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i heart chiang mai

Monday, January 28th, 2008

oh my goodness, i LOVE chiang mai! so far, i think this has been my favorite of the places we’ve been on this trip…

we left bangkok last night on the VIP sleeper bus around 8:40pm, which was kind of fun. a little uncomfortable, and a little bit chilly (cold a/c blasting for 10 hours!) but we had the first two seats on the top deck of the bus so we had a whole windshield in front of us – an unobstructed view like we were driving the bus itself! the seats reclined, but they were somewhat small so it was hard to find a comfortable spot – sort of like riding in an airplane, but with more legroom since we were right up front. you get these little taro buns or red bean buns as a snack about an hour into the trip, and just after midnight we made a pit-stop at a place that had noodles and other stuff to eat – i slept throught it but jess said it was good. =)

when we arrived just after 6am in chiang mai, we jumped in a sawngthaew (its kinda like a pick up truck with two rows of benches in the back that functions as a taxi) that took us to the sk house guesthouse where we’re staying in central chiang mai. it doesn’t look exactly like the pictures, but our room is like $15/night and it works fine for me! our room is right in front of the pool on the ground level – in fact, that’s where jess is now and where i plan to be in about 20 minutes! =)
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what’s cooking?

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

so tonight we’re catching the vip sleeper bus up to chiang mai. we both packed up this morning and if you thought our suitcases for the trip were small, you’d be totally impressed with the amount of stuff we’re taking to chiang mai for the 12 days we’ll be staying there! we each have a purse and a small “overnight” sized bag. not too shabby! i was telling jess this morning it’s going to be hard for me to go back to having more “stuff” than what fits in my suitcase. it’s so easy to keep track of things when you hardly have anything! i love it! and i also love that we’ve gotten into the habit of doing our laundry in the morning and hanging it out to dry during the day – this way, we always have clean clothes and it’s another way to pack less. =)

ok so back to the reason for my post! i’m soooo excited for our cooking class that we’ll be taking on wednesday! we’re taking Course C at the Baan Thai Cookery School in chiang mai. (click on the links to see more from the website) hopefully we’ll be able to make some yummy thai food when we get back home! =) and it also looks like the website has a “web album” with pictures from each day… so maybe you’ll see us on there if you check on thursday! woo hoo! =)

supersize me

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

ok so jess and i are not exactly what ... [Continue reading this entry]

a lovely evening in bangkok

Friday, January 25th, 2008
Tonight was a lovely evening. Malia and I treated ourselves for trip to the beauty salon downstairs of Aung's apartment. We were a bit skeptical coming in & weren't entirely sure what we'd get for a whopping 150 bht (about $6 U.S.). ... [Continue reading this entry]

jess’s daily haiku

Thursday, January 24th, 2008
we will keep these updated - so keep checking back on this post for more of them... =) 1.24.05 crowded bangkok streets no end to the dust that lies covered head to feet 1.19.08 hot hot hot hot hot hot hot HOT hot hot hot hot hot ... [Continue reading this entry]

a place to call home

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008
i think it must be a quality that most human beings share - the desire to find a "home." we're getting to the age where more than a few of my friends are now official homeowners and even while we ... [Continue reading this entry]

it’s a small world after all

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008
today we took a day-trip to an outdoor museum/theme park called muang boran. according to the website, "Just a visit to the Ancient City is comparable to a Thailand-round journey within a day." and i must say, this is ... [Continue reading this entry]

i’m sick!

Monday, January 21st, 2008

i'm sick!, originally uploaded by maliayosh.

health ... [Continue reading this entry]

mourning the loss of a princess

Sunday, January 20th, 2008
here in thailand one thing that is very dear to peoples' hearts is the king and the royal family. you do not make jokes about the king, and it is even illegal to step on money (although i doubt it's ... [Continue reading this entry]

feel the burn!

Saturday, January 19th, 2008
ok so as you guys can probably guess from all the pictures, we've been doing a lot of eating on this trip. don't worry, we're also doing a LOT of walking. we've even made a pact to take stairs instead ... [Continue reading this entry]