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Posted 01 January 2017 - 04:03 AM

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Well wherever you are VT, Merry Christmas and bottoms up!  :cheers:

Happy Holidaze from Bangkok!
Got in last night 9pm, and it was close to 30 degrees. Sun came up here a few minutes ago and I think it's going to be a scorcher today!
Hope you're all well, and merry, and well-fed!
Thanks for thinking of me, and talk to you later!
Best;
VT in BKK
Bangers! Muay Thai at Lumpinee Boxing stadium!

Oh remember, this is a family friendly board so I'd refrain from the Patpong pics! :lol:

Ha ha! Went to Patpong area and was bemused. After the umpteenth "menu" was waved in my face, my response (said with a smile) was "No thanks, I've already eaten." Which made my wife and friend laugh, and seemed to confuse the menu-wavers.
There is nothing sexy about Patpong, unless you enjoy the stink of desperation.
Bangkok was quite easy to negotiate. The sky-train is a pretty slick way to get around, although it doesn't go to the Palace etc areas.
Cabs are quick and cheap, for the most part.

We're in the Northeast now, after seeing the amazing temples of Ayutthaya. Enjoying lots of different kinds of food, and Thai rum/whiskey/"blended spirits".
Heading to the Deep South tomorrow, for food, beaches, and possibly a dirty-hippy-rasta bar...;)

Happy New Year!


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Posted 01 January 2017 - 04:18 AM

When I travel, I tend to get songs, or bits of songs, stuck in my head, sometimes suggested by something I've seen or heard, sometimes for no apparent reason at all.
One of my recent "loops" has been the Rush lyric:
"The point of the journey is not to arrive. Anything can happen."

I'm not one to quote NP, but that's a pretty good line.

Right now I have Plastic Bertrand stuck in my head. Must exorcise this now.


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Posted 01 January 2017 - 04:26 AM

View Postvaportrailer, on 01 January 2017 - 04:18 AM, said:

When I travel, I tend to get songs, or bits of songs, stuck in my head, sometimes suggested by something I've seen or heard, sometimes for no apparent reason at all.
One of my recent "loops" has been the Rush lyric:
"The point of the journey is not to arrive. Anything can happen."

I'm not one to quote NP, but that's a pretty good line.

Right now I have Plastic Bertrand stuck in my head. Must exorcise this now.
Traveling in Southeast Asian CITIES makes me think of these lyrics:

http://www.azlyrics....eforwalkin.html

I've got Full Metal Jacket to thank for that.

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Posted 01 January 2017 - 04:32 AM

View PostJohnnyBlaze, on 01 January 2017 - 04:26 AM, said:

View Postvaportrailer, on 01 January 2017 - 04:18 AM, said:

When I travel, I tend to get songs, or bits of songs, stuck in my head, sometimes suggested by something I've seen or heard, sometimes for no apparent reason at all.
One of my recent "loops" has been the Rush lyric:
"The point of the journey is not to arrive. Anything can happen."

I'm not one to quote NP, but that's a pretty good line.

Right now I have Plastic Bertrand stuck in my head. Must exorcise this now.
Traveling in Southeast Asian CITIES makes me think of these lyrics:

http://www.azlyrics....eforwalkin.html

I've got Full Metal Jacket to thank for that.

I'll keep messin' where I shouldn't be messin'! :D

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Posted 01 January 2017 - 04:37 AM

View Postvaportrailer, on 01 January 2017 - 04:32 AM, said:

View PostJohnnyBlaze, on 01 January 2017 - 04:26 AM, said:

View Postvaportrailer, on 01 January 2017 - 04:18 AM, said:

When I travel, I tend to get songs, or bits of songs, stuck in my head, sometimes suggested by something I've seen or heard, sometimes for no apparent reason at all.
One of my recent "loops" has been the Rush lyric:
"The point of the journey is not to arrive. Anything can happen."

I'm not one to quote NP, but that's a pretty good line.

Right now I have Plastic Bertrand stuck in my head. Must exorcise this now.
Traveling in Southeast Asian CITIES makes me think of these lyrics:

http://www.azlyrics....eforwalkin.html

I've got Full Metal Jacket to thank for that.

I'll keep messin' where I shouldn't be messin'! :D
Patpong!

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Posted 01 January 2017 - 11:46 PM

Keep posting, VT!  I love reading about the places you're seeing.

