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RIP Dan Kenn

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Dan Kenn, London, a friend and fellow traveler – Rest in peace brother.

I met Dan back in Thailand, Sept 08. We, along with three others, also known as the crazy five, spent two nights, three days trekking the mountains of Chiang Mai. Three days with Dan, I can truly say he was one adoring, free-spirited guy who took life as it came and had a good time. One day at the river, I remember asking him, “Why he wasn’t jumping in for a swim?” It turned out that he just got a tattoo done in Bangkok before coming to Chiang Mai. It was after a few beers and encouragement from a few travelers he met at a Khoa San bar that he decided to get inked – spur of the moment kind of-thing I guess! 🙂 But don’t worry Dan had already planned to get one and had an idea of what he wanted to get inked before even coming to Thailand. He just didn’t expect that he was going to get it done on the day of arrival. LOL! 

Dan, I’m happy I got the chance to meet and get to know you in those three days in the jungle. I’ll always remember our late night talks, laughs and drinking games. You will be missed not only by me but also from everyone you’ve touched with your presence.


Full Moon Party – Koh Phangan

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Picture this:

A beach, the full moon is out, house/techno music is bumpin’ at its highest and the beach is filled with thousands of people dressed in one of the following: 1) swim wear 2) costumes [yes there were a few] 3) glow in the dark paint

all holding buckets and that’s the Full Moon Party at Koh Phangan.

Being that it was low season, I’m guessing there was about 10,000 people on the beach that night. At high season you can expect 30+

We started the night off at Kat and Tims resort and then made our way down to the beach around 10:30ish. Started off with a vodka/redbull bucket but decided to stick to beer for the rest of the night because a few of those buckets and I’ll probably be on my way to drunkeness…The Kiwis and I were holding out till sunrise. Surprisingly I hung in there and stayed up for it – the sunrise was of course beautiful. I sat there on the beach and watched the sun rise as fast as it did. At the same time, I was trying to block out the music that was still bumpin’ in the backdrop. With morning out you can see the beach sand covered with glass bottles, buckets, cigarette butts, trash and passed out bodies. My heart and Thank You’s go out to the people who have to pick up after these drunks who were to lazy to toss their trash in a bin.

The gang and I were out of there by 6:30am and I was in bed by 7am. Overall, a very fun and memorable night. Partied with good people – definitely good times!

Kat – remember the talking frog in the bathroom? lol 🙂 I had a blast hanging out and getting to know you guys for a few days – Safe travels back to New Zealand and keep in touch.

Last day in Koh Phangan, a bunch of us got on motobikes and cruised around the island which was awesome minus all the potholes we had to dodge – it was a good end to a good trip. We all leave today and go our seperate ways – I’m catching a ferry and bus back to Bangkok in a few hours- it will be another overnight travel 🙁 Then I catch a bus from Bangkok to the Cambodian Border. Angkor Wat here I come!

Eight weeks of traveling and I’m….

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008
1) healthy and still going strong mom! No signs of a cold/flu... not even a slight case of the sniffles. I did have a bad sore throat but that lasted for only 3 days. 2) as tan as a penny. 3) the ... [Continue reading this entry]

Koh Phi Phi

Friday, October 10th, 2008
Koh Phi Phi is a 2 hour boat ride from Phuket. I did the trip with Einat and Yaron (met them in Phuket) and we decided to share a room together (with three beds of course). We got a guesthouse ... [Continue reading this entry]

Lesson Learned

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

After an exhausting 16 hours on a bus - I'm finally in Phuket! (pronounced "Pooket"). I got in a few days ago. Took a taxi to my hotel, wipped out my wallet to pay the guy - and lo and ... [Continue reading this entry]

Master Chef Sophia!

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008
That's right folks. According to the Pad Thai Cookery School of Chiang Mai - I'm an official Master Chef of Thai food. Sweet!! lol.... ok maybe not but my "certificate" says otherwise :) For all of you that know me - ... [Continue reading this entry]

Living off Mother Nature

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008
One word to describe my 3 day trek - AWESOMENESS. When your trek guide wips out a machete and starts making his own trails and calls it a "short cut" - then you know things are going to get interesting :) ... [Continue reading this entry]

Riding luxury to Chiang Mai

Thursday, September 25th, 2008
I'm sitting at the bus station in Bangkok waiting for my bus to Chiang Mai. All locals here and no backpackers in sight. I was thinking "Shit! Was I sold the wrong bus ticket?" (I bought my ticket through a ... [Continue reading this entry]

Thailand – “Land of Smiles”

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008
There were no smiles at the airport immigration when I arrived at 1am. Maybe it was because it was early in the morning and the immigration lines were crazy long or maybe the officers had to keep a straight face ... [Continue reading this entry]