regime before being taken to the Killing Fields. Unimaginably grim but an important part of Cambodia’s history. They then bussed up to Siem Reap to see Angkor Wat. Glad to say they were suitably impressed but felt the tidal waves of tour groups somehow distracts from the magnificence of the sites. Peter and I meanwhile continued to bike around Kep,...

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Short and Sweet

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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Southeast Asia 2014

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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Luke's Journey Home

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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Luke's Journey Home

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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Luke's Journey Home

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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