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Posted 03 January 2017 - 12:03 AM

View PostJohnnyBlaze, on 01 January 2017 - 04:37 AM, said:

View Postvaportrailer, on 01 January 2017 - 04:32 AM, said:

View PostJohnnyBlaze, on 01 January 2017 - 04:26 AM, said:

View Postvaportrailer, on 01 January 2017 - 04:18 AM, said:

When I travel, I tend to get songs, or bits of songs, stuck in my head, sometimes suggested by something I've seen or heard, sometimes for no apparent reason at all.
One of my recent "loops" has been the Rush lyric:
"The point of the journey is not to arrive. Anything can happen."

I'm not one to quote NP, but that's a pretty good line.

Right now I have Plastic Bertrand stuck in my head. Must exorcise this now.
Traveling in Southeast Asian CITIES makes me think of these lyrics:

http://www.azlyrics....eforwalkin.html

I've got Full Metal Jacket to thank for that.

I'll keep messin' where I shouldn't be messin'! :D
Patpong!

Ha! I think the messin' in Phnom Penh is more my style (less novelty insertions).
One thing's for sure, there will be plenty of walkin'!
The hotel we're in now is decorated with scenes from the Ramayana, and lots of art involving boobs.
Two thumbs up! (Sorry)
:D




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Posted 03 January 2017 - 12:11 AM

View Postvaportrailer, on 01 January 2017 - 04:18 AM, said:

When I travel, I tend to get songs, or bits of songs, stuck in my head, sometimes suggested by something I've seen or heard, sometimes for no apparent reason at all.
One of my recent "loops" has been the Rush lyric:
"The point of the journey is not to arrive. Anything can happen."

I'm not one to quote NP, but that's a pretty good line.

Right now I have Plastic Bertrand stuck in my head. Must exorcise this now.

Had a window seat on the flight south and had two prog tunes going around in my head looking out at the clouds and ocean.
To Be Over (Yes)
And the chorus of King Crimson's Islands.

beneath the wind turned wave
Infinite peace
Islands join hands
'Neath heaven's sea


And now Plastic Bertrand is back dammit!!!

http://m.youtube.com...h?v=M9B2D2gwms0


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Posted 03 January 2017 - 12:24 AM

View Postvaportrailer, on 03 January 2017 - 12:03 AM, said:

View PostJohnnyBlaze, on 01 January 2017 - 04:37 AM, said:

View Postvaportrailer, on 01 January 2017 - 04:32 AM, said:

View PostJohnnyBlaze, on 01 January 2017 - 04:26 AM, said:

View Postvaportrailer, on 01 January 2017 - 04:18 AM, said:

When I travel, I tend to get songs, or bits of songs, stuck in my head, sometimes suggested by something I've seen or heard, sometimes for no apparent reason at all.
One of my recent "loops" has been the Rush lyric:
"The point of the journey is not to arrive. Anything can happen."

I'm not one to quote NP, but that's a pretty good line.

Right now I have Plastic Bertrand stuck in my head. Must exorcise this now.
Traveling in Southeast Asian CITIES makes me think of these lyrics:

http://www.azlyrics....eforwalkin.html

I've got Full Metal Jacket to thank for that.

I'll keep messin' where I shouldn't be messin'! :D
Patpong!

Ha! I think the messin' in Phnom Penh is more my style (less novelty insertions).
One thing's for sure, there will be plenty of walkin'!
The hotel we're in now is decorated with scenes from the Ramayana, and lots of art involving boobs.
Two thumbs up! (Sorry)
:D
Phnom Penh is certainly an interesting place but you just can't shake some of the depressing historical sites. Still though, I'd like to go back and explore more.

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Posted 03 January 2017 - 12:27 AM

View Postgoose, on 01 January 2017 - 11:46 PM, said:

Keep posting, VT!  I love reading about the places you're seeing.

Thanks Goose! I'll post things when I can!
Also wrestling with this damned iPad and it's autocorrect and my ignorance.

This morning we had a delicious breakfast of roti and hot milk tea. Roti is a fried flat bread that can be dipped in spicy curry or filled with banana. We did both. Yum!
Last night we wandered into a place with no menus and very little English and ended up having one of the best meals yet.
We did some pointing and pantomiming, and delicious pork noodle soup appeared on our table along with several mysterious and tasty side-dishes.
Our hotel is directly across from a market that was bombed last August. (Not terrorist apparently, but "mischief", although the one local that was killed would probably disagree). Pretty surreal to see the burnt and twisted metal as we sat with our coffee.

...must not smash this infernal device...friggin' iPad...

