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bye bye, chiang mai

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

wow, i’m a poet and didn’t even know it. hehe. lame, i know. i’ll stop. =)

it’s hard to believe that i’ve been in chiang mai for 3 weeks now! time flies when you’re having fun, i guess. i feel like i really lived here, you know? it’s definitely been a great experience. this morning i woke up early and made sure everything fits into my new bag. yup, i ended up having to buy a new one, despite promising myself i wouldn’t shop… originally we had only planned on being here for 12 days, 10 of them at the meditation center where we’d be wearing only white, so i had only brought “real clothes” to last a few days. i ended up buying a few more things along the way once i realized i was staying a few weeks rather than a few days, hence the need for a bigger bag.

bargaining for my new “le sportsac” bag last night at the night bazaar was part of the fun… the first price i was given was 1200 baht ($40!), which i knew to be a rip-off, since they probably cost next to nothing to make somewhere in china and there are more than a few stalls selling almost the same items. so i strolled around a few different vendors, telling each one the lowest price the one before had given me, to get them to drop their price. (it also helps to be buying more than one of something, but that would defeat my purpose.) eventually i wound up at a stall near anusarn market which had the exact pattern and style i wanted. the young girl started at 800 baht, i acted noncommittal and ready to walk away, and we settled at 400. i walked home with my new bag, reflecting on how inflated the prices become once you’re identified as a foreigner.
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why i love sunday nights

Monday, February 18th, 2008

playing with fire, originally uploaded by maliayosh. you can see a video of these guys here.

sunday evenings here in chiang mai are my favorite time of the week! every week i’ve been going back to the sunday walking street market which takes place on ratchamodoen street, from tha pae gate all the way down and around the surrounding streets too. every week i try to alter my route a little bit so that i see another street, find another cool new artist, or find new food stalls to try.
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top model comes to thailand?

Sunday, February 17th, 2008
i don't know if tyra banks had a hand in this, but i stumbled upon a fashion show for "northern top model 2008" at chiang mai airport plaza yesterday.

it ... [Continue reading this entry]

tv detox

Friday, February 15th, 2008
this morning i had breakfast with my friend jay, from australia. he's heading back to bangkok tonight so we were catching up on what we'd both been up to the last few days. we went our separate ways so that ... [Continue reading this entry]

meditation retreat @ wat suan dok

Friday, February 15th, 2008
we practiced evening walking meditation here tuesday, february 12, 2008 2pm - flag a saengtaw to wat suan dok. the next two passengers to get on ... [Continue reading this entry]

technical dificulties

Thursday, February 14th, 2008
bootsnall has been upgrading our blogs, so you may have noticed that the site was down the past few days. there are still a few kinks here and there that i'm working out, but overall it should improve the layout ... [Continue reading this entry]

happiness is…

Saturday, February 9th, 2008
i started this list on our second day in bangkok, when we were laying around the pool at our hotel. the day was unusually clear of smog, and everything just appeared so vibrant. bangkok didn't seem quite as chaotic then ... [Continue reading this entry]

rediscovering creativity

Friday, February 8th, 2008

in search of enlightenment

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008
this morning as i was getting ready for the day, the peace and quiet of the little road i'm staying in was shattered by the loud banging of drums and "lion dance" music which seemed to be right outside my ... [Continue reading this entry]

happy coincidences

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008
sometimes there are random events that lead up to you meeting someone new... and yesterday jess and i had one of those moments. we were trying to flag a saengtaw to get to the arcade bus station so that jess ... [Continue reading this entry]