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Thursday, January 17th, 2008

this morning we awoke to the sounds of the birds outside our second story window above the hum of the a/c that kept us cool as we slept in aung’s family’s home in chonburi. i stretched my arms up over my head and reflected on the events of the last 24 hours….

we checked out of our fancy little hotel in the sukumvit area of bangkok around noon, after enjoying our last steaming hot showers and the hotel’s complimentary breakfast buffet. we really loved having our two night’s at the hotel as a transition to bangkok, but we were definitely ready to see what lay outside the city limits.
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Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

my grandmother passed away last night… she was 98 years old and she lived a very full life, and passed peacefully surrounded by my family and some of her friends… even though i’m far away now, i feel an even stronger connection with her than before because there is such a strong buddhist presence in asia… my father asked that instead of coming home for the service, that i light incense for her at a buddhist temple. just this morning i was telling jess how the spirit houses we passed made me think of her because she would take out offerings to the little shrine in our yard every morning… i’ll miss her, but i know that she is finally getting the rest that she’s needed, and she’s able to be with my grandpa again… she hasn’t been well since around christmas, and the week before i left for this trip i was able to sit down with her to tell her i loved her and to tell her goodbye, and i think she was able to hear and understand me, even if she couldn’t show it.

sorry for the somber moment… more upbeat entries to come soon because thailand is amazing, and jess and i are having a great time exploring bangkok, eating street food, getting thai massages, passing elephants on the street, and staying in a beautiful hotel for $35US a night… but for now, my thoughts are with my grandma.

hong kong’s FRESHEST seafood

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

last night we went out to the temple street night market on kowloon. we had a fun time wandering the streets, getting our palms and faces read, watching chinese ... [Continue reading this entry]

by popular demand….

Saturday, January 12th, 2008
here's a little video of kirstin and brad's little puppy, lani. she's sooooo adorable!

that’s one BIG buddha!

Saturday, January 12th, 2008

big buddha, originally uploaded by maliayosh.

yesterday ... [Continue reading this entry]


Wednesday, January 9th, 2008
So here we sit in the airport at Taipei... it has been quite a long day so far, and there's a light at the end of the tunnel flickering just out of reach! But hey, we've got free internet and ... [Continue reading this entry]

bon voyage!

Sunday, January 6th, 2008