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Posted 03 January 2017 - 12:39 AM

View PostJohnnyBlaze, on 03 January 2017 - 12:24 AM, said:

View Postvaportrailer, on 03 January 2017 - 12:03 AM, said:

View PostJohnnyBlaze, on 01 January 2017 - 04:37 AM, said:

View Postvaportrailer, on 01 January 2017 - 04:32 AM, said:

View PostJohnnyBlaze, on 01 January 2017 - 04:26 AM, said:

View Postvaportrailer, on 01 January 2017 - 04:18 AM, said:

When I travel, I tend to get songs, or bits of songs, stuck in my head, sometimes suggested by something I've seen or heard, sometimes for no apparent reason at all.
One of my recent "loops" has been the Rush lyric:
"The point of the journey is not to arrive. Anything can happen."

I'm not one to quote NP, but that's a pretty good line.

Right now I have Plastic Bertrand stuck in my head. Must exorcise this now.
Traveling in Southeast Asian CITIES makes me think of these lyrics:

http://www.azlyrics....eforwalkin.html

I've got Full Metal Jacket to thank for that.

I'll keep messin' where I shouldn't be messin'! :D
Patpong!

Ha! I think the messin' in Phnom Penh is more my style (less novelty insertions).
One thing's for sure, there will be plenty of walkin'!
The hotel we're in now is decorated with scenes from the Ramayana, and lots of art involving boobs.
Two thumbs up! (Sorry)
:D
Phnom Penh is certainly an interesting place but you just can't shake some of the depressing historical sites. Still though, I'd like to go back and explore more.

Yeah, I found that my first time there. So much intense history to confront. Our second visit was a little easier on the head, and last year's trip was fun fun fun, despite another visit to S-21 (a school that was converted into essentially a chamber of horrors).
There is a great youthful energy in PP, probably due to the fact that the majority of the population are young people.
(Due to the Khmer Rouge basically wiping out an entire generation.)
I really enjoyed walking around the parks in the evening and seeing the locals playing games, exercising, eating, and just hanging out with their families and friends. The architecture and old buildings are also really interesting.
And Khmer ladies are extremely easy on the eyes! ;)





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Posted 03 January 2017 - 03:03 AM

View Postvaportrailer, on 03 January 2017 - 12:39 AM, said:

View PostJohnnyBlaze, on 03 January 2017 - 12:24 AM, said:

View Postvaportrailer, on 03 January 2017 - 12:03 AM, said:

View PostJohnnyBlaze, on 01 January 2017 - 04:37 AM, said:

View Postvaportrailer, on 01 January 2017 - 04:32 AM, said:

View PostJohnnyBlaze, on 01 January 2017 - 04:26 AM, said:

View Postvaportrailer, on 01 January 2017 - 04:18 AM, said:

When I travel, I tend to get songs, or bits of songs, stuck in my head, sometimes suggested by something I've seen or heard, sometimes for no apparent reason at all.
One of my recent "loops" has been the Rush lyric:
"The point of the journey is not to arrive. Anything can happen."

I'm not one to quote NP, but that's a pretty good line.

Right now I have Plastic Bertrand stuck in my head. Must exorcise this now.
Traveling in Southeast Asian CITIES makes me think of these lyrics:

http://www.azlyrics....eforwalkin.html

I've got Full Metal Jacket to thank for that.

I'll keep messin' where I shouldn't be messin'! :D
Patpong!

Ha! I think the messin' in Phnom Penh is more my style (less novelty insertions).
One thing's for sure, there will be plenty of walkin'!
The hotel we're in now is decorated with scenes from the Ramayana, and lots of art involving boobs.
Two thumbs up! (Sorry)
:D
Phnom Penh is certainly an interesting place but you just can't shake some of the depressing historical sites. Still though, I'd like to go back and explore more.

Yeah, I found that my first time there. So much intense history to confront. Our second visit was a little easier on the head, and last year's trip was fun fun fun, despite another visit to S-21 (a school that was converted into essentially a chamber of horrors).
There is a great youthful energy in PP, probably due to the fact that the majority of the population are young people.
(Due to the Khmer Rouge basically wiping out an entire generation.)
I really enjoyed walking around the parks in the evening and seeing the locals playing games, exercising, eating, and just hanging out with their families and friends. The architecture and old buildings are also really interesting.
And Khmer ladies are extremely easy on the eyes! ;)
Yeah, my time there was pretty short (maybe just 2 days) as the rest of our trip was spent at Angkor Wat and in Saigon. But I did go to S-21 + the Killing Fields and hit up a couple of bars in the evening.

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Posted 03 January 2017 - 06:57 PM

Some of this is oversimplified, some isn't.

