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Archive for January, 2010

We walked to the park with bread from breakfast and a plan. I guess ever since mom got grabbed by the monkey in Siem Reap she must have been thinking about how to outwit the monkeys. So this time she had a decoy bag of bread that she planned to throw if the monkeys got […]

On Monday we didn’t do all that much. A bit of shopping and we did visit the night market which was another tourist shopping area.  We did rebook our ticket for Phnom Penh. When we originally did the schedule, we were supposed to spend a few days in Siem Reap then move on to Phnom […]

We got up around 6AM today to go see the temples but today would be a slight bit different than the first day. To start with, only Susan and I would be going as Mom had satisfied her need for temples. Susan and I had 3 day passes though and we wanted to put them […]

We’d set up our tour with the hotel so today we got up nice and early to go see the sunrise over Angkok Wat.  Our tour guide was Lev “you-know-that.” He didn’t have the best English, but what was soon clear was that every few words would be “you know that?” -“Some tourists, you know […]

After breakfast we headed for the airport for our short flight to Cambodia. As we descended into Siem Reap, I immediately felt that I liked Cambodia. We arrived in Siem Reap and I soon found that we didn’t really know much about the place. We soon learned that taxis from the airport charge a flat […]

Today’s plan was to head back to Bangkok to spend the night before departing for Cambodia the following day.  Since our flight was early the following day, it sounded like a better plan than driving for two hours the day of our flight. However, Mom wanted to do a bit of gift shopping for friends […]

After our hearty hotel breakfast we set off for Pattaya.  The drive was just a couple of hours but full of adventure and uncertainty. First, our car was somewhat old. I’m not sure if it was the car or the driver, but regardless of why, the car got up to speed before it felt like […]

Today we started with a good hotel breakfast buffet (included with the cost of our room) and then got a taxi to take us to  the temple of the Emerald Buddha. My plan was to start at this rather far spot, then walk back to the hotel stopping at anything that seemed interesting. Right away, […]

On Friday, we flew to Thailand after saying good bye to Charles. I would have liked to have had Charles come with us, but do to bumps along the way, there just wasn’t time. We traveled to our hotel, the Prince Palace, and checked in. It is an interesting hotel, located in a pretty good […]

On Wednesday, I rejoined my mother and brother in Guangzhou, along with Susan.  We didn’t really do much except for a bit of shopping. In fact, most of the last couple of days was occupied by shopping or wandering around the markets a bit. Today, we all went to the Qing Ping Market which is […]

Today it was slightly rainy and of course, cold. We  got ready and prepared for the first meal. Chinese weddings are a bit weird I guess. I stood at the door passing out cigarettes of all things, and Susan passed out watermelon seeds and candy. The mom collected all the money the guests were bringing […]

Travelled to Susan’s home town today. Mom started off with some sort of stomach bug, but a relatively inexpensive house call from the hotel doctor fixed her right up. We arrived at Hezhou and were greeted with fire crackers! Woke everyone up I think.

Went to the Thai visa office but found out that Susan would have to have tons of money in her bank account to be issued another tourist visa. So took mom to the Temple of Filial Piety in the late afternoon. She had a good time.  Later, we went to a Tibetan restaurant call “Himilaya.” […]

Today Susan and I picked up mom at the airport, and took her to her hotel. We had to leave her though since the Dell guy came by to fix the computer, and we tried to deal with Susan’s visa. The computer was repaired, but Susan was too late to see the visa people so […]

Today I went back to one of my favorite places in GZ, the used camera street. After a week in Lijiang, I realized that I really missed my D70 as a second camera. I normally leave my 24-70 on the D300, but I really like to have either a wide angle or a telephoto lens […]

Today we went around doing some things that needed to be done. Also should have Dell coming out in a few days to fix the laptop, which will be nice.

As our flight back to Guangzhou was later in the evening, we went to a local market in the morning and looked around. It was rather neat with the mountains in the background. We bought a few last souvenirs, packed up, and then left Lijiang heading back to Guangzhou. We were really excited at first […]

After we woke, we went for a walk around Lijiang and ended up sitting in a coffee shop for a couple of hours reading books. We then went to a big “temple” of sorts that also had a nice viewing area on the top floor so we could take some city shots. After the sun […]

The trip back to Lijiang started out so so. We were running late, so Susan sent me ahead to catch up with the bus and get a seat. This would be ok normally, except things were not going as planned so I was unable to communicate. Turns out, the main bus was full, so we […]

For new years day, we didn’t do too much. In the morning we got a ride out to a small island on the middle of the nearby lake. On the island was a temple, and a house belonging to some westerner (currently dead) who used to live there. We took a bunch of photos, then […]