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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Bangkok Trip

We arrived at Suvarnabhumi International Airport on a hot and humid evening just like home. The contrast compared to KLIA is startling, traffic through Suvarnabhumi is at least four times that of KLIA as I see it, immigration check out took nearly an hour even with more than fifteen counters opened.

Like most airport, roads leading to the main city is considered as prime advertising avenues and Bangkok is no exception.

The Hotel I was staying in was the Swisssotel Le Concorde, an excellent hotel and highly recommended.

The location of the hotel is another plus factor, restaurants, local hawker food stalls, shopping centers and entertainment establishments are all within walking distance. And if one needs to go further to explore the city, the underground train subway is also conveniently located nearby.

The Dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya river, is certainly an experience not to forego when in Bangkok. Besides the excellent food served on board, the night scenery along the river is beautiful.

The Suan Lum Night Bazaar, a well organized tourist orientated night market, where I find the wood carvings for sale of special interest to me.

Departure from Bangkok is sad, which is good as it means I had enjoyed my stay but at the same time I felt relieved that I am returning to home sweet home.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Su Yee's first camp.

Overly excited of her first camping opportunity together with her classmates on her school compound during the weekend, you can see her eagerness for the weekend to start. It will be her first time to be away from us for one whole night.

Only senior girls are allowed to camp out.

Her sister Yan Yee, who is 4 years older than her and fresh from completing national service, as usual with her big sister’s “ I know better than you” attitude, childed her that it is not real camping, as it is not done out in the wilderness, sleeping under the stars with wild animals on the prowl.

Girl Guide Troopers and Cadet Corps assembly.

I have to agree that she is right to some extend to put things in the correct perspective. Sleeping in classrooms, attending astronomy talks in the school field during the night and eating Mc Donalds take away, doesn’t really qualify as camping out. And as for the wilderness, the only wild animals she is likely to encounter would be the canteen’s tom cat having a go at the resident sewage rat.

The Family

But as long as she wants to call it camping and are happy about it, we are all for it and is happy for her.