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/9214256

The main thing though is that many just don't have it in their mind to travel. They never grew up with it or they think it's just something unattainable.

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Posted 07 January 2017 - 11:59 AM

View PostJohnnyBlaze, on 03 January 2017 - 06:57 PM, said:

Some of this is oversimplified, some isn't.

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/9214256

The main thing though is that many just don't have it in their mind to travel. They never grew up with it or they think it's just something unattainable.
Hell, I might take noticeable time off work or take a work break entirely and travel seriously this year

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Posted 07 January 2017 - 12:09 PM

I want to do this...



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Posted 07 January 2017 - 08:54 PM

View PostThat One Guy, on 07 January 2017 - 11:59 AM, said:

View PostJohnnyBlaze, on 03 January 2017 - 06:57 PM, said:

Some of this is oversimplified, some isn't.

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/9214256

The main thing though is that many just don't have it in their mind to travel. They never grew up with it or they think it's just something unattainable.
Hell, I might take noticeable time off work or take a work break entirely and travel seriously this year
Cool. Where to?

2004 will probably always be my biggest year of travel. 6 trips--Philippines, Okinawa, Hong Kong, Singapore/Spain (odd combo but that was my route from Japan so I made the most out of 17 hour layover), Seoul, and Florida.
Anyone that knows me knows that I'm not rich. So I managed to get all of that in without actually being a tightwad. I was just patient and smart with flights & planning and very lucky with accommodations with half of those spots.

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Posted 08 January 2017 - 01:14 AM

Hello from Phnom Penh!
It's sweltering here and I'm relaxed and loving it.
Flew in from southern Thailand yesterday evening. The beach across the street from our hotel there was wonderful. Swam and floated it every day. Watched the sun set one evening from a floating position. Absolutely amazing.
Interestingly enough, a large number of Swedes were vacationing there. Strange to see all the blonde heads!
Reggae/rasta bars are easy to find, although their wares are pricy and quality dicey. Still, for the novelty of it, it was a highly entertaining experience.

PP has been fun so far. This morning I went for a walk and happened across a beggar playing traditional music on a 2-string coconut shell fiddle. A rich, vocal sound.
Picked up a couple books in 2nd hand and bootleg book shop. Many books sold here are decent looking photocopies of the real thing for a fraction of the price. They even have photocopied guidebooks!
In their travel section they had a copy of NP's "Masked Rider" for 5$ (not a photocopy).
Murakami seems to be the most photocopied author.

Tonight I might go see a Thai horror movie in an old theatre just down the street. I don't know a word of Thai, but I bet there will be fried things on sticks, and a smoking section!
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Posted 08 January 2017 - 04:22 AM

View Postvaportrailer, on 08 January 2017 - 01:14 AM, said:

Hello from Phnom Penh!
It's sweltering here and I'm relaxed and loving it.
Flew in from southern Thailand yesterday evening. The beach across the street from our hotel there was wonderful. Swam and floated it every day. Watched the sun set one evening from a floating position. Absolutely amazing.
Interestingly enough, a large number of Swedes were vacationing there. Strange to see all the blonde heads!
Reggae/rasta bars are easy to find, although their wares are pricy and quality dicey. Still, for the novelty of it, it was a highly entertaining experience.

PP has been fun so far. This morning I went for a walk and happened across a beggar playing traditional music on a 2-string coconut shell fiddle. A rich, vocal sound.
Picked up a couple books in 2nd hand and bootleg book shop. Many books sold here are decent looking photocopies of the real thing for a fraction of the price. They even have photocopied guidebooks!
In their travel section they had a copy of NP's "Masked Rider" for 5$ (not a photocopy).
Murakami seems to be the most photocopied author.

Tonight I might go see a Thai horror movie in an old theatre just down the street. I don't know a word of Thai, but I bet there will be fried things on sticks, and a smoking section!
:smoke:
Cool :smoke:
Everything in this post just screams "Southeast Asia".
The only things missing are the beckonings from tuk tuk drivers and prostitutes.

This may be an odd thing to mention but at S-21 I remember dozens of bats of various sizes in the stairwells in particular. Just remembering

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Posted 08 January 2017 - 07:09 PM

View PostDigital Dad, on 07 January 2017 - 12:09 PM, said:

I want to do this...


:yes:

It would be awesome to do a pilgrimage.

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 10:22 AM

I am going to Puerto Rico in February.  Having been there a few times, I am happy to report it is beautiful and much warmer then here in the frigid, snowy Northeast US....




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